Breath­ing room

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

ONCE a grow­ing fam­ily out­grows their starter home, they have a de­ci­sion to make. In an ef­fort to gain guar­an­teed space and ef­fi­ciency, do they build a new home, or do they search for a suit­able re­sale home? RE/ MAX Per­for­mance Realty’s Steve Gal­lagher says when you find a re­sale home like 113 Way­far­ers Haven, the choice is clear. “This home is only 16 years old (built in 1999), is lo­cated in a ma­ture, es­tab­lished neigh­bour­hood, and comes ready to go with key fea­tures such as a back­yard deck and de­vel­oped base­ment. You’re not go­ing to get those fea­tures with a new home. Even if you did, the price for a com­pa­ra­ble new home would be much higher than the ask­ing price for this home, which is $399,900.” Not only that, the home’s de­sign — a four-level split — is ex­ceed­ingly fam­ily-friendly. That func­tion­al­ity— and spa­cious feel — starts in the foyer, which is set six steps be­low the main level. Should the fam­ily tum­ble through the front door en masse (five or six peo­ple at once), no prob­lem; the foyer is ap­prox­i­mately 10 feet wide by six feet deep. There’s also a jog to the left of the door that houses an over­sized walk-in coat closet and door that leads to the at­tached dou­ble garage. Gal­lagher said an­other de­sign fea­ture makes the home’s en­trance feel even more cap­ti­vat­ing. “There’s a vaulted ceil­ing above that not only runs through the great room, but also serves to make an al­ready gen­er­ous foyer feel big­ger than it is,” he said. “It’s a nice way to en­ter a home, be­ing sur­rounded by space and light.” That buoy­ant in­te­rior am­bi­ence is am­pli­fied in the great room, he added. “The vaulted ceil­ing runs through­out the great room over the fam­ily room and din­ing room, and all kinds of light flows in from a huge bay win­dow on the fam­ily room’s front wall. The din­ing area — a gen­er­ous space that eas­ily holds a ta­ble for six to 12 — is set back be­side the kitchen for easy ac­cess. All that space and light makes for an area that’s per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing, or just hang­ing out with the fam­ily.” Next to the din­ing room — sep­a­rated by a three-quar­ter wall that al­lows light to trans­fer from space to space — is the eat-in kitchen, which is no­table for two fam­ily-friendly fea­tures, said Gal­lagher. “First, it comes with room for a ta­ble and chairs and is a true eat-in kitchen with tons of cab­i­net and counter space, plus a cor­ner pantry and dou­ble sink be­neath a big win­dow. Sec­ond, there’s a pa­tio door that leads to an el­e­vated, two-tiered deck that over­looks a huge, fenced back­yard. There’s all kinds of space out back for kids to play, and to en­ter­tain.” An­other fam­ily-friendly fea­ture is the fact that the home comes with not three bed­rooms, but four (three up, one down). A compact wing off to the left of the din­ing room dis­creetly houses two bed­rooms, plus a four-piece bath. The wing’s lay­out lends it­self to sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties. De­pend­ing on a fam­ily’s make-up, two kids could use the bed­rooms, and have their own bath­room; the larger of the two bed­rooms (at the end of the hall) could be used as an in-law suite if nec­es­sary; or the smaller of the two bed­rooms could func­tion as a den or home of­fice, with a pri­va­cy­seek­ing teen us­ing the bed­room at the end of the hall as his or her own re­treat. “I just love the floor plans in this style of home,” said Gal­lagher. “There’s lot of space and light, and all the spa­ces are spread out so that ev­ery­one has their own space, which is some­thing that big fam­i­lies need — sep­a­ra­tion.” In par­tic­u­lar — es­pe­cially at the end of a long work­day or week — par­ents need their own space. That space can be found seven steps up from the main floor in the form of a mas­sive mas­ter suite that’s perched well above the main floor.

“It’s just an in­cred­i­ble space,” he said. “It’s big, bright (thanks to a huge win­dow on its rear wall, a win­dow in the en­suite and a win­dow over the stairs that faces the bed­room’s en­trance) and very pri­vate due to its place­ment. It’s got ev­ery­thing you need — a big walk-in closet with dress­ing ta­ble and win­dow, en­suite with soaker tub and a nice, view of the huge back­yard.” Head down­stairs, and the home is capped off beau­ti­fully by a fully-fin­ished, raised base­ment “Daylight just pours in through its over­sized win­dows — there’s a huge, wall-wide win­dow on the wall be­hind the ex­er­cise/play area (de­mar­cated by vinyl floor­ing) and a large win­dow next to the me­dia area — and it’s wide-open, with just one tele­post,” Gal­lagher said. “There’s also a games area, a two-piece bath and a large fourth bed­room.” Add in the fact the home has been well-main­tained through­out, and there’s noth­ing for a fam­ily to do but turn the key and move right in, he added. “It’s a great neigh­bour­hood that’s close to schools and only a short drive from all kinds of ameni­ties and ser­vices in St. Vi­tal and South­dale. It’s a well-kept, well-ap­pointed home (de­vel­oped base­ment, back­yard deck, newer ap­pli­ances) that’s af­ford­able, and per­fect for a young, grow­ing fam­ily.”

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