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894 Colonel By Drive
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Old Ottawa South

The sleek look of a contemporary Barry Hobin home amongst its heritage peers on Colonel By Drive could easily pass for a compact urban dwelling - don't be fooled. Instead, what you'll find is a spacious home that's bigger than it looks, all the conveniences of a five-star condo and a superb Canadian address. Designed to capture the full spectrum of the capital's assets, dramatic elevations grant an intimate yet peaceful perspective canal-side; witness the colours of the Tulip Festival, feel the energy of a RedBlacks game, watch dignitaries as they make their way down the ceremonial route - life in the city happens all around, and you get a front row seat.

Unrestrained modern luxury defines every detail in this home, from a facade that complements historic properties that surround, to commercial grade asymmetrical mullioned windows which ensure a bright, quiet locale within. The work of Gemstone Developments achieves standards you'll find no place else. Lovers of contemporary architecture take note - this extraordinary home will be the last new build on Colonel By Drive since the NCC has declared it a heritage zone.

Smart use of contemporary and classic materials like glass, stone and brick successfully frame 3,341 square feet of beautifully designed, highly liveable space. With a developer like Gemstone, there are no conceptual limitations. Accompanied by the sleek touch of custom Axiom Interiors all around, the visual impact is extraordinary. It starts curbside - immaculately maintained NCC land is verdant and welcoming on approach, a stone walkway introduces a light, airy entrance hall - it's all soaring windows and polished, clean lines. To the right, an impeccably turned out den or home office takes advantage of floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows overlooking the lush parkway and canal - this workspace was made for great ideas and inspiration. Two bedrooms serve overnight guests or the lifestyle of autonomous teens - comings and goings are out of earshot, but oh so comfortable. Each a generous size and served by a hyper-stylish main bath, be careful who you invite over, they will want to extend their stay. Two-car garage access and a four storey elevator round out the main floor.

Take the open riser stairs to the second level and main living area. It's a symphony of natural light enhanced by extraneous detail; white oak floors produce a calming effect, stock moldings and trim are banished, ceiling bulkheads and an ingenious layout balance an easy flow of open space and privacy. Expansive windows are repeated - home gets more private the higher up you go - stylish discretion is a virtue when you're an urbanite. Entertain at cocktail hour before heading to Lansdowne for a bite, host an exquisite family dinner during the holidays - the built-in credenza and equilateral floor plan makes for a flexible space ready for anything. Two wide doorways lead to the kitchen and informal living room. A powder room is tactfully tucked away. This is where the magic happens - cook, catch your favourite show, unwind at the end of a long day; a zone of chic comfort satisfies every need. The high-gloss sheen of lacquered Irpinia cabinetry plays off white quartz countertops to achieve a rich work space. An induction cooktop, Miele appliances, plenty of storage, and convenient servery - complete with plumbed-in coffee maker of course, handle all manner of culinary adventures. The waterfall countertop island is a conversation magnet - and perfectly situated to chat with those enjoying the roaring linear fireplace set in a hexagonal-stacked brick wall. Note how the TV jack is subtly placed in the corner to maintain the aesthetic and still allow for easy use - stunning visual interest and functionality? Check and check. Patio doors lead onto an expansive deck - stretch out those summer months, natural gas barbeque and al fresco dinners await.

Creative design and top notch craftsmanship continue on the third level where a purely adult retreat awaits. Lush treetops and the Rideau Canal are a live mural that change with the seasons in the master suite - what a sight to wake up to. Marvel at the abundance of space in a cosmopolitan setting; the walk-through closet is as big as your fashion dreams will take you - Irpinia single and double height built-ins collude with drawer storage, an island, and makeup table for the ultimate getting-ready experience. Nearby, find a second laundry room with space for stacked laundry and a sink - convenience is king. The following ensuite is a stellar spa-style oasis, complete with Victoria & Albert stand alone tub, sleek double vanity and walk-in shower. As with every room in this house, finishings are luxe, high end, and add just the right amount of panache to your daily routine. Natural light floods the second bedroom on this floor, while the well-turned out ensuite and huge closet offer up plenty of space.

The floorplan ends in the basement, where leisure possibilities are endless - whether the finished locale becomes a rec room, media room or home gym, it will get ample use. Like the rest of home, the basement is wired with built-in speakers and security functions, all ready for your own Control 4 customization. Find also a large laundry room with plenty of counter space and storage, a cold room, and mechanical rooms. This is your canvas - create what suits your lifestyle best.

With so much flexible, well-designed space in one of the most coveted neighbourhoods in the city, it's no wonder this exceptionally crafted home is set apart from all but a handful of its peers. Sunday bike days on the canal are at your doorstep, local restaurants, shops, and a great social scene are all around, the serene surroundings of the Rideau Canal beckon - you've found it, home is here. Make an appointment and see it today.

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