I am constantly cruising listings, looking for properties that I love. I stumbled across 1503 S. Montreal Blvd. listed by Crystal Gonzalez of David Griffin & Company purely by chance (trust me, you can ask her!). There is so much I love about this house, like the blue awnings, the stone exterior, and the cozy front porch, that I couldn’t just pass it by. And neither should you, for that matter.
Don’t be put off by the fact that this is a three-bedroom, one-bath home. It’s another one of those homes that has one bath but could easily have a half bath put in for a marginal cost if you run some extra plumbing into the utility room, which is right off the kitchen. Even with factoring in that additional cost, this home is still a deal at $220,000. Besides that, the only other thing that kind of rakes me about this home is the chartreuse paint in the kitchen. But paint is an easy (and cheap!) fix.
The livingroom is stunning. The mosaic fireplace and white trim make this hearth a happy one. It’s so smart that the owners didn’t put the flat-screen TV above the mantel. I never feel like the two should have to compete for the same space.
The dining room is well-lit and easily accessible. You can enter via two separate doorways from the kitchen — a really smart idea that helps the home flow. I am not crazy about the light fixture, but that’s also an easy (and cheap, depending on what kind of cool contemporary fixture you can find at Lights Fantastic when they have one of their sales) fix.
Now the kitchen — I’ll give you some time to recover from the bright green walls — could use some paint and maybe some upgrades in the appliance department. Otherwise it’s a great little kitchen and a wonderful use of space. The way the backsplash and the tile floor coordinate is genius, and the color goes well with the granite counters and adds just the right amount of contrast to the white cabinetry.
The utility room, well, it’s a big space. It’s probably a sunroom, but there’s no furniture in it, so it’s up to your imagination. I could see someone putting in a cool jute rug and some low-slung furniture, but leave room for the WC you’ll be adding in that nook near the kitchen.
The bathroom is super cute, too and the tile colors feel modern without losing a really sweet vintage touch. I love how they did the blue hex tiles on the floor paired with the white ceramic around the walls.
Now, the backyard is the perfect family space. You can definitely see a couple of kids tromping around, playing catch while the parents chill under the canopy. it’s not big, but it doesn’t feel necessarily small.