In 2001, a sprawling bungalow was built on a huge, park-like lot in picturesque Normand Park. Sixteen years later, the 1,953-square-foot home is up for sale, its empty-nester owners looking to downsize to a smaller, more manageable abode.
RE/MAX Professionals’ Pat Stecy says the immaculate home offers exceptional value.
"With today’s construction prices, the home couldn’t be built for the price it’s being offered," she says. "First, it’s on an oversized lot that backs onto a forest, the Red River and walking trails. Second, the home, which was custom-built by Maric Homes, features superior construction and fine finishing materials throughout. Building new in such an area would cost considerably more now."
Perhaps most importantly, the home is still very contemporary because of its forward-thinking design.
"It shows much younger than its years," Stecy says. "Outside, the (grey) stucco exterior is in wonderful condition, while its interior is well-laid-out, and offers effortless flow. It’s a very livable home. Even though it’s 16 years old, it doesn’t feel like it."
The wide, angled foyer offers easy entry into the home, with a walk-in coat closet to the left. To the left of the closet is a rounded-top doorway that leads to a formal dining room. To the right is a hallway that provides access to the main bath (positioned conveniently at the outset of the hallway), two secondary bedrooms and a mudroom with door that leads to the attached double garage.
"Both bedrooms are a very generous size. At present, the third bedroom (with French doors) is being used as a den. It’s a private area that flows exceptionally well."
That same fine flow can be found in the spacious, neatly segmented great room, which spreads out magnificently beneath a 12-foot ceiling.
The separate formal dining room, which features a huge window on its front wall and a cantilevered niche for a sideboard, flows freely through a wide doorway into a kitchen with an ultra-functional, wide-open interior.
Its perimeter is lined with an abundance of natural maple cabinets (that include handy pull-out drawers); there’s counter space aplenty, a tile backsplash for some extra pop and a corner pantry for extra storage space.
"It then opens on to a good-sized eating area with garden doors that lead out to a deck and the beautiful backyard," Stecy says. "Then, there’s the family room." At 16.5 by 15.6 feet, it’s a space that’s ideal for entertaining many guests. It’s also a space that finishes off the great room in subtle yet spectacular style.
"I love the huge picture window on its rear wall — when you’re sitting in the great room, you can look directly out into the gorgeous backyard. At the same time, there’s the built-in entertainment unit with gas fireplace (defined by taupe tile) set in its centre," she says. "It’s still contemporary — you can fit a big screen TV in its TV niche and there’s tons of display shelving on either side."
The master suite was then smartly tucked away off the family room in its own private corner. "It’s a lovely space that has a tray ceiling, three corner windows that let in loads of light while retaining privacy, a large walk-in closet and an ensuite with double sinks, a jetted tub and separate shower. It’s a wonderful retreat."
Because the home is nearly 2,000 square feet on the main floor, its basement is huge.
"It’s an amazing area that gives you approximately 1,500 square feet of additional living space," says Stecy. "The rec room is a wide-open area that’s surrounded by four windows. It contains a wet bar, games area, media area and an additional area that could be used for an office, sitting or play area. The pool table and wine storage cabinet are to remain in the home as part of the sale."
There’s also a four-piece bath, huge fourth bedroom and massive storage area that includes a workshop and spacious laundry area. "With all the light, open space and additional spaces, the basement is like another home. In total, (the home) offers over 3,400 square feet of total living space."
In short, this home is a rare find.
"It offers a combination of house and property that you don’t often see," she says. "The home is livable, and beautifully-finished, while its location is second-to-none. Not only does the lot back onto the forest, river and walking trails, but you’re also close to the Perimeter (to access cottage country) and close to shopping and all kinds of amenities. It’s a fabulous home that offers excellent value."
Location: 62 Brambleforde Cres., Normand Park (South St. Vital)
Year Built: 2001
Size: 1,953 sq. ft.
Contact: Pat Stecy, RE/MAX Professionals, 204-982-6282
Open House: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m.