When buying a family home, it should be a place that everyone - big and small - loves.

For many homebuyers, a child-friendly home is a deciding factor when finalizing a purchase. A child-friendly home is one that’s safe and accessible for little ones - and a place where their imaginations can run free!

When you work with McGarr Realty, our team will help you find the perfect home for you and your family. Our REALTORS® know which child-friendly features are worth considering when searching for a house for sale in St. Catharines and Niagara. From practical must-haves to creative renos, here are some of our favourites!

Child-Friendly Flooring 

Be it muddy shoes, spilled juice or messy paint, flooring takes on all kinds of wear and tear from kids. Durable and easy-to-clean flooring is a must for a child-friendly home. When choosing flooring for your home, we recommend opting for vinyl. It’s a more affordable option compared to hardwood and easier to replace. Vinyl flooring is also waterproof - a feature you’ll be grateful for when the kids decide to have an indoor water fight!

Another good option is carpet - yes, we’re serious! Carpeting has come a long way with tiles being a popular choice for family homes. Carpet tiles allow you to replace a section without having to pull out the entire carpet.

Floating Vanities

While storage is associated more with practicality than style, floating vanities are the exception. This clean and modern design trend can be a fantastic upgrade that gives your bathroom better storage solutions, while looking good. 

Floating vanities allow you to store everything from children’s step stools, bath toys, to extra towels underneath. Everything is accessible for children because of the lower height, and it keeps the space organized, especially when you have guests over.

Chalkboard Walls

Ah, the challenge of keeping your walls clean from crayons and markers! We say, if you can’t beat it, embrace it! 

Painting walls with chalkboard paint is a fun way to encourage your children’s creativity while sparing you from the mess. We’ve seen bedroom walls turned into giant chalkboard spaces where children can let their artistic imagination soar! And if you need better organization, a chalkboard section in a family space like your kitchen is great for grocery lists, school calendars and chore boards.


When tidying up toys seems like an eternal task, having a designed playroom is a gamechanger. Although we often think of kid’s rooms as part-playroom, these spaces can easily become a disaster by bedtime. 

Turning a spare bedroom into a separate playroom can inspire your children to get creative. The kids have a dedicated space to play with their toys while the rest of the house stays more organized. Have your kids pick out decor items they like to make the space feel extra special for them.

Our McGarr Realty team is passionate about helping our clients find the right home in the right neighbourhood. We’ll work with you to find a home that your children will love as much as you do, in a neighbourhood that’s close to parks, recreational activities and more!

Call our office at 905-687-9229 in St. Catharines, or 905-468-9229 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Or send us a message on our contact page, HERE.

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