Updated condo in ideal locale and price is right
“Essentially, you’re getting a nicely updated two-bedroom unit for the price of a one-bedroom unit in a great downtown location that allows you to walk anywhere, including to work.” —Jon Wiebe, Realty Executives First Choice.
SO you’re a young professional and have just landed your first job downtown. Turns out, you’re eco-conscious too. You either walk, bike or bus to where you need to go, and enjoy communing with nature whenever possible, with long walks down park-style trails a favourite pastime. And you’re frugal, so the first home you buy has to offer value in spades.
We may have the place for you — an 840-square-foot apartment-style condominium in a concrete-and-steel building at 15 Kennedy St., a quiet residential pocket in downtown Winnipeg.
“This unit not only offers an exceptional location, but it also offers one of the most contemporary units in the building,” said Jon Wiebe, with Realty Executives First Choice, who’s listing the condo along with realtor Cheryl Thurston. “Best of all, it comes not with one bedroom, but two. And at $184,900, it’s one of the most affordable condominiums in the downtown area.”
For a sub-$200,000 price, the features are impressive. The unit’s interior reflects current design trends rather than those in vogue when the building was put up in 1980.
The moment you set foot in the unit’s foyer, you notice the flooring. Unlike many apartment-style condos, it’s not vinyl and carpeting, but what appears to be natural maple hardwoods.
“This suite has been beautifully updated, and the hardwoods put you on notice right away that you’re not entering a dated unit,” Wiebe said. “And they’re not a laminate product; they’re actual engineered maple hardwoods. They not only look great but are durable and won’t expand or shrink with the changing weather conditions we experience in Manitoba.”
Although the suite is 34 years old, it’s floor plan isn’t dated either. The combination living room/dining room is a very livable at 25 feet by nearly 11 feet and is made even more livable by two other design factors, Thurston said.
“It’s a bright, welcoming suite for two reasons. If you look toward the back of the living room, there are big sliding doors off a huge (29-foot-long) south-facing balcony (new ones are due to be installed) that let daylight flow in all day long. Not only that, but the city, river and park view is absolutely amazing,” she said. “The other factor that makes the apartment so bright is the earth-tone colours, which are dark enough to be warm, but light enough that they don’t absorb all the light.”
Thanks to the main living area’s generous length, there’s plenty of room for furniture in the living room without it feeling cluttered. There’s ample space for a table for two to four off the kitchen, where a recessed wall allows it to be tucked neatly away from the foyer.
While relatively compact at about 8.6 feet by 8 feet, the kitchen is a highly functional space. That comes from the fact every inch of space is well-utilized and it’s thoroughly contemporary, Wiebe said.
“It’s basically a brand-new kitchen,” he said. “There are lots of (white) cabinets, plenty of counter space (grey laminate countertops) and there’s a neat little eating nook for one off the rear of the kitchen that could be used to eat breakfast at, or as a spot to park your laptop to surf the Internet or do some work from. It also comes with a grey tile floor and new white appliances (Bosch dishwasher, flat-top Frigidaire range, Kitchen Aid fridge with bottom-load freezer).”
The maple hardwoods take you into the adjacent bedroom wing with two bedrooms.
“Like the living room/dining room and kitchen, the use of space in the bedroom wing is excellent,” Wiebe said. “Both bedrooms are a very good size. The master suite is 15.75 feet by 10 feet with a big walk-in closet, while the second bedroom is 15.75 feet by 7.5 feet and would make a great office. The wing also contains a laundry/storage room (6 feet by 5 feet) and a remodelled four-piece bath.”
A host of other amenities make the ninth-floor of Riverwalk Condominiums at the quiet south end of Kennedy Street at Assiniboine Avenue across from the legislature a great spot to call home, Thurston concluded.
“You not only get a beautiful, quiet location, but the condominium also comes with amenities such as a fitness room, residents’ lounge and rooftop deck,” she said. “You get all the benefits of downtown living, yet you’re only steps from everything, including lush parks and beautiful walking trails.” Wiebe concurred. “Essentially, you’re getting a nicely updated twobedroom unit for the price of a one-bedroom unit in a great downtown location that allows you to walk anywhere, including to work,” he said, adding the outgoing owner is offering to pay for a downtown residential parking permit if a parking spot is required. “With reasonable condominium fees and low utilities, it’s a unit that’s a great starting point with its value, style and great location.”
The kitchen is basically brand new, with lots of cabinets, plenty of counter space and fresh appliances.
Hardwood floors abound, and there’s room for four to dine.
The unit features two spacious bedrooms.
The view of downtown from the south-facing balcony.