EYE More than meets the

River­side home a gem from top to bot­tom

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

VIEWED from the front, most re­sale homes look quite sim­i­lar to their neigh­bours — you know, rel­a­tively eye-catch­ing, but not par­tic­u­larly spe­cial.

Such is the case with 101 River’s Edge Drive. At first glance, it ex­udes a quiet el­e­gance, with its huge drive­way, three-car garage, acrylic stucco ex­te­rior and front door with etched-glass cen­tre. Seen it all be­fore, you say to your­self; what’s in­side, and what’s in be­hind?

One very neat par­cel of very par­tic­u­lar per­fec­tion, that’s what, says Sut­ton Group-Kilkenny Real Es­tate’s Greg Michie.

“This home has an un­der­stated el­e­gance from top to bot­tom,” he says. “The out­go­ing own­ers are as fussy as the builders who built it (Hunt­ing­ton Homes). When you com­bine great crafts­man­ship with a real at­ten­tion to de­tail, the re­sult is that you end up cre­at­ing a mas­ter­piece.”

Truth be told, 101 River’s Edge was de­signed to take ad­van­tage of its set­ting. Sit­u­ated on an ab­nor­mally deep and wide lot — which slopes gen­tly down to the Red River in back — huge win­dows (both on the main and walk­out lower level) were in­stalled to max­i­mize views of the river, which flows serenely along be­tween river­banks lined with na­tive grasses.

No mat­ter where you go in the 2,115-square-foot home, whether it’s the mas­ter bed­room, liv­ing room or its cav­ernous lower level, the ev­er­p­re­sent river view has a calm­ing, restora­tive ef­fect on your soul. So too does the home’s in­te­rior, which con­tains rich medium-brown maple hard­woods, ju­di­ciously placed smat­ter­ings of bronze-tinted ce­ramic tile (in the foyer and around the three-sided gas fire­place that makes its home be­tween the dinette area and kitchen) and a mix of colours (tan, browns, a sub­dued olive green, even robin’s-egg blue) placed in just the right spots to cre­ate the right mood, from in­spired to re­laxed.

“Let’s just say this home was built for peo­ple who ex­pect noth­ing but the best,” says Michie. “It’s just to­tal per­fec­tion, in both its style and lay­out. There’s also a cen­tral key­pad to con­trol sound and light­ing, too.”

The home’s floor plan, in short, is mas­ter­ful. While it’s an open-con­cept de­sign — the flow be­tween rooms is ex­cep­tion­ally free and easy, mak­ing for a home that’s ideal for en­ter­tain­ing on a warm, lazy sum­mer night — each space also has its own per­son­al­ity thanks to sub­tle seg­men­ta­tion.

For ex­am­ple, the for­mal din­ing room, while open­ing onto the liv­ing room and kitchen ar­eas, is sep­a­rated neatly from the kitchen by a short wall that juts out to make it a sep­a­rate, yet ac­ces­si­ble space. Then, there’s the three-sided fire­place, which not only pro­vides a fo­cal point (es­pe­cially at night), but clearly di­vides the liv­ing room from the dinette and kitchen.

Fi­nally, an an­gled maple is­land with wine rack, seat­ing for two, a built-in bar fridge and a mi­crowave de­fine the kitchen from the dinette area, while adding util­ity to the er­gonomic equa­tion at the same time.

Those who ad­mire both style and prac­ti­cal­ity will no doubt ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that there’s an abun­dance of medium-brown maple cab­i­netry in which to store all man­ners of din­ner­ware, uten­sils and var­i­ous ac­ces­sories. Mean­while, brown-tinted Cae­sars­tone coun­ter­tops pro­vide a lib­eral amount of durable, stylish space on which to cre­ate meals and store din­ner­ware af­ter din­ner.

With a to­tal of four bed­rooms — two on the main floor and two down- 75’ x 344’ 4

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$889,900 $7,196.00 (Gross 2009)

Greg Michie, Sut­ton Group-Kilkenny Real Es­tate @ 3362800 stairs — there’s just as much room to re­lax as there is to mix. The place­ment of the bed­rooms also makes them ver­sa­tile spa­ces, says Michie.

“Well, the bed­room off the foyer could be used as ei­ther a bed­room or an of­fice,” he says. “And the two bed­rooms down­stairs can also be used as an of­fice, bed­room or even ex­er­cise room due to their gen­er­ous size. And the mas­ter suite is in­cred­i­ble, with a huge win­dow for a panoramic river view, 10-foot ceil­ing and beau­ti­ful en­suite with corner bub­ble tub and tem­pered-glass shower en­clo­sure with (tan) ce­ramic sur­round.”

It’s then on to the lower level via a curved stair­case that’s deftly hid­den from view by a curved one-third wall en­clo­sure that’s one part art, one part di­vider.

“The only thing you can say about the walk-out base­ment is that it’s sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar,” Michie says. “Again, huge win­dows in the rec room and two bed­rooms (one with doors with etched­glass cen­tres) give you in­cred­i­ble river views and al­low nat­u­ral light to pour in. There’s a games area, me­dia area with 100-inch screen, and wet bar in the rec-room area, and doors to a cov­ered pa­tio. It’s just a great setup.”

He adds if you en­joy the finer things in life, 101 River’s Edge is a home well worth con­sid­er­ing.

“All I can say is that the qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail in this house are just a plea­sure to see. It will ap­peal to the per­son who de­sires the best things in life, who wants and can af­ford the best.”

PHO­TOS BY MIKE.DEAL@FREEPRESS.MB.CA

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