Per­fect place­ment

River Heights two-storey of­fers ter­rific value, lo­ca­tion

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

WHEN you think of River Heights, two things come to mind. The first is its var­ied col­lec­tion of homes, many of which date back to the early 1900s. The se­cond is the ma­ture, walk­a­ble set­ting in which those homes are si­t­u­ated. In fact, it might well be con­sid­ered the fore­run­ner of con­tem­po­rary, walk­a­ble neigh­bour­hoods such as Bridg­wa­ter For­est, South Pointe and Sage Creek. The ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween River Heights and th­ese com­mu­ni­ties, how­ever, is it’s in the heart of the city, said Lainey Danzker of Royal LePage Dy­namic Real Es­tate. “It’s a neigh­bour­hood that of­fers easy ac­cess to life ser­vices and the com­mu­nity,” she said. “And it’s some­thing peo­ple are seek­ing in their neigh­bour­hoods again. The walk­a­bil­ity score in River Heights is in­cred­i­bly high. You can walk to shops, gro­cery stores, restau­rants, cafes, all kinds of ser­vices — and schools and com­mu­nity cen­tres are right out your front door. It’s a wel­come con­trast to sub­ur­ban neigh­bour­hoods where driv­ing is so es­sen­tial.” Danzker has just listed a con­tem­po­rary north River Heights clas­sic at 490 Kingsway. “It’s a quin­tes­sen­tial home for the area — a two-storey, 2,230-square-foot home that was built in 1928 that’s el­e­gant and time­less, yet has been up­dated in key ar­eas to make it con­tem­po­rary. And be­cause it’s over 2,000 square feet, is of­fers great size for the dol­lar — it’s a very af­ford­able home at $399,900.” Not only is the home af­ford­able, it’s also very liv­able. Al­though it fea­tures a tra­di­tional cen­tre hall floor plan — the liv­ing room is off to the right of the en­trance, while the kitchen and ad­ja­cent fam­ily room runs off its left-hand side — the home isn’t short on func­tion. On the con­trary, it’s a home that oozes func­tion. That func­tion starts with the liv­ing room, said Danzker. “It’s an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful space with a gor­geous wood-burn­ing fire­place to the left be­neath a re­cessed win­dow show­cased by a white man­tel and trim, tile sur­round and bronze trim,” she said. “The en­tire area is sur­rounded by large win­dows (with orig­i­nal cas­ings), which make it a nat­u­rally bright space. There’s also a lovely sun­room off the liv­ing room that makes for a great sit­ting or read­ing area.” Di­rectly across the hall­way is the kitchen, which is the an­tithe­sis to many of the kitchens that oc­cupy vin­tage River Heights homes. “A wall that de­fined the kitchen was re­moved, which opened it up to the din­ing room. That al­lows light from the large win­dow be­hind the din­ing ta­ble to flow into the kitchen, which is a penin­sula de­sign with eat­ing nook for two to three, white cab­i­nets, white tile coun­ter­tops, newer stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and orig­i­nal (oak) hard­woods. It’s a very func­tional space.” Danzker added the kitchen gains ad­di­tional func­tion from a cool de­sign fea­ture found next to the dou­ble sink. “There’s ac­tu­ally a large win­dow over the sink that looks into a sun­room/eat­ing area that runs off the ad­ja­cent fam­ily room. The nat­u­ral light that streams in from the sun­room through the win­dow bright­ens up the kitchen even more.” Turns out the fam­ily room was added to the home some years back. It’s an ex­tra space that makes the home all the more user-friendly — and con­tem­po­rary. “If you’re a fam­ily that has lots of kids, it’s a great space,” Danzker said. “There’s plenty of room for fur­ni­ture and a TV, and the space ex­tends into the sun­room, which can be used year­round. It’s also per­fectly po­si­tioned right next to the kitchen and din­ing area.” While the up­per level of many River Heights clas­sics lack func­tion, 490 Kingsway doesn’t. Thanks to the ad­di­tion, it con­tains not three, but four bed­rooms, all of which are larger (and more adapt­able) than is the norm for a home dat­ing back to when flap­pers and the Charleston were the rage. “Take the mas­ter suite. It’s not only spa­cious (12.8 feet by 11.4 feet), but it has a room (cur­rently be­ing used as a dress­ing room) off it that could be used as a walk-in closet, nurs­ery, of­fice,” she said. “Or, it could be turned into an en­suite. It gives you all sorts of op­tions.” Then, a unique se­ries of spa­ces across the way of­fers even more fam­ily-friendly op­tions. “The first room you see is a flex space that could be used as a com­puter room, play room, ex­er­cise area or even be turned into a se­cond bath­room,” Danzker said. “The ad­di­tion in be­hind that space con­tains two good­sized


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