Condo of the Week: $1.699 million for a Hobin-designed loft on the edge of Hintonburg

BY OTTAWA MAGAZINE STAFF

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 2:26 PM

This week, we peek inside a luxurious condo designed by Hobin Architecture in a 1930s-era schoolhouse .

Address: 12 Stirling Ave., Unit 303

Neighbourhood: Hintonburg

Agents: Dominique Milne and Lyne Burton, Engel & Völkers, Ottawa Central, Brokerage

Price: $1,699,000

Previously sold for: The original condos were put up for sale about five years ago, with the project finished a couple of years ago. The BuzzBuzzHome real-estate tracking database reported that the larger units were priced around $1 million.

Each of the nine lofts runs from the front to the back of the building:

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The history
Originally a 1930s-era schoolhouse, the four-storey building that was most recently home to Odawa Friendship Centre was renovated into nine luxury condos, each of which extends from the front to the back of the building. Designed by Hobin Architecture, the Yard & Station lofts retain the red-brick façade that makes the building so unique.

The place
A two-storey penthouse loft with a massive rooftop terrace and views across downtown to Parliament Hill and across the river to the Gatineau hills.

Who wouldn’t want a living room couch big enough to sleep a family of four?

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With windows taking up two sides of the living room, there are no bad views.

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Why, yes, the drapes and ceiling fan do come with the house.

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Big selling point
With its soaring windows and rooftop terrace, this is an ideal spot for an urbanite looking for commanding views over the city and proximity to the restaurants of Hintonburg. It’s a half-kilometre stroll to such hipster haunts as Carben Food + Drink and Tennessy Willems, and a bit further to the coolest coffee (Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs) and doughnut (Suzy Q) shops.

The kitchen counters are NeoLith, a high-tech surface that’s scratch- and heat-resistant.

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Doesn’t everyone deserves a steam shower?

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And here’s the master bedroom:

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So this is what Ottawa looks like in the summer.

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For the pyrotechnics fan
Invite friends over on August nights to ooh and aah over the Casino-du-Lac-Leamy Sound of Light, visible from the terrace. Apparently, the condo’s Sonos sound system can be tuned to the radio station that plays the accompanying music so you really can enjoy the sensation of being there — but with your own snacks and drinks.

The rooftop hot tub (comes with the condo!) is a nice touch. There are also hookups for a gas barbecue.

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Possible deal breaker
While Hintonburg may have gone upscale of late, this is the grittier end of the ’hood, just a stone’s throw from Mechanicsville.

By the numbers
2,258 square feet
$1,724 in monthly maintenance fees
2 bathrooms
1 rooftop terrace
1 hot tub
2 bedrooms
1 fireplace
2 parking spaces
650-metre walk to the new LRT station

source: https://ottawamagazine.com/

 

Strutt for Sale — Inside a Landmark Modernist House in Alta Vista

https://ottawamagazine.com/homes/strutt-for-sale-inside-a-landmark-modernist-house-in-alta-vista/

BY SARAH BROWN; PHOTOS BY GREG TILLEY, YELL IT MEDIA

POSTED JANUARY 25, 2019 3:16 PM

James Strutt was both a prolific architect and a bon vivant. As a designer, he was known for imagining beautifully flowing spaces with distinctive undulating roofs and large expanses of glass that let the light flow through.

As an early version of the celebrity architect, he hosted chic cocktail parties at his own spectacular residence, with Pierre Trudeau a frequent guest. 

Around town, he designed unique churches, a few government buildings, and a smattering of iconic private residences.

Local architectural geeks with some spare cash now have the rare opportunity to fulfil a life goal — to live in a James Strutt-designed dwelling. The Weiner Residence is up for sale. 

Photos by Greg Tilley, Yell It Media

Photos by Greg Tilley, Yell It Media

The House: Think of it as a time capsule of sorts. It’s a beautiful example of mid-century architecture, the bungalow was designed in 1958 for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Weiner. From the front, the marble-clad house resembles a pagoda, with clerestory windows under raised roofs. Sunlight streams in all day long. Even more light pours in through a series of skylights framed with red cedar.

A spectacular central foyer with terrazzo flooring is made for cocktail parties. Ditto the sunken living room. Visitors would do well to spend time taking in the raised ceilings, perfect room proportions, wood detailing and — it is January, after all — the original wood-burning fireplace surrounded by built-ins.

Photos by Greg Tilley, Yell It Media

Photos by Greg Tilley, Yell It Media

Fame Partied Here: Apparently ol’ blue eyes Frank Sinatra hung out here, as did extravagant showman Liberace.

Notable Owners: Originally built for local property developer Paul Weiner, it was acquired in 1970 by Mrs. Frank Ryan, whose husband founded CFRA radio. (It was Mrs. Ryan who hosted the likes of Sinatra and Liberace at her grand parties.) Charlotte Whitton, Ottawa’s first female mayor and the sister of Mrs. Ryan, lived in the home in her later years.

Photos by Greg Tilley, Yell It Media

Photos by Greg Tilley, Yell It Media

The Specs: About 3,800 square feet on the main level; 2,000 square feet in the basement.

Asking Price: $1.365 million

Open House: Fittingly, listing agents Lyne Burton and Dominique Milne (Engel and Völkers Brokerage) will showcase the Weiner Residence with a 1960s-style party. Home-grown crooner Johnny Vegas will be on hand to set the mood with Frank Sinatra tunes. Thursday, January 31 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., 418 Roger Rd. Itching to take a look? You must RSVP to homes@lyneanddominique.com

 

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