Clas­sic charmer

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

NOT all River Heights clas­sics were cre­ated equal. Most of the homes built be­tween 1900 and 1930 ooze character, but the lay­outs and fea­tures vary greatly. As a re­sult, some homes are far more liv­able than oth­ers. The 2,000 sq. ft., two-storey home found at 106 Ni­a­gara Street is a prime ex­am­ple of an ef­fec­tive lay­out that has stood the test of time, said Sean Ki­rady of Royal LePage Dy­namic Real Es­tate. “This is one of the best cen­tre-hall floor plans I’ve seen,” he said. “Be­cause there are lots of win­dows all around, there’s tons of nat­u­ral light, which isn’t al­ways the case with th­ese plans. Flow from space to space is also ex­cel­lent. The liv­ing room, din­ing room and kitchen are all close to each other, con­nected by wide door­ways. You can en­ter­tain in this home with ease, yet still have your pri­vacy.” The home has also been up­dated in two key ar­eas, Ki­rady said. “Cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing was in­stalled in 2013, and the home was also stripped of all its knob and tube wiring — the wiring is now mod­ern through­out. Those are two chal­lenges you won’t have to tackle when you move into this home.” The kitchen has also been up­dated and is larger and more nav­i­ga­ble than the majority of homes of this vin­tage. “It’s been re­done beau­ti­fully with a dark grey tile floor, black gran­ite coun­ter­tops, a gor­geous tile back­splash and nat­u­ral oak cabi­netry,” Ki­rady said. “There’s also a serv­ing area with a stor­age cab­i­net be­tween the kitchen and din­ing room, and the two win­dows in the kitchen make it a nat­u­rally bright space that’s great to spend time cre­at­ing meals in.” Ac­cess to the for­mal din­ing room comes via a wide door­way that sees you emerge into a space that’s sur­pris­ingly large, and bright. “The din­ing room is ac­tu­ally quite huge, and of­fers ex­cel­lent space for en­ter­tain­ment,” Ki­rady said. “It’s 14 feet by 12 feet, and a large win­dow on its front wall al­lows for tons of day­light to en­ter. Just across the hall is the liv­ing room, which is a big, bright space that’s ideal for vis­it­ing with guests after din­ner.” A pair of other fea­tures not of­ten found in older homes is a handy pow­der room on the main floor, and a true mud­room at the rear of the home. “A mud­room this size is some­thing you don’t of­ten see in a home built in 1919 — it’s a big space sur­rounded by win­dows, with plenty of room for coats, shoes and toys. The back door also leads to a good-sized, pri­vate deck out back,” he said. Head up­stairs via the well-pre­served, orig­i­nal oak stair­case, and you once again en­counter a lay­out that’s un­com­mon for an older home. A large land­ing is sur­rounded by four bed­rooms and a re­mod­elled four-piece bath. “The fact that this home has four bed­rooms is un­usual in it­self,” said Ki­rady. “All four bed­rooms are a good size, with the small­est be­ing 10 feet by 10 feet. The master suite is 13 feet by 12 feet, and comes with a huge win­dow that gives you a calm­ing view of the trees and street be­low. There’s also a huge closet with built-in or­ga­niz­ers, and a win­dow. All the bed­rooms have huge win­dows, so the up­per level is just flooded with nat­u­ral light.” A sun­room off the first land­ing of the stair­case also lets in loads of nat­u­ral light. “It’s a real bonus, a won­der­ful space with a calm­ing view of the neigh­bour­hood that could be used as a den, of­fice or sit­ting room.” The bath­room is no tiny wa­ter closet with a claw­foot tub jammed into a cor­ner. It’s a larger than nor­mal space that’s very well-ap­pointed. “There’s a soaker tub with grey tile sur­round, a tile floor and con­tem­po­rary white van­ity with black gran­ite top, and there’s even a li­nen closet,” Ki­rady said. “Most im­por­tantly, there’s plenty of room to move. That’s not al­ways the case in bath­rooms in homes this age.” Another bonus can be found down­stairs in the form of a func­tional, par­tially-fin­ished base­ment. “Ceil­ing height is de­cent, and there’s a fin­ished, car­peted space that can be used as a play room or me­dia room. There’s also a big laun­dry/me­chan­i­cal area, as well.” Loaded with character and orig­i­nal oak floors, an oak stair­case, orig­i­nal two-panel doors with brass knobs and or­nate oak wood­work around the doors and win­dows — 106 Ni­a­gara of­fers a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of yes­ter­year character and mod­ern ameni­ties, Ki­rady said. “The home pro­vides you with clas­sic River Heights charm and the ap­peal that comes with con­tem­po­rary fea­tures such as an up­dated kitchen and bath­room.” he said. “Add in a killer lo­ca­tion, and you’ve got a home that has much to of­fer.”

The liv­ing room, din­ing room and kitchen are close to each other and con­nected by wide door­ways.

A sun­room off the first land­ing of a stair­case could be used as a den, of­fice or sit­ting room.

The master bed­room is one of four good-sized bed­rooms.

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