418 Roger Road, Alta Vista

Some homes take your breath away at first sight, others draw you in with their storied past. This mid-century stunner at 418 Roger Road does both. Infused with character, style, and a historic pedigree that celebrates art, nature, and the daily joys of life - can it get any better? »cont'd

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Faircrest Heights, known for unique mid-century architecture set back from the street, lays the perfect foundation for this pagoda-style bungalow designed by renowned Canadian architect James Strutt. The first sign of greatness? Smart use of the corner lot: with the oversized double car garage set to the side, guests can take in the full beauty of the Georgian marble clad facade surrounded by professional landscaping and a circular driveway. Get close and remark the fine details of Terrazzo marble stairs that lead you to a set of double doors with a rectangular repeating motif that will soon become familiar.

Strong references to Frank Lloyd Wright emerge to inaugurate first steps inside - generous scale is enhanced by fantastic use of light and architectural design. Beyond the bright vestibule, its pure magic. A sweeping equilateral foyer grounded in Terrazzo tile and Georgian marble dazzles. The outside comes in - seven skylights produce natural light and built-in lighting takes over during evenings. Double front hall closets allow guests every comfort. Take it all in; the clerestory windows that yield extraordinarily high ceilings and sunlight all day long, red cedar ceiling accents, the repeating interlocked rectangle motif that provides artistic continuity, and a central hall layout that allows simultaneous flow and privacy through flexible, ready for anything spaces. Nearby, the powder room with its bronze swan fixtures and marble vanity is a nod to home's epic entertaining history, and is known as the Liberace room for the maestro's visit to this home, along with other notable mid-century artists like Frank Sinatra.

What's most remarkable is the usefulness of every zone in this house - step down into the sunken living room and you'll immediately understand why. A soaring ceiling creates a jaw-dropping locale that culminates in an apex window at one end. Cherry wood with Mahogany inlay add warmth and elegance. Recessed lighting and a geometric ceiling collude with clerestory windows to achievinge the perfect ambience for any occasion. Entertain a group or curl up with a good book - marvel at how the space welcomes both.

Step up into the den, Shoji doors lending a chic way to make this cozy zone more intimate when needed. The original wood-burning fireplace and built-ins create an ideal environment for "me-time".

Nearby, the dining room stands ready for memorable dinner parties with major panache. The apex window overlooking the sunroom and backyard creates a singular backdrop for dinner parties of up to 14 people. Keep the door to the kitchen closed and worry about clean-up when you're ready, or until the best of the night is over.

Family life inevitably comes together in the kitchen and this one multi-tasks like the best of them. Corian countertops, a banquette eat-in area, and access to the sunroom and backyard beyond ensure Ottawa's four seasons are always enjoyed. The centre island does double duty - breakfast bar and prep zone are effortlessly combined into one. Cushioned flooring comforts the busy chef, while induction cooktop and convection oven make culinary hearts sing. Off the kitchen, pragmatic needs are met with extra pantry space and main floor laundry - no hauling clothes up the stairs here.

Spend time in the house-spanning sunroom, with dedicated areas for eating, lounging, and enjoying the delights of a hot-tub 12 months of the year. A seamless transition outside, a low-maintenance and ultra-private backyard features planters for herb gardens, a barbecue and relaxing rock fountain.

Back inside, here's where home's ingenious layout takes shape - access private family quarters via a hall off the kitchen or main hall. Here, you'll find sleeping quarters of lavish proportions, beautiful natural light and smart built-ins. Two bedrooms and an expansive main bath show off years of impeccable maintenance - leave original finishes as is or take them to the next level. Find the master bedroom bathed in light via a combo of clerestory and apex windows. Sunlight and moonlight travel up the walls - romantic, calm, harmonious - flawless ingredients for an adult-retreat. The updated four piece ensuite and walk-in closet yield hyper-efficient mornings. Double vanity, separate water closet, and oodles of storage are underscored by comforting cork floors. The mirror with embedded TV is a crowd-pleaser - catch up on current events all before you step out the door. Speaking of, easy garage access and a large closet down the private hall makes coming and going a breeze.

Open risers and a floor to ceiling carved balustrade take you downstairs. As if to validate home's entertaining ability, a full wet-bar welcomes a spacious recreational zone and next to it, a sprawling home office or personal library. Make both spaces your own - they offer endless possibilities. A custom-designed wine cellar offers room for up to 1100 bottles and a temperature controlled climate. Nearby, a workshop offers hobbyists and creative types the studio of their dreams. Extra storage and a cedar closet handle seasonal needs.

Smartly secluded from recreation zones, secondary living quarters offer up two bedrooms, a three piece bath, and separate access to the main level. An ideal in-law or nanny suite takes shape.

For busy families and executive professionals, this home answers with style and grace. There's no room for doubt: this place is special. You're minutes away from top ranking schools Lycée Claudel and Canterbury School of the Arts, nearby shopping, libraries, downtown, as well as the airport and train station. The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus are within a five minute walk. Homes that deliver this combination of comfort, creativity, and convenience are increasingly rare - plan your appointment soon.

Approx 3800 sq. feet for the main floor based on MPAC assessment in 2008. Approx 2000 sqft in the lower level.

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Room Dimensions

Living Room Main 30'6 x 17'4
Dining Room Main 18'1 x 14'9
Kitchen Main 17'5 x 15'5
Family Room Main 18'9 x 13'10
Master Bedroom Main 20'10 x 16'5
Bedroom Main 12'4 x 10'9
Bedroom Main 12'10 x 12'5
Walk-In Closet Main 6' x 5'8
Partial Bath Main 6' x 5'
Bath 5-Piece Main 8'11 x 8'6
Ensuite 4-Piece Main 10'6 x 7'10
Mud Room Main 17'6 x 4'
Vestibule Main 8'10 x 8'2
Foyer Main 17'10 x 13'5
Solarium Main 36'11 x 16'4
Den/Office Lower 26'7 x 20'2
Bedroom Lower 12'10 x 12'2
Bedroom Lower 12'2 x 10'5
Walk-In Closet Lower 7'10 x 6'1
Bath 3-Piece Lower 8'11 x 5'6
Recreation Room Lower 25'10 x 24'6
Workshop Lower 21'6 x 17'
Wine Cellar Lower 10'3 x 4'11
Other Lower 9'8 x 9'5