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20 Glenwood Avenue
20 Glenwood Avenue
Rockcliffe Park

Dreaming of the perfect Rockcliffe Park home for your family? This gracious and generously scaled residence should top your list.

Prepare for a rush of familiarity as dreams meet reality: a delightful sensation that the balanced proportions, varied interior spaces and towering trees are a perfect 'fit'. Beyond the storied pleasures of life in this elite enclave, you'll recognize many practical advantages. Privacy is superb. One of Canada's top schools is seconds away, no ride required. Simply, this is a home where your entire family will thrive.

Consider the mid-century design, by architect David Younghusband –creator of some of Ottawa's most desirable upscale homes. Younghusband's talent for adapting Georgian design savvy was legendary. Key elements include a back-to-front central hall with intersecting side hall. There's an elegant central stair, windows grouped in threes, classic proportions. Ceilings are high, quality is evident and detailing is right.

Notice the dignified entrance, sheltered under a discrete portico. Leaded glass sidelights and fluted column details quietly announce stature. Cobble-style paving stones on path and porch update the look and feel.

Stepping inside, experience a welcoming reception hall, close to the public rooms of this home. Entry clutter is vanquished by locating the reception closet out of view, in an adjoining hallway.

An inviting living room sited near the front entrance makes it easy to welcome guests without disturbing the life of your household. The space draws character from warm original oak flooring. A wood-burning hearth with mantel restates the fluted column theme. Notice the western light and private views. There are no "across the street" neighbours.

The airy half paneled formal dining room here seems destined for memorable gatherings. This room is distinctly English with vintage stained oak floors and a broad formal entrance serving with entrance to the kitchen.

The 'L' shaped contemporary kitchen anticipates entertaining lifestyles, with a second 'butler's sink' workstation. For everyday living, elegant cabinetry, recessed lighting, black granite counters, and glass subway tiles marry functionality with style. A practical island with breakfast counter handles impromptu family meals. Utility gets a boost from a large walk-in pantry. A built in office desk stands ready for meal-time multitasking . Nearby, a discrete powder room serves the main floor.

An intersecting side hallway accesses a charming concealed family room with wood-burning hearth - a clever hideout for informal family life. Beyond the family room, discover a delightful all season sunroom, with French doors, a gazebo ceiling, windows on three sides -- all surrounded by tall hedges and flowering trees in the yard beyond. Your heart will recognize a productive adult retreat.

Moving upstairs you'll appreciate the way the distinguished character of this home shapes its private spaces. Floors are rich hardwood, doors are solid, tranquility reigns. The hall design enhances privacy. Children's bedrooms are sizeable and private with high ceilings and ample closet space. All are well served by a bright main bath, finished in white ceramic.

Step down three steps to a charming private guest suite with full ensuite and dormered ceilings. Use this space to welcome guests, or for an older child or family member.

The large master suite is warmed by afternoon light and appealingly private views. Contemporary recessed lighting adds a note of style. There are two closets, including a large walk in. The large ensuite is contemporary too with twin sinks, plus bath and shower.

A recreational basement has something for everyone. There's a full-scale media room, with great screen space warmed by a gas hearth. A pool table room is served by a built in wet bar, and an exercise room with ample space for multiple machines. On the practical side, the large laundry with built in shelving is fresh and easy to work in. Tucked out of sight – a wine-cellar, ready for your prized colection.

It goes without saying that homes of this quality and character are rare. Rarer still, is the prime Rockcliffe Park location, complete with large lot sheltered by mature trees. If you've been looking for a home that empowers your family's success with both practical livability and superb quality of life, don't hesitate and plan your appointment very soon.

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