Life at the top

Ster­ling Tow­ers condo of­fers ter­rific con­ve­nience and value

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

COM­PAR­ING con­do­mini­ums can be de­ceiv­ing. Take two units with ap­prox­i­mately 900 square feet of space and two bed­rooms, said Glen MacAn­gus of Royal LePage Top Pro­duc­ers. While the space, fin­ishes and ameni­ties might be com­pa­ra­ble, there’s a good chance con­struc­tion isn’t. “Th­ese days, new two-bed­room wood-frame units are sell­ing for around $250,000,” he said. “While wood-frame con­struc­tion has im­proved, it’s not the same qual­ity (in terms of noise re­duc­tion) as a con­crete and steel build­ing. Just be­cause a build­ing is newer doesn’t mean it’s bet­ter. There are many older con­crete and steel build­ings out there that of­fer tremen­dous value.” One of those build­ings is Fort Garry’s Ster­ling Tow­ers, a con­crete and steel struc­ture built in 1989. And it just so hap­pens that MacAn­gus has a well-main­tained, 917 sq. ft., two-bed­room unit listed there for un­der $200,000. “In my opin­ion, this unit rep­re­sents the best value in the com­plex,” he said. “It’s a pent­house (top floor) unit with nine-foot ceil­ings, a river view — and con­crete con­struc­tion — that of­fers in­cred­i­ble value at $194,900. You won’t find many suites like this in the city for un­der $200,000.” The first thing that strikes you about the suite is its spa­cious feel. Un­like many apart­ment-style suites, unit 2705 fea­tures a re­cessed kitchen to the left of the foyer. That leaves ad­di­tional space for an easy tran­si­tion into the bed­room wing to the left; it also opens up the foyer nicely. There’s also a handy fea­ture di­rectly to the right of the foyer, said MacAn­gus. “At first, it just looks like a coat closet with its bi-fold doors, but when you open them up, it turns out to be a deep closet. The front has an area for coats; the rear is per­fect for stor­age.” From there, the foyer opens up onto an open-con­cept liv­ing room din­ing room that’s spa­cious and bright. “The nine-foot ceil­ing really comes into play here,” he said. “Be­cause this is a pent­house suite, you get an ex­tra foot of ceil­ing height, and it makes a huge dif­fer­ence. It makes a good-sized area feel that much big­ger — there’s plenty of room for a sofa and loveseat in the liv­ing room, and the din­ing room can hold a ta­ble for six that can be ex­tended to hold more — and really al­lows nat­u­ral light to fill it.” That nat­u­ral light comes from a rear wall lit­er­ally filled with glass — in this case, a sliding pa­tio door with two large ver­ti­cal win­dows on ei­ther side of it. “It’s a great fea­ture, and one that’s quite rare. In most cases, you just get a pa­tio door and no win­dows. The ex­tra glass on ei­ther side makes a huge dif­fer­ence in terms of the amount of nat­u­ral light that comes into the liv­ing room and din­ing room,” MacAn­gus said. “The area has a nice bright, airy feel.” He added the bal­cony — it mea­sures in at ap­prox­i­mately 12 feet wide by six feet deep — is a great spot to re­lax or visit on. “It fea­tures a spec­tac­u­lar south side view that looks right down the Red River – it’s in­cred­i­ble dur­ing the sum­mer months with ev­ery­thing in bloom. It’s also cov­ered so you can bar­beque, and is quiet be­cause the com­plex is set well back from Pem­bina High­way.” Mean­while, the adjacent kitchen — which

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