Everyone has their own vision of utopia.
For many homeowners that vision likely contains several distinct elements.
The location would be private, and ideally on a generous parcel of land. The home would be spacious, tastefully-finished and have all the amenities an active family needs. And lastly, the home, though secluded, would still be close to key amenities.
It’s a long list, but Royce Finley of Royal LePage Prime Real Estate says his new listing at 86 Chrisluk Rd. in East St. Paul — a 2,200 sq. ft. bungalow that was built in 2003 — checks off all those boxes, and more.
"This home is on a beautiful lot that’s just over two acres in size on a street where all the homes are nicely spread out," he says. "You feel like you’re out in the country, yet you’re only a short drive from the town of Birds Hill. It’s a location that’s hard to beat."
The same sentiment applies to the home itself.
Immaculately maintained, it feels considerably newer than its 2003 build date suggests. A forward-thinking layout also gives it the look and feel of a newer home.
For starters, a generous, tiled foyer with a formal dining room to its right opens beautifully onto a family room with a feature wall set precisely in its centre. The sleek, streamlined feature wall defines the family room, while maintaining an open feel.
Finley says the family room gets the home’s main living area off to a quietly spectacular start.
"It’s a great space," he says. "A vaulted ceiling gives it a nice feeling of volume, while a huge, angled floor-to-ceiling window on the rear wall lets in tons of natural light. A wood burning fireplace with cultured stone surround and blower provides a nice rustic touch."
A five-foot-wide entrance then provides access to a magnificent, chef-friendly kitchen.
"There’s an eating nook for a table for four to the left of the doorway next to a big window," says Finley. "The kitchen features a large island, granite countertops, maple cabinets, a grey slate tile backsplash and a built-in gas cooktop and ovens."
He adds that another doorway to the left of the kitchen provides access to a very special space.
"It takes you into an amazing four-season sunroom with a tile floor and hot tub. It’s surrounded by windows that look out onto the backyard, and there’s a patio door that leads out to a huge composite deck that faces southwest, and is perfect for catching evening sunsets."
Meanwhile, the home’s bedroom wing offers the function families are looking for with a spacious main bath, laundry room and two bedrooms including a big, well-placed primary bedroom.
Head downstairs, and you find yourself standing in a wide-open rec room.
"Lots of natural light comes in from four huge windows on its rear wall," Finley says, adding the lower level comes with a structural wood floor. "There’s a media area with wet bar, games area and an exercise area. A wing to the left of the stairs holds two more bedrooms and a three-piece bath. The mechanical room is huge, and offers tons of storage space."
Wander outside into the gorgeous backyard and there’s a dreamy workshop.
"It’s 800 sq. ft. in size, and comes with in-floor heating and a two-piece bath. It’s perfect for a mechanic or handyman. The home’s 24x32-foot attached triple garage is pretty nice, too."
The well-kept, well-positioned home is perfect for a young growing family or young professional couple.
"You won’t find a better spot to raise a family in, or to operate a business from if you have a home-based business. You’re close to Sobeys in Birds Hill, and just a short drive from services in the city," says Finley. "It’s a fabulous home. It has everything you need on a big, beautiful lot in an amazing community."
Location: 86 Chrisluk Dr., East St. Paul
Year Built: 2003
Size: 2,200 sq. ft.
Contact: Royce Finley, Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, 204-295-9493
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, May 16, 2-4 p.m.