Per­fect PLAN

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

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.

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