Charleswood two-storey move-in ready
THESE days — according to a recent poll — the top priority for home buyers is a home must be movein ready. Consequently, although a home might be relatively contemporary at 15 or 20-years-old, it may not be in turnkey condition; it all depends on how proactive outgoing owners have been in updating it. If it hasn’t been brought up to speed style-wise, there’s chance it could scream 1995 with oak cabinets, gold switch plates and stippled ceilings. (cinnamon-tinted) maple cabinets; they go beautifully with the tile floor, and a dark tile backsplash. When you combine those features with others such as elegant baseboard trim, two-panel doors with levered handles and painted rather than stippled ceilings, you have a wonderful, modern family home.”
Those finishes are augmented nicely by a floor plan that’s bright, spacious and navigable. Although the home isn’t as wide open as many of today’s open-concept designs, flow is good because key spaces — kitchen and family room as well as dining room/living room — that, while defined, still open nicely on to each other. “There’s tons of room for a family to move around, yet the spaces are defined. One open-concept area (at the rear of the home) incorporates the a kitchen/dinette area into it on one side, with the family room on the other,” De Leeuw explained. “The dining room and living room (just steps from the kitchen) also open on to each other, making for an area that flows just beautifully.”
A wealth of well-placed windows in both areas also makes for a naturally bright home, too. “No matter what space you’re in on the main floor, it never lacks in natural light,” he said. “The dinette area off the kitchen is next to a by window and patio door that let in all kinds of light, and the adjacent family room — whose focal point is a gas fireplace with cappuccino tile surround — also has a trio of large windows on its rear wall. An arched picture window in the living room and large window behind the dining room combine to make that area naturally bright, as well.”
Add in a main floor study, two-piece bath and laundry room, and you have a home that’s as livable as any new home design. “This home’s design is such that it features an ease of living that makes it a very functional. Nothing is every lacking from that standpoint.”
The same could be said for its upper level, which contains four big bedrooms. “All four bedrooms, are, to say the least, very generously-sized,” said De Leeuw. “The smallest bedroom is 10.6 feet by 9.5 feet, while the others (one comes with a pair of closets) are 12 feet by 11.6 feet and 14.7 by 10.4 feet. The main bath is also very impressive with its jetted tub, tile floor and maple/granite vanity
The spacious front entrance as seen from the second level.
The main floor family room features large windows and a fireplace.