Located within walking distance of the Universities and close access to the Conestoga Parkway, is the neighbourhood of Willowdale. Willowdale is a beautiful community that is perfect for new families and students looking for a home with easy access to Universities and Waterloo’s Uptown Core.

It is generally practical for property owners in this part of the city to do groceries on foot. Likewise, those who like to dine in restaurants will have a fair number of opportunities. Willowdale offers a calm environment and will appeal to those who enjoy spending time outdoors.

Green spaces, like Moses Springer Park and Breithaupt Park, are very well-situated and there are a few of them nearby for residents to discover, making it easy to get to them.


Within a short walking distance of Willowdale, you’ll find Waterloo’s Uptown  , Conestoga Mall, GRT’s main business, LRT stations and the University strip. This area is perfect for students looking for permanent residences within proximity to Universities. Conestoga College’s Waterloo campus is located within the Willowdale neighbourhood. Young professionals would also benefit from the easy access to Waterloo’s main bus lines that run through the Uptown Core and connects to West Waterloo’s Ira Needles area.


Shopping & Entertainment 

A short bus trip north of Willowdale is Conestoga Mall; it offers 135 stores with Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo next door. GRT’s northern bus station, Conestoga Mall Terminal, has connections that travel to St.Jacobs. The LRT Conestoga station allows for easy and fast travel across Kitchener Waterloo. 

North along Weber St N from University Ave E, you will find Goodlife Fitness Weber location, and across the street on Weber is Games On Tap – Board Game Cafe that offers tabletop board games in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The Break Room is located south on Weber St N; it is the areas billiard hall with 12 tables, drinks, and food, and is perfect for a night out. Located West at the intersection of King St N and University Ave is Pin Up Arcade Bar, which offers an assortment of arcade games.

A short trip south along Weber is Bridgeport Plaza, which houses a Bulk Barn, Sobeys Bridgeport, Walmart, and an Anytime Fitness. Across is Moses Springer Community Center, which offers a skating rink, seasonal outdoor pool, and community rooms.

If you travel south along King Street N, between University Avenue and Erb St E, you will find many restaurants, pubs, and shops to explore. These shops offer everything from barbers to hookah lounges; this area has something to entertain any taste. Below are the businesses in this area; restaurants are listed in the foodservice section.


  • Princess Twin Cinemas 
  • Old Goat Books
  • Pro Driving School
  • McPhail’s Cycle & Sports 


  • Ethel’s lounge 
  • Jane Bond
  • Huether Hotel
  • Chainsaw
  • White Rabbit Public House
  • Death Valley’s Little Brother
  • Pub On King

Night Clubs:

  • Becky’s Apartment 
  • Night School
  • Phil’s Grandson’s Place

Restaurants & Food Services

Willowdale is located just east of the University core that offers a diverse set of restaurants to try. Found at Weber Ave and University Ave, a KW-staple, Sonny’s Drive-In, offers classic burgers with delicious no-meat options and provides the quintessential drive-in experience.

Further West, located at University Avenue West and King Street North, is Bhima’s Warung, an intimate restaurant featuring Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. Mozy’s Shawarma, found at King and University, offers a delicious middle eastern cuisine for individuals looking for a filling on-the-go meal. Below is a list of all the restaurants and food services located within a short travel from Willowdale:

  • Mongolian Grill
  • Quesada Burritos & Tacos
  • Williams Fresh Cafe
  • Shawarma Plus
  • Sweet Dreams Tea Shop
  • Urban Bricks Pizza
  • Doshack
  • Williams Fresh Cafe


Surrounding Willowdale are several walk-in clinics that specialize in handling large volumes of walk-ins with fast turnover rates. Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre, found at the intersection of University Avenue and Weber Street, has been servicing Kitchener-Waterloo’s active community for 32 years; they specialize in physiotherapy, massage therapy, and naturopathic medicine. Waterloo Walk-In Clinic and Spruce Medical Walk-in Clinic & Family Practice are the clinics in Willowdale that take walk-ins. 

