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51 Orrin Ave.
51 Orrin Ave.
Civic Hospital

A classic dwelling meets contemporary finishes – those looking for a balance of old and new ought look no further – this 1940s home does so seamlessly. Conveying Ottawa's historical architecture at its finest – a classic Younghusband design with centre hall plan and sturdy brick construction – picture-perfect sums up the fabulous lifestyle in the sought after Civic Hospital neighbourhood.

Stand back and relish the allure – the tasteful central entrance is flanked by simple shutters and lintels on mullioned windows balanced with ample window baskets. Dormer-inspired second floor windows add interest, but the eye won't linger for long - the arched doorway, canopy, and glasswork of the original front door entice.

Welcome guests into the entryway, where a beautiful original inner door with stained glass accent serves for privacy or to keep out the chill, summing up the space concisely – classic aesthetic, modern function. In a nod to the former tradition, find original oak floors on the main floor and maple upstairs.

Through the archway into the living room, an anchor beckons – the striking fireplace, complete with cornice mouldings and a substantial mantle. The room is framed at either end by generous windows and the promise that nature is not far away. Cafe-style louvered shutters preserve privacy and allow just the right amount of light. Original cove ceiling work ties a distinguished ribbon around a very complete package.

Cross the hallway, where stained glass detailed french doors open and stop you in your tracks – revealed is a recessed wall arching across the dining room - home to art, treasures, or the implements necessary to host the finest of soirees. Beautiful. Like the shuttered windows, radiator covers remind that while the comfort level maybe be contemporary, the underlying classicism remains.

Not to be outdone by the dining room, the adjoining kitchen pipes up – this space is definitely not all looks no substance. The proof – modern touches abound – the granite bar and countertop a hub for all things entertainment. Socialize, prep, serve – the u-shaped kitchen accommodates it all.

With the kitchen so close at hand, al fresco dining is a given in the screened-in sunroom or on the deck. Fringed by the shade of mature trees, a lush perennial garden with underground sprinkler system and flagstone pond feature encircles a prominent deck – picture the splendour of mid-summer get-togethers. Or, cloister yourself in the quiet seclusion with only the trees to hear you. Gardens meander around the corner, adding interest to the garage and driveway.

Head down to the lower level to a well-endowed family room where ground-level windows let in ample light. A two-piece bathroom, laundry, and plenty of clutter-banishing storage complete the picture.

On your way to the second floor, note the refined powder room placed discretely beside the staircase. Glance at the stairway ledge and picture your most recently acquired objet d'art on display – it's the little things that make the difference.

The sitting room-cum-den functions as a zen hideaway with a step up into the space, complemented by a perfect view of rear gardens and admirably imposing trees. Throughout the second floor, notice original doors complete with delightful glass knobs and brass hardware, ample closet space, and pronounced windowsills.

The bathroom is a picture of modernity – here's where it counts – chic wainscoting, marble countertops and an undermount sink, topped off with bevelled wrap-around mirrors for a touch of glam.

A source of repose, the master bedroom is all things comfort. Flanking both ends of the room, windows let in just the right amount of light. Fashionistas rejoice as dual walk-in closets indulge your inner shopper; bibliophiles - position your reading chair just so and keep this retreat all to yourself.

With first-rate schools and green spaces close at hand, live the life in an established family neighbourhood. The shops and cafes of Westboro and Wellington Villages beckon, and you're just minutes to the Glebe and downtown.

Time-honoured character of eras gone by, fused with the modern conveniences and quality that savvy homeowners have come to expect. Top-notch upgrades to everything leave nothing to worry about but when to host your next dinner party or family gathering.

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