Meet the quintessential family home, set on a tranquil Rockcliffe cul-de-sac. This Georgian inspired classic whispers self-assured style with its huge treed lot, refined proportions and informal plan. A beautifully renovated kitchen, lush in-ground pool and dramatic master suite assure that life abounds in daily pleasures. »cont'd
Approaching this home you're struck by the elements that make Rockcliffe Ottawa's most desirable community. Streets follow an organic pattern modeled on long-ago country lanes. Towering trees and stately residences share the rolling landscape.
Beneath a traditional curved portico the central entrance here opens on a practical coatroom with coat closet. A mullioned glass door leads to the broad formal central hall. Notice the medallion inlay in the hall's oak hardwood – one of many pleasing traditional design elements.
To the right a lovely front media room derives character from built in shelving and a large bay window. Through a door to your left there's a bright and contemporary gourmet kitchen with a window-side breakfast table. The 'L' shaped counter design speeds preparation tasks, while rich mahogany-stained cabinetry and 'coffee' granite counter tops add a polished note, well matched to the spirit of the house.
Straight ahead, the central hallway opens on beautifully balanced living and dining rooms. Light and great views of the pool and park-like yard fill this dignified space. A glass-doored brass and marble wood fireplace flanked by sash windows anchors the living room. The elegant dining area has a separate door for kitchen access. A new euro-style double hinged sliding door opens on the flagstone patio beyond.
Details appeal: sash style windows are updated and energy efficient, distinctive wood panel doors are fitted with original European latch-style handles. Integral crown moldings soften the ceiling lines on the ground floor. Painting-level outlets mean fine art is displayed in best possible light.
A second hallway transects the home to access a double closet and discrete ground floor powder room with window and recessed lighting. At the opposite end of the hall a sheltered entrance opens on the garage breezeway and backyard. The latticed breezeway wall maintains privacy and keeps pets from straying.
Reach the upstairs rooms via a broad central stairway. At one end of the upstairs hall you'll find the original master bedroom with ensuite bathroom – now a guest suite. The spacer is quaint but entirely comfortable. Natural light floods in from twin sash windows. Three large cupboards provide ample wardrobe space.
There are two large children's bedrooms on this floor, both with double closets, and fine views of the treed backyard. One features a window desk alcove. Across the hall a smaller bedroom room currently serves as a charming home office. The main bath here has a skylight to play natural light off soft marble-toned ceramics.
The stunning master suite is a recent addition, strategically located away from the main house. Built to pamper, the room has a dramatic atrium ceiling, wood burning fireplace and spacious sitting area for adult refuge, day or night. There's a large walk in closet with a window plus a spacious ensuite with therapy tub. A private balcony overlooking the pool area captures lingering summer mornings.
Every true family home needs a teen basement getaway. Here ceilings are high and there's plenty of room for play, hanging out and watching media. There's a finished laundry room , separate furnace and storage space - even a wine cellar/cold storage for prized vintages.
In summer months, the star of this lovely home is its sunny flagstone stone patio and kidney-shaped pool, made very private by the surrounding backyard forest. An in ground sprinkler system keeps the front yard verdant too, part of why this home's familiar name is "Evergreen."
The two story Georgian plan has defined great family homes since the days of Jane Austin. The reason is simple: it totally works. With the superb schools of Rockcliffe walking-close, and downtown Ottawa minutes away you could not choose a better location for your own family to thrive.
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