Flawless Rockcliffe Home
68 Park Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1M 0B9
The location in Ottawa’s exclusive Rockcliffe Village is impeccable of course. With its horse and carriage era streetscape, mature trees and stately century – old homes, leafy Park Road is one of the Village’s prized addresses. Open the paneled oak front entrance door. You barely notice its vault-like mass – nearly 450 pounds – thanks to the ball bearing hinges. Inside, sense of quality is seamless – nearly subliminal.
The double foyer is impressive without ostentation. Deeply inset windows are finished with custom cabinet-quality casements in the tradition of centuries past. Crafted baseboards, massive plaster crown moldings, welcoming chandelier, recessed lighting and limestone flooring are perfectly harmonized. Conspicuously, every room is incredibly quiet in this highly insulated, ultra solid home. Chances are you’ve never experienced another residence like it.
Make your way to the living room, noticing the thick interior walls, scaled to match exterior walls. With its beautiful windows and antique quarter-sawn oak floors, this lovely room surprises with “human scale”. Imagine welcoming guests to this elegant but cordial, meant-to-be-lived-in space, anchored by an antique carved marble hearth – a European import found in the original home.
Near the formal living room a truly elegant Edwardian-era formal dining room with deeply coffered ceilings promises unforgettably glamorous soirees. What makes this extra delightful is the contrast it offers to the relaxed spirit of the informal public spaces of this home.
Discover this spirit of ease in the great outdoor room, finished in lightsand stone. This big relaxed entertainer features a stone hearth with an elegant Rumford fireplace to warm guests on fall evenings.
Architect Dennis Kane and engineer Stewart Hall used strategy to create the sense of well being you’ll discover in the ultra spacious kitchen and family room space. This room is wise in the use site-lines, balanced openings, and triptych windows. Details appeal too: an oversized island bar, abundant cabinetry, prep-sink area and built in cherry desk. Superior grade appliances include a six burner Dacor range with two ovens. An adjacent pantry room has a smart walk through hall to the front side door. The family room area is graciously scaled with an inviting hearth in native stone.
A beautifully crafted paneled oak stairway with three landings takes you to the upper levels. The upper hallway bathes in natural skylight. The master suite located off this hall is a study in privacy and comfort.
The suite’s hallway creates a processional feel with a series of paneled doors concealing wardrobe and storage plus access to the master bath. In the relaxed master bedroom with its large attached porch, light and space prevail. The large porch is a summer retreat you’ll treasure for private moments, from morning yoga surrounded by the trees of Rockcliffe, to stolen afternoons, reserved for reading in the breeze.
Two of the three additional bedrooms on the second level share a bath. The larger of these is fitted with an adventurous play loft and Juliette balcony. The third is the largest and designed to maximize privacy – a space of slyly dazzling light and form with high cathedral ceilings and exterior French doors opening to the porch.
Descend the wide oak stairway to the basement, designed to admit natural light. Here you’ll find a full nanny suite, exercise room, recreation room, and more. Admire the bricked medieval style wine cellar with its groin vault complete with restored antique iron gates. Those who appreciate “best” will recognize the exceptional value.
House Size: n/a
Lot Size: 10,821 Sq. Ft.
Specialty Items: Antique Quarter Sawn Oak Flooring, Marble Fireplace, Formal Dining, Coffered Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen, Paneled Oak Stairway.
Address: 68 Park Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1M 0B9