A cut above

Top qual­ity makes lake­front Bridg­wa­ter For­est home a catch

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

IT’S a say­ing embed­ded deeply in the di­alect of Re­al­tor-speak: “This home is a rare find.” While the say­ing is of­ten unadul­ter­ated hy­per­bole, there are oc­ca­sions when it’s gen­uine. In the case of 72 Aspen For­est Point — a cus­tomde­signed Hunt­ing­ton Homes bun­ga­low with walk-out base­ment built in 2009 — it would be fair to say that the 2,153-square-foot home is just that, a rare find.

There’s one main rea­son for that, says Cen­tury 21’s Scott Eros, mar­ket­ing agent for the Bridg­wa­ter Forestarea home.

“This home has been built and de­signed to a higher stan­dard, from its struc­tural wood base­ment floor to its piled foun­da­tion and steel beam con­struc­tion,” he says. “When you walk into this home, it just feels so solid un­der your feet. Plus, the in­te­rior de­sign is in­cred­i­ble.”

The ex­pan­sive home’s in­te­rior is also no­table for two dis­tinct, yet re­lated fea­tures: its user-friendly floor plan and high fin­ish­ing qual­ity. Throw in a heap­ing help­ing of un­der­stated cre­ativ­ity, and you have a home that not only has tons of per­son­al­ity, but func­tion.

Right from the out­set, style blends seam­lessly with func­tion­al­ity in the form of the stair­case that pro­vides ac­cess to the walk-out lower level. Par­tially hid­den by a one-third wall with etched glass in­serts, it opens on ei­ther end to the great room area (on the left) and sep­a­rate (and pri­vate) bed­room wing (to the right).

“That’s just a great de­sign, as hav­ing a two-ended stair­case not only al­lows for quick ac­cess to ei­ther side of the house, but adds some wel­come di­vi­sion into a de­sign that’s pri­mar­ily open-con­cept,” Eros says. “It also de­fines the (beige) dura-ce­ramic tile foyer, while the wall be­hind has an etched glass in­sert that not only adds style, but also gives you a bit of a look of what’s be­hind.”

What lies be­hind is a bright (yet warm) open-con­cept great room area that’s steeped in space and style — and is sub­tly seg­mented into three dis­tinct spa­ces. The warmth is de­rived from dark, en­gi­neered espresso maple hard­woods that run through the en­tire area, as well as smart char­coal maple cab­i­netry. The dark hues are then off­set by beige quartz coun­ter­tops, a tex­tured beige back­splash and light earth-tone colours.

Mean­while, the in­te­rior is well-il- lu­mi­nated thanks to a wall of win­dows and 10-foot-high ceil­ings. The large win­dows also bring an­other fea­ture into full view — a pris­tine lake stretch­ing away be­hind the back­yard.

“Ba­si­cally, the rear of the home was built to take ad­van­tage of the lake view,” he says. “You can sit in the dinette area off the is­land kitchen and en­joy the view, or watch TV in the liv­ing room with a great view of the lake to your left through a huge three-part win­dow. There’s also a 22-foot-by-eight­foot deck (bor­dered by black PVC rail­ing with tem­pered glass in­serts) to take guests out onto to en­joy the view.”

The beauty of the three-quad­rant de­sign is that the for­mal din­ing room — de­fined by bulk­heads above — is a space unto it­self, yet is still tied in with the rest of the area.

“It’s a great area for en­ter­tain­ing or fam­ily life with the open-con­cept de­sign. No mat­ter whether you’re en­ter­tain­ing or look­ing af­ter the kids, it’s easy to stay con­nected.”

When it comes to the bed­room wing, the theme is pri­vacy, rather than con­nec­tion. Placed to the right of the foyer be­hind the liv­ing room’s far right-hand wall, it’s se­cluded yet spa­cious, hous­ing the mas­ter suite, sec­ond bed­room and main bath­room with soaker tub. To add util­ity, a large laun­dry room was po­si­tioned to the left of the foyer.

“The mas­ter bed­room has it all,” says Eros. “There’s a great lake view through a huge win­dow, spa-like en­suite with tem­pered glass shower (with ce­ramic/glass tile sur­round), and a walk-in closet off the en­suite, where one part­ner can dress with­out dis­turb- ing the other be­fore go­ing to work in the morn­ing. And if par­ents have young chil­dren, the sec­ond bed­room is close by, just down the hall.”

Await­ing down­stairs is a walk-out base­ment that takes the home’s util­ity to an­other level with its huge rec room, two more huge bed­rooms (with walkin clos­ets), four-piece bath and tons of stor­age.

“This is an ex­cep­tion­ally well-de­signed home in like-new con­di­tion with a great lo­ca­tion (a quiet cul-de-sac) and a long list of high-end ameni­ties in­clud­ing ra­dio-fre­quency sys­tem and three­zone heat­ing sys­tem,” he says, adding the metic­u­lously con­structed home is priced to sell. “Homes like this don’t come along of­ten. It’s a top-cal­i­bre, func­tional and well-ap­pointed home that you can just move in and en­joy in ev­ery way.”



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