With so many of us spending more and more time working from home — all the while balancing family lives in one hand and careers in the other — finding a larger home is becoming as much of a need as a want.
Glen MacAngus of Royal LePage Top Producers says he just listed a home in Wolseley that offers the versatility that many families are looking for.
"This home offers so many options," he says of the 2,145 square-foot two-storey home, which comes with a 900 square-foot main floor office area (zoned C-1) along with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. "You can use it the way you want to — as a home with office area for a home-based business, a rental, or a combination of the two."
The beauty of the well-kept home is that it essentially has two distinct personalities, he says.
"Entering the home, you come into an area at the front that can be used for a business. It has two office areas, which makes it perfect for operating a business out of. There’s a wide-open work area, and a partially enclosed administration/office area next to the foyer. A room behind it, which can be used as a lunch room or lounge, separates the office area from the home."
In the blink of an eye, the 104-year-old residence makes the transition from business to home in seamless fashion, especially when you enter the spacious, well-equipped kitchen.
"It offers all kinds of function with a roomy, U-shaped interior, plenty of cabinet and countertop space, a double sink under a large window, newer grey vinyl flooring and three newer white appliances," says MacAngus. "There’s also a back landing off to the side that takes you out to a private, fenced backyard with deck and oversized single-detached garage."
A staircase to the right of the landing then leads up to an expansive second floor.
"There’s two good-sized bedrooms, a four-piece bath with tile floor and tub with tile surround and a bright, open living room with newer laminate plank flooring and two windows on its back wall that let in all kinds of natural light," he says. "There’s also a doorway tucked away at the end of the left-hand wall."
Turns out, that doorway leads to a large and luxurious primary bedroom.
"It’s not only a real good size at almost 13 feet by 10 feet, but it also comes with a huge walk-in closet with tons of built-in storage space, a dressing area and track lighting. It’s a great spot for parents, very private, yet close enough to the bedrooms to hear if the kids need anything."
There’s more utility to be found in the backyard and downstairs, says MacAngus.
"The backyard was designed to be residential, the deck is in a great spot next to a huge tree that offers shade in the summer, but could be taken out to add parking for a home-based business if you want," he says. "The basement is full and dry, and also comes with two furnaces and a bonus area that’s currently being used as an exercise room."
Finally, there’s the home’s excellent location.
"You’re close to everything here, transit, the U of W, shopping, and a host of neat shops and restaurants on Sherbrook Street. This home is a great opportunity. It’s in triple-A condition, in a great, walkable area for families and an accessible area for a home-based business. It offers all kinds of possibilities for under $400,000."
Location: 748 Broadway Ave., Wolseley
Size: 2,145 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 41' x 104'
Contact: Glen MacAngus, Royal LePage Top Producers Real Estate, 204-955-4800