Good bet

Prac­ti­cal, artis­tic and full of finer things in life

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - RESALE HOMES -

IF you have the where­withal to af­ford it — and are looking for a (very) good deal, here’s a home for you to con­sider. The home? None other than the for­mer 2009 HSC Lot­tery home at 67 Marine Dr. in Van Hull Es­tates. Now that the win­ners have de­cided to sell the home, some­one with the bud­get, and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for some of the finer things in life, can sim­ply move in and revel in a home that’s as prac­ti­cal as it’s artis­tic.

“When it comes to this home, it’s not what they’ve done, it’s what haven’t they done,” says Max­i­mum Realty’s Tom Haines, who along with Sut­ton Group-Kilkenny Real Es­tate is mar­ket­ing the south St. Vi­tal mas­ter­piece. “This home has ev­ery­thing any­one could want in a home, and more.”

Truth be told, 67 Marine Dr. is clas­sic Maric kicked up a notch. It starts with a porce­lain tile foyer that places you di­rectly in front of the curved maple stair­case that winds el­e­gantly up to the home’s sec­ond level. How­ever, as eye-catch­ing as the stair­case is, it’s the wall be­side the stair­case that cap­tures your at­ten­tion.

“It’s a curved wall made of cul­tured stone,” says Haines. “That theme runs through the home from the stair­case, to the liv­ing room to the lower level. The big thing about the stone is that it’s vertical in­stead of hor­i­zon­tal. It’s not only dif­fer­ent, but it looks in­cred­i­ble, along with the cool (glass globe) light fix­tures that hang down over the stair­case.”

Just as you have to ap­pre­ci­ate the 2,800 sq. ft. home’s in­her­ent artistry — the fin­ish­ing qual­ity, with medium maple hard­woods, maple door trim, rounded cor­ners, tem­pered glass di­viders (be­tween the foyer and din­ing room) and float­ing cab­i­netry com­bine to cre­ate a rich in­te­rior am­bi­ence — you also have to ap­pre­ci­ate how well­con­ceived the home’s floor plan is.

Af­ter pro­ceed­ing from the wide foyer there’s a big din­ing room to the right and den to the left, there’s also a mas­sive main floor laun­dry/mud­room ad­ja­cent to the great room, a wide hall­way takes you to into a daz­zling great room area.

That’s due to the fact that you walk into an area that is loaded with light, space and creative touches. First, there’s a wall of an­gled win­dows at the rear of the area — a fea­ture that al­lows max­i­mum amounts of nat­u­ral light to be cap­tured and trans­ported into the en­tire space. Sec­ond, there’s tons of room be­tween the liv­ing room and kitchen, and an ex­pan­sive dinette area by a bank of win­dows.

“This home is just so el­e­gant, words can’t re­ally de­scribe it. There’s a very sim­ple flow line that doesn’t bog you down; it in­vig­o­rates you and has a life of its own. There’s the liv­ing room with the curved cul­tured stone fire­place; then there’s the is­land kitchen with it’s curved, stag­gered pantry wall (the is­land has been curved to mir­ror the curve in the wall). And the views out back are in­cred­i­ble.”

Pre­dictably, the home’s up­per level is also re­plete with form and func­tion. A wide, roomy land­ing (more maple hard­woods here) is sur­rounded by three bed­rooms and a big, stylish fourpiece main bath­room. While the two secondary bed­rooms are no­table due to their size, it’s the mas­ter bed­room that steals the show (as it should).

In two words, the mas­ter suite is lux­ury per­son­i­fied. To start things off, it’s mas­sive, with a sit­ting/read­ing area by four huge cor­ner win­dows that pro­vide a view from on high of the pines, pa­tio and for­est out back. Then, there’s the ex­tra-large en­suite — painted in a re­lax­ing Robin’s egg blue — at the op­po­site end of the room.

“With a huge jet­ted tub (set in white tile) four-foot tem­pered glass shower and a heated (white tile) floor it’s like hav­ing your own spa,” says Haines. “There’s also a dark maple float­ing van­ity with white tile top, dual ce­ramic bowl sinks and gor­geous Delta fix­tures. It doesn’t get bet­ter than this.”

That’s de­bat­able, as the lower level has a panache all its own. With 1,400 sq. ft. of de­vel­oped space you get a me­dia/sit­ting area (be­side a two-sided cul­tured stone fire­place, games area, ex­er­cise area — and (of course) a sep­a­rate me­dia room with huge, wall­mounted pro­jec­tion screen.

“This home has it all in one el­e­gant, func­tional pack­age,” he adds. “Again, you have to see it to be­lieve it. It’s not what Maric’s done, it’s what haven’t they done.”

By Todd Lewys

From the el­e­gant

kitchen with high-end fix­tures and ap­pli­ances to the home the­ater,

right, 67 Marine Drive is chock full of the best a home

can of­fer.

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