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1881 Rideau Garden Drive
1881 Rideau Garden Drive
Rideau Gardens

Step into this poised Ottawa South classic and the river captivates your attention from the very first glimpse. Refined design integrates the natural environment as an intimate part of this home, in the best modernist tradition. From the vantage of your living room the river's famous white swans swim casually into view. It's a magical world, yet so close to the city you can walk or cycle almost anywhere.

Arriving, let the unequaled Ottawa East location speak to you. Notice that the street is arcaded with trees, and astonishingly quiet. There is no through traffic. In fact, many homes have garden sitting areas in their front yards.

Entering the elegantly understated front reception hall, you're met with a sense of the clean modernist "bones" of this home. Horizontal sidelight windows at the entry door introduce an appreciatively updated aesthetic. Sleek grey ceramic flooring extends past the entry to integrate with the interior space and accentuate the contrasting glow of the rich solid oak floors.

Ceramic helps define a composed multitasking office space, close to the kitchen. This home is all about maximizing the value of space and time. And always there is the play of light.

Explore the front-facing kitchen – a deliciously subtle statement, executed in soft white cabinetry and subway tile, contrasted with sparkling gray quartz counters. Great lighting design and well placed windows make this tasteful showcase kitchen a pleasure to work in. A breakfast bar with glazed counter top is "everyday practical" and "entertaining elegant" too.

The dining space is entirely modern, open, well lit yet unobtrusive –meant to be there when you need it. Everyday cool and flow of space is balanced with a practical ability to extend the dining table for celebration-scaled gatherings.

The living room seduces with gorgeous, completely private river views plus the sense of openness, light and well balanced space. Rich oak flooring, light from two sides defines a welcoming room in all seasons. Recessed lighting, and ceiling and wall details shape a sense of place, while a deep exterior eve with recessed lighting enhances the sense of privacy. It's lovely.

Up the half flight of stairs, the private area of this home is warm and accommodating with hardwood floors and abundant natural light. A linen closet is concealed behind clean panel doors. Two larger children's/guest bedrooms have large closet space and natural light. A third bedroom/office space adds flexibility. A main bath here with bath/shower is practicality, elevated by a dash of marble and good design sense.

The master suite claims lovely river views with finesse and balance. Two sets of closets defy clutter. The harmonious ensuite with natural light, walk-in shower, marble vanity counter and white ceramic with marble mosaic border is designed to feel coherent.

A half stair to the basement leads to the relaxed family room with ground-level river views. Wood floors, plus aged-brick hearth with timber mantel create the easy-going character here. Light from two sides, recessed ceiling lighting and built in display shelving all add style. A small powder room with natural light is convenient. Access to the sheltered riverside patio via an exterior door makes this a natural entertainment space.

From the basement level hall, dodge winter weather via the home's direct entry to the two car garage. Here also you'll find the entrance to this homes well finished and fully autonomous inlaw suite, plus basement workshop and laundry.

Take the stairs to the designer-defined in-law/guest suite, engineered wood floors, recessed lighting, and kitchen and sitting area space. There's a well finished bathroom, with marble flooring and walk in shower. It's all about options.

Few neighbourhoods can claim the livability or fierce community loyalty you'll find in Ottawa East. Reasons include nearby shops and restaurants, some of the city's best-loved parks, minutes away universities, plus downtown and the Ottawa Hospital. Services and schools abound making achievement easier for every member of the household.

Living with design on a bend in the river one of old Ottawa's city's most loveable and best serviced communities? Picturesque strolling, cycling, and kayaking at your back door? All is possible.

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