Op­por­tu­nity awaits

Coun­try home min­utes from the city

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

OF­TEN, a Real­tor will re­fer to a home — whether it be of the new or re­sale va­ri­ety — as an “op­por­tu­nity.” In many cases, they’re sim­ply talk­ing up the home to gen­er­ate in­ter­est. That’s not the case with 448 Lu­cille Bay in St. Adolphe, said Cor­ner­stone Prop­er­ties’ Garry Hirsch.

“This home truly is a great op­por­tu­nity to own a brand new, metic­u­lously built home min­utes from the city for far less than you’d pay in the city,” he said of the 1,745-square­foot raised bungalow. “This home of­fers in­cred­i­ble value in more way than one.”

That value starts from the ground up with an in­su­lated con­crete form (ICF) base­ment that’s su­pe­rior to a stan­dard con­crete base­ment.

“It’s warmer and qui­eter than a nor­mal base­ment,” said Hirsch. “When you’re down there, you don’t hear a thing, and it also makes the home in­cred­i­bly en­ergy ef­fi­cient. Not only that, but the base­ment is so big that it lit­er­ally dou­bles the home’s liv­able space.”

With over 1,500 sq. ft. of liv­able space down­stairs — the home’s main level of­fers 1,745 sq. ft. of well-laid-out space to in­habit — there’s over 3,200 sq. ft. of liv­able space to en­joy. There’s am­ple room down­stairs for two more bed­rooms, a rec room with games/ me­dia area, four-piece bath and stor­age.

“The base­ment is ab­so­lutely huge,” he said. “The fur­nace and hot-wa­ter tank have been placed on the rear wall to save space, and be­cause it’s a raised bungalow, it has three big win­dows set up high. It’s a big, bright space that has all kinds of po­ten­tial.”

As­cend to the home’s main level and the theme is much the same: lots of space and an ab­so­lute abun­dance of light. The amount of nat­u­ral light that flows through the main liv­ing area is, in a word, im­pres­sive.

“The home’s rear wall is lit­er­ally filled with glass — a large win­dow over the dou­ble sink in the kitchen and a huge pic­ture win­dow and pa­tio doors on the liv­ing room’s back wall, and an­other pic­ture win­dow on the din­ing room’s rear wall,” said Hirsch. “And the win­dows are also come with gran­ite win­dow sills.”

Mean­while, flow from space to space amid all the light is seam­less. The din­ing room and liv­ing room open onto one an­other, yet are still dis­tinct spa­ces. An ex­tra-wide en­trance unites the liv­ing room with the kitchen, and an­other wide door­way makes pas­sage from the kitchen to the din­ing room ef­fort­less.

“It’s a very func­tional floor plan,” he said. “The great room’s open, yet seg­mented de­sign makes it ideal for en­ter­tain­ing.”

Fin­ish­ing qual­ity is also ex­cep­tional, from the white maple cab­i­nets (with stain­less steel han­dles set down low) and grey/black gran­ite coun­ter­tops in the kitchen — which also con­tains a cor­ner pantry, eat­ing nook that holds a ta­ble for two and a host of soft-close pot draw­ers next to the stove — to the main liv­ing area, which fea­tures a dif­fer­ent yet dis­tinc­tive floor­ing choice.

“They’re ac­tu­ally nat­u­ral-coloured bam­boo hard­woods that have a beau­ti­ful grain that adds all kinds of tex­ture and char­ac­ter to the main liv­ing area,” Hirsch said. “You also get a tile foyer and mud room, white Euro-style doors with sil­ver trim and lev­ered (stain­less steel) han­dles with locks and high-end Eurostyle win­dows. The pa­tio door ac­tu­ally has a mech­a­nism that al­lows the win­dow to open in to al­low fresh air in.”

Then, there’s the bed­room wing, which not only con­tains three huge bed­rooms (again with huge win­dows) but an op­u­lent four-piece bath and lux­u­ri­ous en­suite.

“The builder re­ally went to town with those two spa­ces,” he said. “The main bath is ab­so­lutely gor­geous with a tile floor, (taupe) traver­tine tile sur­round, espresso maple van­ity with glass sink/coun­ter­top and a soaker tub.”

Just down the hall is the mas­ter suite, a light-filled, gen­er­ous space that fea­tures bam­boo hard­woods, a huge walk-in closet and an en­suite that pro­motes re­lax­ation.

“With its tile floor, stand-alone soaker tub (placed be­neath a big win­dow, sur­rounded by more taupe traver­tine tile), con­toured espresso van­ity with dual glass sinks and frame­less tem­pered glass shower that fea­tures a traver­tine/glass tile sur­round, it’s a beau­ti­fully fin­ished, tran­quil space that en­cour­ages you to just kick back and re­lax,” added Deb­bie Hirsch. “En­suites don’t get any bet­ter than this.”

While the home possesses many at­tributes — such as its solid con­struc­tion, high-qual­ity fin­ishes and nat­u­rally bright in­te­rior — per­haps its great­est at­tribute is just how well all the space is used. The floor plan is very log­i­cal, mak­ing for spa­ces that func­tion ex­cep­tion­ally well.

The kitchen is a chef’s dream due to its nav­i­ga­bil­ity, the din­ing room can seat six to 10 (or more) people with ease, and the liv­ing room is spa­cious, yet suf­fi­ciently in­ti­mate.

“It’s a great home in ev­ery as­pect,” said Garry Hirsch. “It’s well-built, the fin­ish­ing qual­ity is ex­cep­tional, and its ex­tremely liv­able. It’s also close to the city, only six min­utes from St. Nor­bert, and the taxes are go­ing to be much lower than they would be if you bought a sim­i­lar home in the city, which would cost sig­nif­i­cantly more than $394,900. This home truly rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity for a fam­ily look­ing for a home that of­fers space, style and a safe, quiet lo­ca­tion that’s in the coun­try, yet only min­utes from the city.”

The main bath fea­tures traver­tine tiles and an espresso

maple van­ity with glass coun­ter­top.

The din­ing room is spa­cious and airy.

Nat­u­ral-coloured bam­boo hard­woods run

through­out the home.

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