Best of both worlds

Condo of­fers all the con­ve­niences of a sin­gle-fam­ily home with­out hav­ing to worry about main­te­nance

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

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.

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