Connoisseurs of Ottawa's best homes cherish the vintage style of Younghusband: builder of high-end family homes in the mid 20th century. This distinctive Rockcliffe thoroughbred will make you a believer too. It's a hard to imagine a more compelling case for the classic center-hall family home.
Arriving, notice the pleasing presentation of this gently elevated residence. "Done right" landscaping details included the shaped lane and step up front yard elevation, and cobbled interlock paths.
Four stairs take you to a timeless brass and black enamel Georgian formal entrance framed with wood pilasters. Inside, the central reception hall, porcelain tiles extend slightly into the main hall – a designer touch that welcomes and invites.
Off the central hall, you'll find a reassuringly traditional living room where length and lighting achieve elegance. Original hardwood floors add warmth. A pleasing traditional hearth anchors the space. Bay windows add light without compromising privacy – a Younghusband hallmark. At the rear of this space, double glazed doors lead to a three-season screen porch.
The formal dining room delivers classic form and style with light from two sides from front bay windows plus a triptych of high sidelight windows set in a deep alcove. You'll recognize this space as a room with a deep habit of hosting celebratory social get-togethers and family feasts. A swinging paneled door provides serving access for the kitchen.
Contemporary style and long "only-in-Rockcliffe" views distinguish the bright contemporary eat-in kitchen. A granite topped island with seating and gas cook-top sets the stage for casual wine for companionable toasts to the chef, and sit-down children's snacks too. Private, yet surrounded by views the breakfast nook makes a refined touch point for close adult mornings. Halogen lighting is contemporary and tasteful, enameled maple paneled cabinets abound. A built in china cabinet adds storage, style and a functional station for mobiles and laptops. Cork floors nod to the heritage of this home while adding warm and comfort.
Off the kitchen, French doors access the three-season cedar sunroom, purpose-built for informal family dining. A nearby hallway leads past a coat closet to a compact and design-savvy powder room with custom details and natural light.
The central stair makes for great entrances. Notice the well-placed landing, with natural light from deep-set landing window. On the second floor two large children's bedrooms offer rewarding views. Special touches? There are lights in all closets; an engineered pull down stair accesses attic storage. Notice the tranquil office/guest bedroom, plus main bath with natural light and tasteful detailing. A well-placed hall linen closet adds another "right" touch.
The spacious master suite helps keep hard-working lives in perspective. Soft low-pile in wool carpeting signals the shift in pace here. The adjacent dressing room features wall-to-wall closets so each day starts with you looking your best. Heated travertine floors remind you to relax in the spa-inspired ensuite. From the walk in shower with a designer rail door to the twin vanity with marble counter, it's all about the "ah" factor.
Basement is the last word that comes to mind in the elegantly finished media room and adjacent games space. Notice the life-friendly details – great lighting, a modern palette land plus extra wide stair railing to make moves easy. A raised wood floor with low-profile carpeting means floors are warm and resilient.
With warm tile, a full wall of wood cabinetry and wide shelving the spacious laundry means routine chores come perilously close to pleasurable. The nearby workshop reveals something more: a super compact, ultra efficient "on demand" water heater. Wiring and mechanicals are entirely updated, readying this home for its next half century.
To live in Rockcliffe is to delight in the natural environment. Here a round interlock-finished back patio set amid trellised walls in a wide backyard is your portal to verdant Rockcliffe summers. And notice this: Ashbury college is one minute away, making the first step in outstanding school success as almost easy as falling out of bed.
Younghusband homes with contemporary style? There are but a few, even in the city's best neighbourhoods. With its ideal school and family location, this deeply livable home won't be on the market long.
Charles Sezlik, Cindy Sezlik and Dominique Laframboise, Sales Representatives
Royal LePage Team Realty Independantly owned and operated.
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