Up­dated condo in ideal lo­cale and price is right

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - FRONT PAGE - By Todd Lewys lewys@mts

“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.

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