Good as new River Grove

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

ONE of the best as­pects of buy­ing a new home is that it’s, well, new. Which is to say, when you walk in the door, ev­ery­thing is shiny and un­spoiled, from the floors, to the coun­ter­tops to the win­dows, and so on; it’s a gen­uine thrill to know no one else has ever lived in the home. Rare as it might be, there is the oc­ca­sional re­sale home that matches a new build in its pris­tine con­di­tion. A 1,745-square-foot bun­ga­low found at 35 Foxrun Place in River Grove is one of those rare homes, said Re/Max Pro­fes­sion­als’ Pat Stecy. “This home is an ab­so­lute gem from top to bot­tom,” she said. “The out­go­ing own­ers have taken great care of the home, so it feels new in­side. Com­bine that with the home’s ex­cel­lent con­struc­tion qual­ity and how beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated it is, it’s a home that of­fers a vi­able op­tion to buy­ing new. Ev­ery­thing is in place, from land­scap­ing, to a back yard deck to draperies and ap­pli­ances. It’s like a brand-new home.” Turns out, 35 Foxrun is also a home that con­tains a fea­ture many homes, new or re­sale, don’t: a Seco Air sys­tem in the base­ment that’s de­signed to min­i­mize and even elim­i­nate al­ler­gens in the home. That fea­ture makes it a great choice for a fam­ily that has kids with dust or mould al­ler­gies. Not only that, the home also has lit­tle in the way of car­pet­ing. The base­ment fea­tures hick­ory hard­wood floors through­out, while the main floor’s main living area is com­posed pri­mar­ily of tile and bamboo hard­woods that are at once durable and ex­otic. Most im­por­tantly (from a fam­ily’s per­spec­tive), the floor plan is ex­ceed­ingly user­friendly, and all the space is well-used. “I love the lay­out of the home on both lev­els,” said Stecy. “Sur­rounded by large win­dows, the main floor is a nat­u­rally bright area that flows beau­ti­fully from space to space. The fin­ishes are gor­geous, too, from the (cream/taupe-flecked) Cae­sar­Stone (quartz) coun­ter­tops, to the beau­ti­fully tex­tured, warm bamboo hard­woods to the wealth of espresso cab­i­nets in the kitchen.” In short, ev­ery­thing is ex­actly where it should be on the main floor due to a wellthought-out floor plan. That func­tion starts at the home’s front en­trance, where a gen­er­ous tile foyer greets you. In­stead of hav­ing the closet right there, it’s ac­tu­ally lo­cated three steps down on a land­ing that pro­vides ac­cess to the garage and the base­ment, en­abling guests to place their coats and shoes out of the way, thus keep­ing the foyer nice and clear. While the great room’s de­sign is open­con­cept, the three spa­ces that com­prise it are dis­tinct and highly func­tional. The penin­sula kitchen fea­tures seat­ing for three and a Ushaped in­te­rior that opens it up beau­ti­fully (its en­tire 13.7-foot-by-11.5-foot in­te­rior is us­able) so two or three peo­ple can be in the kitchen cre­at­ing and or­ga­niz­ing at the same time with­out wor­ry­ing about col­lid­ing. At the same time, its taupe tile floor is not only el­e­gant, but low-main­te­nance, while the cap­puc­cino cab­i­nets (a wealth of them) and beige/taupe quartz coun­ter­tops com­ple­ment each other per­fectly. From there, the kitchen tran­si­tions into an ex­pan­sive dining room that mea­sures in at a gen­er­ous 19 feet by 10 feet. Then, ad­ja­cent to the dining room — which can eas­ily hold a ta­ble that will seat eight to 10 guests or more — is the fam­ily room, which also of­fers plenty of space at an ex­pan­sive 23.6 feet by 17 feet. “With all the nat­u­ral light and warm fin­ishes, it makes you want to spend time in it,” she said. “The fam­ily room is a par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful space with its huge win­dow, pa­tio door to a rear cov­ered deck and its fo­cal point, a rib­bon fire­place set in an an­gled, beige cul­tured-stone wall with maple en­ter­tain­ment niche be­neath. The bamboo hard­woods fin­ish it off per­fectly.”

MEAN­WHILE, the home’s bed­room wing runs un­ob­tru­sively — and pri­vately — along the home’s left side. There’s a wing that deftly houses a sec­ond bed­room, four-piece bath and laun­dry room — the lat­ter ac­tu­ally linked to the mas­ter suite. “The mas­ter suite can be ac­cessed from two sides,” said Stecy. “You can take the laun­dry room through into the huge walk-in closet, then go through the en­suite to get to the bed­room, or you can ac­cess it via a pri­vate en­trance off the fam­ily room.” Like the great room, the mas­ter suite is spa­cious (16 feet by 14 feet) and beau­ti­fully fin­ished with an earth-tone colour pal­ette, in­clud­ing tex­tured taupe car­pet­ing. The en­suite is el­e­gant and func­tional with an an­gled soaker tub next to a six-foot tem­pered glass/ tile shower — and comes equipped with a heated-tile floor for good mea­sure. Head down­stairs, and you en­counter a bright lower level that of­fers ap­prox­i­mately 1,500 sq. ft. of liv­able space spread out over stunning hick­ory hard­woods with a rec room, games area and wet bar — and a pri­vate bed­room wing that con­tains two huge bed­rooms, a den and four-piece bath. “It’s ba­si­cally a sec­ond home — it’s an ab­so­lutely awe­some area. I love the wet bar, the me­dia room with its cul­tured stone me­dia wall and the func­tional bed­room wing. This is a turnkey home that of­fers broad ap­peal. It’s great for a cou­ple, or a fam­ily with kids,” she said, adding there’ll be an open house Sun­day, March 22. “It’s a home that of­fers ab­so­lute style and func­tion from top to bot­tom in a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion.”

PHO­TOS BY BORIS MINKEVICH / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

On the main level, a living room at the back of the house fea­tures a rib­bon fire­place set in an an­gled, beige cul­tured stone wall.

A wing along the left side of the home con­tains the bed­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter suite, which can be

ac­cessed from two sides.

A dining room on the main level mea­sures 19 x 10 feet.

A pri­vate wing down­stairs con­tains two bed­rooms.

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