Pur­chase it, move in and en­joy

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

BUILD­ING a new home, to put it mildly, isn’t a sim­ple process. First, the house has to be built, which can take up­wards of a year be­tween start and com­ple­tion. Fi­nally — once all the saw­dust has set­tled — you get to move into a new home that of­ten has yet to be land­scaped.

The to-do list as­so­ci­ated with mov­ing into a new home can be sur­pris­ingly lengthy: have the ap­pli­ances de­liv­ered and de­ployed, ar­range a sod-lay­ing party and have the win­dow cov­er­ings in­stalled. Then there are the long-term (or, per­haps, more im­me­di­ate) plans, such as de­vel­op­ing the base­ment.

In ac­tu­al­ity, mov­ing into a new house can be a sober­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as there’s of­ten much work to be done — and ad­di­tional ex­penses in­curred — to make it into a true home. That said, there is the oc­ca­sional home that comes on the mar­ket that is in like-new con­di­tion and that comes with ev­ery­thing al­ready in place.

Realty Ex­ec­u­tives Pre­miere’s Scott Moore said 273 Southview Cres. — an 1,862-square-foot bun­ga­low built in 2012 by A & S Homes — is one such home.

“This is a re­sale home that is a very vi­able al­ter­na­tive to buy­ing a brand­new home,” he said. “With a home like this, you don’t have to wait for it to be built or for land­scap­ing to ma­ture. It comes with the land­scap­ing done, all the ap­pli­ances and win­dow cov­er­ings in place and a fully fin­ished base­ment. The home was only oc­cu­pied for 10 months and is in like-new con­di­tion.”

He added two other fac­tors make 273 Southview wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion: price and lo­ca­tion.

“I think the price is pretty hard to beat. You’re get­ting a home that’s ready to go in ev­ery area — it even has an over­sized 24-foot by 22-foot at­tached garage — for un­der $600,000. It’s also in an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion on maybe the qui­etest por­tion of Southview Cres­cent,” he said. “The home is also a unique, func­tional de­sign by one of the most creative builders out there.”

The home’s fo­cal point is a low­er­level stair­case sur­rounded by one-third walls in­ter­spersed with cut-outs fea­tur­ing satin stain­less me­tal and topped with dark maple cap­ping. It not only makes for a strik­ing look, but serves a spe­cific pur­pose, said Moore.

“It gives you an open, yet seg­mented floor plan. You’ve got the kitchen on one side and the fam­ily room on the other, with a big break­fast nook set off at the end of the kitchen next to pa­tio doors that lead to a (cov­ered) back­yard deck,” he said. “All three spa­ces are large (kitchen is 14 feet by 14 feet, fam­ily room is 17 feet by 14 feet and break­fast nook is eight feet by nine feet), func­tional and well-fin­ished.”

The kitchen is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, with its long, an­gled is­land (with seat­ing for three) that fea­tures a dou­ble sink, built-in wine rack and shelv­ing and stor­age. It’s notched in­ner por­tion en­hances flow through the kitchen, while a cor­ner pantry and plethora of dark maple cab­i­nets pro­vide plenty of stor­age space.

A light brown tile back­splash makes the darker cab­i­nets pop, while black/ grey gran­ite coun­ter­tops add a wel­come touch of class. Dark maple hard­woods com­ple­ment all the dif­fer­ent fin­ishes beau­ti­fully, while at the same time ab­sorb­ing the abun­dance of nat­u­ral light that flows in from large win­dows on the home’s back wall (in the fam­ily room), pa­tio doors and a large win­dow on the side wall next to the break­fast nook.

Mean­while, the fam­ily room — de­mar­cated by light taupe car­pet­ing and sep­a­rated by the lower-level stair­case’s one third wall sur­round — is its own en­tity with a 12-foot ceil­ing, three huge win­dows and gas fire­place set in taupe tile in the cen­tre of an en­ter­tain­ment unit that has three-tiered maple shelv­ing on ei­ther side.

A large for­mal din­ing room at the front of the home (only steps from the kitchen) fin­ishes off the main liv­ing area in el­e­gant, prac­ti­cal style next to a foyer with a 14-foot ceil­ing. Then, there’s the se­cluded bed­room wing, which com­prises the other half of the main level.

“The house is ba­si­cally di­vided into two halves,” Moore ex­plained. “The main liv­ing area is aimed at en­ter­tain­ing and fam­ily liv­ing, while the bed­room wing is there to pro­vide a sep­a­rate area where you can go for some rest and re­lax­ation.”

Not sur­pris­ingly, the mas­ter suite is the bed­room wing’s piece de re­sis­tance.

“It’s absolutely huge with a big south­fac­ing pic­ture win­dow that lets in all kinds of sun­light,” he said. “It comes with a deluxe en­suite that con­tains a six-foot jet­ted tub (set in taupe tile be­neath a huge ob­scured glass win­dow), maple van­ity with (black/grey) gran­ite coun­ter­top, a big, an­gled walk-in closet and 12-foot ceil­ing that in­creases the feel­ing of space.”

Down­stairs, there’s ap­prox­i­mately 1,250 sq. ft. of de­vel­oped space that takes the home’s to­tal square footage over the 3,000-sq.-ft. mark.

“The base­ment is fully fin­ished with a spec­tac­u­lar me­dia area that fea­tures two sky­lights, a nine-foot ceil­ing, tons of pot­lights and a games room with ad­ja­cent wet bar,” said Moore. “There’s also a bed­room, ex­er­cise room/den, four-piece bath and large, open area ideal for a kids’ com­puter sta­tion. This is one of the very few fully fin­ished bun­ga­lows in the city’s south end, and it comes in at over $100,000 less than the aver­age list price. This home is the com­plete pack­age and of­fers great value in an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion.”

PHO­TOS MIKE DEAL / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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