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Sprawling bungalow delivers style and seclusion

Massive South Drive home a hidden gem in East Fort Garry

A rear wall of windows and a glass door provides a stunning view and access to the backyard and river from the primary bedroom.

The resort-like backyard comes with a pool, patio, hot tub and firepit area.

A glass back wall lets loads of natural light into the games and media area — and provides a panoramic view of the amazing backyard.

This sprawling bungalow offers a marvellous floor plan, loads of luxury and a wonderful riverside lot.

Photos by Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

Stunning yet practical, the spacious kitchen is well-suited to hosting large, lavish dinner parties.

At one time or another, we’ve all visualized what our picture-perfect home would be.

In short, it would be a place of peace where all the machinations and pressures associated with the outside world would stop pressing down on you the moment you stepped inside.

Garry Parkes of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate says his new listing at 780 South Dr. in East Fort Garry is exactly that type of home.

“This home was built in 1964 and sits on a beautiful one-acre lot that backs onto the river,” he says of the sprawling 3,065-square-foot bungalow. “It’s in a special spot that could serve as your escape from the city within the city.”

Set well back from South Drive and surrounded by gobs of mature, towering trees, the home feels like it’s out in the country. Yet, you’re just a minute or so from Pembina Highway.

Enter the expansive bungalow via an expansive foyer, and you immediately find yourself in a very-well-appointed world of your own.

“The home has been exquisitely remodeled and redecorated throughout, with the most recent upgrades being Duxton custom windows on the main floor — particularly floor-to-ceiling windows for the front entrance — and custom doors upstairs. All the key spaces have been tastefully updated, too.”

And while the home is filled with a jaw-dropping collection of spaces from top to bottom, its rear portion is truly amazing.

Everything, it turns out, starts with a remodelled kitchen that’s simply stunning.

“To say the least, it’s an incredible chef’s kitchen,” says Parkes. “There’s loads of room to create, and it features a heated tile floor, beautiful walnut cabinets, quartz countertops, a smoothie coffee bar, three sink areas, two Bosch dishwashers, three sink areas, two pantries. A Wolf six-burner stove, two ovens and a deluxe Sub-Zero fridge and freezer.”

Turns out, it only gets better from there.

Walk through a doorway to the left of the kitchen, and you find a living room with wood burning fireplace, white oak hardwood floors and a rear wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over an elevated backyard deck, the park-like backyard and river.

Wander off to the right of the kitchen, and you encounter a rather incredible three-season sunroom with a vaulted ceiling with dual skylights, cedar walls and ceiling, heated tile floor and another wood burning fireplace.

“There’s also a gorgeous dining room off the kitchen,” he says. “You can take a patio door on its side wall out to the elevated deck to catch some sun or take a door on it’s right-hand wall out to a private, barbecue area of your dreams with a sitting area and three built-in Napoleon barbecues.”

As if those two special spaces, plus the elevated deck, and barbecue, weren’t enough, the main floor also holds a couple of other utility-filled spaces, adds Parkes.

“A main floor den with large windows is perfect for a home office, while a huge mudroom with a large island, four lockers, a sink, countertop and additional storage provides access to the double garage, front drive and dog run.”

Finally, there’s the main floor’s piece de resistance — a positively palatial primary bedroom.

“It offers huge windows overlooking the tranquil river setting along with a patio door that provides access to the elevated balcony,” he says. “It also has an amazing dressing area and a five-piece ensuite that defies imagination with its Mirolin soaker tub, steam shower and tasteful Carrera marble finish on the floor and walls.”

Parkes adds that the walk-out lower level is as outstanding as the main floor.

“The view of the backyard and river through its rear wall of windows is really breathtaking,” he says. “You can also take a garden door out to the backyard, which offers a pool, hot tub and firepit area. It also comes with a rec room with home theater and games area, plus two bedrooms, an office, and sauna.”

The immaculate, beautifully designed home is truly exceptional, says Parkes.

“If ever there was a perfect home, this might be it. It’s filled with all kinds of wonderful spaces, and is in a peaceful, private setting that’s second to none. You’re in your own little world with everything you need right at your fingertips. It’s a very special place.”

lewys@mymts.net

Location: 780 South Dr., East Fort Garry

Year Built: 1964

Style: bungalow

Size: 3,065sq. ft.

Bedrooms: five

Bathrooms: five

Price: $3,455,000

Contact: Garry or Becky Parkes, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000

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