Schooling / Child Care

Willowdale has three elementary schools that are within a short travel distance. St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School and St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School are two Catholic schools that offer JK through grade eight. There are public school options through Sandowne Public School, Lincoln Heights Public School, and Macgregor Public School.

Willowdale is fortunate enough to have two Kitchener-Waterloo bilingual elementary schooling options: École Élémentaire Catholique Mère-Élisabeth-Bruyère and École Élémentaire L’Harmonie. These two options offer french emission studies from JK through grade six.

Secondary school options 

Students within Willowdale have many options for post-secondary schools. Bluevale Collegiate Institute and Resurrection Catholic Secondary School offer transit options for students interested in attending specific secondary schools. 

Willowdale is near the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, two of Canada’s top post-secondary Schools. Easy access via direct bus routes makes travel from home convenient. Established at the heart of Willowdale is Conestoga’s Waterloo campus; it offers classes in the culinary arts, hospitality, skilled trades, and academic upgrading.


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Willowdale is within walking distance of Kitchener-Waterloo’s main bus lines that connect the university core and the surrounding area with Waterloo’s Uptown   district. Direct transport to Conestoga mall allows residents to transfer busses at the Conestoga Mall terminal. This terminal also hosts one end of Waterloo’s Ion Light Rail Transit, making travel across the Tri-Cities easy and convenient. Below is a list of the Grand River Transit routes that run through Willowdale:

  • 202 iXpress – University
  • Route 8 Weber
  • Route 29 Keats-University
  • Route 31 Columbia
  • 201 iXpress – Fischer Hallman
  • Route 19 Hazel
  • Route 7 King
  • 301 ION light rail

The Laurel Trail runs through Willowdale and connects to Waterloo’s Uptown   Square with a beautiful scenic route. Surrounding the neighbourhood are several parks that offer stunning green spaces, splash pads, and parks for residents to enjoy. Bechtel Park offers a seasonal dark park, indoor soccer fields, and seasonal cross country skiing activities. Breithaupt Park provides a gorgeous green space with seasonal splash pads to help the kids stay cool during the Summer months. Below is a list of the parks within Willowdale:

  • Bechtel Park-85 Bridge St W, Waterloo
  • Hillside Park – 352 Marsland Dr
  • Breithaupt Park – 806 Union St
  • Roselea Park – 75 Mayfield Ave
  • The Laurel Trail

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375 KING Street N Unit# 1802, waterloo, Ontario

375 King Street N Unit# 1802

Waterloo, Ontario

Real estate 101-- Location, location, location. The market is red hot, and this Condo is a great way to enter the market! Not holding offers, so if you love it, make us an offer. This 3 bedroom, spacious condo boasts great walk scores + excellent transit, is walking distance to universities and only 3 drive minutes to expressway and Conestoga mall. Downsizing or first time buyer, or investor, this is a great opportunity.(no student rentals permitted strictly enforced). Recently painted, with newer flooring, and stunning city views, this gem won't last long. The open floor plan allows plenty of room for family and entertaining. Enjoy making a coffee from your own coffee bar, and sit on the balcony to enjoy the skyline. Not many condos boast this amount of space- and the Primary bedroom will accommodate a King size bed with ample closets and a 2pc ensuite. Updated bathrooms and 2 more bedrooms (1 could be an office if required) and in-suite laundry and large storage closet complete the interior. Underground parking and a storage locker also included. (secondary parking spot may be avail. to rent). Your condo fee covers ALL utilities- including heat/hydro/water, and access to an amazing array of amenities not found elsewhere. Building amenities include under ground parking, a freshly renovated and bright gym with floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views, pool(newly renovated), sauna, games room, huge party room, billiards, craft room, library/working space as well as a full wood working shop and car wash bay. Having guests? Not to worry, there is ample visitor parking here as well, with 2 lots ( one on King st. and another off of Columbia) You will not be disappointed- book your showing and start packing. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1175

