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Bunn’s Creek-area home known as The Home With a View

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

VI­SU­AL­IZE this: You ar­rive home (just a tad fraz­zled), hang your coat up in an ex­pan­sive foyer lined with two-tone gran­ite floor­ing — and then turn around to face the great room area.

The sight that greets you is a sight for sore eyes: a panoramic view of a huge back­yard sprin­kled gen­er­ously with oak trees, the ground slop­ing gen­tly down to Bunn’s Creek in the dis­tance. Im­me­di­ately, your stress level di­als down a level or two.

Rightly so, says Royal LePage Dy­namic Real Es­tate’s Lainey Danzker, who along with col­league Chris Pen­ny­cook is mar­ket­ing 345 Fox­dale Dr., also known as The Home With a View.

“The wall of win­dows at the rear of the home ac­tu­ally goes all the way down to the base­ment,” she says, ges­tur­ing to a col­lec­tion of el­e­gant, over­sized win­dows. “As you can see, the lot backs on to Bunn’s Creek, but you’re still in the city — 10 min­utes from Portage and Main and a short drive from Birds Hill Park. It’s a fab­u­lous lo­ca­tion on a deep, coun­try-like lot.” Pen­ny­cook agrees. “You don’t feel like you’re in the city at all,” he says. “And that’s an un­be­liev­able col­lec­tion of win­dows. Com­bine them with a vaulted ceil­ing, and the view — and feel­ing of space — is in­cred­i­ble.”

In short, 345 Fox­dale has been de­signed to pro­vide great views from vir­tu­ally ev­ery an­gle. The byprod­uct of hav­ing so many well-placed win­dows is an in­te­rior that’s flooded with all kinds of nat­u­ral light. Thanks to taste­ful fin­ishes and a floor plan that takes ad­van­tage of all the avail­able space, it’s also a very liv­able home. While the home is open-con­cept in its de­sign, it also has enough divi­sion to avoid feel­ing too wide open. “The great room con­cept is un­mis­tak­able, yet it also has a sep­a­rate din­ing room,” says Danzker. “Even though it’s sep­a­rate, the wide en­trance off the foyer — and all the space in the din­ing room — make ac­ces­si­bil­ity a non-is­sue. The dou­ble-height en­trance in the foyer is also dra­matic and sets the tone for the en­tire home.”

Mean­while, the great room area it­self — in this case an is­land kitchen, liv­ing room and built-in of­fice area — is a study in style and er­gonomics. First, the style: There’s an an­gled (black gran­ite-topped) is­land with seat­ing for four sur­rounded by nat­u­ral maple cab­i­netry. The con­trast in colours is strik­ing, while the an­gled is­land makes for am­ple room to move while pre­par­ing meals. With an ad­di­tional dinette area for four nearby, there’s no short­age of eat­ing space for fam­ily or com­pany to en­joy.

Then, there’s the liv­ing room it­self, which fea­tures a sprawl­ing maple en­ter­tain­ment unit, three-sided gas fire­place and built-in of­fice space. Floor­ing in the liv­ing room area is a smart nat­u­ral maple, while the kitchen is set smartly atop pol­ished, two-tone gran­ite floor­ing.

“The fin­ishes are top-of-the-line and the kitchen is sim­ply fab­u­lous with all its room and gran­ite coun­ter­tops. This home was cus­tombuilt to ex­act­ing stan­dards, and it shows — ev­ery de­tail is just right. The great room area is just spec­tac­u­lar,” she adds.

Now for more on the er­gonomics: For pri­vacy, the bed­room wing has been en­closed and set well away from the home’s hub. The area con­tains the mas­ter suite, sec­ond bed­room, four-piece bath­room and a spa­cious main floor laun­dry room/mud room/pantry. As it should be, the mas­ter suite is the crown jewel of the area.

“It’s not only huge with a beau­ti­ful cof­fered ceil­ing, but it also has a large bay win­dow to give you a view of the back­yard. The en­suite has a shower and huge walk-in closet, while the bed­room has built-in (maple) draw­ers. And the tan-and-black gran­ite floors in the en­suite are gor­geous. You’re only steps away from the main bath­room, which has a deep soaker tub, and the sec­ond bed­room is huge, with a walk-in closet.”

If the mas­ter suite is the home’s crown jewel, then the walk-out lower level is its pièce de ré­sis­tance.

“It’s just a ter­rific de­sign,” says Pen­ny­cook. “Be­cause the main floor win­dows ex­tend down, the area is filled with nat­u­ral light — there’s even a cutout un­der the stairs that lets more light in. It’s also over 2,000 sq. ft. so you get two huge bed­rooms, a me­dia area, games area and ex­er­cise room. That makes for over 4,000 sq. ft. of very liv­able space to en­joy, all in a won­der­ful, con­ve­nient set­ting.”

Adds Danzker: “This home of­fers the best of both worlds — a bet­ter-than-new home on a beau­ti­ful prop­erty in a great lo­ca­tion close to schools, com­mu­nity clubs and city ameni­ties.”

The large back­yard opens on to Bunn’s Creek Park­way, a six-kilo­me­ter walk­way that stretches from McIvor Street and Raleigh Av­enue to the

Red River.

Real es­tate agents Chris Pen­ny­cook and Lainey Danzker say the home’s unique fea­ture

is the wall of win­dows that ex­tend from the ceil­ing of the

first floor to the base­ment.

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