Best of both worlds
Condo offers all the conveniences of a single-family home without having to worry about maintenance
THINK of condominium living, and one word often comes to mind: limitations. As in limited space and limited amenities. No matter whether it’s an apartment-style, bungalow-style or townhome-style unit, when compared to a single-family home, its function (at least in buyers’ minds) just can’t compare. That said, there is the occasional unit that compares favourably. A bungalow-style condominium found in Rosemount Properties at 30-650 Warde Ave. is one unit that rates as a very pleasant surprise, said Lifestyle Real Estate’s Charlene Urbanski. “Whether you’re a young family looking for a spacious, affordable home or empty nesters looking to move down to a condominium for the turnkey lifestyle, this unit offers the function of a house.” That function starts with its square footage, which is 1,172 on the main level. Add in the lower level — remember the unit is a bungalow — and you have a dwelling that offers more than 2,000 sq. ft. of livable space. “The basement is fully finished and is absolutely huge,” said Urbanski. “It has all the function of a basement in a single-family home with a large, open rec room, office, bathroom, exercise room and den. The rec room (which is nearly 29 feet long by 12.75 feet wide) has ample space for a media room or games area — or, the games area could be used as a play area for children. There’s also plenty of storage space, as well.” While many bungalow-style condominiums come with a single-attached garage, that isn’t the case with unit 30, she added. “You actually get a double-attached garage. It’s insulated, which is a great feature during our cold winters. You not only can get into a warm car when it’s minus 30 out, but there’s also additional storage space.” Meanwhile, the unit’s main-level floor plan mirrors that of a singlefamily home. Immediately to the left of the foyer is a large (16-foot by 9.25foot) bedroom/den with huge, southfacing window. To the right is a door that provides access to the garage. “It’s only steps away from the kitchen, so you can almost bring your groceries straight into the kitchen to put them away after shopping,” Urbanski said. “There’s also a main-floor laundry tucked away neatly in a closet nearby.” The adjacent main living area is well-proportioned, with an eat-in kitchen, big dining area (which measures in at a surprisingly spacious 14 feet by 10.5 feet) and good-sized living room (12.5 feet by 12.3 feet in size). In short, there’s ample space to create, dine — and then recline in comfort. “The kitchen is a functional area with loads of white cabinets, tan laminate countertops and a double sink placed next to a large window. A cut-out wall opens the kitchen onto the dining room, and the dining room — which offers a large area ideal for family get-togethers — is next to patio doors that lead to a deck that backs onto green space. That’s a feature you don’t always find in a condominium of this type.” Urbanski said the living room isn’t bereft of style, either. “A cosy gas fireplace with decorative tile frontage and oak mantle that’s ideal for displaying your treasures is nestled beautifully between a dining room and living room — it’s a feature that’s decorative and that divides the two spaces,” she said. “Natural laminate hardwoods lend warmth to the area, while large windows and open-concept floor plan make for that bright, open and functional area.” The final quadrant of the condominium is comprised of a wing that houses a four-piece bath and large master bedroom. “It’s quite a large space (16.75 feet by 11 feet) with a big, window that lets in lots of light and gives you a view of the green space behind the home,” said Urbanski. “It also has an ensuite with a nice feature, a walk-in shower. There’s also a (deceptively) big walk-in closet (found behind mirrored bi-fold doors) to store your clothes in, and there’s plenty of space in the bedroom for a dresser, armoire, or both.” Another strength is the condominium’s location, she added. “It’s actually tucked away in a nice quiet spot, well away from the street (Warde Avenue), so noise will never be an issue. You’re also close to Sobey’s and under 10 minutes to St. Vital Centre. It’s an awesome location close to all amenities, and the surrounding community is also very friendly.” Low condominium fees and a solid reserve fund are two more pluses, said Urbanski. “Condo fees are very reasonable at $247.50 per month, and the reserve fund is also strong, as it has over $320,000 in it, as well. This is a wellmaintained condominium in a prime location that offers all the conveniences of a single-family home without having to worry about maintenance. It will make a great home for a small family, or empty nesters looking to downsize and simplify their life.”
A cut-out wall opens the kitchen onto the dining room,
which offers a large area next to patio doors.