Imagine buying a home thats in an incredible location and in great condition, yet its interior layout leaves much to be desired.
That was the case when the outgoing owner of 744 Cloutier Dr. purchased the home in question, a 3,428-sq.-ft. riverfront bungalow on a huge park-like lot in St. Norbert just south of the University of Manitoba about 13 years ago.
Where others hadnt, he saw potential in the home and had a vision for what it could become.
Consequently over the past decade-plus he worked tirelessly to unlock that potential, says Glen MacAngus of Royal LePage Top Producers.
Basically, the whole main floor was blown out, redesigned and rebuilt, he says. Over time, the entire area was opened up from the kitchen to the great room. It had to be done to uncover the million-dollar view that all the walls had been hiding.
Today, the homes main living area which was redone throughout with gorgeous cherry hardwood flooring is wide open, revealing all the windows on its rear wall.
Those windows, which literally stretch from one end of the main living area to the other, combine to provide one incredible vista, says MacAngus.
You basically get a panoramic river view through all the windows that surround the great room, dining room and kitchen. No matter where you are, you get an amazing river view.
Each of the three spaces that populate the bright, expansive area are also special in their own way.
For starters, theres the great room with its vaulted, beamed ceiling, massive floor-to-ceiling window, wood-burning Tyndall stone fireplace and garden door to a covered balcony that overlooks the river.
Then, theres the huge, centrally located dining room, which is framed by a five-piece picture window and is perfectly positioned between the great room and kitchen for entertaining.
Meanwhile, the final space the kitchen is an absolute masterpiece.
It was built around a display kitchen the owner bought, he explains. It has a 10-foot island with a gas cooktop, and features granite countertops, a heated tile floor, raised eating bar, high-end stainless appliances, gorgeous cabinetry and a huge pantry off to the side.
MacAngus adds that the kitchens rear portion is quite special, too.
Theres another garden door that leads out to the covered balcony, plus a cool little dinette area in the corner that offers a gorgeous river view. A wing to the rear of the kitchen provides extra function with a den/bedroom, laundry room, powder room and a pair of side entrances.
Turns out, the main floor holds two other spaces one situated to the right of the foyer, and another nestled neatly behind the great room.
When the renovations were done, extra space next to the foyer was used to create a theatre room, he says. Its fronted by sliding doors, and offers two rows of theatre-style seating, a projector, huge screen, wine fridge and built-in speakers that provide theatre-quality sound.
Last but not least theres the palatial primary bedroom.
What can you say? Its simply incredible, says MacAngus. You get an amazing river view, a garden door to your own private balcony, a wood-burning Tyndall stone fireplace, media area, huge walk-in closet and a luxurious ensuite with walk-in shower with tiled feature wall and body-spray outlets. Its even wired for sound.
Head downstairs to the walk-out lower level, and you get another 3,000-plus sq. ft. of livable space.
First, theres a rec room with a games room, a media area with a fireplace, a wet bar and a garden door that leads outside, he says. A wing off the rec room offers four bedrooms two with river views plus two full baths and a laundry room. Its like another home down there.
Rock solid and thoroughly updated, the 44-year-old home is in impeccable condition inside and out.
No dollar was spared in updating it the home is as new as a house built in 1978 can be, MacAngus says. The location is spectacular, the home is totally modern and in amazing shape, and youre just a minute or two from the city in your own private, beautifully redone estate. It doesnt get much better than that.
Location: 744 Cloutier Dr., St. Norbert
Year Built: 1978
Size: 3,428 sq. ft. with fully finished lower level
Lot Size: 90’ x 500’
Contact: Glen MacAngus, Royal LePage Top Producers, 204-955-4800