Op­tions abound in steel-clad home

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

AT first glance, 884 Grosvenor Ave. is an in­trigu­ing sight. And lit­tle won­der. With its low­main­te­nance cor­ru­gated-steel ex­te­rior, it stands out from all the stucco- or sid­ing-cov­ered homes around it. Take a closer look in­side, and it be­comes that much more in­ter­est­ing, said Cole Caste­lane of Cen­tury 21 Bach­man & As­so­ciates. “It’s a re­ally cool prop­erty that gives you the best of both worlds in that it of­fers you sev­eral flex­i­ble hous­ing op­tions. This is a home that of­fers all kinds of func­tion, style and util­ity, and is laid out in such a way that it could be used in sev­eral ways.” A 3,680-square-foot, 2½-storey home built in 1908, 884 Grosvenor Ave. was con­verted into a con­do­minium by renowned ar­chi­tect Ernie Wal­ter sev­eral years ago. To­day, there are two dis­tinct living spa­ces fea­tur­ing a con­tem­po­rary lay­out (bright and open) with mod­ern fin­ishes and ameni­ties through­out. “There are main-floor and sec­ond­floor suites,” said Caste­lane. “That lay­out gives you sev­eral op­tions. You could buy the sec­ond-floor unit and sell the bun­ga­low be­low, or you could buy the home, live on the main floor and rent out the top two floors.” The op­tions don’t end there, he added.“If you have el­derly par­ents, they could move in and live down­stairs — it’s some­thing you see hap­pen­ing all the time in Van­cou­ver. Or, you could use the main floor as a home of­fice, or set it up the main floor to use for a busi­ness while you live up­stairs. If you choose to rent ei­ther unit, you could gen­er­ate some good ex­tra in­come.” The best part is, 884 Grosvenor Ave. is em­i­nently liv­able. Take the main part of the sec­ond-floor unit, for ex­am­ple. There’s a mod is­land kitchen with eat­ing nook in the cen­tre, a me­dia area off to its left and a dining area to its right. A set of slid­ing pa­tio doors lead to a cool — and some­what un­ex­pected — fea­ture at its rear, said Caste­lane. “The doors lead to a sec­ond-floor deck set up beau­ti­fully in the tree tops. It’s a quiet, pri­vate area where you can just sit or re­lax or visit with com­pany over a cold drink. It’s ca­sual living at its best and a fea­ture that you don’t find in too many con­dos.” Mean­while, the up­per level of­fers a mas­ter suite, den/bed­room and en­suite with soaker tub, not to men­tion tree­top views. The main-level unit is spa­cious, and comes with two bed­rooms, is­land kitchen, living room and pri­vate deck. Caste­lane said the lo­ca­tion isn’t bad, ei­ther. “It’s cen­tral and close to pretty much ev­ery­thing,” he said, adding 884 Grosvenor Ave. comes with a dou­ble garage and ad­di­tional park­ing. “You’re also walk­ing dis­tance from Co­ry­don Av­enue, and mere min­utes from Assini­boine Park and all kinds of other ameni­ties. It’s a con­tem­po­rary home that of­fers all kinds of pos­si­bil­i­ties in a great lo­ca­tion.”

PHO­TOS BY TODD LEWYS / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

884 Grosvenor Av­enue is a dis­tinc­tive sight with its cor­ru­gated steel ex­te­rior.

The so­lar­ium-like dining/sit­ting area is ex­cep­tion­ally bright, of­fers tree-top views

– and ac­cess to the tree-top bal­cony.

Caste­lane said the pri­vate (and quiet) tree-top sec­ond-floor bal­cony is ca­sual living at its best.

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