In 1904 this perfectly scaled classic was the first home built on Range Road in old Sandy Hill. Constructed for a prominent Ottawa art dealer, the house was sited to command the most beautiful panorama of Strathecona park and the Rideau River beyond and built with a passion for quality and panache. Today this tree-lined heritage avenue is home to both families and polished international diplomatic missions. »cont'd
From the street, the façade reveals a refined arts and crafts-era style, directly influenced by the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright. Notice how the row of symmetrical stone and brick columns pulls the eye away from the modernist lines of the broad portico and towards the substantial central entrance. Take a moment to study the oak and beveled glass of the oversized front door. A considerable thoughtfulness has shaped every detail in this house towards one goal: making people feel at home. Perhaps that's why, in more than a century, it has only had three owners.
You don't need to be a builder to sense that this is an unusually well built home with its 2ft thick foundation walls and 2x6 framing. One clue – all the floors are level after a century of use. Now restoration of the highest quality complements the outstanding original construction to deliver levels of comfort and energy conservation you might expect from a well-built contemporary home. Yet every effort has been made to respect the character and style of the original home.
The main entrance and hallway boasts the soft natural tones of premium quality travertine flooring, beautifully complementing the original staircase. Mouldings, fixtures and hardware are flawless. The high 9 ft. ceilings create an immediate impression of spaciousness and light that invites you inside. A front den features restored hardwood flooring, and perfectly scaled bay windows taking in the fabulous streetscape. A cast fireplace subtly embossed with a lions head, and surrounded by the original mantel and built in bookshelves makes this a near perfect small room.
New windows keep the climate out while preserving the character of the original mullioned glass. The office is separated from the living room by original solid hardwood pocket doors which function perfectly after a century of service.
The formal living room reflects well-preserved original features – dark wood trim, hard wood and high, privacy-protecting bayed windows. The front facing dining room is impressively entertainment ready with original mantel, brick hearth, built in cabinets and deep crown mouldings, enhanced by the rich tones of antique hardwood floors. This is a space that's used for creating wonderful evenings.
The kitchen is quite simply a masterpiece – a large beautiful light filled room where soft travertine floors complement restored glazed cabinetry and opalescent counters. Top quality appliances and a huge working island with double sink make this a serious cook's kitchen – one sure to become a hub for entertaining and informal family gatherings. Subway-tile backsplash and new French doors complement the sense of character here.
In the master bedroom, luxury rules: a wide walk-in closet leads to a luminous tree top bathroom with windows on three sides. Here natural materials of travertine, plus a glazed shower enclosure with travertine bench, and high-style porcelain features intersect with natural light. Thanks to the privacy of advanced Silhouette blinds you'll want to linger in this wonderful space. And what better place than the shaped tub?
The second and third floors are airy and bright with impeccable hardwood throughout. A third floor den and bedroom are tucked under the dormers, making a private poised and polished smaller space for either work or pleasure. A larger built in window seat, is the perfect place to take in the view of the park, and offers plentiful built in storage.
Don't miss this opportunity to own a house so comfortable and perfectly located it may not come up for sale again for another thirty years.
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