About five or six years ago, Qualico Homes came up with a unique new home concept.
Known as boulevard homes, the two-storey abodes were conceived to offer a clear alternative to apartment-style condominiums. Checking in at just over 1,700 sq. ft., the homes featured a linear, low-maintenance exterior and low-maintenance yards.
They also came equipped with a rear-oriented double garage and full basements — plus several other design features young, growing families would appreciate.
Harry Odwak of Monopoly Realty says he just listed one of the family-friendly homes at 30 Shady Shores Dr. in Transcona’s Waterside Estates.
"The first thing I like about this home is its exterior design," he says. "It’s very attractive, and gives the home excellent curb appeal. With the siding and stucco — you also get a nice little covered front porch — there shouldn’t be much to do in the way of maintenance. There also isn’t a lot of grass to cut, so you’re not going to be a slave to your yard."
Odwak says the home’s interior is just as impressive as its exterior. "From the moment you walk in, you’ll be taken by its innovative, open-concept design. Both the foyer and family room are set beneath a soaring, 18-foot-plus ceiling with three oversized windows set up high and two more big windows set down low. Because the home faces south, sunlight floods in all day long. Add in a beautiful entertainment centre niche, and you’ve got a spectacular space."
Take the extra-wide stairs up to the home’s second level, and you quickly discover that the family room opens onto a spacious loft. "It’s an area that I particularly like for all the options it provides you," he says.
"Right now, it’s being used as an exercise room, but could be used as a media/playroom, or office. If needed, it could also easily be converted into a third bedroom."
The loft then leads into a bedroom wing that’s notable for its highly functional design. Not only are there two bedrooms, but there’s also a second-floor laundry room and four-piece main bath.
"The layout is perfect for a young family," Odwak says. "The laundry room — which has a window for added light — starts off the bedroom wing, then the main bath (with its maple vanity and vinyl soaker tub/shower combo) is set in between it and the bedrooms. The second bedroom is off to the right, and the master suite is at the end all by itself."
Thanks to the upper floor’s efficient layout, the master suite is larger than expected at a very spacious 14-by-17 feet. "It’s outstanding, just a great space," Odwak says. "A pair of corner windows lets in lots of natural light, there’s a beautiful three-piece ensuite with a four-foot shower and maple vanity that makes it even more private, plus a huge two-person walk-in closet. With the ensuite and all of its space and storage, it would make a nice retreat at the end of the day."
Odwak adds more style and function awaits downstairs in the home’s rear quadrant. "The island kitchen/dining area complements the amazing family room perfectly. Both spaces are generous in size (dining area is 10-by-13 feet, kitchen 13-by-13 feet), there’s plenty of room to move, and the finishes are gorgeous, from the laminate flooring, to the (honey) maple cabinets, cream tile backsplash, taupe (laminate) countertops and stainless steel appliances."
A trio of clever design features make the area even more functional, he adds. "The designers put an oversized transom window next to the dining area, which lets in additional light. The opposite wall has two windows on either side of sliding patio door that can lead out to a future deck in the side yard, as well."
Then, there’s the home’s rearmost portion, which, it turns out, holds more than just a landing area with a coat closet. "You actually get a double attached garage, a feature you can’t see from the street," Odwak says. "It’s a huge feature. You can keep your cars warm and snow-free in the winter, and it offers additional storage space."
Finally, there’s the fully-insulated basement, which adds another 400-plus sq. ft. of livable space to the home. "Because it’s unfinished, it’s a blank slate — you can make it into whatever you want it to be. The bedroom area has a big, proper-egress window, plus there’s an oversized window off the area that would serve as the rec room," he says. "There’s also room for a bathroom and good-sized storage area."
There’s one more reason to consider this immaculate boulevard home, Odwak says.
"It’s a single-detached home that will be a home of your own. You’ll own it with no condo fees and get a peaceful, private home filled with a host of wonderful amenities. Not only that, but it gives you three levels to live on, a double garage, two-and-a-half baths, a great loft area and an excellent location. If you have the budget, it’s worth a look."
Location: 30 Shady Shores Dr., Transcona (Waterside Estates)
Year Built: 2013
Size: 1,731 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: two plus loft
Contact: Harry Odwak, Monopoly Realty, 204-792-4327