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132 Stewart Street
132 Stewart Street
Sandy Hill

Where one of a kind often conjures images of laser-focused custom homes, this truly unique dwelling offers its singularity through a deep-seated place in Ottawa's history, exquisite architecture, and distinct European aura. Lovers of 19th century craftsmanship and museum-quality decorative arts will relish the opportunity to live in this 1874 Sandy Hill mainstay, following in the centuries-old footsteps of Colonel White - who served as principal secretary to Sir John A Macdonald.

Amongst the peaceful, tree-lined streets of a dynamic urban community, home is found on a deceptively quiet street, but don't worry - the buzz of the Byward market and convenient amenities are out of sight but within easy reach. Home's heritage status is clear from the very first curbside glance; original stone and full brick exterior lay the groundwork for a stunning mix of Gothic Revival and Victorian features - peaked windows draw the eye to rare curved brick topped by a pitched gable. Steps leading up to the covered porch introduce a commanding doorway topped with a transom window - clearly, good things await within.

The entrance beyond an inviting vestibule is captivating - the wow factor comes in all forms and from all around - where to look first? The grand curved staircase immediately ahead? The enticing sightlines to a glass solarium in the distance? Or perhaps the details are what demand your attention - original oversized rounded millwork, hardwood floors and stained glass windows that can be glimpsed throughout? Start in the living room to the right; its soaring ceilings and Gothic Revival bay window won't disappoint. Know that hosting elegant soirees in front of the marble-surround fireplace is an inevitable tradition you'll want to uphold. Through a sprawling archway, the dining room repeats large windows with art-friendly wall space all around. Whether a party of four or fourteen - this room exudes understated elegance and is large enough to host superb dinners without sacrificing intimacy. On the way to the kitchen, a powder room and pantry leave pragmatic needs conveniently handled. Find a completely functional kitchen in a contained, light-filled locale - the gourmet Wolf stove and range will delight the avid chef, while stainless appliances, plenty of counter space and high-reaching cabinetry round out a delicious trio of helping hands. Survey the picturesque backyard garden scene as you enjoy your morning java - there's a perfect spot between two tall windows for your very own bistro moment.

Beyond, a four season glass solarium takes responsibility for moments of tranquility in an urban neighbourhood - make this your hidden sanctuary. Access the back garden from this spot - an apropos merging of home and nature will leave you wanting to spend plenty of time outside during summer months. Lush vegetation grows, but there is also plenty of room for al-fresco dinners, play, and lounging. Cedar fences and age-old trees create a private oasis.

Upstairs, a bright, spacious landing introduces sleeping quarters. In a rare second-floor show of open space, a large, decorative wardrobe is a smart storage solution for linens and family trappings. Three bedrooms satisfy all occupants - spacious footprints, closet space, slanted walls with dormer window sills and treetop-high views infuse character into each. Productivity ensues in the study - ideally located to be part of the action, yet highly practical for the work-at home set. The main bath is large enough to handle family mornings, while a dressing room with cheater doors acts as a conduit to the master bedroom. And what a private refuge it is. With all the space left for living, lounging, and resting one's head at night, take advantage of the sublime mood. Or settle in with a good book by the stained glass window - your reading nook and restful evenings await.

A basement with a separate entrance is a truly pleasant element, and would serve as a highly functional nanny or in-law suite - two bedrooms, a living and dining area, kitchen and full bath complete a multi-purpose space. Laundry and a small mudroom lead to a back exit.

With the city centre, University of Ottawa and the Byward market steps away, relish home's centrale vantage in a peaceful, community-centric neighbourhood. Historic homes and bike paths beckon adventurous family weekends and an effortless exercise regime. Nearby amenities, schools, and parks will have you wondering why you didn't think of coming here sooner - find beauty, comfort, and an historic cachet ready and waiting - but it won't be around for long - make an appointment today!

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