Mar­vel­lous man­sion

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

IT’S some­thing we’ve all dreamed about — hav­ing our own lux­u­ri­ous man­sion to live in. Ide­ally, it would be sit­u­ated on a quiet, ma­ture lot. More­over, that lot would also ex­ude a coun­tri­fied charm (with its gen­er­ous width and depth, sur­rounded by ma­ture trees), yet be close to a wide range of key ameni­ties in a cen­tral lo­ca­tion. In­side, there would be space aplenty, rich fin­ishes and a func­tional floor plan filled with a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of ameni­ties. The home would also con­tain mod­ern con­ve­niences that are deftly off­set by clas­sic fea­tures that bring a warmth to the ex­pan­sive in­te­rior. Not only that, but there would be room enough on the main and sec­ond floors to rent out the base­ment and top floor, thus pay­ing for a large per­cent­age of the home’s mort­gage. Be­lieve it or not, this home is not a fig­ment of the imag­i­na­tion — it ac­tu­ally ex­ists at 566 Ward­law Ave., in Cres­cent­wood, said Re/Max Pro­fes­sion­als’ David De Leeuw. “If you en­joy the ur­ban life, there are few bet­ter spots than this to live it in,” he said of the 3,150-sq.-ft., 2½-storey home built in 1907. “It’s a home that pos­sesses in­cred­i­ble char­ac­ter with all the turn-of-the-cen­tury wood­work, hard­wood floors and lead­ed­glass win­dows. At the same time, that char­ac­ter is beau­ti­fully com­ple­mented by a host of mod­ern ameni­ties that make it a home that’s as func­tional as it is beau­ti­ful.” The home’s char­ac­ter is front and cen­tre the mo­ment you set foot in the gen­er­ous foyer. Orig­i­nal hard­wood floors and well-pre­served oak trim — lin­tels above doors, door trim, 10-inch-high base­boards and large win­dows with (dark) oak trim — en­ve­lope you in warmth, while large rooms with over­sized win­dows make for a bright, cherry in­te­rior. Most im­por­tantly, said De Leeuw, the home’s main-floor lay­out makes sense. “Not all turn-of-the-cen­tury homes fea­ture good floor plans, but this home does,” he said. “The kitchen, which is at the rear of the home, opens up onto a large for­mal dining room, which then has a door­way that unites it with a me­dia room to the left and an­other door­way that unites it with a living room at the front of the home. The living room fea­tures an en­trance high­lighted by gor­geous, arched wood­work over it.” The wood­work and well-con­ceived lay­out make for a main floor that’s as well-suited for en­ter­tain­ing as most mod­ern homes. De Leeuw said while the feel is clas­sic, the home’s func­tion is un­mis­tak­ably mod­ern. “Take the penin­sula kitchen, for in­stance,” he said. “There’s lots of room to move in its in­te­rior, and it’s sur­rounded by a wealth of cherry cab­i­netry, black-lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops and stain­less ap­pli­ances. The penin­sula is a great food-prep area, and also seats two. Not only that, there’s also a huge pantry to the left of the kitchen with all kinds of stor­age space.” Not to be forgotten is a fea­ture at the rear of the kitchen — a screened-in, three­sea­son backyard porch. “It’s a won­der­ful spot to en­ter­tain or re­lax in dur­ing the spring, sum­mer and fall. It, along with a big win­dow on the back wall, make the kitchen a bright, ex­cep­tion­ally func­tional space.” Af­ter en­joy­ing the trek up the or­nate, orig­i­nal oak stair­case, own­ers can en­joy an ex­pan­sive, well-ap­pointed sec­ond floor that con­tains two bed­rooms, a den, laun­dry room and a bright, op­u­lent en­suite. “The main bed­room is a large space that comes with a walk-in closet, that’s prox­i­mate to a space that con­tains a laun­dry room on one side and a gor­geous sun-filled en­suite with stand-alone (bub­ble jet) soaker, heated tile floor and huge (tem­pered glass) shower,” said De Leeuw. “An­other bed­room plus den give you all the space you need to en­joy living in a very gra­cious man­ner” He added that the home’s prodi­gious square footage — over 3,800 sq. ft. spread out over four lev­els — makes it a home that’s made for gen­er­at­ing rental in­come. At 800 sq. ft., the third floor con­tains two bed­rooms, a kitchen, living room and bath­room. Down­stairs, mean­while, is an­other suite that comes in at ap­prox­i­mately 700 sq. ft. — an area that holds two bed­rooms, a kitchen, bath­room and living room/dining room. “Both the up­per- and lower-level suites have their own pri­vate en­trances and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, and the up­per-level suite even has its own sun­room off its en­trance,” he said. “And both suites have large win­dows, so they’re suf­fi­ciently bright.” Rent out the two suites and a good chunk of your mort­gage is paid for — all while en­joy­ing the su­perb syn­ergy of clas­sic and mod­ern spa­ces spread out over the home’s main and sec­ond floors. “Prof­its from rent­ing out the two suites will give you nearly enough in­come to carry the mort­gage while living in your own beau­ti­ful, well-ap­pointed unit,” said De Leeuw. “It’s a home where ev­ery­one can live in com­fort, and con­ve­nience.” That con­ve­nience is am­pli­fied by ad­di­tional ex­ter­nal ameni­ties and the home’s ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion, he added. “There’s a dou­ble garage plus a park­ing pad for two to three cars, so there’s room for ev­ery­one’s ve­hi­cle. The home is also sur­rounded by ma­ture trees and stone pa­tios, so it’s as beau­ti­ful out­side as it is in­side. You’re also walk­ing dis­tance to Co­ry­don Av­enue and Os­borne Vil­lage. In short, it’s a centrally lo­cated, char­ac­ter home with all the ameni­ties you need close to a host of con­ve­niences.”

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