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210 Acacia Avenue
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When you close your eyes and picture your dream home, what do you see? A private family estate sitting on a corner lot with room for kids to play and grow, and adults to entertain? Where Ottawa's best schools are minutes away and the heritage of a distinguished neighbourhood shows the best kind of influence on your clan? This is 210 Acacia - a family home reality that couldn't have been dreamed up any better.

At the apex of a curved driveway, the traditional stone exterior speaks to home's enviable surroundings; age-old trees, and Ottawa's very own " green village" vibe. With double garage entrance hidden out of view on Cloverdale, the greek style portico is given every opportunity to welcome guests with panache. A bright red door beneath an elliptical transom and original coach lamp are details your guests won't overlook.

Over the threshold, home is a fine marriage between early 20th century roots and top of the line modern family conveniences. Updates from top to bottom like built-in speakers and radiant heat floors have eliminated the frustrations of vintage utilities, while the details that matter have been kept intact. Solid crystal door knobs and grand spaces never lose their magic.

Get acquainted in a foyer that pays homage to elegant origins - this is the former home of the U.S. Embassy's second in command after all. Custom paneled archways create sightlines in every direction with great architectural detailing. Sash windows extend light into every corner - high ceilings, bold molding, deep window sills and chrome fixtures throughout result in an enduring design that is both comfortable and classic. Productivity reigns in the study off the main hall - bay windows overlook the side yard, where a blend of trees and tranquility are your daily inspiration.

The formal living room and adjacent all season sunroom are a host's favourite combination; guests are instantly smitten with these spaces; it's hard not to be. The original wood fireplace stakes a claim front and centre, pot lights nestled in the detailed tray ceiling make an appearance during evening hours and built-in speakers create the right ambience. Stone walls in the all season sunroom strike a chord - an outdoor theme is accentuated by the bank of multi-paned windows all around. Let the party spill onto the sprawling deck outside, sound system and barbecue at the ready for some epic al fresco festivities.

Elevated dining meets its match in the refined dining room where details matter; white shaker paneling on the ceiling is a modern traditionalist touch, a minimal crystal fixture lights plates to perfection and french doors create intimacy when needed. Move into the wide open kitchen and family room, made for avid chefs and busy family members alike. How is this winning combination achieved? Impeccable design followed by five star tools answer everybody's wishes. Storage is found in polished white shaker cabinetry nestled between a Wolf stove and range and SubZero appliances. Ingenious design leaves separate wine and snack fridges out of cook's way but easily accessible for powwow or homework time in the adjoining family room. Never sacrifice time with loved ones for functionality. Drawer storage is appreciated, and a nearby kitchen office area keep recipes and schedules in check. Luxe finishes like a large honed-marble island that seats five and marble surrounding the linear fireplace are a visual connection between the two zones. Built-ins showcase books and keep family trappings organized. Optimal orientation has sunlight streaming in at all hours.

Nearby, a chic powder room with mirrored vanity handles guest's needs, and a "family" entrance to the side is out of the way but uber practical. Find ceramic floors and built-in shelving to manage the elements and your clan's gear.

Chic contrasting tones on the staircase bring you to the second level, stacked bay windows making natural light the main feature. A wide hallway greets and high ceilings create a great sense of space. Three bedrooms to the right make a case for large proportions - a rarity in a century home - and lovely laneway views. Privacy is forever an asset thanks to centuries-old trees around the property. Closets have been kitted with California Closets organizers to maximize space. As the former master, one of these bedrooms serves a lucky resident with a fireplace, walk-in and full ensuite, complete with on-point subway tile detail.

Mirror-mounted sconces and faucets lend style to the main bath, where a double vanity ties up family amenities in an upscale bow. Second floor laundry makes the task less daunting for all.

At the other end of the hall, a reading or play area yields effortless leisure time for adults and kids. Two windows and a closet conclude - this space can handle whatever you send its way.

Vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows give the master a beautiful sense of closing yourself off from the rest of the world. Your refuge awaits - pot lights create a warm glow, and a custom-fitted walk-in creates a dressing-room feel. Beyond, the ensuite is all clean lines and zen vibes. The deep window set in a mirrored wall above the double vanity gives a sense of openness, while the soaker tub and steamer shower melt stress away on the daily. The ultimate indulgence however, is the working fireplace - winter weekends were never so appealing. Custom stairs lead to the third floor, where an unfinished space awaits your greatest whims. With electrical and plumbing roughed in, there's nothing you can't do.

The finished basement is poised for home leisure time, underscored by radiant heat floors - a media zone and oodles of space for recreation abound. A cherry wood bar and stone accent wall set the scene for cocktail parties. A bedroom and roughed in bathroom plumbing lay the groundwork for a nanny or in-law suite. Find access to the two-car heated garage and ample storage space for seasonal gear.

Impeccable architectural details leave the eye satisfied, a complete update brings this home into the now, and smart spaces gratify family life in every way. You're in an unequalled neighbourhood, surrounded by wooded lots, choice schools, and the who's who of the city. Home isn't just a dream - it's your life. Make an appointment and see it today!

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