Ask people to define urban living, and they’ll probably mention an apartment or condo in an area dominated by concrete, noise and endless traffic.
While the elegant foyer of the Excelsior has a boutique-like, New York feel, the immaculate fourth-floor suite that overlooks Waterfront Drive and the Red River is pervaded by a sense of calm, says Val Miller of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate.
"If you’re a professional couple or empty nester couple looking for a great location and quality, you’ll find it here," she says. "Even though this area promotes an urban lifestyle, it’s a quiet, scenic area. And the quality and styling of the suite is incredible."
Because the building is comprised of concrete and steel, the suite is incredibly quiet.
It’s also exceptionally livable and stylish, says Miller.
"The suite is a good size at 1,424 sq. ft., with two bedrooms, a den, laundry room and two full bathrooms. There’s a nice separation of spaces — the hallway off the foyer holds a bedroom, den, laundry room and main bath. It then transitions beautifully into a bright, wide-open great room with the master suite set off to the right-hand side."
Step into the great room, and you quickly realize this isn’t your typical urban dwelling.
That’s because the views afforded by a huge bay window on the living room’s rear wall and sliding patio doors (which lead out to a wrap-around balcony that overlooks the river) behind the dining area are simply scintillating.
"All that glass and a nine-foot ceiling allows natural light to flow freely inside, while the views are spectacular — you get a panoramic view of the river and the Esplanade Riel."
The million dollar view is then backed up by a free-flowing area that’s filled with a collection of rich, warm finishes including cappuccino oak hardwoods, medium taupe walls and an island kitchen with cinnamon maple cabinets, taupe tile backsplash, black granite countertops and stainless appliances.
No matter where you stand or sit in the great room, you feel good, says Miller.
"It’s so bright, open and warm. I love the size of the windows, and the view from the dining area is spectacular."
The master suite matches the quality and style exhibited in the great room.
"At 15 feet by 12 feet, it’s a relaxing space that offers wall-to-wall carpeting, a tray ceiling, sliding patio doors that look out over the river, a huge walk-in closet and luxurious ensuite with jetted soaker tub, corner shower, tile flooring and a maple vanity with dual sinks."
It also comes with underground parking and central air conditioning.
Most importantly, the condo’s location matches its style and livability, says Miller.
"You’re within walking distance of the Forks, Shaw Park, the Human Rights Museum, shops and restaurants. You can also step outside and go for a nice walk, run or bike ride, or go for coffee in a beautiful, historic area that runs along the river. Its carefree condo living in a quiet, character-filled urban area that’s surrounded by Winnipeg’s finest attractions and restaurants."
Location: 401-290 Waterfront Dr., the Exchange District
Year built: 2006
Style: apartment-style condominium
Size: 1,424 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: two plus den
Contact: Chris Pennycook or Val Miller, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000