What makes old New Edinburgh the "must" neighbourhood for many of the capital's professional families? For some, it's a calculation based on a long list of practical superlatives, like 'walk-to' downtown commuting, local shopping and great restaurants, plus access to the city's best schools. More often the deciding factor is something much simpler: pure aesthetic pleasure. If you feel it, you'll know: there's an organic, bone deep 'rightness' to the pattern language of this vintage 1860's village. It can't be planed. And you can't find it anywhere else in the city.
Sited on one of the village's most attractive older streets this smart urban home delivers "village" charm head on. Across the street St. Bartholomew's church – an 1868 classic -- shrugs off the passing centuries. Street views are bookended by Rideau Hall the Governor General's estate and Rideau River parkland.
This fine home takes its shape from the mid 19th century style of its New Edinburgh streetscape. Yet its classic form conceals a secret: the building was actually constructed in the mid 1990's. It is fully contemporary, with none of the maintenance challenges of its heritage neighbours. What's more, it was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of today's urban families. The prime design directive? Flexibility. Every feature of this home is planned to make it easy to own and easy to live with. There's even an impressively lovely separate apartment ready to rent to offset costs, or to meet family needs.
You'll like the post-modern façade of this home with its mullioned windows and privacy-making arch. The sheltered side entrance is pure urban style. Enter a reception hall with black marble floors and ample closet space plus access to the tandem two-car garage. A discrete powder room is well located here.
Step up to a main hall with rich oak hardwood flooring and a stylish 'city home' feel. The kitchen here is spacious and light with windows on two sides, recessed halogen lighting, and bleached maple cabinets. Oak hardwood flooring ties the space together. A desk-height granite counter makes a multitasking kitchen office space. The gas cook-top range is one clue to the serious culinary intent of this kitchen. But notice also the twin sliding doors, enabling chefs to create in peace.
Beyond the kitchen discover a poised and urban dining room with step down to a sunken living room. The dining room is gracious, finished and scaled for entertaining and family life. The room makes a warm and positive impression, with twin windows, oak floors, recessed halogens, and twin windows. A mullioned French-style door means socializing won't disturb.
The step down sunken living room nods to 19th century formality with twin columns on either side of its entryway. A gas hearth with classic mantel plus bookshelves evokes an earlier era's social graces. Proportions are classic, creating space that breezes through formal entertaining without sacrificing relaxed day-to-day livability. Sliding doors access the quintessential New Edinburgh 'tree-house' deck, sheltered by towering trees. A gas barbeque hookup helps make summer simple.
Notice the fine oak hand rail as you make your way to the second floor. Here the theme of flexibility is in full force. Storage abounds. There are two children's bedrooms on this floor. One has corner windows and vaulted ceiling details. Both have ample closet space. Children's bedrooms are served by a bright main bath with modern keyhole-style window and ceramic floors.
The two storey master suite is designed as a true adult retreat. The suite's hall entryway assures privacy. There's a pampering six piece ensuite, with unique dual shower and more. The main bedroom itself is bright and airy with soaring vaulted ceilings and a soul-warming gas hearth. Up the suite's private stairs you access a private den with its own tree-top balcony. It's the perfect space for intimate morning coffee or undisturbed summer reading. Spoil each other.
On the basement level, there's a forth bedroom, with abundant closet space and its own shower –perfect for teen children. The adjacent media room here has a gas hearth and full height ceilings. There's a powder room on this floor, plus a large laundry.
An attached apartment is impressive, with two-storey high vaulted ceilings, a large window overlooking the street, quiet back bedroom and stair to loft style bedroom or office space. The unit is fully autonomous with its own private outside entrance. It's eminently rentable, but also great as an office or a suite for family members.
Family sized modern homes are rare in this highly desirable neighbourhood. Homes with the options of this well-planned property are even rarer. If this sounds like the New Edinburgh opportunity you've been looking for, don't wait. Plan your appointment today.
Charles Sezlik, Cindy Sezlik and Dominique Laframboise, Sales Representatives
Prudential Town Centre Realty Inc. Brokerage Independantly owned and operated.
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