Parade of Homes

Family Matters

Room to grow in West St. Paul

TAILOR-MADE for a growing family, Irwin Homes’ two storey show home at 8 Sage Bush Lane in The Trails of West St. Paul covers all the essential bases and then some.

Along with plenty of elbow room — indoors and out — the four-bedroom model is blessed with a fine blend of designer finishes and practical features that will help to keep it looking good for years to come.

Durable silver-oak laminate flooring complements the neutral tones of the main living areas on the main floor. The colour won’t show every bit of dust and it is designed to stand up to wear-and-tear. The mudroom flooring is even more durable, and just as beautiful, in an ornate, pewter coloured vintage art deco pattern.

Tucked behind a door off the kitchen, the mudroom and main-floor laundry area with utility sink are located in a wide hallway, with the garage entry door next to a double closet at the front end and a small powder room at the rear.

There’s another double closet near the front door, which opens on to a small den overlooking the street. Down the hall, the great room and kitchen overlook a boomerang-shaped man-made pond that runs through the development. Flooded with natural light, the kitchen has plenty of storage, including a tall pantry cupboard with pullout shelves and a built-in cabinet in the island that keeps garbage and recycling bins out of sight, but close at hand. There’s an eating lip on the island, but the full-size dining area is just as inviting. Extending into a large alcove, it has windows on three sides — if you include the French door leading out to the roomy deck.

Upstairs, three bedrooms stand all in a row along the front of the house, with a family bathroom at the end of the hall. At the rear, a flexible loft space can be used as a playroom, homework or entertainment area overlooking the backyard. The master bedroom has its own private en suite, plus a walk-in closet and the same rear view.

Downstairs, the unfinished basement is designed to accommodate recreation rooms on either side of the staircase, as well as a fifth bedroom and another full bath.

Kids will also appreciate all the outdoor play space in the family-friendly community. The Irwin show home’s backyard extends 87 feet off the deck — 100 feet total from the rear of the house. In summer months, the pond is lined with public greenspace, but in winter, it’s all about the white space. Neighbours have cleared skating rinks on both ends of the pond, and there’s even a bench on the east end.

Literally a stone’s throw from the north Perimeter, just off Main Street, The Trails of West St. Paul extends to the Red River on the east side. Across Main Street, the Sunova Centre recreation complex includes an outdoor rink. There’s a kindergarten to Grade 8 school nearby, and a retail development, the Shops of West St. Paul, is in the works, along with a traffic light for the intersection at Main Street.

Several show homes from Manitoba Home Builders’ Association members are on display in the Waterside Development Corp. community during the Spring Parade of Homes. Visitors can find more information online at

Photos courtesy of Irwin Homes


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