No renos re­quired

Turnkey starter home a rare find

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

WE all know the old say­ing: you get what you pay for. Nowhere does that adage ring more true than with starter homes. Th­ese days, starter homes start at about $250,000 — and many homes at that price point may well re­quire $30,000 to $50,000 in up­grades to bring them up to speed. More­over, per­form­ing those up­grades can be an ar­du­ous task. In an ideal world, young fam­i­lies look­ing for a starter home would — af­ter a good bit of search­ing — for­tu­itously find a turnkey starter. Un­for­tu­nately, those types of homes are the ex­cep­tion. That be­ing the case, it would be fair to call 35 Lady­wood Dr. an ex­tremely rare find, said RE/MAX Per­for­mance Re­alty’s Jeff Stern. “The mo­ment you en­ter this home, you be­come aware of all the stunning ren­o­va­tions that have been per­formed on it,” he said. “The long­time own­ers have lov­ingly ren­o­vated the home over the last num­ber of years, and it shows, from top to bot­tom.” Stern said the home — a 1,370 sq. ft. abode built in 1957 — is a rar­ity for more than one rea­son. “Not only does it feel like a new home in­side, but it also has a base­ment, which is quite rare in the Jameswood area, which is pop­u­lated with a host of slab-style bun­ga­lows,” said Stern. “And the home also has three bed­rooms up­stairs, which makes it a won­der­ful fam­ily home.” The first thing that hits you when you step into the foyer — aside from the foyer’s de­cent width, and the can­tilevered coat closet to the left — is the floor­ing. Where many own­ers opt to cut costs on floor­ing know­ing that they’ll soon be mov­ing, 35 Lady­wood’s own­ers chose oth­er­wise. “They ac­tu­ally went with gor­geous, dis­tressed hard­woods that run through the main floor, lend­ing char­ac­ter and warmth to each space,” he said. “They com­bine beau­ti­fully with the earth-tone colour pal­ette to cre­ate a warm, invit­ing — and con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior.” Just as the hard­woods and con­tem­po­rary colours are a pleas­ant sur­prise, so too is the home’s lay­out. While it’s not open-con­cept, like most of to­day’s new homes de­signs, it’s not a dark, choppy col­lec­tion of spa­ces, ei­ther. The living room — which mea­sures in at 16 feet by 11.6 feet — of­fers plenty of space for fur­ni­ture and a big flat-panel TV, and, thanks to a large bay win­dow on its front wall, is a bright, cheery space. From there, the living room tran­si­tions seam­lessly into the dining room (11.5 by 10.5 feet in size) via a five-foot-wide en­trance. Then, there’s an­other pleas­ant sur­prise on the wall be­hind the dining ta­ble, said Stern. “Gar­den doors — one has a hand crank so you can open it up to bring fresh air in­side — lead out to a 20-foot by 16-foot deck in a pri­vate, fenced backyard that’s ideal for chil­dren to play in. There’s also an over­sized, 22-foot by 22-foot garage that al­lows you to park your cars un­der cover — and is also a hob­by­ist’s haven.” Back in­side, the dining room opens onto the kitchen in con­tem­po­rary, open-con­cept style. “At some point in time, the wall be­tween the dining room was re­moved. That was a stroke of ge­nius, as flow be­tween the two spa­ces is ab­so­lutely ex­cep­tional,” Stern said. “The kitchen of­fers a host of espres­sostained maple cab­i­nets, has plenty of counter space, and — although it’s a gal­ley-style kitchen — of­fers enough space for two peo­ple to cook with­out get­ting in each other’s way. The gor­geous hard­woods also run through the dining room and kitchen, and there’s a nook for a kitchen ta­ble, as well.” The home’s fam­ily-friendly de­sign con­tin­ues up­stairs, where you en­counter — much to your de­light — three bed­rooms and a spa­cious main bath. Like the main floor, the home’s up­per level fea­tures an ideal bal­ance be­tween style and func­tion. “Not only do you get two good-sized kids’ bed­rooms with big win­dows (newer PVC tri-pane mod­els that run through the en­tire home), but you also get a re­mod­elled bath­room. It has a tan tile floor, deep soaker tub, espresso maple van­ity and comes with a tan/ choco­late-brown tile sur­round that runs from the tub to the wall next to it,” he said. “It’s a


The mas­ter bed­room on the sec­ond floor is huge and fea­tures a

walk-in closet.

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