Highlight the best, modernize the rest – an adage to live by in Ottawa's beloved New Edinburgh. Three floors of 19th century panache, modern-day upgrades and decidedly 21st century family-friendly living space produce a picture-perfect combination on Union Street. With a wide covered porch and sash windows visible on approach, coupled with roof peaks and a dormer window – it's the stuff heritage dreams are made of. »cont'd
Inside, a transom window over the front door sets the scene, with the entryway opening to formal living and dining rooms. High vintage mouldings and deep window sills contrast with gas fireplace, pot lighting, and chic finishes. Evidence of the home's update – a french door and interior window at one time marked the home's exterior, now heralding vintage charm and unique, super-stylish architecture. Beyond lies an informal family haven – windows and patio door to the yard leave the room wrought with natural light, with laid-back living the everyday theme. The height of function lies beyond in the mudroom – storage, two-car surface parking and yard access, and out-of-sight daily comings and goings produce family utility at its most authentic.
Through the family room lies terrace access – finished in maintenance-free composite decking, the yard's private accessibility and nearby water feature make the home's urban locale unthinkable – a well-loved, truly usable space indeed. A second set of patio doors leads into the eat-in kitchen where, beyond a raised quartz breakfast bar, lie on-trend white Shaker cabinetry, a window over farmhouse sink, and subway tile backsplash – the finishes read like a who's who of current kitchen design. Not just a pretty face, the kitchen's induction cooktop, built-in wall pantry and top-notch appliances make good meals second nature. The nearby powder room packs a heft of drama into a small footprint, yielding a powerful design lesson – every inch counts in the quest for maximized space. The kitchen's corner command centre claims 21st century family appeal – family calendar, charging station, laptop and homework station – an undeniable catch-all for families on the go.
Nearby basement access produces value-added storage – basement encapsulation leaves smart cold storage at your disposal.
On the second floor, find stacked laundry and tons of linen storage in the hall. Bedrooms appease a variety of needs – California shutters and fabulous natural light appeal in one room; a cozy dormer window and muted vibe in another. The pedestal sink and rounded shower of a fooler ensuite bathroom lead to a walk-through closet, invoking a chic dressing room vibe. The bedroom beyond conveys 'master suite in the making', but is indeed simply a well-appointed secondary suite. The main bathroom lies in the hallway.
To the master suite, where two floors of sumptuous architecture and zen, contemporary finishes produce a cove of natural sky light, privacy, and a grown-up's favourite getaway. Sitting room built-ins line the ceiling's natural incline with angular interest; a walk-in closet makes the day's onset easy as selections are made with window's natural light. Upstairs, a skylight in gabled ceilings leaves sleeping quarters feeling intimate and sequestered. A glass barn-style door opens to a barrier-free ensuite bathroom; the wet room's glass tile, skylight and mirrors produce an incomparable rainforest ambience. A second walk-in closet/dressing room leads to patio access – a neighbourhood hallmark, the rooftop cedar deck boasts an exceptional rear vantage for the capital's illustrious fireworks displays.
Efficient windows and ductless heating/cooling wall pumps cross the modern-day must-haves off the list; Beechwood Village offerings, Minto pedestrian bridges, and proximity to downtown relegate the car to its parking space. A vibrant, family-friendly community, trendy amenities, and the heart of Ottawa minutes away. Come home to a well-struck balance of historical interest teamed with modern living spaces and alfresco perfection – seize the opportunity!
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