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Fort Richmond bungalow loaded with updates

Photos by Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

A multi-coloured slate exterior gives the 1,526-sq.-ft. bungalow a distinct look that sets it apart from other homes on the quiet street.

A wood-burning fireplace with white brick surround serves as the focal point of the cosy, light-filled family room.

The ensuite’s crowning touch is a walk-in shower with elegant tile trim and surround.

Serenity pervades the spacious, privately situated primary bedroom.

Set beneath a vaulted ceiling with a bank of windows up high, the remodelled kitchen comes with a grey tile floor, butcher block countertops, a wealth of black cabinets and stainless appliances.

Think of how to describe home design in the 1970s, and a few words immediately come to mind: funky, and far-out.

Thankfully, a 45-year-old bungalow located at 115 Valence Ave. in Fort Richmond doesn’t fit either mould, says David Phillips of Century 21 Carrie Realty.

“This home was built in 1976,” he says of the 1,526-sq.-ft. residence, which features a distinctive multi-coloured slate exterior. “It’s a custom design that’s actually quite creative, and that features an excellent floor plan.”

He adds that the home is also anything but dated.

“Over the years, the outgoing owner has spent a substantial amount to bring it up to contemporary standards. The flooring has been done, the kitchen has been renovated, many windows and doors have been replaced and the lower level, while the rec room is a bit dated, has a newer three-piece bath and two bedrooms.”

The first thing that hits you when you step inside the well-kept home is an immediate sense of space.

That comes from the home’s forward-thinking design, says Phillips.

“A sunken, tiled foyer filled with loads of natural light opens onto a large living room with a vaulted ceiling and bank of four windows that let in even more light. It then transitions into a spacious dining room that’s next to the kitchen.”

In a word, the adjacent kitchen — it’s connected to the dining room by a wide doorway placed in the centre of the wall that stands between them — is simply magnificent.

There’s space for an eating nook for two, a vaulted ceiling with windows set up high creates a bright, airy feel, and the finishes confirm it’s no ’70s-era relic.

“It’s been completely renovated with new black cabinets, butcher block-style countertops, tile floor, lighting, undermount sink, tile backsplash and stainless appliances,” he says. “There’s also a huge pantry, and a cutout to its rear that opens it up onto a beautiful family room.”

Turns out, the family room — which checks in at a sizable 14 by 16 feet — is a thoroughly delightful space.

“A new, extra-wide patio door lets in tons of natural light and takes you out to a big backyard deck and patio, while a wood-burning fireplace with white brick surround gives it a nice, cosy feel,” Phillips says. “The vaulted ceiling also allows all the light that comes in from the patio door to fill the space.”

In something of a creative twist, the home’s bedroom wing was placed neatly to the rear of the kitchen and family room.

“It’s a nice, private area that holds three bedrooms and a remodelled four-piece bath that comes with a tile floor and tub with tile surround,” he says. “Both secondary bedrooms are a good size, and the primary bedroom offers plenty of space along with a three-piece ensuite with walk-in shower and two closets that provide plenty of storage space.”

Meanwhile, the home’s expansive, fully-finished lower level — with over 1,350 sq. ft. of livable space — offers plenty of possibilities.

“Downstairs, you have an additional bathroom, laundry room, two bedrooms with full egress windows and a rec room with a wet bar. The kids could have their own bedrooms and hang-out space down there, or you could rent out one of the bedrooms to a student studying at the University of Manitoba.”

Phillips says the tidy bungalow — which offers nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of total living space along with an insulated double garage, newer furnace and west-facing backyard with flower beds loaded with perennials — is ready to go and move-in-ready.

“This home is on a quiet street in a great neighbourhood, and is close to the U of M,” he says. “Public transit is steps away, and you’re just minutes from all kinds of amenities on Pembina Highway. Your search should end here, no matter whether you’re looking for a great family home or a potential rental property.”


Location: 115 Valence Ave., Fort Richmond

Year Built: 1976

Style: bungalow

Size: 1,526 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: five

Bathrooms: three

Price: $449,900

Contact: David Phillips or Konstantin Landel, Century 21 Carrie Realty, 204-987-2100


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