For the longest time, there were no luxury condominiums in the city’s northern quadrant.
The arrival of the Residences of 1914, located at 1914 Henderson Hwy., took care of that deficiency, says Jeremy Hiebert of the Powell Property Group.
"Until recently, there were no luxury condominiums north of Wellington Crescent," he says. "Irwin Homes took note of that. Once they found this lot on the river on Henderson Highway in North Kildonan, they designed a concrete and steel building that featured a wonderful collection of 23 spacious, well-appointed luxury suites."
Available in five models (Bromley, Danforth, Emyrson, Chelsea and Addington), the suites range in size from 1,234 sq. ft. to 2,408 sq. ft.. The Bromley checks in at just over $500,000, while the gargantuan Addington (which comes with a massive balcony that’s perfect for entertaining) is priced at just a shade over one million dollars.
Question is, do the suites — and overall complex — deliver the features that discerning buyers are looking for in a luxury condominium?
The answer is a resounding yes.
With huge balconies with black railing and tempered-glass inserts set on either side of a grey/beige stone column that elegantly divides the building in two, the complex has a distinctive modern look befitting a luxury condominium complex.
A generous, tiled foyer adds further to that luxurious feel, Hiebert says.
"It leads to a high-speed elevator that’s at your disposal to take you up to your unit. You can also use them to access a bright, spacious club room with full kitchen, seating areas and an intimate dining area — and a beautiful, fully furnished guest suite that’s available for guests of residents to spend the night in."
He adds that another must-have amenity occupies the building’s lower level.
"Situated at ground level, a heated, indoor parking garage features controlled entry through either a vehicle-mounted transponder or remote. Stalls are nice and wide, a second spot is available upon request and each spot comes with its own fire-resistant locker for storage. There’s also a large room off the garage that will either be made into either a gym or library."
Then, there are the suites themselves.
The first visual of the display suite — the 1,688-sq.-ft. Danforth — is a positive one.
Spacious, light-filled and immaculately finished, it’s everything you’d expect in a luxury condominium.
"Irwin’s design team did a great job in designing the great room," he says. "It’s an open, airy space with a window and nine-foot-wide patio door on its rear wall that let in tons of natural light. Flow between the kitchen, dining area and living room is effortless, and there’s a flex space to the rear of the living room that can stay open, or be closed off to create a den or study."
Meanwhile, the great room’s finishes are as spectacular as its ultra-livable floor plan.
"With their soft brown stain, the engineered maple hardwoods that run through the whole area are just gorgeous," Hiebert says. "The kitchen is also quite the sight with its waterfall island and quartz countertops, cappuccino maple cabinets, beautiful tile backsplash and stainless-steel KitchenAid appliances. Buyers have their choice of light or dark finishes."
An extra-wide hallway off the living room then leads to a quartet of spaces: a laundry room, four-piece bath, second bedroom and well-positioned master suite.
"Like the great room, the bedroom wing’s design is impeccable. The laundry room is big and functional and comes with a tile floor, sink, countertop and cabinets for extra storage; with its tile floor, soaker tub and grey vanity, the main bath is an well-appointed space, and the second bedroom is a good size."
Finally, there’s the secluded and palatial master suite.
"It comes with a huge window, tray ceiling, massive walk-in closet with built-in organizers and a spa-like ensuite with tile floor, five-foot walk-in glass/tile shower and grey vanity with cream quartz countertop with raised square sinks," he says, adding that each master suite comes with its own private balcony.
"The walk-in shower is great for anyone who has mobility issues."
Hiebert says empty nesters from neighbouring areas, including St. Andrews and West and East St. Paul, have been drawn to the Residences at 1914.
"We only have seven suites left. The high-quality construction, thoughtfully designed floor plans and incredibly high level of finishing materials, along with a location that’s within easy walking distance to a host of everyday amenities, has driven sales. These suites have met expectations with the style, comfort and convenience that they offer."
Address: 1914 Henderson Hwy.
Condominium Development: the Residences at 1914
Style: apartment-style luxury condominiums
Size: 1,234 sq. ft. to 2,408 sq. ft.
Price: $513,000 to $1,009,000
Contact: Jeremy Hiebert or David Powell, Powell Property Group, 204-470-6144