Space-freeing curves and cascading waterfront views would make this high-style custom home extraordinary – even without the immensely elegant terraces of the riverfront yard. Built on a former estate of legendary Ottawa photographic genius Yousuf Karsh, the lush waterfront site testifies to the master's great eye: it's beautiful. »cont'd
Arriving at this city-close site (just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa) stately mature trees from the Karsh estate announce that this is a special location. The main entrance is set far back from the lane under a massive portico, beyond remarkably private front porch deck. The message is clear – you're approaching a world far apart from the daily stresses of urban life. Enjoy.
Award winning home designs from Lance Plewis, the Senior Designer of renowned firm Spectrum Drafting and Design capture advanced living space concepts, efficiency and meticulous attention to detail. Take nothing for granted -- including fun and surprise.
If you're expecting predictable rectangular spaces on the other side of this front door, think again! Instead you're welcomed with boredom-defying curves, dramatic 14' high-sculpted ceilings, elegant columns and a celebratory sense of occasion. Rich darks contrast with light from both skylight and halogen pot lighting: it's great to be alive here.
Unexpected and brilliantly functional layouts make it a pleasure to explore this innovative space. The main hall angles diagonally between an elegant open concept formal dining space plus overlooking living room a half floor above and a shaped family room with stunning views. Details unify and connect: the rich stained Russian White Oak floors, an elegant hearth set in a dignified floor to ceiling alcove.
Follow the main hall to the gorgeous kitchen where the practical savvy driving this playful design fully reveals itself. An angled wall orients the kitchen towards a sleek glass-railed deck and the river below. A two-tiered bar/island is bracket shaped in black granite with just a dash of star galaxy granite adding pizzazz and sparkle. The concept is familiar enough: easy-to-work-in-open concept kitchen-with-sociable-bar-attached. But what an open concept kitchen this is: abundant custom hardwood cabinetry controls clutter. The walk in pantry with custom iron grating adds a dash of Mediterranean eclecticism.
Cleverly, the kitchen is hidden from the formal dining room by a strategically placed wall with illuminated display alcove. But notice how easily it communes with the amazing eat-in area here. This light-loving eat in is surrounded by six cantilevered bay windows for river perspectives on three sides. An elegant chandelier tells you this space is ready for anything. In the warm months the balcony-style main-floor deck tempts with sunny morning light and mesmerizing river scenes.
Look down from the main floor balcony deck to the terraced decks below. Monumental celebrations seem to belong here. A baronial set of descending terraces line either side of a formal stairway approaching the waters edge and dock. It's a vision that would be at home at an estate on England's Thames. It works here for similar reasons; the refined, fitted patio pavers, the terracing and above all, the graceful gliding riverside. Clean and swimmable, the river is also a brilliant place for kayaking and canoeing.
A turn in main hall takes you to the master suite – set on the main floor for convenient access. Stunning panoramic views are the rule, thanks to a room-sized cantilevered pop-out bay window. The walk-in? Generous, with chandelier! The ensuite? Perfect, with natural light, therapy tub walk in shower and concealed toilet.
Climb the half stairs to the raised living room –an adult retreat with cascading views looking through interiors to the river below. It's a dramatic entertainer, yet human-scaled and welcoming.
A fabulously outfitted ground-level walk-out is fully open to the decks and views. An entertaining media room invites with gas fireplace. The adjacent all equipped custom bar pleases with rich hardwoods and inlays. A full bathroom boasts artistic sink and walk in shower – perfect after long river swims. And don't miss the nearby sauna! Two very private guest bedrooms, one with superb river views, and another has already been framed for a window. Perfect for guests, in-laws, or an in-home nanny!
Wine lovers: don't miss the celebrity-grade wine cellar –the gold standard. With its grapevine ironwork doors, polished granite floors and impressive richly stained wine racks, this exquisite cellar lives up to its reputation as one of the world's finest. Oenophiles -- uncork your passion!
With features like a full-on workshop in the three-bay garage and a dream laundry with window, sleek cabinets and counters this incredible custom home spoils you in large ways and small. Move-in perfect, you'll live the waterfront dream from the moment you arrive. But don't wait. Plan your appointment today.
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Carpet Wall to Wall
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Central Air Conditioning