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Where is Beechwood Forest? Is it a good neighbourhood?

stoke Drive, Beechwood ForestQ: Where is Beechwood Forest? Is it a good neighbourhood?

A: Yes it is. Come see for yourself this weekend at our OPEN HOUSE at 197 Stoke Drive.

The neighbourhood lines on the map, no matter where you seem to be in Waterloo Region are blurred. Where does Westmount end and UpTown begin, for example, or Clair Hills and Columbia Forest? But what does it matter anyway, as long as you are near a good school, in a neighbourhood that is appreciating (and appreciated) and that you have a comfortable and happy home?

 

Read: Do neighbourhood names matter? (They do argues this article) 

 

Where is Beechwood Forest? Is it a good neighbourhood?

Beechwood Forest is often overlooked. It is not Beechwood and it’s not Beechwood West. it is not even that close to either. Built in the early to mid 1980’s, the neighbourhood is beside where Fischer Road joined with Hallman Road, forming the very important Fischer-Hallman Road, north to Laurel Creek Conservation Area and south to the Conestoga Parkway.

Beechwood Forest is nestled between the Henry Sturm Creek and the Detweiler Creek, which join a little further on, just past the Fenwick Green at the Filsinger Park before eventually feeding into Victoria Lake near downtown Kitchener. When you’re driving up Fischer-Hallman, past Victoria Street, you drive down into a valley. On your left is Monarch Park and then Stoke Drive, the entrance to Beechwood Forest. The location is excellent. It is quiet and hidden, and interesting topographically, yet near public transpiration, shopping and great schools. Both Sandhills Public School and St Dominic Savio Catholic School are very highly rated. You can shop at all of the stores along Ira-Needles Boulevard or Highland Road West. My office is at 370 Highland Road West, a fact important to me and hopefully you too.

There are lots of trails and parks in the Beechwood Forest neighbourhood.

 

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, January 19th, 2014  2:00-4:00 p.m. BEECHWOOD FOREST.  

In a beautiful setting, this home features an impressive foyer, spacious living and dining rooms. The walkout from kitchen to the large cedar deck leads to a fenced yard with mature trees.

Upstairs boasts a cozy sitting nook and loft. The master bedroom has a luxury ensuite and a walk-in closet.

 

Updates and Improvements:

Roof shingles (2006)

Furnace (2006)

New garage door (2013)

Water softener (2013)

 

Other features:

Gas Fireplace, Deck(s), Auto-Garage Door/Remotes, Inside Entry (from Garage), Main Floor Laundry, Separate Dining Room, Family Room, Bathroom-Main Floor 2 Piece, Master Bedroom Ensuite, Fenced Yard, Walk-in Closet, Central Air, Central Vac, Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave, Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Water Softener, TV Cable

 

For Sale – By the Numbers

197 Stoke Drive, Kitchener

$389,000

3 bedroom

3 bathrooms

$2,250 square feet

Tax $2,403/2013

MLS 1341080

 

Visit this weekend. 197 Stoke Drive. Sunday 2-4pm

Contact me with your comments or questions.

 

512 Henhoeffer Court, Kitchener

512 Henhoeffer Court, Kitchener512 Henhoeffer Court Kitchener is an exceptional, custom-built four (+ one) bedroom, four bathroom, executive home. Situated on a huge, treed lot, on a quiet court, this home is close to major bus routes, shopping and the Conestoga Parkway.

512 Henhoeffer Court boasts nine foot ceilings and an elegant and welcoming two-storey foyer, welcoming in lots of natural sunlight. There is a solid oak staircase to the second floor. The main floor has hardwood and ceramic flooring.

Finished with quality materials and workmanship throughout, the home has a gourmet “mocha glaze” kitchen replete with granite countertops, marble backsplash and raised bar, arched living room/dining room, and an extra large pantry and mudroom. The large dinette opens into a family room with lovely gas fireplace.

There is a walkout to two-tiered deck where you can enjoy the peace and serenity of your own private nature reserve. At over 1/3 of an acre, it is the second largest lot on the quite court. The backyard is 216 feet deep.

The luxurious master bedroom features an amazing balcony, walk-in closet and a well-appointed en-suite.

