Ur­ban re­treat

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

ONCE upon a time — around about the mid1970s — homes on St. Michael Road in St. Vi­tal were sur­rounded by noth­ing but open fields.Hence, there was a pal­pa­ble coun­try feel. At the same time, it was ob­vi­ous that it would take time for the area to ma­ture. Fast for­ward roughly 40 years, and the area — now de­fined by a col­lec­tion of good-sized homes on over­sized lots — has come into its own. While it’s no longer in the coun­try — progress has seen to that, with St. Vi­tal be­ing one of the fastest-grow­ing ar­eas in the city — that coun­try feel still re­mains. Many of the over­sized lots are now sur­rounded by ma­ture trees and a col­lec­tion of flora and fauna that lends a rus­tic, cot­tage-like feel to the homes. Fit­tingly, there’s a home that’s just come up for sale that fits per­fectly into that rus­tic at­mos­phere, said RE/MAX Ex­ec­u­tives Realty’s Lynda Mackie. “The first thing that strikes you about this home is the slate on both the ex­te­rior of the home and the sin­gle-car garage that fronts the home,” said Mackie. “When you com­bine that look with all the beau­ti­ful, ma­ture trees that sur­round the home, you do feel as if you’re ar­riv­ing at your cot­tage at the lake. And the fact that the home is set back be­hind the garage with beau­ti­fully land­scaped grounds around it only adds to that feel.” That said, 78 St. Michael Road is any­thing but a cot­tage. At 1,596 square feet on the main floor and ap­prox­i­mately 1,400 down­stairs in the fully-de­vel­oped base­ment, the home of­fers nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of to­tal liv­ing space. More than that — though the home was built in 1973 — its in­te­rior feels much newer. “It’s ab­so­lutely im­mac­u­late,” said Mackie. “No mat­ter where you go in the home, it’s ab­so­lutely spot­less. This home has only had two own­ers, and both have taken great care of the home. Not only that, but it has also been well-up­dated. Po­lar tri­pane win­dows were in­stalled in 2003, a pres­sure­treated lum­ber fence in 2008, cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing in 2009, a new hot wa­ter tank in 2014 and there’s brand new car­pet­ing in the rec room.” As im­pres­sive as the home’s con­di­tion is, the backyard is even more im­pres­sive. “It’s huge, pri­vate and fully-fenced, with a park-like set­ting that en­cour­ages you to re­lax,” said Mackie. “There’s a raised brick pa­tio where you can head to en­joy bug-free evenings in your gazebo, flower gar­dens with hand­made ar­bour, cus­tom-built shed and gate that leads out to bike/ walk­ing paths that run along Bishop Grandin Boule­vard. It is a gor­geous, peace­ful spot where you can en­ter­tain and bar­beque — the bar­beque stays due to its gas-line hook-up.” Back in­side, the at­mos­phere is bright, tran­quil

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