81 Renfrew Ave – The Glebe-SOLD

Wonderful Family home  in the Glebe.

Step into a house to call your new home!

Large principal main rooms accented by archways and wood flooring.

Perfect kitchen that overlooks the rear yard and has an eating bar as well as a den area.

 

Private yard and access to the garage.

Four good sized bedrooms and lots of redone bathrooms as well as a play room in the lower level.  Great schools- Great location- Great house. 1,050,000.00 ASK

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90 Frank St- The Golden Triangle

FOR THE SOPHISTICATED URBAN DWELLER.

90 Frank St

Not your average town home!. Designed to provide exceptional light and open spaces this 2 storey town home will delight you with its openness yet very private spaces..

Lovely high ceilings warmed by wood floors and a open wood staircase with a skylight that floods the areas with warm light.

Swing open the glass doors onto the deck and out to a  secret garden with over 70 ft of landscaped and hassle free greenery

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The second floor is an open area for den/lunge and master with the rooms open and flowing beautifully into each other.

 

 

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GLEBE INCOME PROPERTY OR OWNER LIVE IN- SOLD

Pretty Inside and Out. Great Location – Great investment property or Perfect home.

Rare  double in the sought after Glebe area. Great investment opportunity or live in one side and rent out the other.. Lots of potential or leave as an income property for your investment portfolio.

Both sides identical size with 3 floors of sun filled charming space. The main floor is accented by leaded windows, wood floors and lovely sized rooms. The second floor has 3 bedrooms ( presently tow are pen to each other) and a full bathroom. The sky-lit third floor offer a charming space as a bedroom or office. Good basement with laundry and one side has a 2 pc bathroom.

Parking off rear lane with access to the house through the landscaped rear yard and flagstone terrace.

Lots of charm and  pride of ownership is prevalent throughout..47 Clarey will be vacant as of end of June and the excellent tenants at 49 Clarey are on month to month  at 2150 plus utilities- would like to stay. Lots of great ways to make this wonderful double on a great street to work for you.

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Custom -Minto built “Dream Home” now for sale

NOW AVAILABLE  AT 1.499  MILLION 

Fully customized, with the help of Top Ottawa interior designer Tanya Collins,and with direction by  Architect Christopher Simmons, premier builder Minto Homes and their design team have made this a showplace residence which is spectacular but very very liveable for all types of families.

This  grand  home of 5577 sq. ft is  in Potter’s Key. Near Hazeldean and Carp roads. The home sits on an oversized pie-shaped lot that backs onto the Feedmill Creek conservation area..A peaceful and private outside entertaining area with a secluded view.

The finest finishes and quality trades worked together to create this “dream come true”

Acclaimed Ottawa architect Christopher Simmonds had a hand in the design of the home and its layout.

“I felt that it was representative of how a family might use the home,” Simmonds says of the concept he passed along.

Interior designer Tanya Collins has given the home a unified, contemporary look using a palette of black, white and gold, with splashes of bold colour to enliven some of the spaces. Custom cabinetry and built ins as well as top quality fixtures and lighting add to the richness of the spaces.

The Collins and  Simmonds collaboration on this home was perfect harmony are known for a contemporary influence, .Featuring clean lines and simplicity with a touch of elegance the colours chosen emphasizes the glamour while bringing a timeless look.

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“I wanted something kind of glamorous, but livable at the same time,” says Collins. “The luxury of the finishes, lounge-y seating so it invites you to come in and sit down, something stylish and not typical.”

MAIN FLOOR SUITE OR LOUNGE

At 473 square feet, this main-floor suite off the kitchen is  perfect as a guest suite – teen agers space- live in apartment or as a private office this room is looking out to the private greenery of the Feedmill creek conservation area.

It comes complete with walk-in closet and a fully accessible ensuite with a “Palm Beach vibe” in Kelly green, says Collins.

“We’ve made it look like a little mini condo.”  “So that if someone wanted to live on all one level instead of having to hike up the stairs, they could.”

The 2nd floor Bedroom and family room Lounge areas

Upstairs, the spacious landing welcomes you to the bedroom suites and includes a lounge.

