Certain neighbourhoods seem to be able to remain relatively anonymous, especially if they are off the beaten path.
That’s definitely the case with Headingley’s Monterey Park.
Tucked away behind commercial buildings on the north side of Portage Avenue, it’s all too easy to drive past the area without knowing it.
Take the time to drive back into the enclave, however, and you immediately realize you’ve found a special place. With its oversized lots and a tranquil, countrified ambience, it truly is a hidden gem.
Another gem, in this case a rock-solid 1,581-sq.-ft. bungalow situated smack dab in the middle of a huge lot, can be found a short drive down the road at 128 Heartland Trail.
"If you’re looking for a functional home that gives you space for all your toys and your family to spread out, this could be the home for you," says Liz Taylor of Royal LePage Prime Real Estate. "At only 13 years old and with a total of six bedrooms, this home is perfect for a growing family."
She says the home is perfect in more than one way, starting with its quality.
"It was overbuilt to exacting standards by its original owners. The material under the floors is actually plywood floor sheathing, not OSB, a feature that makes for a stable, silent floor system. The home’s walls were also outfitted with extra exterior insulation, and the attic was insulated to a value of R52.
"This isn’t your ordinary bungalow."
Then, there’s the home’s layout, Taylor says.
"The main floor’s plan is one of the most efficient I’ve seen. Vaulted ceilings make the home feel even bigger than its listed square footage, while the layout flows beautifully from the living room at the front into the kitchen and dining area at the rear of the home. Patio doors to the rear of the dining area lead out to a huge backyard with a two-tiered deck, patio and firepit."
While the main living area’s open-concept layout is perfect for an active, growing family, so too is the bedroom wing, which is notable for a unique and practical feature: the integration of the lower-level stairwell into its design.
By placing it out of the way, the extra space was opened up in the great room, something families will appreciate.
Most importantly, the stairwell doesn’t reduce space in the bedroom wing, as it still houses a huge mud/laundry room, three bedrooms and a four-piece bath.
Add in three more bedrooms downstairs and you have a home that offers six bedrooms.
"Upstairs, the master suite is a wonderful space with a patio door that leads out to the deck and a four-piece ensuite with jetted soaker tub," Taylor says. "And both of the kids’ bedrooms are also a good size."
Meanwhile, the fully developed basement is essentially a second home, yielding another 1,400-plus sq. ft. of livable space in the form of a gigantic rec room, three more bedrooms and a three-piece bath.
"The basement was professionally developed with 8½-foot trayed ceilings, built-in library with pot lighting, a stunning wet bar, two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower," she says. "The third bedroom is actually a sound-proofed theatre room with wiring for a projector."
Not only does the impeccably maintained bungalow offer approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of total livable space, but it also comes with a 24-foot by 24-foot attached garage with nine-foot overhead doors, plus a 24-foot by 32-foot detached, heated garage with an attached workshop.
Finally, there’s the home’s location, Taylor says.
"Even though you feel like you’re out in the country, you’re only five minutes from the city — it’s country living with every city convenience just a short drive away. With its location, space and amenities, this home offers growing families incredible value for the price."
Location: 128 Heartland Trail, Monterey Park (Headingley)
Year built: 2006
Size: 1,581 sq. ft.
Contact: Liz Taylor, Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, 204-791-4551