A rare op­por­tu­nity

Year-old cus­tom-built home in brand-new con­di­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - A LOOK AT RECENTLY SOLD HOMES IN AND AROUND WINNIP - By Todd Lewys

IN the realm of re­sale homes, it’s an op­por­tu­nity that rarely presents it­self: the chance to buy a used home that’s in like-new, show home con­di­tion.

All be­cause the out­go­ing fam­ily at the home in ques­tion, 102 McBeth Grove, found the al­lure of the nearby Red River (which runs along back of the quaint lit­tle en­clave of McBeth Land­ing, found at the junc­tion of Main Street and Red River Boule­vard) ir­re­sistible. Only a year af­ter build­ing their dream home, they’ve de­cided to build again in the same area, this time with their home in­clud­ing a to-die-for river view.

The con­se­quence of this un­in­tended de­par­ture is that a one-year-old, cus­tom-built home is now avail­able to meet the needs of a young, grow­ing fam­ily, says RE/MAX Ex­ec­u­tives Realty’s Linda van den Broek.

“This is an ideal area to raise a young fam­ily,” she says. “Your kids can ride their bikes up and down the safe, se­cluded streets with­out hav­ing to deal with dan­ger­ous traf­fic, and they can walk to all lev­els of school. At the same time, ac­tive par­ents can walk the dog along the river while en­joy­ing the great scenery and wildlife. Best of all gro­ceries, gas, bank­ing and a cup of cof­fee is only min­utes away.”

As nice as all the nearby ameni­ties are, it’s the ameni­ties of home we’re concerned with here. Suf­fice it to say, 102 McBeth isn’t lack­ing in any. With 1,740 sq. ft. of liv­ing space on the main floor and more than 1,200 sq. ft. down­stairs (and that’s not in­clud­ing a huge stor­age/me­chan­i­cal/laun­dry room), there’s plenty of el­bow room for a grow­ing fam­ily to en­joy.

Take the rec room, for ex­am­ple. Fin­ished with warm earth-tone paint and high-qual­ity ber­ber car­pet with plush un­der­lay in April 2010, it houses a fourth bed­room, me­dia area, games area and bar area.

“It’s a fab­u­lous space, a great place for ei­ther en­ter­tain­ing guests or hold­ing kids’ birth­day par­ties,” says van den Broek. “The area by the bar/buf­fet area can be used as a play area, or can also fit a pool ta­ble.”

Just as the home’s lower level was de­signed to cater to a large fam­ily’s mul­ti­plic­ity of needs, so too was the main level, which of­fers an open­con­cept, yet sub­tly-seg­mented de­sign. While the wide, an­gled foyer — off which a for­mal din­ing room di­vided neatly from the foyer by a maple­capped one-third wall runs — of­fers space to shed shoes and jack­ets, it doesn’t put the home’s great room area to­tally on dis­play.

“It’s open, but not too open,” she says, adding that a tan dura-ce­ramic tile floor adds warmth and tex­ture to the home’s en­trance. “In this home, you don’t walk in the kitchen when you walk in the door.”

The re­sult of that de­sign is a wel­come air of mys­tery and, for some, pri­vacy. What you will see is a great room awash in rich fin­ishes and that fea­tures ex­cel­lent flow be­tween sub­tly seg­mented spa­ces.

“The fea­tures that stand out to me are the gran­ite counter tops, dark three-quar­ter-inch maple hard­woods and lit­tle de­tails like a cof­fee- coloured glass tile back­splash that per­fectly com­ple­ments the dark (espresso) maple cab­i­nets,” van den Broek says. “There’s all kinds of counter and cabi­net space, and there’s even a dou­ble sink un­der­neath a low-silled win­dow.”

Due to nine-foot ceil­ings, the great room area — as spa­cious as it is — feels even roomier, a good thing for fam­i­lies with a host of ac­tive rug rats. Thanks to its mod­i­fied U-shaped de­sign, the kitchen of­fers ease of ac­cess and move­ment. There’s then a large dinette area off the end of the kitchen that can eas­ily han­dle a gath­er­ing of (if nec­es­sary) three hun­gry young­sters and their (very likely) equally fam­ished par­ents.

Ad­ja­cent to the dinette area are deck doors where par­ents can es­cape to en­joy a cup of tea or cof­fee (there’s also a large pa­tio be­low). Or, they can find a soft seat in the liv­ing room (which is sep­a­rated from the dinette area by an­other well-placed one-third wall) with its built-in maple en­ter­tain­ment unit and corner-ori­ented cul­tured stone fire­place.

“There’s lots of space on the main floor, which makes it ideal for ei­ther en­ter­tain­ing or spend­ing time with the fam­ily,” she adds. “And all the fin­ishes are rich and of a very high qual­ity.”

Last but not least is a sep­a­rate bed­room wing that holds three bed­rooms, a four-piece bath­room and, of all prac­ti­cal things, a laun­dry chute.

“I call it a nice lit­tle wing where ev­ery­one can get their rest and en­joy a lit­tle pri­vacy,” van den Broek says. “The de­sign makes sense. The kids’ bed­rooms are at one end, the mas­ter by it­self at the other.” And not just any mas­ter suite, as it turns out. “Not does it eas­ily fit a king-sized bed and lots of fur­ni­ture, the whole space is us­able. Be­cause the walk-in closet has been placed off the room’s en­trance, all four walls can be used. With his/her sinks on a dark maple van­ity, air tub and corner shower, the en­suite pro­vides a wel­come touch of lux­ury, and pri­vacy. This home is in an in­cred­i­ble con­di­tion. With its space, style and lo­ca­tion, it’s ready for a new fam­ily to en­joy.”

Beau­ti­ful home fea­tures three bath­rooms.

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