Born in 1917 as a jewel in pioneering city planner Thomas Adam's vision this exquisite brick home enjoys pride of place in upper Lindenlea – Adam's first bid to create Canadian style 'garden city' town planning. It's sited on the highest hill in the area, right on the cusp of Rockcliffe. »cont'd
Queen Anne Style folk elements are loaded with charm – the sweeping front brick façade with pronounced bay window, and triptych of half mullioned upper windows, the gabled roof with its long dormer. You'll love the aged brick character and colour, the lovely lilac-surrounded sun porch with its cedar shake siding, and tall mullioned windows.
From the private side gardens with stain glass doorway, the 1990's addition is intelligently woven into the fabric of the original house with near identical bricks, and complementary architectural detailing adding a smart hint of 1920's prairie style.
The front door entrance, is early 20th century classic, with original hardwood floors, maple stairs and natural light from a high sidelight window . Notice the form the tall newel post – a hint of 20th century trends to come. There many such pleasures in this lovely right-sized home.
Off the entrance, the sunroom is insulated as a year round space for plants and contemplation. Mullioned windows, knotty pine flooring and shade trees set the tone.
Across the hall the formal living room is pure and perfect with antique maple floors, traditional wood hearth in granite and brick and large bay window. Great proportions and long vistas make the room welcoming - a success of the original architects 'folk' vision.
The formal dining room takes folk-style up a notch with just-right proportions and a beautiful set of windows overlooking shaded back gardens. A quaint corner window brings in light from two sides, while a built in corner hutch with arched glass door adds a historic touch. Jane Austen would approve.
Make your way to the hallway leading to the kitchen: more pleasures. A sleek bathroom with natural light, glass surround, slate ceramic tiles handles entertaining and family life elegantly. Tucked out of the way – a close-to-hand laundry..
Entering the kitchen pass a pantry with contemporary opaque-glass paneled doors – that seem to complement the original paneled doors of the house. It's a great transition note.
Height and light from a high dormer window overhead make the simple contemporary galley kitchen breathtakingly elegant. Dark matt granite counters add a rebellious note while complimenting hardwood cabinetry. A bright double window in the sink area overlooks the side yard patio.
Beside the kitchen a lovely relaxed eat in family room is both private and bathed in light. A second fireplace warms winter evenings in a space welcoming all kinds of easy going socializing. Adding light and space, a corner-windowed stairwell descends to one the home's two finished basement areas – this a cool contemporary rec-room with abundant storage, made to keep kids happy while dinner gets made.
Upstairs you'll love the quaint style and comfort that pervades this home. Check the lofty view from the charming master bedroom. Floors here are clear eastern red pine – a rarity in today's world. An eccentric side light window pleases, brings natural light to the double-deep closet.
A child's bedroom at the front of the house has it's own sun porch style office with plank walls and mullioned windows. A large second bedroom has tree top back-yard privacy.
The main bath on this floor is elegantly in character with wainscoted walls, ceramic floors a fine pedastel sink and the original claw-foot tub.
In the second basement – separate from it's twin you'll find a fully finished media room. Warm recessed lighting make this a great place for kids and adults to hit the couch. There' more storage space here too.
Discover Lindenlea as the father of garden city urban planning intended it to be, in the side garden of this great home. An inspired pergola and cedar fence retain privacy, for an entry from the intelligently concealed side parking area. Al fresco dining is required.
Historic and well-updated houses of this quality come to market rarely. Walking access to the city's best schools, incredible recreational facilities on your doorstep and Beechwood village make this one perfect. Call very soon.
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