Thinking about moving? Consider Stratford.

Everyone knows Stratford for its world class theatres and great restaurants, but it is more than an amazing tourist destination. Stratford is also a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Did you know it has been named in the top 7 Intelligent Communities world wide by the Intelligent Community Forum? The Top 7 represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century. Stratford has made it a priority to stay ahead of the curve.

If a high tech progressive community isn’t your thing consider the beauty and culture. Stunning parks for those early morning strolls are always just around the corner. Summerfest brings  music events all summer long including free live music. The Stratford Festival brings in tourists that sustain a vibrant restaurant and shopping community that isn’t normally found in a city of this size. The Festival also brings with it the influence of all its workforce. Besides the actors the festival employs creative people in many disciplines. Musicians, artists, costume designers, shoe makers, wig makers, carpenters, and lighting designers all make Stratford home and their influence on the city is apparent. Strong manufacturing and agriculture sectors as well as the University of Waterloo Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, round out and balance this thriving community.

One of the best reasons to consider Stratford is that it is still one of the best deals for real-estate. Your money goes a long way when you compare to Toronto standards.

Stunning Century home loaded with upgrades

A home like this doesn’t come up in Stratford often. Go right to the listing here or you can read the article and hit the link at the end.

This stunning century home is loaded with upgrades and 4 floors of flexible space to meet your needs whatever they might be. The attention to detail is second to none. Near the downtown core and river on one of the most desirable streets in Stratford, you can walk a canoe down to the river for a leisurely paddle or walk/run around the Avon river, a setting fit for a movie set. The house has had extensive upgrades while maintaining the original character. Some of the features include a stunning large kitchen with attached three season porch, all new wiring, new roof, plumbing, high efficiency forced air furnace, central vac on all 4 floors, high speed fibre optic internet available, Nest security and entry, this house is wired for ethernet and sound., two fireplaces, and a hidden sprinkler system in kitchen. A finished basement ( unique in a century home ) with studio/media room that has in-floor heating and a bank of windows allowing tons of natural light will transform as your family’s needs change and grow. A workshop, three piece bathroom, laundry room, hallway with built in storage and a large climate controlled office space round out this functional floor. The basement could be converted to an income unit or self contained suite. All new wiring, plumbing and a new roof means you just have to focus on your personal touches to make this home yours.

Amazing eat in kitchen with unique architectural features. Hidden sprinkler system for extra peace of mind. Reverse osmosis water system is also attached to fridge. Fisher and Paykel built in oven and gas cooktop with retractable exhaust hood allows for open space above cooking area. Central vac with sweep openings make clean up easy. Large Boos block incorporated into granite covered island and an antique wood stove adds unique character. Owners roughed in gas as well so it can be replaced in the future if desired. They thought of everything!
Screened in porch off the kitchen is like going to the cottage without the drive.
This screened in porch with removable storm windows extends the kitchen into an almost cottage like feel. Perfect for entertaining and relaxing after dinner or enjoying your morning coffee.
Check out this partial walk through featuring the first floor and a section of the finished basement. Incredible flow.
Dining room or main floor entertainment room. Live they way you want to live.
Front sitting room has three beautiful pocket doors that can make this room a private office or open for entertaining. Original wood has been preserved.
This main floor den features a gas fireplace. Owners Paula and Allan often start their morning here with a coffee.
Studio/ media room is wired for surround sound and has double thickness sound insulated walls on neighbouring sides. Radiant in-floor heating keeps you cozy. Perfect for a theater/ gaming room or playroom.
Built in storage on both sides of the hallway provide plenty of space to hide things away but keep them accessible in this finished basement. A unique find in century homes.
Private front porch has unique light built into ceiling trim giving it a soft glow for evening relaxation.
One of three Bathrooms. This beautiful full bathroom has a an air jet tub for relaxing bubble baths a walk in shower with glass door and built in laundry chute.
There are 6 rooms in this house that have been used as bedrooms as well as the possibility of the third floor being an additional option.
All the hard work is done in this huge 3rd floor attic. Gas, water, electrical, central vac, ethernet, speaker cables, laundry chute and cable have all been roughed in. It is ready for you to decide how you want to use this space. Master bedroom with ensuite… Work out space… playroom.
A large work shop for being creative or simply storing your tools.

Owners Allan and Paula moved from Toronto 15 years ago and raised their three kids here. ” We lived in Roncesvalles area in Toronto and we actually loved it, so deciding to move away was a difficult decision. We ended up choosing Stratford because it was a small community that still had a vibrant creative community and culture that you normally wouldn’t see in a city of this size. Moving to Stratford ended up being one of the best decisions we have ever made. We got more house and have loved being a part of this community. Our kids have all really enjoyed growing up here and the schools have been fantastic. We are also back to Toronto on a regular basis and still experience the things we love about Toronto. It is the best of both worlds really. Many people work from home and still commute occasionally into the GTA. ”

For more information on this house or Stratford follow the links below.

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