71 Ruskin Street, Civic Hospital

Like a true aristocrat, this deliciously private home conceals a world of everyday pleasures beyond its prim Tudor Cottage façade. It's vintage, opulently re-imagined. Warm and lovely living spaces welcome diverse moods. A sumptuous kitchen serves up gourmet style –backed by a world-class wine cellar. The back yard is simply paradise, with sparkling pool and multi level patios. This is the "close to everything" city home of our desires –fully updated and ready to welcome your great life. »cont'd

Property for Sale

Arriving, take in the classic English Cottage façade with its timbered stucco, mullioned windows and center entrance. Trim iron fencing and tidy paving stones evoke only reserved propriety. How delightfully deceptive.

Inside the generous reception hall offers ample space, while keeping the life of the home out of view. Discretion rules. Yet there are character cues here. Set in the slate front hall floor, a Roman-villa inspired figurehead in polychrome marble mosaic beguiles. What was the ancient meaning of her welcoming spell? Classicists still debate.

The practicality here impresses. Twin entryway closets offer ample room for outwear. And there's a well located powder room with stone sink just up the stairs off a low landing.

The story of this home is shaped by varied living spaces. Invite guests into the formal living room, with traditional details like cove moldings and original wood flooring. An impressive slate hearth, flanked by Euro style iron-grated windows anchors the room. With a large open gas fireplace delivering radiance and light, social ease is inevitable.

Beyond, a sunny conservatory faces the street with charming mullioned windows admitting abundant light. Currently it's home to a grand piano. You may envision a luminous home office.

Love elegant entertaining? Adjoining the living room, a generous formal dining area sets the stage for gala soirees beneath a glamorous French-style crystal chandelier. Bravo.

The hub of this house is a dramatic gourmet kitchen, brimming with extravagant "villa" charm. Solid wood cabinetry is of the finest quality. Top quality appliances reign: Wolf gas cooktop, Fisher and Paykel two drawer dishwasher, double oven with warming drawer and more. Rare Brazilian marble adds panache to countertops and full wall backsplash. On the floor, a one-of-a-kind Roman-inspired marble mosaic adds exuberant individuality. And why not? Life's better lived boldly.

The kitchen shares a clever eat-in bar counter with the home's accommodating family room. This is a relaxed , ready-for-anything space, where wood floors and natural light set the mood.

Off the family room, discover the all season sun lodge – an always on call vacation. This solid cedar living space features wrap around windows under a high peaked ceiling fitted with charming period restoration fixtures. The heated slate floor and gas fireplace makes this a retreat for any season. Notice the dog run door: easy is good.

Double French doors open to this home's great secret: summer paradise. Its centerpiece is a sparkling, heated salt water pool, shaped and stylish. High fences assure privacy. Cobble style paving stones shape an elegant split-level patio. An all season hot tub relaxes. A sheltered and recessed poolside retreat makes a lush outdoor entertainment space in the heart of the city. And the stone lions? Paradise insists.

Life is classically private upstairs. You'll love the unique vintage open landing – perfect for a dramatic chandelier. Take in the redesigned main bath, with oversized walk-in rain shower, set in dramatic black granite, plus lux soapstone floor.

The spacious master bedroom features a large closet and stylishly updated ensuite. Two guest/ children's bedrooms are bright and spacious. Dressing for success? A magnificent room-sized walk in closet, with high end custom shelving serves those with a public role.

You'll find the world-class wine room with storage for 1500 bottles deep in the refined finished basement. Granite floors plus a thumbprint-secured mahogany door honour your collection. Smart practical touches include a California closets pantry, plus laundry with sink.

What makes this home is its perfect location – seconds away from the civic hospital, a ten minute walk to the Parkdale market and Wellington village. With parkland bike paths on call, most Ottawa destinations are within easy cycling range. Measure your commute drive in minutes. It's the city lifestyle we all desire. Don't delay - plan your appointment very soon.

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Room Dimensions

Living/Dining Main 38' x 12'10
Kitchen Main 14'4 x 10'
Family Room Main 21'2 x 13'
Sitting Room Main 19'3 x 13'
Bath 2-Piece Main 6'1 x 2'6
Master Bedroom Second 18' x 12'
Bedroom Second 12'7 x 10'7
Bedroom Second 12'5 x 11'10
Walk-In Closet Second 13'2 x 8'9
Bath 3-Piece Second 8'8 x 8'
Ensuite 4-Piece Second 11'8 x 5'5
Laundry Room Second 10'10 x 6'
Recreation Room Lower 10'10 x 9'9
Wine Cellar Lower 6'11 x 5'9