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304 Harmer Avenue S, Island Park/Civic Hospital
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The hallmarks of Ottawa's Civic Hospital neighbourhood - intelligence, accomplishment, and comfort - have made their mark on this mid-century home. Built in 1939, this classic Younghusband home with Tudor revival details like original diamond leaded glass windows is all about managing family life with élan. Discover a warm and inviting home that anticipates every life scenario. »cont'd

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Bordered by a lush cluster of vegetation, the home's open gables frame a stucco and full brick surround that announces elegance and major curb appeal. Surface parking for four and a large garage grants separate access into the home - ideal for winter comings and goings. Natural stone surrounds the verdant front lawn and leads to a column-framed front door - coach lamps illuminate evening visits with warmth and charm. Take note; the exterior is a beautiful hint for what's to come within.

Over the threshold, a refreshed vestibule blends modern and heritage with a chic birch wallpaper motif and an original brass art deco wall sconce. A harmonious balance of old and new continues as you step into the main hallway. The original details are alluring and enrich every space with warmth; original hardwood, cove moulding and millwork, high ceilings, a big bay window overlooking the backyard. Modern updates like electrical, choice windows, pot lights and an open main level layout offer highly livable and ready for anything spaces. The result? An idyllic, enticing home filled with soft natural light which handles everything from playdates with friends and family to elegant entertaining.

Case in point - the spacious living room off the main hall. Guests are drawn by a timeless gas fireplace and diamond leaded windows. Classic elegance and ample room for flexible seating yields a personable feel to this room. Off the main living room, discover a summer gem - a screened in porch offers the perfect perch to curl up with a good book during a summer storm, or enjoy a cool crossbreeze with your morning coffee. Easily converted into a four season room, let your imagination soar with the possibilities of this cottage-like oasis.

Conversation flows easily into the open dining room and kitchen - access it via the main hall or through the living room. A recent kitchen renovation has opened up this social space. Smart spatial planning has kept a sense of occasion in the formal dining room - you'll love the easy serving access to the kitchen.

With its granite counters, honey-hued shaker cabinetry and ample drawer storage, Jenn-Air gas stove and super-silent Bosch dishwasher, this updated kitchen is a highlight. Other practical benefits that make it work? A large sink window over the backyard, and a peninsula to handle pre-dinner prep and social time. Marvel at how everyday life thrives here along with formal entertaining. Nearby, the family room with its big bay window handles informal hangouts, post-school catch up and all manner of tasks. It's easy, relaxed, cool. A nearby yet out-of-the-way back hall with access to the garage and a powder room is a feature that will be prized by all.

Take the side door to the sprawling backyard, surrounded by age-old maples granting privacy and a green canopy like no other. A large patio in a tranquil setting is so characteristic of this great home. Like everything else here the orientation offers optimal comfort - afternoon sun exposure is simply brilliant.

Back inside, built-in shelves and original Georgian-inspired banisters lead to the second level. A wide landing introduces a bright and sunny main bath. Fresh updates in cream tones are crowd-pleasers: quartz countertops, a glass shower wall (with a treetop view no less) and glass tile mosaic round out a chic space. Appreciation for older gems has kept the art-deco built-in mirror - perfect.

The master with his and hers closets features loft ceilings and leaded windows overlooking a peaceful street for a sanctuary-style space. Two additional bedrooms are bright, cheerful and also feature great loft ceilings. A linen closet sees endless use but as with other homes of this heritage, you may want to convert this zone with a stairway to a third level loft or master space - an 18x18 room awaits above with endless potential.

In the basement, laminate floors and a cozy atmosphere lend opportune surroundings for game nights and recreation time, while a three piece bath boasts fresh updates in cool blends of grey and white. Also on this level, find laundry and the potential for another expansion.

This area of the city is coveted for its close-to-everything vantage - most importantly the world renowned Heart Institute and the Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus. Hop on the highway, nearby bike paths or transit for a speedy and scenic commute to the city centre. Fisher Park, Elmdale Tennis courts and top schools are minutes away, as is a great social and cultural scene via Wellington Village, Parkdale market, and the Central Experimental Farm. Few homes show such mastery of comfortable living and cheerful sociability. Make an appointment today!

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Room Dimensions

Foyer Main 5'5 x 3'11
Living Room Main 15'1 x 11'6
Dining Room Main 12'8 x 12'
Kitchen Main 12'2 x 11'4
Family Room Main 13' x 12'2
Partial Bath Main 5'8 x 3'4
Master Bedroom Second 14'4 x 10'4
Bedroom Second 13'6 x 9'10
Bedroom Second 10'1 x 9'11
Bath 4-Piece Second 8'10 x 7'6
Recreation Room Lower 33'1 x 21'6
Bath 3-Piece Lower 6'11 x 3'8
Laundry Room Lower 10 x 7'6