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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137 CEDARWOODS Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

137 Cedarwoods Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

This home offers a unique opportunity for homeownership combined with the potential for supplemental income. Step inside, you'll be greeted by a spacious 3-bed, 1-bath living space upstairs. The thoughtful layout provides ample room for your family's comfort and relaxation. From cozy evenings in the living area to delicious meals prepared in the well-equipped kitchen, this space is perfect. Venture downstairs to discover a 2-bedroom basement with an in-law setup and a separate entrance. Imagine the possibilities of renting out this space or accommodating extended family members. It's a fantastic opportunity to generate supplemental income while maintaining your privacy. Summers will never be the same with your own private oasis—a stunning inground pool awaits you in the backyard. Dive in, soak up the sun, and create unforgettable moments with family and friends. No stone has been left unturned when it comes to updates and upgrades. Furnace 2018, AC 2017 Steel roof 2019. The recently installed pool pump and sand filter in 2022, along with the robot pool vacuum acquired in 2021, make pool maintenance a breeze. Convenience is at your fingertips with a full suite of appliances. Two refrigerators, stoves, over-the-range microwaves, washing machines, and dryers, along with a dishwasher and two point-of-use water coolers, ensure that every aspect of your daily routine is made easier. In summary, this remarkable property offers the best of both worlds—a comfortable and inviting living space upstairs and a potentially lucrative basement apartment below. With an inground pool, recent updates, and a host of appliances, it's a dream come true for the savvy homeowner seeking comfort, versatility, and potential income. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity—schedule your private tour today and experience the possibilities that await you in this exceptional home. (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1201

Engel & Volkers Waterloo Region

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125 ROGER Street, waterloo, Ontario

125 Roger Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Waterloo Gem! Welcome to 125 Roger Street, Waterloo. A charming 2 bedroom/1 bath home in a very desirable neighbourhood. Fantastic location only minutes to vibrant Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener. Steps away from the Spur-Line Trail, up-and-coming Roger Street Park, highly sought-after Elizabeth Ziegler Public School (French), Grand River Hospital, LRT, shopping and so much more. This home is meticulously maintained. Beautifully updated kitchen (2019), hardwood flooring throughout, and new pot lights on the main floor (2019). The entire home has been freshly painted. The upstairs has 2 lovely bedrooms and a freshly updated bathroom (2023). The basement has a partially finished rec room, utility room, and laundry. Great extra space. Off the main floor dining room are sliding doors to a wonderful private deep lot with a deck, shed, and lovely landscaping. The large lot provides a perfect opportunity for an extension to this beautiful home. Great curb appeal on a great street. Just a perfect home for someone just starting out or someone looking to downsize. Do not miss out on this gem!!!!! Book your appointment today. PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, May 27, 2-4PM; Sunday, May 28, 1-3PM. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 861.5600

Royal LePage Royal City Realty Brokerage

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198 HARVARD Road, waterloo, Ontario

198 Harvard Road

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to 198 Harvard Road, a perfect custom home for you. This home boasts truly superior craftsmanship in ever spectacular detail. It is nestled into the mature foliage of the Glenridge/Lincoln Heights subdivision, just minutes from Uptown Waterloo, and right around the corner from highway 7/8. The features and upgrades are too plentiful to list here. This house is custom-finished from top to bottom and side to side. including two massive additions (dining room, master bedroom and ensuite bath) and an updated (carport and mudroom) entrance. Even the most discerning buyers will note and appreciate the fine details built into-every aspect of this house. For your peace of mind, all plumbing, electrical, roofing, insulation, mechanicals, lighting, stainless steel appliances, three bathrooms, vanities, tile flooring, custom flooring, stone countertops, aesthetics, elegant fixtures, custom millwork cabinets, windows, doors, and trim are brand new. You'll never want to leave the peace and comfort of the 2300 sq feet of liveable space here! Move quickly, this stunningly appointed home won't last long. Book your showing today to view this beautiful custom-designed home. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1429

