Up­grade brings con­dos into new cen­tury

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

AMore peo­ple are con­sid­er­ing town­house con­do­mini­ums due to their house-like feel. Prob­lem is, many such con­dos are in the 30-to 40-year-old range and can be dated with fin­ishes such as golf shag car­pet­ing, al­mond­coloured ap­pli­ances and psychedelic vinyl floor­ing (and per­haps, green or pur­ple bath­room sinks and tubs, for good mea­sure).

That isn’t the case with Sut­ton Place Con­do­mini­ums, says RE/MAX Pro­fes­sion­als’ Glen Harvey.

“We’ve to­tally re­done these units from top to bot­tom,” he said of the twoand three-bed­room con­do­mini­ums, which are lo­cated at 305 Sut­ton Place off Hen­der­son High­way.

“Ev­ery unit has been to­tally re­freshed, from plumb­ing to wiring, to new maple cab­i­nets, bev­elled (lam­i­nate) coun­ter­tops, ¾-inch hard­woods, win­dows, plumb­ing, wiring and fenc­ing.” The re­sult is as­ton­ish­ing, he added. “Now that the units have been re­done, it’s like buy­ing a brand-new home, but for sub­stan­tially less. Most im­por­tantly, these con­do­mini­ums aren’t makeshift, cos­met­i­cally ap­peal­ing projects, they’re a com­plete retro­fit. And they’re affordable, with very rea­son­able condo fees.”

Not only are the units affordable, but their square footage is gen­er­ous; the two bed­room homes are about 1,000 square feet, while the three bed­rooms are 1,150 to 1,200 sq. ft. — not in­clud­ing the base­ments, which add an­other 500 sq. ft. (or more) of liv­able space to the equa­tion.

“Our car­pen­try crew can fin­ish the base­ment for you, or you can do it your­self,” Harvey said.

“The im­por­tant thing here is that like a house, you have liv­able space spread over three lev­els. There’s enough space to put a rec room, bed­room and bath­room down­stairs.”

Both the two-and three-bed­room town­houses are also very liv­able, with U-shaped kitchens, sunken (and spacious) liv­ing rooms with pa­tio doors that pro­vide ac­cess to pri­vate yards and good-sized bed­rooms with am­ple closet space. Car­pet­ing is also new, as are the white, six-panel doors, which come with smart stain­less-steel han­dles.

These town­houses — which start at $209,900 — are a vi­able op­tion for couples or young fam­i­lies look­ing to move up to a larger, bet­ter-fin­ished home with­out pay­ing up­wards of $300,000 for the priv­i­lege of home own­er­ship.

“The two-bed­room units come with a new bath­room that in­cludes a maple van­ity, ves­sel sink and soaker tub with tile sur­round (as do the three­bed­rooms),” he said. “Both bed­rooms in the two-bed­room homes are big, one with a walk-in closet. There’s also tons of glass, which makes for in­cred­i­bly bright units.”

In the case of the three-bed­room homes, the kitchen/liv­ing area was com­pletely re­designed to en­hance func­tion­al­ity.

“We took out the wall be­tween the two ar­eas to open the kitchen onto the liv­ing room, which makes for more light and greatly im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity. With a func­tional main level (which in­cludes a powder room off the foyer), sec­ond level with three bed­rooms and main bath­room — and a good-sized lower level — you get about 1,700 square feet of liv­ing space when you fin­ish the base­ment. That’s great value for $219,900 to $229,900.”

Harvey added that in­te­ri­ors of the con­dos aren’t drab, ei­ther.

“Use of colour in a home is im­por­tant, so we put ac­cent walls where we could to liven up the in­te­ri­ors,” he said. “We also put in off-white base­boards and door trims to de­fine it from the walls, which makes a dif­fer­ence in how things look.”

With monthly condo fees at $126 to $136 for units (which in­cludes park­ing), Harvey said it makes sense to switch from rent­ing to own­ing.

“At a mort­gage of 2.25 per cent, the pay­ment would be $159. With condo fees and es­ti­mated taxes, the small­est unit (two-bed­room) would cost about $985; the largest three bed­room would be about $1,096. And there won’t be mul­ti­ple of­fers. If you buy a unit, you pay the ask­ing price.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Sut­ton Place Con­do­mini­ums, call Glen Harvey, Vic­to­ria Fazekas or Amanda Al­stadt at 477-0500.

Start­ing at $209,900, the two-and three

bed­room con­do­mini­ums at 305 Sut­ton Place are affordable

and fea­ture gen­er­ous square

footage.

Ac­cent walls were added to the in­te­ri­ors of the re­freshed con­do­mini­ums, where liv­able space is spread over three lev­els.

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