Ver­ti­cal value

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

IN real es­tate, it’s a word that tends to be overused: value. Yet, that’s what young cou­ples, grow­ing fam­i­lies and empty nesters are look­ing for in a new home — a place to hang their hat that meets their needs with­out cost­ing a for­tune. A & S Homes de­signed Water­ford Land­ing town­homes with that in mind, said sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive and re­al­tor Ken Smith. “Th­ese town­homes of­fer in­cred­i­ble value,” said Smith. “First, they’re not a con­do­minium, so there are no condo fees. Sec­ond, you get the ben­e­fit of sim­ple own­er­ship. And third, the pric­ing is very rea­son­able. The 1,270 sq. ft. town­homes (a.k.a. The Bridge­ford) start at $304,900, while the larger, 1,484 sq. ft. town­homes start at $319,900. Net GST is ex­tra.” Es­sen­tially, buy­ers get to choose if they want to go with ba­sic or up­graded fin­ishes. As ex­pected, the show home (the more ex­pan­sive Water­ford) came loaded with up­grades. Smith said while those up­grades in­crease the home’s price tag, the in­crease isn’t all that sig­nif­i­cant. “This home came with $12,300 worth of up­grades, which would in­crease the home’s sell­ing price to $332,200,” he said, not­ing that the cost for up­grades in the smaller Bridge­ford is slightly more than $11,000. “That said, you get a lot of bang for your buck — high-end lam­i­nate plank floors, quartz coun­ter­tops, maple cab­i­nets and a tile back­splash.” By the same to­ken, he added that if a buyer’s bud­get is on the tight side, they wouldn’t be los­ing any­thing by go­ing with the ba­sic fin­ish­ing pack­age. “You’d get (light taupe) car­pet­ing in the living room, and a nice, high-qual­ity grey vinyl floor in the kitchen and dining area. In­stead of espresso maple cab­i­nets, you’d get espresso oak cab­i­nets. Coun­ter­tops would be a smart grey lam­i­nate, and there wouldn’t be a back­splash,” said Smith. “At the same time, you can mix and match op­tions. The lam­i­nate plank floor­ing is re­ally nice look­ing and very durable, so if you went with one of the up­grade fin­ishes, that would be a good one to go with.” Re­gard­less of which fin­ishes buy­ers choose, they’re get­ting a town­home unit that’s ex­cep­tion­ally well-de­signed. For starters, both units come with a rec­tan­gu­lar, open-con­cept great room of­fer­ing all kinds of func­tion. “When you come down into the great room from the up­per level stair­case, you feel like you’re com­ing down into the main living area of a house,” said Smith. “All the space is well-used, and the great room is sim­ply sur­rounded with win­dows — a huge pic­ture win­dow in the living room, big, low-silled win­dow over the kitchen sink, an over­sized tran­som win­dow on the wall next to the dining area, and a large win­dow next to the back door. The sun isn’t out right now, yet the area’s filled with a ton of nat­u­ral light, so it’s a nat­u­rally bright, and liv­able area.” The se­cret to the great room’s high level of func­tion re­sides in its well-pro­por­tioned lay­out. Each space — kitchen, dining area and living room — gets roughly one-third of the avail­able living space. Con­se­quently, each area is plenty big. At the same time, the buf­fer ar­eas be­tween each space makes each area dis­tinct. At the rear of the great room, the kitchen is de­fined neatly by a gen­er­ous is­land with eat­ing nook for two. Space on all sides of the is­land is more than suf­fi­cient— two can cre­ate in the kitchen in com­fort, and the fin­ishes all blend to­gether beau­ti­fully. Then, there’s the centrally-lo­cated dining area, which is eas­ily ex­pand­able, said Smith. “Right now, there’s a ta­ble for four in it, but you could put a leaf in a larger ta­ble and seat 10 guests for din­ner with­out any prob­lem what­so­ever,” he said. Next door is the big, bright living room, which comes with a very strik­ing stan­dard fea­ture. “The elec­tric fire­place with tile sur­round and en­ter­tain­ment unit with shelv­ing on ei­ther side ac­tu­ally isn’t an up­grade — it’s a nor­mal part of the unit’s de­sign. In this case, the shelv­ing and trim is maple, which is an up­grade. The stan­dard dark oak looks just as good, though.” Make your way up­stairs via an ex­tra-wide stair­case with satin spin­dles and espresso maple rail­ing, and you emerge into an ef­fi­ciently-de­signed sec­ond level. “There are three bed­rooms, and you even get a laun­dry room that’s tucked neatly away to the right of the stairs,” said Smith. “The two sec­ondary bed­rooms are a good size with large win­dows and dou­ble clos­ets, and the main bath comes with a nice, deep soaker tub.” Last but not least is the mas­ter suite, which comes with the ac­cou­trements re­quired to make it a re­lax­ing space: a three-piece en­suite with a low step-over shower, mid-sized walk-in closet and plenty of space for a king size bed, end ta­bles, a dresser and ar­moire. Both The Water­ford and The Bridge­ford come equipped with at­tached dou­ble garages — and a full base­ment. “You get about 500 sq. ft. which al­lows you to put an­other bed­room in, along with a rec room and full bath,” said Smith. “The (elec­tric) fur­nace and hot wa­ter tank are tucked away in a me­chan­i­cal room to the right of the stairs, so you can have a nice, big rec room. Both town­homes de­liver space, style and ex­cel­lent value.”

The main living area is sur­rounded with win­dows, in­clud­ing a huge pic­ture win­dow in the living room.

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