1853 Rideau Garden Drive, Rideau Gardens
$2,690,000

Urban family life is redefined in this classic family-centric home that sits peacefully on the banks of Rideau River in Old Ottawa East. Age-old trees cloister the calm street as you make your way home - there is no through traffic - privacy and tranquility are the result. There's a reason why this is one of Ottawa's favourite and most community-centric neighbourhoods. »cont'd

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Walk to schools, soccer fields, tennis courts, parks, skate and ski in the winter, and enjoy a nearby dock for water crafts in the summer. The city's social and business centres are only minutes away via transit, bike or car. All school levels - from elementary to university - are walking distance. Something for everyone in your clan has never been so appealing. Curbside, a brick exterior showcases arch-topped windows and doors - the visual outcome is a satisfying welcome. With room for 6 vehicles in the driveway in addition to the 2 car garage, entertaining and spontaneous get togethers are a breeze. Within, the foyer is as grand as it is practical - skylights celebrate natural light, and the open to above staircase promises good things to come. As gorgeous as the interiors are - hardwood floors, high ceilings, timeless millwork - it's the view beyond that will make your heart stop. A thoughtfully designed layout maximizes sightlines through sweeping windows, bringing the Rideau River to life as an ever-changing natural backdrop in almost every room. Life's practicalities take shape: a home office to your right is out of the way, promising hours of productivity. Nearby, an elegant sitting room with a gas fireplace makes a case for learning an instrument or starting a private library. The double doors leading to a covered porch overlooking the riverfront backyard underscore how achievable tranquility is. Every season is a treat in this house. The chill of winter seems eradicated when neighbours get together for regular skating parties, or when you head out for a family walk or snowshoeing adventure along the river. Summer months bring all the best that cottage life has to offer, except - you're in the heart of the city. Can it be? Can you take the patio steps down to the riverbank and paddle board, kayak, or discover turtle eggs with your little ones on the same day you went into work? Absolutely - this is life as it should be. Back inside, entertaining-ready proportions in the dining room yield sophisticated yet comfortable social gatherings - never worry about not having enough space for unexpected guests. Out of sight and leaving any prep and mess out of mind, the kitchen is ready for culinary delights of all kinds. A glass-door fridge, gas stove and names like Sub-Zero offer a five star cooking experience even if it's simply leftovers. Plenty of storage and granite-topped counters complete the space. Eastern sun continues the theme of abundant natural light in the eat-in area. Complemented by a vaulted ceiling and lush riverfront views, every morning feels unhurried. Entertaining or simply lounging at home will never be the same again. Cozy nights at home are elevated with the gas fireplace in the living room. An equilateral footprint yields easy furniture placement and plays host to huge windows - extraordinary views of the Rideau River are your daily view. Garage access and a mudroom kitted with smart built-ins makes family comings and goings a breeze. A skylight leads your way upstairs, where sleeping quarters have been specifically designed to take advantage of the stunning natural views that surround. Four bedrooms including the primary are spacious, bright, and incredibly accommodating. Three have walk-in closets, boast a generous footprint, and are served by a large, four-piece main bath - no sibling rivalry here. A spa-like ambiance fills the primary bedroom: with splendid views over a perpetually peaceful view, a large walk-in closet and private sun room, this space is clutter free and utterly zen. A spacious ensuite pairs a jacuzzi soaker tub with large walk-in shower and marble accents. This is the way to start and end every day. In the basement, high ceilings and oversized windows keep it bright. Carpeting underfoot is comforting for the large recreation area beyond. A home gym, three piece bathroom and plenty of storage space prove fruitful for dynamic families. A temperature controlled wine cellar holds 2000 bottles and the promise of impressed guests. The cohesiveness and natural flow of this home is undeniable and incredibly alluring - not only from an aesthetic perspective, but because every inch is totally liveable. With the Rideau River in your backyard, marvel at how this prime location is minutes to downtown, universities and amenities. A life this good is possible - seize the opportunity and make an appointment today.

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Room Dimensions

Foyer Main 15'10 x 10'
Living Room Main 15'10 x 15'7
Dining Room Main 16'1 x 12'11
Kitchen Main 13'10 x 13'8
Eating Area Main 13'8 x 9'3
Family Room Main 19' x 15'2
Office Main 13'9 x 12'4
Mud Room Main 12'6 x 9'1
Bath 3-Piece Main 9'5 x 5'7
Primary Bedroom Second 17' x 16'3
Gym Second 11'2 x 10'5
Ensuite 5-Piece Second 13'7 x 12'5
Walk-In Closet Second 10'5 x 10'1
Bedroom Second 13'6 x 11'5
Bath 5-Piece Second 11'9 x 11'2
Bedroom Second 14'4 x 11'6
Bedroom Second 12'4 x 11'6
Laundry Room Second 8'4 x 8'2
Recreation Room Lower 15'6 x 10'11
Gym Lower 14' x 12'
Wine Cellar Lower 9'5 x 9'10
Games Room Lower 24'7 x 12'10
Games Room Lower 16'3 x 15'5
Bath 3-Piece Lower 7'9 x 5'11
Storage Room Lower n/a x n/a
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