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7 Catalina Drive
7 Catalina Drive
Arlington Woods

Set amid the pine groves of Arlington Woods – the west Ottawa executive enclave with a North Vancouver feel – this custom California-inspired home makes a winning case for "west " with big welcoming interiors, 'resort style', a fabulous pool and patio plus one-of-a-kind bar and games room.

The home is a marriage of California inspiration with local building know-how. The original owners commissioned the design to capture the features of an admired Californian bungalow. The builder adapted that vision to the two story vernacular of Arlington Woods . Result? A relaxed hybrid with plenty of California cool.

Arriving, notice the stands of red pines edging the distant view. On the property, pines create a cathedral-like North Vancouver feel. Privacy-aware design determined the orientation of neighbouring executive homes –an effect that's enhanced by mature landscaping. You'll like the detail in the curved paving stone path, and sheltered porch entry.

Entering you'll sense this great home's blended roots. The tiled front reception hall is pure Canadian practicality with French doors separating the entry hall to keep cold air at bay. Beyond these doors you're welcomed into a relaxed reception lounge/living room space Floor to ceiling windows with California blinds balance the dark hardwood flooring with natural light. Sliding doors let you welcome guests directly to the patio and pool area – great for summer get-togethers.

To manage formal entertaining the dining room is close to the main entrance. Hybrid style here means serious dinner and celebration presence, defined by hardwood floors and a sunset-catching bay window.

Turn to the family wing of this house to explore the balance between relaxed pool-side lifestyle and capital city formality. The kitchen is warm with natural tones from wood floors and paneled oak cabinetry. Deep pot drawers and abundant pantry space defy clutter. Dual ovens do gourmet duty. Counters are granite. Recessed lighting sets the mood. There's a spacious breakfast bar that easily doubles as a sociable bar for informal entertaining.

Step down from the kitchen to the sunken family room – a refined space ready for everyday life and casual entertaining. A stone hearth with timber mantel sets the tone -- simple; natural and timeless. Hardwood floors, recessed lighting, crown moldings and built in shelving add polish. Beyond the family room you'll find a powder room, plus large finished laundry with sink, and side door pool access.

Deep privacy and direct pool access lend resort style to the ground floor master suite. Set in its own private wing of the house the suite is filled with light, and touches like crown moldings, recessed lighting, elegant double entry doors and spacious his and her closets. The white-tiled ensuite features walk in shower, plus soaker tub. Your morning swim? As easy as rolling out of bed. An adjacent office makes a productive workspace, totally removed from the life of the house.

The three upstairs bedrooms are simply terrific –spacious, well finished, with ample natural light and closet space. They're served by a well finished main bath, plus a charming study space.

In summer the social life of this home tends to focus on the beautiful pine-sheltered deck, patio and salt clarified swimming pool with natural rock surround and water features. In winter there are other social options. Discover them when you explore the amazing "club style" basement games, bar, media room and spa-equipped basement.

The unabashedly over-the-top basement entertainment complex is packed with 1980's exuberance and optimism –all realized with top-notch craftsmanship. In short: it's great. Exotic sculpted shaped ceilings with club inspired lighting set the mood, baby! The professionally equipped, custom-crafted curved bar exceeds club standards, right down to the dishwasher. There's a pool table area, a dance floor with ballet bar, a big -screen media zone. The piece de resistance is an entertainment scaled marble hot tub complex, complete with steam room and shower. Your uninhibited inner 'west' will approve.

Maximum lifestyle? It's simple. This spacious comfortable private, super-sociable and ultra confident home never loses sight of life's pleasures. It's packed with features and style too. With great schools, shopping and services close by, and quick city or Kanata access, your family will thrive. It's a rare combination in buttoned-down Ottawa: plan your appointment very soon.

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