Newer home, older neighbourhood, all the amenities
THOSE looking for a new — or newer — home in St. Vital often set their sights on River Park South. After all, homes in areas of St. Vital, such as Meadowood — an enclave that was conceived in the early 1980s — are often considered dated despite being about 35 years old. That’s understandable, as the thought of replacing shag carpet, gold-plated light switches and door knobs (and possibly the occasional swag lamp) can be unsettling. However — unbeknownst to many — there’s a snippet of land in Meadowood where time didn’t stand still — a little pocket at the end of Sterling Avenue. It’s there that an 11-year-old, 2,685-sq.-ft., two-storey custom-built home stands on a huge pie-shaped lot, said Royal LePage Top Producers’ Michael Leclerc. “This is an exceptional, custom-built home that offers the best of all worlds,” he said. “There’s literally nothing this home doesn’t have. In particular, no expense was spared with its superstructure. It’s solid, contains extra insulation, features an engineered silent-floor joist system on both the main and second floors, and was built on no fewer than 50 piles. It’s an incredibly functional, livable home.” The home’s inherent functionality is derived from two sources: a contemporary cross-section of components, and a spacious, efficient layout. “Because the home is only 11 years old, it’s very contemporary,” Leclerc said. “Ceilings are nine feet high throughout the main floor, all the systems are energy-efficient (high-efficiency furnace with HRV, 270-litre electric hot water heater), and the lower level and garage have been roughed-in for in-floor heating.” Then there’s the amount of space on its three levels. “When you add in the basement, the home offers just under 3,500 sq. ft. of total living space,” he said. “Most importantly, all that space is well-used. Take the great room, for example. Even though there’s a ton of space — flow between each area (living room, kitchen, dining area) is excellent — each space is distinct, and has its own personality.” Located to the left of the hallway leading into the great room from the foyer, the living room is a big (21 feet by almost 14 feet), yet cosy space that features a cantilevered niche for an entertainment unit, three huge windows on the rear wall and warm, dark laminate plank flooring. The adjacent kitchen — defined in practical style by an L-shaped peninsula with two breakfast bars (one facing into the living room, the other facing into the dining room) — is a chef’s dream with all kinds of room to move, tons of cabinet and counter space and high-grade Armstrong flooring. Leclerc said the dining area is very functional. “Not only is there ample space for a table for six to 10, it’s next to sliding doors that lead out to a backyard deck. Then, there’s a doorway that takes you into a 300-sq.-ft., four-season sunroom with (dark brown) tile floor, tons of windows, pine interior and sliding doors to decks on either side. The doors to the left lead out to a hot tub, a very welcome extra. The backyard is huge, too. The sunroom and backyard are very kid-friendly.” A hallway between the foyer and kitchen yields additional function, he added. “It contains a convenient main-floor powder room and landing/mudroom with closet and door that provides access to the oversized, heated garage. It’s perfect for the mechanic or handyman who’s looking for a year-round workshop (separate 500 to 600 sq. ft. space). It leaves parking space for two cars in the insulated garage; indoor parking space for family vehicles isn’t compromised whatsoever.” Likewise, space isn’t compromised for a family’s comfort upstairs. Both secondary bedrooms are much larger than normal with big windows and deep double closets with organizers. There’s a dedicated laundry room, spacious four-piece main bath with soaker tub — and huge, wellappointed master suite. “It’s a private space with a double-wide entrance that’s set away from the other bedrooms,” Leclerc said. “It’s a wonderful retreat with a luxurious ensuite that’s been outfitted with a jetted corner tub and steam shower, which is a huge bonus. There’s also a massive walk-in closet situated between the bedroom and ensuite.” The developed lower level has plenty of features. “There’s a huge fourth bedroom with big window and walk-in closet, three-piece bath with custom (low-step-over) tile shower and large rec room that features new industrial tile carpet flooring,” he said. “It has roughed-in plumbing and electrical for a kitchen, making the basement ideal as an in-law suite, or for renting out to students going to the U of M.” Last but certainly not least is the home’s exceptional location. “In a word, it’s sweet,” he said. “The home is at the end of a cul-de-sac… and it’s super quiet. You’re also close to bus service, and it’s just a short walk to St. Vital Centre and a host of amenities including stores, services and all levels of schools. In short, you’re getting a lot of house in a great location. It would cost $800,000 or more to build a home like this in a location that would be far less central.”
A gourmet kitchen is the heart of this 11-year-old home, which features an oversized garage with room for two cars and a workshop. It’s a short walk to St. Vital Centre, and most of the amenities a homeowner needs are within walking distance.