Seen it all and still looking for more? Historic Sandy Hill meets cosmopolitan design sense and urbane artist's vision in this comfortable and slyly ingenious rethink of the perfect Arts and Crafts period Ottawa address. The feeling? Urbane and smart: a just-right mix of architecture-loving form, light and openness plus confident modern style and clever, questioning artist-designed elements. »cont'd
Beautifully sited between heritage 19th century mansions, this charmed Arts and Crafts era residence welcomes with a treed and landscaped front yard, in tune with today's "nature first" spirit. Textures are skillfully blended. Colours are right. Climb to the portico-shaded front porch. Beyond, you enter a world of light and space defined with pleasing shapes and textures, in keeping with the Arts and Crafts philosophy of "truth to materials."
The entry foyer is simple, sleek: gleaming oak floors, period moldings and mullioned side-light windows. The original stairs' landing extends to a concealed reception closet alcove – one of many "aha" moments here.
The living room has size and style, accentuated by the offset rectangles of the front casement window. The original wood-burning hearth in rugged brick is a bold touchpoint to this home's origins. Arts and Crafts tradition rules in the entertaining "event-ready" dining room too, with ceiling beams and high bank of mullioned windows. Intriguingly, a 'raw' iron radiator speaks its material truth.
Follow an impeccable hall to find a sleek powder room with custom zinc vanity, contrasting sleek tile. The hall leads to a bright open kitchen that's the essence of practicality: abundant storage cabinetry, great lighting plus a cool kidney-shaped island bar that exults in "modern". There's a great flow to the spacious family room, with wrap around light and a clever angled window. Notice the deep 1920's inspired overhang above superb rear decks and zen-like "no-mow" fenced yard.
Upstairs: two big children's bedrooms and gorgeous master suite. The suite features a fabulous custom-railed balcony, sitting alcove plus inspired cheater ensuite retreat with sculptural oval soaker tub/rain shower set on aloof white marble. A custom copper vanity and custom-made faucet will thrill design aficionados.
In a world of timid franchised style, this comfortable culture-savvy residence stands discretely apart. An outstanding Sandy Hill location puts delightful walks, great neighbourhood character and the city's best assets at your doorstep. If you know, you'll know. Plan your appointment very soon.
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