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420 Sparks Street, Centretown
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It's morning in Ottawa and the world is yours. Descending from your front porch to the quiet street below, you can forgive yourself for feeling a little smug. A ten minute walk to work! How foresighted you were to acquire this luminous address in Ottawa's new "best downtown location" – Cathedral Hill. Light rail? Steps away. The city's new library centre? Coming soon. »cont'd

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Take a moment to pause and absorb the stonecraft of the 1870's cathedral that is your neighbor here, high on the city's Western promontory. Always, you're amazed by the beauty and authenticity of this location and the architect's success in integrating heritage into the site.

You use the commute time you save, of course. That's part of the magic. Today you caught up on some reading over coffee on the bedroom balcony, pausing to enjoy the view. In winter the attached condo fitness centre keeps you on your game. All condominium privileges come with your private home – one more discrete advantage.

Time stretches in a dozen other ways through great design and features focused on making life easy and enjoyable.

Take yesterday. A colleague dropped by after work for an urgent update. No problem. Your intimate first floor den is always ready for a relaxing drink and a quiet discussion – or any other kind of entertaining. Situated directly off the entrance hall, the room features a built in wet bar plus a warm custom wall of bookcase shelving with inset lighting. Nearby there's a convenient powder room. No need to disturb your household.

Not that you don't enjoy inviting guests to dinner. You get a kick out of offering friends the option of elevator or stairs. It's always a pleasure sharing the privacy and tree top views of your living room here, in a space that's perfectly blocked and defined. The adjacent dining area matches its function with a more intimate design feeling. Memorable dinners flow easily here from your chef-ready galley kitchen.

Does a designer kitchen make the chef? Sometimes. Elite quality European appliances really do encourage adventurousness. Custom cabinetry and drawers fit everything. The pull-out pantry keeps spices orderly and provisions ready. Nearby, a concealed china cabinet shelters treasures and special-occasion tableware.

You love the textures of this kitchen: cool-smooth Caesarstone counters plus sleek marble-toned mosaic backsplash. Flexible custom lighting matches any task or mood. And while you cook, the sociable island lets friends gather to share wine and conversation.

Why do so many evenings wind down in your main floor den? It's a cozy retreat at the rear of your main floor, sunken below a slightly raised south balcony. Huge windows bring in the textures of the Cathedral precinct – 19th century stonework and plus the green-roof of the Cathedral's great hall. A poised guest-ready powder room is nearby.

Forget the elevator – you love ascending the generous sky-lighted stairs to your third floor bedrooms. To the North, magnificent views define the master suite. Suave and hotel-like, with huge windows, a sitting area and private balcony it begins and ends your days with views and stylish comfort. A clever walk-through closet and dressing room leads to the suite's spa-like bathroom with glazed shower and separate tub. Cabinets are well designed. Clerestory windows bring in natural light.

The guest bedroom is impressive too, with stellar cathedral views plus walk-in closet and attached bath. An oversized glazed shower here is always a hit with guests.

Your friends never get over this home's finished rooftop terrace - an outdoor space that exceeds all expectations. Views to the west and north are some of the city's best – a protected panorama of parkland, river, blue mountains and iconic public buildings. There's water outlets, to irrigate the rooftop greenery. On the south side a sheltered outdoor dining area has a gas outlet for barbeque and sleek steel pergola sunshade. Calm and refined finishes plus private rooftop elevator? 'Lush living' barely touches it.

Need your car? Take the elevator to your private underground garage, complete with separate storage. There's room for everything from bicycles to kayaks. Plus bonus – you own a second parking space in the general condo underground parking.

With too many custom features to list, this full sized home is the jewel of Cathedral Hill. Views excel. The city is doorstep close. Privacy reigns. And the whole design is flawlessly integrated into a heritage parkland setting. Insisting on the best of all worlds? Plan to visit very soon.

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Room Dimensions

Den Main 21'9 x 11'7
Powder Room Main 4'10 x 2'7
Living Room Second 13'4 x 7'7
Dining Room Second 12'1 x 10'11
Kitchen Second 12'8 x 11'11
Family Room Second 11'11 x 9'
Bath 2 Piece Second 7'5 x 5'4
Master Bedroom Third 17'5 x 11'10
Walk In Closet Third 8'3 x 7'10
Ensuite 4 Piece Third 11'1 x 8'
Bedroom Third 11'11 x 8'9
Ensuite 3 Piece Third 8' x 4'5