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Jun082017

Stalking a home in Yellowknife

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories has a special place in my family's heart. Many years ago when my twin sister and I were starting university here in Ottawa, the rest of the family moved to Yellowknife for a few years. Yellowknife is WAY up north and is quite a unique city. It mostly consists of rock and lakes not much else. The house my folks bought was on one of the few streets where the yards had grass (it was considered a luxury given the freezing climate and terrible quality of earth) and the trees were not short little evergreens. There are many creative types up there who over the years have built many really cool homes...some on water and some, like in this case, on the side of a rock face. This house in Old Town is one everyone had greatly admired and we had always wondered what it looked like inside. 20 years later we finally know. :) 

Nestled into the rocky landscape, this now iconic to Yellowknife home was built by a long-time northerner and architect with every space, window and beam in the home thoughtfully designed, crafted and placed with purpose. Watch the sun rise over Great Slave Lake as you water the garden, witness the neighborhood fox hunting for his lunch as you wash dishes in the kitchen, enjoy the soft evening sun during your yoga practice in the loft and treat family and friends to panoramic lake and city views on the huge upper deck backing onto rocky greenspace, perfect for your kids to run around and explore. Originally built in 1978, with the addition built in 1990, the home features cedar siding, fir structural beams and fir and maple custom designed built-in furniture and detailing. Listed at a mere $899,000 ;)  

Reader Comments (7)

It's perfect. Buy it.

8 Jun 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkim

All of those angles kind of give me vertigo! It's cool but I could never live there!

8 Jun 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I'm like Dana. I'd feel permanently dizzy with the all the angled walls & roof, but it's a very clever design for a sloping block like that. I definitely admire the ingenuity.

8 Jun 2017 | Unregistered Commenterwwax

I agree. Think of how much better those rooms would feel if they were clad in normal drywall, rather than those planks that force to eye to plummet down the angled lines of the building.

9 Jun 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBlanders

Absolutely love it!

9 Jun 2017 | Unregistered CommenterE Grey

This is awesome!

9 Jun 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

What an interesting house. I don't think I've ever seen one cascading down a slope like that in such a literal way. Very cool.

9 Jun 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCussot

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