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97 Queen Victoria Street
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New Edinburgh

Light-filled and classically elegant, this interwar New Edinburgh classic offers up refined taste and architectural elements that are right at home in this coveted urban village. Your distinct "Ottawa" advantage? That magical combination of heritage, urban amenities and nearby nature. For many urban dwellers this home sets a benchmark for "having it all". You'll soon see it's an entirely possible feat.

On approach, take in the historic location; you're at the doorstep of Rideau Hall. Home fits right in with its brick exterior and peaked dormers accentuating hipped roof lines. The double frosted doors give away a hint of modern updates - home's charm still intact. Natural stone floors and a large entry closet shape the foyer and private vestibule, a dignified entrance for guests and residents alike.

Timeless design leaves room to notice quiet elegance as the undercurrent of every space here. Flooring is honey-hued maple, framed by high baseboards throughout. A blend of new and old takes shape - meticulous maintenance and modern updates have resulted in a home that is both entertaining-ready and family friendly. By day, natural light via wall to wall windows sets the tone, drawing the eye into the living room to rest on a stunning marble-clad fireplace. This centrepiece is sure to be the jumping off point for many a great conversation and memorable evening. Thoughtful pot lights throughout take up the task of illuminating once the sun sets. Conversation flows easily into the dining room, where a custom-crafted clerestory window offers intrigue, privacy, and light. It's celebration-scaled and revels in tradition with perfect proportions. The equilateral footprint makes hosting a breeze, as does the main hallway floor layout, ingeniously updated by Urban Keios to maximize flow, function, and ease. Access the kitchen and family room via the main hall or dining room and find a central zone ready for everything. Guest are grateful for the discrete and well-appointed powder room nearby. An island on wheels accommodates any culinary whim, while heaps of ceiling-reaching storage means you'll never be "out" of anything. The Muskoka Kitchen cherrywood finish plays off the fine details that are a nod to modernity in this addition to the original home. Soft curves in the tray ceiling mirror the steps down into the informal family room. This light-filled space is sure to see endless use; big windows at every turn, and built-in shelves showcase souvenirs and favourite books. There is room for a sitting area, eat-in zone - make it your own. You'll never want to leave this cozy haven, unless it's to enjoy the very private terrace and enjoy a meal al fresco. A natural gas hookup is at the ready for whatever summer barbecue recipe awaits.

Upstairs great proportions and restrained style yield gratifying creature comforts in four bedrooms. Three bedrooms are filled with light, and proffer closet space and equally generous footprints. A murphy bed in one bedroom gratifies the working from home set - easily convert this to a beautifully appointed home office with ease. The main three piece bathroom with heated floors serves this level with aplomb. A beautifully balanced master suite blends privacy and comfort with simple elegance. The best part? Access to a private balcony that is shielded from the elements and neighbourly views. A smart half-wall leads to built-ins that surround a dressing area. Light is key: clerestory windows all around offer a sunny morning welcome. A double vanity, heated floors and walk-in shower completes the list of wow-factors in this end of day refuge. The floor plan ends in the basement, where you will find a remarkably dry zone for additional storage including a walk-in cedar closet, and laundry. Another rare find in a New Edinburgh home? A central vacuum system to keep it all looking its finest.

A superb location with "best of" surrounding it: parks, two rivers, 19th century heritage, the best schools in the city, plus specialty shops and restaurants in Beechwood Village. You'll discover why this neighbourhood tops many a prospective buyer's list. Don't wait - this perfectly tasteful, "have it all" gem won't be on the market long. Make an appointment today.

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