Hand­some hide­away

Coun­try pri­vacy with­out the long com­mute

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

EV­ERY home­owner has surely dreamed at one time or another of liv­ing in a home that is pri­vate, yet close to a wide range of ameni­ties. That dream can be dif­fi­cult to at­tain. If you have kids en­rolled in sports and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in the city — and if you hap­pen to work down­town — liv­ing in one of the bed­room com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the city just doesn’t make sense. Pri­vacy is great, but if it isn’t rel­a­tively con­ve­nient, then all is for naught.

Jo­dine Wiebe, with Realty Ex­ec­u­tives First Choice, said she has a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion to that dilemma in the form of 526 Prairie Acres Bay in the com­mu­nity of Grande Pointe. “The home is per­fectly po­si­tioned in that you’re an eight to 10 minute drive from all ameni­ties,” said Wiebe. “It’s out­side the city, yet you’re not far away. Tak­ing the kids to ac­tiv­i­ties or head­ing to work down­town or in the south end of the city won’t re­quire a long com­mute.” The home is a 1,627 sq. ft. bun­ga­low. Si­t­u­ated on an ex­pan­sive twoacre lot, it was cus­tom-built in 2011 by Cob­ble­stone Homes. With more than 3,000 sq. ft. of to­tal liv­ing space this home re­flects its wide-open sur­round­ings in the space it of­fers. It also of­fers an invit­ing, re­lax­ing and well-or­dered in­te­rior. The gen­er­ous foyer is de­mar­cated by a dark taupe tile floor with a stylish tray ceil­ing above that not only looks rich, but is ex­cep­tion­ally durable. To the left is a laun­dry and mud room with an ac­cess door to the triple-at­tached garage. To the right is a big coat closet, and a pri­vate bed­room wing set well away from the home’s main liv­ing area. “Three of the home’s five bed­rooms oc­cupy the wing along with a big four-piece bath with tile floor and soaker tub,” said Wiebe. “The two sec­ondary bed­rooms, which are over­sized and come with huge win­dows and dou­ble clos­ets are ac­tu­ally sep­a­rated by the main bath. And the gor­geous maple hard­woods, which run through­out the great room, also run into the bed­room wing.” That leaves the master suite, which is as pri­vate as they come. “It’s been set away off in it’s own cor­ner, so it is ba­si­cally in a world of its own,” said Wiebe, adding that two huge ver­ti­cal win­dows not only pro­vide a great view of the wide-open spa­ces sur­round­ing the home, but also lets in loads of nat­u­ral light. “The bed­room is very spa­cious, as is the walk-in closet. The four-piece en­suite is a re­lax­ing space with a jet­ted soaker tub where you can take a hot bath at the end of a long day.”

While the theme in the bed­room wing is one of seclu­sion, the theme in the great room is one of open­ness, light and sub­tle def­i­ni­tion. “Flow and space in the great room is ex­cep­tional,” said Wiebe. “The kitchen is huge, and the din­ing room — which is next to pa­tio doors and three win­dows — is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing. It now has a ta­ble for six in it, but it could easily hold a ta­ble that seats 10 to 12.”

Mean­while, the ad­ja­cent is­land kitchen is a chef’s de­light. “Its Ushaped is­land opens up all kinds of in­te­rior space, which makes it easy for more than one cook to move around and cre­ate gourmet meals. There are tons of gor­geous espresso maple cab­i­nets, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and the ap­pli­ances have been po­si­tioned in per­fect spots. The stove and mi­crowave are to the left of the walk-in cor­ner pantry, while a dou­ble sink with a large win­dow over it, along with more cab­i­nets, the fridge and dish­washer are off to the right.” Then, there’s the serene fam­ily room, a space that caps off an area that’s tai­lor-made for en­ter­tain­ing or re­lax­ation. “The fam­ily room’s fo­cal point is a gas fire­place set in a tile sur­round with espresso man­tel and TV niche above,” said Wiebe. “Ver­ti­cal win­dows were placed on ei­ther side of the fire­place to let in even more nat­u­ral light — the great room is just flooded with nat­u­ral light dur­ing the day from all the win­dows sur­round­ing it — and the maple hard­woods add warmth. The tray ceil­ing above adds some nice def­i­ni­tion, and ex­tra ceil­ing height.”

Down­stairs, the home’s lower level — opened up nicely by en­gi­neered joists and steel beam con­struc­tion — is par­tially de­vel­oped with two bed­rooms and a framed-in rec room. “There’s all kinds of liv­able space down­stairs (1,200 sq. ft. or more), so not only do you have two huge bed­rooms (one with a walk-in closet), there’s also a huge un­fin­ished area with three large win­dows that will make a great rec room,” said Wiebe. “There’s also a big me­chan­i­cal/stor­age room, too.”

Not only is there an abun­dance of space in­side, there’s also an abun­dance of it out­side, added Wiebe. “The yard has been ex­ten­sively land­scaped with four mounds, grass and nu­mer­ous trees, and an above­ground swimming pool is in­cluded in the sale of the home. The three-car garage also gives you lots of room to store your boat, mo­tor­cy­cles or ATV’s, and even though you’re out in the coun­try, you’re only five min­utes from the Perime­ter and a 10 minute drive to all kinds of ameni­ties,” said Wiebe. “It’s a well-po­si­tioned, beau­ti­ful home that an ac­tive fam­ily will en­joy.”

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