Peace and quiet is something so many of us desire, yet so few of us get enough of.
Chris Pennycook of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate says he just listed a spectacular bungalow in St. Francois Xavier that provides solitude without being too far removed from the city.
"It’s nestled in the middle of a pair of beautiful two-acre lots," he says. "Because you’re surrounded by all kinds of mature trees and it’s so quiet, you feel like you’re way out in the country. Yet, you’re only 14 kilometres from the west end of the city. It’s an amazing place to call home, no matter what the season."
At 2,439 square feet, the bungalow, which also comes with a 3,000-sq.-ft. attached multi-purpose space that’s currently being used as an art studio, is an exceptionally spacious home.
Thanks to a logical, three-part layout — with the great room set in the centre and a pair of hallways that lead to different spaces set on either side — all the space is cohesive and very well-used, Pennycook says.
"Even though its main living area features an open-concept layout, it has a warm, inviting feel. I think that feel comes from the materials that run throughout the great room area, oak hardwood flooring, alder cabinets, cultured stone and wood trim around the windows. The home has a real cosy, rustic feel to it."
Each of the four spaces in the great room has its own special appeal.
With its tray ceiling, space for a large dining room table and huge window on its rear wall that provides a rich forest view, the formal dining room is a majestic space perfect for hosting large gatherings.
The family room, which features a vaulted ceiling, alder entertainment unit with two-sided wood burning fireplace and a massive, angled window that looks out on to the park-like backyard, is a perfect spot to visit with company after dinner or recline in front of the fireplace with a steaming mug of cinnamon-laced apple cider.
Then, there’s the adjacent dinette area with its backyard view and patio door that leads out to a huge deck that overlooks the backyard.
Finally, there’s the island kitchen with its raised eating nook for three, alder cabinets and granite countertops.
"It’s just an amazing area to spend time in," Pennycook says. "It’s such a peaceful spot — you don’t hear a sound back here, so you’re in your own little world."
The two wings on either side of the tranquil great room also have plenty to offer.
Take the wing to the right and you find a bedroom, office, four-piece bath, gym with a patio door to the backyard deck and laundry room.
In the wing to the left is a den and spacious master suite fronted by a double-door entrance.
"The master suite is absolutely spectacular," he says. "Because it’s literally surrounded by windows, you get amazing views of the trees that surround the home. It comes with a beamed ceiling, fireplace and five-piece ensuite with heated tile floor, corner jetted soaker tub, four-foot glass/tile shower, alder vanity with dual sinks. There’s also a huge walk-in closet, too."
Pennycook says the custom home (built by Mannington Homes in 2002), also offers a massive, unfinished basement.
"It’s insulated and ready for development," he says. "There’s all kinds of space to make it into exactly what you want. It features a structural wood floor, lots of windows and a pair of furnaces that provide geothermal heating and cooling. With the main floor, 3,000-sq.-ft. multi-purpose space and basement, you have all the livable space you could ever want or need."
Add in a paradise-like backyard that backs onto the river and myriad walking trails throughout the property, and you don’t need to own a cottage, Pennycook says.
"This immaculate, well-built home offers the opportunity to come home to a peaceful location that’s close to the city, yet offers unsurpassed privacy. There’s no need to go to the cottage — you have everything you need right here."
Location: 83 Harbour Cove, St. Francois Xavier (Sunny Harbour Estates)
Year Built: 2002
Size: 3,621 sq. ft. with attached 3,000-sq.-ft. heated multi-purpose space
Contact: Chris Pennycook or Val Miller, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000