Master suite

A peaceful and soothing master suite that “feels a bit like you’re in the Bahamas,” Collins says has a lovely calm and sunny feel with a spa bathroom done in tones of whites and dressing room for your cloths.”

“This walk-in closet is spectacular,” gushes Collins. The closet master walk in closet features custom built-ins with  millwork to make them feel like furniture.

The Kids Rooms

One of the brightest pops of colour in the home is in the two rooms set aside for “the girls”. There are two wonderful rooms that are connected thru wall cutouts . One for sleeping and one for playing. 

Staying Alive “in the lower level

The 70’s vibe in the lower level make for a vibrant and fun family space

There’s plenty of additional  room as only about  half of the basement is finished. The finished part includes a bathroom and a great media room to kick back and watch the game or your favorite movie.

Whether you use the roller rink this is a great room for the kids to hang out or do a throw back party with a disco floor ( disco ball included)- just wear the bell bottoms and  bring the music and do your best disco moves!

The Lower Level is partially above ground at the back of the home so the windows are big and bright. “It doesn’t feel like a basement,” says Collins.

 

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Getting the house ready.

As a home owner it is always after a snow storm I ask myself  why I would be here in the winter! Why do I live in a home with rooms I visit occasionally! I also always seem to find that in the winter months that there appears to be so much more junk in my home. Where does it all come from! Winter blues? Maybe!  However, as part of the baby boom generation I spend a lot of time with clients of my generation and most at some point ask themselves the same questions . Sitting on  homes that are usually your largest tax free asset may not make sense.

Ottawa’s housing market has been on a terrific run, helped by low interest rates, low supply of good homes l have pushed up home values.  This may be a good time as any for the downsizing baby boomers to  look to add to their nest egg by cashing out on the real estate market. Financial advisers say the decision to sell the family home isn’t one that can be rushed and requires careful planning before you list your home for sale

As experienced real estate agents we can certainly do that . In some cases planning can take months , others mere weeks but hiring an agent who is skilled at helping you through the process of getting a home ready is hugely important not only in obtaining the price you desire but in the minimizing the stress sometimes around getting a home ready for sale. We focus in on the important items and provide guidance.

 

So here we go!  a series of  5 articles about getting your house ready.

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Part 4 Rooms, funiture and bathrooms

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media   and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Don’t crowd the Room: Rearrange the furniture. Walk through the house as if you were seeing it for the first time. Can you easily move around the rooms? Can you move from room to room without having to go around furniture? Can you get to and look out windows without furniture blocking the access.  Symmetrical arrangements usually work well in main rooms- create a conversation area and remove oversized furniture from the spaces.

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Think Hotel: When sprucing up a bathroom stay with neutral with color and accents – for a pop of color, a piece of artwork and a small vase of fresh flowers works well. Bathrooms should be spotless with lots of fresh white towels. This includes the master bedroom which should be gender neutral in color so that it appeals to everyone and again free of personal items. Crisp Linens, a nice piece of art work and organized linen closet will appeal to everyone.

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Part 3 Paint colours and Outdoor spaces

5.Tone it down:

Our personal tastes in décor vary greatly however when photos are taken of a home and you have strong colors on the walls what you see is the colors and not the house or room. Highly recommended is choosing to repaint rooms that are richly or boldly colored (especially main rooms) to a more stylish neutral tone and that is not necessarily white.

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Earthy tones and rich mid tone neutrals create a backdrop that makes the rooms look large and inviting without being stark. Even a deep earthy tone can be lovely as long as there is little else in the room to clash with the colour and a good piece of art work to set off the room.

 6. Outdoor spaces:

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Whether you have a yard or a small balcony you want to create an atmosphere that invites a buyer to enjoy the spaces. Decks should be cleaned and stained, Flower pots placed as accents on patios and decks, grass cut and gardens weeded (you don’t want it to look like it is high maintenance ). Play up small spaces with a café table and chairs ( even a place setting) so a buyer sees that  it is a lovely place to have a coffee or a glass of wine”

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Many times a garden extends the indoor space – if you are selling in the summer have the door open so it is easy to walk right out into the terrace or garden.

