Category Archives: Real Estate

Former Louisiannie’s land up for sale at $925,000

(ABOVE: Bradley’s General Store at 1518 Stittsville Main Street. Undated photo.)

A significant piece of land at 1520 Stittsville Main Street just south of the Trans Canada Trail is up for sale at $925,000.

The 0.69-acre parcel of land, across the street from Quitters, is mostly vacant except for a small 3-bedroom home at the back of the lot and a large storage shed.

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LINKED: New DND move to west end impacts “CFB Fairwinds”

Over the next few years, thousands of employees at the Department of National Defence will move into the old Nortel buildings on Moodie Drive. The Ottawa Citizen ran a feature this weekend called “The rise of Pentagon North: How Ottawa’s new DND headquarters will change this city”.

It looks at the impact of the move on things like real estate and transportation.  Here’s an excerpt:

For many in DND, especially those with younger children, this translates into a fondness for newer developments such as those sprouting up around the Canadian Tire Centre hockey stadium. Four of Scott’s clients have recently bought homes in the Stittsville area. He said one subdivision, Fairwinds, has become so popular with DND employees, some are calling it “CFB Fairwinds.” (Short for Canadian Forces Base).

Scott’s experience suggests the shift to the west in real estate is already underway. If Ottawa’s new light rail project eventually extends past the Bayshore Shopping Centre into Kanata, the trend could well accelerate.


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BUILT UP: Increasing density both a positive and a challenge

(Photo: Aerial photo of Fairwinds. Photo by @TwitchxB)

With a couple of proposals for low-rise apartment buildings along Robert Grant (Haliburton Heights, Livery Street), and a multi-story retirement complex along Hazeldean (Wellings), we wanted to find out what Stittsville could look like with more high-density developments. Continue reading


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Historic Green’s Hotel on Stittsville Main for sale at $1.4-million

(ABOVE: File photo by Barry Gray.)

The only heritage-designed building on Stittsville Main Street is up for sale.

The brick building that’s home to Hudson Insurance at 1510 Stittsville Main Street is listed for $1.4-million.  It’s also home to Robin’s Nail Salon and Studio Esthetics.

“Iconic Heritage mixed use Building in the heart of Stittsville. This all brick building with wrap around porch features a mix of office, retail, and residential units. The extra deep 464 foot lot allows for the possibility to expand the building in the future. Plenty of on site parking,” according to the real estate listing.
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House Hunt offers chance to win $15,000 down payment on a home

(press release)

Sales Representative and Team Lead of the Colleen Lyle Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Ottawa Realty and Mortgage Agent Sue Hameed, Capital Mortgages (#M13000637), announced today the official launch of House Hunt 2016, a first-of-its-kind event where Ottawa residents will have the opportunity to win a $15,000 down payment on the purchase of their next home.  Continue reading


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Slow sales push back construction of Stittsville Walk condos

Despite a change of ownership and a total rebranding, the condo development at 1491 Stittsville Main Street is still struggling to find buyers, pushing the expected completion date to mid-2017.

Taylor Bennett, sales representative for Bennett Property Shop Realty, has been in charge of the account since December and admits it’s difficult to sell homes in the current environment.

“It’s not the greatest time for real estate,” he explains. “So we haven’t done a huge amount of marketing yet.”

The site was rebranded as Stittsville Walk after a change in ownership in the summer of 2015.

However construction isn’t expected to begin until the end of 2016 and it could be later if there’s not enough interest.

“It really depends on how sales go,” says Bennett. “Once we have a little more than half sold out they can start building it, which will take six months.”

Construction for an original project called Reverie Quarters ceased in 2013, and the original design sparked community backlash that eventually led to the drafting of a new Community Design Plan (CDP) for Stittsville Main Street.

Bennett says a reason behind the current rebrand is to “make it more accepted.”

The original site plan called for four of the condo buildings, plus a fifth multi-story commercial building along Stittsville Main Street. Bennett confirmed that while there are no plans to eliminate any of the five buildings in the original plan, they will all be redesigned.

