Space, safety and style: likely the Top 3 on the wish list of any family looking for a move-up home.
Jeff Brown of Sutton Group — Kilkenny Real Estate says the 2,023 sq. ft., two-storey home found on an oversized lot at 99 Prairieview Dr. in La Salle possesses those attributes and more.
"This is the perfect family home," he says. "Not only is the house huge, but so is the lot. It’s 70 feet by 155 feet, which is much larger than you’ll find in the city. There’s tons of space to enjoy inside, and out."
Seeing as the home is in the countrified confines of La Salle — the south end of the city is only about 10 minutes away — space is abundant, especially outside.
Brown says the backyard — which backs onto a farmer’s field — is something to behold.
"It comes with a huge, two-tiered deck that looks out onto the field. It’s perfect for entertaining, or for kids to play on while you’re preparing dinner in the kitchen. The yard itself is massive. There’s a play structure for kids to enjoy, and plenty of room for them to run around. You’re in a world of your own with no traffic to worry about."
Likewise, you’re in a world of your own when you set foot inside the spacious, well-kept home.
The seven-foot-wide foyer — which is flanked by a den/bedroom to the left and hallway to the right that leads to a powder room and mudroom — is generous, making it easy for several guests to enter the home and doff their coats and footwear without incident.
From there, the fetching foyer transitions smoothly into an eight-foot-wide entrance that leads straight into a rather sensational great room.
"I just love it," says Brown. "It’s a bright, open space that does a great job of mirroring the wide-open spaces outside. The kitchen comes with an oversized island with walk-through pantry, tons of espresso cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The dining area is only a few steps away to the rear next to the windows and the patio door that leads out to the amazing backyard."
He adds that while the kitchen and dining area are great spaces, the family room trumps both.
"With its soaring 18-foot ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows and corner gas fireplace with brown cultured stone trim, it’s a special space. Light pours in through the windows, the high ceiling gives it a wonderful sense of space and the warm cinnamon-stained maple hardwoods warm it up nicely. The great room is very stylish, yet it’s also very practical."
The same feel found in the great room — one of light, space and sensible style — extends to the home’s upper level.
"Like the main floor, the available space is well-used," he says. "A wide landing area makes it easy for several people to move about at once, while the secondary bedrooms, which are huge, are separated from the master suite by a linen closet and the main bath, which were placed in the middle across from the stairs."
The master suite was then set to the left of the stairs, in its own ultra-private spot.
"Two huge windows behind the bed let in all kinds of light and provide amazing views of the field and countryside below," notes Brown. "There’s also a spacious walk-in closet and four-piece ensuite with a nice vinyl soaker tub/shower combo."
Downstairs, there’s a big, partially-finished basement that’s framed and ready for development. Add in a triple garage that’s roughed-in for in-floor heating, and you have a home that’s perfect for a large, active family.
"Its floor plan makes it truly the ideal family home, great for entertaining and family life," he says. "The backyard is incredible, and the home is close to schools, sporting facilities, shopping, golf and other amenities in a young, safe and friendly community only a short drive from the city. It doesn’t get much better than that."
Location: 99 Prairieview Drive, La Salle
Year Built: 2009
Size: 2,023 sq. ft.
Contact: Jeff Brown, Sutton Group - Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-997-5333
Open House: Sunday Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m.