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Rockcliffe Park

With classic Rockcliffe allure; find an unequaled balance in early 20th century architecture and contemporary upgraded interiors - if you're searching for a luxury home in this elite neighbourhood, this one should top your list. Beyond the acclaimed benefits of living in a close-to-everything urban village, discover home's bevy of practical family advantages, inside and out. The city's best schools are a quick walk away - no ride required. Nearby Beechwood village satiates social cravings and a tight knit community grants every opportunity for families to thrive here.

Curbside, consider the ivy-clad red brick exterior that emerges from an impeccably landscaped elevated garden. Hints of neoclassical architecture make for an elegant welcome; textured stone steps lead to a portico with square columns. Original double pane glass sidelights and coach lamp are a subtle nod to home's heritage. Parking woes are handled by the two car garage, square columns repeated for a stylish and convenient benefit.

Within, fully updated interiors boast knock-out stylistic elements that strike a stunning balance between old and new. Include a central staircase layout with eye-pleasing curves that yields great circular flow, and reap the benefits of a beautifully thought out dwelling. Ceilings are high, proportions are classic, and everything has been done with the finest taste. Continuous elements throughout create a delicate cohesiveness; find custom Wenge woodwork, Artemide lighting, and imported Italian porcelain in all the right places. Quality is evident and detailing is on point. In keeping with home's prestigious heritage, original features like oak hardwood, oversized plaster mouldings and baseboards have been wisely kept. Upon entry, it's evident that life is well handled - banish entry clutter with Wenge floor to ceiling cabinetry - there's room for residents and guests to get acquainted - seasonal gear and all. Follow the porcelain to a side door for handy access to the garage.

In the main hall, where contemporary touches like sleek, lit from within niches showcase art, memories, souvenirs. To the right, an airy archway introduces the open living and dining room, stained oak gleam underfoot - it's expansive, sumptuous, and full of the quiet luxury that you will come to expect in every corner of this home. New windows throughout add natural light to pot lights - set the tone that will elevate or relax your refined space. Marvel at the beautifully balanced contrasts in this open space; original built-in shelves at one end collude with a sleek, porcelain-surround fireplace in the dining room. Whether a boisterous dinner party for 12 or an intimate evening for two; your venue is rich, accommodating, tranquil.

The adjacent bright kitchen seems destined for family time; an equilateral footprint anticipates entertaining needs and everyday living. Sleek lacquered cabinetry opens at your fingertips, concealed Thermador appliances, induction cooktop, and glass backsplash marry function and style. Utility gets a boost with a sprawling centre island that handles impromptu meals and oodles of custom-organized drawer storage. Everybody's favourite feature however, will be the enclosed porch off the kitchen leading to the back yard. An enchanting orientation makes this an exceptional spot for your morning coffee and daily news routine, as well as an ideal place to wind down at the end of the day. It will be hard to keep your clan away from the surrounding back yard during summer months. 15 different species of roses and 20 species of hydrangea are found among the two-tier garden, landscaped to perfection. A dream-like adult retreat materializes in the lily pond and Japanese garden with a Giverny-inspired bridge. The cedar gazebo awaits many a summer evening. The best part? Both the front and back yards have an integrated irrigation system set on a timer.

Back inside, an eat-in area and living room join together for the ultimate hub for informal family life. Built-ins keep technology out of sight, a modern workstation proves infinitely useful. Unsuspecting guests get a treat when they discover a hidden powder room in the built-in wall cabinetry - a chic cylindrical pedestal sink and chrome accents impress.

Upstairs, appreciate the way the distinguished character of this home shapes its private spaces - floors are stained maple, doors are solid, serenity reigns. Two bedrooms are sizeable and charming with high ceilings and ample closet space. Both are well served by a bright main bath finished with textured ceramic tile, double sink, soaker tub, and walk-in shower with rain-shower head.

The spacious master suite benefits from afternoon light and features a second closed-in porch. What a vantage - verdant treetop views greet the eye morning and night; your refuge is found. Built-in cabinetry keeps the space clutter-free while a side hallway harbours pragmatic needs. A Pinterest-worthy walk-in closet features exposed brick, an original mirror, and the ensuite is unapologetic in its encouragement of indulgence. You can't avoid pampering yourself here. A Neptune stand alone tub, walk-in rain shower, double vanity, floating Duravit toilet, and imported oversized Italian porcelain will make your heart skip a beat.

A flexible space on the third floor has something for everyone; including stylish appeal in spades. Exposed brick, loft ceilings and dormer windows collude for a flexible locale that could be one part guest suite, one part home office. Convert it to a master suite - plumbing is roughed in already for this - or find it useful as a studio for your creative whims.

Exquisite taste continues in the basement. Find ample storage, a well turned-out powder room and a stunning scandinavian-chic laundry room beyond. Butcher block countertops, pendant lighting and modern appliances will make you look forward to laundry day. A long rec room with wood-burning fireplace makes cozy evenings in feel second nature. No matter its use - whether for game nights, a home gym, or giving your clan the space they need when company arrives. Access to the back yard proves convenient.

It goes without saying that move-in ready homes with this type of historic character and elegant luxury are rare. High end upgrades like a new roof, high efficiency furnace, electrical, and plumbing are a blessing. A superb quality of life is an inevitable outcome when home is this attentive to your needs. Don't hesitate, make an appointment to view this home today.

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