Ster­ling mas­ter­piece

Newer home, older neigh­bour­hood, all the ameni­ties

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

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.

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