Sometimes, life comes at you fast.
Take the situation the owners of 4531 Roblin Blvd. had to deal with.
One day, they’d finished a complete overhaul of their prized 2,500-square-foot, two-storey home. The next, they were preparing to move thanks to an out-of-the-blue job transfer.
So much for settling down and enjoying their lovingly renovated dream home.
"The owners had meticulously renovated it from top to bottom, then got news of the transfer — it was totally unexpected," says Sherri Baldwin of Re/Max Executives Realty. "To look on the bright side, a transfer for them has now become a great opportunity for some lucky buyer."
Make no mistake about it, the expansive home — which sits well back on a huge, park-like lot that backs onto the Assiniboine River — is a bona fide opportunity for one central reason: while it’s 62 years old, it’s essentially a new home.
"It needed a lot of TLC when the owners bought it, so much so that it had to be gutted and completely renovated in every area," Baldwin says. "The only things that are original are its foundation and framework."
That said, some new framing — along with drywall and insulation — was required on both the main and second floor.
The main floor’s subfloor was also replaced, while new tri-pane windows were installed throughout the entire home.
Those renovations were only the tip of the iceberg, she adds.
"Both the electrical and plumbing systems are new, and the layouts of both the main floor and second floor were redesigned. The home was re-insulated from top to bottom, and the exterior was also redone, along with the shingles. Not one detail was overlooked."
While the new roof and cladding refreshed the home’s exterior, the new main-floor and second-floor layouts transformed the home from a relic of the late 1950s to an ultra-livable, contemporary home.
Case in point is the open-concept great room, an area that was anything but contemporary prior to the renovations.
"A wall between the kitchen and living room was removed to open up the kitchen to the living room," Baldwin says.
"It not only improved flow between spaces, but allowed for light to flow freely between the two areas — all kinds of natural light pours in from a four-piece picture window in the living room and sliding patio doors behind the dining area."
Next, a host of contemporary finishes were utilized to build on that contemporary feel: hand-scraped, engineered hickory hardwoods, a two-sided cultured stone fireplace in the living room, and French white cabinets, black granite countertops and a rich taupe tile backsplash in the sublime yet sensible island kitchen.
"The main floor is then completed beautifully by a powder room next to the kitchen, the main-floor laundry room and mudroom entrance with direct access to the double-attached garage," she says. "The floor plan offers the same high level of function that a new home offers. And the river views at the rear of the home are just gorgeous."
Meanwhile, changes to the second level’s floor plan also transformed the home’s function.
The master bedroom was set on one side of the upper floor, while four bedrooms and a luxurious four-piece bath were placed on the opposite side in their own private wing, creating a high degree of separation.
However, as impressive as the four secondary bedrooms are — they’re all big and bright, with two offering river views — the secluded master suite is the show-stopper.
"It’s a stunning retreat," Baldwin says. "It offers a vaulted ceiling, electric fireplace with cultured stone detailing, sliding patio doors that lead out to a private balcony that overlooks the river, an enormous walk-in closet and amazing ensuite with soaker tub and five-foot custom glass/tile shower."
She adds that the home is as energy-efficient as it is luxurious.
"It was re-insulated with spray foam in all key areas, including the attic. The result is incredibly low utility bills — natural gas is $70 per month, while hydro is $80. Those are incredible figures for a 2,500-square-foot, two-storey home."
Baldwin says there’s no reason to buy a luxury home in one of the city’s new communities when you can find a home like 4531 Roblin.
"No expense was spared in the renovation of the home — everything is of the highest quality, and no corners were cut. Not only that, but you’re on the river on a gorgeous lot in a quiet, central location. There’s nothing to do but move in and enjoy all this like-new home has to offer."
Location: 4531 Roblin Blvd., Charleswood
Year Built: 1957
Size: 2,500 sq. ft.
Contact: Sherri Baldwin, Re/Max Executives Realty, 204-979-7650