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1954 Lenester Avenue
1954 Lenester Avenue
McKellar Heights

Begin with the prized form of a refined 1960's-custom executive bungalow – originally a builder's personal home. Refine, renovate and rebuild all with meticulous attention to detail and elite hotel style. To compliment the exquisite interiors, create an inviting resort-style patio. Equip it with a beautiful pool, with a sweeping modern shape and style. Follow these steps and you'll begin to have a home equal to this close-to-everything near-west masterpiece.

In the 1960's the enclave just west of Maitland Avenue became a magnet for innovative custom homes. It was an optimistic era and today, the best architecture here retains the imprint of its unselfconscious "modern" design exuberance.

Though built originally as the "showcase" residence for a developer, the façade is remarkably discrete. Only the circular coach driveway hints at this home's entertaining character. Notice how the landscaping works with strategic fencing, offset stairs and the deeply recessed doorway to create a very private main entrance. It's a key indication that the architecture here is purposeful and well-reasoned.

An impressive and energy-wise front door with side light windows greets you. Inside, a sophisticated foyer welcomes with a settee alcove and sight lines to the centre hall. Deep walnut stained oak floors gleam. Recessed halogen lighting – installed throughout accentuates the warm tones.

Generous scale is enhanced by meticulous detailing. Throughout this home, doorway columns are panelled, baseboards are oversized and finely detailed. Crown moldings complete the elegant look – a style recalling European luxury resort hotels.

To the right of the entrance, a regal dining room is ready to celebrate on a grand scale, with space to seat up 14 dinner guests. You'll want to entertain in a big way too, if only to show off the gorgeous formal chandelier and the fine detailing of this knock-out space.

To reach the formal living room follow the main hall. Four broad stairs descend to a large and comfortable sunken retreat, with built-in cabinets and an elegant travertine hearth. Windows on two sides have garden views assuring privacy. Mullioned French doors open on the patio. Nearby is a discrete marble powder room. Imagine entertaining in this lovely space with abundant room for friends and associates.

Also off the main hall is the entrance to the gorgeous eat-in kitchen. This is a large and fully professional kitchen finished with cream 'French Country' cabinets, walnut flooring, and cream Caesarstone countertops. Two built in sub-zero refrigerators with panelled doors assure abundance. Well-placed windows let you keep an eye on pool and patio guests while working. A breakfast bar with café lighting handles casual meals and keeps cooking sociable.

Adjoining the kitchen, a full-scale eat-in area handles casual family meals. Sliding doors here access pool and patio. A direct door to the garage keeps the kitchen supplied. Notice the cozy family room nearby. Fitted with built-ins to manage clutter, it's always ready for casual evenings and media viewing.

Explore the private wing of this substantial residence. There's a refined executive office here, with recessed halogen lighting and front-facing windows. Two large, charming children's bedrooms share a main bath fitted with white subway tile wainscoting, twin sinks and classic bath-shower.

The presidential master suite succeeds with space and luxury rarely encountered in Ottawa homes. The mood is set by subtly coordinated neutrals. "His and hers" walk-in dressing rooms could meet the wardrobe needs of a head of state. "Hers" is equipped with dressing vanity, central jewelry drawer and wrap around floor-to-ceiling closets. "His" is similarly substantial. The ensuite here is simple and perfect with marble tile walls, glazed walk-in shower, therapy tub and separate vanities.

Three different doorways lead to the resort-like flagstone patio with its lovely shaped pool. Summers are always on call at this masterfully designed urban oasis. Mature cedar hedges assure privacy. The five-sided easy maintenance salt-system pool is over 38 feet long, for more fun and longer laps. The patio is party-scaled too, with natural gas BBQ and a curved stone wall for impromptu extra seating. From pre-work morning swims until long after sunset, you'll delight in the outdoors all summer song.

With its sleek finished basement including play area and fitness space, and its two car garage with direct access to both the house and yard, this house abounds with great features. An ultra convenient 'near west' location keeps commutes short, and everything you want close. Because you know that executive homes delivering this level of comfort and style are exceedingly rare it only makes sense to plan your viewing very soon.

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