1891 Rideau Garden Drive, Rideau Gardens
$1,100,000

Urban family life is redefined in this mid century family-centric home that sits peacefully on the banks of Rideau River in Old Ottawa East. Age-old trees cloister the calm street as you make your way home - there is no through traffic - privacy and tranquility are the result. There's a reason why this is one of Ottawa's favourite and most community-centric neighbourhoods. »cont'd

Property for Sale

Curbside, it's all understated elegance and post-war architectural elements. A brick and granite stone exterior connect the low pitch of a gabled roof. Landscaped gardens lead to an uber functional carport and covered porch. With such a tightly-knit community, barbeques street-side present optimal opportunities for spontaneous summertime get togethers.

Within, the foyer is as welcoming as it is practical - large front hall closet and garage access yield quick and easy comings and goings. Through the main hall, a wide open layout sprawls before you. As gorgeous as the interiors are however - original sanded oak floors, soaring ceilings, extra large mouldings and sweeping windows - it's the view beyond that will make your heart stop. Picture windows bring the Rideau River to life as an ever-changing natural backdrop in the open living and dining area. Entertaining or simply lounging at home will never be the same again - cozy nights in are elevated with the wood-burning two-sided fireplace - granite stone surround repeated from outside. Or host a dinner party as the swans lazily grace the waters of the Rideau River - the sleek built-in buffet makes a great hosting partner and provides extra style to boot. For the working from home set, or to handle daily administrative duties, frosted french doors lead to the ultimate home office. An equilateral footprint plays host to wall to wall and corner windows - extraordinary views of the Rideau River are your daily desk mate. Back in the living room, patio doors lead outside to a large deck, but don't be fooled - every season is a treat in this house. The chill of winter seems eradicated when neighbours get together for regular skating parties, or when you head out for a family snowshoeing adventure along the river. Summer months bring all the best that cottage life has to offer, except - you're in the heart of the city. Can it be? Can you take the patio steps down to the riverbank and fish, kayak, or discover turtle eggs with your little ones on the same day you went into work? Absolutely - this is life as it should be.

Back inside, the contained kitchen offers another smart design feature - prep work and cleanup are out of sight when hosting. Crisp, white cabinetry is efficiently laid out for a space that is a pleasure to work in, while granite countertops create a stunning contrast. Modern touches like the sleek undermount sink beneath the bay window are also practical - keep an eye on outdoor play while you wash up or prep dinner. A great sous chef comes in the form of a Fisher & Paykel double drawer dishwasher - entertaining and routine dinners are a breeze. Naturally, the heart of home isn't complete without an eat-in area and convenient family room - these adjacent elements are as practical and stylish as you would think. A bright internal window keeps light flowing, while the double sided fireplace sets a relaxed tone. A true 'hearth' - this is a delightfully livable part of home that your clan will love. A side door makes it easy to manage recycling and compost - note these small conveniences throughout make life easier.

Rectangular wall cutouts lead light into the main hall which harbours sleeping quarters. Two bedrooms are served by the main bath - contemporary glass tiles and Corian countertop collude with chrome fixtures for a modern, polished effect. Two bedrooms make a case for generous footprints and oodles of built-in closet storage. Enjoy the Scandinavian-chic vibe throughout, including in the master bedroom. With a generous footprint, a picture window looks over a perpetually peaceful street view - shady trees ensure privacy. Ceiling-reaching built-ins keep the space clutter free and utterly zen, while the ensuite repeats oversized glass tile and Corian countertops to fabulous effect. This is the way to start and end every day. Take stairs down to the basement which is ready for customization. An enviable foundation is laid for some epic design - soaring ceilings are repeated, and a bedroom with walk-in closet and functional fireplace with brick surround makes an incomparable nanny or in-law suite. A large three piece bath is found in the bright laundry space, along with plenty of opportunities for storage.

The cohesiveness and natural flow of this home is undeniable and incredibly alluring - not only from an aesthetic perspective, but because every inch is totally liveable. With the Rideau River in your backyard, marvel at how this prime location is minutes to downtown, universities and amenities. A life this good is possible - seize the opportunity and make an appointment today.

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Room Dimensions

Foyer Main 9' x 4'9
Ensuite 3-Piece Main 9' x 6'
Full Bath Main 9'1 x 5'4
Bedroom Main 13'10 x 11'1
Bedroom Main 10'6 x 10'4
Master Bedroom Main 14'9 x 12'
Den/Office Main 14'1 x 10'11
Family Room Main 17'4 x 9'
Kitchen Main 12'3 x 9'2
Dining Room Main 10'11 x 10'4
Living Room Main 20'8 x 13'11
Other Lower 24'6 x 17'8
Recreation Room Lower 23'8 x 13'
Laundry Room Lower 12'11 x 12'10
Laundry Room Lower 12'11 x 12'10
Full Bath Lower 8'1 x 7'11