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81 Mackay Street
81 Mackay Street
New Edinburgh

The scalloped roof line and characteristic appeal of a 19th century homestead yields wonderfully on-point curb appeal, and dynamic, family-suited interior space truly impresses. With historical New Edinburgh fusing urban up-and-comer Beechwood Village with a vibrant, community-minded existence, count the Governor General as a neighbour; glean a rich sense of space from the home's Rideau Hall proximity.

A poignant reminder of its origins in time, the façade and portico detailing maintains a welcoming focal point; driveway parking for two to the side serves visitors. Inside, high ceilings and a doorway transom open the space visually, while stone floors underfoot lend a classic, no-nonsense vibe. Enter the living room, where the scale is set by high ceilings and long sash windows. The commanding, traditional presence of the wood-burning fireplace yields an undeniable focal point, but it's the view of the Governor General's estate that starts dinner party conversation on the right foot. Symmetry in the dining room's long windows produces a formal air; high-set interior windows are an offbeat touch with great aesthetic reward. They also mark the first evidence of the home's large-scale addition.

Beside the main floor powder room, find laundry and family drop zone, where technology, homework, and family happenings converge. Step down to the home's cozy heart – the eat-in kitchen, family room, and rear mudroom join forces to produce the quintessential 21st century family mecca. The space injects a sense of the contemporary in a historical home.

The kitchen's custom cabinetry stretches for miles; know a shortage of kitchen storage will never cross the chef's mind. A contrasting wood finish on the island is a contemporary and on-trend touch. Find the breakfast bar well-used and the elegant grain in granite counters well-admired. Corner windows make the eat-in zone a morning must; the proximity to the family room leaves everyday living all right here. Nearby mudroom and yard access quickly becomes the home's go-to access point – combine the hot tub, interlocking pathway and low-maintenance yard shade and plantings, and an outdoor getaway is born. A highly-functional two-car garage and laneway access yield convenience, impeccable functionality, and a property total of four parking spaces.

Downstairs, the basement's full-height ceilings and fully dry living space are prize enough – a highly functional family room, three-piece bathroom and tons of separate storage space team up with heated floors and a gas fireplace to form a much-appreciated theatre room, teen hangout or playroom.

Upstairs, a sky-lit hallway leads to three bedrooms – ceilings slope in charming intimacy; an ingenious fooler walk-in closet between second and third bedrooms cleverly links the spaces. In the bathroom, the glass shower's mosaic tile is sleek and sophisticated; heated tile in all the bathrooms pays dividends. The compact hallway home office hints at multiple uses – a sky-lit getaway from the home's busiest zones may just be what sends productivity to new heights.

Beyond lies the master suite; plumbed and wired separately and divisible from the rest of the home, see future possibilities open should the need for separate space arise. Beyond, double walk-in closets, fully stocked with built-ins, leave space for every bauble, shirt and shoe, keeping the bedroom clutter-free. The master's ensuite tub offers a dose of 'retro' while heated floors and walk-in shower are here-and-now. Beside the sleeping quarters, a wrought iron railing encases a generous rear balcony under the shade of a maple tree. Windows to the front and rear offer the room much-appreciated cross-breeze.

With the Governor General's estate as a sunrise-to-sunset outdoor enthusiast's dream, and great parks, schools, and village offerings within blocks, the family couldn't be more situated for superb urban living. With so much living space that blends vintage character with contemporary, family-friendly ease, find perfection in a truly exceptional place. See it soon!

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