King of the Crescent
Tudor-style home a steal at under $2 million
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.