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Hot Property Ideally sited Riverside home transformed through renovation

November 17, 2018

The difference between restoration and renovation is: The former is all about preserving what is, and the latter is about imaging what could be. The owners of 246 Riverside Ave. discovered the property in 2012 and saw what could be. After claiming it as their own in 2012, they embarked on a profoundly transformative renovation.

“Back then, it was an upgraded one-level ranch with a high-end custom kitchen — adorable, but tiny,” the seller recalled. “The location, however, was ideal — a short walk to the Riverside train station and both the Riverside Elementary and Eastern Middle schools.”

The renovation began with improving the house’s structure. The subfloor and the walls on the main level were taken down and replaced with all new flooring and spray-foam insulated walls with all new framing.

“The completely new second story added four generously windowed bedrooms, three full baths — all with heated flooring — and a large, tiled laundry room,” the owner explained. “The children’s rooms, each with a full bath and walk-in closets, were designed with a shared, large walkout terrace balcony, and we added one off the master, as well.”

The work didn’t end there.

“The original ranch house front-facing bedrooms were transformed into a large living room with a new gas fireplace and a back corner office — or fifth bedroom — with built-in shelving and closets,” the seller noted. “On the main floor, we kept the location of the original wood-burning fireplace, but modernized the mantle. Out of a former bathroom space, we created a cozy eat-in kitchen banquet — matching the new 5-inch floors — and more matching cabinetry was added to the kitchen, as well.”

The family room was a favorite space to gather as a family, the seller recalled.

“It’s a great place for the kids to hang out with friends due to the built-in wall unit housing a 60-inch TV, gaming consoles and plenty of book and game storage,” he suggested. Plus, it has French doors for exterior access and lots of natural light.

When company came to visit, it was the home’s formal living room where the owners enjoyed entertaining guests.

“With the gas fireplace, [it] is perfect for entertaining. There’s even space for a baby grand piano, with French doors out to the side yard,” the homeowner added. “The dining room holds a table for 10 comfortably, and there is a cozy wood-burning fireplace in the dining room for those cold winter nights.”

The main level also includes a home office, which could be leveraged as another bedroom, given the proximity of the full bath adjacent to it.

Plus, there’s a three-season room above the renovated double garage, which serves as bonus space. The sellers also added a portico to the architecture, creating a third covered parking or unloading spot.

To prepare the home for sale, the landscaping was spruced up, the gutters cleaned out, and the entire exterior was power-washed and painted. The interior rooms got fresh coats of paint, as well.

The property’s lot measures in at 0.27 acre, and portions of it have been sculpted in the image of an English garden.

“The flowers take turns blooming in waves all through the spring and summer,” according to the homeowner. “We did add an irrigation system and up-lighting to accentuate the plantings. An existing lawn sprinkler system was upgraded. … The yard was completely fenced with new stained cedar and white picket fences. The existing patio was enlarged, and the walkways and driveway were redone,” the seller explained.

The location of the property is also compelling.

“[It] combines the best aspects of the highly desirable neighborhood — beautiful neighboring homes on streets lined with massive shade trees — with modern conveniences, such as tall ceilings, oversized rooms, large windows and energy-efficient insulation. The location couldn’t be more perfect,” the owner offered to potential bidders.

“It is a short walk to the train, schools, and to Ada’s local gourmet coffee shop,” he continued. “The house is at the tip of a quiet cul-de-sac full of children of all ages. It’s also a short walk to the great playground at St. Paul’s Church. Lots of fun for the little ones.”

Listed by Lenna Andreou of Keller Williams Prestige Properties, 246 Riverside Avenue has an asking price of $2.785 million.

Listing agent: Lenna Andreou, Keller Williams Prestige Properties; (203) 327-6700 office; (917) 414-4357 cell; lenna@kw.com

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