Property of the Week: A Striking Century Home in Ramsay

A bold black exterior, a history dating back to 1908 and a renovation that gave it new life all make this home a compelling place to live.

Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

Where it is

1019 17 Ave. S.E.


The renovation

Built in 1908, this century home is located in the historic neighbourhood of Ramsay. Nicknamed Kent Cottage by an unknown person who stamped the moniker into the sidewalk out front, this home’s first recorded owner was Albert G. Stagg, who owned it from 1911 to 1936. 

It wasn’t until local photographer Amy Highton of Modern Nest Photography and her husband bought the home that it saw its first real transformation. The couple renovated over six months, modifying the old house into its current stylish state. Original colours — which included red, yellow, green and a lime foyer — were replaced with a monochromatic palette featuring wood accents and black touches. With its minimalist design and open floor plan, the home is now bright and welcoming. The final renovation touch was the transformation of the exterior, which went from pale green siding and wood shingles to a striking black exterior.


What to love

Though smaller in size and more than 100 years old, there’s plenty to love about Kent Cottage. From the outside, the cozy front porch and stained-glass peekaboo window on the roof remain intact. But a striking black coat of paint gives this home a distinct look that stands out from the other houses in the neighbourhood. 

Inside, the home features an open-concept layout that welcomes natural light and a sense of connection and flow. Black accent furniture plays off white walls to inspire a feeling of airiness and modernity. The kitchen nods to the home’s exterior with black countertops, cabinets, seating and island space. The primary bedroom is a welcoming retreat, ideal for some quiet time. The bathroom has a Mediterranean look, with built-in shelves, a soft pink colour scheme and a curved mirror. In the backyard, a patio with plenty of greenery makes for a charming spot to enjoy summertime barbecues, drinks with friends or just relaxing in the sunshine with a good book.


What to consider

With two bedrooms and a single bathroom, this is an ideal starter home for couples or young families, or a great downsizing option for retirees. Nestled in Ramsay, one of Calgary’s original neighbourhoods, the home is close to schools, walking trails and the local farmers’ market.


The stats

927.4 square feet
Two bedrooms
One bathroom
Parking for two cars
Built in 1908

Listed for $585,000 with Leisa Fuller at Fresh Group Real Estate of Century 21 Real Estate.


Inside the Home

Photograph by C. Tolomio.

Before Amy Highton and her husband renovated this century home, this was how it looked; a simple and quaint reflection of its deep roots.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

Following renovations and some fresh paint, Kent Cottage now features a striking black exterior and a variety of modern updates.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

Inside, the home is bright and open, with minimalist decor and a monochromatic palette that help enhance the feeling of spaciousness throughout the bungalow.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The wraparound shelving in the foyer is an example of the elevated design elements found throughout the renovated home.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The kitchen space has a bold colour scheme, with black countertops, cabinets, seating and fixtures.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The dining space, once a third room, is now a pleasant area for family dinners.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The bathroom has a Mediterranean feel, with curved elements, softer colours and a playful floor design. The built-in shelving offers plenty of storage without taking up extra space.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The primary bedroom is cozy yet bright and offers a sense of spaciousness.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The second bedroom is just as spacious and bright, and could easily be transformed into a home office or hobby room.


Photograph by Michelle Johnson Photography.

The backyard offers plenty of space for entertaining friends and family, and for setting up garden pots and plants.


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