Many of us dream of living in a well-appointed home in a quiet, secluded spot away from the daily grind of city life.
Michael Leclerc of Royal LePage Top Producers Real Estate says the couple who built this 1,476-sq.-ft. bi-level on a wooded lot in the RM of St. Anne in 2013 achieved that dream.
However, just as they were finishing up the basement to complete the home, a job transfer came up.
So much for settling down and enjoying the fruits of their labour.
"It truly is a stunning home," he says. "In fact, with its fabulous design and all its high-level features, a comparable home in the city would cost far more than the list price ($459,900). Nothing was overlooked in the design of this home."
Leclerc says everything starts with the drive up to the home.
"A short, winding driveway with mature trees on either side eventually opens on to a wide driveway that fronts the home. Its façade is absolutely gorgeous, with its cultured stone detailing and low-maintenance exterior."
Entrance to the home comes via a sunken, tiled foyer set beneath an 18-foot ceiling that provides an immediate sense of space. A partially enclosed maple stairway leads up to the main living area, which also features the same medium-brown maple flooring throughout.
The design of the elevated great room is nothing short of phenomenal, Leclerc says.
"Big, perfectly situated windows allow an abundance of sunshine to flow throughout the entire open-concept area, luxurious finishes give the area a warm feel and some cool design details give it a cosy, modern, yet rustic character."
The family room is a good example of that modern-rustic design theme, he says.
"A beautiful trayed ceiling defines the area, while an electric fireplace with dark cultured stone surround and adjacent oak entertainment unit give it a cosy, rustic feel. A huge window on its front wall lets in beautiful tree views and loads of natural light."
Meanwhile, the kitchen/dining room area at the opposite end of the great room is just as fetching and functional.
A nine-foot island that seats four subtly defines an open, galley-style kitchen that features a wealth of grey/taupe maple cabinets, off-white/grey quartz countertops, a horizontal grey/taupe tile backsplash and newer stainless steel appliances.
The adjacent dining area, with room for a huge table, was then situated a few steps away between a big window on the side wall and a set of sliding patio doors on the rear wall.
"Those patio doors lead out to a huge, covered and elevated backyard deck that extends your entertaining space in spring, summer and fall," Leclerc says. "Overall, the great room is perfect for entertaining with its free-flowing, open-concept layout."
The home’s faultless design extends into the bedroom wing, which houses five spaces: three bedrooms, a laundry area and spacious main bath.
"Both of the secondary bedrooms are a good size, with large windows and ample closet space — one actually comes with a loft/play area perfect for a young child. The laundry area was placed in the centre behind double doors, with the main bath, which features a nice, deep soaker tub across the way."
Finally, there’s the master suite, set off in its own little piece of the world at the end of the hall.
"Again, no detail was overlooked in its design. A trayed ceiling gives it a luxurious feel, while a huge window on its rear wall lets in more sunshine and forest views," he says.
"There’s also a big walk-in closet and gorgeous ensuite that features a stand-alone soaker tub, steam shower with rain shower head and taupe tile floor with in-floor heating."
Leclerc says the home’s lower level, which features a high-end insulated concrete form foundation, is about 80 per cent complete.
"It’s insulated, wired and drywalled, and comes with one or two extra bedrooms, a three-piece bath, a big, bright area that’s perfect for a rec room and a mechanical/storage room with newer high-efficiency furnace and HRV. Just a few personal touches, a ceiling, flooring and some paint, are needed to make it what you want or need."
As for the home’s location, it perfectly bridges the gap between country seclusion and city convenience.
"You’re about 15 minutes from the perimeter, with an easy commute to the city that offers four lanes the whole way," he says. "If you’re looking for a contemporary home in a tranquil location that’s just the right distance from the city, this functional, elegant home could be the one you’re looking for."
Location: 64 Deerfield Dr., RM of St. Anne
Year built: 2013
Size: 1,476 sq. ft.
Contact: Michael Leclerc, Royal LePage Top Producers Real Estate, 204-989-6900