When you think of a 4,000-square-foot home, the first thought that occurs to you is that such a huge home would be hard to miss.
Yet, that’s what often happens with 565 Parkwood Pl., says Garry Parkes of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate.
"The home is located on a bit of an obscure street that runs off Kings Drive in University Heights," he says. "It’s also surrounded by lush vegetation. When you combine those two things, the home is easy to miss."
However, once you actually find the home, you can hardly believe what you see: a modern-themed two-storey abode that has stood in the midst of all the gorgeous trees and plants since it was meticulously constructed in 1974.
Parkes says the home and its surroundings almost defy belief.
"It’s almost surreal to have this type of home in the city with all the beautiful vegetation that surrounds it. It’s an excitingly unique home in every way from its location to its quality construction and one-of-a-kind design."
Because the home offers more than 4,100 sq. ft. of total livable space, it doesn’t have a basement. That’s not an issue, as it’s filled with all kinds of functional spaces.
That function starts on the main floor, which starts off with a huge foyer with multicoloured slate tile that runs through most of the main level.
Walk inside, and you find a huge family room to the right, and a hallway to the left that houses a stylish powder room and mechanical storage room. The hallway continues to a second entrance, which then transitions into another hallway that holds an exercise room, laundry room, three-piece bath and two huge bedrooms.
Wander back to the family room, and you find a hallway that runs past it to a set of steps. Turns out, those steps lead up to a back landing that leads out to an incredible backyard.
"It’s a wonderful, park-like area that’s surrounded by mature trees that create a profound sense of privacy," he says. "The feeling of seclusion is so great you don’t think you’re in the city."
As magical as the home’s main level is — huge, well-placed windows allow for beautiful views of the mature trees, and loads of natural light cascades inside to create an uplifting, positive vibe — the second level is even better.
Once upstairs, you feel as if you’re inhabiting a very well-appointed treehouse.
"The home’s primary living area is on the upper level, offering outstanding views of the lush vegetation that surrounds it from the living room, dining room," says Parkes. "I particularly like the kitchen."
It’s easy to see why.
Not only is it ultra-spacious with an island with raised eating bar for three, tons of off-white cabinets, cappuccino-stained maple hardwoods and a tan tile backsplash, but it also comes with a breakfast area that’s second-to-none.
"The breakfast area is surrounding by windows, and is next to a patio door that provides access to a huge, elevated deck that’s set up in the treetops. The deck has a dining and sitting area, and offers beautiful views of the trees and beautiful backyard below."
Finally, there’s the master suite, which is tucked away down its own private hallway off the warm, inviting living room.
"It’s a spacious, peaceful space that features a gorgeous five-piece ensuite with heated tile floor, soaker tub, custom shower and thermofoil rift oak-style vanity with his/her sinks," he says. "There’s also a huge walk-in closet with built-in storage — and the tree views are incredible."
Parkes says the rock-solid construction combines with its location to create one very special home.
"I love how everything works together to make for a cool yet functional home," he says. "You don’t feel like you’re in the city, yet you’re in a great location that’s close to all sorts of amenities. It’s a unique, one-of-a-kind gem."
Location: 565 Parkwood Pl., University Heights
Year Built: 1974
Size: 4,140 sq. ft.
Contact: Garry Parkes, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-955-7861