Glebe Town- Another Sold

Glebe Freehold Townhouse $699,900.00

This is a  stylish but charming home that has been well renovated and is sensitive to the original style of the home. The layout  provides for  good entertaining space whether formal  or informal and a super outside  terrace for dining Al Fresco.

41FourthAv 044This home has been beautifully kept  and renovated to provide an open feeling yet offers  defined living areas, accented by beautiful coved moldings, a wood fireplace and hardwood floors. The kitchen is a delight with its granite topped counters, wood  cabinetry and large eating counter. Large coat closet and powder room just off kitchen area.

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The bedrooms are ample sized with good closets and a fully updated main bath room. The spindle rail  staircase is flooded with natural light from the oversized skylight. The master has a wall of closets and opens to a very pretty porch for  you to sit and have your  morning coffee.

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The colour scheme accents the  wood floors and stresses the high baseboards and trim though out. This home flows together beautifully and all the rooms provide  the same continued quality of updating and styles.  Two car rear parking and an  excellent basement. Mint condition and pride of ownership prevails throughout. You are in a great location near to the  Canal , shopping and schools.



Guest Blogger Suzanne King



OK, so your house is ready to list! Or is it? Did you remember the garden?

Too often the outside comes as an afterthought if it comes at all. Yet, the first thing a buyer sees is the front garden and generally the last stop is the back garden. People, today, look to the outdoors to entertain, to garden, or simply stretch out in the chaise with a good book.  A beautiful garden can be the clincher in selling your home.

Welcome to Digs

And my blog about Staging a Garden.

Staging your garden is not much different than staging your house. You’re looking for the wow factor! I start with a ‘simple’ plan to clean up, add plants, decorate, and maintain. I’ll walk you through my recent garden-stage focusing on a few essentials that turned an overgrown back garden into a tranquil oasis.


This stately Glebe home on Queen Elizabeth Driveway overlooks Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. The front and side yard needed sprucing up. The private back garden needed an overhaul.



With less than two weeks to do the job, and a limited budget, we planned a simple, clean-looking back garden, easy to maintain, using as many existing plants as possible, and added white impatience to brighten things up. Clean and simple meant, hard pruning, getting rid of the grass and weeds, putting down weed cloth,covering the main surface with pea  gravel  and sprucing up the flower beds.


Pulled weeds, pruned trees & shrubs, tossed broken planters

Turned soil, fertilized, & added mulch to the flower beds

Leveled ground and installed weed cloth,

Raked pea gravel into place .

Split and repositioned hostas from around the property

Planted white impatiens -a nice complement to the variegated hostas

Positioned existing vines to provide interesting back drops.




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  Finishing Touches


Cleaned patio bricks (house view) and garden path (street view)

Divided the garden into two distinct areas (using existing patio furniture)

Eating area, with easy access to the house including table & chairs, a sunbrella, accent plants, and a BBQ (tucked in a corner);

Lounge area to relax under the shade of the mulberry tree

Added the cleaned-up fountain, Buddha and potted plants for a dash of colour!cid_CB4BAE12-423A-40B8-BCED-1161CFA5D59A@home





Final Word

Given the stresses of selling a home with constant cleaning, showings, and open houses you’re better off to hire a garden stager who brings fresh eyes, design sense, and know how to you garden. But for those who are do-it yourselfers I leave you with a few tips.

  • Keep it simple—remember you are staging not staying on

  • Sketch out a plan.

  • Cleanup—roll up your sleeves and don gardening gloves. Get rid of broken furniture, pull the weeds, prune unruly bushes, vines, and trees, and touch up peeling paint. Power clean patios paths and anything looking tired

  • Replace weedy lawns with pea gravel and simple bushes punctuated with colourful annuals

  • Use low maintenance, drought-resistant plants (fewer waterings and bugs) suited to your yard (sun or shade) Choose a simple colour scheme that compliments the house. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the hundred’s of plants (and colours) waiting to confuse you. Sticking to one or two colours will create a greater impact.

  • Visit the nursery or markets—plant growers are a great source of advice—and talk to neighbours who may have appropriate plants to share.

  • Turn the soil and add mulch to improve texture and look of soil.

  • Position new plants in an attractive manner—for impact, place clumps of flowers rather than stringing them out. Place tall, bushy plants at the back of the bed and short ones at the front.

  • Decorate—think of all the accessories—cushions, paintings, pottery you put out to dress up rooms inside your home. Pay the same attention to your garden. Make it call out to visitors.

  • Start with a couple of pots of ‘showy’ flowers at the front door. Be sure the pots are in good shape—no room for chips and moss-covered containers. They belong in the garbage. However, if you have a few worthy candidates spruce them up with a paint job.

  • A front porch can be dressed up with a couple of chairs and bright cushions—an inexpensive (matching) side table with candles adds a homey touch.

