As attractive as River Heights is with its great location and diverse collection of classic homes, prospective home buyers need to exercise caution when they consider purchasing a home in the storied area.
That caution is required due to two issues.
First, homes can be dated because longtime owners have failed to update them regularly over the last several decades. And second, many homes (sadly) have foundation problems due to unstable soil and tree roots pressing in on basement walls.
Tatianna Kennedy of RE/MAX Executives Realty says her new listing at 138 Lockwood St. isn’t one of those homes.
"This is a home that you don’t find very often," she says. "The owner has lived here for 55 years, and raised a family here. Most importantly, the home is in great shape, and it has a sound basement. It’s in fantastic condition from the foundation on up."
She adds that the 1,846 sq. ft., two-storey abode is also unique in two ways.
"Technically, it’s a duplex, but right now it’s being used as a single family home. It’s also been updated in key areas to bring it up to contemporary standards. It’s a home that could cater to investors, or to a family looking for a large home. Converting it to a family home wouldn’t take much time and effort."
The moment you set foot in the meticulously-maintained home, you know you’re in a River Heights classic.
As you make your way inside, the features that such homes are famous for spread out in front of you: rich oak hardwoods, high baseboards, crystal doorknobs and elegant chandeliers. Clearly, the home oozes classic character.
At the same time, it also possesses plenty of modern function, notes Kennedy.
"Take the kitchen on the main floor, for example," she says. "It’s been fully updated with modern white cabinetry, grey laminate countertops, a duraceramic tile floor, eating nook and newer white appliances including a built-in microwave. There’s also a large window that lets in lots of natural light and a door that leads out to a beautiful, private side yard."
Step out of the modern kitchen into the living room/dining, and you’re back into classic mode.
"It features a classic L-shape with a spacious dining room with an elegant chandelier next to the kitchen. The living room is huge, and has a massive picture window on its rear wall that looks out onto the beautiful front yard," Kennedy says. "The awning that protects it could be removed to improve the view and let in more daylight."
A bedroom wing placed between the foyer and kitchen then yields more pleasant surprises: a pair of big bedrooms, and a thoroughly contemporary four-piece bathroom.
"Both bedrooms are a good size, are carpeted, and have big windows that let in lots of natural light. The bathroom has been beautifully updated with a newer Bath Fitter tub and surround, pedestal sink and bamboo-style vinyl floor. Everything is in impeccable condition."
An elegant, partially enclosed staircase then leads up to the home’s second floor, which turns out to be identical to the main floor.
"As on the main floor, you have an updated kitchen, L-shaped dining room and bedroom wing with two large bedrooms and an updated bathroom," she says. "For a family, it would be a great spot for teenagers to go when they want to get away from their parents. It could also be used as a rental unit, or the kitchen could be taken out to create another bedroom, or even an ensuite."
Unlike many 68-year-old River Heights homes, the home’s lower level is bone dry with not a hint of heaving.
"It’s partially finished with a play area, huge laundry area and plenty of storage space, including lockers that tenants could use. If someone bought the home as a revenue property, they could possibly put another rental unit down here. Or, it could be developed into a great rec room."
There’s also plenty of utility to be found in the backyard, Kennedy says.
"Because the lot is so big, it’s quite large. It’s fenced, there’s room for a table and chairs, and kids would have plenty of room to run around and play. There’s also a double-detached garage with new concrete floor, a parking pad for two and more parking out back."
In short, the move-in-ready home is a dual threat.
"It’s ideal for investors who are looking to add to their portfolio, but also offers tremendous potential to be turned into an amazing, large single-family home," she says. "Opportunities like this only come up once in a while, and this one is a winner all around."
Location: 138 Lockwood St., River Heights
Year Built: 1953
Size: 1,846 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 50' x 121'
Contact: Tatianna Kennedy, RE/MAX Executives Realty, 204-960-7629