When a new home wins a Parade of Homes award, it’s no accident.
To pocket the hardware, a builder must come up with a plan that’s equal parts style and substance and also forward-thinking in its overall design. Built in 2004 by Randall Homes, 1284 Scurfield Blvd. — a 1,962-square-feet, two-storey gem — feels as contemporary as any of today’s new designs.
"I think the first thing that strikes you about the home is its overall layout," says Royce Finley of Royal LePage Prime Real Estate. "It’s very open and flows exceptionally well. It’s also naturally bright, with huge, well-placed windows surrounding the main living area."
There’s little to distinguish this home from a new home in terms of its layout. The foyer leading into the great room is approximately six feet wide and offers plenty of room for multiple guests or family members to remove footwear and outerwear in comfort.
That feeling of space in the foyer is enhanced with a formal dining room to the right with a huge window on its rear wall, and a wing to the left that discreetly holds a pair of functional spaces — a powder room and generous laundry/mudroom with seamless access to the double-attached garage.
A wide landing then leads into a well-organized great room that’s essentially divided in half with the kitchen/dinette area on the left and the family room on the right. Each area was thoughtfully designed, Finley says. "Again, the layout is excellent — it uses available space extremely well. The kitchen is a good size with a compact, angled island in the centre. It seats two and serves as a great prep area. Yet, because it’s just the right size, it doesn’t reduce aisle space — there’s plenty of room for two people to prepare a gourmet meal."
The finishing materials blend perfectly to create a bright and pleasant atmosphere and include natural maple cabinets, natural maple hardwoods, a light taupe tile backsplash and light taupe laminate countertops. A corner pantry adds function with loads of storage space.
The dinette area is bright and spacious and offers a solarium-like feel — thanks to a pair of huge windows and a patio door. "Not only does it let in all kinds of natural light, but the patio door leads out to a big deck and huge, fenced backyard," Finley says.
"And a beautiful display/storage unit with maple capping divides the dinette neatly from the family room, which is an absolutely gorgeous space."
The family room is indeed gorgeous and features a 17-foot high ceiling, window-filled rear wall, custom entertainment unit, gas fireplace with grey tile trim with a feature wall that stretches all the way up to the ceiling and is capped off with stylish crown moulding — resulting in a spectacular, light-filled space that’s ideal for entertaining.
The adjacent, extra-wide staircase — which has a massive, obscured glass window set over a compact landing — overlooks the family room, then leads upstairs to a bright, family-friendly second floor. To the left is a bonus room with another large window that could serve as a media room or study area. A curved wall frames the main landing and sweeps stylishly toward the master suite, while a hallway to the left leads to two oversized bedrooms with large windows and a four-piece main bath with a black-and-white marble floor, soaker tub and natural maple vanity.
"The master suite features a double-door entrance and provides all the creature comforts any couple would want," Finley says. "There’s a three-piece ensuite with a corner shower and big walk-in closet with tons of built-in shelving and a mirrored armoire with drawers and organizers. It’s a private space that has a very relaxing feel to it."
Not to be overlooked is the home’s fully finished basement, which is also a cut above the norm, adds Finley. "It’s like another main level, it’s so bright and comfortable," he says.
"A huge, obscured glass window over the stairs allows natural light to pour in from above, while a series of large windows let in more light, making it unusually bright. There’s a media/theatre area, games area and wet bar and wine cellar in the rec room, as well as a big fourth bedroom, powder room with black marble floor and huge mechanical/storage room with a high-efficiency furnace. It might be the best part of the home."
Add in a convenient location that’s ultra-close to all that’s offered on the nearby Kenaston strip — and the fact this home is in move-in condition — and you have an award-winning design with so much to offer.
"It’s a well-built, well-designed home in an established area and offers style, a livable layout and a great location," Finley says, "and it’s a versatile home that’s ideal for both entertaining and family life."
Location: 1284 Scurfield Blvd.
Year Built: 2004
Size: 1,962 sq. ft.
Bathrooms: 2 full, 2 half
Contact: Royce Finley, Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, 204-295-9493
Open House: Sunday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.