If ever the hallmarks of Rockcliffe Village – intelligence, accomplishment, comfort and social confidence – made their mark on the DNA of a great home, this is it. Built in the 1970's as the residence for a veteran Rockcliffe socialite, this Georgian inspired design is all about managing social and private life with élan. It's a remarkably comfortable and wise home that anticipates every village life contingency. »cont'd
Privacy trumps public display in the street-facing façade – one clue to the supreme social confidence that shaped this home. Coach style double garage doors and concealed front side entrance are the soul of discretion. Upper floor windows are set high with privacy in mind. Yet this deeply sociable address extends a generous welcome with a gorgeous 19th century inspired pergola, inviting guests to follow the broad New England brick pathway to the side entrance.
At the end of this processional path there's an elegant street facing custom entry door –side lighted, and faithful to Georgian inspiration, as is the reception foyer it opens on to.
With a turn, the inner doorway – also side-lighted – opens on a spacious reception foyer and central hallway. And the real magic of this home begins. Notice the space here – so comfortably 'home' yet elegantly ready for large gatherings. What makes it work? The curved main stair with alcove makes the space feel more intimate; wood floors add warmth rooms invite, soft natural light abounds.
Case in point – the spacious living room opening off the main hall. Guests are drawn by the classic hearth and south facing windows. Along with classic elegance and ample room for seating (and a baby grand too) there's a personable feel to the room resulting from astute proportions.
And the end of the main hall you'll discover an intimate library/family room, wood toned and hearth-warmed. In summer the room accesses a lovely marble floored screen porch, open on three sides. Tall hedges help create a deeply private summer room for lingering après swim drinks and al fresco dining.
The formal dining room is set at the end of the main hall, far from the entrance. Its clever spatial planning that enhances the sense of 'event' at dinner parties. You'll love the serving access to the kitchen.
The updated centre kitchen is a highlight. On the practical side, the center island with sleek granite and built in cook top is totally chef friendly. Counter space on either side of the island and additional serving counters are designed to facilitate caterer service for large gatherings. But everyday life thrives too, in surroundings of weathered-look beech cabinetry, ceramic floors plus eat-in table space with a sunny east window.
One of the great tricks of this home is the private 2nd stairway accessible from the kitchen to reach bedrooms, basement, garage or discrete side entrance. Ingenious planning means family members easily navigate around social events. The huge family-only back hall and mudroom is a feature you'll prize.
Climb the main stairs to discover this home's upstairs rooms, noticing the bright reception landing and reading refuge. The sanctuary-styled master suite shines with hardwood floors and sitting room space anchored by an exquisite marble arched hearth. A stunning contemporary ensuite takes its style cues straight from a European luxury hotel: soft bone-gray ceramic to contrast the sculptural tub. The walk in shower has a great bench feature. A walk-in closet offers abundant space for wardrobes.
Three other bedrooms on this floor abound with style and features. A guest room with ensuite is set to pamper visitors or an older child. A younger child's room has intriguing windows, private sink and cheater access to the upstairs bathroom. It's cool.
Take the back stairs past a businesslike office to the lower basement level. There's a games room, full bar with bar kitchen, full bathroom and extra bedroom here.
Walk the grounds. You'll notice the tranquility so characteristic of this great Rockcliffe home. Like everything else here the swimming pool placement is thoughtful – set in sunny and private south exposure. Simply brilliant.
Rockcliffe is renowned for its beauty, outstanding schools, effortless commutes and impressive homes. But even here, few homes show such mastery of private comfort and dazzling sociability. One look and you'll know. Plan to see it very soon.
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