Light-loving California meets 19th century New Edinburgh Village in this spacious riverside oasis, designed to maximize the cardinal living-space virtues: beauty, comfort, privacy and light. The result is a discrete and remarkably well thought-out three-bedroom with a relaxed open elegance, large private decks, plus stunning all-season views of the adjacent Rideau River and its parkland. »cont'd
A passion for privacy means everything about the life of this home is adroitly concealed from street level view. Instead of a frontal entrance, architects used the large double garage, projecting from the front façade as a wall separating cool gray public space from the light-filled private domain beyond. Extending the garage also created a platform for a spacious well-concealed private second floor breakfast deck – one of the three remarkably private outdoor decks at this intelligent home.
Approach closely and you'll discover a wood-warm walkway leading to a private and contemporary central side entrance with its doorway set in a design wall of opaque glass. Enter and immediately you'll sense how the central atrium design uses well-placed windows on three above-ground floors to create the impression of a soaring light-filled space..
Beyond the generous first floor foyer with its walk-in closet and full bath, a ground floor den and large fully screened porch are designed to welcome socializing and relaxing without disturbing the rest of the household. This is a home where friends and conversation can easily linger late into the night. The screen porch luxuriates in intimate views of an abundant carefully designed perennial garden, offering a sense of privacy that defies the prime city location.
On the second floor – loft style living and entertaining starts with a poised living dining area with corner fireplace, and an expansive private deck. Notice how the window placement frees up wall space, and establishes sightlines beyond the gaze of neighbouring houses, while delivering sensational westward views of the river and park.
There is a seamless flow of space on the main floor –a natural and intuitive connection between living dining and kitchen area, elements of hardwood and glass. The East-facing kitchen is both spacious and practical with the added advantage of the large private front deck, planned to make the most of sunny summer morning breakfasts.
Upstairs the lofty bedroom area overflows with light and optimism. The master bedroom looks west over the river, and features a generous and well appointed ensuite. The guest/children's bedrooms are light and airy with views of the village below and access to the master bath.
Throughout this elegant and eminently livable house, numerous design considerations make ease and comfort second nature. You'll value the private ground floor garage entrance, the fully finished basement playroom area, and details like the built in laundry chute and abundant storage.
This is the 'have-it-all' residence for those who want to enjoy the many assets of the city's best old neighbourhood in an endlessly rewarding riverside home designed to respect urban individuality, privacy and personal space.
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