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269 Island Park Drive
269 Island Park Drive
Ottawa West

When nature, an urban locale, and family living collide, the result is nothing short of magical. This statement rings especially true in this mid-century architecturally designed home that connects with nature in a way no other urban home ever could. Originally built for prominent Ottawa builder RJ Nicol, who shaped the city landscape, this landmark home proves that bold design is not only a unique feature, but something to be celebrated.

Interest is piqued on the street by a timeless facade that features hand-split cedar shakes and red brick framing two-storey trapeze windows. Mature trees surround, a pine grove on the side of the property fills the corner lot with a sense of tranquility. Quiet Patricia Street provides easy access and guest parking around the back. What lies beyond the friendly front doors that were handcrafted by a local artist? Only a lucky few know.

Inside, home feels like a love letter to masterful engineering: there is an artful embrace of nature, architecture, and congenial spaces. With an open and easy flow, the interior design allows for a versatile and creative use of each space. Make it your own. Entry is understated but grand: big light throughout, a thoughtful split-level flow, and custom finishes like oak hardwood, curved banisters and hand-picked chandeliers punctuate what you're already thinking: this place is special. Take the stairs down to the sunken living room and you'll immediately see why. A curved wall with vertical windows has been built around an ancient oak and continues its intimate vista all the way to the top. Find another ode to nature in the natural stone wall with a wood burning fireplace, all lit by two storey windows. Patio doors lead to a private enclave - the line between a cozy night in or elegant soiree is easy to cross. On the other side of the elevated foyer, find a naturally-lit home office or nanny suite - smartly secluded but with a bright view on the street, productivity reigns. A well-turned out powder room is in a beneficial location, while two-car garage access and extra storage keep family comings and goings accessible but out of earshot.

Appeal grows on the second level. A modern, custom-designed kitchen and open plan L-shaped family room is a magnet for conviviality and simultaneously a beautiful place to take pause at the end of a long day. In the award-winning kitchen, a waterfall counter offers meals on the go or a great workspace. The modular design yields opportunities for add-ons and flexibility. It's the thoughtful details that inspire; Kosher elements like the sweeping island and side by side wall ovens don't go unnoticed. Glass drawer storage leaves all culinary paraphernalia with a home, especially the ingenious wall unit with oven, microwave, second fridge and pantry. With this combination, entertaining is effortless. European appliances and stainless counters with integrated sink add to the sleek silhouette of this functional space. Everybody's impressed. Keep an eye on outdoor play on the sunroof deck through the sink window, its trapeze silhouette elegantly mirrored in the door and sidelight combination that leads you outside. Laundry, a powder room, and second entrance are also found in this zone.

Easy flow leads to the family room, where the arched wood-burning fireplace sees infinite use. Marvel at how the floor plan honours individual privacy while keeping everybody connected. A testament to how easily this home can grow and change with your clan. On the other side of the kitchen, find a den or formal dining room. Choose your priority and appreciate how this space answers all needs with aplomb. Huge windows on both sides, an open to below vantage, and repeated stone wall with raised wood-burning fireplace yield a comforting, yet sophisticated space. An open riser spiral staircase leads into the sunken living room, granting an up close and personal view of that marvelous old oak tree. Guests are inevitably charmed.

Timeless paneling leads to the third level, where angular proportions yield one of a kind sleeping quarters. Four bedrooms play host to good closet space and clerestory windows, where light and privacy are both abundant. The wall-mounted Duravit toilet and natural light in the main bathroom serves residents well.

In the master suite, an epic footprint solidifies this room's station as an adult refuge. Escape to a tree-top sanctuary, where natural light spills onto oak floors and furniture placement comes naturally - keep that oak tree view in mind. Harmony with nature is an everyday luxury - what a way to start the day. Great planning sees ample closet space and two separate ensuites. It truly doesn't get any better. For him - a sauna-like experience where cedar ceilings and rich tilework encase a walk-in shower with body jets. An elegant vessel sink and ample storage complete the picture. For her - a tropical oasis. Step into a blue-mosaic and marble dream where a sunken bathtub and shower promise an indulgent daily routine. In fact, you may never want to leave. A makeup mirror and walk-in closet round out this ultimate ensuite.

Where else can you find an elegant family home in the city that blends natural harmony and flexible space in such a central location? Bike downtown or hop on minutes-away transit, walk to Parkdale Market or Westboro Village, and enjoy proximity to schools and Champlain Fieldhouse. Savor regular evening walks along the river and a sense of community - this is a rare and special place, where no one house is more important than the neighborhood itself. This enclave offers a chance to cultivate lasting memories for the whole family. Don't wait, make an appointment and see it today.

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