Keller Williams Innovation Realty

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191 WESLEY Crescent, waterloo, Ontario

191 Wesley Crescent

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to 191 Wesley Cres, Waterloo! This stunning bungalow offers adult living at its finest, boasting a spacious and comfortable environment. With a generous 1105 square feet, this home provides ample space to unwind and enjoy life. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by a living room with vaulted ceilings, creating an open and airy atmosphere. The formal dining room is perfect for hosting gatherings and enjoying meals with friends and family. The spacious kitchen is a culinary enthusiast's dream, complete with a center island and a pantry. Whether you're cooking a gourmet feast or simply preparing a quick snack, this kitchen offers both functionality and style. The bungalow features two generously sized bedrooms, each offering abundant closet space to accommodate your storage needs. With ample room to relax and rejuvenate, these bedrooms provide a peaceful sanctuary. You'll find two bathrooms in this home, ensuring convenience and privacy for both residents and guests. Whether you prefer a refreshing shower or a long soak in the tub, these well-appointed bathrooms cater to your needs. The finished basement adds an extra dimension to this already impressive property. Complete with an electric fireplace, it offers a cozy retreat for relaxation and entertainment. Additionally, there's a room in the basement that is ideal for a home office, providing a quiet and productive space. Location is key, and this home does not disappoint. Situated close to St. Jacobs Market, Conestoga Mall, and an array of great restaurants, you'll have easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Explore the vibrant local scene or enjoy the convenience of nearby amenities. In conclusion, 191 Wesley Cres is a delightful adult living bungalow, offering a comfortable and stylish space to call home. With its vaulted ceilings, spacious rooms, finished basement, and ideal location, this property provides a perfect balance of luxury and convenience. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1105

Keller Williams Innovation Realty

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173 WASHINGTON Avenue, waterloo, Ontario

173 Washington Avenue

Waterloo, Ontario

Open House May 27 & 28 2pm-4pm. Don't miss out on this extraordinary chance to own a home situated on the picturesque Washington Avenue, featuring a remarkable 62-foot wide lot. This charming bungalow, cherished by a single owner since 1957, is now ready for your family to refresh and create cherished memories within its walls. Step into the spacious living area, bathed in natural light from a large bay window that offers delightful views of the mature street. The eat-in kitchen is perfect for gatherings and boasts sliding patio doors that lead out to a deck, providing an inviting outdoor space. Three bedrooms, with the possibility of a fourth in the basement. The walk-out basement is a versatile space, featuring a family room with a cozy gas fireplace and a workshop that will cater to any handyman's needs. Additionally, the double car carport holds the potential for conversion into a garage, offering further customization options. This home presents numerous opportunities for you to make it your own. Conveniently located just minutes away from the expressway, shopping centers, Uptown Waterloo, universities, parks, and much more, it ensures easy access to a wealth of amenities. Recent updates include a new roof in 2015, an air conditioning system installed in 2022, an owned water heater acquired in the same year, and a new dishwasher. Most of the windows have been replaced with vinyl windows, enhancing the home's energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Potential to duplex. Seize this rare opportunity to own a cherished home with endless possibilities. Contact us now to schedule a viewing and embark on a journey to make this beautiful property your own. Some photos have been virtually staged. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1179

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

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121 ELGIN Crescent, waterloo, Ontario

121 Elgin Crescent

Waterloo, Ontario

WALKING DISTANCE TO BOTH UNIVERSITIES & UPTOWN! Welcome to 121 Elgin Cres– an Impressive 3 Bedroom home located on a quiet Crescent in the North Ward in Uptown Waterloo. Boasting 1755 sq ft of living space above grade, you will love this unique floor plan! The sizeable Family room with Vaulted Ceiling will certainly impress you! The bright & airy staircase overlooks the main level and leads to 3 generous sized bedrooms & bathroom. Two entrances – one through the front door and another entering through the Bright eat-in kitchen – convenient for grocery drop off! On the lower level, relax in the full walkout living room with built in shelving & a full walk out from sliders to the large fenced yard. There is also a sizeable 4th bedroom or office depending on your needs. This Home has numerous features & updates including Furnace, Roof, AC (2021), Updated Windows throughout, Built-in Cabinetry in Living room & Office/4th Bedroom, Large Concrete Driveway & Walkway, & Oversized, Detached Garage. There is also a Rough-in bathroom in bsmt. Walking distance to Both Universities & Uptown Waterloo. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase this well-maintained home– Move in condition. Shows AAA+ (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1755

