The impending City of Winnipeg impact/growth fees have changed the mindset of buyers looking to build a luxury home.
Now, with the fees set to take effect on May 1, many buyers are looking to either build or find a suitable luxury home outside city limits. Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate’s Jennifer Phillips says she has a good candidate in the form of a custom-built bungalow in the enclave of Grande Pointe.
"Not only is the home newer — it was custom-built for its outgoing owners in 2006 — but it’s also in a great location," she says. "It’s less than five minutes to the Perimeter Highway, a short drive from Sage Creek and all its amenities, and about 12 to 15 minutes from St. Vital Centre. It gives you the best of both worlds — you’re in a quiet country location, yet you’re very close to the city."
The house also gives you tons of space both inside and out. For starters, the bungalow is nestled in the middle of an expansive, two-acre river lot; for those who value privacy, there’s no one behind you (just a stand of mature forest), and out front, your nearest neighbour is hundreds of yards across the way.
Meanwhile, the house’s exterior is comprised of low-maintenance stucco and brick. A quaint covered front porch with brick trim and taupe railing ushers you into the home in understated country style. An ultra-wide foyer demarcated smartly by a mocha tile floor then provides seamless access to a great room that features an open, yet segmented design that offers excellent flow and function.
"The layout is open, but at the same time is also a bit on the traditional side," Phillips says. "The family room — with its tray ceiling, gas fireplace (with tile surround), gorgeous maple entertainment unit and three windows on its rear wall is a relaxing, cosy space ideal for visiting with guests."
Next to the family room is a recessed dining area with a three-part bay window and patio door at its rear. Thanks to the design, both space and light abound. The patio door leads out to a huge, elevated backyard deck with bar area, pergola, a spot to grill steaks and burgers, and a sitting area that overlooks a 40-foot, swimmable eco-pond.
"The pond actually has a sandy beach area, and in the past has been stocked with (Koi) fish. There’s also a garden with raised sprinklers out back, as well. It’s an area that’s perfect for entertaining. Best of all, you have no neighbours in behind you, so it’s a very private area."
Head back inside, and you find an expansive (15.2-by-12.1-foot) kitchen set off to the rear of the dining room.
It’s equipped with everything a chef could possibly need: tons of counter space, a wealth of cinnamon-stained maple cabinets, tan tile backsplash, compact island with sink, prep space and raised eating nook for two and corner pantry for added storage. There’s even a window over the double sink that provides a relaxing view of the countrified surroundings.
Phillips adds that there’s a bonus space situated between the dining area and kitchen.
"There’s a four-season sunroom with multi-coloured slate tile floor, two windows and another patio door that leads out to the backyard deck. It’s a great place to visit with company or just sit quietly and read a book."
The main floor is then capped off by a bedroom wing that’s loaded with function and privacy. In total, there are four spaces: a bedroom set next to the foyer, a three-piece bath with air jet tub, pedestal sink and tile floor/wainscoting, huge main floor laundry room — and master suite that’s set off in its own private world.
"It’s a spacious, relaxing space with oak hardwoods, three-piece ensuite with low-step-over shower and huge walk-in closet," Phillips says. "The bedroom at the start of the bedroom wing can be used as either a den or bedroom."
The basement (which features a structural wood floor) is huge, offering 1,400-plus sq. ft. of livable space, taking the home’s total square footage over the 3,000-sq.-ft. mark.
"At present, it’s partially-finished with two bedrooms and a three-piece bath. The middle portion of the basement unfinished, which offers a blank slate for new owners to design according to their own tastes. There’s plenty of room for a media area, games area, office area, and there’s also a large storage/mechanical room, plus under-stair storage."
Phillips says the well-kept home is a viable alternative to building new in the city.
"You’re on a beautiful private river lot in a beautiful community that’s just a short commute from the city. Taxes are low (about $2,000 lower than a comparable home inside city limits) and the home features quality construction and a thoughtful, functional design," she says. "The south-facing backyard is a gorgeous spot in the spring and summer, and the home is filled with a host of upgrades. It offers excellent value and style — and a great location."
Location: 110 Oak Way, Grande Pointe
Year Built: 2006
Size: 1,646 sq. ft.
Contact: Jennifer Phillips, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-955-6163