To this end, the company has introduced new 1,500-square foot bungalow units with indoor parking in addition to the two-storey terrace townhouses originally advertised.

The rebrand had to include the structure from the previous development, complicating the process for Bennett and his team.

“We didn’t have total freedom,” he explains. “Ideally we wanted to have a bunch of one-level living styles, but we were confined to the existing building.”

Nevertheless he says the new plan will be appropriate for Stittsville Main as envisioned in the new CDP.

“I think the bungalows will be well received,” says Bennett. “We think this fits the demographic looking to live in Stittsville a little better.”

Artist conception of what the new Stittsville Walk will look like.
Artist conception of what the new Stittsville Walk will look like.

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REAL ESTATE: How to stage a snowy exterior

How to best dress the exterior of your house to “wow” potential buyers during the white and cold wintery months is a challenge but also can be a lot of fun for the whole family.

You should not overlook your exterior as a great place to showcase a lifestyle your home can provide even if it was not used that way by you. Staging or showcasing is marketing. Every home can be a winter wonderland to show potential buyers that they can have it too. Show off the areas around the house namely the back, front and side yards with hints of lifestyle potential.

Start by clearing away snow in larger areas, not just a small walking path but clear the deck and areas where two people can walk beside each other. Pathways can lead to inviting destinations like a sitting area surrounding a portable fire place or under a nice pergola. Even if you have your metal canopy frame still up from the hotter months it does provide architecture and looks interesting with snow on it.

Add bird feeders and attractions for squirrels to your yard. Light these destinations with patio lights during out long dark days. Yes, hanging white Christmas lights on a pergola is great but don’t have the house trimmed with Christmas lights; those should be off now. Flood lights work really well to highlight a beautiful tree in the back yard or pointing to that destination area after dark.

Create glimpses of what your location has available nearby. Do you have access to skiing or a toboggan area? Skis against a wall of the house or by a back or side door, or a beautiful wooden toboggan leaned up against the deck are great ideas to convey this lifestyle and local attractions. These subtle visions create emotional responses or triggers. Have benches or Adirondack chairs around the portable fire place. The first thing potential buyers will think is that it is an added bonus for the property to have all that area usable during the cold months.

Add some whimsy! I’ve seen pictures of winter clothing stuffed with snow and think it is brilliant! And what fun that would be to make!

For the front, keep it very simple. Clear walking paths to the front door, two people wide with nice neat edges are aesthetically pleasing. How about a snow man strategically placed on the front lawn? Light it up for the dark evenings. A new and larger exterior door mat for each of your entries is a great touch. A wintery wreath for the front door is great but don’t hang onto that Christmas one as its time is over now. I’d hide away any shovels and salt bags as they aren’t so nice to have greet visitors at the door.

Other must dos:

  • At dusk, turn on the exterior lights and keep them on until midnight. Potential buyers will drive by to scout things out until late into the evening; you want your house to be seen easily and to stand out from the others.
  • Re-photograph your exterior pictures as the season changes. If you had pictures taken at Christmas time for marketing purposes, it’s time to refresh those with new ones after creating this new environment.  Don’t skip this, it’s very important.
  • After shovelling steps, etc. take a stiff-bristled broom to the surfaces as this will uncover the beauty of your walkway and entrance.  These are all selling features and worth working to your advantage especially during our snowy times!
  • Clean and neatly shovelled driveways are a must.  Make it so that it is easy to drive and walk on and not a slushy mess.  Can visitors walk by a parked car easily?  We don’t want it to be difficult. Nice, clear and clean looking is key.

Finally, walk around the neighbourhood and seek out ideas and judge your curb appeal against others. Look at your house from across the street and from both the left and the right sides. Are your lights bright enough? What if you put the upper interior lights on? Ask these questions, be objective and know that this stuff works when you are selling your biggest asset.

Kim Dingwall, aka The Stittsville Stager, can be reached at 613-862-7585 and kim@refinedrooms.ca.

