Mov­ing UP

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

IT’S a term that empty nesters dread — move-down home. The prospect of mov­ing from a 2,500 sq. ft. home to an apart­ment-style con­do­minium can be daunt­ing, to say the least. With that in mind, Ven­tura Cus­tom Homes has come up with a pair of spa­cious, well-ap­pointed de­signs in the form of Wheat­land Vil­lage Con­do­mini­ums, found in their new con­do­minium com­mu­nity in Du­gald’s Wheat­land Park. “Two dif­fer­ent bun­ga­low-style, at­tached units are avail­able,” said Trinkl Real Es­tate’s Ron Tardiff, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the pro­ject. “The first is a 1,226 sq. ft. plan with a base price of $212,400 plus lot, the sec­ond is a larger 1,396 sq. ft. plan with base price of $229,400 plus lot. En­try-level price for the 1,226 sq. ft. unit would be un­der $290,000, in­clud­ing lot and net GST. The en­try-level price for the larger unit would be around $300,000. Both prices don’t in­clude a de­vel­oped base­ment.” If you opt to choose the larger, 1,396 sq. ft. home (the dis­play unit, in this case) — and put in a fin­ished base­ment — the price is still very rea­son­able. With a fully-fin­ished base­ment (an op­tion that costs ap­prox­i­mately $36,640), you get a con­do­minium that of­fers al­most 2,500 sq. ft. of liv­ing space. The 1,396 sq. ft. home with de­vel­oped base­ment comes in at $372,900 — a price that also in­cludes piled foun­da­tion, con­crete drive­way and walk­way, rear wood deck, up­graded tubs and showers, pot­lights through­out, air con­di­tion­ing, front and rear land­scap­ing and more. Most im­por­tantly, it doesn’t feel like a con­do­minium. “Move into one of these units, and you still feel like you have your own home,” said Tardiff. “You not only have all the space in­side, but you also have a yard, and an at­tached dou­ble garage. If you like head­ing south dur­ing the win­ter, you can just lock up and leave, and come back home to all that space in the spring.” One of the rea­sons the units feel like a sin­gle fam­ily home is the way they’ve been built, added Tardiff. “The rea­son the base­ment is so wide open is that it has a steel beam run­ning through it that vir­tu­ally elim­i­nates the need for tele­posts. There’s tons of room for media and games area, and, if need be, you could put in a fourth bed­room. A pair of over­sized, an­gled win­dows also let in lots of nat­u­ral light.” Head up­stairs and you find a main liv­ing area just as ex­pan­sive as the lower level. The main liv­ing area is di­vided into four (spa­cious) quad­rants in­clud­ing a din­ing area next to the lower level stair­case, fam­ily room, kitchen and dinette area. Tardiff said there’s a rea­son for that de­sign. “There are two eat­ing ar­eas be­cause many of our cus­tomers want a good-sized area for their din­ing room ta­ble, and the area next to the stairs is a per­fect size for that. If they don’t have that need, they can use the area next to the stairs as a com­puter area, or sit­ting area. The dinette area — which is next to pa­tio doors lead­ing to the backyard deck — easily has space for a ta­ble for six.” The ad­ja­cent kitchen fea­tures a gen­er­ous is­land with an eat­ing nook, a wealth of por­to­bello cab­i­nets, brown/black lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops, a pantry and a laun­dry/mud­room with garage ac­cess. “While the por­to­bello olon cab­i­nets are a pop­u­lar choice, there are 16 other cab­i­net

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