About a year ago, 495 Niagara St. was typical of many River Heights Classics — charming, but lacking in modern function and flair.
Today, the 1,398 sq. ft., two-storey home, which was built in 1948, looks much different inside, says Brett Castelane of Century 21 Bachman & Associates.
"It took a bit of time, but the home has been restored and modernized," he says. "The work is exceptional, as it features an astute eye for detail. The home now offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and River Heights charm."
Which is to say, you feel like you’ve stepped into a home that’s new, yet contains a host of well-placed classic design touches.
That like-new feel starts with a contemporary new front door with three obscured glass windows that allow plenty of natural light to filter into the foyer.
Then, there’s the foyer itself.
A wonderful blend of modern and classic design themes, it features new taupe/grey laminate flooring, high white baseboards, light taupe paint on the surrounding walls — and a modern/traditional staircase with pillared white handrail, contrasting black spindles and classic white wainscoting.
"That’s just the start of the restoration," says Castelane. "A new sub-floor was put in, new windows were installed throughout the main floor, and the living room/dining room area was completely transformed."
He notes that a subtle yet significant change to the doorway that links the living room to the dining room took the area from dated to dynamic in short order.
"It was basically doubled or tripled in size, which opened up the dining room to the living room, but not completely, as is the case with many renovations. The doorway is now just the perfect size, offering a perfect balance between comfort and functionality."
Meanwhile, adjacent living room was also spruced up, again in a subtle and thoroughly contemporary manner.
"A custom entertainment unit with white mantel and floating shelving was placed on the side wall," Castelane says. "It gives the living room a clean, modern look, while the restored crown molding on the ceiling ties in to the home’s original design."
The spacious dining room, which comes with a mod chandelier, ceiling with classic crown molding and huge window on its side wall that lets in more natural light, is then linked to the kitchen by a four-foot-wide doorway.
"It was actually re-configured to make it more functional," he says. "An eating nook for two was created to the right of the doorway, the fridge was repositioned and a double sink was installed beneath a large window. The new stainless appliances go nicely with the white and grey cabinets, off-white quartz countertops and white subway tile backsplash."
Head upstairs via the classy-looking staircase, and you arrive at the second floor, which possesses the same feel as the main floor: fresh, bright and surprisingly spacious.
Although the home comes in at a touch under 1,400 sq. ft., it lives larger than its listed square footage.
"Both secondary bedrooms are a very good size — one is about 12 feet by 10 feet, while the other is 11 feet by eight feet," says Castelane. "They come with big, new windows and double closets that offer ample storage space."
Like the secondary bedrooms, the master suite is also plenty big, checking in at an impressive 18 feet by 10 feet.
"It’s a big, bright space that comes with a recessed door on its side wall that links it to the ensuite-like main bath. It’s absolutely gorgeous with its marble-style tile floor, floating vanity and soaker tub that’s surrounded by custom tile work on its sides, and above," he says. "The tile wall behind the vanity contrasts beautifully with its black matte quartz countertop and black faucet."
Finally, there’s the home’s fully-finished lower level, which offers a big rec room with media and games areas, three-piece bath and mechanic storage room with newer high-efficient furnace.
"Just like the rest of the home it’s ready to go," says Castelane. "The roof has also been done in the last five to six years, there’s no knob and tube wiring, some plumbing has been updated and the basement has been spray foamed. This home is in like-new, turnkey condition, is functional, and is close to everything. All you’ll need to do is move in and enjoy all it has to offer."
Location: 495 Niagara St., River Heights North
Year Built: 1948
Size: 1,398 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: three plus finished lower level
Contact: Brett Castelane or Cole Castelane, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 204-453-7653