 


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Minto proposes gravel road access from Potter’s Key to Hazeldean

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update today about the ongoing negotiations between Minto and city staff over the proposed Potter’s Key development.

The development would be located between Echowoods and Jackson Trails, and residents in those existing communities have voiced a number of concerns about the proposal.  One of the big beefs is about a lack of road access from Hazeldean Road.

Minto’s original plans for the subdivision included road access to Hazeldean, but that’s been dropped. Minto doesn’t own the land the road would go through, and hasn’t been able to negotiate a sale with the landowner. Continue reading


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Decorating tips for selling your home over the holidays

Winter decorating

There are a few things to consider when selling your house over the holidays and an important one is whether to decorate or not. How to do it successfully when you may have showings is another key consideration. There is a staging solution that works well for sellers and potential buyers but the difficulty is how to make it happen while carrying out all the celebratory tasks already on the agenda. Continue reading


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Minto opens four new special feature show homes in Arcadia

The Killarney is the first of five Net Zero energy ready homes coming to the Arcadia community.
The Killarney is the first of five Net Zero energy ready homes coming to the Arcadia community.

(Press release from Minto.)

Minto Communities Canada will unveil four new designer-decorated show homes in its Arcadia community, as part of Minto’s line-up of single family homes. The newly designed show homes, in keeping with Minto’s vision to build homes that suit the needs of families today, are available on 30, 36 and 43’ lots across Minto communities in Ottawa. Continue reading


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Unusual monolithic dome home for sale on Dwyer Hill

Check out this unusual listing for a home on Upper Dwyer Hill Road, not too far from Almonte:

“Unique 3 bedroom Monolithic Dome home made of solid concrete. Situated on a peacefully private 3.86 Acre tree lined lot truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Bright kitchen w/marble showcases view of the yard overlooking spacious open concept living/dining. Bedroom 1 & 2 have a Jack & Jill bath featuring marble counters, Master retreat offers spa like ensuite. Energy efficient, Disaster resistant & Durable w/radiant floor heating!” Continue reading


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Stittsville realtor offers new 3D virtual tour service

Stittsville realtor Shane Foley is now offering an exclusive 3D photography service, giving home sellers a powerful new way to reach buyers with a very realistic virtual tour.

The technology is called Matterport, and is created using a high-end spinning 3D camera that captures the contours of a space, as well as the dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Continue reading


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Stittsville has fewest million dollar homes in Ottawa

Breakdown of property assessment values by ward, according to the Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corp. Data via the Ottawa Citizen.
Breakdown of property assessment values by ward, according to the Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corp. Data via the Ottawa Citizen.

 

The Ottawa Citizen published data from Ontario’s Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC) showing a steep rise in the number of million dollar homes in Ottawa over the past few years.

What’s interesting from a Stittsville perspective is that not only are we the ward with the fewest million-dollar home assessments, we’re also the only ward where the number has gone down.   Continue reading


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Stittsville real estate market heavy on homes over $500,000

Re-sale listing inventory is at a 10-year high for this time of year in Ottawa.  It’s currently running at 34% higher than the five-year average for residential properties and 58% higher for condos.

Stittsville is no exception. We currently have almost a full year’s estimated sales already listed at $500,000+ with the heaviest listing months to come in April, May and June. Continue reading


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Housing counsellor gives an objective perspective to seniors housing

Choosing a retirement home can be an emotional experience for seniors and their families. Stittsville’s Suzanne Mondoux wants to make the process of finding a senior’s residence less stressful for everybody.

Mondoux is a housing counselor with Visavie, a Quebec-based housing advisory service for seniors and their families that helps them select a retirement home. She meets with families to assess their needs, recommends a short list from over 60 accredited homes in the Ottawa area, and shows the facilities to the families.

“I’m there as an advocate, and to champion, and to make sure the right questions are asked and the right questions have been asked,” says Mondoux.

“It’s comparable to a real estate agent. As a housing counsellor, this is a very emotional journey that we take someone through. I’ve seen people cry from the adult children to the seniors themselves,” she says.

