Cot­tage coun­try in the city

Elm Park beauty per­fect for grow­ing fam­ily

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

who live in the neigh­bour­hood have found, you don’t need a cot­tage — you can put in a dock, have a boat and en­joy the river and the beau­ti­ful area, which lends it­self to walk­ing, bik­ing and all kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties.” At the same time, the home, which is sit­u­ated in Elm Park, is in a very cen­tral spot. In min­utes, you’re over the Os­borne Street bridge and down­town if you head north; or, head south down Dunkirk Drive, and you’re at St. Vi­tal Cen­tre in short or­der. Or, take Ju­bilee Av­enue out to Fort Garry or Stafford Street out to River Heights; you get the pic­ture. Then there’s the home it­self, which, by dint of its 2½-storey de­sign, of­fers three lev­els of liv­ing space. Thanks to an ad­di­tion built a decade or so ago, a home that was pre­vi­ously around 1,600 sq. ft. in size was trans­formed into a spa­cious 2,664-sq.-ft. home. And that ren­o­va­tion es­sen­tially took the home from rather or­di­nary to ex­tra­or­di­nary, said Hopfner. “The ren­o­va­tion was per­formed on the rear por­tion of the home. As good as the home might have been be­fore, I think it would be fair to say the ren­o­va­tion re­ally made it some­thing spe­cial.” No Re­al­tor-speak there; head down the clas­sic cen­tre hall to the rear of the home, and you dis­cover a foursea­son sun­room with five win­dows and pa­tio door that over­looks the river.

“It’s ba­si­cally another liv­ing space,” she said. “Its in­te­rior is lined with cedar, there’s a wood-burn­ing fire­place, a raised din­ing area with sky­light and a sit­ting area next to the fire­place that also has a sky­light above it. The pa­tio door takes you out to a two-tiered deck and pa­tio out back. There’s a gas firepit, and re­in­forced area for a hot tub. When you’re back here, you feel like you’re out at the lake.” Take the nearby (orig­i­nal) oak stair­case up to the home’s sec­ond level, and you find a de­sign fea­ture few 78-yearold-homes pos­sess: a loft/fam­ily room. “It’s a big space (at 13.8 feet by 13.2 feet) that fea­tures newer (tan/ light taupe) wall-to-wall car­pet­ing, a large win­dow that over­looks the river and a pri­vacy door be­tween the sec­ond and third bed­rooms,” Hopfner said. “There’s also a slim­line LG air-con­di­tion­ing unit to cool the area and bed­rooms down, as the home has a boiler rather than a fur­nace.” Right off (to the left) of the fam­ily room is the master suite. “Be­cause it’s at the rear of the home, it also of­fers a gor­geous river view, is a good size (at 12.8 feet by 11.3 feet), and of­fers a three-piece en­suite with tile floor, shower, van­ity and walk-in closet with pocket door. The other two bed­rooms are also quite large and of­fer de­cent stor­age space with dou­ble clos­ets.” She added a bonus awaits on the home’s third level. “It’s almost 22 feet long and is about 11 or 12 feet wide with jogs. It has big win­dows, so it’s filled with light, and there’s even an (8.6-foot-by-7.1-foot) of­fice with a big win­dow. It’s an area that would make a great bed­room for a teenager so they have a space of their own. It would also make a great stu­dio.” De­scend back down to the home’s main level, and you find a main floor laden with character and func­tion. The kitchen — which mea­sures in at 14.6 feet by 11.5 feet — is di­rectly across the hall from de­cep­tively large din­ing room with medal­lion chan­de­lier and a pa­tio door that pro­vides ac­cess to the four-sea­son sun­room. Head a lit­tle fur­ther down the hall­way and there’s some­thing not many 1930s-vin­tage homes pos­sess: a pow­der room/laun­dry room. Mean­while, the front por­tion of the home fea­tures a (17.2-foot-by-13-foot) liv­ing room to the left of the foyer, and a 12.6-foot-by-9.1foot of­fice to the right. “The liv­ing room has hard­wood floor­ing, a gas fire­place with tile hearth and built-in book­cases ei­ther side,” she said, adding the front win­dow fea­tures leaded, lat­ticed glass pan­els. “Add in the of­fice and you have a very func­tional main floor.” With all its space, style and great lo­ca­tion, the home is ideal for a grow­ing fam­ily, said Hopfner. “There’s space for ev­ery­one, the com­mu­nity is very fam­ily-ori­ented, and the home is close to all kinds of key ameni­ties. It has so much to of­fer an ac­tive, grow­ing fam­ily.”

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