Perfection: natural and man-made, is an adage that becomes reality when home is the result of a custom project forged by the expert minds at Urban Keios. Perched on the highest point in the coveted Glebe neighbourhood, surrounded by age-old trees and heritage homes, 19 Torrington showcases a delicate balance between new and old, contemporary and timeless. And the result is extraordinary. »cont'd
Set back from the street, take in the landscaped garden, stone and metal staircase, and modern, clean lines, all punctuated by large, equilateral windows and glass balconies. Oversize brick surrounds a stunning welcome statement; the solid mahogany door gets a window treatment with razor thin slits of frosted glass. Four square windows replace a traditional sidelight with creative aplomb.
Over the threshold, the striking exterior makes good on its promise for a luxury, one-of-a -kind experience within. Subtle asian influence informs the design; from the sleek mahogany doors repeated throughout, to unique door handles and hand-picked light fixtures. High ceilings and immaculately turned out spaces offer up a totally liveable dwelling. The sunken foyer presents a special welcome - walls fan out on both sides ever so slightly. Double closets, built-in seating and handy built-in drawer organizers are not only functional - solid mahogany and angled lines make them works of art. Adjacent find the powder room, conveniently placed for guests. Oversized tile underfoot complements clear sightlines into every room on the main floor.
Maple hardwood gleams under plentiful natural light streaming in from expansive floor to ceiling windows in the living room. Entertain on either side of the linear gas fireplace, slate surround giving the impression of a floating wall. Start with cocktails overlooking a picturesque street view, then host dinner in a refined, open space. Clever clerestory windows offer light and privacy, while ceiling mounted speakers managed via an electronic home control system throughout help set a special tone.
Foodies and families flourish in the nearby open kitchen and family room - a match made in heaven. To the right, a wood burning fireplace holds court for game nights, movies and good old family fun. Watch Netflix while you prep meals in a truly exceptional kitchen. Brilliant design employs curved bulkheads mirrored in the flooring pattern and glass table connected to a long quartz-topped island. Walnut cabinetry colludes with the best in appliances for satisfying culinary adventures; Miele induction cooktop and Thermador column fridge make an extraordinary sous-chef. Washing up is taken to a whole new level when ceramic floors are heated and the endless view outside reads like a natural sanctuary. Mature trees and river rock frame a patio surrounded by elegant cedar fencing - your backyard oasis awaits. Revel in the privacy from home's higher vantage; during summer months the verdant canopy offers a cool respite from the sun. Natural gas barbecue sets the scene for dining, lounging, and playing; summer is as sweet as it should be.
Glass railings and open risers float upstairs, escorted by remarkable multi-storey corner windows and an Italian-imported chandelier. Three bedrooms on the second level make a case for sweeping square footage, huge windows and double closets. Take advantage of built-in shelving and a spacious balcony in the front bedroom to create an out of this world office - productivity guaranteed. Nearby, a second floor laundry room answers domestic functions in spades; there's a tub sink, a folding counter and drying rod conveniently centred amongst a bank of drawers and cabinets - storage and practical design are never in short supply. The main bathroom serves the second level in style; enjoy a neutral palette accented with chrome finishes and refreshing mint tile wall in the walk-in shower. A soaker tub and vessel sink are simple, geometric, perpetuating home's harmonious ethos.
The top floor grants access to a true urban refuge - shed the day's events and allow the sweeping treetop vista to serenade your evenings and energize your mornings. An Eastern view and hilltop position make a winning combination - it feels as though you're in the canopy. Light flows through a clerestory wall to two walk-in closets. Divided by balcony access, both are kitted with built-ins and meet the demands of the 21st century professional. Morning routines are never the same in this ensuite. His and hers vanities face one another, mirrors dividing them, while nifty square pass throughs maintain connectivity. This cheeky design is a jumping off point for an indulgent trio; a corner soaker tub, walk-in rain-shower, and water closet.
Our floor plan ends in the basement, where storage and heated garage access are found. Beyond, a nanny or in-law suite boasts high ceilings, plenty of natural light and an impeccably turned out three piece bathroom.
An extra large garage allows room for plenty of outdoor gear; and you're going to need it. With bike paths and the Rideau canal nearby, the active-minded are forever satisfied throughout all four seasons. Airport and business centre proximity yield hassle free commutes. Walk to Lansdowne for groceries, entertainment, sports - feel the energy of event nights; lucky residents know this pocket of the Glebe is special.
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