Empty nesters looking to move from a single-family home to a condominium typically face two challenges.
First, because most senior couples don’t necessarily have a king-sized budget — the condo must be affordable.
Second, it must be livable. When you’re moving from a 2,000-square-foot home to a condo, the unit must be sufficiently spacious and logically-laid-out.
Charlene Urbanski of Lifestyles Real Estate says she recently listed a main-level condo that checks both those boxes.
"One of the strengths of this beautifully kept suite is that it has a house-like layout that would make it easy to transition to from a house. At nearly 1,200 square feet, the size is quite generous. The floor plan is also very functional."
Right from the start, the unit has a house-like feel.
A spacious foyer transitions seamlessly into an extra-wide hallway — there’s tons of room to move — with spaces to its left and right: a bedroom on the left-hand side, and a laundry/storage room on the right-hand side.
"The second bedroom is a good size, and could be used either as an office or guest bedroom," Urbanski says. "And not only does the suite come with in-suite laundry, but it’s a big space that comes with cabinets and plenty of storage space. There’s also plenty of room for a freezer. In this case, the freezer is included in the sale of the unit."
Move on down to the condo’s great room, and you find an open yet neatly segmented great room that’s as generous as you’ll find in any single family home.
"It starts off with a huge dining area with newer engineered oak hardwoods and room for a table for six to 12. The peninsula kitchen next door was updated in 2013 with a new floor, countertops, double sink and tap," she says. "Its U-shaped interior is perfect for two chefs, there’s ample cabinet and counter space, and a window over the sink lets in lots of natural light."
The great room is then capped off by a huge, light-filled living room, Urbanski says.
"It’s just a really nice space. Sliding patio doors on its rear wall not only provide access to a large, raised balcony, but also let in loads of natural light and beautiful green-space views. There’s also tons of space for a TV and furniture. The furniture in here right now is big, yet there’s no shortage of space. The carpet is also newer — it was replaced in 2015."
Last but not least, there’s the big, bright master suite.
"With its generous size and all the natural light that pours into it through a huge window on its rear wall, it’s a wonderful space to retire to at the end of the day," Urbanski says. "It offers a two-piece ensuite, big double closet with built-in organizers and newer carpeting."
Turns out, the amenities at the seniors complex (age 55 and up) are as plentiful as the abundance of livable space in the well-designed units.
They include indoor parking (one stall included), a party room, exercise room, workshop, and plenty of outdoor parking."
"There’s also parking for RVs as well," Urbanski says. "The complex’s location is awesome, too. It’s next to the Seine River walking trails, transit, a church, shopping and a host of other amenities. This is a well-located, meticulously kept unit in a friendly, well-run 55-plus complex that has so much to offer to empty-nest couples looking for an affordable, livable move-down home."
Location: 104-785 St. Anne’s Rd., South St. Vital
Year Built: 1993
Style: Apartment-style condominium
Size: 1,180 sq. ft.
Contact: Charlene Urbanski, Lifestyles Real Estate, 204-612-6655
Open House: Sunday Nov. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.