Con­tem­po­rary condo

St. Vi­tal suite from the ’70s to­tally ren­o­vated

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

PUR­CHAS­ING a con­do­minium in a 40-plus-year-old build­ing comes with pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives. The pos­i­tives are the unit is of­ten quite af­ford­able, and is in a solid build­ing in a well­lo­cated spot. The neg­a­tives are the build­ing may be in need of up­grades — and the suites may be, ahem, some­what dated.

While a bit of due dili­gence can alert you to the fact a build­ing is due to be up­dated (roof, bal­conies, park­ing lot, park­ing stalls) — thus avoid­ing the nasty sur­prise of be­ing hit with a size­able spe­cial as­sess­ment — there’s lit­tle you can do about the fact a suite might be a relic of the early 1970s.

That is, un­less a suite has been metic­u­lously re­done from top to bot­tom. Such is the case with an 812 sq.-ft., two-bed­room suite found at 175 Pul­berry St., said Realty Ex­ec­u­tives First Choice’s Eric Neumann.

“This unit has been to­tally re­done in ev­ery area,” he said. “Most im­por­tantly, the ren­o­va­tion was done pro­fes­sion­ally, with great care and at­ten­tion to de­tail. Be­fore all the up­dates, it was, to say the least, a dated unit. Now, it’s an ab­so­lutely stun­ning unit that’s con­tem­po­rary through­out.”

The first thing that alerts you to the fact unit 101 is no longer linked to an era dom­i­nated by bell bot­tom jeans and plat­form shoes is the suite’s floor­ing. No tired (rust-coloured shag, for ex­am­ple) car­pet­ing here.

In­stead, the floor­ing is now as mod­ern as you can get.

“The floor­ing choice is ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing — hand-scraped (high-end lam­i­nate) ash floor­ing that’s tex­tured and has a nice grain to it,” noted Neumann. “It runs through the en­tire unit, with the ex­cep­tion of the bath­room. It not only looks great, but it’s very low-main­te­nance. You can just clean it up with a dust mop, which is great for any­one with dust al­ler­gies. It’s also a very durable prod­uct, as well.”

As Neumann noted, the bath­room doesn’t come with lam­i­nate hard­woods. Rather, it has been out­fit­ted with a grey ce­ramic-tile floor that’s — of all things — heated, adding a wel­come touch of lux­ury to the liv­abil­ity equa­tion.

“It also comes with a five-foot (taupe) tile shower with rolling tem­pered glass door and rain shower head set in the ceil­ing,” he said. “There’s also a beau­ti­ful white ther­mo­foil van­ity with a glass top, and gor­geous high­end faucet. It’s a space that’s not only strik­ing, but func­tional.”

Strik­ing and func­tional would also be a fit­ting de­scrip­tion for the kitchen, which is also thor­oughly con­tem­po­rary, right from its fin­ishes to its lay­out — no cramped gal­leystyle kitchen here.

“It’s a space that’s not only spec­tac­u­lar, but prac­ti­cal,” Neumann said. “First of all, flow is ex­cel­lent be­cause it’s an open-con­cept space. The aisle be­tween the is­land is nice and wide (bet­ter than four feet), mak­ing it easy to open the oven and still walk by. The is­land is about seven feet by four feet, seats three to four, and is an ex­cel­lent prep space or eat­ing area.”

Mean­while, fin­ishes in the kitchen are pleas­ingly con­tem­po­rary: white ther­mo­foil cab­i­nets (in­clud­ing a se­ries of pot draw­ers on the is­land’s in­te­rior), grey glass tile back­splash, black/brown lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops — and a unique, eye-catch­ing ceil­ing treat­ment above.

“There’s a cus­tom bulk­head (honeycomb tray ceil­ing, to be pre­cise) with colour­chang­ing lights and pot lights that add a mod­ern di­men­sion to the kitchen,” he said. “It also fea­tures a spa­cious pantry and new stain­less steel ap­pli­ances.”

The ad­ja­cent liv­ing room also comes with an­other con­tem­po­rary fea­ture, added Neumann.

“In­stead of a blank wall, you get a cool built-in en­ter­tain­ment unit with TV niche for a 50-inch flat panel TV, an elec­tric fire­place be­low and three dis­play-stor­age niches ei­ther side of the TV and fire­place,” he said. “There’s lots of room for fur­ni­ture, and the area is sep­a­rated from the kitchen by four or five feet of space be­tween the two ar­eas.”

At the end of the liv­ing room is a bonus: an en­closed bal­cony that over­looks green space.

“You can en­joy the en­closed area in spring, sum­mer and fall, and go out the screen door to the bal­cony’s un­cov­ered por­tion to bar­beque. It’s like hav­ing your own yard, and your own three-sea­son sun room. The en­clo­sure also cuts down on noise, en­sur­ing you can watch TV in a nice, quiet at­mos­phere.”

A pri­vate wing not only houses the up­scale bath­room, but two large bed­rooms with the afore­men­tioned lam­i­nate hard­woods, good­sized win­dows and am­ple closet space. Paint colours are sooth­ing earth tones, while the light fix­tures, doors, door han­dles and closet doors are also new.

“The re­sult is a won­der­ful in­te­rior feel — this is a quiet, re­lax­ing suite that is en­joy­able to spend time in,” said Neumann. “It also comes with ameni­ties such as op­tional in­door park­ing, stor­age lock­ers you can rent for a low fee and an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion. You’re close to shop­ping and restaurants on St. Mary’s Road, and only a short drive from down­town Win­nipeg. This suite is per­fect for a young, pro­fes­sional cou­ple look­ing for a mod­ern, low-main­te­nance — and af­ford­able — home in a great lo­ca­tion.”

Unit 10-175 Pul­berry Street in St. Vi­tal is a spa­cious condo that was pro­fes­sion­ally re­done in ev­ery area.

A pri­vate wing houses an up­scale bath­room and two large bed­rooms with lam­i­nate hard­woods, good-sized win­dows and

am­ple closet space.

At the end of the large liv­ing room is an en­closed bal­cony that

over­looks green space.

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