April 2017 Westboro Highland-Park Market Report from Martin Elder

In the April 2017 Edition of the Westboro Highland-Park Market Report from Martin Elder:

  • Review the Ottawa Resale Home Sales data
  • Check out the Average House Price data
  • Discover how the Internet continues to influence and leverage property listings
  • See the new Mizrahi condo development at 1451 Wellington
  • Meet one of Martin Elder’s trusted partners, Dennis Smith from the Royal Bank of Canada
  • and learn so much more!

Preview the newsletter online or download your copy of the February 2017 community flyer, today!



Advance Signs of Strong Spring Real Estate Market in Ottawa

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ottawa real estate market conditionMartin Elder shares the latest edition of Westboro Highland Park Community News.

With Ottawa West and Ottawa South considered prime hot spots for buyers, all signs are pointing to a strong spring market in the communities known as Hintonburg/West Centretown, Ottawa West/Tunney’s Pasture and Westboro/Hampton Park.

If you are planning a move, now is the time to prepare. Connect with Martin Elder today at 613.236.5959 or email martin.elder@hallmarkottawa.com to discuss your options.


Home Renovations: Plan Wisely

As fall approaches, the real estate market slows down and I begin to think; don’t wait for spring… do it now!

team elder home sales ottawa westboro home renovationsFor me, fall is a time to think about home improvements; comfort features or improved energy efficiency, upgrading the look of the house. Studies show that on resale, a well maintained home fetches top dollar. Newer windows, furnace, kitchens and baths are high on the list when buyers come knocking.

Although granite kitchen counters add a “WOW” factor, fresh neutral paint, sanded floors, and new siding return 96% of invested value same as the kitchen remodel.

In this photo, Leif Elder is completing the finishing touches to my newly expanded home office with sparkling new oak hardwood floors.

When it comes to home renovations: plan wisely! You deserve a second opinion. Call for my thoughts and advice before you begin.

– Martin Elder
613-722-3722 -or- www.martinelder.ca

Farm Boy Opens in Westboro

Farm Boy prepares to open their newest location in Westboro. Photo Credit: Farm Boy
Farm Boy prepares to open their newest location in Westboro.
Photo Credit: Farm Boy

Martin Elder’s recipe for a thriving community: 
One River
One Beach
Two gas stations
Two Schools
One Library
Three Pharmacies
One Florist
Four Coffee Shops
Several Beauty Salons
One Watch Maker,
Lots of Grocery stores!

We are so excited to welcome Farm Boy to the community. Check out their Facebook page for all the details about the Wesboro Farm Boy grand opening celebration. Farm Boy Westboro Ottawa is located at 317 McRae Avenue. Doors open on Thursday, June 23rd at 8:00 a.m.

Victor the Cat

victor the cat martin elder home salesPeople say they want purrfection! They look for the purrfect Home, the purrfect cottage the purrfect community. Others seek the purrfect real estate agent. This part applies to me.

My cat, Victor has some thoughts he’d like to share: purrfection, he says is misleading as only cats can purr. Search instead for a comfortable fit, real estate intelligence, and a good sense of humour. And his final word on purrfection; when you want an afternoon nap choose location, location, location!

The Exchange Condo in Westboro

“The Exchange” by Domicile is located in Westboro at the corner of Richmond road and Berkley; the former Ketchums Manufacturing .  They produced livestock tags in addition to the personnel identification tags, or DOG tags for the department of National Defence.  Today it is a sophisticated low rise condominium  in the centre of vibrant community of Westboro Village, Ottawa.

The location is a big plus for many urban living professionals because you can walk to grocery stores,  wine store,  restaurants, cafes, pharmacies and outing goods specialty stores. Florists and doctors offices are also near by. One of the biggest attractions for me is the proximity to the Ottawa river shore line with the associated walking trails, beach and the parkland.  I like to take in a sunset or an early morning Sun Salutation on the beach!

