Ranch Re3vivalPass by this house in a lovely old neighbourhood west of Toronto and immediately you will be taken by the treed setting. In spring, the swaths of shocking pink rhododendrons are sure to catch your eye. But stop for even a second and you’ll also appreciate the home’s attractive finishes and simple palette.

The red brick of the fifties ranch has been transformed by a layer of warm grey stucco with darker taupe-grey trim and painted shutters, crisply accented by a solid black front door. Elements such as a columned porch, mullioned windows and wrought-iron railings add a touch of black-tie elegance to the original plain façade.

The results are visually appealing without screaming for attention.  This urban beauty is the kind of home that makes you hope for an invitation to go inside.