La Salle Clas­sic

Two-storey Tu­dor equal parts func­tion and flash

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

BACK in 1994, fea­tures such as piled foun­da­tions and struc­tural wood floors were a rar­ity. But the out­go­ing own­ers of 11 Kingsway Cres­cent de­cided to go that ex­tra mile when they built their home nearly 20 years ago.

“You can feel the qual­ity and first­class crafts­man­ship of this home the mo­ment you set foot in the foyer,” said Cen­tury 21 Bach­man & As­so­ci­ates’ Cole Caste­lane.

“From a struc­tural stand­point, this home hasn’t moved an inch in nearly 20 years, or had an foun­da­tion is­sues. Other homes in the area, not built on piles, are hav­ing foun­da­tion prob­lems. The own­ers chose to go with leadingedge tech­nol­ogy back then, some­thing that’s pay­ing off now.”

The other thing that’s paid off was their re­fusal to stint on the qual­ity of fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als through­out the home. Com­bine that with a floor plan that flows ex­tremely well from one space to another in the home’s great-room quad­rant, and you have a 3,248 sq. ft., two-storey clas­sic English Tu­dor home that is equal parts of func­tion and flash.

A 12-foot-wide en­trance draws you into the great room from a grand foyer that feels ab­so­lutely huge, thanks to its great width and depth and a soar­ing ceil­ing above. The great room is bro­ken up into thirds: a fam­ily room to the left, kitchen/dinette area in the cen­tre and a din­ing room to the right that can be seam­lessly ac­cessed via a three-foot-wide door­way.

Caste­lane said the first two things that hit you are the area’s sub­tle seg­men­ta­tion and its un­de­ni­able warmth.

“It’s a nice, warm area with just the right amount of seg­men­ta­tion,” he said. “Un­like so many new homes, it’s not wide open, which can some­times lead to a cold, boxy feel. Beau­ti­ful honey-stained oak hard­woods (which run through the en­tire great room, in­clud­ing din­ing room and liv­ing room) only add to that warm feel.”

The fam­ily room, mea­sur­ing 16 feet by 14.6 feet, is big enough to feel like there’s room to spread out to visit, yet small enough to feel in­ti­mate while con­vers­ing with guests. A three-sided fire­place set in cul­tured stone, placed be­tween the fam­ily room and kitchen, pro­vides wel­come warmth, while a pair of huge arched win­dows (plus a door that leads to a slate pa­tio out back) in­ject another de­sir­able el­e­ment into the mix.

“Look out the win­dows, and the for­est view is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” Caste­lane ob­served. “When you’re out on the pa­tio, you’re in a world of your own. Not only that, but the win­dows — there’s tons of glass in ev­ery room — let in all kinds of light, so the home is bright in­side even on a cloudy day.”

Mean­while, the kitchen (huge at nearly 19 feet by 14.6 feet) not only of­fers a four-foot by six-foot is­land, a dinette area for four, cherry-stained maple cab­i­netry and tons of counter space, but another space off its rear por­tion that ex­tends the area while tem­per­a­tures are warm.

“You get a screened-in sun­room that not only is a great place to sit and visit, sur­rounded by the for­est view, but it also has a door that leads to the pa­tio,” Caste­lane said. “The great room’s de­sign makes it great for en­ter­tain­ing, with all the spa­ces be­ing so well-con­nected and ac­ces­si­ble.

“Even the din­ing room is huge (16.6 feet by 13 feet) with a big pic­ture win­dow on its rear wall, and the liv­ing room off it (18 feet by 14.5 feet) is mas­sive with a gor­geous bay win­dow.”

By now, it’s more than ap­par­ent that space isn’t even re­motely an is­sue at 11 Kingsway. The home’s up­per level, ac­cessed via a grand, curved oak stair­case that evokes mem­o­ries of Gone With the Wind, is equally spa­cious, fea­tur­ing a gen­er­ous oak land­ing, four bed­rooms and a four-piece bath.

The piece de re­sis­tance is a gar­gan­tuan mas­ter suite that feels like a small apart­ment — it’s 22.3 feet by 16.4 feet, af­ter all.

“As mas­ter suites go, they don’t get much bet­ter than this,” Caste­lane said. “The bed­room is big and bright, you get a spa-like en­suite with jet­ted tub, five-foot tile shower, French white van­ity with dual sinks, an off-white cork floor and sep­a­rate his/hers walk-in clos­ets. And the huge win­dows on the back and front walls pro­vide beau­ti­ful for­est views. Two of the sec­ondary bed­rooms also of­fer for­est views and walk-in clos­ets.”

Head down­stairs, and you’ll find more than 1,700 sq. ft. of Western-themed, de­vel­oped space, with its weath­ered wood walls and dark (ash) hard­woods. There’s a sa­loon-like wet bar next to a large games area, me­dia room on the other side of a cen­tre wall and tons of stor­age room in the form of two sep­a­rate rooms and a host of clos­ets.

With ad­di­tional fea­tures that in­clude tri­pane Para­mount win­dows, 35-year shin­gles, a triple garage, main-floor laun­dry, all kinds of space and a lay­out that’s ideal for a big fam­ily, Caste­lane said the home has much to of­fer.

“It’s in a quiet, ma­ture nat­u­ral set­ting only min­utes from South Pointe, the U of M, Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal and a host of ameni­ties in the city’s south end. It’s a home that has to be viewed to be ap­pre­ci­ated for all it brings to the ta­ble.”

Honey-stained oak hard­woods run up the curved oak stair­case and through­out the home.

The huge kitchen was de­signed with qual­ity cher­rystained maple cab­i­netry and plenty of counter space.

The spa-like mas­ter suite fea­tures a jet­ted tub and five­foot tile shower.

Beau­ti­ful honey-stained oak hard­woods abound.

The two-story clas­sic English Tu­dor home is

equal parts func­tion and flash.

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