RE/MAX Solid Gold Realty (Ii) Ltd.

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1 BEECHWOOD Lane, st. clements, Ontario

1 Beechwood Lane

St. Clements, Ontario

This custom-built, Muskoka-inspired luxury home has been built with exemplary pride of ownership throughout. 1 Beechwood Lane is located on one of Waterloo's best kept secrets; a private lake 10 minutes from it's boundary, called Paradise Lake. Paradise Lake is an exclusive, 35 acre spring-fed lake that can only be accessed if you own waterfront, and is a dream location for those tired of making the drive to Muskoka, and want to combine cottage-living while keeping the convenience of proximity to the City. This home is tucked away at the end of a private road, offering unparalleled privacy and natural beauty every direction you look. The prominent curb appeal of cedar shakes, and two private porches, is the perfect welcome home. As soon as you enter this space, your eyes will be drawn up to the incredible wood-clad ceiling reaching up to 32 feet, and the expansive, open concept feel of this luxury home. The lay-out of this main floor is perfectly designed allowing optimal entertaining areas, and family time. The great room has a beautiful fireplace, and a momentous dining room space to allow for all of the holidays to be hosted at the lake. The chef-inspired kitchen features stunning granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a private butler's pantry and multiple screened in porches to host in. This home offers a highly sought after main floor primary bedroom ensuring you can keep this home forever with another covered porch, spacious walk-in closet and an incredible ensuite with a soaker tub, and a double shower. Making your way upstairs, the open concept den is the perfect office space with water views, and two generous-sized bedrooms. The walk-out basement is set up for summer with countless windows showcasing the idyllic views, and enough space for your piano, a gym, a full bathroom and two living rooms. This is your opportunity to spend your days boating, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, and enjoying the perfect balance of luxury, comfort and beauty. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 3034.2100

RE/MAX Solid Gold Realty (Ii) Ltd.

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5 KRAFTWOOD Place, waterloo, Ontario

5 Kraftwood Place

Waterloo, Ontario

CUSTOM BUNGALOW NESTLED ON A SECLUDED ONE-ACRE LOT WITH OVER 5,000 SQUARE FEET OF LIVING SPACE! Welcome to 5 Kraftwood Place, a stone home inspired by the unique style of old Quebec, located in Waterloo's most prestigious neighborhood. This exclusive court off of Kraft Drive has only four executive homes and backs onto conservation. The elegant stone exterior features low-maintenance landscaping and stone terracing. Every detail was attended to when building this home, including ICF insulation with 14 thick walls and thermal mass resulting in no drafts. Enjoy an oversized three-car garage with an additional workshop area and separate access to the lower level of the home. The modern foyer features 10-foot ceilings with heavy crown moldings and maple floors. All hardwood floors throughout the home, as well as a coffered maple ceiling and a cherry barrel ceiling, are milled from trees off the property! The kitchen features custom cabinetry, Cambria countertops, and high-end appliances. You can look forward to entertaining in the hearth room, complete with large windows overlooking the yard and one of three gas fireplaces. The 4 season Muskoka room has three large sliding doors leading out to the deck. There is a formal dining room with a cherry wood barrel ceiling, as well as a large living room, pantry, mudroom, and a powder room. The main level master features a 7-piece ensuite as well as a large walk-in closet with built-in organization and a laundry shoot. Next to the master, there is an office or nursery. The above ground walk-out lower level features a bright family room with large patio doors opening to the picturesque backyard. This level also features a master bedroom with a 3-piece ensuite and two additional bedrooms, as well as a 3-piece bathroom. The backyard of this home is a nature-lovers dream with mature trees and breathtaking views. Don't miss out on your opportunity to live in this distinguished area close to the Grand River and the tri-cities! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 5256

Rego Realty Inc.

