Wel­come abode

Wolse­ley res­i­dence teems with am­bi­ence

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

THE aroma of freshly brewed cof­fee greets you as you en­ter a cosy, turnof-the-cen­tury style porch with orig­i­nal fir floors and a white brick back­drop.

Mean­while, pedes­tri­ans me­an­der by be­neath ma­ture elms, likely on their way to one of the nearby shops that line West­min­ster Av­enue. This is the gen­teel life­style that sur­round 168 Home Street, a ma­jes­tic home more than a cen­tury old, says Au­drhea, the out­go­ing owner.

“This home (of rare brick con­struc­tion) was built in 1910 by a Wolse­ley doc­tor who ran his prac­tice out of the home back in the early 1900s,” she says. “We’re only the fourth owner of the home in 100 years. As we quickly found out, you buy the neigh­bour­hood when you buy the house. It’s like ur­ban liv­ing. There’s the bus on West­min­ster, you’re five min­utes from down­town and a bak­ery and con­ve­nience store are a short dis­tance away on foot.”

As it turns out, the 2,205-square­foot, 2 ½-storey home is as mag­nif­i­cent as the ma­ture neigh­bour­hood that sur­rounds it.

Take, for in­stance, the foyer. It of­fers warmth and char­ac­ter thanks to well-pre­served oak on floors, win­dow cas­ings, stair­well and base­boards.

“These are the orig­i­nal hard­woods, which we had sanded and re­fin­ished,” says Au­drhea. “You’ve not only got the floors, but the other oak around the door frames, win­dow cas­ings and stairs. An­other orig­i­nal fea­ture is a fire­place (with, of course a hand­carved oak man­tle) in the liv­ing room with a bronze and cop­per hearth. It was a work­ing fire­place at one time, but is just dec­o­ra­tive now.”

RE/MAX Per­for­mance Realty’s David Thomp­son, the list­ing agent, says it’s rare for a cen­tury-old home to be so solid.

“The great thing about this home is that the own­ers haven’t painted over any of the oak. That makes for an un­be­liev­ably well-pre­served and well­main­tained home. It even has some of the orig­i­nal leaded-glass win­dows, which are also in in­cred­i­ble shape. This is a home that has un­be­liev­able char­ac­ter.”

That char­ac­ter can be traced to stylis­tic touches seen only in homes of this vin­tage. One ex­am­ple is the dark leather cladding placed on the lower third of the walls not only in the foyer, but on the sec­ond floor land­ing/ hall­way.

As was the cus­tom in homes built around the turn of the cen­tury, the sec­ond-floor fea­tures fir hard­wood through­out. Add in fir-trimmed door­ways with tran­som win­dows, a bath­room with sep­a­rate wa­ter closet and bathing area and a cen­tre-plan hall­way off which all the rooms branch off, and you get a unique yet func­tional lay­out.

Two other fea­tures stand out, Au­drhea adds.

“Of­ten, closet space is lack­ing, but we made the room be­side the guest bed­room into a walk-in closet/dress­ing space (with win­dow),” she ex­plains. “And the size of win­dows in each room is ex­cep­tional. It’s some­thing you don’t al­ways see on older homes — big win­dows that let in lots of light. We also put new, top-of-the-line fi­bre­glass win­dows (that can flip around to be cleaned) in each room.”

The mas­ter suite (which also has a walk-in closet) is the sec­ond level’s piece de re­sis­tance due to a large east-fac­ing bal­cony that over­looks the side­walk, street and trees be­low.

“It’s a great spot to sit and have your morn­ing cof­fee or wind down with a glass of wine af­ter a long day at the of­fice,” says Thomp­son, adding there’s a pri­vate yard and garage with work shop.

While old-style char­ac­ter is om­nipresent, so too are mod­ern con­ve­niences. A rel­a­tively new U-shaped kitchen with white cab­i­netry and hunter green coun­ter­tops is func­tional. The din­ing room is only steps away through an ad­ja­cent door­way. The home comes com­plete with cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing, high-ef­fi­cient fur­nace, up­dated plumb­ing and one more spe­cial fea­ture on the third level.

“The at­tic, with its three huge win­dows and dry­walled and painted walls, is a great space that could serve a va­ri­ety of pur­poses from bed­room to of­fice to play­room,” he says. “With only four own­ers in 100 years, this is an im­mac­u­late, multi-func­tional home with in­cred­i­ble karma. It’s ideal for two peo­ple or a fam­ily with kids. And you’d be buy­ing not only a home, but a life­style.”

Bath­room has sep­a­rate wa­ter closet and

bathing area.


A rel­a­tively new U-shaped kitchen with white cab­i­netry and hunter green

coun­ter­tops is func­tional.

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