The basement level has a fully finished rec room, with games/workout and office area, and has a walkout to the private backyard. In the basement, you’ll also find an additional bedroom as well as a three piece bathroom.

The house has real curb appeal with a stamped concrete triple driveway and a double garage.

Other features of this fabulous home include whirlpool, fireplace, shed, and a main floor laundry.

512 Henhoeffer Court was built in 2005. It is 2800 square feet and is located in the Laurentian Hills/Country Hills West area of Kitchener.

The listing price has recently been reduced to just $539,900

 Schools

Public:
Williamsburg Public School JK-6
Queensmount P.S.: 7-8
Cameron Heights C.I.: 9-12

Catholic:
John Sweeney Elementary: JK -8
St. Mary’s Secondary School: 9-12

Please join us for our first OPEN HOUSE of 2014 this Sunday, January 12th 2:00-4:00 p.m.

 

37 Duncairn Avenue

37 Duncairn Avenue37 Duncairn is a four bedroom side split located in an established neighborhood. It has large rooms with large windows letting in a lot of natural light. The kitchen is enormous and features an eat in dinette. This is a good and solid family home harking back to living life in the 1970’s, back to when we had seven channels of TV to watch, the newspaper was delivered after school, your dad drove a Pontiac and if you wanted to play soccer, you had to ride your bike to get there.

The special features of this home are the four large bedrooms, the multi-room basement and the large eat-in kitchen.

It is the fact that this home has four bedrooms that is going to sell it. A four bedroom house for just over $300,000 is a rare find in Kitchener Waterloo, especially in an established and pleasant neighborhood as nice as this.

The neighborhood is convenient to schools, a swimming pool, public library, shopping at the Sunrise Centre and an entrance to the Conestoga Parkway. I’ve always liked the rolling hills that Forest Hills and Forest Heights neighborhoods are built upon. In fact, when we first moved to Kitchener Waterloo, we almost bought a house not far from 37 Duncairn.

The house itself, we weren’t sure to list it as a two story or as a side split.

As a real estate agent, I’m in and out of houses almost everyday. I get a little bored by the sameness of our homes in Waterloo Region. Since the 1990’s most of the custom home builders (except for some high-end ones) went out of business, so our real estate is pretty similar and getting more so all the time. It is refreshing to visit a home that has an unusual layout. The term “cookie cutter” will not come to mind when you visit this home.

 

Beautiful Westmount UpTown Waterloo home for sale – 32 Westmount Road South.

32 Westmount Road South, Waterloo is for sale.  32 Westmount Road South, Waterloo is now for sale.

Westmount/UpTown has long been one of the favorite places to buy a house in Waterloo Region. And with good reason. Where else in Waterloo Region can you be within walking distance to upscale shopping, fabulous restaurants and vibrant nightlife, great schools (elementary, secondary and post-secondary), beautiful parkland, historic churches and a world class golf course?

Nowhere.

One of the very best public schools (Empire School) and the very best catholic school (our Lady of Lourdes School) in Waterloo Region are within a few hundred meters of this home.  It’s important even if you don’t have kids to buy a home in a good school zone. Homes in good school zones appreciate at a higher than average rate. They are good investments. Rule #91.

This home is within an easy walking distance to Waterloo Park. When there is nothing going on in the park, it is a wonderful urban retreat, replete with nice walking trails, a meandering river, a little zoo, and a couple of playgrounds for the kids. There is often something going on in Waterloo Park: baseball, picnics, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, splash pad, take a stroll along the boardwalk, music and movies in the park…and in the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

32 Westmount Road South, Waterloo is for sale.  Uptown Waterloo, with it’s trendy shops, coffee places, restaurants, public square, art galleries, public library and nightlife is a leisurely walk away through a leafy neighbourhood. Over the past ten years Uptown Waterloo has completely quickly changed and improved and with the LRT starting construction next year, it will continue to be a destination for young and old. There is always something happening in Waterloo Town Square: Latin Festival, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ice Dogs, the Jazz Festival, the weekly market…not a week goes by when you won’t want to visit.

University of Waterloo, and Wilfred Laurier University are also nearby, on the bus route or again “an easy walk”. But enough about the location. What about the house?

