Post­card per­fect

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an­gled en­trance that unites the two spa­ces is about eight feet wide. “They ren­o­vated the kitchen with cap­puc­cino wal­nut cab­i­nets, (tan/taupe) quartz coun­ter­tops, a light taupe tile back­splash, cork floor and a built-in ta­ble for three be­tween the two ar­eas.” Turns out, open­ing up the area was a stroke of ge­nius. Not only is traf­fic flow be­tween the kitchen and din­ing room seam­less, but so too is light flow. “There’s a huge, re­cessed win­dow over the dou­ble sink and a beau­ti­ful bay win­dow (with gor­geous oak trim) in the din­ing room, so light flows beau­ti­fully be­tween the two spa­ces,” he said. “The fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als, which in­clude orig­i­nal oak hard­woods in the din­ing room, make for a warm area that’s also very func­tional. The views out the win­dows front and back make you feel like you’re out at the cot­tage.” Step across the hall — which, among other things fea­tures more pris­tine oak hard­woods and an orig­i­nal oak stair­case with rus­tic wrought iron rail­ing — and you en­ter a liv­ing room that’s any­thing but or­di­nary. To the right is a bay win­dow through which a post­card-per­fect win­ter scene can be viewed; in the cen­tre is an elec­tric fire­place set in a white sur­round with fluted man­tel; over to the left, at the room’s far end is a to­tally un­ex­pected, but very wel­come, fea­ture. “It’s ac­tu­ally an En­er­shield four-sea­son sun­room,” said Wil­liams. “It opens beau­ti­fully onto the liv­ing room, al­low­ing for an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light to flow in, while also pro­vid­ing a won­der­ful view of the back­yard and all the trees that sur­round it. It’s a space that’s ideal for read­ing, or sip­ping your favourite bev­er­age. It just re­ju­ve­nates you with all the light and the re­lax­ing view.” Head up­stairs via the well-pre­served oak stair­case, and you ar­rive to find an area that of­fers no fewer than four bed­rooms. All the util­ity the up­per level of­fers can be at­trib­uted to an ad­di­tion that ex­panded the home’s square footage, he added. “You not only get four bed­rooms, but you also get a den with a large pic­ture win­dow that over­looks the park and river across the way,” he said. “The master suite is set off by it­self next to the den, which could also be used as a sit­ting area, TV room or even a nurs­ery, de­pend­ing on your needs. The master suite — its ori­en­ta­tion is south­east, so you get the sun all day — is a pri­vate, re­lax­ing space with tree views and a three-piece en­suite.” Mean­while, the other three bed­rooms are all a good size (the small­est be­ing 12 feet by nine feet). “One bed­room comes with a built-in dresser and desk, and all bed­rooms come with builtin shelv­ing in the clos­ets. Not only are the win­dows big — they let in all kinds of nat­u­ral light — but they’re also newer, and are very en­ergy-ef­fi­cient.” Un­like many post war homes, 259 Churchill’s base­ment is more than just a stor­age space. “It’s de­vel­oped and could be eas­ily up­dated,” said Wil­liams. “At present, it has a rec room with wood pan­elling, a jacuzzi room, two-piece bath and a laun­dry room. The rec room would make a great play room for young chil­dren.” Last but not least is the home’s ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion, he added. “While you feel like you’re in the coun­try, you re­ally aren’t. You’re less than 10 min­utes from down­town Win­nipeg and The Forks, walk­ing dis­tance to schools, day­care, com­mu­nity clubs, recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and shop­ping. And you’re right next to walk­ing, cy­cling and cross-coun­try ski trails, and, of course, the river. It’s a beau­ti­fully up­dated post­card home that of­fers coun­try charm and city con­ve­niences.”

An En­er­shield four-sea­son sun­room opens onto the liv­ing room and pro­vides a won­der­ful view of the back­yard.

A wood-pan­elled jacuzzi room is found in the de­vel­oped base­ment, which also fea­tures a two-piece bath and

laun­dry room.

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