The condo building is a mix of ground floor commercial and residential above. The lower floors feature a light coloured, large block stone and the upper floors are a tan fired brick with concrete balconies. The residential entry is off Berkley ave. The parking garage and outdoor surface garage is accessed from Richmond Road.

The entry is a subdued, no frills entry. A mix of tall grasses and flower plantings greet the visitor. Postal reception and elevators are immediately at the front door entrance. With only seven floors and two elevators there is never a wait.

Although there is underground parking I like the covered surface parking because they have made use of the roof top to grow moss and grass. Apparently every season is a different colour and height of growth. Nice to look down on an eye catching rectangle of natural green space albeit a rather modest green space!

One of the units available for sale features a north west view with panoramic windows. on the balcony, sizzle Grilled Vegetables on the natural Gas BBQ. Yes I like that!  this is a spacious semi-loft style w cozy Gas fireplace. The two bedrooms are arranged diagonally, with two baths, so the smaller bedroom  could be a den, office or visitors bedroom.  The unit features light Hardwood flooring, an open Peninsula Kitchen, Shaker panel Cupboard Doors, Kitchen Aide Stainless Appliances, in-unit Laundry, and Sun Shade Blinds.  Condo parking is included. Hurry!

Living and lovin in Westboro with Whitney Houston

How will I know what house is best for me… after Whitney Houston’s balad. Remember that great tune? Living and lovin in Westboro

So often I hear this question be it first time buyers or downsizing Moms and Dads. We all have likes and dislikes but there are some fundamental homes features that reach out and seize the buyer’s heart saying take me I’m all yours forever and forever! Yes it’s like falling in love… everything works … the house is right in every respect; it’s home. How will I know?

Finding the right house is discovering you feel well in the house, feeling good. Fact is it is more an emotion judgment than it is a list of attributes. Course, lot size, mature trees, maintenance free, garage, bedrooms, bathrooms, grand room, chef’s kitchen and granite countertops will all help convince the heart of stone but the truth is when we the feel the light, the laughter, the warmth and the potential for happiness that is a house worth living in! celebrate.

One of the features I like in a good home is the ability to move freely about in different directions as if you were chasing the dog from room to room, going round and round and finally stop and run the opposite direction to catch it. Having a central wall or staircase with rooms distributed around the core. That feature offers privacy and easy access in a small living surface. I love sunlight streaming through the kitchen windows and the bathrooms alike. Imagine enjoying a shower with the shower curtains brilliantly illuminated with sunlight! Glorious.

Another factor that helps to reveal a superior home is asking the question how would the house contribute to an evening party? If people can circulate from the kitchen to the living room and access the bathrooms easily, if they can come into the home and go outside to the garden terrace easily then the party will be successful. Just have to add you and your friends.

Use this measure and you found a good house.
I hear Whitney Houston’s song like this: How will I know? I’m asking you cus you know about these things… I think; Let me help you find your dream home cus I know about these things.

Turn up the volume! Click to listen to Whitney first video of How Will I Know.

Small is Beautiful in Westboro, Highcroft Ave Ottawa

Easy to find bigger but it’s rare to find smaller! Perfect location, funky bungalow in Westboro. Close to the busy retail/restaurant Richmond road strip and schools, tucked away on a tranquil tree lined street. Original sparkling stone stucco exterior; easy to maintain fenced lot 37 X 70 ft. Spacious open concept interior design. Smarts front closet/foyer addition.

Recent upgrades include mostly newer windows and doors, roof shingles, kitchen remodelled and high efficiency gas furnace installed. Spacious bedrooms all with oak hardwood flooring. Deep closets. Large, bright family room on the lower level beside a two piece bath. More photos to follow. Well priced to sell. Call Martin Elder for details. 613-236-5959 

Priced to sell at $399,900.

With 10% down payment and a mortgage of $390,000 monthly payments would be $1,805.87