Over the past 17 months, countless families have longed for a home that could serve as a safe haven from the seemingly eternal pandemic and the grind of daily life.
Glen MacAngus of Royal LePage Top Producers says he has a home in Aubigny that would serve as a wonderful refuge for a large, active family.
"It’s in a perfect spot less than 30 minutes straight south of the city, and can be accessed from both highway 75 and Provincial Road 200," he says. "Not only that, but you’re on a gorgeous seven-acre lot surrounded by mature trees that backs onto the Red River."
MacAngus adds the home isn’t your ordinary country abode.
"First of all, it was custom-built in 1998 by A & S Homes on 24 piles. Second, it looks and feels like a show home inside. And third, it’s not located off a bumpy dirt track of a road. The road it runs off of, PR 246, has just been paved, and runs right up to your front drive."
Turns out, that front drive plays a central role in endowing the home with a secluded, sanctuary-like feel.
Placed well back on the expansive, beautifully landscaped lot (the drive is several hundred feet long) set well apart from neighbouring homes, you immediately feel safe and secure.
Then, you enter the home, which offers 2,200 sq. ft. of livable space spread out over the main and second floors.
"Aside from its amazing condition, the first thing you notice is its floor plan," he says. "Even though the home was built in 1998, it feels totally contemporary. There’s a grand foyer with soaring ceiling and gorgeous staircase, living room/dining room to the right — and a hallway to the left with a den, main floor laundry and door that connects to the double insulated garage.’’
Although the floor plan isn’t entirely open-concept, there’s no shortage of space, light or function.
"The living room/dining room is absolutely incredible. A vaulted ceiling gives it a nice sense of space, while a bay window on its front wall lets in tons of natural light," says MacAngus. "It’s perfect for entertaining with its generous dining room and its inviting, cosy living room, which is only steps away."
Next comes the home’s open-concept main living area, a fetching area that’s filled with practical panache.
"It starts off with a remodelled kitchen that features quartz countertops, cappuccino maple cabinets, a taupe tile backsplash and six-foot island plus a built-in cooktop, a pair of built-in ovens and stainless steel appliances,’’ he says. "It’s just a fabulous space."
He adds that there’s not one, but two fabulous spaces to the immediate left of the entertainment-friendly kitchen.
‘‘There’s a spacious dinette area in the centre that’s next to a huge, boxed-out bay window that lets in all kinds of natural light. There’s also a patio door next to the window. It leads out to a spectacular three-season sunroom, separate hot tub area and huge composite deck that looks out onto the backyard."
Finally, there’s the family room.
"Sunken down and separated from the dining area by a one-third wall, it offers a beautiful backyard view through a huge window on its rear wall, a propane gas fireplace with rustic mantel and tile surround and plenty of room to visit with guests," says MacAngus. "It finishes the great room off perfectly."
The home’s well-conceived (and timeless) floor plan continues upstairs with a laundry room, well-appointed four-piece bath and three oversized bedrooms including a large primary bedroom.
"It’s big yet cosy, and the countryside view through the bay window on its rear wall is spectacular," he says. "There’s also a beautiful ensuite with a jetted soaker tub and shower and a nice big walk-in closet. Both kids’ bedrooms — one comes with a walk-in closet — are across the landing from the primary bedroom on either side of the main bath."
Head downstairs, and you find about another 1,000 sq. ft. of fully finished space to enjoy.
"Families will love it," says MacAngus. "There’s a huge rec room, theatre room, fourth bedroom, three-piece bath and loads of storage space. A separate staircase also provides direct access to the garage. Handymen will also appreciate the heated shop out back."
The like-new home is a must-see for families looking for a stylish, functional refuge that isn’t too far removed from civilization, he adds.
"You’ve got everything you need in the home, along with a seven acre-lot that’s part groomed and part forest. It’s a safe spot to raise an active family, yet you’re less than 30 minutes from the city in a spectacular setting."
Location: 29140 PR 246 Highway, Aubigny
Year Built: 1998
Size: 2,200 sq. ft.
Contact: Glen MacAngus, Royal LePage Top Producers, 204-955-4800