It’s a dream of many young families: to have the wherewithal to purchase a brand-new home.
Alas — due to budgetary constraints — that dream is often unattainable. That’s because reality dictates that a good-sized family home in a new development usually costs $450,000 — or more. Consequently, more than a few families fall about $50,000 short in their quest for brand-new digs.
The Greg Michie Team’s Kees den Ouden says he has a great option for young families looking for a contemporary home in a family-friendly community.
"We just listed a home on a quiet cul-de-sac in River Park South that was built just 12 years ago by Broadview Homes," he says of 71 Roehampton Place, a 1,515-square-foot, two-storey design that comes equipped with a fully finished basement.
"It’s a home that’s been meticulously maintained — pride of ownership really shows in this home," he says. "The home is in like-new condition from top to bottom. In short, it’s a fantastic family home in a well-established, desirable neighbourhood."
No realtors peak there: the moment you set foot in the generous foyer, it’s evident that the home hasn’t been abused in the slightest. The brown, faux (vinyl) tile floor that runs from the foyer through the great room is scar-free, and the walls and trim (baseboards, doors) are in excellent condition.
"The home gets off to a great start with an inviting front entrance that offers lots of space for guests to take off their coats and shoes," den Ouden says. It not only has a huge mirrored coat closet, he adds, but there’s also a main floor powder room and mudroom — with a door that provides access to a double-attached garage — off its left-hand side.
Take just a few steps forward and you find yourself standing in a wide-open great room that’s notable not only for its navigability, but natural light.
"Because the rear of the home faces southeast, sun basically pours in all day long," he says. "The open-concept floor plan also works really well. There’s lots of room to move, and flow between the three areas (kitchen, dining area, family room) is excellent."
He added that the contemporary floor plan is complemented beautifully by contemporary finishes and corresponding design details.
"There are some upgraded finishes in the kitchen that really set it off — natural maple cabinets, a tile backsplash, corner pantry with maple-trimmed door (with etched glass centre), nice marbled brown countertops and a brown (faux tile) vinyl floor," den Ouden says. "The kitchen also comes with an eating nook for three off the outside of the peninsula and the dining area can easily seat four to six."
And while the great room is a perfect area to spend some quality family time, it’s also quite suitable for entertaining.
The aforementioned patio doors lead out to a private, fully fenced backyard with deck and interlocking patio, while the family room — it’s divided neatly from the dining area by a one-quarter-height, maple-capped dividing wall — is a big, bright space (15 by 14.7 feet) whose focal point is a gas fireplace set in a rich, taupe tile surround.
"It’s a great area — with all its space, flow and light, its ideal for hosting family dinners or for sitting down to watch a movie with the kids."
While the main living area is an area that’s defined by its versatility, the house’s upper level is defined by its eminent livability. Its livability — such as the main level’s versatility — is derived from a well-conceived layout that maximizes space.
Bearing in mind that the house measures in at 1,515 sq. ft., bedroom size is impressive. The two kids’ bedrooms are 10.25 by 10.25 feet and 11.7 by 9.3 feet, respectively, while the master suite is impressively large at an expansive 14.2 by 12.25 feet. Natural light also pours in to the upper level courtesy of a large window on a wall placed at the stairwell’s mid-point.
"There’s no wasted hallway space upstairs, so the space that was saved there was put into the bedrooms," den Ouden says. "There’s plenty of room for kids to spread out in the generous-sized bedrooms, which also have big windows that let in lots of light. The master suite is also very bright and features a double-door entry, four-piece ensuite and large walk-in closet."
The house is completed by a fully finished lower level that offers over 500 sq. ft. of livable space — a real bonus for families, as it provides some much-needed separation.
"The basement provides some great additional living space," he says.
There’s a 13.75-by-12-foot media area, a 14-by-11.6-foot fourth bedroom, plus an unfinished space that could be used for another bedroom or full bathroom.
"There’s also a laundry/storage mechanical room that features a high-efficient furnace, sump pump, central vac and central air conditioning."
Den Ouden added that the house is located in a nice "pocket" that’s perfect for a family.
"It’s a quiet, family-oriented area with parks, schools, shopping and services close by. I think the home checks off all the boxes for a young family looking for an affordable move-up home. Best of all, you don’t have to landscape, put in a fence, build a deck, finish the basement or buy appliances. Everything is in place, waiting for you to enjoy."
Location: 71 Roehampton Place, River Park South
Year Built: 2005
Size: 1,515 sq. ft.
Contact: Kees den Ouden, The Greg Michie Team, 204-336-2800 or 204-997-9991