On a frantic day, it brings calm; for an evening of lively entertaining, it exudes class; when family calls, home answers. Nature has endowed home's surroundings with some of its best offerings, perfectly framing a two-tone stone and stucco facade perched beyond semi-circular driveway. Set further back from the street, verdant trees add just the right touch of privacy to an already enviable locale - Rockcliffe Park's highlights are steps away, and being equidistant from Ashbury College and Elmwood School; it's a 21st century family haven. »cont'd
Centre hall design and timeless updates enhance without losing the distinctive cachet of the 1920's, resulting in a totally liveable and elegant space. Original cove moldings, oak floors, wrought iron railings, and arched doorways throughout reference a solid foundation - this is a place that has been well loved as much as it has been well maintained.
A postcard perfect entry welcomes - a solid wood door fringed with greenery throws off an easy, English countryside vibe - enter a foyer that greets guests and family alike with warmth. The centre hall layout creates an easy flow throughout, while a smart front hall closet and powder room combination make a case for utility.
The formal living room to the left produces a polished vibe - socialize with friends or relax with a good book as the four seasons change beyond double pane windows and wood burning fireplace - nods to home's distinguished heritage. An adjoining study is found via a charming arched doorway - productivity fits easily into daily life. Built-in shelving colludes with a corner fireplace to wonderful effect. Work from home, manage family affairs, or grow your own library in this quintessentially cozy space.
Across the hall a formal dining room is a true stunner - high ceilings and a bank of bay windows set the stage for dinner parties with major panache. Keep the door to the kitchen shut and think about clean-up when you're ready, or until the best of the evening is over. Access the kitchen through the dining room or main hall and relish the feeling of familiarity. Family life inevitably comes together in the kitchen and this one does not disappoint. Pot lights illuminate sleek granite countertops that contrast beautifully with a squad of bright white cupboards; stainless steel appliances stand ready - a trio sure to satisfy the clan's chef and everybody's palettes. Whether the centre island is used for homework, breakfast on the go, or a weeknight tete-a-tete, reap the benefits of a highly usable space. Convenience punctuates; an office nook keeps life organized - plan the grocery list, and check morning emails while keeping an eye on your brood. A side door access off the kitchen satisfies the active - ceramic tile and garage access manages comings and goings. The airy open family room and eating area beckons beyond the hub of the kitchen - an addition to the original frame, it's clear that classic architecture and impeccable taste played a hand in the development of this uber chic extension. Large windows showcase the lush backyard oasis to perfection; french doors lead you to it. The dividends of a large lot keep giving. Contoured by tall green vegetation; marvel at the astounding privacy in an urban neighbourhood. A sprawling patio leaves room for cocktails, summer barbecues and al-fresco dining experiences. Back inside, entertaining opportunities compete for attention; built-ins frame a stately fireplace and set the ideal backdrop for a shared pizza or bottle of Pinot - both happen effortlessly under one roof.
Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths make optimal use of the second floor - boasting backyard views and ample closet space; equity amongst siblings is a piece of cake. Two well-appointed bathrooms strike a modern and timeless balance with the help of sumptuous upgrades. For mom and dad, the master handles "me-time" with aplomb - a large footprint pairs with natural light for an exquisite union. Mornings are accompanied by a stylish en-suite; a spacious walk-in shower and two vanities showcase classic upgrades. Adjoining the master, find a spacious dressing room - keep it's understated refinement or customize it for your wardrobe needs - let your Pinterest-inspired whims be realized. Note – easily convert master dressing room back to original fifth bedroom.
A bonus on any family home's wishlist is a finished basement. Here, find room to play, store all the family's trappings and handle laundry. A sunken room plays host to a multitude of functions - home gym or rec room, it will easily find a place in your daily life. A nearby games room is a nifty trick to have up your hosting sleeve, and new roof, furnace and A/C put home-owners mind at ease.
Enjoy the endless possibilities of a distinguished lifestyle that come with an address in Rockcliffe Park - a daily commute that includes views of the Ottawa River, a taste of village life with Beechwood Avenue close by, green space to explore and proximity to the city's hot spots. A special family deserves a special home; make this one yours and see it today!
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