About 26 years ago, a couple was looking to build a home on a secluded, treed riverside lot just outside the city in the RM of Cartier.
Cognizant of the fact the adjacent Assiniboine River could possibly flood at some point, they wanted to build a home that would be naturally flood-proof. They also wanted their dream home to be filled with character.
After much searching, they found a design that met both criteria.
"They actually got the drawings out of a magazine that featured a home that had been built in the Atlanta, Georgia, area," says Duncan McDougald, listing agent for the 3,240 square-foot, two-and-a-half storey home. "It’s a really cool design."
Built on 23 piles, the home features three distinct levels including an at-grade main floor with a family room, office, three piece bath and utility room, an elevated main level with living room, dining room, kitchen and primary bedroom and a third level that holds three bedrooms and a four-piece bath.
McDougald says though the home is unique — its middle portion features a grand covered verandah that spans the width of the home — it’s very functional, and loaded with a wonderful charm that comes from combining rustic and yesteryear design themes.
"When you come inside from the veranda, you find yourself in a stately foyer with a vaulted ceiling above, classic staircase rising up to your right and living room to the left," he notes. "The home’s entrance has quite a grand feel to it."
The living room is one very special space, adds McDougald.
"Walking into it is like stepping back in time. It offers beautiful oak hardwoods, high oak baseboards and a propane gas fireplace with tile trim and antique mantel and surround from the early 1900s that the owners found at an auction. The vaulted ceiling above adds volume and style."
A pair of French doors to the right of the majestic foyer then lead into a spacious formal dining room, which sports a wide doorway on rear wall that takes you into a large eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, tiled countertops, tile floor and island with maple butcher block countertop.
"It’s just steps from the dining room, making it perfect for entertaining," he says. "There’s lots of space to create, and a patio door behind the eating area leads out to a new, elevated two-level deck and ground level paving stone patio with a fire pit. The deck is a perfect spot for early morning coffee."
The home’s main living area is then completed by the primary bedroom, which is tucked away in a recessed wing between the kitchen and living area that gives it a sensational sense of seclusion.
"Its highlight is a beautiful ensuite with a spacious walk-in closet, heated tile floor and a steam shower that adds a nice, luxurious touch. Parents will enjoy being in their own peaceful, well-appointed space set well away from the kids," McDougald says.
Likewise, kids will enjoy the home’s upper level, which is occupied by three oversized bedrooms.
"Each bedroom comes with its own walk-in closet, while two of the bedrooms are set on either side of a four-piece bath," he says. "When you’re up here, you feel like you’re in a treehouse. The views of the forest that surrounds the home are amazing."
Add in the ground-level floor with its family room, office (it has access to high-speed internet) and mechanical/storage room, and the home offers a unique blend of modern function, vintage elegance and countrified charisma.
"It truly is a one-of-a-kind home — you’re in a peaceful, rural setting, yet you’re only 15 minutes from the Perimeter down a freshly-paved road that runs right past your front door," McDougald says. "With its beautiful setting, three levels of livability and a charming, functional design, it’s a must-see."
Location: 3278 Lido Plage Rd., RM of Cartier
Year Built: 1995
Style: two-and-half storey
Size: 3,240 sq. ft.
Lot Size: two acres
Bathrooms: two full, two partial
Contact: Duncan McDougald, RE/MAX Executives Realty, 204-987-9800