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456 Maple Lane
456 Maple Lane
Rockcliffe Park

The road home to Maple Lane is an idyllic one – from the village bustle of Beechwood Avenue's shops and services, through the history-laden streets of Rockcliffe Park. It's a destination teeming with character, where residents have made this exquisite neighbourhood home and would have it no other way. A country setting is the much-appreciated result, as if the cottage is in the heart of the city and the quiet serenity of a country home melds with the daily goings-on of city life to absolute perfection. Off Maple Lane proper, find a quiet secondary quiet lane of residences, where a further few feet off the road yields additional privacy, safety for the family, and a sense of event to the approach.

The palette ahead is neutral and refined; an arch over the entryway provides a visual exception to horizontal lines of the roof and façade. The eye is drawn towards the transom-framed door - rich landscaping coupled with flagstone retaining walls and an interlocking path lead the way. Inside, a wide entryway and black granite floors produce a dramatic impression. Steps up to living space signal a transition to thoughtful family zones, elegant open rooms fit for entertaining, and a home where a casual Wednesday evening with the kids and a chic Saturday night dinner party can coexist in exceptional harmony.

Open living and dining rooms under high ceilings leave space for a large crowd; a south exposure and large windows leave the space bathed in natural light. The living room's gas fireplace, anchored in rich stone, lies centrally in the room. Pot lighting on dimmers throughout and an integrated sound system create fabulous ambience.

Beyond, the kitchen and family room breathe comfortable informality into the home – the kitchen's granite-topped peninsula sees many duties in a day. Clever cupboard storage, plenty of counter space and secondary sink and countertop in the bar area produce a wealth of space for daily life. With room in front of the nearby wood-burning fireplace to watch TV, lounge or dine, this central family space proves essential. Fenced yard access and sink window looking out to a flagstone area and lush green growth of trees overhead and plantings all around leaves kids to play, grownups to socialize – it's private, natural space.

The home's layout is incredibly clever. Along ultra-chic glass and steel railings and five steps up from the main level lies a floor dedicated to the needs of the family. Find three well-sized bedrooms along the hallway with a full bathroom and three-piece bathroom to answer the family's calls. Further, a second-floor family room with multi-directional windows, a wall of built-ins and space for TV, toys, and games yields space that is exceptionally family-oriented.

Conversely, climb to the third level for a reprieve from the busy family vibe. A private grown-up getaway yields an exquisite combination of home office, master suite, and large private deck. Double doors and great windows leave the office spacious and productivity guaranteed. In the master, rich built-ins produce a spacious dressing room with the ensuite beyond. There, his and hers wall-mounted faucets and vessel sinks sit atop granite, the glass shower is a formidable size, and a corner soaker tub is both on-trend and incredibly zen. In the bedroom, a gas fireplace warms cool evenings and windows to each side maximize cross-breeze and sunlight. A daily dose of alfresco serenity is inevitable with access to a private balcony overlooking the wooded yard.

In the basement, an oversized window leaves the laundry room well-lit and position-perfect. Laundry coupled with plenty of storage and double garage access heighten the practical. Families come for the renowned schools, the ambience of a historical neighbourhood and the rich sense of community; the love deepens with summer trips to 'the pond' and weekly walks to vibrant Beechwood Avenue. Older children find independence with transit access one block away. No matter the reason, come and fall in love with a truly exceptional place to call home. See it!

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