When you think of Armstrongs Point, the image that comes to mind is one of sprawling, stately mansions lining the streets amid a collection of magnificent, century-old trees.
And while thats largely the rule in the historic area, there are exceptions.
A prime example would be a pocket of homes found on one of the streets, which is known simply as West Gate, says Eric Neumann of Realty Executives First Choice.
Back in 1953, an architect by the name of H.W. Levin wanted to do something different, so he designed a series of appealing, mid-sized bungalows that served as a counterpoint to all the huge mansions, he says. They fit into the area beautifully.
From the outside, 45 West Gate which measures in at 1,270 square-feet and comes with an attached garage looks neat and tidy, perhaps even unassuming.
Turns out, that modest, cottage-like look is misleading, as the 69-year-old home is something of a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Its a home that just gets better and better as you move from front to back, says Neumann. Its layout is really good, and its filled with a number of wonderful spaces.
As is the case with most homes, the well-kept bungalow starts off with a living room nothing out of the ordinary or is there?
First of all, its larger than normal, which makes it great for hosting guests. Second, it has a newer picture window on its rear wall that provides a gorgeous view of the beautiful front yard and trees. And finally, it opens onto the back of the home in a way that allows natural light to flow freely from front to back.
Upon closer inspection, it becomes evident that the infusion of natural light comes from a large window behind the formal dining room, which was placed directly to the rear of the living room.
A on its left-hand wall then leads into a galley-style kitchen that is anything but a relic of the 1950s.
It was beautifully updated with loads of maple cabinets, brown laminate countertops, stainless appliances and a grey tile floor, he says. Its a very contemporary, and functional space.
The space to the rear of the kitchen, a cosy breakfast nook/sunroom, is truly special, adds Neumann.
Not only is it a wonderful spot to sit in and enjoy breakfast in the morning, but a patio door on its rear wall leads out to a private backyard with a deck, in-ground pool, pool house, trees, and beautiful landscaping. Its a real retreat thats great for hosting or creating great memories with the family.
Back inside, the main floor is complete by a bedroom wing that holds three spaces: a thoroughly modern four-piece bath, secondary bedroom, and primary bedroom.
The bathroom has been nicely updated with a tile floor, soaker tub with tile surround, corner shower and a wall-hung vanity with tile backsplash, he says. A big, obscured glass window on its rear wall lets in lots of natural light while maintaining privacy.
Then, theres the privately positioned primary bedroom.
Its a good size, and comes with oak hardwoods, a spacious double closet and a large window that provides the same wonderful front yard view showcased in the living room, says Neumann. Its also just steps from the beautifully remodelled bathroom.
He adds that theres also plenty of utility downstairs.
Theres a three-piece bath, potential third bedroom, (its window would need to be enlarged for it to meet legal egress), and a huge rec room with media area, dry bar and an area that could be used as a game or play area. The mechanical room holds a high-efficient furnace, hot water tank and washer/dryer. Plus, theres ample storage space.
Last but certainly not least theres the homes location.
Its close to everything, from parks to walkways, Wellington Crescent, the Sherbrook strip, the river, the Cornish Library and all the neighbours are great, says Neumann. Its a great alternative to River Heights, Wolseley or Crescentwood, and if youre downsizing or have a small family, you couldnt find a better area to call home.
Location: 45 West Gate, Armstrong’s Point
Year Built: 1953
Size: 1,278 sq. ft.
Contact: Eric Neumann, Realty Executives First Choice, 204-885-8999