Until about roughly a year ago, 1139 Lorette Ave. was part of a quaint collection of bungalows on one of Crescentwood’s majestically mature streets.
Today, the home — which had existed in that state for 63 years — is now a two-storey residence courtesy of a top-to-bottom makeover from its outgoing owners.
"When they decided to bring the home up to modern standards, they went all out, took the roof off and made it into a contemporary two-storey home," says the property’s listing realtor, Dan Wachniak of Quality Realty. "A whole new second floor was created, and the main floor was totally redesigned."
Most importantly, the home wasn’t turned into a garish modern monstrosity that stood out like a sore thumb from all the other homes on the block, he adds.
"While it’s unique to the neighbourhood, most of the homes on the street are well-kept bungalows — it still fits the area. It’s not a common home, but it’s not out of character."
Thanks to the sweeping redesign, the 1,928 square-foot home is actually uncommon for the area, at least in terms of its layout.
"When the roof was taken off to add the second floor, ceiling height on the main floor was increased from about eight feet to nine feet," Wachniak notes.
"At the same time, the structure of the main floor was rearranged so it became all open-concept."
Prior to the renovation, the main floor, as is often the case with older homes in Crescentwood, was a dim, chopped-up jumble of spaces.
Suffice it to say, that’s no longer the case.
"Walls were removed to open the living room onto the dining room, and open the dining room onto the kitchen," he says. "Big, well-placed windows on the front, back and side walls let in lots of natural light, making for a nice, bright main living area."
And while the area flows as seamlessly as most new open-concept designs, it isn’t devoid of definition. A three-sided fireplace (plus a section of sculpted off-white carpeting) stylishly separates the living room from the dining room, while brand-new natural oak hardwoods demarcate the dining room.
Meanwhile, the kitchen is neatly defined by a peninsula with raised breakfast bar that seats three to four.
"The attention to detail and overall quality of the renovation is incredible," Wachniak says. "The open design makes the great room perfect for entertaining or hanging out with the family, while the finishing materials — oak hardwoods, granite countertops and maple cabinets — give it a rich, warm feel. There’s even a powder room in a hallway between the kitchen and living room."
Turns out, the brand-new second floor — which also has nine-foot ceilings — is just as functional as the main floor. There’s a four-piece main bath with vinyl soaker tub/shower combo, two big secondary bedrooms and a serene, secluded master suite.
"Again, the attention to detail is tremendous," he says. "Both kids’ bedrooms come with big windows and walk-in closets, the main bath is spacious and well-appointed and the master suite is a beautiful space."
At 15 feet by 19 feet, the master suite is spacious yet warm, with much of that warmth emanating from the gorgeous treetop view that’s provided by a huge picture window on the bedroom’s rear wall.
Then, there’s the stunning, spa-like ensuite.
"It’s a pleasure to relax in with its six-foot air-jet tub, which is set underneath a glass block window in a gorgeous tile surround," Wachniak says. "There’s also a corner shower with tile surround, tempered glass enclosure and rain shower head for morning showers, and a big walk-in closet with lots of built-in storage."
A finished basement with media area, office and huge mechanical storage room with high-efficiency furnace and 60-gallon hot-water tank adds more usable space downstairs, while a private backyard with patio and double detached insulated garage adds utility outside.
The like-new home’s location isn’t bad either, he adds.
"It’s in a nice sweet spot between Rockwood Elementary and Grant Park High School — a great feature for families. You can also walk to shopping, restaurants and services on Grant Avenue and Corydon Avenue you’re close to downtown and are just a short drive from pretty much anywhere in the city."
The turnkey home truly is a rare find, Wachniak concludes.
"You’re basically getting a new home in a mature, established area. There’s nothing to do — all you need to do is move in and enjoy all it and the neighbourhood has to offer."
Location: 1139 Lorette Ave., Crescentwood
Year built: 1955
Size: 1,928 sq. ft.
Contact: Dan Wachniak, Quality Realty, 204-955-6381