Can-do CON­DOS

New River Heights units prac­ti­cal, creative

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

IF, per­chance, you’ve been looking for a brand-new con­do­minium, but none you’ve seen to date have fired up your imagination, some hope might be on the hori­zon.

And in a very cen­tral lo­ca­tion with a fash­ion-for­ward de­sign where cre­ativ­ity and prac­ti­cal­ity merge into one, no less.

Those con­dos are none other than 1810 River Heights Land­ings at 1810 Co­ry­don Ave. in River Heights, just past Cen­ten­nial Street go­ing east. Tucked away on a rel­a­tively com­pact par­cel of land, the town­house-style con­do­mini­ums, which range in size from 1,776 square feet to 1,822 square feet, fea­ture an in­no­va­tive and stylish de­sign that max­i­mizes the avail­able square footage.

“The de­vel­op­ers es­sen­tially wanted to cre­ate some­thing that Win­nipeg had never seen be­fore,” says Royal LePage Top Pro­duc­ers’ David De Leeuw. “They knew that the lo­ca­tion was ex­cel­lent — you can’t beat River Heights. Once that was es­tab­lished, their goal was to cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing and func­tional col­lec­tion of town­house con­do­mini­ums.”

At first blush, the terms in­ter­est­ing and func­tional don’t seem to go to­gether. Af­ter all, a de­sign can be in­ter­est­ing, but to­tally lack in func­tion. Not the case here: Thanks to a loft­style de­sign with var­ied ceil­ing heights (nine, 11 and 23 feet at the apex), huge win­dows, rich fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als and an imag­i­na­tive floor plan (the 1,822-sq.-ft. Vi­sion plan shown here), ev­ery­thing works ex­tremely well.

That’s due to sev­eral key de­sign el­e­ments. First, the high ceil­ings com­bine with the large win­dows, such as the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows found in the main level’s liv­ing room, to cre­ate a bright, cheery and roomy in­te­rior feel. Sec­ond, the fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als — a com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and mod­ern con­cepts — add just the right el­e­ment of depth and colour to the sur­round­ings.

“All the fin­ishes here are top-notch,” De Leeuw says, adding that walls come in cool faux tan and green faux hues. “You get fin­ishes such as maple floors, steel rail­ings with (frosted) safety glass in­serts, ce­ramic tile in the kitchen, bath­rooms and foyer, and gran­ite is­land and coun­ter­tops. The kitchen cab­i­nets, a rich, al­most irides­cent two-tone com­bi­na­tion of glossy brown and green fin­ishes, also look in­cred­i­ble.”

There’s one other key point to men­tion, De Leeuw con­tin­ues.

“While th­ese are town­house-style con­do­mini­ums that are next to each other, they’re go­ing to be very quiet. The walls have been stag­gered and are ex­tremely well in­su­lated. The STR (sound trans­mis­sion rat­ing) is 58, which is very high. That means the units are go­ing to be very quiet. There are also two bal­conies with walls on ei­ther side of them for pri­vacy, as well.”

Add “hab­it­able” to the list of de­sign at­tributes. That hab­it­abil­ity is de­rived from a floor plan that makes sense, both on the main and up­per level. On the main level, a wide ce­ramic foyer leads you into the great-room area, which fea­tures medium-stained maple hard­woods and an open-con­cept plan with is­land kitchen. The is­land is 10 feet by five feet with a built-in cook­top with pop-up down­draft ex­haust sys­tem.

Wide aisle­ways pro­vide am­ple room to move, and the two-tone cab­i­netry around the kitchen’s pe­riph­ery af­fords plenty of stor­age space. There’s also an eat­ing nook for three to four.

“Plus, the liv­ing room is right by the floorto-ceil­ing win­dows. It’s a spot where you can en­joy a west-fac­ing back­yard and have plenty of room for fur­ni­ture and a big-screen TV,” De Leeuw says.

Turns out, The Vi­sion’s loft-in­spired up­per level is as fash­ion­able and func­tional as its main level. Which, in­ci­den­tally, also con­tains a large bed­room and lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed main bath­room.

“You get a huge bed­room with a den on the third level,” De Leeuw says. “Sky­lights in the ceil­ing are east-fac­ing to re­duce heat buildup. In this plan, you get a jet­ted tub that’s open to the bed­room. In The Per­spec­tive (plan), the en­suite is en­closed. There’s also a stain­less steel fire­place with maple fin­ish­ing and niche for a big-screen TV, huge walk-in closet with built-in stor­age and built-in stor­age niches above the bed.”

With a pri­vate, heated two-car garage (with stor­age) on the main level, the con­do­mini­ums at 1810 River Heights Land­ing of­fer a de­sign that’s fash­ion-for­ward, yet not over the top, De Leeuw adds.

“They’re dif­fer­ent, but in a very good way. Th­ese are well-planned, well-fin­ished units, and a sexy, hip and mod­ern de­sign that you might not ex­pect. You have to get in­side to see what they’re all about.”

‘Th­ese are well-planned, well-fin­ished units, and a sexy, hip and mod­ern de­sign that you might not ex­pect,’ says Real­tor

David DeLeeuw, be­low.

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