Courting the townhome buyer
Orléans enclave offers a quiet street that is close to amenities and transit
There’s something appealing about living on a court — the circle of close neighbours, the safety from speeding traffic, the quiet of a culde-sac. Throw in a walkway to a major road with amenities and good bus service, not to mention a new city park with an outdoor skating rink, and you’ve got Mondavi Court, Longwood’s newest project in Orléans.
“We have a lot of first- and second-time buyers, families with young children who like the size of the larger lots,” as well as Orléans residents looking to downsize, says Longwood sales manager Darice Greene.
The project consists of four blocks of four townhomes and four pairs of semis. Models of the three townhome designs, named for wines produced by California winemaker Robert Mondavi, opened recently. (There is one semi-detached plan, but no model.)
All the townhome designs include a tiled entryway well lit by a glass-paned door topped by a transom window. A double closet, powder room with pedestal sink, and a door to the single garage complete the space. A step up leads to an open-concept living area with nine-foot ceilings. Floor-to-ceiling windows and patio doors topped by transoms flood the room with sunshine.
Upstairs, you’ll find a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and two smaller bedrooms. All the models feature an ensuite with shower stall and a main bathroom with a tub-shower, but the standard is a single bathroom with soaker tub, shower stall and cheater door to the master bedroom.
A finished family room well-lit by at least one large window is found in each basement.
The Sonoma: A middle unit, the Sonoma is Mondavi Court’s “wow” model, boasting $35,000 in upgrades. From the foyer, with its upgraded tile, to the impressive dark oak and white painted wood staircase, everything in this 1,490-square-foot home draws the eye.
A U-shaped kitchen with Shaker-style cabinetry, glass tile backsplash, stainless microwave range hood and quartz counters overlooks the living/dining area, which Greene has funkily decorated in calming greys and jolts of chartreuse. A glass dining table makes the space seem even bigger, while an outsize floral chair and cushy charcoal sofa invite relaxation.
Floors in the living-dining area are engineered hardwood. “To make the homes more affordable, the standard is carpet, but we show the upgraded hardwood in all our models because most people will want to upgrade,” says Greene.
Upstairs, the master bedroom offers ample room for a king-size bed, dresser and TV or chair. A child’s room is a charming retreat with space for a single bed, dresser and toys that might include the cool green bank cleverly disguised as a running shoe.
The linen cupboard has been upgraded to double-door size, but it can also convert to a laundry. Shaker cabinetry and quartz counters continue in the upgraded bathroom and ensuite.
In the basement, an option suggested by a customer — and one that Greene says Longwood is willing to undertake as another upgrade — is to push forward the front wall to enlarge the family room.
Prices for the Sonoma start at $311,900. The Beringer: The largest model comes as an end unit, with three side windows to let lots of light into the main living area and the stairs to the second floor.
The Beringer doubles as the sales office, so decorating is simple and upgrades limited to $17,000, including the kitchen’s U-shaped configuration (an L-shape with an island is standard). The cabinetry and arborite counters here and in the bathroom and ensuite are standard.
Upstairs, a large cupboard can house the washer and dryer, a standard feature for this model. The linen cupboard is generous, and the plushly carpeted hallway is extra-wide.
An upgraded wall sconce lights the way down to the family room, where a two-piece bathroom completes the upgrades in this model.
Pricing for the Beringer starts at $319,900 for 1,533 square feet. The Sterling: While still openconcept, the smallest model offers more definitive spaces for those who like to separate their eating and living areas. The two spaces also differ in size, so if you love to cook, you can use the larger area for dining and the smaller one for your living space — or vice versa if feeding a crowd is not your thing.
The kitchen boasts an island with upgraded backsplash, cabinets and eating bar. In all, upgrades in the Sterling total $12,000.
IN THE AREA
Mondavi Court is a small infill development in the Oakridge Gate community of Orléans. Fourteen of the homes back on to either Trim Road or a hydro corridor, but are separated by an attractive wood fence.
A walkway will link the neighbourhood to Trim, with its regular bus routes and stores. Within sight is the new Cardinal Creek Community Park, with a large play structure, skating rink and recreational pathways. Elementary and high schools are nearby.