BIG HOUSE on the Prairie

Awe­some lo­ca­tion just be­gin­ning with Charleswood beauty

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

PIC­TURE this: You’re driv­ing in a ru­ral set­ting dom­i­nated by Man­i­toba’s Prairie at­tributes — wide-open fields, end­less blue sky (rare as it’s been of late) and a gen­tle breeze blow­ing.

Yet — though you feel like you’re out­side city lim­its — you’re ac­tu­ally less than 20 min­utes from Portage and Main and about 10 min­utes from all the ameni­ties Ke­nas­ton Boule­vard (and south St. Vi­tal) have to of­fer.

Where is this place? It can be found off Wilkes Av­enue on a 2½-acre lot at 1948 Loudoun Rd. in south­west Charleswood. As you drive up the long drive­way — which fea­tures an or­nate foun­tain at the cen­tre of the round­about at its end — you re­al­ize this is no or­di­nary Prairie dwelling. What we have here, folks, is no lit­tle house on the Prairie.

Rather, it’s a Mediter­ranean-style home on the Prairie, a de­sign that seam­lessly blends old-world artistry with the straight­for­ward, lin­ear beauty of Man­i­toba’s Prairie grass­lands.

“First of all, the lo­ca­tion of this home is amaz­ing,” says Royal LePage’s Chris Pen­ny­cook. “You get to en­joy the pri­vacy and space of a two-and-ahalf acre lot in­side the Perime­ter, yet you’re close to down­town and the south end of the city. Then, there’s 4,135 square feet of a home that fea­tures in­cred­i­ble at­ten­tion to de­tail in ev­ery as­pect of its de­sign.”

While the home — cus­tom-built in 2004 by Parkhill Homes — is un­mis­take­ably Mediter­ranean in its de­sign ori­gins, it nev­er­the­less looks right at home in Man­i­toba’s wide-open spa­ces. Thanks to a plethora of large win­dows and doors, the home’s in­te­rior is bright. Most im­por­tantly, it pro­vides in­cred­i­ble views of the out­door set­tings, and lots of places where you can sit out­doors with a favourite bev­er­age to savour the set­ting.

“The main floor is open-con­cept from front to back — in the great­room area, there are three mas­sive win­dows and dou­ble doors to a bal­cony (which spans the width of the home) out back where you can en­joy the view by your­self or with guests,” he says. “More light then en­ters the area from the front en­trance, where a door with a glass cen­tre is sur­rounded by even more glass. It makes for a very airy in­te­rior feel.”

The wide-open in­te­rior feels that space, artistry and func­tion,” says Pen­ny­cook. “At the front of the home, you get a pil­lared for­mal din­ing room with gor­geous chan­de­lier and gar­den doors that lead to the front bal­cony. The pil­lars also work to neatly sep­a­rate the din­ing room from the liv­ing room. It’s a great house for en­ter­tain­ing with the open-con­cept de­sign.”

No kid­ding: For starters, a huge gourmet kitchen with an­gled is­land (with dou­ble sink and raised eat­ing ledge) pro­vides am­ple room for the home’s res­i­dent chef to en­gi­neer cre­ative culi­nary con­coc­tions with­out feel­ing boxed-in. There’s also a large dinette area that can com­fort­ably house a ta­ble for six — a bonus for those who like to feed mul­ti­tudes of guests (or fam­ished kids, for that mat­ter).

Once in the liv­ing room, it’s easy to kick back and en­joy the view, light a fire in the wood-burn­ing fire­place (with its rich tile sur­round) or maybe watch some sports or a movie on a bigscreen LCD TV.

“The liv­ing room has it all — fire­place with oak man­tel, pot light­ing, built-in, arched niches with light­ing, huge win­dows that let in an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light, and the high ceil­ing. It’s a great space,” he adds.

A sep­a­rate bed­room wing then brings two key el­e­ments into play: lux­ury and pri­vacy. Due to the home’s wide foot­print, space abounds, says Pen­ny­cook.

“There’s so much room that you get three bed­rooms (with hard­woods), a den (with porce­lain tile floor and bal­cony door) and a huge four-piece bath­room (lined with swirled medium and choco­late brown tile) — and all the rooms are larger than nor­mal. So much so that one of the sec­ondary bed­rooms has its own jet­ted tub and bal­cony doors.”

Un­der­stand­ably, it’s the mas­ter suite that gets the lion’s share of the room — and ameni­ties. How about hav­ing gar­den doors to the deck (with non-slip acrylic sur­face), and an en­suite that’s a lit­eral work of art.

“Porce­lain tile floor­ing, a walk-in shower with an­gled glass block walls (with gran­ite de­tail­ing), and jet­ted tub set in ce­ramic tile make it an in­cred­i­ble spot to re­lax,” he says. “It’s sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar.”

Fi­nally, there’s the walk-out lower level that fea­tures a huge rec room, two more bed­rooms, a four-piece bath­room, mud­room and tons of stor­age space.

“If you’re look­ing for a unique, func­tional home in a lo­ca­tion that of­fers not only beauty and pri­vacy but quick ac­cess to the city — and is great for en­ter­tain­ing and fam­ily life — this could be the home for you.”

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