“And it’s not always a bad reason. Sometimes it’s relief that ‘finally I’m going to have someone look after me, I’m going to have acceptance’.”

There’s no charge for families to use the service. Visavie earns a commission from retirement homes that that they have a contract with.

Mondoux says there’s a wide variety of homes in Ottawa to match a wide variety of needs.

“It’s finding the geographic area, the financial needs and medical needs as a person progresses. It can range from $2,000/month to $10,000/month. Care-wise, there are differences. Some help with laundry, some don’t. Some do meds administration, some don’t. Some will have cognitive care units, some will have more of a physical care unit, some may have both,” she says.

Canada’s aging demographic is creating new challenges and opportunities for businesses, says Mondoux.

“We’re five team members plus a regional director. We are growing because the need is there. If we work together we can help the seniors in our community,” she says.

Mondoux, originally from Nova Scotia, used to work at a retirement residence as a leasing and marketing manager. She believes there is a need for more retirement residences in the Stittsville/Kanata area.

“Some have higher occupancy than others. That could be due to many things like pricing, or somebody needing a specific care that another doesn’t offer. I do think there can be more, and I think we’ll see focus to more higher-care needs because people are living longer,” she says.

You can reach Mondoux at 613-897-7069 or smondoux@visavie.com.


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Last chance to name Minto’s new Stittsville community (sponsored)

Minto is asking Stittsville residents to help name their new community just north of Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  They’re holding a naming contest with a $500 prize to Brown’s Independent up for grabs.

The naming contest deadline of January 11 is approaching quickly.  You can enter the contest at www.mintostittsville.com.

Minto’s community is just west of the existing Jackson Trails, and sales are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.  The community will include 450 homes, with about 60% single homes and 40% townhomes.   It’s Minto’s first development in Stittsville.

Minto says this contest is a chance to be a part of Stittsville history. The company has been involved in residential development in Ottawa for almost 60 years and this is their first development in Stittsville.

Minto calls the new development a “master-planned communtiy”, which will include a large neighbourhood park.  It’s also close to shops and services, transit and nature.

Minto is also building the nearby Arcadia neighbourhood in Kanata, just north of the Queensway along Huntmar.

For updates on the new Stittsville community and special offers, you can sign up to Minto’s email newsletter at www.mintostittsville.com.

(Article sponsored by Minto.)


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Mixed results for Stittsville real estate in 2014

Gord McCormick is a Stittsville-based broker of record with Oasis Realty Brokerage and a senior member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

Stittsville’s population continued to grow this year with a great deal of new construction homes built and even more developments and projects on the horizon. New and updated amenities, infrastructure and services have also been added. (Although these never seem to come fast enough for many of us!) Continue reading


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Minto asks residents to help name new Stittsville community (sponsored)

Minto is asking Stittsville residents to help name their new community just north of Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  They’re holding a naming contest with a $500 prize to Brown’s Independent up for grabs.

Minto’s community is just west of the existing Jackson Trails, and sales are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.  The community will include 450 homes, with about 60% single homes and 40% townhomes.   It’s Minto’s first development in Stittsville.

The naming contest is open now and runs until January 11, 2015.  You can enter the contest at www.mintostittsville.com.

Minto says this contest is a chance to be a part of Stittsville history. The company has been involved in residential development in Ottawa for almost 60 years and this is their first development in Stittsville.

Minto calls the new development a “master-planned communtiy”, which will include a large neighbourhood park.  It’s also close to shops and services, transit and nature.

Minto is also building the nearby Arcadia neighbourhood in Kanata, just north of the Queensway along Huntmar.

For updates on the new Stittsville community and special offers, you can sign up to Minto’s email newsletter at www.mintostittsville.com.

(Article sponsored by Minto.)


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New construction, fewer government moves, hurt Stittsville housing market

The average resale price of residential homes and condos in Stittsville was down by about 3% overall in August on a year-over-year basis compared to 2013.

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for Stittsville for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014

 (Note: Stittsville North = north of Hazeldean, Central = between Hazeldean and Abbott, South = south of Abbott)

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