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

ONE of the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with buy­ing a con­do­minium in an “older” build­ing is the unit might be, well, dated. And while a build­ing con­structed in 1972 isn’t all that old, there’s the pos­si­bil­ity many of the units within it might be in need of an up­date. As at­trac­tive as a suite with three bed­rooms might be, ma­roon car­pet­ing, gold light-switch plates and an­cient ap­pli­ances can quickly put a damper on a buyer’s en­thu­si­asm. Which is to say, once they see a unit is in need of a ma­jor makeover, the ten­dency is to make a quiet exit and never look back; the list of ob­jec­tions is just too long. Con­se­quently, it’s al­ways a pleas­ant sur­prise to walk into a con­do­minium that’s been re­done to con­tem­po­rary stan­dards. RE/MAX Ex­ec­u­tives Re­alty’s Lynda Mackie said unit 4G, 1975 Co­ry­don Ave. is one of those rare ob­jec­tion-free suites. “This unit has been to­tally ren­o­vated in ev­ery area,” she said. “Not only that, but this is also a three-bed­room unit that of­fers, 1,017 sq. ft. of space. The floor plan is very func­tional, and the sur­round­ings are ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. In to­tal, about $60,000 was spent on ren­o­va­tions, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ances.” Mackie said the dif­fer­ence be­tween the old suite and ren­o­vated suite is night and day. “The floor plan was fine, but it was badly in need of an up­date. The out­go­ing owner did a won­der­ful job of bring­ing this suite up to date — no de­tail was missed, what­so­ever.” In­deed, the list of up­dates is im­pres­sive: smokestained en­gi­neered hard­woods through­out the suite, all new in­te­rior doors, door frames and trim, new slid­ing closet doors, new door hard­ware, cus­tom light-block­ing win­dow cov­ers and light­ing. That’s just the start of the list, said Mackie. “Go through the great room, and you not only see the new hard­woods, but you also see a kitchen that’s been en­tirely re-done. All the cab­i­netry is an­tique white, shaker-style ther­mo­foil with an­tique iron drawer pulls and cabi­net han­dles, and the doors and draw­ers are also soft-close. All coun­ter­tops are grey/black gran­ite, and there’s also a white tile back­splash with black de­tail­ing.” More im­por­tantly, the suite’s main living area is ex­tremely spa­cious and func­tional. Be­cause the suite is ba­si­cally the size of a house, each area — kitchen, dining area and me­dia area — is dis­tinct, yet ac­ces­si­ble space. The kitchen is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. Aisle width be­tween the mid-sized is­land and sink is about five feet, while the is­land it­self of­fers loads of prep space plus an eat­ing nook for two. There’s also loads of stor­age space in the mul­ti­plic­ity of shak­er­style cab­i­nets, in­clud­ing a four-door pantry. The dining area is equally dis­tinct, said Mackie. “It’s a good-sized space (at 10 feet by 10.3 feet) that can eas­ily hold a ta­ble for four to six. The open­con­cept de­sign makes the suite’s great room ideal for en­ter­tain­ing, as flow-be­tween space is ab­so­lutely su­per. An en­closed bal­cony extends liv­able space in spring, sum­mer and fall, and the living room is also a good-sized space (13.3 feet by 11.5 feet) that can ac­com­mo­date a sofa and love seat with­out a prob­lem.” Next comes a hall­way that leads to not one, but two bed­rooms, as well as a re­mod­elled four-piece bath — and in-suite laun­dry. “I think it’s a real bonus to have three bed­rooms,” she said. “Not only do you get a large mas­ter bed­room (it mea­sures in at 14 feet by 11 feet), but you also get two good-sized bed­rooms (11 feet by nine feet and 11.3 feet by eight feet re­spec­tively). Depend­ing on your needs, one could be a den, while the other could be a guest bed­room or ex­er­cise room.” Mean­while, the other two spa­ces that oc­cupy the pri­vate wing — the four-piece bath and laun­dry room — add wel­come el­e­ments of luxury and util­ity. “The bath­room, with its grey tile floor, tub with white/black tile sur­round and white van­ity has been beau­ti­fully re­done, and is a very re­lax­ing space,” Mackie said. “Then, the laun­dry room — which is at the end of the hall — of­fers a built-in linen closet, shelv­ing and newer Whirlpool front load­ing washer/ dryer tan­dem.” She added the com­plex’s lo­ca­tion is also ideal. “It’s an awe­some spot be­tween Tuxedo and River Heights that’s ever-so-cen­tral. You’re also close to Assini­boine Park, jog­ging trails and a host of ameni­ties a short walk away, in­clud­ing Safe­way, Shop­pers Drug Mart, restau­rants and ser­vices.” Back in­side the build­ing, there’s no short­age of ameni­ties. In­cluded in the condo fees are un­der­ground park­ing, a gym filled with brand new equip­ment, a games room, in­door pool, sauna and hot tub area. “And be­cause it’s a con­crete and steel build­ing, the unit – which is ac­tu­ally an end unit – is ex­tremely quiet,” said Mackie. “No mat­ter whether you’re an empty-nest cou­ple, sin­gle pro­fes­sional or young cou­ple, you can just move in and en­joy all the space, style and func­tion that this unit has to of­fer — in a lo­ca­tion that’s about as good as you’ll ever find.”

PHO­TOS BY WAYNE GLOWACKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The kitchen of­fers loads of prep space plus an eat­ing nook for two. There’s also loads of stor­age space in the shaker-style cab­i­nets, in­clud­ing a huge pantry.

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