THERE seems to be the perception that $500,000 — or more — is required to buy a new home in South Pointe. That’s not the case, said RE/ MAX Performance Realty’s Terry Gallinger, an A & S Homes sales representative for 327 Stan Bailie Drive. “This home is priced at $505,000, but that price includes more than $100,000 in upgrades,” he said of the Grand Vista, a 1,830 square foot, twostorey design. “We can actually build you this home with standard finishes for $411,500, that includes lot, piles and GST.” Those standard finishes — carpet and vinyl flooring, laminate countertops and dark oak cabinets — would replace options such as quartz countertops, engineered hardwoods and maple cabinets. There would also be no glasstile backsplash in the kitchen, nor an upgraded tile fireplace and entertainment unit in the family room. Nevertheless, the home’s functional, fashionable design — which has received rave reviews so far — would not be diminished. “This is a brand-new plan — it’s the first time we’ve built it,” said Gallinger. “Feedback has been just excellent. The home functions exceptionally well in every area, and also has its fair share of style. It hasn’t received any negative reviews.” From the foyer in, the Grand Vista features an intuitive design that delivers a high degree of style and livability. Those two elements combine seamlessly in a secluded, spacious foyer that features a luxurious (and durable) white and grey tile floor set beneath a grand 18-foot ceiling. From there, it’s one step up to the home’s threshold, which houses handy features on either side. To the right is a convenient main floor powder room; to the left is a hallway (set three steps down) that’s loaded with function. “It’s a separate area that contains a laundry/mudroom area with a window, a door to the double garage, double closet and the lower-level stairwell,” he said. “It’s set off out of the way, yet is very accessible.” More function can be found on either side of the six-foot-wide entrance that leads into the great room: a cantilevered art/table niche next to the upper level stairwell, and another niche to the right ideal for a bench or table. Take a few steps forward, and a great room that’s bright, warm and open, yet well-defined, is revealed. “Two design features really stand out,” said Gallinger. “First, there’s a nine-foot patio door with transom window above (that leads to a back yard
The stylish staircase leads to the upstairs bedrooms, including a large master suite with double-wide doors.