For three decades, a well-forested pocket of land that runs discreetly off Cloutier Drive in St. Norbert has, for some reason, largely escaped the notice of home buyers.
Yet, those who either built or bought a home in the area love Stormont Drive, as homes there don’t often come up for sale. It’s easy to see why those who buy there tend to stay there for years.
Although you’re just a short drive from Pembina Highway and all its conveniences, you feel as if you’re out in the countryside. Enveloped by all the mature trees — foxes, deer and other wildlife also populate the area — you feel as if you’re in another world; that’s how strong the sense of isolation is.
Glen MacAngus of Royal Le Page Top Producers Real Estate says he just listed an immaculate two-storey home that sits on a huge, mature lot at 40 Stormont Dr.
"In my opinion, this is one of the best lots in the area — it’s a big corner lot that gives you everything you could ask for: easy access to a triple-attached garage, a private front yard and an incredible, park-like backyard that’s an absolute paradise," MacAngus says.
For all intents and purposes, the 3,027-sq.-ft., two-storey home is a country estate, says MacAngus.
"It starts off with an amazing covered front porch that the original owners have enjoyed for years. They’ve told me they just love sitting out there with a cup of coffee in the morning, even if it’s raining out. It’s a gorgeous area that fits the area and starts the home off perfectly."
Step inside, and you find an impeccably maintained home that features a cool mix of traditional, modern and rustic design themes.
A wide foyer with elegant oak staircase to its right welcomes you inside, a den and living room with French doors flanking the foyer to the left and right.
Meanwhile, a hallway to the left of the ornate staircase leads into the kitchen. The oak hardwoods that run through each space add warmth, and are in pristine, unmarked condition.
MacAngus says both the den and living room are not only warm and inviting, but also share a rustic design feature.
"They both have a fireplace. The outgoing owners love their fireplaces, so they had them placed in the den, living room and master suite when they had the home custom built in 1990. They also had lots of huge windows placed around the home to bring in the tree views, and as much natural light as possible."
Though the home was built 30 years ago, its layout is very modern.
Not only is there a main floor laundry/mudroom — few homes built three decades ago have one — but the floor plan (though it isn’t open-concept) also flows extremely well.
The aforementioned hallway to the left of the upper level stairs provides easy access to the kitchen, while the living room leads into a gorgeous formal dining room that connects seamlessly to the kitchen via a well-placed pocket door on its side wall.
Make no mistake about it, the area that holds the kitchen and adjacent family room is a beauty, says MacAngus.
"With its angled island, all its room to create and cabinet and counter space, it’s perfect for family life or entertaining," he says. "There’s a dinette area next to a big bay window with skylight above and patio door in the middle. The sunken family room is an amazing space with its rustic wood-burning fireplace and huge window on its rear wall that lets in light and backyard views."
The patio door provides access to a park-like backyard, he adds.
"It’s a gorgeous area that’s surrounded by mature trees, and comes with a three-tiered deck, hot tub and separate patio area. It’s one of the nicest backyards I’ve ever seen."
The same could be said of the second floor’s showpiece, a spectacular master suite that has all the amenities a couple could possibly desire.
"With its cosy sitting area with fireplace, a private balcony overlooking the backyard and a spa-like ensuite with travertine tile floor, jetted soaker tub set beneath a pair of skylights, four-foot shower and huge walk-in closet, it’s a wonderful spot to get away from it all and get some much-needed rest," MacAngus says. "It’s a total retreat."
Add in three more big bedrooms and a massive, partially finished basement that takes the home’s total usable square footage up to the 5,000-sq.-ft. mark, and you have a family home that has it all: style, livability and location.
"It’s basically a private country estate, yet it’s just minutes from the University of Manitoba, Victoria General Hospital, Pembina Highway and Kenaston Boulevard," he says. "It’s been very well-maintained, so there’s nothing to do but move in. A lot of love and effort has been put into the home. It’s ready and waiting for another family to enjoy."
Location: 40 Stormont Dr., St. Norbert
Year Built: 1990
Size: 3,027 sq. ft.
Contact: Glen MacAngus, Royal LePage Top Producers, 204-955-4800