Tucked into the southeastern corner of the city, this little Scarborough ’hood is where the winding Rouge River flows into Lake Ontario. Houses and lots are mostly suburb-huge—here are four for sale right now.
102 Beaverbrook Ct.
Asking price: $588,000 (last sold for $167,500 in 1995)
The draw: This three-bedroom sidesplit is less than a kilometre from West Rouge Park. It’s on a big, 65-foot-by-102-foot lot and has a double garage, a sunroom, a nicely landscaped back garden, and a finished basement.
The catch: It definitely needs a cosmetic update—most of the rooms could use a coat of paint, and one bedroom has wallpaper to be stripped. The narrow kitchen has tired cabinets and older appliances.
18 Whiterock Dr.
Asking price: $498,000 (last sold for $371,500 in 2011)
Sold for: $525,000
The draw: On the outside, it’s your typical Scarborough suburban, but on the inside, this three-bedroom detached house had a recent modern renovation. There are quartz countertops in the kitchen and hardwood floors throughout.
The catch: West Rouge isn’t really a walkable neighbourhood: The community centre and library are physically close by, but require traversing busy Lawrence Avenue.
499 Brownfield Gardens
$500,000 UPDATE, MAY 19, 2014: The house is now listed for $539,800.
The draw: Summer is approaching, and this place boasts its very own private pool (with a slide!). The three-bedroom bungalow also has hardwood floors and a finished basement with a private entrance.
The catch: The kitchen cupboards and appliances need updating. Though the lot is a massive 65-by-130 feet, one of the bedrooms is only 80 square feet, while the pool takes up a good chunk of the backyard.
36 Portwine Dr.
Asking price: $489,000 (last sold for $389,231 in 2012)
The draw: There are no condo fees to pay at this one-year-old freehold townhouse. It’s a five-minute walk to the GO Station, and has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and hardwood floors.
The catch: Lake Ontario is so very close, but the train tracks make it so very far away. One of the bedrooms has oddly angled walls, so it’ll be difficult to maximize the space.
A West Rouge primer
If your dreams have suburban themes, West Rouge delivers. It has excellent schools, tons of green space (including the waterfront trail and Rouge Beach), and is half an hour away from downtown by GO Train. Locals drink their beer at the Black Dog Pub and get their Italian goodies at Lamanna’s Bakery, where gelato, meatballs, and cupcakes topped with cannoli are all made in-house.