With bidding wars now becoming a common occurrence in a local real estate market beset by an acute inventory shortage, families looking for an affordable starter home need to broaden their search.
That means not only looking further afield within the city, but also considering properties outside the city.
And these days, looking for a home outside the city is the only way to avoid having to run the frustrating gauntlet of competing with multiple offers – and losing out on a desirable home.
Jeff Brown of Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate says he just listed a move-in-ready two-storey home outside the city thats the perfect starter for a young family.
First of all, the home is priced at $299,900, which is very reasonable, he says of the two-storey, 1,436 sq. ft. home. Granted its about a 35 to 40-minute drive to Dufferin from the Perimeter Highway, but families have been paying $500,000 to $600,000 for a home on a postage stamp of a lot in the city. You can pay for a lot of gas with the $200,000 to $300,000 you save.
After an effortless drive out highway two west, you turn down 38 Road West and arrive at the home within a minute or two.
What you see when you arrive literally takes your breath away, says Brown.
Youre well off the road with the home in the middle of a well treed six-acre lot, he says. Youve got total privacy, and youre surrounded by peaceful country views all day and night long. Then theres the home itself, which is just amazing.
Entry to the well-kept home comes via a huge mudroom thats loaded with function.
Theres a locker area to the right of the door, a nook for a desk on the rear wall – and laundry area with sink, cabinetry, and plenty of space for a full-sized washer and dryer on the wall opposite the locker area.
A massive window on the wall to the left also lets in an absolute ton of sunlight, notes Brown. Its a gorgeous space that makes it a pleasure for families and guests to enter the home.
From there, a nice, wide doorway leads directly into a generous, light-filled space that holds a peninsula kitchen and good-sized dining area.
The kitchen offers loads of cabinet and counter space, a gorgeous tile backsplash, a double sink and four newer stainless appliances, he says. And the dining area is next to a patio door that leads out to an oasis of a backyard that has a firepit and is surrounded by trees.
Brown adds that the room to the rear of the dining area is pretty fetching, too.
Its a cozy living with warm hand scraped elm hardwoods, a media area, play area and door that takes you out to a charming covered front porch that looks out south onto beautiful farmers fields. The four huge, newer windows that surround it fill it with natural light.
Meanwhile, the homes upper level holds two secondary bedrooms, a remodeled four-piece bath and tranquil primary bedroom.
Both of the secondary bedrooms are perfect for the kids, the bathroom features a tile floor, one-piece soaker tub/shower unit and espresso vanity with laminate countertop and raised oval sink, he says. Theres also a matching storage tower next to the recessed water closet to the rear.
The homes family-friendly function also extends outside, says Brown.
A 20-foot by 30-foot double detached garage with a large, heated shop/play area is just steps from the front door – insulate the shop, and its a perfect year-round play space for the kids. Its a great added feature, as is central vac, central air conditioning, HRV, a Vivint alarm and low-maintenance Hardie Board exterior.
Families searching for an affordable, turnkey starter home should make the trip out to Dufferin to look at the spotless, livable home, he adds.
Not only are you an easy 35 to 40-minute drive from the city, but youre only a few minutes from amenities in nearby St. Claude. Its a safe, beautiful spot to raise a family with all the space, style, and amenities you need. Best of all, you can get it for a price that doesnt break the bank.
Location: 39083 38 Rd. West, Dufferin, Manitoba
Year Built: 1948; remodelled in 1990
Size: 1,436 sq. ft.
Lot Size: six acres
Contact: Jeff Brown, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-997-5333