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173 Balmoral Place
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173 Balmoral Place
$1,495,000
Faircrest Heights

Pause to appreciate the rich exterior details defining this classic-contemporary-traditional brick and stone home. You'll notice the balance, the echoing rooflines, the timeless shapes and textures. Arched windows and doorways with transom panes, and even arched garage doors are just some of the hallmarks of a true thoroughbred.

Two front entrances reflect the planning that makes this one-of-a-kind haven work so well for professional families. There's the formal front entrance, set under a deep arched portico, held high by classic columns. A massive hanging coach lamp and oval window stand ready to welcome the most distinguished of guests. A second front entrance handles everyday-life with a ceramic-floored mudroom plus service hall, complete with powder room. From this practical hallway you can access the main living areas as well as the garage and basement nanny suite. Nanny comes and goes as she pleases.

Stepping through the main entrance you'll detect high-function design rules at play. There are familiar elements – a classic formal reception foyer set beneath an airy cathedral ceiling, with classic main stair and upper balcony, perfect for greetings and farewells. Yet the architect scaled the space practically, adding an alcove for a reception table plus natural light via a high corner clerestory window. It's design for real living. Smart.

Turn off the main centre hall to experience the living room with its oak flooring, arched windows and charming oval stained glass window. Cozy right-sized warmth is perfect for adult conversations. A gas hearth creates instant ambience. Rare artisanal "garlanded" crown molding adds a touch of traditional style.

Imagine entertaining in the sumptuous formal dining room – a grand and inviting space with oak floors and elegant column and window detailing, plus alcove for dining room cabinetry. Large formal diner parties are a natural here. And great flow means entertaining has few restrictions. The double door to the deck and patio integrates the dining room in outdoor entertaining. Not surprisingly this home with its deck, patio and huge garden yard, has a history of hosting big parties. Two ground floor powder rooms anticipate large social gatherings.

Step down to the stellar chef's kitchen and family room – the vast and flawless heart of this home. Savor the way light dances through the high cathedral windows. Take in the gorgeous informal alcove dining area, bathed in natural light.

There's a wonderful orderly feel to the kitchen layout. Well-detailed cabinetry stores everything out of sight. Appliances plus rich black granite counters and ceramic flooring are newly updated and stylish. The island features children's height counter. A long serving counter works brilliantly for everyday and entertaining.

You'll love the adjoining family room with its gas hearth, high ceilings, warm recessed lighting, gorgeous windows, wall-mounted TV, and clutter-defying cabinetry.

Staircases front and back are essentials in a great home. Climb to the very private second floor. Down a short hall there's an office/den plus comfortable guest bedroom, ingeniously separated from the family bedrooms. Guests do as they wish, without disturbing the family.

Large children's bedrooms are well detailed with hold-everything double closets. One has a corner window for natural light from two sides. Another has a charming play alcove plus stylish bulwark recessed lighting. The upstairs bathroom serving these bedrooms features warm travertine ceramic walls, new flooring and vanity. It's sleek and right.

The master bedroom suite is a tranquil oasis of space and natural light. There's an access hall, great proportions, cathedral ceilings charming windows on two sides, and long treetop views, plus a walk in, of course. A stellar master bath with sleek free-standing soaker tub plus glass-doored walk-in shower and all-granite flooring raises the style bar. You will relax here.

The fully independent basement nanny suite has windows and natural light, a kitchenette, living space, a bedroom plus full bath. Options abound from nanny, to granny to private domain for your college student. Storage, recreation and craft spaces complete the basement. This home adapts.

Leave the cars in the double garage for the quick walk to work at the Ottawa Hospital. You can easily cycle to your downtown office too. It's all that close. Yet this world's away cul-de-sac street is remarkably green and tranquil. Great local schools meet every child's needs.

Perfect for busy adults and children of any age, family life thrives in this custom-built home. Stylish updates assure you of a dazzling move-in ready transition to one of Ottawa's finest communities. Call soon to plan your appointment before it's gone.

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