FIRST LOVE

Bi-level of­fers GREAT VALUE and op­tions ga­lore

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys lewys@mymts.net

WHEN you’re a young fam­ily look­ing for a move-up home, it’s nice to be able to tai­lor a home to both your style and bud­get.

Ul­ti­mately, bud­get will dic­tate the type of home that’s cho­sen, whether trim is en­trylevel, mid-level or higher-end. No mat­ter where a fam­ily might be with their home­buy­ing bud­get, the Cro­cus II can be tai­lored to meet their ex­act needs, said Josh Nekrep, a new homes sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Cen­tury 21 car­rie.com. “This show home is sell­ing for $274,900 in­clud­ing lot and net GST, and ev­ery­thing you see in the home ex­cept the ap­pli­ances is stan­dard,” he said. “The home is priced un­be­liev­ably, but it’s not a stripped­down, bare-bones model.”

Far from it, ac­tu­ally. As seen, The Cro­cus II — a 1,000 square-foot bi-level found at 140 Prairie Cro­cus Dr. in Cro­cus Mead­ows (be­hind Kil­do­nan Place and Costco off Re­gent Av­enue) comes with an im­pres­sive list of stan­dard fea­tures. “You get fea­tures you might not ex­pect like stained maple base­boards, rich, durable vinyl plank floor­ing, maple cab­i­nets (with stylish mould­ing above and be­low) and smart-look­ing lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops,” said Nekrep. “Tri-pane win­dows are also stan­dard, as are other fea­tures such as maple cap­ping (on the stair­well) and rounded cor­ners. You also get gor­geous (taupe) dura-ce­ramic floor­ing in the foyer and bath­room.”

Those small, but sig­nif­i­cant touches don’t end there, he added. “Peo­ple who’ve been through the homes have no­ticed lit­tle de­tails like the fact there’s a maple van­ity in the main bath rather than, say, a cheaper melamine van­ity. They’ve also no­ticed the maple base­boards, and other de­tails like lev­ered han­dles on all the doors. Just be­cause a home is bud­get-friendly, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be de­sign rich.”

The Cro­cus II is de­sign rich in three di­men­sions: fin­ishes, space and light (an es­sen­tial qual­ity in a home given Man­i­toba’s long, cold winters). Al­though the home is “only” 1,000 sq. ft. in size, it feels larger than it’s square footage. Nowhere is that spa­cious feel more ev­i­dent than in the great room, said Nekrep. “Two things make it feel larger than it is – an ef­fi­cient floor plan that doesn’t waste space, and all the big win­dows that sur­round it. Each space (kitchen, din­ing area and fam­ily room) is a good size, so you never feel like you’re lack­ing space. At the same time, all the win­dows are huge. They let in a ton of nat­u­ral light, so each space is not only big, but bright as well.”

In the kitchen — its U-shape opens up all kinds of room to move about and cre­ate gourmet meals while the fin­ishes (caramel-tinted maple cab­i­nets, dis­tressed vinyl plank floors) add warmth — a win­dow over the dou­ble sink and a win­dow in the cen­tre of the back door off the rear-ori­ented mud/laun­dry room al­low plenty of light to en­ter the space. Mean­while, an over­sized tran­som win­dow next to the din­ing area — which can com­fort­ably hold a ta­ble for four to six (or more) — lets in even more light, while a pic­ture win­dow with a dif­fer­ent look (plus another over­sized tran­som win­dow over the front door) floods the spa­cious liv­ing room with day­light. “I just love what the Odessy’s de­sign team did with the pic­ture win­dow,” Nekrep said. “In­stead of just putting in an or­di­nary one-piece win­dow, they put in a six-part pic­ture win­dow that adds char­ac­ter to the home. It re­ally fits in well with its ex­te­rior, which will fea­ture stone de­tail­ing with the choice of stucco or vinyl sid­ing.”

Like­wise, those pur­chas­ing the home — it comes with two bed­rooms and a main bath with soaker tub on the main floor and an un­fin­ished base­ment that’s in­su­lated and prewired — can choose how deep they want to go in terms of de­vel­op­ing the home. “If you’re a young fam­ily on a tight bud­get, you can go with it as is with all the stan­dard fin­ishes for $274,900. That in­cludes the un­fin­ished base­ment and a gravel park­ing pad out back Or, you can add on a cou­ple of very handy fea­tures.”

Those fea­tures in­clude a rec room, and dou­ble garage. “You can choose to put in the dou­ble garage for around $20,000 and just use the base­ment as stor­age, or you can choose to put up the garage, and de­velop the base­ment. We can fin­ish the base­ment for about $35,000 to $40,000, so to­tal cost would around $300,000 for a home with garage and un­fin­ished base­ment,” Nekrep said. “If you go for a home with fin­ished base­ment and garage, the cost would be ap­prox­i­mately $335,000.”

In any form, the Cro­cus II of­fers great value, he said. “If you have the bud­get to fin­ish the base­ment and put in the garage, you get a home that of­fers ap­prox­i­mately 1,700 square feet of liv­able space with four bed­rooms, a rec room, sec­ond bath­room, dou­ble garage and laun­dry ei­ther on the main floor or down­stairs. The Cro­cus II is a beau­ti­ful, af­ford­able and well-de­signed home that can be tai­lored to your needs no mat­ter what your bud­get.”

PHO­TOS BY WAYNE GLOWACKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The din­ing area, kitchen and liv­ing room flow to­gether seam­lessly.

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