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358 Somerset Street East
358 Somerset Street East
Sandy Hill

If history could speak the walls of 358 Somerset East would have plenty of stories to tell. Where neighbouring houses play host to diplomats and the stuff found in a history textbook, home is special, historic, unique. Custom built in 1942 by architect Gilles Castonguay, the Tudor style pays homage to its old world cachet via the pitched gable roof, stucco finish and casement windows that flank an impressive solid wood front door. The site of this spectacular dwelling adds to its charisma; such a verdant corner lot is a rarity and a family treat - discover laneway living at its best without overwhelming maintenance.

Inside, the delights continue. A vestibule warmly welcomes and a large hall closet takes charge - keep gear from all four seasons easily accessible and well organized. Beyond, a center hall layout is straightforward and guides you to the best spot for entertaining, reminiscing, family gathering and memory-making; a beautifully proportioned living room. Flooded with light, anchored by a stunning fireplace, it's accompanied by high ceilings and original hardwood. Home's vantage is optimally placed for morning and afternoon sun; reap the benefits. Through the living room find a cozy den/family room almost completely surrounded by windows that overlook the lush backyard. In what feels like a cottage gallery, take time to work or unwind, all with easy access to the garden. And you will want to spend time in this garden - summer nights come alive here; the pool entertains little ones while the red maple stands sentinel and provides great shade. There is room to play or start your very own vegetable garden. Indulge guests with some alfresco cocktail experiences on the large patio - you'll never want summer to end.

The family room is connected to a stately dining room - guaranteed to impress guests, you'll relish the chance to host an epic dinner party in this space. With a backdrop of perpetual beauty, know that it's big enough to host parties of 10 but intimate enough for smaller gatherings as well. Move into the kitchen, well placed behind a door so prep and cleanup stays separate from the occasion at hand. Keep the spacious footprint as is, or take steps to customize it to your liking; there's a foundation many a decor enthusiast would hope for. A bright eat-in area, plentiful space for storage, and a sink window over the backyard that serves as a constant reminder of home's incredible placement in an urban scene. Garage access is convenient - groceries only have to travel a few steps to find their place. Find also a second set of stairs leading to the basement laundry room.

Back in the main hall a large powder room serves guests to perfection and sits beside a laundry shoot - you'll find one on each floor - it's all part of the charm.

Upstairs, exquisite private spaces enhance the pleasures of family living in an urban locale. Both bedrooms aim to please; high ceilings collude with bright windows showcasing picturesque views of the yard for a compelling ensemble. In the main hall, there's a linen closet, storage closet, and main bathroom that proffers comfort in ample square footage. The master suite is spacious yet feels intimate - the sense of refuge is coupled with a street view that, over the course of the capital's changing seasons, is as picture-perfect as a postcard. A two piece en-suite handles mornings on the go with ease.

Taking the wide, brightly lit staircase to the basement is a treat - once you get to the bottom you'll know why; an original bar - complete with compact wine cellar - flanks one wall, dividing the basement into two parts. To the right, a fantastic rec room complete with a charming fireplace makes a case for kids to take up all manner of hobbies. To the left, a two piece bathroom, laundry room and office offer up a trio of productivity.

For a home that's steeped in history you don't have to go far to experience the benefits of such an illustrious and iconic neighbourhood. Explore Sandy Hill and lower town - the Rideau River is your border - take a walk through Strathcona Park or enjoy New Edinburgh. Steps from the University of Ottawa and close to some of the best schools in the city, this is a great neighbourhood to grow up in. From historic foundations to family-ready spaces, this home has it all, plus character in spades. How often do you come across such an elusive combo? It's about as special as the stories that surround it. Book your appointment today.

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