South Drive home full of sur­prises

Beach-style gem fea­tures Tyn­dall stone, indoor pool

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

DRIVE down a coun­tri­fied road like Fort Garry’s South Drive, and it’s dif­fi­cult to see what kind of homes lie at the end of many of the curv­ing, tree-lined drive­ways.

That air of mys­tery makes for some sur­prises, much like the one that awaits at the end of the wind­ing drive­way that takes you to the front door of 518 South Drive, says Cen­tury 21’s Cole Caste­lane.

“What’s kind of neat — you can’t re­ally see it from the road — is that the home’s ex­te­rior is rem­i­nis­cent of a large beach house,” he says. “And out back, the yard — which rolls gen­tly down to the Red River — is like a small, pri­vate park. This home is full of sur­prises, all of them good ones.”

At nearly 5,000 square feet — 4,950, to be ex­act — there’s all kinds of space in which to place sur­prises. One of those sur­prises (and a very good one, at that) is an indoor swim­ming pool that can be ac­cessed off the kitchen or from an ad­ja­cent (and orig­i­nal, circa 1969) pool lounge.

“The indoor main­tains the beach theme — this is a great house for en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily or friends with all the space. As far as the pool is concerned, it’s very low-main­te­nance due to a mod­ern, ef­fi­cient heat and de­hu­mid­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem that of­fers an eco-friendly bonus with the as­sis­tance of so­lar ther­mal heat col­lec­tors. All you have to do is set and for­get the easy-to-op­er­ate con­trols, and en­joy.”

There’s also plenty of other ameni­ties to en­joy, aside from go­ing for an in­vig­o­rat­ing morn­ing dip, or bar­be­cu­ing some steaks on the indoor grill of the pool lounge, which still fea­tures its orig­i­nal cedar walls.

While the pool lounge evokes mem­o­ries of the late 1960’s — which is on pur­pose, ac­cord­ing to the out­go­ing owner — the rest of the home is thor­oughly mod­ern. Take the kitchen, for ex­am­ple, adds Caste­lane.

“It was to­tally re­done only six months ago,” he says. “Ev­ery­thing was re­done from the floor­ing (a high-qual­ity non­slip vinyl with foam un­der­lay that mim­ics tile) to the coun­ter­tops (black gran­ite with a hy­gienic stain­less steel sink and sur­round), to the cab­i­nets, which are a com­bi­na­tion of dark oak (with cus­tom-milled stain­less han­dles) and steel-trimmed opaque glass. I just love the pullout pantry by the fridge.”

Be­cause the home’s main floor is so spa­cious, it lends it­self well to fam­ily liv­ing, from the large gourmet kitchen to its sunken dinette area — di­vided from the kitchen proper by a one-quar­ter wall and set ad­ja­cent to two large win­dows and pa­tio doors — and dual en­trances off the kitchen that pro­vide seam­less ac­cess to the din­ing room.

That’s not all, says Caste­lane.

“There’s also a sec­ond front en­trance that has a stor­age closet, and that runs di­rectly down to the base­ment, a very fam­ily-friendly fea­ture,” he says. “For added pri­vacy, you can close the pocket door at the kitchen en­trance. All the kids have to do is take off their shoes and go straight down­stairs.”

Thank­fully, the home has been mod­ern­ized in a taste­ful, rather than os­ten­ta­tious, man­ner. An ex­am­ple is the liv­ing room with its orig­i­nal Tyn­dall stone wall (with inset wood-burn­ing fire­place); dark-stained oak hard­woods were in­stalled both for warmth and ease of main­te­nance, and all the paint colours are warm earth tones. Mean­while, the in­te­rior has all kinds of large win­dows, which al­low nat­u­ral light to flow freely in­doors.

A dark, curved ma­hogany stair­case — painstak­ingly re­fin­ished by the out­go­ing owner — then takes you up to an up­per level com­pris­ing four bed­rooms and a four-piece main bath.

“As great as the main floor is, the up­per level is just as cool in its own way,” Caste­lane says. “While the three kids’ bed­rooms are great with all their room, closet space and huge win­dows, it’s the mas­ter suite that’s spe­cial. You en­ter it from a huge, rec­tan­gu­lar land­ing bor­dered by a bank of win­dows, then come into a room with dark oak hard­woods, his/her clos­ets. The spa-like en­suite is fronted by dou­ble doors with frosted, etched-glass cen­tres. The brown tile floor, oval jet­ted tub and ham­mered brass sink set on a choco­late brown (ce­ment) coun­ter­top pro­vide an el­e­gant fin­ish­ing touch.”

Add a cav­ernous base­ment with me­dia area, of­fice, ex­er­cise room, laun­dry room and a wealth of stor­age and its easy to see why 518 South Drive would ap­peal to a large, ac­tive fam­ily.

“The home is lo­cated cen­trally to the city, and is near St. John’s Raven­scourt and the Uni­ver­sity of Man­i­toba as well as all kinds of ameni­ties and ser­vices in the south of the city. It’s a gem ready for some lucky fam­ily to en­joy,” he says.

TREVOR HA­GAN / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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