Clas­sic lux­ury in the heart of River Heights

No cor­ners cut in Academy Manor’s high-end, cus­tom con­dos

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - TRACEY THOMP­SON

IT may have taken a long time to come to fruition, but the end re­sult was cer­tainly worth the ef­fort. De­spite the lengthy de­lay and con­struc­tion hur­dles that had to be over­come to build Academy Manor, one lo­cal builder has set a new stan­dard of lux­ury in Win­nipeg con­do­mini­ums.

The en­ter­pris­ing lo­cal builder, who did not wish to be named, took his vi­sion to cre­ate an un­ri­valled, unique, top-of-the­line con­do­minium res­i­dence and turned it into a re­al­ity in cre­at­ing Academy Manor at 85 Academy Rd. The ex­clu­sive new con­do­minium project oc­cu­pies a prime piece of land in the heart of one of Win­nipeg’s most es­tab­lished and de­sired neigh­bour­hoods, right across the street from St. Mary’s Academy and a stone’s throw from the Mary­land Bridge.

“It was a dream that be­came a vi­sion that be­came a re­al­ity,” says re­al­tor Tom Blum­berg of Mo­nop­oly Realty, who is mar­ket­ing the project. “No cor­ners were cut here — it’s high, high end.”

Academy Manor fea­tures only a hand­ful of made-to-mea­sure con­do­mini­ums. There are 14 suites in to­tal on four floors, rang­ing in size from 1,100 to 4,000 square feet. Six of those are al­ready oc­cu­pied and sev­eral more sales are in the works.

“These are unique res­i­dences,” says Blum­berg. “They are cus­tom con­dos in the heart of River Heights.”

Where the ma­jor­ity of con­do­minium projects tend to take a cookie-cut­ter ap­proach to build­ing the same type of suite through­out a project, Blum­berg says the builder took an en­tirely dif­fer­ent ap­proach to Academy Manor.

“When you buy a condo they are cut from a box,” he says. “These are made to mea­sure — ev­ery floor plan is dif­fer­ent and all of the fin­ish­ing is unique.”

Not only do they range in size, the con­dos also cover a broad range of prices. The 1,100-square-foot condo that is cur­rently listed has a price tag of $393,000, while the pent­house suite that cov­ers over 4,000 square feet will likely hit $1.5 mil­lion.

That’s an av­er­age cost of about $350 per square foot, notes Blum­berg. While the price tag may be a bit higher than most other con­do­minium projects, the dif­fer­ence is in the qual­ity and the fine fin­ish­ing that sets Academy Manor apart. Hand­crafted de­tails and touches like curved walls, tray ceil­ings and large bal­conies are stan­dard fea­tures in most of the units.

In fact, just about ev­ery­thing was fin­ished to the high­est stan­dards, or “over spec’d” as Blum­berg points out. From the ex­quis­ite solid alder wood doors grac­ing the en­try­way of each unit to the mul­ti­tude of huge win­dows in ev­ery suite, no ex­pense was spared in cre­at­ing a pri­vate en­clave for a few se­lect res­i­dents.

Clas­sic lux­ury is a term that could be broadly ap­plied to the whole project, but each suite is unique with its own lay­out, style and fin­ish­ing. Touches like solid wood wal­nut floors and tile im­ported from Italy make each unit its own.

The piece-de-re­sis­tance of the project is the two-storey pent­house suite, which cov­ers a corner of the third and fourth floors. The 4,500-square-foot res­i­dence is lux­ury at its finest, yet neatly con­cealed on one side of the build­ing. The two-storey condo fea­tures a soar­ing ceil­ing with gor­geous de­tail­ing and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that flood nat­u­ral light into the large space.

“It’s def­i­nitely for the lux­ury buyer,” Blum­berg says.

While all of the suites have ac­cess to heated, un­der­ground park­ing that is com­pletely con­cealed from the street, two of the units have a pri­vate ac­cess to their own garage. One suite has a dou­ble at­tached garage while the other has a triple-car garage, a real rar­ity in the con­do­minium world and es­pe­cially in Win­nipeg.

With its lo­ca­tion right on busy Academy Road, the po­ten­tial for traf­fic noise was high. Yet even at rush hour on a week­day af­ter­noon, there was no sound due to the sound­proof­ing built into the project.

“It’s tes­ta­ment to the con­struc­tion,” notes Blum­berg. “The builder in­vested in things like a con­crete sub­floor and it was sound­proofed to the max.”

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