Ottawa Citizen

Rockcliffe ‘palace’ Ottawa’s No. 2 home

New house valued at $9,609,000, 2nd only to Cowpland mansion

- BY MICHAEL PRENTICE

The handsome new home of Ottawa developer Sean Murray and his wife, Jamilah Taib, has shot to No. 2 among Ottawa’s most expensive private residences, as measured by the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC).

The couple’s house at 688 Manor Ave. in Rockcliffe Park, completed late last year, is worth $9,609,000, assessors have decided. That puts it second only to that of neighbours Marlen and Michael Cowpland. The Cowplands’ modern mansion at 234 Perley Crt. has an updated assess- ment value of $12,535,000.

The Cowpland residence has been controvers­ial because of its ultramoder­n look, which some traditiona­lists have grumbled is out of place in Rockcliffe Park, where many of Ottawa’s most expensive homes are located.

The new home of Mr. Murray and Ms. Taib has a more traditiona­l look, which blends in with older, and much smaller, houses nearby. Its constructi­on has been the talk of Rockcliffe for months.

Well-heeled neighbours were impressed when the couple showed off their new home at a recent housewarmi­ng and Christmas party.

“It’s incredible,” one guest said. “It is not so much a house as a mansion. A lot of the guests were likening it to an old English manor. But it is a very new English manor.”

The guest, who asked not to be identified, added: “There is marble and the colour of gold everywhere, and there must be 20 chandelier­s on the ground floor. It’s like a palace, really.”

 ?? CHRIS MIKULA, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ?? The traditiona­lly-styled Rockcliffe Park home of Sean Murray and Jamilah Taib, below, has impressed their well-heeled neighbours and earned a $9,609,000 assessment from the Municipal Property Assessment Corp.
CHRIS MIKULA, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN The traditiona­lly-styled Rockcliffe Park home of Sean Murray and Jamilah Taib, below, has impressed their well-heeled neighbours and earned a $9,609,000 assessment from the Municipal Property Assessment Corp.
 ?? MIKE CARROCCETT­O, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ??
MIKE CARROCCETT­O, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

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