Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 31st, 2015.
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 brand-new 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 lower-level 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 south-facing 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."