Every now and then, you pass by a home and – for some unknown reason – sense that theres something special about it.
Thats the feeling that hits you when you train your gaze on 814 Jubilee Ave.
Almost immediately, your eye is drawn to its quaint, covered front porch with its white picket fence border, white trim – and red front door with oval glass center.
Then, theres the well-kept exterior with its fresh paint and picture window with vibrant white trim.
All those features – clearly, this is a home in which the owners take much pride – make you want to find out more about the home.
Tod Niblock of Royal LePage Top Producers says theres a cool backstory to the charming 1,403 sq. ft., one-and-a-half storey residence.
This home and the house to the west were built by the same family in 1918, he says. The two homes were passed down through the family until the current owner bought the home some 43 years ago.
And while many 103-year-old homes can feel dated, that isnt the case here, adds Niblock.
Updates include a low-maintenance exterior with vinyl siding, a metal roof, aluminum soffit and fascia (2018), a newer front door (2016), newer windows and a new gas hot water tank (2021). Much of the flooring has been upgraded with maple hardwoods, and all knob and tube wiring was removed and updated.
Step inside the home, and you feel as thought youve been transported back in time.
A wide, tiled vestibule with pristine oak-trimmed doorway leads into a living room with an original wood burning fireplace with brick surround, oak mantel and glass-fronted storage cabinets with more oak trim.
Meanwhile, gleaming oak hardwoods, high baseboards, ornate door trim, wood-trimmed windows and a ceiling with gorgeous crown molding harkens back to the homes turn-of-the century origin.
Then – the moment you step through the door that links the living room to the kitchen – the homes personality changes from traditional to modern.
You walk right into an open-concept area that features a peninsula-style kitchen with lots of cabinets, ample counter space, double sink, tile backsplash and four newer white appliances, notes Niblock. Theres also a generous dining area next to a big window, two bedrooms, a three-piece bath with refinished clawfoot tub and a huge, tiled mudroom to the rear.
He adds that the main floor holds one more space – and a very special one, at that.
Theres a cozy family room with French door entrance between the landing and kitchen with a nook for a desk, media area – and patio door to a three-season sunroom with skylight that looks out onto the river. The view and quiet are amazing – you feel like youre out at the lake.
Take a neatly enclosed staircase with two-tone stairs up to the homes upper level, and you find yourself standing in a loft-like primary bedroom.
Its your own private suite, Niblock says. A big bay window provides beautiful river views, theres a built-in dresser and built-in closets – and a three-piece ensuite with tile floor and corner shower. Theres arent many homes at this price point where you can have a primary bedroom with an ensuite overlooking the river.
Niblock says the homes surprising blend of utility and style continues downstairs.
The lower level has good ceiling height, and is finished and offers a modern, carpeted rec room, office area, laundry room, three-piece bath and storage room. You get three true levels of livability with this home.
You also get a home that offers incredible value, he adds.
Its in great shape and in a great location on the river close to transit, shopping and lots of other amenities. Theres nothing you need to do other than move in and enjoy all this wonderful, personality-filled home has to offer.
Location: 814 Jubilee Ave., Lord Roberts
Year Built: 1918
Style: 1.5 storey
Size: 1,403 sq. ft.
Contact: Troy Niblock or Tod Niblock, Royal LePage Top Producers, 204-989-7938