Just like new

Re­sale home has fin­ished space, with room to cus­tom­ize

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

IT isn’t of­ten that you find a re­sale home that is — for all in­tents and pur­poses — a new home. That yields sev­eral ad­van­tages, says Realty Ex­ec­u­tives’ Shona Goulden.

“This home is not even a year old,” she says of 38 Dodds Road, a 2009vin­tage, 1,456 sq. ft. bun­ga­low found in Head­in­g­ley off High­way One west, just min­utes from the city. “It brings sev­eral great fea­tures to the ta­ble, among them a unique de­signer floor plan, a high level of work­man­ship and great lo­ca­tion. Right from the start, it feels good — this home has a great feel through­out.”

Goulden says the spa­cious bun­ga­low is a vi­able op­tion for fam­i­lies, or for cou­ples looking to down­size to a well­built, liv­able home filled with qual­ity fin­ishes.

“From a fam­ily per­spec­tive, this home has lots to of­fer in that it has an open-con­cept floor plan with 10-foot ceil­ings, (two-tone) maple hard­woods, wide-open gourmet kitchen — and a huge base­ment per­fect for fam­i­lies. At present, the base­ment (with over 1,200 sq. ft. of liv­able space) is un­fin­ished, a fam­ily could re­ally make it their own and de­sign it to meet their ex­act needs.”

Like­wise, the open-con­cept lay­out is ideal for empty nesters who en­joy en­ter­tain­ing.

“It’s also an awe­some home for en­ter­tain­ing,” she says. “Com­pany can en­ter the home through a wide foyer into a wide open great room with high ceil­ings, big win­dows all around — and the area’s fo­cal point, a two-sided gas fire­place set in (cop­per/grey-hued) cul­tured stone. There’s plenty of room to move, too. The tran­si­tion from the liv­ing room to the kitchen is ef­fort­less.”

Next is a kitchen area that lends it­self to fam­ily life or en­ter­tain­ment. On the other side of the fire­place is an ex­tra large dinette area that’s been set ad­ja­cent to dou­ble doors that lead to a cov­ered deck. There’s enough room for a large ta­ble — say for six to eight, if nec­es­sary.

Or, a fam­ily of four could em­ploy a ta­ble for four to six to open up a bit more space. Dur­ing spring, sum­mer and early fall, the cov­ered deck would serve as an ideal place to re­cline in some comfy chairs while watch­ing the sun set in the west.

Then, there’s the kitchen it­self, with its gran­ite coun­ter­tops, cor­ner pantry and strik­ing white coun­try cab­i­nets, which per­fectly com­ple­ment the ru­ral set­ting out­doors (which fea­tures a sun­flower field in sum­mer).

“This is a chef’s cal­i­bre kitchen, with all the counter space, cab­i­nets and room,” Goulden says. “Again, there’s all kinds of room to move, which comes in handy whether you’re en­ter­tain­ing, or the whole fam­ily is home for din­ner. All the fin­ishes also come to­gether to make for a warm, wel­com­ing at­mos­phere — the gran­ite, maple hard­woods (and white trim) and colour scheme (caramel brown, burnt red) work so well to­gether.”

There’s one other in­tan­gi­ble, she adds — an ex­traor­di­nar­ily bright in­te­rior cour­tesy of a plethora of win­dows.

“No fewer than eight win­dows sur­round the mian liv­ing area, so the home is flooded with nat­u­ral light at all times — and great views of the sur­round­ing coun­ty­side.”

While the home’s main liv­ing area has been de­signed to pro­mote liv­abil­ity, the bed­rooms are tucked away in a wing that pro­vides a high level of pri­vacy. Found within that wing is a huge fourpiece bath­room with deep soaker tub, ce­ramic tile floor and gran­ite-topped coun­try van­ity; a big linen closet has been placed con­ve­niently next door.

Mean­while, the sec­ond bed­room is cav­ernous, and feels even larger due to its high ceil­ing. The mas­ter bed­room has then been set off by it­self down the hall to pro­vide an oa­sis of pri­vacy for cou­ples in need of a lit­tle rest and re­lax­ation. A third bed­room — or den/ of­fice — can be found to the left of the foyer through an­gled French doors.

“The mas­ter suite comes with a west­fac­ing win­dow that gives you a great view of the sun­sets and coun­try­side,” says Goulden. “You also get a deluxe en­suite with soaker whirlpool bath set in tan tile, where you can soak the day’s cares away in pri­vacy and com­fort. Again, the level of work­man­ship is just ex­cel­lent.”

Fi­nally, there’s a huge base­ment — with about 1,200 sq. ft. of liv­able space ideal for two bed­rooms, rec room, bath­room and stor­age — that new own­ers can tai­lor to their unique tastes and needs.

“The main level floor plan is awe­some, and there’s tons of po­ten­tial down­stairs — all in a like-new, beau­ti­fully-built home in a great set­ting only min­utes from all kinds of ameni­ties on Portage Av­enue,” she says.


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