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101 Ivy Crescent
101 Ivy Crescent

The secret rule: use the best materials and craftsmanship. This lush New Edinburgh home affirms that principle with next-level quality, plus features, finishes and attention to detail you simply won't find elsewhere. It's perfection, for those who need the convenience and urban sociability of the village lifestyle, but crave sleek living space too. Beneath the gorgeous tones and textures, everything has been renovated here, from wiring and heating to 21st century insulation -- even the foundation. Maintenance will not be an issue for many years to come.

Approaching the front porch pause to consider the brickwork and interlock walkway. Historic architectural traditions are captured in the antiqued bricks and stone lintels over doors and windows. Lower windows are cleverly inset for summer shading. Like a fine vintage wine, this house was crafted to provide many pleasures and to age beautifully.

From the entrance you'll notice attention to detail is spectacular throughout: the leaded front door leads to a granite-floored hall, with period wainscoting. A powder room near the entry is fitted with herringbone cream marble tile complemented by a dark antique-look vanity.

The living room seduces with the rich tones of solid mahoghany floors, laid in rare five inch planks. An antique 1912 carved wooden hearth from Sandy Hill adds a note of heritage and anchors this lovely room, The high efficiency Jotul wood burning stove is beautiful and practical. Take in the extraordinary features: textured ceilings, the ceiling's frieze-work with recessed halogen lighting, the crown molding and chair rails, the double hung casement windows.

Across the center hall a formal dining room revels in Victorian inspiration with mahoghany floors, leaded French doors and tiffany pendant centered on sumptuously detailed ceiling medallion, plus deep crown moldings and wainscoting. Guests will feel compelled to linger.

An extraordinary kitchen welcomes the most ardent of chefs. Quality stained maple cabinets store all and banish clutter. Granite counters please. Impressive floors are marbled ceramic. A large highly practical granite topped island with high-end double sink, serves as a social hub. Notice the frieze-work and ceiling detail, the recessed lighting. You'll fall in love with the spacious and bright eat-in area, with it's inlaid mosaic floors, and wrap-around windows.

Nearby an inviting family room welcomes everyone with warm wood floors, ample windows. The effect is of one grand space for family and social life, that easily transitions to the spectacular back yard. Great parties and memorable entertaining are assured.

Do step outside to the beautiful patio, made private by a spectacular engineered and quarried limestone wall, designed to become a vertical garden. In time these massive stones will take on the appearance of a natural landscape feature. Everything required for al-fresco cooking and dining is here of course. Project-minded buyers beware: the beautiful new insulated garage with second floor workshop may prove addictive.

Up stairs the spaces are equally inspiring, with warm oak floors, rich ceiling detail, recessed lighting, wainscoting and paneled doors throughout. The spacious main hall doubles as a study area. The tasteful master suite master suite has a sleek contemporary ensuite with mosaic and glass-door shower. A contemporary main bath with light marble tones and cool half-wall shower serves two large and distinctive children's bedrooms – both built with great storage and ample study room.

The astutely finished basement makes refined everyday living space. Here you'll find a comfortable spaces with charming bathroom and shower. The laundry is here, as well as a savvy wine cellar, finished in stack slate A sunken media room, finished with earth-toned herringbone ceramic and contemporary stacked slate walls is perfect for family relaxing.

This heady combination of sensual pleasure, elite craft and New Edinburgh location is beyond rare. To add spice, unbeatable lifestyle advantages of this fabulous community abound. Beechwood village shopping and restaurants are walking close. The city's best schools are here too. Your downtown commute takes minutes. Ride a bike to work if you prefer. It's the good life and then some. Enjoy.

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