Why buy used?

Odessy home makes strong eco­nomic case for a new home

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

IF you’re look­ing to buy a re­sale home in the $250,000 range or slightly more, you may want to con­sider an­other al­ter­na­tive. That al­ter­na­tive? A new home with more than 2,200 square feet of liv­able space (once you in­clude the base­ment), solid level of fin­ish­ing, at­tached dou­ble garage and good­sized yard.

And that’s just for starters, says Odessy Homes’ sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Ger­ald Lamoureux.

“Odessy’s man­date is to build solid af­ford­able homes,” he says. “This show home (found at 6 Inpsir­a­tion Place in Transcona’s Heart­stone Es­tates) re­ally de­liv­ers on that level. It also comes com­plete with a drive­way, cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing, HRV (Heat Re­cov­ery Ven­ti­la­tion) sys­tem, and piled foun­da­tion.”

In short, the 1,144 sq. ft. Mount Lau­rel is proof that a liv­able — and at­trac­tive — new home can be built for un­der $300,000. Con­sid­er­ing that some com­pa­ra­ble re­sale homes come in at $250,000 to $300,000, Lamoureux says more than a lit­tle con­sid­er­a­tion should be given to buy­ing new.

“When you buy a re­sale home for, say, $250,000, you’re get­ting into a home that’s maybe 50 years old. For $25,000 more, you can get into an ef­fi­cient new home with a five-year war­ranty. It just makes sense.”

Granted, The Mount Lau­rel is not an up­per-end lux­ury home. It is, how­ever, a wellfin­ished home that young fam­i­lies and empty nesters can af­ford.

“You don’t need ce­ramic tile or hard­wood floors, or gran­ite counter tops to give a home a rich feel,” he ex­plains. “In the case of this home, we went with nice beige ar­borite counter tops and a smart (beige/brown, eight­inch faux ce­ramic) builder grade linoleum in the kitchen and bath­room.”

That doesn’t mean the home doesn’t have some lux­u­ri­ous touches. The is­land kitchen, for ex­am­ple, has an abun­dance of dark maple cab­i­nets — in­clud­ing a huge pantry — and thought­ful maple trimmed glass dis­play case at the end of the is­land that faces the liv­ing room. There is also dark maple cap­ping that bor­ders the stair­well lead­ing up to the main level, as well as a maple-capped key nook by the front door.

Once you survery the great room area — it even has a nine-foot ceil­ing — ev­ery­thing works well to­gether. Flow be­tween spa­ces is seam­less, with wide kitchen aisles plus a large eat­ing area that holds four to six. Large win­dows at ei­ther end of the area al­low light to cas­cade into the area, while an earth tone colour pal­ette makes for a bright, cheery in­te­rior am­bi­ence.

In par­tic­u­lar, the liv­ing room area seems par­tic­u­larly large. That’s due to leav­ing out a cer­tain fea­ture, says Lamoureux.

“There’s no fire­place/en­ter­tain­ment unit — that saves about $6,000. Buy­ers can put in their own en­ter­tain­ment unit, or put fur­ni­ture there. Or, we can do the fire­place. It’s to­tally up to the buyer,” he says.

Next, there’s a sep­a­rate bed­room wing that can ac­com­mo­date ei­ther two or three bed­rooms. Again, it’s the buyer’s choice; what­ever works best.

“The two-bed­room de­sign is quite pop­u­lar with peo­ple who are down­siz­ing — they can go with a big master and en­suite, and then use the sec­ond bed­room as a guest room or den. Young fam­i­lies of­ten opt for the three bed­rooms be­cause they can put young chil­dren in sep­a­rate bed­rooms. When the kids are older, you can put a bed­room or two down­stairs if they want their own pri­vate space.”

Mean­while, the master bed­room is plenty big, it — in this ver­sion of the Mount Lau­rel — doesn’t have an en­suite. In­stead, a pocket door unites it with the large four-piece main bath­room to cre­ate what’s called a cheater en­suite. A corner walk-in closet then max­i­mizes stor­age. There’s also a niche for a TV (and ar­moire be­neath) built into the left-hand wall, as well as some handy dis­play shelv­ing.

“This home is done up very nicely in ev­ery area,” adds Lamoureux’s sales as­so­ciate, Sharon Yaku­bicka. “This is a great home that empty nesters or young fam­i­lies can re­ally en­joy — for an rea­son­able price.”

Most im­por­tantly, says Lamoureux, there’s plenty more room avail­able in the lower level — an­other 1,120 sq. ft. of space that can be de­vel­oped to meet spe­cific needs.

“It has three huge egressed (re­cessed) win­dows, so it’s very bright — and the laun­dry/ me­chan­i­cal room is in one com­pact area to max­i­mize space. When the kids get older, you can put a rec room and bed­rooms down here. That fea­ture is what makes this home so pop­u­lar — with the base­ment, you get over 2,200 sq. ft. of space. This is an af­ford­able, well-fin­ished home that of­fers all kinds of value.”

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