Vin­tage WOW

1970s home in mint con­di­tion — with a view to die for

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

PIC­TURE this: You wake up sur­rounded by a for­est pop­u­lated by pris­tine pines and ma­ture oaks, with a golf course across the street framed in your pic­ture win­dow.

Must be some­where out­side the city, you think. Nope: the home in ques­tion — 669 Ni­akwa Rd. — is in south­east Win­nipeg, less than 10 min­utes from down­town. And who knows — if you’re a golfer, you might even be able to get in a quick nine be­fore work if you’re an early riser.

“It’s hard to find a lot this size (80 feet by 299 feet) in a lo­ca­tion like this - so close to golf and to the Seine River,” says Cen­tury 21’s Cole Caste­lane. “It’s not only a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion no mat­ter what the sea­son, but it’s also con­ve­nient.”

For­tu­nately, the home — all 2,208 sq. ft. of it — was de­signed to take ad­van­tage of the rus­tic set­ting. Al­though 669 Ni­akwa is 38 years old, it comes equipped with large win­dows on all sides. That al­lows the res­i­dents to en­joy two things, says Caste­lane.

“Af­ter you’ve walked around the in­te­rior for awhile, you re­al­ize there are tons of win­dows from front to back,” he says. “It seems no mat­ter where you are — if you’re sit­ting in the kitchen or liv­ing room — you can see all the trees and the golf course. Not only that, but all the win­dows are big­ger than nor­mal, so it makes for a very bright in­te­rior.”

An in­te­rior, it turns out, that not only makes sense, but has also been well-pre­served. Un­like many prod­ucts of the 1970s, 669 Ni­akwa doesn’t fea­ture a chopped-up floor plan. That’s im­por­tant nearly four decades later in an era where peo­ple en­joy en­ter­tain­ing — or keep­ing close tabs on ac­tive youngsters. Re­gard­less of the need, the in­te­rior has a good flow to it.

“Ev­ery­thing here flows nicely into the kitchen,” he says. “It’s a nice Lshaped liv­ing room/din­ing room com­bi­na­tion that will al­low every­one to be in the same gen­eral area so they can visit. Ev­ery­thing works re­ally well in the area, too — there’s a Tyn­dall stone fire­place, which is the fo­cal point of the room, and a big win­dow be­side it. There are also deck doors off the din­ing room. It’s a very func­tional area.”

Then, there’s the pay­off: a ren­o­vated, eat-in kitchen with oak hard­woods, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and new oak cab­i­nets with pot draw­ers, handy pull-outs and a pantry.

“There’s not much you can say other than it’s a great kitchen — it’s mod­ern, there’s tons of room to move and with the oak hard­woods set at a 45-de­gree an­gle, it looks cool,” says Caste­lane. “If you’re into en­ter­tain­ing, sev­eral peo­ple can be in here at once without a prob­lem. And you’re only steps away from the din­ing room. That makes it a snap to serve your guests.”

Sev­eral other things stand out: for starters, there’s the fact the decor is neu­tral (the main floor was en­tirely re­painted); that makes it sim­ple to tai­lor in­te­rior colours to taste. Sec­ond, the in­te­rior — for a home that’s nearly four decades old — is in su­perb shape.

“This is a re­ally mint home for its vin­tage,” he says. “Ev­ery­thing, on ev­ery level, is in good shape. And it’s not dated, as some ’70s homes tend to be.”

It also comes with some pleas­ant sur­prises, too: such as an un­ex­pected bonus in the form of a me­dia room off the rear of the kitchen. It then opens onto a 23-foot by 14-foot three-sea­son sun­room.

“When all the trees are in bloom in the back­yard, the view is amaz­ing,” Caste­lane adds. “If you’ve got kids, it’s like hav­ing your own pri­vate park to play in.”

More pleas­ant sur­prises await up­stairs: two large secondary bed­rooms (set well away from the mas­ter bed­room), a big four-piece main bath and L-shaped mas­ter suite with an un­usu­ally large en­suite.

“The ad­di­tional space in the mas­ter bed­room (a read­ing/TV area with ad­ja­cent closet space) ac­tu­ally came from a fourth bed­room, so if need be, you could ac­tu­ally re­claim the space for a fourth bed­room. That’s a fea­ture that’s hard to find,” he says. “The bed­room has big win­dows at ei­ther end, his/her clos­ets at op­po­site ends of the room and an en­suite that’s much big­ger than you nor­mally find in homes this vin­tage.”

Fi­nally, the lower level fea­tures a games/me­dia room — along with pow­der room, laun­dry room and tons of stor­age. Not to be for­got­ten is the dou­ble at­tached garage.

“You also get a hot wa­ter heat­ing sys­tem, which is the health­i­est way to heat a home — there’s no dust blow­ing around. This is a mint home in a great lo­ca­tion with all kinds of po­ten­tial,” says Caste­lane.


Take in the view from the sun­room, be­low right, and then just try to imag­ine what 669 Ni­akwa Rd. will look like come spring and sum­mer.

Oak cup­boards and gran­ite coun­ter­tops high­light the re­cently

ren­o­vated kitchen. Right, wood pan­elling lends a tra­di­tional feel

to the liv­ing room.

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