Few city neighbourhoods possess the rural charm of Charleswood.
That said, many homes that line the streets between Roblin Boulevard and Wilkes Avenue tend to share one characteristic: they’re dated.
Consequently, as much as a family might want to put down roots in Charleswood, they don’t necessarily savour the idea of putting thousands of dollars into a home to bring it up to contemporary standards.
While that may be an issue with plenty of ’70s-era homes in Charleswood, there are no such issues with a 2,470-square-foot, two-storey home found at 647 Oakdale Dr., says Andrea Wiebe of Realty Executives First Choice.
"This home was built in 2013, so it’s just eight years old," she says. "Not only is it on a huge lot — it’s 60 feet wide by 360 feet deep — but no expense was spared when it was built."
That commitment to quality is evident the moment you walk up to the impressive-looking residence.
Clad in beige hardie board and taupe cultured stone with warm brown composite steps that lead up to a partially-covered front entrance, its exterior is not only lovely, but low-maintenance.
Wiebe says the home’s stylish yet practical interior sums up what the like-new home is all about.
"Things like a piled ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) foundation, R22 exterior walls, an R50 attic, double-drywalled 30-foot by 23-foot attached garage make for a very comfortable and energy-efficient home. There are absolutely no shortcuts in how the home was built."
From the grand entrance and beyond the home’s layout makes total sense.
There’s a wide, richly-tiled foyer with a powder room and mudroom to its left and office to its right. A wide entrance then provides easy access to an incredible, jaw-dropping great room.
"To me, all the windows on its rear wall are the highlight of the home — they do such a great job of bringing the outside inside. They do a wonderful job of letting in so much natural light, and providing a panoramic view of the park-like backyard."
Deep, tree-lined and fully-fenced, the backyard is essentially a resort that’s surrounded by an enchanted forest for good measure.
"It’s perfect for entertaining or spending time with the family with its raised composite deck, patio with hot tub and firepit area and treed, landscaped yard," Wiebe says. "I don’t think there are many backyards like this in Charleswood."
The same could be said of the home’s interior, which offers an appealing synergy of style and function.
Defined by a taupe tile floor, the roomy island kitchen is a practical work of art with its two-tone white and brown Millstone maple cabinets, stunning granite countertops, taupe glass tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.
Meanwhile, the generous dining area possesses a distinct solarium-like feel with a garden door with sidelights behind it letting in tons of natural light while perfectly framing the gorgeous backyard.
A modern-rustic family room then puts the perfect finishing touch on the great room, says Wiebe.
"A cultured stone entertainment unit with a lovely ribbon fireplace adds a rustic touch, while a wall of windows shows off the backyard view. An open-riser staircase with oak railing, tempered glass panels and oak stairs opens it up, while adding to the modern-rustic feel along with gleaming natural maple hardwoods."
She adds that the sense of space, style and function continues upstairs.
"The layout is just super. Three bedrooms plus a media room, laundry room and main bath fan out around a generous landing that’s filled with light from surrounding windows. There’s excellent separation between bedrooms thanks to a tempered glass wall that was placed between them, and that allows you to look down to the foyer."
As might be anticipated, the primary bedroom is a private, well-appointed retreat.
"When you look out the huge window on its rear wall, you feel like you’re up in the trees," says Wiebe.
"It has everything you need — lots of space, a big walk-in closet with built-in storage and a gorgeous ensuite with heated tile floor, walk-in shower and maple vanity with granite countertop and dual undermounted sinks."
Turns out, the home’s lower level is just as amazing as the rest of the home.
"It starts off with a rec room with games area, media area, dry bar and sitting area. There’s also a fourth bedroom, three-piece bath and mechanical storage area with a high-end modulating furnace," she says.
"This home has everything going for it from quality, to style to livability and its location. There’s no need to buy new when you can find a home like this."
Location: 647 Oakdale Drive, Charleswood
Year Built: 2013
Size: 2,476 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 60’ x 360’
Contact: Andrea Wiebe, Realty Executives First Choice, 204-792-0857