Location. Either a home has it, or it doesn’t.
And although a recent Century 21 poll revealed that would-be homebuyers ranked location second to having the opportunity to to purchase a move-in-ready home, location still plays a central role in whether homebuyers decide to purchase a home or not.
Location is something that 900 Kildonan Dr. has in spades, says Royal LePage Top Producers’ Glen MacAngus.
"The location of this home is absolutely unbelievable," he says. "It’s situated on a huge river front lot on prestigious Kildonan Drive, surrounded by ancient trees, and with panoramic views of the Red River from the rear of the home. The setting is just spectacular."
That said, location alone does not make a home (though it certainly doesn’t hurt). To take full advantage of a great location, a home must match its quality in order to maximize enjoyment, which is derived from its interior layout, finishes and overall livability.
No problem in that regard, says MacAngus of the 2,200-square-foot, two-storey home, built in 1955.
"This home features a custom design that was very forward-thinking for its time. Its main living area (i.e., front-oriented family room, dining room, living room) is basically wide-open, making for a bright, sunny and spacious area that’s perfect for family life or entertaining guests. Not only that, but the home has been meticulously maintained. It’s in impeccable condition throughout."
Because there’s tons of glass at the front (living room) and rear of the home (family room) — plus windows on the side wall next to the dining room and slate gas fireplace — natural light floods in delightful fashion through the whole main floor (the windows face east and west).
Perhaps the brightest space of all is the solarium-like family room, MacAngus says.
"It’s actually sunken down six steps from the dining room/living room, with a rear wall that’s filled by six huge floor-to-ceiling windows, plus sliding patio doors out to a wrap-around deck, as well as a patio door that gives you access to a screened in porch area. The panoramic views of the river are something else."
Those views can be enjoyed from both the dining room (which can seat six to 12, depending on need) and kitchen, which is notable for a unique feature, he adds.
"There’s a cut-out over the double sink that gives you the ability to enjoy the river view while doing dishes. At the same time, the kitchen has been beautifully renovated with (black/rust) granite countertops, tile flooring, track lighting and beige cabinets. Flow from the kitchen into the family room, living room is excellent, and the dining room and living room feature updated (cappuccino oak) hardwoods that give it a warm feel."
MacAngus says the main floor is finished off nicely by several desirable features.
"There’s a main floor powder room next to the double-door entrance, which features doors with stained glass centres and stained glass sidelights," he says. "Then, there’s a beautiful room off the side entrance with three-piece bath that could make for a great in-law suite, den or even artist’s studio, with its glass-filled rear wall."
Meanwhile, the home’s upper floor is just as delightful as the main floor. Thanks to a huge, vertical three-piece window over the rock-solid oak staircase — plus oversized windows in the two secondary bedrooms — the second floor is as bright as you’ll find anywhere.
Both secondary bedrooms come with river views, built-in desks and tons of closet space — the largest of the two bedrooms even has a balcony that overlooks the river — while the master suite is a very pleasant surprise, considering the home is 62 years old.
"It’s a grand space (15 feet by 10 feet) that features a spectacular ensuite with corner soaker tub, heated floors, separate glass/tile shower, floating vanity and windows over the tub and next to the triple closet — you don’t find many homes this old with an ensuite like this one," MacAngus says. "It also has a door on its rear wall that provides access to a private balcony."
Head downstairs and you find a fully-finished basement with yet more livable space.
"There’s a media area with brick feature wall and fireplace, circular wet bar, three-piece bath and storage closet. Other features include an upgraded boiler system, separate cooling system and extra storage. There’s also more storage space in the double-attached garage."
Few homes in the same price range offer the combination of location, layout, quality and value that 900 Kildonan does, MacAngus says.
"It’s absolutely immaculate, is so livable due to its open, bright design, and is solid from top to bottom thanks to its custom design," he says. "Add in the spectacular river views, mature location with all the beautiful trees, key upgrades and tasteful decor, and you’ve got a home that offers excellent value and tons of potential. This home is a must-see in every respect."
Location: 900 Kildonan Dr., Fraser’s Grove
Year Built: 1955
Size: 2,200 sq. ft.
Contact: Glen MacAngus, Royal LePage Top Producers Real Estate, 204-989-6900