|Comments||Steeped in a rich history located in the heart of one of Ottawa's most desired heritage communities is 255 MacKay St. Its strong foundation provided the base for years of community involvement and support of the arts in the neighbourhood of New Edinburgh. Located away from the busy hustle and bustle of Beechwood Ave., 255 MacKay is a charming property with unique features and huge potential.
Presented as a gift by one of the MacKay daughters in 1912 to the local church, this century home has become a defining part of the community for many years. Zoned for both residential and institutional purposes, the building would make an ideal home for buyers looking for exceptional space and to own a slice of history.
The giant maple tree in the spacious front yard provides shade and charm. A winding path of interlocking stone, a new addition to the yard, leads residents to the massive porch, built in 2015 to heritage standards. The front porch also includes a wheelchair-accessible ramp.
Inside, a bright and cheerful hallway leads to a quaint front room, ideal for a home office or TV room. Beyond the hall, we step into to a spectacularly massive living area and dining room, which include crisp, white, gallery-inspired walls and high ceilings. This breathtaking open-concept great room provides the perfect location for a combined living and dining area. Numerous windows in the room filter in as much natural light as possible, making the space feel even bigger with an airy ambiance.
The kitchen features the same high ceilings and an L-shaped corner counter setup for maximum functionality and efficiency. Extra cabinets offer significant storage space. As with many traditional homes built in this era, the kitchen gives way to a summer kitchen or mudroom connected to the cellar and back door, where the exposed stone is a testament to the home's sturdiness and solid foundation.
Back in the front hall, the welcoming, well-lit staircase curves over the first-floor powder room and invites you upstairs. The second floor features five bedrooms including the master bedroom overlooking the front of the property. The remaining four rooms of varying size are bright, spacious, and cheerful. These rooms were previously used as art rooms and rehearsal spaces but can function as guest bedrooms, kids rooms, offices, and more. A large newly renovated bathroom is also located on this floor.
Much of the property's charm and uniqueness is held on the third floor. Home to three small bedrooms and a large loft-like activity room, the third floor contains some of the most fascinating features in the entire property. Detailed, angled ceilings give appreciation to the high-quality craftsmanship and comprehensive detailing that went into the home. The large activity room is perfect for practicing yoga, meditation, dance, or as an inspiring space for working and relaxing.
The property's exterior evokes a traditional charm that many newer developers are currently trying to capture. The mature trees surrounding the property provide comfortable shade and added privacy while a community garden and lush, green shrubs cover the grounds. Thick, healthy grass is also an ideal surface for children to run around and play. Behind the home, a standalone garage offers added convenience and extra storage when you need it.
As a heritage community, the surrounding residences and commercial buildings share a similar aesthetic and standard, adding to the value of the community. As one of the most exciting up-and-coming trendy neighbourhoods, New Edinburgh is also home to many trendy dining and shopping amenities that are sought after in the city. Nearby, Beechwood Ave. has all the convenient amenities you need including a grocery store, pharmacy, and more.
The beautiful Rideau Hall and historic 24 Sussex are also located nearby, in addition to other numerous historical sights and significant structures that contribute to the history of Ottawa and also the entire country. Own a slice of history with this exceptional century home in the heart of historical downtown Ottawa. Schedule a viewing today to unlock the incredible potential this property has to offer.