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81 Riverdale Avenue
81 Riverdale Avenue
Old Ottawa South

The little black dress; the classic Porsche 911: proof, if needed, that simplicity always trumps ornamentation. In this 2010-vintage architect's home, a rigorous focus on functional aesthetics, refined engineering and proprietary building technique delivers elegant understated simplicity at its most refined. The result is breathtaking – an exhilarating sense of well-being and pleasure is woven into every detail of this elegantly harmonious home.

Consider the exterior elements: a natural palette of dune-toned brick, copper and cedar. In time, the copper exterior panels and fascia will take on the green hues that distinguish landmarks like the Parliament buildings and the Chateau Laurier, as this refined home assumes its place among Ottawa's architectural treasures.

Give thought to the recessed corner placement of the main entrance, three planes removed from the street. Privacy is protected by cedar fencing plus a cedar and copper finished portico. The design allows light on two sides, and places the spacious interior reception hall at exactly the right angle for impressive entrances. The oversized mahogany and frosted glass door is so well-proportioned it could pass notice, despite its scale: a full eight feet tall and a full four feet wide. Notice the monumental stone exterior stairs to the back yard.

Enter a broad tiled reception area, defined by its own elevation. From this vantage you'll appreciate the way this home's hillside site enables its dramatic 'cascading' levels. The reception closet is finished with the sleek birch solid-core oversized eight-foot high doors you'll encounter throughout this home. There's a garage entrance too. The reception powder room is elegantly contemporary: natural light, plus a simple offset oval sink on quartz countertop creates the look.

Descend solid birch stairs to the main living area – a lushly spacious domain with 11 foot high ceilings and just a hint of tradition. The ultra-efficient galley style kitchen attracts with its rigorous simplicity. By design, there is no possibility of clutter. High-end appliances are concealed in an elemental block of cabinetry, finished in rich African Wenge – a wood chosen for its colour and horizontal grain. The 'wall-within-a-wall' form understates the tremendous storage and pantry space available here.

More storage is concealed by an exquisitely proportioned island and breakfast bar with a unique 'floating' white quartz countertop. Bistro in spirit, this is an instantly recognizable social zone that invites casual wine encounters and companionable cooking adventures. Sleek, beautiful and functional too, the gas cook top and recessed stainless sinks add to the aesthetic pleasure.

An entertaining living space is utterly at ease in an environment defined by soft planes of birch hardwood flooring, plus walls ceilings crafted to exist as planes floating in space. Wiring is invisible. Exceptional building craft enables the elimination of moldings at floors, ceilings and around doorframes. Instead "recessed" negative space defines each plane. Though the look is favored in European-modern homes, few builders in Canada know the secret of its craft.

The dining area nods to tradition, with a dedicated space, retaining just a hint of symmetry. On closer examination you'll notice that pair of long and private windows illuminating the space are in fact slightly offset – a whispered architect's touch.

Entertaining here gains allure from the lovely cedar balcony, poised high above the garden space. High double doors are scaled to compliment the rectangles of windows, fitted with remote-ready blinds.

Descend the birch staircase to the lower level family room – a convivial ready-for-anything space where poised design is balanced with a welcoming gas fireplace, and an expansive cedar deck plus private, cedar fenced designer garden. An overhead projector creates a stellar media room at a moments notice, or stays out of view as required. There's a polished modern bathroom here, with shower.

Explore the upper floor to discover a private domain of luxury and light. A generous sky-lighted upper hallway evokes an expansive spirit. Twin birch doors conceal a convenient full laundry.

The master suite is a study in light with windows on two planes and alcove sitting area. A spa-inspired ensuite with oval soaker and walk in shower pampers without a hint of ostentation. Two guest/childrens bedrooms on this floor are spacious and rich in design feel. Both are served by a lovely and well-finished full bath. Consideration of sound transmission means all rooms are quiet and private.

Location is key to this truly urban home's style. On the cusp of Ottawa South, Main Street and the Glebe, many key destinations in the city are just minutes away, from shopping and restaurants to, riverside parkland and Rideau Canal bike paths. The theme of simplicity will define every aspect of your lifestyle here.

If you've been searching, you know: pure function-driven contemporary home design is the ultimate rarity. Don't miss this unique opportunity: plan your appointment today.

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