If you've been contemplating buying real estate, but you're looking to escape the hustle of downtown Toronto without completely giving up the city life, Hamilton will be your huckleberry.

Less than an hour -- in good traffic -- from downtown Toronto, Hamilton has continually offered renewed appeal over the years for residents looking to leave the Big Smoke behind. Not only is it relatively more affordable to score a single-family home (this one is priced at more than $500K below the average price of a detached home in Toronto), but the region also offers no shortage of opportunities to connect with nature thanks to the Bruce Trail, Niagara Escarpment, breezy beaches, spacious parks, and over 100 waterfalls all within easy access -- it isn't called the waterfall capital of the world for no reason.

Not to mention, with its award-winning restaurants, assortment of fashionable boutiques, vibrant festivals, and impressive arts scene, Hamilton serves as a great move-over option for those looking to experience it all without having to sacrifice their urban desires.

With the busy fall real estate market approaching, fresh to Hamilton's market is 174 Fairleigh Avenue South, a 2.5-storey brick detached home exuding warmth, style, and charm.

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Located in the heart of the city, this professionally renovated home is conveniently situated near Main Street, with McMaster University, the waterfront, and an abundance of golf courses and parks nearby.

As soon as you step inside, you'll notice the abundance of natural light, which helps make the 4+1 bedroom home feel even more spacious, while the thoughtfully designed open-concept floor plan and large rooms add further size.

The main floor is the ideal space to host family and friends, as the living, kitchen (complete with a breakfast bar), and dining area all flow seamlessly together, making entertaining a breeze.

Upstairs, you'll find three large bedrooms, all with hardwood floors, with the larger of the three featuring an ensuite bathroom and a walk-in closet. What's great is one of the rooms could be converted into an office or workspace if the future homeowner saw fit.

Head up another flight of stairs, and you'll find the spacious top floor, which is currently being used as the primary bedroom but could easily be transformed into a child's playroom or even as a family rec room.


  • Address: 174 Fairview Avenue South, Hamilton
  • Bedrooms: 4+1
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Lot: 30 x 88 feet
  • Price: $1,099,000
  • Taxes: $3,831 (2021)
  • Listed by: RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage

You'll also find a fully-finished lower level, complete with a rec room, laundry, a bedroom, and a bathroom. While this could surely serve as a retreat from the rest of the home, where the owner could wind down after a long day and enjoy a movie, it could also be converted into an in-law or nanny suite.

The charm of the home continues outside, where you'll find a fully fenced-in and landscaped yard with a vegetable garden, space for al fresco dining, and a detached garage. There's also an additional garage located on the front of the property.

If you're looking for a home that offers it all (and then some), not to mention major curb appeal, while perfectly suiting the daily needs of a family, this home — asking $1,099,000 — is ready to be yours.






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