Also available for rent: $15,000/month
Point of view. It's the key to all great art. And it's what makes this stunningly beautiful two-storey penthouse a contender for Ottawa's best address. Period.
The secret? A one-of-a-kind vantage atop the prized south-west corner of Ottawa's legendary 700 Sussex. From here, unimaginably privileged site lines shape an intimate and constantly shifting montage of very best of the national capital's history, architecture and iconic public spaces. The effect is astounding, riveting and strangely cinematic.
This is the capital city everyone dreams of … an endlessly engaging showcase of three centuries of civic ingenuity, aspiring design, public investment and popular energy. The not entirely unwelcome irony? Only you and your guests will ever see the city from this enchanted perspective. You must entertain more often.
In fact, entertaining flourishes in this extraordinary home where the interior space is more than a match for the scenery. First impressions cast a lasting spell, as guests enter a soaring two-storey atrium reception foyer. The design language is contemporary and elegant. Strategically positioned sidelight windows and a glazed upper floor flood the space with light. Shaped ceilings, understated limestone floors and a dramatic open staircase banish 'ordinary'.
Notice the details – the design-forward Italian lighting, the elegant European style powder room off the entry hall, with its black mosaic tile walls and slate floors.
For the main reception hall, enter a vast high-ceilinged loft-inspired space, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. Ignore the views (if you can) to study the gleaming open kitchen. Finishes are pure lux – polished cherry, marble counters, polished stone backsplash. The shaped and oversized island has raised glass counters that easily shift from "breakfast bar" to "Euro bistro". Cooking and entertaining find a ready fusion in this deeply hedonistic home.
The dining area is celebration-scaled and seductively cornered by windows capturing exotic south views. Will your guests be distracted by the sense of intimacy with the city's great icons? Assuredly yes. From the striking glazed sphere of 2011's Convention Centre, to the lively Rideau Canal and alluring 1879 brickwork Cartier Square Drill Hall, the achievements of centuries spread out beside your table. Gracious hosts will make allowances for the "awesome" factor.
The living room is set between windows south
and west. In view –Confederation Square, the roofs and turrets of the Chateau Laurier, the Queen Anne Revival façade of 1890's Chambers Building and much more. In all seasons, the ever changing light beguiles.
Off the living room a spacious den offers a contrasting environment – private, secluded and personal. Here, the castle-like Chateau Laurier begins to seem almost quotidian. From the den you can reach a two door "cheater" bathroom, which also serves the very private guest bedroom on this floor.
Take your time climbing the sculptural stairway to the luminous second floor. You enter a light filled fully-glazed studio with access to Ottawa's most envied private roof top terrace. Savour the exhilarating atmosphere. Notice the striking design. Then imagine working here.
You must explore the terrace – a one in a million asset. More than the mind altering views, the evening light is simply unearthly. Deckside barbeques include long relaxed vistas of the blue Gatineau Hills and nearby National Art Gallery. Relax in the city's most exceptional hot tub, ignoring the envious stares of the Chateau Laurier gargoyles, close enough to touch.
The upstairs master suite is everything you'd expect in a home that defines personal indulgence – and then some. The bedroom is scaled for comfort, with elegant built in shelving, euro lighting and access to the rooftop deck. The walk-in raises the bar on "walk ins" with artistic skylights, recessed halogens, and a built in vanity. The ensuite is resort scaled and tastefully indulgent: a corner soaking tub bathed in natural light invites; the oversized walk-in shower elevates your daily routine.
There are many practical reasons to own the definitive downtown Ottawa address. Trumping all is pleasure. One look and you'll know that every minute of life experienced here is sure to be just that much more lovely and memorable. Ultimately isn't that what it's all about?