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Cres­cent condo of­fers New York­like fu­sion of style, prac­ti­cal­ity

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

IF you’re look­ing for a spa­cious, ur­ban-in­spired pad that evokes an am­bi­ence rem­i­nis­cent of liv­ing in New York, you just might want to con­sider this.

The res­i­dence we speak of is a 3,550-sq.-ft. con­do­minium that oc­cu­pies no less than half of one of the floors — hence the ad­dress unit 8 C & D — of the up­scale con­do­mini­ums of 221 Welling­ton Cres­cent. It is per­haps the ul­ti­mate con­do­minium in that it of­fers all the con­ve­niences of a house — in a trendy, cen­tral lo­ca­tion that en­ables you to get any­where in the city in 20 min­utes or less.

“This gor­geous con­do­minium rep­re­sents a touch of New York in the heart of Win­nipeg,” says RE/MAX Pro­fes­sion­als’ Claire Hoffer. “It re­ally does feel like you’re in New York, liv­ing in a high-rise build­ing with only four units per floor, a small, el­e­gant foyer and a won­der­ful, cen­tral lo­ca­tion that gives you a vi­brant, ur­ban feel.”

The feel within the unit — or in this case, joined units — is one that im­me­di­ately puts you at ease due to an abun­dance of space and nat­u­ral light. Thanks to two en­closed 24-foot-long en­closed bal­conies (so­lar­i­ums), large win­dows all-round, 10-foot ceil­ings and a dif­fer­ent, yet sooth­ing dark blue (with grey un­der­tones) colour scheme, the in­te­rior is at once bright and warm.

Then, when you look out­side, there is, to put it sim­ply, The View.

“With the wrap-around bal­conies and all the win­dows you get what amounts to a 180-de­gree view of the city, which in­cludes a mar­vel­lous view of the Assini­boine River and all the trees,” says Hoffer. “The high el­e­va­tion here re­ally makes for great river and cityscape views on ev­ery side. They’re just gor­geous.”

When res­i­dents aren’t rev­el­ling in the mul­ti­ple views, they can en­joy a space — or, more pre­cisely, spa­ces — that make the unit feel more like a house than a con­do­minium. That’s due to the fact that — in mas­ter­ful fashion — two dis­tinct units have been joined into one.

Con­se­quently, the con­do­minium is es­sen­tially com­prised of two halves. On one side, you have the mas­ter bed­room (more about it later), laun­dry room, fam­ily/me­dia room, dinette area and is­land kitchen. The other half — ac­cessed through a wide door­way — houses (at least in this con­fig­u­ra­tion; fu­ture own­ers may do things dif­fer­ently) a din­ing room, liv­ing room, bar, den and guest bed­room with ad­ja­cent bath­room.

Mean­while, all the fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als com­bine to make for a rich, el­e­gant en­vi­ron­ment: en­gi­neered oak hard­woods that run through the en­tire unit in­clud­ing the twin so­lar­i­ums, gran­ite coun­ter­tops, honey maple cab­i­netry and taste­ful light fix­tures.

“All the ma­te­ri­als in the suite are high-end,” Hoffer says. “The own­ers even had the maple draw­ers in the en­ter­tain­ment unit wrapped in grey linen to match the colour scheme. And the other fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als — the maple cab­i­nets, beige gran­ite coun­ter­tops and hard­wood floors — com­ple­ment each other ex­tremely well. Ev­ery­thing here was done with great taste.”

It also turns out that the floor plan of the ex­pan­sive unit works well, too. The mas­ter suite is off by it­self, with the laun­dry room nearby. The hall­way then merges into the fam­ily room/ kitchen area. On the other side, the guest bed­room and bath­room are lo­cated at the back to en­cour­age pri­vacy. Best of all, there’s ba­si­cally a space to match any mood.

“This is a ver­sa­tile place to call home be­cause there’s space to en­ter­tain in, be in­for­mal in or be pri­vate in,” she adds. “It’s just very com­fort­able with all the space, light and stor­age.”

Of par­tic­u­lar note is the huge mas­ter bed­room — it mea­sures 18.4 feet by 13.4 feet — and a walk-in closet the size of (no kid­ding here) a small bed­room.

“This is a mas­ter suite that has it all. It’s big, bright and has a great view of the river be­low, and a spa­cious five-piece en­suite with corner jet­ted tub, five-foot tem­pered glass shower. There’s also a dream closet with all kinds of built-in stor­age. It’s sim­ply an amaz­ing space.”

Hoffer says the right buyer can just move in and en­joy a con­do­minium that of­fers a New York-like fu­sion of style and prac­ti­cal­ity.

“With it’s a cen­tral lo­ca­tion, great views and all kinds of style, space and stor­age, this re­ally is a great spot to call home,” she says.



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