Con­tem­po­rary CLAS­SIC

Re­cently ren­o­vated River Heights bun­ga­low fresh and af­ford­able

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

IT’S a burn­ing ques­tion that can con­found young cou­ples and empty nesters alike: to buy a sin­gle fam­ily home, or a con­do­minium? The rea­son the ques­tion lingers with so many buy­ers can be summed up in one word: af­ford­abil­ity. Truth is, if you’re work­ing off a rel­a­tively mod­est bud­get, a con­do­minium of­ten proves to be the most fi­nan­cially fea­si­ble choice. Granted, pricey condo fees (of $250 or more) plus hefty taxes can be hard to stom­ach, but at the end of the day, a condo is of­ten still more af­ford­able. That is, un­less an un­fore­seen al­ter­na­tive presents it­self. Such an al­ter­na­tive is avail­able in the form of 504 La­nark Street, a 905 square-foot bun­ga­low in River Heights. “Re­cent ren­o­va­tions — about $90,000 worth — have to­tally trans­formed the home,” said Alan Reiss of RE/MAX Pro­fes­sion­als. “This home feels like a new home through­out thanks to all the work that’s been done to the bath­rooms, kitchen and base­ment.” The key here for prospec­tive buy­ers is the home is not a dated River Heights clas­sic. There are no painted cup­boards to deal with, nor is there a choppy, dark floor plan that must be opened up to make the home brighter, and more liv­able. “Es­sen­tially, the home is in move-in con­di­tion,” said Reiss. “The (oak) hard­woods are in great shape, all the win­dows are newer, and with the ren­o­vated spa­ces, the home feels very con­tem­po­rary.” That’s no over­state­ment, as the floor plan is rem­i­nis­cent of the great room floor plans found in to­day’s new homes. In­stead of a liv­ing room/din­ing room sep­a­rate from the kitchen — as is the case in many River Heights homes — the wall once sep­a­rat­ing it from the liv­ing room was knocked out. That move ex­po­nen­tially in­creased the home’s func­tion and liv­abil­ity in more way than one. “Not only was flow dra­mat­i­cally im­proved from the kitchen into the din­ing room and great room, but open­ing up the wall also al­lowed more nat­u­ral light to flow through (from the huge win­dow over the kitchen) sink into the liv­ing room,” said Weiss. “There’s al­ready tons of light in the main liv­ing area, as there’s a large win­dow on the wall next to the din­ing ta­ble, and a huge pic­ture win­dow on the liv­ing room’s front wall. It’s an area that works well if you like to en­ter­tain.” The din­ing room can easily hold a ta­ble for six, while the liv­ing room — with its aboveav­er­age depth and width, for a home of its size — can com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date enough fur­ni­ture for guests to re­lax af­ter din­ner thanks to its wide-open lay­out. The taste­fully-ren­o­vated kitchen is also a joy to cre­ate gourmet dishes in. “With its grey tile floor, wealth of white cab­i­nets (in­clud­ing pot drawer next to the flat-top stove), white/grey coun­ter­tops, grey zig-zag tile back­splash and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, it’s a beau­ti­ful, func­tional space. The view from the large win­dow over the dou­ble sink is nice, too.”

That view re­veals another bonus – a huge, fenced-in back yard. “It has a pa­tio right off the back door — it’s a great spot to sit and visit with com­pany in pri­vacy,” said Reiss. “And if you’re a cou­ple with young chil­dren, there’s plenty of space for kids to play in to­tal safety. There’s a dou­ble-de­tached garage at the rear off the lane, along with two park­ing spots on the side.”

Take the an­gled, open stair­case down­stairs — there’s even a mid-sized win­dow on the side wall fur­ther il­lu­mi­nat­ing a cheer­fully bright area — and you hap­pen upon the

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