For sale
92 LILLIAN Drive Unit# B, waterloo, Ontario

92 Lillian Drive Unit# B

Waterloo, Ontario

ATTENTION: INVESTORS, DOWNSIZERS AND FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. This well maintained 3 Bedroom/2 Full Bathroom semi-detached home is located in a highly desirable and family friendly Lincoln Heights neighborhood. The main floor features a large living room, kitchen with new countertop, and dining area all with new vinyl flooring, and large windows allowing an abundance of natural light. You also have a new back door in the kitchen leading to your oversized and fully fenced back yard. The bedrooms have all been updated with new laminate flooring and the whole home has been freshly painted. The basement is finished with laminate flooring and is highlighted with an updated 3pc bathroom. Finally, the location is unmatched as you have multiple shops/grocery stores/restaurants just minutes away, along with easy access to parks, walking trails, school's, public transportation, and HWY 85. Call your agent and book your showing today!!! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1126.0600

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
191 KING Street S Unit# 512, waterloo, Ontario

191 King Street S Unit# 512

Waterloo, Ontario

Simply Stunning Huge 1277 Sq Ft Luxurious Condo Located In The Prestigious Bauer Lofts. Featuring An Awesome Open Concept & Bright Layout with 10' High Ceilings & Floor To Ceiling Windows. Shows to Perfection. Carpet Free & Tastefully Upgraded. Featuring a Large 2 Tone Kitchen With a Huge Center Island & Breakfast Bar With Thick Granite Counter. Custom Backsplash & Under counter Lighting & Pantry. Dining Area & Large Living room With A Walk Out to the Balcony. Super Large Primary Bedroom With floor to ceiling Windows, His & Hers Closets & a 5 Pce Ensuite With Double Sink, Standup Shower & a Soaker Tub With Jacuzzi. Large Second Bedroom Comes With Included Wardrobe. Another 4pce Common Washroom With Laundry. All Washrooms With Upgraded Granite Countertops. Upgraded Light fixtures. Rare Unit With 2 Owned Parking Spots & a Large Locker. Completely turnkey Unit. Prime Uptown Waterloo Location With LRT at The Door, The Bauer Kitchen, Restaurants, Libraries, Vincenzo & Shopping at the Door. Grand River Hospital, Uptown Shopping & Distillery also Within Walking Distance. Building Amenities include Fitness room, Bike Storage, Rooftop Terrace and Lounge. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1277

Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

For sale
137 ORIOLE Street, waterloo, Ontario

137 Oriole Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Opportunity and Options - that is the name of the game with this incredibly located home. 137 Oriole st sits on an oversized lot that you just won't find in any new home developments. Here you have the opportunity to live close to Uptown Waterloo and the expressway, while still enjoying a detached house surrounded by soaring mature trees. The size of the lot and layout of the home give you so many options - want to put in a pool, create an income property, live as a multi generational family? 137 Oriole is the place where all that can happen! Find it hard to get on the property ladder? Why not team up with a partner and take advantage of the 2 kitchen setup - build some equity for each of you and get a head start. With 3 bedrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs there is more than enough space for a growing family, or an income property - and on that note the side entrance that leads right into the basement will be perfect for separate access. Designers and Flippers will love the location, walk-out from the main floor to the huge backyard, side-door and enough space for the ultimate landscape vision. This home is move in ready with a modern updated basement, real wood fireplace, 2 full bathrooms and backyard deck. Live in it as it is, rent it out or create the vision you haven't been able to anywhere else. 137 Oriole - Options, Opportunity, Offer Today! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 981

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.