Property of the Week: An Artist’s Cottage in West Hillhurst

This home earned its nickname thanks to the property’s numerous art installations, its classic mid-century floor plan and a self-contained studio/office space with heat and air conditioning.

Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

Where it is

2317 2 Avenue N.W.


The renovation

Built in 1946, this historic home has a stylish, classic charm that suits its nickname: the Artist’s Cottage. The previous homeowners were artists themselves and created the artwork that is currently located all around the property and comes with the purchase of home. Over the years, the Artist’s Cottage has undergone several renovations and additions, including a custom-designed kitchen, new upstairs windows, a new furnace and a self-contained studio/office space.


What to love

The home’s interior blends natural wood features with a calming grey and white colour palette and large windows for plenty of natural light. The spacious living room is perfect for relaxing alone or gathering with friends and family, while the custom-designed kitchen is ideal for those who love to cook, thanks to its massive island, granite counters, custom-built cabinets and high-end appliances. The main-floor bathroom features a six-piece set-up with a claw-foot tub that adds to the home’s mid-century charm. 

Outside, the private backyard is a dream for gardeners and artists, alike. Large garden plots offer the chance to grow fresh veggies alongside the property’s established fruit trees and berry bushes. For artists, the self-contained studio/office offers a sunny space for creating new art to add to the current collection. The space also comes complete with heat and AC, so it can easily double as a home office.


What to consider

This cozy, welcoming home is an ideal choice for small families, young couples, aspiring artists or avid gardeners. Plus, the community of West Hillhurst is very active — family-friendly events and compelling programming are almost always on offer, making it easy to connect with neighbours and enjoy the local atmosphere all at once.


The stats

1,356 square feet
Two bedrooms
Two bathrooms
Self-contained studio/office
The property includes various artistic sculptures
Built in 1946


Listed for $649,500 with Craig Rushton and Allison Bannard at The Bannard Rushton Group at Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.


Inside the Home

Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The Artist’s Cottage, nicknamed for the art installations around the property, is located in the sought-after community of West Hillhurst and exudes mid-century charm both inside and out.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

Natural lighting, sleek lines, calming colours and wood accents are present throughout the mid-century home.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The dining room area flows from the kitchen while still maintaining a private feel. There’s also plenty of room for expanding seating capacity in order to accommodate larger get-togethers or holiday festivities.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The kitchen is a dream for any chef, with custom cabinets, a spacious island, high-end appliances and plenty of storage.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The six-piece main-floor bathroom features a claw-foot tub and lots of storage; it also houses the laundry unit, for added convenience.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The spacious yet private backyard leads out to a sunny deck with lounge seating options ideal for soaking up the sun and enjoying the surrounding art installations.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The garden plots offer plenty of opportunity to grow different types of veggies for some seasonal garden-to-table dining.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visuals.

The self-contained studio/office is the perfect spot to embark on artistic projects or power through a workday in a quiet space.


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