Young couples looking for a move-up home often find themselves in a quandary.
With a budget of somewhere between $250,000 and $300,000, affordability is a definite issue. Consequently, a spacious apartment-style condominium is a consideration, as many units feature modern layouts and won’t require any potentially costly upgrades.
That said, the reality of buying a condo is you’re not only paying taxes, but also condo fees. And though you might have a balcony to use as outdoor space, you don’t have a backyard.
Brett Castelane of Century 21 Bachman & Associates says he has a viable alternative in the form of a quaint slab bungalow at 304 Wildwood Park in the much-sought-after enclave of Wildwood.
"This home is not only a great condo alternative, but I would say it’s also the most affordable home available to get into Wildwood," he says. "It’s like a condo nestled in the midst of a park, with the bonus of having a big backyard, gazebo and garage (that was converted into office space)."
The 1,000-square-foot home comes with another bonus, he adds.
"While most 900-to-1,000-sq.-ft. condos come with two bedrooms, this home actually comes with three. Some years back, an addition was performed to the home, and it added on a good-sized third bedroom off the living room. It’s a space that adds extra utility to the home, as it can be used either as a bedroom or den, depending on your needs."
Turns out, the tidy little home has another advantage over a condominium: a layout that takes advantage of huge, well-placed windows on its front and rear walls.
"A five-foot-wide doorway between the kitchen and living room allows for lots for great light flow in the main living area," Castelane notes. "Daylight flows in from a big window in the kitchen, and from a huge picture window in the living room, so not only is the area naturally bright, but views of the park-like surroundings are gorgeous."
Meanwhile, the home’s interior ambience is simply delightful. Light abounds, there’s plenty of room to move, and finishes are neutral.
The kitchen is a wide-open space which offers an abundance of white cabinets, taupe laminate countertops, white tile backsplash and three white appliances, including a newer bottom-freezer Whirlpool fridge.
The back landing off the kitchen also holds a laundry/mechanical room and pantry.
Thanks to the wide doorway, access to the bright living room is seamless, Castelane says.
"That makes it ideal for entertaining, or just kicking back and relaxing. It’s a wonderful space that offers original oak hardwoods and a functioning wood burning fireplace that the outgoing owners use all the time."
A bedroom wing between the kitchen and living room, which features oak hardwoods throughout is home to a four-piece bath and two bedrooms.
"The bathroom was recently remodelled with a tile floor and tiled walls, and the tub was refinished," he says. "Both bedrooms are a good size with newer, big windows and decent closet space. The master suite is filled with natural light and offers a beautiful park view."
Not to be forgotten is the home’s backyard.
"It’s big, private and offers a deck that’s perfect for a table and chairs. There’s an interlocking brick patio to barbeque on, plus a screened-in gazebo (attached to the garage) that allows you to sit outside in bug-free comfort," he says.
"The garage was converted into office space, and can be used as an office, gym or studio. There’s even room left over to put in a second garage."
With its yard, three bedrooms, bright, open floor plan and location, 304 Wildwood Park is vastly preferable to a condo, Castelane says.
"You’re in the midst of a beautiful, park-like setting, have land to enjoy, plus a livable home that comes with a low-maintenance exterior, new roof and newer windows. It’s a quiet, walkable area that’s ideal for a young family (or single), that’s close to schools, parks, community clubs, golf and a host of amenities on Pembina Highway. It’s in move-in-condition, and ready to go."
Location: 304 Wildwood Park, Wildwood
Year Built: 1947
Size: 1,000 sq. ft.
Contact: Cole Castelane or Brett Castelane, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 204-453-7653