The family that buys this dream home has a lot to look forward to.
Not only does it look like a house you’d see in the movies—with its commanding pillars, circular driveway and stately presence—inside it has been done from head to toe.
Sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Singh, renovated extensively since moving in three years ago, turning the already stunning home into a real showpiece. They replaced the hardwood flooring and kitchen tiles, sanded and stained the stairs, and gave the home their personal touch.
66 Monticello Crescent is actually built on two lots. The home offers nearly 10,000 sq ft of living space, a four-car garage, and a private backyard with a garden, a fountain and mature trees. It backs onto Mayfield Park.
Inside, you can’t help but notice the craftsmanship. There is a graceful central staircase, a dramatic living room, vaulted ceilings and a bright and airy kitchen with granite counters.
It also has some cool features that make day-to-day living a breeze. A chute from the master bedroom delivers your clothing and towels to the main floor laundry room. Another from the kitchen to the garage lets you dispose of compost.
“The basement is a dream,” adds Mr. Singh. The fully finished space is open concept and has a games room, a sunken lounge and fireplace, an indoor jacuzzi, a guest suite, a second kitchen and a walkout to the backyard.
There’s plenty of room for multiple generations here, with six bedrooms that each have an ensuite bathroom. The master boasts its own ensuite and den. A home office makes doing business remotely easy and convenient.
The home was built in 1992 by the previous owner, who wanted it to look like the White House.
“It’s one of the strongest, most well-built homes I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Singh, who has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the UK, and fell in love with the historical buildings there.
The Kortright East neighbourhood is prestigious and mature, “one of the best of the best in Guelph,” says Singh.
The University of Guelph is minutes away and you’re a 10-to-20-minute walk from the shopping mall. The University of Guelph’s Arboretum is close by, as are four or five different grocery stores. “There are also two Starbucks nearby—that’s important!” laughs Singh.
For those considering moving to Guelph from the GTA, Singh encourages it, having made the move himself from Brampton. You can get a house this size in a beautiful, safe neighbourhood just 45 minutes from downtown Toronto; with traffic it’s a one-hour drive at most.
It’s a great long-term investment, he explains, citing how stable the real estate market is, the proximity of the university and the availability of jobs, echoing just some of the reasons why MoneySense magazine rated Guelph the number one city in Canada to buy real estate in 2020.
Mr. Singh loves that you can walk to the city from the house. He and his family often bike around the area. Guelph is known for its trails, he said, and they don’t use their car much at all, adding, “Guelph is very family-oriented, and you see a lot of kids on the streets.”
The family has nine-year-old twin boys who have loved living in the home. Singh’s one regret? That he was never able to throw a big party in this house, which seems to have been built for entertaining.
Says Singh, “Anyone who has worked hard in life deserves a home like this, their own trophy house.”
Whoever the lucky new owner is, they’re sure to love this warm and gracious home.