Flex­i­ble liv­ing

Transcona town­homes of­fer af­ford­able and stylish al­ter­na­tive to rent­ing

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

TO buy, or not to buy. That is of­ten the ques­tion that con­fronts young fam­i­lies and empty nesters when look­ing for ei­ther a move-up or move-down home. In most cases, the cen­tral ques­tion is whether they should buy a sin­gle de­tached home, or con­do­minium. Michael Du­bi­en­ski of Re/Max Pro­fes­sion­als said a third op­tion should be added to that list. “If you’re look­ing for ex­cep­tional value in a home, you should take a se­ri­ous look at the At­wood Lane Town­homes,” he said. “Th­ese are true town­homes, not con­do­mini­ums. You get your own yard, a de­tached dou­ble garage, and more. Most im­por­tantly, you don’t pay and condo fees.” From the ex­te­rior on in, the 1,297-square­foot town­homes at the At­wood Lane are dis­tinc­tive. Much like a new sin­gle de­tached home, the ex­te­ri­ors — the homes come in four dis­tinc­tive el­e­va­tions — are trimmed smartly with cul­tured stone and stucco, which makes for im­me­di­ate curb ap­peal.

Then there’s the foyer it­self, ush­er­ing you into the home in space, light and style. “Ev­ery­one who’s gone through the home has said there’s ab­so­lutely no wasted space,” said Du­bi­en­ski’s sales part­ner, Vik­to­ria Fazekas. “That ef­fi­cient lay­out starts in the foyer, which of­fers plenty of room to take off your coat and footwear. It feels even big­ger be­cause the wall in front of it (to the right) is an­gled to open up even more space. It con­tains a large walk-in coat closet be­hind its bi-fold doors.”

The ef­fi­cient, func­tional en­trance then gives way to a liv­ing room that’s not only spa­cious, but in­cred­i­bly bright. That nat­u­ral bright­ness can be at­trib­uted to a de­sign fea­ture that’s stan­dard in Ran­dall Homes, added Fazekas.

“Ev­ery Ran­dall home comes with over­sized win­dows that let in all kinds of nat­u­ral light. In this case, the pic­ture win­dow in the liv­ing room takes up most of its front wall, so daylight just floods in,” she said. “At the same time, the (medium brown) lam­i­nate plank floors add warmth to a gen­er­ous area with can­tilevered TV niche (with chocolate brown back­ground). It’s per­fect for vis­it­ing with com­pany af­ter din­ner.”

Thanks to a two-me­tre-wide en­trance placed be­tween the liv­ing room and kitchen/ din­ing area, ac­cess to the home’s hub is ef­fort­less. Al­though the home isn’t overly huge, the well-con­ceived floor plan en­sures that func­tion isn’t com­pro­mised.

A mid-sized is­land (ap­prox­i­mately two me­tres long by one me­tre wide) with dou­ble sink and eat­ing nook for two is func­tional, yet doesn’t im­pede flow. Mean­while, the adjacent din­ing area — which com­fort­ably holds a ta­ble for four to six — is suf­fi­ciently big. And bright, said Fazekas. “A large win­dow be­hind it lets in all kinds of light, along with a back door with a glass cen­tre,” she said. “There’s also a wing to the side of the door that holds an­other walk-in stor­age closet and a pow­der room. There’s also a pantry on the wall op­po­site the kitchen, which fea­tures (taupe/brown) quartz coun­ter­tops, (espresso) ther­mo­foil cab­i­nets and a glass tile back­splash.” Up­stairs, the town­home’s sec­ond level builds on the main floor’s ef­fi­cient floor plan. There’s no wasted space, and the way each space — a flex room/bed­room, two bed­rooms and a four-piece bath — has been ori­ented makes for a bright, open feel. “Most peo­ple who’ve bought one of the town­homes have left the flex room as it is,” said Du­bi­en­ski. “It can be used as a me­dia area, play area or be eas­ily con­verted to a third bed­room. About one in five cus­tomers use it as a bed­room. And be­cause all the rooms sur­round the land­ing, it’s bathed by all the light that streams in from the over­sized win­dows.” The lay­out — the flex space is next to the sec­ond bed­room to the left of the stairs — also creates nat­u­ral sep­a­ra­tion that makes for a pri­vate mas­ter suite.

“It’s on the other side of the land­ing with the four-piece bath be­tween it and the other two rooms, so if you’re par­ents with kids or empty nesters with guests across the way, you’ve got your own pri­vate space,” he said. “It’s a big, bright space that comes with a huge win­dow, four-piece en­suite (with soaker tub) and big walk-in closet.”

A trio of other de­sign fea­tures also give town­homes at the At­wood Lane a home-like feel. First, there’s an ac­tual yard out the back door with a pa­tio, a bit of green space (five min­utes of grass-cut­ting in­volved at the most) and pri­vacy fenc­ing on ei­ther side.

Sec­ond, there’s a dou­ble de­tached garage that’s not only steps from the back door, but closes off the back yard for a nice, pri­vate feel. And third, there’s the town­home’s base­ment, which adds about an­other 400 sq. ft. or so of liv­able space. “There’s space for an­other bed­room, rec room, laun­dry room, bath­room and stor­age,” added Du­bi­en­ski. “You get nearly 1,700 square feet of liv­ing space spread out over three lev­els.” You’re also get­ting a true home, said Fazekas adding that the town­home comes with forced air heat­ing and cool­ing and roughed-in cen­tral vac. “You get a zero-main­te­nance front yard, pri­vate back yard, dou­ble garage, base­ment and an ef­fi­cient floor plan that of­fers two or three bed­rooms and that max­i­mizes space,” she said. “There’s no drive­way to shovel and vir­tu­ally no grass to cut. Th­ese town­homes are af­ford­able, stylish and very liv­able. They’re a great choice for fam­i­lies or empty nesters look­ing for style, func­tion and value.”

PHO­TOS BY BORIS MINKEVICH / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Town­home kitchens fea­ture an is­land with dou­ble sink, an eat­ing nook and high-end cab­i­nets.

Well-ap­pointed en­suite in mas­ter bed­room.

Mas­ter bed­room with a large win­dow and walk-in closet.

Front liv­ing room with loads of nat­u­ral light.

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