For some reason, many people think Headingley is situated a fair distance west of the Perimeter Highway.
While that’s true — several communities line either side of Roblin Boulevard as you head west, culminating with the oldest part of Headingley tucked away just past Provincial Road 334 at the end of Roblin — Blair Sonnichsen of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate says Headingley South is much closer to the city.
"I recently listed a beautiful five-year-old custom-built bungalow there with my colleague at Royal LePage, Chris Pennycook," he says of the 2,225 sq. ft. home, which was built in 2015 by Irwin Homes. "Headingley South is a community nestled away in a beautiful little pocket of land just outside the city. It offers country living with all the conveniences of the city."
In fact, Headingley South — though it’s only a minute or so from Charleswood — possesses a distinctly remote feel.
Tucked away off Caron Road — a service road that parallels both Roblin Boulevard and the Perimeter at various intervals — it’s an isolated enclave that contains a select number of custom-built houses, all of which sit on huge lots. More importantly, some of the more select homes sit on pristine lots that back onto the Assiniboine River.
One of those homes is 33 Prairie Walk, says Sonnichsen.
"It fits the area perfectly with its rustic cultured stone and acrylic stucco exterior," he says of the expansive dwelling, which also comes with a fetching covered front porch. "It’s just a beautiful, well-built home that features great attention to detail both outside and inside."
Turns out, the same attention to detail poured into its exterior was also poured into its interior. The moment you step inside, you’re engulfed by natural light and a wonderful feeling of volume.
"Soaring ceilings and warm maple hardwoods invite you to come inside," says Sonnichsen, noting that ceiling height varies from nine to 12 feet. "Your eyes are immediately drawn to the rear of the home."
Thanks to an open-concept floor plan, light flows freely from the front to back of the main living area, which starts with an elegant formal dining area to the right of the front door. It then transitions ever-so-smoothly into one of the most naturally stunning living rooms you’re likely to ever encounter.
"A 12-foot tray ceiling gives it an incredible feeling of volume, while all the glass on its rear wall looks out onto the river and backyard with all its mature trees. A gas fireplace with taupe tile surround and warm wood mantel finish it off beautifully."
He adds that the kitchen, you get river views from there, too, is just as spectacular as the adjacent living room.
"A wide entrance on its right-hand wall leads directly to a dinette area that’s next to a huge window and garden door that leads out to an elevated deck that overlooks the river. The peninsula kitchen is huge, offering a breakfast bar, plenty of room to create and a wonderful combination of maple cabinets, brown countertops and off-white, beveled subway tile backsplash."
While the rear portion of the immaculate home was designed for family life and entertaining, its front portion was designed to promote rest.
Featuring a split bedroom design, a wing to the left of the foyer holds a four-piece bath, office and bedroom, while the wing to the right of the foyer, it actually runs behind the kitchen so as to provide another route back to the foyer, contains three spaces.
"There’s a separate laundry room, a mudroom with door to the garage and the master bedroom," Sonnichsen says. "The master bedroom was placed at the end of the hall off to the side. It’s a very private space."
Turns out, it’s also a very luxurious space.
Big enough to offer plenty of room for a king-sized bed and accessories yet small enough to feel cozy, it comes chock full of fetching features: a huge walk-in closet, garden door that provides access to a portion of the aforementioned elevated backyard deck and a splendid ensuite.
"It’s a wonderful, bright, spa-like space that comes with a soaker tub situated beneath a huge window, a high-tech corner steam shower with body sprays, sound system and a fold-down seat," he says. "A maple vanity with raised ceramic his/her sinks provides the perfect finishing touch."
Wander downstairs, and you find a fully-finished, walk-out lower level with structural wood floor that adds another 1,800 sq. ft. of livable space to the home.
"It’s a fabulous area that’s perfect for entertaining, or that can be used as an in-law suite. There’s a fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms, an office, one-and-half baths and a big, bright rec room with media area, games area and home gym that could also be used as a media area."
Sonnichsen says the move-in-ready home is ready and waiting for a new owner.
"If you’re a large or multi-generational family looking for a home that feels like it’s out in the country yet is close to the city, you can’t beat its convenient location and overall quality, style and livability," he says.
Location: 33 Prairie Walk, Headingley South
Year Built: 2015
Style: bungalow with walk-out lower level
Size: 2,225 sq. ft.
Contact: Blair Sonnichsen or Chris Pennycook, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000