Re­al­is­tic real es­tate

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

WITH to­day’s bal­anced real es­tate mar­ket, it’s crit­i­cal for sell­ers to list their homes at a re­al­is­tic price. Why? It’s sim­ple. If a home — no mat­ter how good it is — is over­priced, it might sit on the mar­ket for 40 to 60 days or longer. As fetch­ing and func­tional as a home might be, there are plenty of other equally at­trac­tive homes on the mar­ket. Con­se­quently, buy­ers will sim­ply move on to look at a home that has the same fea­tures but a sig­nif­i­cantly lower price. Real Es­tate Ex­ec­u­tives Pre­miere’s Scott Moore said 277 Mowat Rd. — a 2,188-square­foot, two-storey home found in pic­turesque Pritchard Farms — has been priced with the bal­anced mar­ket in mind. “As a newer home (built in 2003) in a won­der­ful, pres­ti­gious area, it would have been easy to list the home for maybe $650,000,” he said. “But that’s not re­al­is­tic in to­day’s real es­tate mar­ket. At a list price of $588,000, it has ev­ery­thing you might want in a fam­ily home at a price that, I think, is very rea­son­able for a luxury home in this area.” Granted, the home is lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed through­out. That said, it’s nec­es­sary to look deeper than the wow fac­tor to de­ter­mine a home’s value. In this case, Moore said, the home has been up­dated in sev­eral key ar­eas. “For starters, the kitchen cab­i­nets have been up­dated — they’ve been re-faced with smart white doors with black han­dles,” he said. “Not only that, but new, high-end (five-inch) lam­i­nate hard­woods were re­cently in­stalled through­out the main floor, and trim, light fix­tures and paint are also re­cent. The home has been up­dated at pretty much ev­ery level.” Not only do all the home’s spa­ces look good, they’re also linked to­gether smartly by what Moore calls a new-age cen­tre hall floor plan. “If you think of clas­sic River Heights floor plans, the rooms were more or less closed off from each other,” he said. “With this home, the spa­ces are well-de­fined, yet are still open and ac­ces­si­ble to each other even though the lay­out isn’t to­tally open-con­cept. I think it’s nice to have a home that’s func­tional and flows well, but yet that isn’t to­tally open.” In a novel move, the home’s designer — Shymko Homes — placed the up­per-level stair­case be­tween the kitchen/dinette area and the fam­ily room. The key to the de­sign’s suc­cess is a six-foot-wide hall­way that paves the way for smooth traf­fic flow be­tween spa­ces. Had it been, say, two feet nar­rower, traf­fic flow would have been ham­pered. That’s not even re­motely the case, said Moore. “You have two dis­tinct ar­eas, yet you can move back and forth be­tween them with ease. That makes it a home that’s great for both fam­ily life and en­ter­tain­ing.” The kitchen, lo­cated left of the stairs, is an er­gonomic marvel fea­tur­ing a cen­tre is­land (that seats two) placed be­tween the kitchen and dinette area. Be­cause of the is­land’s com­pact but func­tional de­sign, there’s plenty of room to move about the kitchen, while a ta­ble for four fits per­fectly with­out be­ing in­tru­sive. A jog that opens up on the kitchen’s front left side adds even more util­ity. “It con­tains a pow­der room, laun­dry room and a door that gives you ac­cess to the over­sized dou­ble garage,” Moore said. “It adds all kinds of func­tion, while a huge win­dow over the sink and pa­tio door (which leads to a backyard deck) let in tons of nat­u­ral light. The fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als — taupe gran­ite coun­ter­tops, the white cab­i­nets and brown, cul­tured-stone back­splash give the kitchen a mod­ern rustic feel.” On the other side of the stairs is the fam­ily room, a bright, airy space that also pos­sesses a mod­ern rustic am­bi­ence. “It’s my favourite space in the home,” said Moore. “It has a gor­geous tray ceil­ing, a huge pic­ture win­dow on the rear wall that gives you a beau­ti­ful view of the pines and wideopen spa­ces, and a cor­ner fire­place that car­ries over the cul­tured-stone theme from the kitchen. It’s also a su­per nice touch hav­ing a row of four pi­ano win­dows up high on the wall to add even more nat­u­ral light.” As was the case with the home’s main level, the up­per level’s lay­out is ex­cep­tion­ally ef­fi­cient and fam­ily-friendly. “The two sec­ondary bed­rooms are roomy and share a four-piece bath­room, while the mas­ter suite fea­tures plenty of space, a huge pic­ture win­dow and spa-like, five-piece en­suite (with cor­ner jet­ted tub) and big walk-in closet. There’s good sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the mas­ter suite and the other bed­rooms, an­other great fea­ture for a fam­ily.” De­scend down­stairs and you en­counter a base­ment that of­fers 820 square feet of de­vel­oped space in the form of a fourth bed­room, flex room, stor­age room — and a huge rec room. “It’s ac­tu­ally 18 feet by 30 feet, and has a me­dia room with a cus­tom pro­jec­tor, screen and au­dio pack­age,” Moore said. “It’s a great space for Dad to watch foot­ball with the guys, or for the fam­ily to watch a movie to­gether in style.” He added the metic­u­lously main­tained home of­fers value in other im­por­tant ar­eas, as well. “The monthly gas bud­get is $90, and the monthly elec­tric bud­get is ap­prox­i­mately $180, so this is a very en­ergy-ef­fi­cient home. Taxes are $5,451 be­fore re­bate, which is also very rea­son­able. This is a mod­ern, move-in-ready home that of­fers ex­cel­lent value for the price.”

The spa-like en­suite is a bright, el­e­gant space with a large win­dow, tons of rich tile and a cor­ner jet­ted tub to

en­joy a sooth­ing soak in.

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