Homes

House of the Week: Bill Teron’s Kanata Dream Home for $2.29 million

Address: 18 Kanata Rockeries
Neighbourhood: Kanata
Agents: Charles Sezlik, Erin Phillips, Royal LePage Team Realty
Price: $2,290,000
Size: 5,500 square feet
Previously sold for: first listed in 2014 for $2.75 million. Never sold.

 

The Place
The dream home of Bill Teron, the original developer and designer behind Kanata.

The History
Developer Bill Teron saved this 15-acre parcel of Beaverbrook, now Kanata, in 1964, with the intention to build his own house there one day. Keen to respect the topography and mature trees of the land, he was able to create Kanata Rockeries in 1998 due to changes in planning laws that allowed for one, single narrow, winding road through the property, which remains a private road dotted with architecturally interesting homes designed by Teron. Then, in 2004 he broke ground on his dream home at 18 Kanata Rockeries: a classic house, despite many modernist touches. It is calm, flooded with light and immersed in nature, while being a stone’s throw from Ottawa’s high tech hub.

The entryway sets the tone — it’s so James Bond. Soaring ceilings open to the rooftop pavilion and garden, while polished black granite floors give it a strangely timeless and otherworldly vibe:


Contemporary minimalism, built for showcasing:

The neutral tone of Italian travertine, curved surfaces, and a minimalist kitchen impart an Asian feeling of calm to the main living/ kitchen/ dining room areas. (Yes, there is storage space in that kitchen.)

The family room. With wall-to-wall off-white carpeting in the bedrooms and television den, this isn’t a house that tolerates clutter, and probably not one for even the tidiest of children:

Believe it or not, this is the master bedroom. Disguised to hide the bed, it’s a ground-level space:

In the second bedroom there’s plenty of shelving space for those with a love of books or too many tchotchkes!

 

Possible deal breaker
This expansive house has only two bedrooms, but there’s potential to convert other spaces if necessary. Oh, and you’d better love gardening.

The rooftop pavilion has a boathouse ambience:

… and access to the water feature:

By the numbers
215 x 269 lot
$20,163 in property taxes
2.5 bathrooms
2 bedrooms
2-car garage, 2 surface spots