City HIDE­AWAY

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

WITH the city ex­pand­ing at a rapid pace, it’s get­ting in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find coun­tri­fied homes within city lim­its. That said, the oc­ca­sional gem does come up for sale. A 1,922 sq. ft., two-storey home at 1061 Charleswood Road would qual­ify as one of those rare gems, said Royal LePage Al­liance’s Jason Top­nik. “This is a spe­cial home,” he said. “First of all, it’s set well back on a huge, 130-by400-foot lot, sur­rounded by a for­est of ma­ture oak trees. Sec­ond, there’s the home it­self. The way it was con­structed just makes it a unique prop­erty in it­self.” Built in 1979, 1061 Charleswood Road is a gen­uine log home built in the clas­sic Swedish style, where ev­ery log was in­di­vid­u­ally scribed to fit the log be­low it. In all, about 180 logs were re­quired. “The home was ac­tu­ally com­pleted over a span of seven years,” said Top­nik. “The walls are over 20 inches thick, and are com­prised of white spruce. In­su­la­tion value is ex­cep­tional. Most of to­day’s homes have walls that come in at about R20. The walls of this home have an in­su­la­tion value of R25 to R30.” Be­cause it’s fronted by a log garage (which pro­vides you with a preview of what’s to come), sur­rounded by ma­ture trees and set back well from the road in front, you don’t ac­tu­ally see the home it­self. To do that, you must take an in­ter­lock­ing stone side­walk — flanked by ma­ture oaks on ei­ther side — that winds lazily up to the home’s front porch. Once there, you feel as if you’re out at the lake in a rus­tic world all your own. It’s a feel­ing that deep­ens the mo­ment you set foot in­side the home. A gen­er­ous foyer with pine walls leads the way into the home, with a four-piece bath (with claw­foot tub) to the left and bed­room at the end of the hall­way. Turn to the right, and there is a ma­jes­tic great room filled with fas­ci­nat­ing fea­tures ac­cessed via a door­way more than eight-feethigh, said Top­nik. “It’s an ab­so­lutely gor­geous space, with its soar­ing ceil­ing (about 25 feet at its high­est point), en­gi­neered maple floors, beau­ti­ful, warm log walls and its fo­cal point, a func­tional wood burn­ing fire­place framed by a dark brown tile floor be­neath it,” he said. “Two huge win­dows on ei­ther side of the stove let in lots of light, and there’s all kinds of space to en­joy, whether you’re by your­self, or with guests. The in­te­rior feel is very tran­quil — it’s so quiet here, set back in the trees.”

He added that the kitchen is a spe­cial space in its own right. “It’s an eat-in kitchen (with am­ple room for a ta­ble for four) that’s sur­rounded by four large win­dows that give you beau­ti­ful views of the trees sur­round­ing the home,” said Top­nik. “There’s plenty of room to move around to cre­ate, as well as loads of cab­i­net and counter space. No mat­ter where you are, you have a view — cook­ing at the stove, rins­ing dishes at the sink, or in the dinette area, which has win­dows to its side and rear. The view from the win­dow over the stove is par­tic­u­larly good.”

That view, it turns out, is one that you aren’t of­ten privy to in the city. “You can head out the back door to a huge deck that over­looks a yard filled with ma­ture oaks, and with an open meadow stretch­ing away be­hind it. You can’t see the homes of any neigh­bours left or right. The only hint of civ­i­liza­tion is a fence pok­ing out of the trees off in the dis­tance to the right. You feel like you’re in a world of your own, and the deck of­fers all kinds of space to bar­beque and visit with guests.”

Back in­side, a grand stair­case takes you up­stairs to an up­per level oc­cu­pied by two huge bed­rooms. “Both the master suite and sec­ond bed­room — which could also be used as a den — are iden­ti­cal in size at over 15 feet by 12 feet, and have gor­geous, vaulted pine ceil­ings and large win­dows,” said Top­nik. “It’s a pri­vate, se­cluded area that en­cour­ages you to re­lax.”

Un­like most rus­tic re­treats, 1061 Charleswood comes with a fin­ished base­ment that adds more than 600 sq. ft. of liv­ing space to the home, tak­ing the to­tal square footage to more than 2,500 sq. ft. “There’s a large rec room with cul­tured stone fea­ture wall and a very spa­cious fourth bed­room next to a re­mod­elled three-piece bath,” said Top­nik. “A new tile/tem­pered glass shower was just put in to add another di­men­sion to its use. The bed­room is a great spot for teenagers who want a pri­vate space of their own. There’s plenty of stor­age space, as well.”

Top­nik de­scribed the en­tire prop­erty as ex­cep­tional. “It’s on a huge, park-like lot in the city, and these types of prop­er­ties are some­thing you just can’t seem to find any­more. Pride of own­er­ship in the home is very ap­par­ent, as is the at­ten­tion to de­tail in the home’s de­sign. It’s a unique, cus­tom-built home that feels like it’s in the coun­try with its pri­vate, se­cluded feel, yet it’s only min­utes from city con­ve­niences,” said Top­nik. “As I said ear­lier, it’s a very spe­cial place.”

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