$525 000

SOLD. This pretty-as-a-picture one and half storey stucco home on Macdonnell St above Earl dates to the roaring twenties. The decades have mellowed the house but they have also been kind. We should all be so lucky. 

It’s a serene set of well-curated spaces on offer, then, full of honeyed well-finished hardwoods and crisp white baseboards, art deco trim. It’s not hard to imagine all the long-ago and civilized comings and goings between the house and the nearby tennis and lawn bowling clubs. The white linen trousers and the gin and tonics. Back then this house sat on the outskirts of town.

But these days this is a downtown house and the concerns are decidedly more urban. With two good bedrooms on the second floor, another on the main level (along with a possible fourth), and with a really good in-law suite down below, it would make for the sweetest of family homes, or a superior rental property. The kitchen is large and bright, as conducive to late-night hangouts as it is breakfasts with the newspaper and the kids.

The Winston Churchill Public School is at the end of the block, did we mention that, and the absolute heart of Queen’s University is just a ten-minute stroll. 

We reckon that the splendid lot (60 feet by 110), the good updates, and even the old barn door garage, make this a smart house and a smarter investment.

The virtual tour, floor plans and all, is here. And here’s the doorway to realtor.ca.