  • In a back garden, a patio table and chairs and/or a couple of chaise lounges with colourful cushions and pots of aromatic herbs or plants such as lavender, near the door, are always inviting.

  • Prepare a simple sketch with plants numbered and a care plan for watering, fertilizing, deadheading, and pruning. If you’re listing your home off-season, some photographs showing the garden at it’s peak is a thoughtful gesture

 Bon chance!



Digs  .613 236 0050


Guest Blogger- Capital Home Inspections- Basements


613233.4515    www.capitalhomeinspection.cacapitalhomes

Steve Clayton – owner of Capital Home Inpsections

The Importance of a Dry Basement

I can’t stress enough the importance of having a basement thoroughly inspected.   Think about it –a hole dug deep in the ground can easily fill with water.  Making sure that you do everything possible to keep the basement dry is crucial to the well-being of your house.



Damp basements can lead to mould growth. Moulds need a variety of conditions in which to grow.  They need heat – and there is almost always enough heat in a basement.  They need a “food source” which typically in a basement is cellulose such as wood or the paper on drywall. Mould also requires moisture in order to grow – even dampness in the air will suffice. So if you want to reduce mould growth, a dry basement is essential.

 What can be done to keep a basement dry?

Good grading is critical.  Grading is the ground around the foundation. Good grading is when the ground slopes away from the foundation so that surface water such as rain and melting snow will drain away from the house. As one cannot direct water onto the neighbour’s yard, a swale (ditch) may have to be created so that the water can flow either to the street or into the back yard. Creating positive grading is usually the cheapest and easiest way to help keep a basement dry and mould free.


What other inexpensive things can be done to help keep a basement dry?

Installing a full set of eavestroughing and downspouts is a very effective way to shed water away from the foundation and basement.  Today’s eavestroughing can be continuous so that there are no leaky joints. The troughs are solidly secured to the house so that they can survive our winters and the downspouts are large enough to handle large volumes of rain water during a storm. Make sure they are cleaned in the fall and spring to rid debris that will effect proper drainage.

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Does a dehumidifier help?

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Yes. Most home owners in Ottawa should be running a dehumidifier in the basement set at between 40% and 60% +/- in the summer. Dehumidifiers are mobile and are on wheels (so they rarely come with the house). They go in the basement because moist air is heavy and gravitates to the basement floor.  Warm air can contain more moisture than cold air, so the dehumidifier should be run into the autumn, until the temperature goes down and the dehumidifier stops working on its own.

 Cracks in the Foundation – should they be repaired?


My rule of thumb is that all cracks in a foundation will eventually leak. This means that all foundation cracks will have to be repaired in order to keep water out of the basement and keep the basement mould-free. Minor cracks can be injected from the inside; larger cracks are usually repaired from the outside of the foundation. 

Steve Clayton.  


SOLD Glebe

74 Fourth Ave – $924,900.00

Superb home in the heart of the Glebe. With the best feaures of the Victorain style intact, this home offers an abundance of space for both family living and entertaining. Ideally located  close to schools and shopping. The main floor has a versatile floor plan, the double livingroom could be used as a formal livingroom and diningroom while the large room (presently used a formal dining room) would make a perfect family room or children’s playroom.


The kitchen is sun filled with lots of space for a sitting area, eating area as well as space for as many cooks as there are in the family.


Private rear garden and deck.

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Second floor master suite provides a sitting room, walk in closet and 4 pc ensuite bathroom with separate shower and an old world  claw tub for soaking. The other bedroom on this floor is large with a spacious closet and a full bathroom right beside it. The third floor has a large alcove ideal for a computer area and two good sized bedrooms (perfect kids floor).

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The lower level also offers a charming media room accented by orginal limestone rock and gas stove.   Beautifully maintained and full of charm and warmth. A superb home and location in the Glebe nestled between the Bank Street and the Canal. A much loved home for over 15 years by present owners is a testament to the great lifestyle this home has to offer.       A great family home.  

Details or for private showing call Julie or Stephanie at 613.563.1155 


ANOTHER SOLD Sandyhill Townhome

Quiet Location in Sandyhill; great space for ONLY $599,000.

Lovely large and sunny town home on one of Sandyhills nicest streets. Wrought iron gated front garden leads to the lovely heritage brick facade and old world sunporch entrance of this home. Well renovated with  open yet defined spaces that include a  main floor den that opens to the private rear deck. Great kitchen with tons of cupboard , counters and eating /work island.  Second floor family room with fireplace. Second floor bedroom with wall thru closet and 5pc ensuite,and a third floor suite wiht ensuite. There is an another third bedroom. Ideal home for family, executive couple or single.  Walk to work and great shops all near by. The home offers space, light and a great floor plan as well as location


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