These days, homebuyers — particularly young families in the entry-level category — tend to wonder what type of home they can get for around $350,000.
A tidy bungalow at 780 Pepperloaf Cres. in Charleswood is a prime example of a home in that price range, with plenty to offer a young family, says Lynda Mackie of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate.
"Young families looking for a solid entry-level home should take a look at this one," she says of the 1,110 square-foot., three-bedroom residence, which was built in 1968. "It’s located on a quiet crescent in the heart of Charleswood, and offers some nice updates — plus a great layout — that would suit a young family very well."
Take the side entrance in from the attached single garage, and you come to a long, functional landing that holds two sets of steps, one that leads left into the kitchen, the other leading down into the finished basement.
Ascend the three steps to the left, and you find yourself standing in a spacious, tastefully remodelled eat-in kitchen.
"It’s a huge space that comes with updated natural maple cabinets, tile backsplash, laminate countertops, pantry and beautiful maple hardwoods," Mackie says. "The dining area can hold a table for eight, and a pair of windows, one over the sink and another behind the dining area, let in loads of natural light."
A four-foot-wide doorway next to the dining area then links the kitchen seamlessly to a warm, welcoming living room.
"The focal point of the living room is a gorgeous wood-burning fireplace with brick surround and hearth. It also features a huge bay window on its front wall that lets in all kinds of natural light, and the same maple hardwoods found in the kitchen run through into the living room. It’s a perfect spot for young kids to play in, or visit in after dinner."
From there, the home’s logical layout comes into play.
In a simple yet effective fashion, a brief hallway at the rear of the living room leads to a secluded bedroom wing, which holds three bedrooms and a four-piece bath.
"As is the case in the kitchen and living room, flooring in the hallway is again the natural maple hardwoods," she says. "Both secondary bedrooms are a good size with big windows and double closets, while the main bath offers a light taupe vinyl tile floor, white vanity, grey-tiled walls and a tub/shower combo with vinyl surround."
Mackie adds young parents will love the positioning and size of the master suite.
"It’s at the end of the hallway, separated nicely from the two kids’ bedrooms by the bathroom. At about 12 feet by 11 feet, it’s bigger than expected, and comes with a spacious double closet, and large window that lets in lots of natural light."
Head downstairs, and there’s another more than 900 square feet of family- friendly space: a huge rec room, flex space (it has no window, so can’t serve as a bedroom), and a huge laundry/mechanical room (with a newer, high-efficient Carrier furnace) that comes with tons of storage space.
"The rec room has plenty of space for a media area, games/play area and a computer/study area," Mackie says.
"The flex space can be used for a variety of purposes, as a hobby room, playroom or even an exercise room."
And because the home is situated on an oversized 95-by-186-ft. lot, its generous frontage is complemented perfectly by a massive backyard.
"It’s a huge, fenced area that’s perfect for kids to play in with total freedom; you could even put in an in-ground pool and there would still be plenty of room left over to play in.
"There’s also a large gate on its south side that can open to accommodate a trailer or boat," she says.
"There’s a big deck to barbecue and visit on, too."
Finally, there’s the home’s superb location.
"The home is close to Roblin Park Community Centre, with its rink and playground, and is just steps away from the Hart Trail. You can access Wilkes Avenue to the south to get out to the Kenaston Strip, or head north to Grant Avenue to get out to St. James and River Heights," Mackie says. "This well-kept, updated bungalow will make a great home for a young family."
Location: 780 Pepperloaf Cres., Charleswood
Year Built: 1968
Size: 1,110 sq. ft.
Contact: Lynda Mackie, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-890-9960