Property of the Week: A Mission Townhouse That Used to Be Home to a Synagogue 

This converted townhouse was once the House of Israel, an essential part of Calgary’s Jewish community for nearly 50 years.

Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

Where it is

102 18 Ave. S.E.


The history

The House of Israel Community Centre served as a centre for the Jewish community from 1930 to 1979. Designed by local architect Ernest Thomas Brown (who also drew the plans for the Legislature Building in Regin and designed the Marquis Hotel in Lethbridge), the construction took 20 years to complete. During its construction, Calgary Hebrew School, Beth Israel synagogue and several Jewish organizations used the building’s basement until its completion. By the mid-1980s, the building was vacated and sold. In 1988, the House of Israel, the oldest remaining structure associated with Calgary’s Jewish community, was converted into luxury townhomes.


What to love

This home has plenty of features to love, including custom glass railings and a unique glass bridge leading to a loft area. The executive kitchen is a dream for food enthusiasts, with an expansive kitchen island, quartz countertops, ample cabinet storage and under-cabinet lighting. Just off the kitchen, there is a temperature-controlled wine room that can house more than 600 bottles. For evenings spent entertaining friends and family, the expansive loft level features a media room with a wet bar.

The primary bedroom is designed as a peaceful sanctuary with a private patio and a five-piece ensuite, including a jetted soaker tub, a fully enclosed, tiled steam shower and heated floors.


What to consider

In addition to being a piece of history, this home is located in an ideal location in Mission. Local restaurants, cafés, Stampede Park, the Elbow River and the extensive pathway system are all within walking distance.


The stats

2,767 square feet
Three bedrooms
Three bathrooms
Glass bridge access to loft
Heated three-car tandem garage
Former House of Israel


Listed for $1,800,000 with Melissa Kost at Melissa Kost Realtor, CIR Realty.


Inside the House

Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

Formerly the House of Israel, this converted building is now a luxurious home with stylish upgrades and fixtures both inside and out.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

Stepping inside, the home’s design balances luxurious fixtures and details with a homey feel that evokes comfort and relaxation.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

The sleek, modern kitchen is a chef’s dream, with ample counter space, plenty of storage, high-end appliances and eye-catching colours to inspire culinary creations.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

Next to the kitchen, a temperature-controlled wine room offers space to hold 600 bottles of your favourite wines and vintage bottles.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

Stroll across the glass walkway to the upstairs media space for ample entertainment options.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

The primary bedroom offers plenty of space, natural lighting and access to its own private deck to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets year-round.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

The ensuite bathroom is a true spa retreat with a fully enclosed walk-in glass shower, deep soaker tub, dual vanity and ample natural lighting.


Photograph by Nathan Mass, Red Dot Services.

Step outside onto the private deck to enjoy the changing seasons, catch the sunrises and sunsets, or enjoy a cup of coffee in a quiet space.


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