Homes

House of the Week: $2.09M for a Glebe redbrick with wine cellar

This week, we tour a classic Glebe redbrick with some unique add-ons.


Address: 55 Fourth Ave.
Neighbourhood: Glebe
Agent: Dominique Milne and Lyne Burton, Engel & Völkers Ottawa Central, Brokerage
Price: $2,099,000
Taxes: approx. $11,161

The history
Built in 1904, this family home was extensively renovated in 2010, adding unique features to attract modern families. Turning the garage into a “man cave” saw new walls and floors and rustic finishes, as well as the installation of a skylight and speaker system. The addition of a wine cellar in the basement (with room for over 1000 bottles!) makes the home truly luxurious.

The place
Spacious sitting areas on the main floor — and an updated kitchen, complete with on-trend herringbone flooring — combine heritage and modern design. The family room, attached to that lovely kitchen, opens onto the backyard. And that master suite on the third floor offers great views (not to mention an escape for frenzied parents).

The requisite front porch:

The entryway, with classic black-and-white tile (that quirky door leads to a front closet):

The living room, with a fireplace and those high ceilings heritage lovers gush over:

Two views of the dining room:

White cabinetry and marble countertops in the kitchen keep the space bright and modern:


So much counter space and storage! And it opens to the family room at the back, making it an ideal entertaining area:


Here’s the back room — note the fireplace and skylights, the eating area, and the double doors that lead to the backyard:

Biggest selling point(s)
That wine cellar is pretty sweet. And the added garage hang out space — called a “man cave”, but it’s not just for men!

Possible dealbreaker
As with any extensively renovated place, the buyer is paying for someone else’s choices. We think this one does a good job of introducing modern design elements while staying true to the heritage character of the neighbourhood. But if you like to make all those decisions yourself, you’re better off with a fixer-upper.

Let’s go upstairs, to the master bedroom — complete with gas fireplace:

And the ensuite, with shower, bath and plenty of extra space for whatever your ensuite requires:

Heading down to the basement, here’s that wine cellar (bottles not included in purchase price!):

The renovated garage,  just a short walk from the back door. (Yes, that’s a keg fridge.):

And two views of the leafy backyard. Some garden beds but no fussy grass!


By the numbers
3,051 square feet (above grade)
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
3 fireplaces
3 parking spots