$1,325,000 for a renovated five-bedroom, five-bathroom bungalow in Old Masonville
Address: 59 Westchester Drive
Neighbourhood: Old Masonville
Agent: Emma Wright, Centre City Mulligan Realty Group Brokerage
A five-bedroom bungalow in the city’s university nexus.
Even at today’s prices, there aren’t a great many places in the Forest City where a bungalow can command a $1.3-million price tag, but Westchester Drive ― just a stone’s throw from Western, with faculty as neighbours and the rolling campus greens as the neighbourhood parkland ― is one of them. And to go with that prime location, this is a chic, well-planned home that offers many options in terms of layout, function and design.
Recently renovated into a modern, open-concept layout, the first thing that strikes you is the kitchen, featuring a bold black-and-wood motif and centring around a large island with built-in sink and bar seating. All the desirable kitchen features are there: gas range, walk-in pantry, granite sink, new Bosch appliances and showpiece lighting, all of which lend it plenty of potential for both entertaining and kitchen magic. This space flows right into a minimalist dining room, the walls of which are lined with wood shelving and an in-room fireplace, right next to double sliding doors that let in plenty of natural light and a view out on the large backyard. In the living room, seating is organized around a retro tiled fireplace and mantle, with a recessed ceiling featuring under-mount lighting. Hardwood flooring runs throughout the main floor, with tiled flooring in the bathrooms.
There are five bedrooms in this house ― three on the main floor and two in the basement that can be converted for alternate uses (home office, studio, gym, etc.). The basement also offers plenty of room for a den or living room. And somehow, in all of this, this house crams in five bathrooms; privacy for your nightly skin-care routine is all but guaranteed.
In the backyard, there’s more still: a fully mature tree, with long branches to provide shade for the newly built wooden deck. (It is not often that a tree would be a selling point, but this is in fact a very cool tree.) A short set of stone stairs leads down to a wide-open green space that would be perfect for kids or playful grown-ups. And all of it is mere minutes from some of London’s top attractions: Western, downtown and the Masonville shopping district are all just a short walk or drive away.
Big Selling Point
It’s that old chestnut again: location, location, location.
By the Numbers
- 5 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
- 1,771 square feet
- 2 fireplaces
- 1956 original construction
- 1 double garage
- 50- by 150-foot lot
- 1 awesome backyard tree
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