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135 Stanley Avenue
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135 Stanley Avenue
$1,290,000
New Edinburgh

Light-filled and timelessly elegant this gorgeous 110-year-old New Edinburgh classic is all about refined taste and design instincts that would be right at home in high-IQ urban villages, from Yorkville to Georgetown. The uniquely "Ottawa" advantage? It's a home bridging two universes: at the front – a charmingly authentic 19th century village streetscape; and in back, a vast riverside park. For many urbanites this home will set a new benchmark for "having it all'. Which, as it turns out, you can.

Arriving, savor the heritage location, at the corner of two of New Edinburgh's best-preserved streets. This great home fits right in, with understated Victorian farmhouse form quietly belying the elegance within. Only the side-lighted transom frame and restored original front door are give-aways sheltered by a spare columned portico. And as with all the faithfully traditional windows here, twinned paned high efficiency glazing reveals that these elements have been updated. This is an extensively reconstructed property.

High ceilings, a totally in-character coach chandelier and restrained hints of period detailing shape a dignified traditional entrance hall. The centuries-spanning design leaves room to notice quiet elegance here. Flooring is soft-finished imported Italian oak plank – an absolute rarity. Luscious mid brown with a delicate texture and virtually no sheen, these floors are a seductive presence throughout. By day natural light sets the tone, drawing the eye down the length of the hall, past closets and an elegant powder room to the luminous and lovely study.

The front facing kitchen with eat in nook was originally designed by and for a published cook-book writer – a provenance that's evident in its efficient layout, and well-planned storage drawers and cupboards. Corian counters, gas cook top, pantry, and quality appliances make this mid-nineties design seem almost prescient. You don't need to change a thing.

The celebration-scaled dining room revels in tradition with impressive proportions, crown moldings and chair rail detailing. The siren call of natural light reverberates everywhere. With three entrances entertaining options are unlimited. Escort dinner guests directly to the table via the main hall, or bring people from the great room or super-sociable outdoor deck.

Near the dining room you'll be enchanted by a beautifully conceived alcove library with built cabinetry that's understated and just right. What makes it work so well? High ceilings, natural light from twin mullioned windows, and superb proportions. Read here, work here – you'll want to spend time in this lovely space.

To the designers of the grand-scaled great room at the rear of this great house: bravo! Scaled to handle any crowd this lovely room still manages to feel relaxed, deeply comfortable and entirely welcoming. Light is key: twin four-paned traditional windows flank four-paned French doors flooding the space with southwest light. Built ins with floor to ceiling shelving pair up on either side of a commanding gas hearth to complete the look. And the views: tree-framed glimpses of the park with flashes of river blue. Private; lush – wow.

French doors open on the elevated, oversized deck – a stellar relaxation, BBQ and entertainment zone with tree lined vistas and commanding park and river views.

Upstairs great proportions and restrained style take on an accent of indulgent creature comfort. A large second bedroom feels suite-like, with cheater door access to a charmed dormer bath with marble floors, skylight and walk-in shower. Think boutique hotel… in Paris. A third guest bedroom has soft north skylight light plus cheater bath access. Down the hall you'll find a fabulous office/fourth bedroom with custom fittings and ever-alluring park and river views.

A beautifully balanced master suite blends privacy and comfort with impeccable taste. Tradition-inspired panel closet doors lend a prim 'neo-classical' style note to its twin closets. There's a French connection in the style of the adorable ensuite too: look for it in the marble pedestal bath set beneath a sunny private window, pedestal sink and marble walk-in shower.

Superb location with "best of" park, river and 19th century heritage views, plus -- unheard of in New Edinburgh – a walk-in two car garage. That's why you'll discover your own superlatives here. But hurry! This perfectly tasteful "have-it-all" high-IQ beauty won't be on the market long. Call today.

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