It’s as close TO NEW as you can get

No ex­pense spared in West St. Paul custom-built home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - RESALE HOMES - By Tracey Thomp­son

WHEN you’re in the mar­ket for a house, it can be a toss up be­tween buy­ing a re­sale home or start­ing fresh and build­ing your own new house once you hit a cer­tain price point. At the up­per end of the mar­ket, the cost of build­ing brand new is of­ten com­pa­ra­ble to what you might spend when you buy an ex­ist­ing house on the mar­ket.

That’s why 11 Mariners Trail in West St. Paul is a real find. Re­cently built in 2008, the ex­ec­u­tive home of­fers the buyer the best of both worlds. You get vir­tu­ally a brand new house for less than it would cost to build new and it’s been fin­ished to a T.

Listed at $719,900, the house is lo­cated in River’s Edge Es­tates, which is West St. Paul’s new­est neigh­bour­hood. Tucked away just min­utes from the north Perime­ter off Main Street, the av­er­age price of a home in this small en­clave is $500,000. Real­tor Linda van den Broek of Re/Max Ex­ec­u­tive Realty calls the area “coun­try liv­ing, but city close.”

Custom built by Hunt­ing­ton Homes, 11 Mariners Trail of­fers 2,890 square feet plus a fully-fin­ished base­ment pro­vid­ing al­most 4,000 square feet of liv­ing space. It’s set on a 75-by 292-foot lot, which backs onto a des­ig­nated park space.

The house it­self has a grand feel to it, right from the dou­ble door en­trance and soar­ing two-storey foyer. The nine-foot ceil­ings on the main floor and mul­ti­tude of large win­dows add to the sense of space and al­low nat­u­ral light to flood the home.

“It’s beau­ti­ful,” van den Broek says of the house. “When the sun shines it just drenches the house.”

With its many win­dows, the home own­ers went all out in choos­ing custom win­dow cov­er­ings. Ev­ery win­dow fea­tures custom Hunter Dou­glas drapes and blinds in vary­ing sizes and styles.

“There is well over $30,000 in win­dow cov­er­ings alone in this house,” van den Broek points out. “It’s all the lit­tle touches that make such a dif­fer­ence.”

The house has quite a mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary feel to it yet evokes a sense of warmth with its neu­tral hues and muted colour scheme. The gleam­ing hard­wood floors fea­ture a dark espresso stain to match the custom maple cab­i­netry and wood trim through­out the house.

The main floor fea­tures a for­mal liv­ing/din­ing room com­bi­na­tion and a large of­fice at the front of the house. The huge kitchen is the ideal spot for gourmet cook­ing or at-home en­ter­tain­ing. The over­sized is­land is the fo­cal point of the room, with am­ple room for a sit-down meal or so­cial­iz­ing with the chef. A fea­ture wall with glass doors is a nice touch to show­case favourite pieces. Dark espresso maple cab­i­nets cre­ate a rich feel with soft-hued ce­ramic floors and quartz coun­ter­tops bal­anc­ing the dark wood­work.

“Every­one has gran­ite,” van den Broek points out. “This is still stone, but it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

No ex­pense was spared in this kitchen, she points out. The ap­pli­ance pack­age is worth more than $17,000. The 42-inch, stain­less steel re­frig­er­a­tor cost $11,000 alone and was custom built to fit the space. The kitchen fea­tures a roomy eat­ing area with win­dows over­look­ing the deck and ex­pan­sive back­yard.

The kitchen also over­looks the spa­cious main floor fam­ily room, which fea­tures the same custom-built cab­i­netry. Float­ing shelves ac­cented by puck and pot lighting sur­round the custom-built wall unit, which en­cases a gas fire­place sur­rounded by stone. A large laun­dry room and a pow­der room round out the main floor of the house.

A beau­ti­ful dark maple stair­case ac­cented with wrought-iron spin­dle in­serts leads up­stairs. The sense of space is con­tin­ued in the sec­ond floor de­sign, which of­fers a wide hall­way and dec­o­ra­tive touches such as a lighted maple niche shelf.

The spa­cious mas­ter bed­room con­ceals one of the home’s best fea­tures — a lux­u­ri­ous mas­ter en­suite. The en­suite of­fers a cor­ner air tub flanked by large win­dows over­look­ing the yard and a roomy custom-made, built-in cor­ner glass shower. His and her’s sinks, built-in maple van­i­ties and a dress­ing room con­cealed by a slid­ing maple pocket door com­plete the space.

“This is a lit­tle piece of heaven,” says van den Broek.

Two more gen­er­ous-sized bed­rooms pro­vide the kids with rooms that are “big­ger than most peo­ple’s mas­ter bed­rooms”, ac­cord­ing to the real­tor, and of­fer large, walk-in clos­ets. Th­ese bed­rooms share the main bath­room, fea­tur­ing dual van­i­ties, loads of counter space and its own linen closet tucked be­hind a pocket door.

The base­ment is fully fin­ished, of­fer­ing two ad­di­tional bed­rooms, a large liv­ing area and play space and am­ple stor­age. There’s also a dou­ble at­tached, in­su­lated garage to com­plete the pack­age.

Van den Broek says 11 Mariners Trail is a good buy for a next-to-new house in show home con­di­tion. The lot alone would cost $120,000 and the house an­other $600,000 to build, she notes, not in­clud­ing the deck, ap­pli­ances, win­dow cov­er­ings and land­scap­ing, which would add up to more than $800,000.

“For this price point, it’s all done – you can just move in,” she says. “It feels like a show home, but you could live here com­fort­ably.”

The kitchen at 11 Mariner’s Trail is an en­ter­tainer’s dream, with $17,000 of ap­pli­ances and a view of the great room.

The at­ten­tion to de­tail pays off

with lots of light and a classy fire­place and en­ter­tain­ment unit

in the great room.

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