LaSalle closer than you think

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - FRONT PAGE - By Todd Lewys

SOME­TIMES, it pays to open your mind to the pos­si­bil­i­ties when you’re look­ing for a home.

Th­ese days, a high per­cent­age of home buy­ers — whether they’re look­ing for a new or re­sale home — is think­ing about putting roots down in the Waver­ley West area (Bridg­wa­ter For­est/Bridg­wa­ter Lakes, South Pointe). Royal LePage Top Producers’ Michael Le­clerc said that while that’s un­der­stand­able, there is another very vi­able al­ter­na­tive only min­utes away.

“I don’t think a lot of peo­ple re­al­ize that La Salle is only min­utes from Bridg­wa­ter Lakes and South Pointe,” he said. “It’s a great al­ter­na­tive to Waver­ley West. Not only is it al­most as prox­i­mate to the city, I would say you get more house for the dol­lar there. The home I have at 75 Water­view Dr. — which is five min­utes from the Perime­ter High­way a short way from the town — is a great ex­am­ple of what you can get.”

Le­clerc isn’t lay­ing down a bunch of re­al­tor-speak here; one look at the fact sheet on the home bears that out. For starters, the two-storey home oc­cu­pies a lot that’s sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger than a typ­i­cal city lot (it’s an ex­pan­sive 77feet wide by 162-feet deep).

Next, the home is equally ex­pan­sive, mea­sur­ing 2,500 sq.-ft. over the top two lev­els, with another 950 sq.-ft. of liv­able space down­stairs; that makes for over 3,400 sq.-ft. of to­tal liv­ing space for a grow­ing fam­ily to frolic in with­out get­ting on each other’s nerves.

There’s a plethora of highly de­sir­able fea­tures that also need to be men­tioned, added Le­clerc.

“The home also comes with a three­sea­son sun­room that leads out back to a big, salt-wa­ter pool/gar­den area, mak­ing it ideal for en­ter­tain­ing or hang­ing out with the fam­ily. Out­side, you lit­er­ally have your own play­ground; in­side, you’ve got a metic­u­lously main­tained home that was built in 2007 by Par­a­digm Cus­tom Homes on piles, and with a struc­tural wood base­ment fea­tur­ing nine-foot ceil­ings. The out­go­ing own­ers spared no ex­pense when they built this home.”

As soon as you en­ter the home via a bright, spa­cious foyer that sports a den to its left, it be­comes abun­dantly ap­par­ent that no de­tail was over­looked in terms of the home’s floor plan and fin­ish­ing qual­ity. Sub­tle seg­men­ta­tion and rich fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als make for a nav­i­ga­ble, warm in­te­rior feel, while win­dows (seem­ingly) placed at ev­ery an­gle make for a home bathed in nat­u­ral light no mat­ter what room you’re in.

A cre­atively de­signed for­mal din­ing room starts things off in prac­ti­cal style.

“It’s a space that’s de­fined yet open at the same time with a seven-foot en­trance off the hall­way that leads into the great room and another that opens it right up on to the fam­ily room,” he said. “Flow from the din­ing room into the great room is ex­cep­tional, and the sheer amount of light flow­ing through the great room — in­clud­ing the din­ing room, which fea­tures two large win­dows on ei­ther side of a can­tilevered buf­fet area — is ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional.”

No hyper­bole there, as glass lit­er­ally fills the home’s rear wall. The fam­ily room is bathed in nat­u­ral light cour­tesy of a trio of floor-to-ceil­ing pic­ture win­dows, while the kitchen gets its in­fu­sion of day­light from the huge pa­tio doors that lead to the three­sea­son sun­room — and a pair of large win­dows on the side wall next to the sun­room.

There’s also style aplenty: the fam­ily room’s fo­cal point is a wall-wide maple en­ter­tain­ment unit that houses a gas fire­place and large TV niche with fivetiered shelv­ing at ei­ther end. Like­wise, the kitchen — which fea­tures a dinette area for six next to the sun­room and a huge, L-shaped gran­ite-topped is­land (which opens up the kitchen) and an eat­ing nook for four — is also wellap­pointed.”

“Not only is there all kinds of room to move, but the fin­ishes — nat­u­ral maple cab­i­nets, tan tile back­splash, black gran­ite coun­ter­tops and a tan tile floor that de­fine the kitchen neatly from the fam­ily room — look great. There’s lots of cab­i­net space, and a large pantry, too.”

Mean­while, the home’s up­per level is just as bright and ex­pan­sive as its main level. It’s com­prised of a pair of over­sized kids’ bed­rooms that share a four-piece Jack-and-Jill bath­room — they also come with huge win­dows and walk-in clos­ets — and a four-piece bath. Then, there’s the mas­ter suite, which, at nearly 17 feet by 15 feet is a gen­uine re­treat from the rigours of daily life.

“It’s sim­ply a beau­ti­ful space,” said Le­clerc. “Three win­dows over and to the side of the bed let in light yet re­tain pri­vacy, there’s a big walk-in closet, and the en­suite is a spa-like space with with cor­ner jet­ted tub, four-foot van­ity with dual sinks and a gor­geous (tan) grouted vinyl floor that looks like tile, but is more durable and far warmer un­der­foot. It’s also a bright space, with a big win­dow next to the tub and a south-fac­ing tran­som win­dow on the rear wall.”

With just un­der 1,000 sq.-ft. of space down­stairs — there’s a big fourth bed­room, rec room, ex­er­cise/flex room, three-piece bath and am­ple stor­age space — 75 Water­view pos­sesses three lev­els of ex­cep­tion­ally liv­able space.

“This home pro­vides ex­cep­tional bang for the buck — it’s im­pos­si­ble to match in the city. The lot size, fin­ish­ing qual­ity of the home, all the space and its lo­ca­tion make it a great al­ter­na­tive to city liv­ing that’s still very close to the city.”

Pho­tos by BORIS MINKEVICH Winnipeg Free Press

A seven-foot en­trance from the great room leads to a for­mal din­ing room, which fea­tures two large win­dows on ei­ther side of a can­tilevered buf­fet area.

The kitchen is fin­ished in nat­u­ral maple cab­i­nets, tan tile back­splash,

black gran­ite coun­ter­tops and tan tile on the floor.

The ex­pan­sive, bright up­per level is com­prised of two kids’ bed­rooms and a

mas­ter suite.

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