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404-589 Rideau Street
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404-589 Rideau Street
$349,000
Wallis House

Owning a slice of Ottawa's prestigious history has never been this effortless. A perennial landscaped lawn insulates the iconic facade of Wallis House from the bustle of Rideau Street - its historic roots as a Roman Catholic Seminary and headquarters to the Women's Royal Naval Service for the Second World War can only be guessed from glimpses of passersby. Lucky residents know that within, the workmanship and fine details that remain from previous eras are part of home's charm and legacy.

In unit, an urban sanctuary like no other awaits - no, you haven't just fallen into the pages of Architectural Digest - this historic loft, with 14 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls - all yours for the taking. Original hardwood underfoot lays the foundation for a sprawling, open layout - the options for furniture placement are endless, and versatile to boot. A double front hall closet proves its added value daily. Refinement is in the details - the exposed brick has been repointed by a local stonemason, stainless steel and copper cladding accents throughout were designed by a local artisan. Guests are sure to appreciate the ambiance of laid back elegance as they sip aperitifs by the gas fireplace and soaring windows. A smartly placed island introduces the kitchen below the piano-shaped mezzanine. Stainless backsplash and plenty of storage are a chic way to cook, entertain, and start every day. Those who like to play host will appreciate the nearby powder room - cool exposed brick included, of course - separate dining area, and adjacent balcony access; a testament to smart design and excellent use of space. Take your morning coffee overlooking the peaceful, picturesque treetops of MacDonald Gardens offering up seasonal delights in the distance. Nearby in unit laundry room and additional storage handle pragmatic needs.

An open stairway leading to the mezzanine adds to the voluminous sense of space, note the wrought iron railing - it was manufactured by a local blacksmith. Upstairs, find all your metropolitan loft dreams anticipated and met. Closet space and an ensuite answer daily rituals and nothing tops your morning and nightly view out of the North facing sweeping windows.

With storage, parking, and a guest suite available for overnight guests, life's demands are managed with ease and grace. Steps from the Byward Market, Parliament, and everyday necessities, the city is at your fingertips - choose to explore on foot, bike, or transit. Nearby Strathcona Park and MacDonald Gardens will quickly become weekend favourites. Don't wait - this is a must see!

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