The Perfect Urban Retreat
This is the Ottawa home of renowned Canadian landscape artist Gordon Harrison. It is an elegant freehold townhouse in highly desirable New Edinburgh. The location is fantastic – a short walk to Beechwood Avenue with its shops and restaurants, steps from the Governor General’s grounds, and within walking distance of External Affairs. It even has views of Parliament Hill. Winner of an Ottawa Urban Design Award, this conservation district property was designed by architect Barry Hobin and built by Charlesfort Development. The award cites “the mature, delightful character of this rich green neighborhood.”
This outstanding town house is open in concept and features bright, spacious rooms and 10-foot ceilings on the main floor. Continuity is provided by beautiful hardwood floors, crown moldings, baseboards and the use of granite and marble accents throughout. There is extensive built-in cabinetry and many fine architectural details. The foyer has a black granite floor and a cloak closet. The living room has a gas fireplace with granite surround bracketed by a pair of exquisite glass display shelves. The adjacent dining area, which is defined by a brilliantly-designed and functional buffet, is open to the kitchen. It is suitable for entertaining or family dining. The kitchen has hardwood floors, beautiful and extensive wood cabinetry, a centre island with eating bar, black granite counter tops and back splash and high quality stainless steel appliances. Off the kitchen via a glass door is a covered deck that is perfect for barbecuing.
The second floor is home to a bedroom and bathroom. A second bedroom
has been transformed into the perfect family room with built-in shelving and a walk-in closet. A laundry is located conveniently off the landing. The master bedroom is located with ultimate privacy on the third floor. It is spacious, bright, carpeted and has a nine-foot ceiling. The ensuite bathroom has an inlaid tile floor, Kohler vanity, Ultra Jet tub, and a tile shower with glass door. There is also a lovely balcony with views of Parliament Hill off the third floor landing.
The basement is developed with an exercise room that has good natural light and there is lots of storage space. The garage is double and attached, with basement access. Landscaping is nicely done and complements the elegant stone and plaster façade to give this property great curb appeal. Two large decks overlook lush foliage and mature trees and lend a sense of expansiveness and allow for outdoor living. The low monthly common elements fee ($185.00) covers snow removal, landscaping, window washing and a contribution to a reserve fund for common elements. The owner has installed an automatic irrigation system and a tranquil pond.