King of the Cres­cent

Tu­dor-style home a steal at un­der $2 mil­lion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - RESALE HOMES - By Tracey Thomp­son

IT is one of Win­nipeg’s most exclusive homes with the ad­dress to match. And 1001 Welling­ton Cres­cent can be yours for a cool $1.99 mil­lion.

Built in 1935, it’s one of the land­mark houses along Win­nipeg’s most prom­i­nent street. While many of the orig­i­nal homes along The Cres­cent are be­ing torn down and re­placed by new in­fill houses, this three-storey man­sion oozes clas­sic charm and el­e­gance, a tes­ta­ment to the fact that some things just can’t be re­placed.

“This is one of Win­nipeg’s 20 most pres­ti­gious homes,” notes Glenn Wil­liams, who is with Cen­tury 21 Bach­man & As­so­ci­ates. “It’s a prime Win­nipeg house in THE lo­ca­tion.”

For­merly the home of Leonard Asper, the 6,500-square-foot struc­ture is as im­pres­sive on the in­side as it is from the curb. Be­hind the wrought-iron fence and down the drive­way, the Tu­dor-style man­sion has a re­gal pres­ence along the banks of the Assini­boine River.

And while it’s a time­less clas­sic that em­bod­ies the orig­i­nal grandeur of its era, 1001 Welling­ton has been very well-ap­pointed and metic­u­lously main­tained over the years, up­graded to a fully mod­ern home.

All of the win­dows look orig­i­nal, but most have been retro­fit­ted and custom-made to be con­sis­tent with the era of the house. The ceil­ings have been re-done and up­graded with pot lighting and other mod­ern con­ve­niences. The house is fully air con­di­tioned and wired for sound through­out. And yet all of the char­ac­ter and charm of the 75-year-old house have been pre­served.

“Some­body has gone to great lengths to main­tain the flavour of the house,” Wil­liams says. “That’s hard to do.”

Even though it’s a stately man­sion, it’s also a house that was de­signed to be lived in. Wil­liams, who sells many of the high-end homes in the city and has been in most of the orig­i­nal es­tate homes along Welling­ton, says most were de­signed to be oc­cu­pied by two sets of peo­ple — the fam­ily and their staff.

While there is a nicely con­tained nanny suite on the third floor, the house is set up for a large fam­ily to have am­ple room. The main floor fea­tures a large, el­e­gant liv­ing room, a lovely din­ing room and a spa­cious kitchen with am­ple cab­i­nets, stor­age and counter space.

The piece de re­sis­tance of the main floor is the ab­so­lutely gor­geous sun­room that was added onto the back of the house. Mod­elled af­ter the con­ser­va­tory at Assini­boine Park, this very large space has floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that flood the room with nat­u­ral light. The back wall of win­dows over­looks the home’s mag­nif­i­cent back­yard and river view. De­signed to be comfortable all year round, the room has its own heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tem.

“The past own­ers had the where­withal to put in th­ese ad­di­tions and mod­ern con­ve­niences,” Wil­liams says.

The main floor also has a clas­sic den or li­brary, com­pletely sur­rounded in solid, orig­i­nal wood­work and con­sis­tent with the vin­tage of the home. And for con­ve­nience, there’s a spa­cious mud­room that leads to the home’s two dou­ble-car garages.

The sec­ond floor fea­tures a gor­geous mas­ter bed­room com­plete with all the fin­ish­ings that ex­ude lux­ury and el­e­gance. The mas­ter bath is a sumptuous es­cape with a huge soaker tub and a large glass shower. There’s also a large, walk-in cedar closet.

Each of the four spa­cious bed­rooms in the main liv­ing space has its own en­suite bath­room. There is an ad­di­tional guest bed­room that closes off from the main area of the sec­ond floor, al­low­ing for a huge pri­vate space for guests. The third floor of the house fea­tures two more bed­rooms and a nanny suite.

The sec­ond floor also fea­tures what Wil­liams calls a “man suite” at the far end of the floor. The very mas­cu­line, wood-lined of­fice has walls of built-in shelv­ing and book­cases, all new but built to look con­sis­tent with the vin­tage of the house. The of­fice also fea­tures pa­tio doors out to a deck at the back of the house.

And if the 6,500 square feet cov­er­ing th­ese three floors isn’t enough room, there’s a fully de­vel­oped, func­tional base­ment.

“This is an ex­cep­tional fin­ished base­ment,” Wil­liams says. “This is prob­a­bly the only home of this vin­tage where the base­ment is so func­tional.”

With acres of space, the base­ment has all the trim­mings for a very comfortable liv­ing area. Gleam­ing hard­wood floors, pot lights, a built-in wooden bar and many sep­a­rate, large ar­eas, such as the home gym, com­plete with mir­rored walls and ce­ramic floor.

Listed on the mar­ket for just un­der $2 mil­lion, Wil­liams says the house is quite af­ford­able. That is, among its neigh­bours. While it’s the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive res­i­den­tial list­ing in the city, he says peo­ple are in­vest­ing sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars in many of the new houses be­ing built along Welling­ton Cres­cent.

“This is the prime area of the Cres­cent,” he notes. “Th­ese were the orig­i­nal choice lots.”


The home’s most com­pelling main-floor fea­ture is the large so­lar­ium fac­ing the Assini­boine River, mid­dle, while the kitch

en, right, has been out­fit­ted with the lat­est con­ve­niences. Above, rich pan­elling makes for

an op­u­lent of­fice.

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