Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on September 12th, 2015.
Buying a home in Tuxedo can be a contrast in extremes. On one the hand, you’re buying into a central and mature area with luxurious homes.
On the other hand, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pay for updates on your new abode to bring it up to modern standards.
That’s not the case with 74 Dunbar Cres., said Scott Moore of Realty Executives Premiere.
“This home has been constantly updated by its original owners,” he said of the twostorey, 2,559 square-foot home, which was custom-built on 7.6-metre piles in 1983.
“Over the years, they spent a considerable amount of time (and money) to keep it current.
“As a result, there’s basically nothing that needs to be done to it. You can just move in and enjoy it.”
He added one of the home’s best selling points is its basement.
“It’s not developed, so when you move in, there’s no need to rip out a dated rec room. It’s insulated with vapour barrier and is ready to be developed. There’s about 1,000 square feet of space available to be developed into two bedrooms, a rec room, bathroom and storage — and the ceiling height is exceptional; it’s more than eight feet high.”
Meanwhile, the main and upper levels are the product of forward-thinking design.
“From the moment you enter the spacious foyer, the interplay between high-end design and intelligent architecture is immediately apparent.
“The design is striking, but at the same time, it’s also practical. There’s plenty of room to move, flow from space to space is excellent, and the finishes are tasteful. Most importantly, the home has a contemporary feel.” That contemporary feel stems from the fact the outgoing owners had the foresight to update on a regular basis. When attention to detail is combined with a well-thoughtout floor plan, the result is a home that feels nothing like a home built more than three decades ago.
The kitchen is a great example, Moore said.
“One of the first things you notice when you enter the kitchen is there’s a main-floor laundry — you rarely see that with homes built over 30 years ago,” he said.
“Then, there are the updates — white thermofoil cabinets (a wealth of them), grey cement countertops and backsplash, and Miele and Jenn-Air appliances.
“There’s even a dry bar/serving nook at the rear of the kitchen, and the peninsula also has an eating nook that seats three.”
Doorways on either side of the kitchen provide access to user-friendly spaces: a grand living room filled with light and room to move, and a dining room with French doors, big bay window and a host of pot lights above.
“This home was built to entertain,” said Moore.
“The dining room can seat 10, while the living room, with its 18-foot ceiling, all its windows and low-maintenance, natural oak hardwoods is perfect to host gatherings.”
Head upstairs — the home’s second floor can be accessed via two staircases — one off the foyer, and another spiral staircase off the living room.
Ascend the spiral staircase and the view is spectacular.
“It’s actually 26 feet by 20 feet, and is an amazing space with a wood fireplace that can be used either as a loft area to relax in, or a media area.
“It’s a space you can use to entertain in, or as an extension of the master suite, which is linked to it by a doorway tucked away neatly off to the side.”
That doorway takes you into a master bedroom as modern as they come.
It’s huge and has two large windows (with built-in entertainment unit between them), and comes with a huge walk-in closet and an ensuite.
“The ensuite is amazing, with a grey oval soaker tub, tile floor, grey tile backsplash and trim and beautiful, curved white vanity,” said Moore.
“The walk-in closet is 18 feet by five feet with all kinds of built-in storage, and the (grey berber) carpet in the bedroom and loft/media room is brand new.
“The two secondary bedrooms are oversized, too. One comes with an oval window, the other with a murphy bed perfect for visiting guests.”
Last but not least, is the backyard, a sprawling, private area that is essentially a park infused with a taste of the Mediterranean.
“As impressive as the home is inside, I’d say its backyard is even more impressive,” said Moore.
“There’s a serene (brick) Italian-flavoured terrace with pergola, a gazebo, separate barbeque area, and a low-maintenance yard surrounded by all kinds of gorgeous perennials and breathtaking garden beds.”
The home truly is a rare Tuxedo gem, Moore said.
“This home offers unbelievable value — you can just move in and enjoy it, and if you choose to finish the basement — which would be great for teens or university students — you have a beautifully updated home in an amazing, central area that gives you over 3,500 square foot of livable space.”