There’s something about being surrounded by nature that restores our soul.
That’s surely a big reason why so many people secretly long for a home that’s off the beaten path, surrounded by nature, yet not too far from city conveniences.
Warren Neufeld of Royal LePage Portage Realty says he just listed one of those rare homes.
"You just don’t find many homes like this one," he says of a huge two-storey home situated on a gorgeous 11.2 acre lot at 70034 39 Road W. on the outskirts of Portage La Prairie. "You’re just minutes from Portage and 45 minutes from Winnipeg in a great spot with a beautiful, custom-built home for you and your family to enjoy."
The first thing you notice when you arrive at the home is how beautiful and quiet the setting is — all you hear is the breeze blowing gently through all the mature trees, and the birds singing. You can even hear your own thoughts.
Then, you notice the size of the stately-looking home, which fits right into the countrified surroundings with its rustic stone and stucco exterior.
"It’s just a shade under 4,000 square-feet, and also comes with a detached double garage beside it that has a loft-like space above it that could be developed into a studio or granny suite," says Neufeld. "Like the home’s triple-attached garage, it comes with in-floor heating."
As might be expected, space abounds in the home.
Entry comes via a grand foyer with soaring ceiling and elegant open-riser staircase that angles jauntily up to the second floor. A den to its right adds to the feeling of space, which is then maintained courtesy of the living room’s creative yet practical design.
Featuring a vaulted ceiling that allowed for the placement of a window high up on its side wall, there’s also another large window below it, natural light pours into it through those windows and a big picture window on its front wall. A generous doorway on its rear wall then connects it with a huge dining room that’s mere steps from a stunning yet functional island kitchen.
"It comes with loads of room to create as well as cherry-stained maple cabinets, about 35 feet of counter space, a tile backsplash, corner pantry, raised breakfast bar for three, and another eating nook for two on its interior," he says, adding that cherry-stained maple hardwoods perfectly complement the cabinets and countertops. "High-end stainless appliances are included."
He adds that a very special space was placed on the rear wall between the dining room and kitchen.
"A garden door takes you into an amazing four-season sunroom that’s surrounded by windows, and that offers a wood burning stove, bar, eating area and garden doors that lead out to a deck on one side, and a patio on the other with a hot tub. The backyard is surrounded by tons of trees, and has a firepit area."
Take the rock-solid staircase upstairs, and the home’s masterful layout continues without missing a beat.
Divided into three areas, the front section starts off with a huge primary bedroom opposite the stairs. It not only offers all kinds of space and forest views, but it also comes with a four-piece ensuite with an air jet/jacuzzi tub perched up perfectly in its own private spot to give it a luxurious treehouse-like feel.
Next, there’s a section that contains two big bedrooms and a spacious laundry room. Finally — because the home was built over a crawlspace and doesn’t have a basement — there’s a massive space that was built over top of the triple-car garage. "It’s a 21-foot by 24-foot rec room that’s being used as both a media room and exercise room right now," Neufeld says. "There’s also a large bedroom to its rear that could be used by a teenager. Or, it could be used by a relative along with the rec room to create an in-law suite."
With all its space and function, not to mention the 11.2-acre lot, the impeccably-built home offers incredible value at $795,000.
"For the price, you get far more than you’d ever get in the city. The home offers peace and quiet, plenty of space and style, and you can recreate on your own property in the summer and winter with all the land you’ll ever need. The home is also incredibly energy efficient with geothermal heating and cooling. It offers executive living in the country, and more."
Location: 70034 39 Rd. W., Portage la Prairie
Year Built: 2008
Size: 3,995 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 11.2 acres
Contact: Warren Neufeld or Andrew Neufeld, Royal LePage Portage Realty, 204-239-6767