|Comments||The beauty of Ottawa's changing seasons are best experienced when accompanied by convivial family memories, centuries-old nature and some of the city's most storied architecture. It all comes together in Rockcliffe Park, where residents know: dreams meet reality here.
489 Minto is the lucky harbour of spectacular maple trees standing sentinel around an incredibly-sized lot. The natural stone and stucco of this home is a perfect fit - a prominent gable roof and dormer windows mean architectural treats await within.
The palette within is neutral and refined; but it's the design and functionality of the layout that will win you over. Custom designed to meet the needs of a dynamic family lifestyle; you'll marvel at how home manages both the elegance and ease required of Rockcliffe living, and the bustle of daily family life. Spaces scaled for unforgettable entertaining, easy transitions to thoughtful, autonomous family zones - you'll wonder how you lived anywhere else.
From first steps inside, notice a welcome theme - natural light and sightlines to a breathtaking backyard are the result of a South West orientation and sweeping picture windows throughout. Everybody gets a view of mother nature's best. Formal entertaining spaces come first; a marble-clad wood-burning fireplace lies centrally in the room. Floor to ceiling french doors and windows allow guests to spill out onto the limestone terrace during summer months. This is hosting at its best. At your feet, maple floors add warmth and pot lighting crowns the ceiling. With so much natural light though, they only make nighttime appearances. Adjacent, the formal dining room leaves space for a large crowd, double french doors offer the right touch of tradition.
The main hallway is a smart separation between formal and family space. Beyond, find a large mudroom with built-ins that accesses the two car garage, a side entrance and spacious powder room. Bonus features that your clan will love? Tons of extra space in the garage for seasonal or active gear, plus stairs leading directly to the basement - hockey bags and soccer balls are never tracked through the house, not to mention outdoor seasonal decor.
Down the hall, the kitchen and living room yields comfortable informality into your day to day. Granite countertops see plenty of use. Two sinks, ample drawer storage and floor to ceiling pantry space satisfies everyone - especially the family chef. Names like Wolf and Bosch set the tone for incredible culinary delights. In the family room, a second wood-burning fireplace is a mainstay during the winter months, while easy access to the backyard takes priority during warmer months. With hand-laid limestone, lush grass and a screened pool house, every summer endeavour is satisfied in this outdoor oasis. Totally private, an oversize pool awaits vigorous morning laps or a boisterous football team party. Two tiers of stone and interlock await alfresco dinners. This is how summer should be.
Back inside, a powder room on the landing serves guests and a home office is rewarded with peaceful seclusion but a great vantage to keep an eye on comings and goings.
Four large bedrooms plus the master make up the second level. The master is introduced by a sitting area - "me time" gets the luxury treatment with views over the backyard. High loft ceilings, stunning views out of many windows, a walk-in closet - it all comes together in this adult retreat. The ensuite is large and poised for personalization - make it yours.
Second floor laundry and a sweeping main bath serve four spacious and bright bedrooms. Each boast oodles of natural light and architectural features like dormer windows and loft ceilings.
In the basement, lucky circumstances resulted in 10 foot ceilings and an epic recreational zone for the kids. Oversize windows and a sense of spacious volume enhance play and hangout time. A fifth bedroom and three piece bath serve older children or overnight guests. Never stress about storage again - a dedicated storage zone leaves seasonal gear, decor, out of sight but easily accessible. Hobbyists will love the extra space and built-in workbench. Creativity not included of course, but you'll have no trouble finding inspiration here.
Families love the renowned schools, the ambience of friendship in a historical neighbourhood and rich sense of community. Weekly visits to bustling Beechwood Avenue, walks to the Byward Market and downtown or bike rides through Gatineau Park - choose your family adventure and know that it's all within reach. A truly exceptional place to call home - see it today!