Staging a condo – before and after pics!#160GeorgeStreetUnit505

I have a new listing — #505- 160 George — that will be on MLS tomorrow. I spent all today staging it and getting it ready for sale. It’s a 1625 sq ft two bedroom, two bathroom unit  in a great location in the Byward Market, close to Ottawa U, the new LRT, shops, restaurants and so on. It had been extensively renovated to make it barrier-free and wheel-chair friendly by the current owner. When I first saw it, however, it was vacant and looked a bit sterile.

My client agreed it should be staged, and so I ran off to SmartChoice Furniture in Vanier and rented a loveseat, sofa and end tables. The rental for a month, plus delivery, set up and removal is only $ 300 and the items were brand new, they still had tags on them! Great customer service– thanks, Sylvie!

The unit has a good sized kitchen with a built in table. I brought in an upholstered bar stool from my storage locker at Dymon and a few odds and ends to warm it up. Here’s the before:


And here’s the after:


Here’s another before shot of the kitchen from another angle:


And here’s the after:


I’m super happy with the way the open concept living/dining  room turned out. I was scratching my head trying to figure out what to do with it, as it had a brown sofa, a tan coloured feature wall, and a bright red dining room table with navy multi-print chairs. Here’s the before:



Here’s the after. I paid the guys from SmartChoice a little extra to move the brown sofa into the MBR, and that was a great decision!  (Note that barn door in the corner; behind it is storage!):



Since I had to work with the colourful dining room table and chairs, I added  some art and a bowl of pears (my signature piece — I put a bowl of pears in all my listings!).  I tried to find art that had some red in it, without being overwhelming. Here’s the before:


And here’s the after:


Below, you’ll see a painting I often use in staging: it is by a local artist and has red, yellow, navy blue and green in it, which are the colours in the upholstered seats in the chairs, so it ties these two spaces together beautifully.


There is a second bedroom in this unit that was re-designed for use by my client’s caregivers; it has two single fold-out Murphy beds.

I thought it could look a little more inviting so I brought in some new bedding and a new lamp. (The lonely little lamp that was there looked like the one left  by the side of the road in the Ikea commercial! I felt sorry for it, but not enough to keep it, LOL.)   Here’s the before:


And here’s the after. I can see little kids loving this room, which also has a private sitting area/den separated from the living room by pocket doors.



The main bathroom also needed a little TLC (not to mention some new light bulbs!). Here’s the before:


And here’s the after:


The  master bedroom (which is absolutely huge) has the most amazing ensuite bathroom I’ve ever seen. It has a ramp leading into a walk-in shower with wall to wall tile and custom cabinetry. It’s stunning!


But the cabinetry beside the ramp needed something to perk it up. (There is built in cabinetry behind those sliding doors too, by the way.) Here’s the before:


And here’s the after (that’s a Rene Rivard print;  he’s another local artist):


This beautiful condo unit is priced at $ 499,900. Almost $ 180K was spent to redesign it in universal design, which means it is suitable for people with a wide range of disabilities, although the open concept design means anyone can enjoy it. It has gorgeous tile floors, pot lights, intercoms in each room, ensuite laundry, two storage lockers and underground parking.

There are all kinds of floor plans and design plans to show how the work that was done: I’ll upload some of them with the listing tomorrow.

160 George has incredible amenities: pool, recreation room, library, sauna, community gardens and 24/7 security. Interested or know someone who might be? Give me a call or if you have a realtor already, have them contact me for further details!

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