1970s home in mint condition — with a view to die for
PICTURE this: You wake up surrounded by a forest populated by pristine pines and mature oaks, with a golf course across the street framed in your picture window.
Must be somewhere outside the city, you think. Nope: the home in question — 669 Niakwa Rd. — is in southeast Winnipeg, less than 10 minutes from downtown. And who knows — if you’re a golfer, you might even be able to get in a quick nine before work if you’re an early riser.
“It’s hard to find a lot this size (80 feet by 299 feet) in a location like this - so close to golf and to the Seine River,” says Century 21’s Cole Castelane. “It’s not only a beautiful location no matter what the season, but it’s also convenient.”
Fortunately, the home — all 2,208 sq. ft. of it — was designed to take advantage of the rustic setting. Although 669 Niakwa is 38 years old, it comes equipped with large windows on all sides. That allows the residents to enjoy two things, says Castelane.
“After you’ve walked around the interior for awhile, you realize there are tons of windows from front to back,” he says. “It seems no matter where you are — if you’re sitting in the kitchen or living room — you can see all the trees and the golf course. Not only that, but all the windows are bigger than normal, so it makes for a very bright interior.”
An interior, it turns out, that not only makes sense, but has also been well-preserved. Unlike many products of the 1970s, 669 Niakwa doesn’t feature a chopped-up floor plan. That’s important nearly four decades later in an era where people enjoy entertaining — or keeping close tabs on active youngsters. Regardless of the need, the interior has a good flow to it.
“Everything here flows nicely into the kitchen,” he says. “It’s a nice Lshaped living room/dining room combination that will allow everyone to be in the same general area so they can visit. Everything works really well in the area, too — there’s a Tyndall stone fireplace, which is the focal point of the room, and a big window beside it. There are also deck doors off the dining room. It’s a very functional area.”
Then, there’s the payoff: a renovated, eat-in kitchen with oak hardwoods, granite countertops and new oak cabinets with pot drawers, handy pull-outs and a pantry.
“There’s not much you can say other than it’s a great kitchen — it’s modern, there’s tons of room to move and with the oak hardwoods set at a 45-degree angle, it looks cool,” says Castelane. “If you’re into entertaining, several people can be in here at once without a problem. And you’re only steps away from the dining room. That makes it a snap to serve your guests.”
Several other things stand out: for starters, there’s the fact the decor is neutral (the main floor was entirely repainted); that makes it simple to tailor interior colours to taste. Second, the interior — for a home that’s nearly four decades old — is in superb shape.
“This is a really mint home for its vintage,” he says. “Everything, on every level, is in good shape. And it’s not dated, as some ’70s homes tend to be.”
It also comes with some pleasant surprises, too: such as an unexpected bonus in the form of a media room off the rear of the kitchen. It then opens onto a 23-foot by 14-foot three-season sunroom.
“When all the trees are in bloom in the backyard, the view is amazing,” Castelane adds. “If you’ve got kids, it’s like having your own private park to play in.”
More pleasant surprises await upstairs: two large secondary bedrooms (set well away from the master bedroom), a big four-piece main bath and L-shaped master suite with an unusually large ensuite.
“The additional space in the master bedroom (a reading/TV area with adjacent closet space) actually came from a fourth bedroom, so if need be, you could actually reclaim the space for a fourth bedroom. That’s a feature that’s hard to find,” he says. “The bedroom has big windows at either end, his/her closets at opposite ends of the room and an ensuite that’s much bigger than you normally find in homes this vintage.”
Finally, the lower level features a games/media room — along with powder room, laundry room and tons of storage. Not to be forgotten is the double attached garage.
“You also get a hot water heating system, which is the healthiest way to heat a home — there’s no dust blowing around. This is a mint home in a great location with all kinds of potential,” says Castelane.
Take in the view from the sunroom, below right, and then just try to imagine what 669 Niakwa Rd. will look like come spring and summer.
Oak cupboards and granite countertops highlight the recently
renovated kitchen. Right, wood panelling lends a traditional feel
to the living room.