As exciting as it is to buy a new home in a cutting-edge community like Bridgwater Trails or South Pointe, there are a couple of downsides to building new.
First, you usually need to do landscaping and wait anywhere from five to 10 years for the surrounding neighbourhood to mature.
And second, you’ll likely have to finish the basement, buy new appliances, and build a backyard deck.
Glen Williams of the Glen Williams Team says there are no such issues associated with a 2,443-sq.-ft., two-storey home at 1753 Grosvenor Ave. in North River Heights.
"This home is really everybody’s dream — a like-new home in an established area," he says. "Built in 2019 by Huntington Homes, it’s just two years old. Most importantly, it comes loaded with design features that you don’t normally get in River Heights."
For starters, the immaculate home was built on piles, and comes with a basement with a structural wood floor and steel beams that enhance livability by creating a pleasing, open feel.
Williams adds that two other design features stand out: how the home was designed to deliver modern function despite being built on a smaller-than-normal lot, and its high level of livability.
"While most of the homes in the area — even newer ones — come with detached garages, this one doesn’t," explains Williams. "Huntington did a great job of creating an attached double garage — a mudroom to the rear of the kitchen connects to it — while retaining a sizable area for the backyard."
Then, there’s the home’s main living area.
"Unlike so many River Heights homes, you get an open great room with massive tri-pane windows on the back wall that let in all kinds of light," he says. "Both the family room and dining room open wonderfully onto the kitchen. Flow throughout the area is tremendous."
Speaking of tremendous, the island kitchen — which is centred around a nine-foot island with double sink and breakfast bar that seats three — is chock full of style and function.
"It’s a chef’s dream with an abundance of Visions cabinetry with more storage than you’ll ever need, including a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets and gorgeous vertical lift upper cabinets," says Williams. "It also comes with high-end Jenn-Air appliances and opens beautifully onto a spacious dining area and spectacular family room with linear gas fireplace and floating shelves."
He adds that the roomy foyer is surrounded by style and function.
"Not only is there a home office to the left and powder room to the right, but the open-riser staircase that leads up to the second floor is simply incredible. A trio of windows on its side wall fill the staircase and upper level with natural light, and it also spills down into the foyer."
Like the main level, the home’s upper level is also an ergonomic and stylistic masterpiece.
A wide landing which is surrounded by a huge laundry room, an opulent four-piece bath and three-bedrooms provides plenty of width for a family to move about unencumbered on busy weekday mornings.
"I really like the fact that both secondary bedrooms are huge, and come with walk-in closets," he says. "There’s also a double linen closet in the hallway, and the main bath is in a perfect spot."
The same could be said for the perfectly isolated primary bedroom, which is filled with flair and function.
"It’s very spacious, with large windows on two sides that let in loads of natural light," says Williams. "The luxurious ensuite offers a large floating vanity with two sinks and quartz countertops, an elegant frameless glass/tile shower with seat and a huge walk-in closet."
Finally, there’s the home’s lower level, which is fully finished and ready to go.
"There’s an exercise room, theatre/family room, large fourth bedroom, three-piece bath with steam shower and plenty of storage space," he says. "You also get a Lennox high-efficiency furnace with three-zone heating, an HRV, central air and a newer Rheem hot water tank."
The home is everything a discerning family could want and more, says Williams.
"It basically has everything that most homes in River Heights don’t have — a piled foundation, attached double garage, gorgeous open-concept great room, luxurious primary bedroom, a beautifully finished basement and wonderful backyard. It’s an exceptional home in every way."
Year Built: 2019
Style: two-storey with fully finished lower level
Size: 2,443 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 40' x 118'
Contact: Glen Williams, The Glen Williams Team, 204-800-0462