Best of both worlds

Five-year-old home just like brand new

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

IT’S only nat­u­ral for young fam­i­lies look­ing for a move-up home to con­sider buy­ing new. That’s be­cause the main ben­e­fit of buy­ing new stems from the fact that — un­like older re­sale homes — there will be no need to up­grade kitchens or bath­rooms, or to re­place ag­ing com­po­nents such as win­dows or fur­naces. That said, when you buy a new home, those ben­e­fits are off­set by is­sues such as wait­ing for the home to be built, hav­ing to land­scape and the added ex­pense of fin­ish­ing the lower level.

Turns out, a rare op­por­tu­nity has pre­sented it­self — one that bridges the gap be­tween a new home and re­sale home, said Royal LePage Dy­namic Real Es­tate’s Ute Vann.

“I’ve just listed a five-year-old home in Har­bourview South that’s in like-new con­di­tion,” she said of the two-storey, 1,680-square-foot home that was built in 2008 by Broad­view Homes. “It’s a well-de­signed home that’s been metic­u­lously main­tained by its own­ers. It’s in beau­ti­ful con­di­tion from top to bot­tom; it hardly seems like it’s been lived in.”

Not only is the home in show-home con­di­tion, it also comes in move-in con­di­tion, she added.

“The home is fully land­scaped and has a par­tially de­vel­oped lower level with me­dia room and framed/dry-walled bed­room, bath­room and stor­age area, so you wouldn’t have to do much to make the base­ment fully func­tional,” she said. “And you also get an in­su­lated dou­ble-at­tached garage (that also comes equipped with a fridge and win­dow air con­di­tioner for good mea­sure) that backs onto a quiet back lane.”

De­sir­able fea­tures aside, the home — due to its well-thought-out floor plan — feels con­sid­er­ably larger than its listed square footage. That feel­ing of space starts in the foyer, which was placed un­der a 17-foot-high ceil­ing with two win­dows placed up high to al­low a co­pi­ous amount of light to fil­ter into the home’s front quad­rant.

From there, the foyer merges seam­lessly into an open-con­cept great room that’s sur­rounded by glass, namely a large pic­ture win­dow on the front wall off the liv­ing room, and another big win­dow on the wall next to the din­ing room. Thank­fully, the great room is as well-pro­por­tioned as it is bright; the liv­ing room is 13.5 feet by 14.5 feet, the din­ing room 8.75 feet by 10.25 feet, and the kitchen 12 feet by 13 feet. In short, space and light are abun­dant. “I ab­so­lutely love the de­sign of the great room,” said Vann. “The liv­ing room is nice and big and is de­fined by (light tan) car­pet, while the din­ing room is on low-main­te­nance tan/taupe vinyl, and has plenty of room for a ta­ble for six (or more) as well as a stor­age cab­i­net. Both spa­ces are nat­u­rally bright due to the large win­dows.”

Mean­while, the ad­ja­cent kitchen is plenty spa­cious with wide aisles and a four-foot by six-foot is­land (with dou­ble sink and eat­ing nook) that’s ap­pro­pri­ately sized for the space. The util­ity quo­tient is high, with the is­land pro­vid­ing prep space, a cor­ner pantry pro­vid­ing stor­age space, and a se­ries of pot draw­ers next to the range. French white cab­i­nets and taupe lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops — there’s lots of both — taste­fully in­fuse the space with punch and warmth.

The great room is fin­ished off by a par­tially en­closed land­ing to the left of the kitchen that con­tains a com­bi­na­tion pow­der room/laun­dry room, a quadru­ple closet and door that pro­vides ac­cess to the at­tached garage. There’s also a door that leads out to the back­yard, where a pleas­ant sur­prise awaits.

“Ini­tially, there was just a small deck off the back door, but the own­ers ex­tended it to cre­ate a long, two-tiered deck,” she said. “It’s a won­der­ful, pri­vate spot to bar­be­cue on and then sit down for a visit af­ter din­ner.”

Head­ing up­stairs is a breeze thanks to an ex­tra-wide stair­case that leads to an ef­fi­ciently de­signed sec­ond level that wastes lit­tle, if any space. Al­though the home is “only” 1,680 sq. ft., it feels big­ger than that. Nowhere is that feel ex­em­pli­fied more than in the three bed­rooms.

The two sec­ondary bed­rooms are much larger than ex­pected at 10.25 feet by 12 feet and 9.75 feet by 11.25 feet re­spec­tively (with dou­ble clos­ets and huge win­dows), while the mas­ter suite is an ex­pan­sive 12.5 feet by 17.75 feet, mak­ing for plenty of room for oc­cu­pants to spread out in. There’s also room for a fourpiece bath with a nice, deep soaker tub.

“The mas­ter suite is ab­so­lutely huge with three cor­ner win­dows (next to a niche per­fect for a read­ing chair) that let in all kinds of light. There’s tons of room for that, a king­size bed, end ta­bles and even an en­ter­tain­ment unit and TV. Even with all that, there’s still plenty of room to move,” Vann said. “The en­suite is a re­lax­ing space with a deep soaker tub and French white van­ity, while the cor­ner walk-in clos­ets of­fer plenty of room to store wardrobe. A built-in dis­play niche next to the bed­room’s an­gled en­trance is a nice touch.”

Down­stairs, there’s a me­dia/play room, fu­ture fourth bed­room or of­fice, roughed-in bath­room and tons of stor­age space, bring­ing the home’s to­tal live­able space up to about the 2,400 sq. ft. mark.

“It’s an en­ergy ef­fi­cient R2000 home built on piles that fea­tures an ef­fi­cient, bright lay­out on ev­ery level. It’s close to all con­ve­niences, but most im­por­tantly, it’s ready to go for a fam­ily. It’s just a mat­ter of mov­ing in and en­joy­ing all it has to of­fer,” she said.

A well-pro­por­tioned open-con­cept room is sur­rounded by a large pic­ture win­dow on the front wall and another

win­dow on the wall next to the din­ing room.

The kitchen is spa­cious with wide aisles and an ad­e­quate

is­land that con­tains a dou­ble sink and eat­ing nook.

A low-main­te­nance tan/taupe vinyl is in the din­ing area,

which is large enough for a ta­ble for six.

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