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Modern updates bring new life to old charm

Renovations add value to home with plenty of space for the family

From the outside, 149 Brock St. looks to be the prototypical River Heights classic.

With its Tyndall stone front steps, white-trimmed windows with carved brown shutters on either side and tidy stucco exterior, it doesn’t look all that different from neighbouring homes.

Step inside and it’s a different story.

A closer look reveals an interior filled with a host of contemporary touches, says Eric Neumann of Realty Executives First Choice.

"The home is filled with over $150,000 in upgrades that were done over the past several years," he says of the 1,713-sq.-ft., two-storey abode. "Upgrades include the kitchen, main bathroom, tri-pane windows, air conditioning, custom blinds and more."

As impressive as the upgrade list is, the home’s overall condition is equally impressive; everything is in pristine condition.

A semi-enclosed, impeccably-tiled entrance gives way to a generous landing that features gleaming hardwoods and an immaculate staircase with a white bannister and spindles — and contrasting dark brown steps for good measure.

Then, as is the case with so many River Heights homes — the hallway that runs off the landing splits the home down the middle.

"It’s a classic centre-hall floor plan," Neumann says.

"The dining room and kitchen are to the left while the living room is to the right. There’s even a remodelled main-floor powder room tucked away behind the stairs right across from the kitchen.

"Flow between spaces is excellent, and tons of light enters the home through big, well-placed windows."

While the dining room and living room are superb spaces, there’s no doubt about which space the main floor revolves around, Neumann adds.

"Without question, the main floor’s centrepiece is the remodelled island kitchen. It was designed by Jake Klassen’s Kitchen Gallery and features... gorgeous white cabinets, charcoal granite countertops, a beautiful tile backsplash and high-end stainless appliances."

He adds that the kitchen doesn’t end there.

"There’s also a dinette area for four next to a bay window that, along with a big window over the sink, floods the kitchen with light. It’s a stunning, functional space."

The kitchen’s decidedly contemporary style is then offset beautifully by both the dining room and living room, which are more traditional in their layout and styling.

"With its high baseboards, hardwood floor, ceiling with crown moulding, the dining room is vintage River Heights," Neumann says. "A bay window adds space and light, while a huge picture window on its rear wall lets in even more light. It’s just steps from the kitchen, and is perfectly-placed for entertaining."

Next, there’s the living room across the way.

"It’s a wonderful space that’s filled with classic features — a fireplace with white mantel and trim, ceiling with gorgeous crown moulding, plus an amazing four-season sunroom with French doors on its rear wall. A large picture window on its front wall allows all kinds of natural light to flow inside, too. A Lennox ductless air conditioning unit provides cooling in the summer."

Head upstairs via the classic staircase and you find a second floor that holds three good-sized bedrooms — and a tastefully remodelled three-piece bath.

"Nothing was missed when the main bath was updated," Neumann says. "It comes with a wood-look luxury vinyl tile floor, five-foot custom glass/tile shower, white vanity with charcoal grey countertop and beautiful light and plumbing fixtures."

He adds that all three bedrooms are surprisingly spacious — and more.

"The two secondary bedrooms feature lots of closet space and big windows that let in loads of light, while the master suite is a wonderful space with two windows, two closets, a big window and its own ductless air conditioner."

The basement is also highly functional — a feature that’s not a given in every River Heights classic.

"There’s a rec room with two windows, workshop and big laundry/utility room," Neumann says.

"The rec room is perfect for a family, as it provides some separation and a bit more room for everyone to spread out."

Factor in additional upgrades such as newer shingles (2014), a new boiler, 200-amp electric panel, custom Hunter Douglas blinds, central vac and a heated, insulated dream garage and you have a home that, while classic in its origins, is exceedingly contemporary.

"With its extensive, high-end renovations, great layout and excellent location, it’s a must-see," he says. "It’s a like-new classic that’s going to make a great home for someone."



Location: 149 Brock St., River Heights North

Year Built: 1945

Style: Two-storey

Size: 1,713 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1.5

Price: $469,900

Contact: Eric Neumann, Realty Executives First Choice, 204-885-8999


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