Upgrades complete River Heights charmer
THESE days, the cost of a starter home is fairly substantial — $250,000 or thereabouts. Even at that price, the reality is, such a home will likely need upgrades in an area or two. That might mean re-doing the kitchen, renovating the main bathroom, or possibly putting in some carpeting and/or new flooring. By the time everything is done, you might have spent $30,000 (or more) to bring that home up to contemporary standards That’s why it makes sense to spend another $40,000 on a home, if your budget permits, for a simple reason: It’s likely that a home in the $300,000 price range has been updated, and is (more or less) move-in ready. RE/MAX Professionals’ Rod Peeler said 266 Queenston St. — a 1,192 sq. ft. one-anda-half storey home built in 1928 – is one of those homes. “Over the last five years or so, the home has been updated to bring it up to modern standards in several key areas,” he said. “In particular, the kitchen was renovated and the bathroom on the main floor was updated. The ensuite in the master suite upstairs was also updated, as well.” Of the three updates – all were important – the kitchen renovation had the biggest impact on the home’s livability, said Peeler. “Originally, there was a wall between the kitchen and dining room that hampered flow and prevented natural light from flowing freely from the dining room into the kitchen,” he said. “The wall was removed, and doing that made a huge difference. It’s now a naturally bright area with excellent flow between the two spaces. It’s as modern as most kitchens in newer homes.” Not only did the renovation unite the kitchen and dining room, it made for effortless flow into the nearby living room, making the area ideal for entertaining. At the same time, the contemporary finishes gave the kitchen a pleasing, contemporary feel. “The renovation really brought it up to snuff,” Peeler said. “There are new (white maple cabinets, (taupe) tile floor, a (white) subway tile backsplash, (taupe) granite peninsula with sink and seating for three, and stainless steel appliances. At the same time, some of the home’s old character is still present — refinished oak hardwoods and 10-inch-high baseboards. There’s also an alcove window with a wide sill off to the side of the kitchen, too.” A doorway on the opposite side unites the kitchen/dining room with the bright, spacious living room, which also contains a unique feature. “It has a gas fireplace with brick surround and brick wall that, along with the oak hardwoods, gives the room a nice, warm feel,” he said. “From there, you can go down a hallway where you’ll find two bedrooms and the main bath.” Turns out, the main bath is a mix of old and new. The old is its original off-white tile floor featuring myriad six-sided tiles; the new is a maple vanity with circular ceramic sink (on a white cultured marble countertop) and reglazed (deep tub). At the end of the hall are two bedrooms: to the right is a bedroom with a patio door that leads to the backyard deck. Angle left, and there’s a second bedroom big enough to be used as either a den or kid’s bedroom. “Right now, the bedroom with the patio door is being used as a media room,” Peeler said. “The patio door leads out to a goodsized deck and private, fenced yard surrounded by trees. There’s also a gas hook-up for a barbeque.” Head upstairs, and you encounter the home’s (somewhat unexpected) piece de resistance: a loft-style bedroom. “It’s an absolutely awesome space,” he said. “It’s just a bit less than 400 square feet in size, and two windows on opposite ends (plus large window in ensuite) that make for a nice bright space. It also has a peaked ceiling, and (medium brown) laminate flooring that gives it a nice warmth. There’s plenty of storage space, and even room for a sitting area.” Meanwhile, the renovated ensuite delivers a welcome touch of luxury. “With its (taupe) tile floor, gorgeous tempered-glass tile shower and new white vanity, it’s a beautiful space to wake up in, and is especially nice because of all the natural light the large window lets in,” Peeler said. “It’s a private, nicely appointed retreat that parents of a young family will really enjoy, and appreciate.” He added that parents with school-aged children will appreciate the home’s location. Not only is it close to shops, services and restaurants on Corydon Avenue and Academy Road, several schools are nearby. “No fewer than four schools are close by, along with parks and community centres. You couldn’t ask for a better location.” With a usable basement (with three rooms plus storage and laundry room) and garage out back, the home is ready for a young family to use and enjoy, said Peeler. “It’s in a wonderful, central location, combines character with newer features beautifully, and is reasonably priced. It’s a solid, updated home that allows you to get into north River Heights for around $300,000,” he said. “The value and location this home offers is difficult to beat.”
Natural light pours into the newly renovated
The dining area opens to the kitchen.