It’s something many people dream of: owning a home in a private setting that’s countrified, yet close to the city.
A new development by Irwin Homes in Headingley — McGrath Meadows — is now offering prospective luxury home owners a prime opportunity to do that, Powell Property Group’s David Powell says.
"It’s situated just outside the Perimeter Highway on Roblin Boulevard in a location that gives you the advantages that come with country living, along with being a very short drive from the city," he says. "Because you’re in Headingley, lots will be bigger and taxes will be cheaper than in the city (approximately $7,000 per year). Best of all, there will be no city growth fees to pay."
Of the 12 lots in the development, seven are still for sale — three prime river lots and four expansive parkland lots. Lots are large — ranging in size from 77 feet by 325 feet to 104 feet by 354 feet, with the average lot size being just shy of one acre.
A great deal of thought was put into the development’s design, Powell says.
"Each detail of McGrath Meadows was carefully considered, from the sightlines where you can see the river and mature trees from pretty much any vantage point, to preserving as many mature trees as possible, to designing homes that offer a comfortable elegance that complements the wide-open surroundings. All the homes here will be built by Irwin Homes, so buyers can expect a high level of quality and distinction."
Irwin’s show home, which is located at 19 Prairie Lane (you take Caron Road off Roblin Boulevard on the north side and wind your way around into the community), fits in with the countrified surroundings perfectly.
With its earthy cultured stone/hardy board exterior finishing details and wide footprint (the lot is 270 feet by 150 feet), it possesses the proportion and look that enables it to blend seamlessly into the open, rustic setting.
A covered porch framed by distressed wood detailing serves to increase the rustic ambiance. Then, a grand, inviting foyer with high ceiling, taupe tile floor and country white bannister that frames the lower level stairs ushers you into the 2,125-sq.-ft. bungalow in efficient, gracious fashion.
"It’s a term I use often when I describe the home: it’s comfortably elegant," Powell says. "Ten-foot ceilings give it the same wide-open feel you experience outside, huge windows on literally every wall let in an absolute ton of natural light, provide amazing countryside views and, because they’re tri-pane windows, make for a quiet, energy-efficient home."
In a word, the expansive, open-concept great room is a delight. Flow is effortless between spaces (dining room, kitchen, family room), light cascades in from every angle and finishing materials imbue the great room with a warm, understated elegance.
"I particularly like the wide-plan hickory hardwoods — they run through the entire great room, giving it just the right amount of texture and warmth; they’re the perfect colour," he says. "And because the home is over 2,000 sq. ft., each area is exceptionally spacious, as well as functional."
Each area has its own special appeal. With its eight-foot island that seats three, grey shaker-style cabinets that contrast beautifully with a white tile backsplash and white/grey quartz countertops, the kitchen is a tastefully finished, efficient space that’s perfect for family life or serving as a roomy prep area for entertaining guests.
Then, there’s the dining room with its huge picture window, space for a table for eight to 12 (possibly more) and a patio door that leads out to a huge wraparound deck. Finally, there’s the family room, a bright — yet cosy — space that’s a perfect place to visit after dinner or simply relax and enjoy the sights both inside and outside the home.
"A gas fireplace set in a (sand/taupe/mocha) stone surround with rustic (distressed) oak mantle above finishes off the great room perfectly," he says. "All the different design components combine to give you that comfortable, elegant feel I spoke of earlier."
That theme continues on in to the bedroom wing, with is occupied by, once again, four big, beautifully finished spaces: a four-piece bathroom with taupe tile floor and soaker tub; two oversized secondary bedrooms with huge windows and a secluded master suite that offers all the amenities a couple could want.
"It’s positioned privately at the end of the hallway and features a big master suite, huge walk-in closet with tons of built-in storage and a gorgeous ensuite with heated (white) hexagonal tile floor, (six-foot) stand-alone soaker tub next to a huge window, six-foot tempered glass-tile shower with rain shower head and grey vanity with dual sinks. The master suite is a true retreat."
Add in a finished lower level that offers another 1,900 sq. ft. of livable space in the form of a huge rec room, two bedrooms, full bath and massive storage room and you have a home that provides more than 4,000 sq. ft.
"With its huge, daylight windows, we just consider the lower level an extension of the main level it’s so naturally bright," Powell says.
"This home has it all — tons of space inside and out, a functional floor plan that’s characterized by tasteful, understated style and a great location — you’re in the country, yet are close to the city. It’s a great spot to build the home of your dreams."
Builder: Irwin Homes
Address: 19 Prairie Lane, Headingley
Size: 2,125 sq. ft.
Price: $846,457 (including lot, appliances, window coverings & GST)
Contact: David Powell, Powell Property Group, 204-977-2142 or Chantal Lansard, Sales Associate, 204-294-8014