It sits on a large landscaped lot with private terraced backyard that does not require much maintenance. It has a covered deck which is cool on those hot summer afternoons and a two-tiered cobblestone patio. The yard also has a nice fishpond with a babbling little stream. Two full sized and mature maple trees grace the front yard adding shade and comfort to the front porch. The backyard is lined with a cedar hedge and other foliage for privacy and enjoyment.

There is lots of parking in the double driveway with carport, enough for five cars.

This home also boasts a main floor in-law suite with private entrance. The inlaw suite has a nice and updated bathroom and small kitchen/living room with a large closet/pantry.

There are four bathrooms in this home and four bedrooms (above grade). The big bright basement office could also be used as a bedroom too.

32 Westmount Road South, Waterloo is for sale.  The home has a main floor family room with a lovely bay window overlooking the backyard, and a large rec room, large enough for a full sized pool table.

It has a beautifully upgraded kitchen which opens into the living room and a formal dining room, which leads to the back covered deck.. It’s fabulous, simply fabulous.

Upstairs there are three large bedrooms which all get lots of natural light. New windows. The master bedroom runs along the whole front of the house and has an ensuite attached.

This is a very unique home  and a rare opportunity.

32 Westmount Road South, Waterloo

 

 

 

350 Doon Valley Drive

350 Doon Valley DriveMy mom lives just outside of Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. She lives in a little condo townhouse community nestled onto the side of a gentle hill. Being that it’s in BC, you can imagine the trees out back. (The street in front of her house is a quiet cul-de-sac). It’s an idilic spot and when my mom isn’t puttering around in the yard, she’s relaxing on the back patio. Her neighbors are wonderful. They get together for games of bridge and hikes and who knows what else.

I mention this now because when I first drove into the community at 350 Doon Valley Drive, I had a sense of deja vu. This little neighbourhood of about 70 homes, is located in a cozy little spot surrounded on two sides by a small forest of trees, a gentle and wide river and a golf course.

Alasdair and I just listed Unit 3C at 350 Doon Valley Drive. Unit 3C is a premier unit, tastefully decorated with a backyard that will make you think you’re on Vancouver Island or perhaps more accurately, like you’re in cottage country Ontario. This home backs onto a greenbelt which is actually a small forest, abundant with deer, rabbits and other wildlife. In the summertime, when you sit out on the large deck all you can see is trees, all you can hear is birds and all you can feel is serenity. In the wintertime, when the trees have lost their foliage, you look out your back windows and see our Grand River winding through Doon Valley. One thing I’ve noticed about Waterloo Region is that there are surprisingly few houses with a view of the Grand River.

Being from BC, I like to hike. It seems sometimes that all people do in BC is drink coffee and go on hikes. So the other day, Alasdair and I explored on foot the neighborhood around 350 Doon Valley Drive. There is a path in the corner of the complex that leads down to the river, the Walter Been Grand River Trail and the golf course. I like that, a lot.  You can follow the trail along the Grand River up past the Doon Heritage Village and the Waterloo Region Museum or you can cross over the pedestrian bridge into Blair and south to Galt. Or you can cross over the river into Deer Ridge. If you like exploring on foot or on bicycle, you’ve got lots of choices.

In the Doon Valley complex itself, the old farmhouse still stands on the property. It’s been completely renovated and converted into a clubhouse replete with a library, games room, and of course a large meeting hall (with a kitchen). It’s a gorgeous open concept building with thick wooden beams and high ceilings.

This is a beautiful home and location overlooking woods backing onto the Grand River. Enter from shaded porch into bright foyer, to the left is a formal dining room with built in cabinets, continue down the hallway to a large kitchen opening to a great room with a walkout to the 12′x30′ deck, what a view! The master bedroom with ensuite is to the right. Upstairs we have a guest suite featuring a loft, bedroom and bath! The basement is completely finished with a rec room, bath and bedroom. This is a very unique and beautiful home. Someone is going to be very happy living here.

For information on 350 Doon Valley Road, Unit 3C, Kitchener, please feel free to contact us by telephone or email. We are available to show you this home at a mutually convenient time.

You can find out about the home here; MLS 1331434. There are lots of pictures and numbers.