Con­tem­po­rary clas­sic

Up­grades com­plete River Heights charmer

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

TH­ESE days, the cost of a starter home is fairly sub­stan­tial — $250,000 or there­abouts. Even at that price, the re­al­ity is, such a home will likely need up­grades in an area or two. That might mean re-do­ing the kitchen, ren­o­vat­ing the main bath­room, or pos­si­bly putting in some car­pet­ing and/or new floor­ing. By the time ev­ery­thing is done, you might have spent $30,000 (or more) to bring that home up to con­tem­po­rary stan­dards That’s why it makes sense to spend an­other $40,000 on a home, if your bud­get per­mits, for a sim­ple rea­son: It’s likely that a home in the $300,000 price range has been up­dated, and is (more or less) move-in ready. RE/MAX Pro­fes­sion­als’ Rod Peeler said 266 Queen­ston St. — a 1,192 sq. ft. one-anda-half storey home built in 1928 – is one of those homes. “Over the last five years or so, the home has been up­dated to bring it up to mod­ern stan­dards in sev­eral key ar­eas,” he said. “In par­tic­u­lar, the kitchen was ren­o­vated and the bath­room on the main floor was up­dated. The en­suite in the mas­ter suite up­stairs was also up­dated, as well.” Of the three up­dates – all were im­por­tant – the kitchen ren­o­va­tion had the big­gest im­pact on the home’s liv­abil­ity, said Peeler. “Orig­i­nally, there was a wall be­tween the kitchen and dining room that ham­pered flow and pre­vented nat­u­ral light from flow­ing freely from the dining room into the kitchen,” he said. “The wall was re­moved, and do­ing that made a huge dif­fer­ence. It’s now a nat­u­rally bright area with ex­cel­lent flow be­tween the two spa­ces. It’s as mod­ern as most kitchens in newer homes.” Not only did the ren­o­va­tion unite the kitchen and dining room, it made for ef­fort­less flow into the nearby living room, mak­ing the area ideal for en­ter­tain­ing. At the same time, the con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes gave the kitchen a pleas­ing, con­tem­po­rary feel. “The ren­o­va­tion re­ally brought it up to snuff,” Peeler said. “There are new (white maple cab­i­nets, (taupe) tile floor, a (white) sub­way tile back­splash, (taupe) gran­ite penin­sula with sink and seat­ing for three, and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances. At the same time, some of the home’s old char­ac­ter is still present — re­fin­ished oak hard­woods and 10-inch-high base­boards. There’s also an al­cove win­dow with a wide sill off to the side of the kitchen, too.” A door­way on the op­po­site side unites the kitchen/dining room with the bright, spa­cious living room, which also con­tains a unique fea­ture. “It has a gas fire­place with brick sur­round and brick wall that, along with the oak hard­woods, gives the room a nice, warm feel,” he said. “From there, you can go down a hall­way where you’ll find two bed­rooms and the main bath.” Turns out, the main bath is a mix of old and new. The old is its orig­i­nal off-white tile floor fea­tur­ing myr­iad six-sided tiles; the new is a maple van­ity with cir­cu­lar ce­ramic sink (on a white cul­tured mar­ble coun­ter­top) and reglazed (deep tub). At the end of the hall are two bed­rooms: to the right is a bed­room with a pa­tio door that leads to the backyard deck. An­gle left, and there’s a sec­ond bed­room big enough to be used as ei­ther a den or kid’s bed­room. “Right now, the bed­room with the pa­tio door is be­ing used as a me­dia room,” Peeler said. “The pa­tio door leads out to a good­sized deck and pri­vate, fenced yard sur­rounded by trees. There’s also a gas hook-up for a bar­beque.” Head up­stairs, and you en­counter the home’s (some­what un­ex­pected) piece de re­sis­tance: a loft-style bed­room. “It’s an ab­so­lutely awe­some space,” he said. “It’s just a bit less than 400 square feet in size, and two win­dows on op­po­site ends (plus large win­dow in en­suite) that make for a nice bright space. It also has a peaked ceil­ing, and (medium brown) lam­i­nate floor­ing that gives it a nice warmth. There’s plenty of stor­age space, and even room for a sit­ting area.” Mean­while, the ren­o­vated en­suite de­liv­ers a wel­come touch of luxury. “With its (taupe) tile floor, gor­geous tem­pered-glass tile shower and new white van­ity, it’s a beau­ti­ful space to wake up in, and is es­pe­cially nice be­cause of all the nat­u­ral light the large win­dow lets in,” Peeler said. “It’s a pri­vate, nicely ap­pointed retreat that par­ents of a young fam­ily will re­ally en­joy, and ap­pre­ci­ate.” He added that par­ents with school-aged chil­dren will ap­pre­ci­ate the home’s lo­ca­tion. Not only is it close to shops, ser­vices and restau­rants on Co­ry­don Av­enue and Academy Road, sev­eral schools are nearby. “No fewer than four schools are close by, along with parks and com­mu­nity cen­tres. You couldn’t ask for a bet­ter lo­ca­tion.” With a us­able base­ment (with three rooms plus stor­age and laun­dry room) and garage out back, the home is ready for a young fam­ily to use and en­joy, said Peeler. “It’s in a won­der­ful, cen­tral lo­ca­tion, com­bines char­ac­ter with newer fea­tures beau­ti­fully, and is rea­son­ably priced. It’s a solid, up­dated home that al­lows you to get into north River Heights for around $300,000,” he said. “The value and lo­ca­tion this home of­fers is dif­fi­cult to beat.”

Nat­u­ral light pours into the newly ren­o­vated

mas­ter en­suite.

The dining area opens to the kitchen.

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