An easy fix to privacy issues or to disguise items that are not as visually appealing the use of potted cedars , grasses or trees works wonderfully with out spending a fortune.

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Part 2 Cleaning and Closets

HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS!!

4.Cleaning: This is something that is so important.  Most people do not think it is that much fun to do and I found found they are correct in this. Even though we think our homes are clean using a cleaning company just before you go to market or the photo shoot is worthwhile. Photos and video’s take close-ups of such things as taps and flooring so everything should sparkle. Even if a kitchen or bathroom is dated, if it is clean it makes a huge difference in the eyes of a buyer.

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3.Open those closets and cupboards:  Buyers will look in your closets and pull out built in drawers. Closet space is a big selling point for buyers so show your closets off to full advantage  aim to have around a quarter of the space open for the impression of spaciousness.  Not every one has huge closets or California closets but even a small closet can be made to look spacious and useful.

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Part 1 – all the world is a stage!

ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE: part 1- a  series of 10  points for getting ready to go to market .

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

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The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media  and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Sometimes it can overwhelm a homeowner when starting the process but some simple points can help de stress the process.

I am going to mention only  10 points a few at a time that always have remained true with buyers and sellers through the years.

  1. Curb appeal: this is something you always hear but it is amazing how many of us neglect our front entrance. Buyers may do a drive by, you want a good impression. So, paint or stain the front steps, rail, and porches, paint the front door a colour that accents the home, replace old house numbers and mailbox.  A planter of flowers or seasonal decoration is always nice.  A new doormat is nice, It all says “welcome home” to  a buyer and shows pride of ownership.

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2. Clear away Clutter:  “Remember Less is More”:  Counters, tops of furniture, tables, desktops, closets, bookcases should be purged of anything you no longer want and personal items such as family photos and personal collectables should be put away or stored. You can bring all those things back once the house has sold, the idea of space is important in the eyes of a buyer. Furniture can be rearranged to make rooms look larger and pieces removed, or new ones added.

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Sometimes you may have to rent a storage locker for a while but it is worth it. I know that it is “your taste and style’ however you are trying to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible so a clean palette is important for them to see the house properly with their things.  To be continued….

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Part 5 The Basement and Lighting

Part 5 of a 5 part series about getting your home ready for sale

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media   and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

9. The Basement: Purge, Purge, Purge.1. Get rid of anything you no longer want or use.2. Organize the remaining in one area so that the basement walls and floors are visible. Try to have shelving units to organize the items ( they do not have to be fancy – Ikeas /Rona /Home Depot have lots of good items that are very affordable .3.  Make sure that around the electrical, plumbing stack and furnace is easily accessible and visual. 4. Broom clean /vacuum the floor and also highly recommended is to paint the concrete if the area is not finished. 5. Make sure the stairs are solid and easy to access- handrail a must. 6. Get rid of those spider webs from the ceilings and walls of unfinished parts and clean the top of the furnace and hot water tank.  If you have a finished basement remember that if you are /marketing it as a living space then make sure it shows like the rest of the house. The basement is usually the last place a buyer goes and it leaves a lasting impression. Make it a good one._MG_5085images (8)images (7)

10. Lighting:  1. Take advantage of your windows by having them cleaned and keep the drapes or blinds open. 2. Outdated and broken light fixtures can easily and cheaply be replaced and remaining ones should be dusted and cleaned- including exterior lights. 3. Add lamps and supplementary lighting to dark areas or rooms. 4.Make sure the basement is well lit as well . 5.  For showings  have the blinds and drapes open as well as having the lighting on. 6. Kitchen , bathrooms , basement and main hallways should be lit, it makes a big difference. 7. Table lamps  on for the darker spaces. In the summer of course the lights can make the house warm so  air out the house and have the air conditioning  on to keep it fresh .

You are looking to sell a valuable asset and the time spent on getting your home ”Fit to Sell” is worth it.

Stay tuned for “where’s my stuff “and the Life Box to survive selling your home .

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