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SIGNATURE HOMES - 257 Ken Oblik Drive - Prairie Pointe
Photos courtesy of Signature Homes
Photos courtesy of Signature Homes
Photos courtesy of Signature Homes
Photos courtesy of Signature Homes
Photos courtesy of Signature Homes

SIGNATURE HOMES is offering a fresh take on farmhouse-chic in Prairie Pointe.

One look at the dramatic facade of the show home at 257 Ken Oblik Drive and it’s clear this isn’t your grandma’s house. But this stylish reimagining of the classic country home boasts big-time functionality, making it the best of both worlds — and within city limits.

Signature strives for efficiency and affordability, but the company always has some innovative style tricks up its sleeve. Its newest show home, the Victoria, is no exception. The roomy 2,176-square-foot two-storey, nestled near the master-planned Ladco community’s walking trails, wetlands and parks, features a cozy farmhouse-inspired design and acres of closet space fit for a growing family.

Walking up the driveway, you’re greeted by bold black window and door frames that match the dark siding, while the chestnut-brown double-garage door matches the brown panels surrounding the feature window above.

The front door opens into a wide hallway with gleaming engineered hardwood floors. To the left, a powder room is tucked off a short hall between the foyer and garage entry. Straight ahead, the main hallway offers connections to the basement and second floor before opening up into a giant kitchen, great room and dining room which together form the heart of the home.

"The kitchen is really big," says Signature Homes sales agent Gary Zhu. "The island can fit maybe five people instead of three. It’s like a bar."

The maple cabinetry features a rich walnut stain on the island and lower drawers, with white upper cupboards and a chimney-style range hood. A creamy tile backsplash matches the giant slab of quartz on the island and the smaller quartz countertops along the walls.

Helpful extras for the family chef and cleaning crew include soft-close drawers, under-cabinet lighting and a handy pullout garbage bin next to the dishwasher. In other words: No excuses.

There isn’t a dull moment in this kitchen thanks to nine-foot ceilings and three-panel patio doors in both the great room and dining room, offering up plenty of natural light. A built-in speaker system makes this welcoming space the official spot to feast, play and chill — as if the bar seating, party-sized dining area and rich teal-hued fireplace/entertainment unit weren’t enough to keep the social vibe going.

Off the great room, an inviting aspen-railed staircase with metal spindles takes you up to an airy second floor, which has soft, plush carpeting throughout.

The sunny primary suite is more like a separate wing. An eye-catching transom window above the bed along with four other large window panels in the room means you can catch some rays without leaving the sheets.

"We love sunshine, right?" laughs Zhu.

A spacious en suite includes a soaker tub, a dual ultra-long vanity with the same walnut cabinetry and quartz countertops as the kitchen, a water closet and a giant off-white curbless shower.

Zhu says the walk-in closet — which connects to the second-floor laundry room — is more like a small bedroom. In fact, all three of the upstairs bedrooms are built to hold all of the many things a family accumulates over the years.

"If you have children, all of their rooms have walk-in closets, and they are big rooms," he says.

The storage solutions don’t end there. Back downstairs, perhaps the most convenient feature is a sizeable pantry with built-in shelving located in the mudroom between the garage and the kitchen. It lets you unload your groceries from the car directly into the pantry, or go a step further into the kitchen with items that need to go in the fridge.

Practical homeowners will also appreciate the included LG appliances, family-sized 60-gallon hot water tank, wide-open basement with nine-foot ceilings, and waterproof flooring in the upstairs bathrooms.

With the Victoria, Signature Homes achieves a neat balance of fashion and function that epitomizes the modern farmhouse. Even Grandma would approve.

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