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Opportunity awaits

Country home minutes from the city

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Often, a Realtor will refer to a home -- whether it be of the new or resale variety -- as an "opportunity."

In many cases, they're simply talking up the home to generate interest. That's not the case with 448 Lucille Bay in St. Adolphe, said Cornerstone Properties' Garry Hirsch.

"This home truly is a great opportunity to own a brand new, meticulously built home minutes from the city for far less than you'd pay in the city," he said of the 1,745-square-foot raised bungalow. "This home offers incredible value in more way than one."

That value starts from the ground up with an insulated concrete form (ICF) basement that's superior to a standard concrete basement.

"It's warmer and quieter than a normal basement," said Hirsch. "When you're down there, you don't hear a thing, and it also makes the home incredibly energy efficient. Not only that, but the basement is so big that it literally doubles the home's livable space."

With over 1,500 sq. ft. of livable space downstairs -- the home's main level offers 1,745 sq. ft. of well-laid-out space to inhabit -- there's over 3,200 sq. ft. of livable space to enjoy. There's ample room downstairs for two more bedrooms, a rec room with games/media area, four-piece bath and storage.

"The basement is absolutely huge," he said. "The furnace and hot-water tank have been placed on the rear wall to save space, and because it's a raised bungalow, it has three big windows set up high. It's a big, bright space that has all kinds of potential."

Ascend to the home's main level and the theme is much the same: lots of space and an absolute abundance of light. The amount of natural light that flows through the main living area is, in a word, impressive.

"The home's rear wall is literally filled with glass -- a large window over the double sink in the kitchen and a huge picture window and patio doors on the living room's back wall, and another picture window on the dining room's rear wall," said Hirsch. "And the windows are also come with granite window sills."

Meanwhile, flow from space to space amid all the light is seamless. The dining room and living room open onto one another, yet are still distinct spaces. An extra-wide entrance unites the living room with the kitchen, and another wide doorway makes passage from the kitchen to the dining room effortless.

"It's a very functional floor plan," he said. "The great room's open, yet segmented design makes it ideal for entertaining."

Finishing quality is also exceptional, from the white maple cabinets (with stainless steel handles set down low) and grey/black granite countertops in the kitchen -- which also contains a corner pantry, eating nook that holds a table for two and a host of soft-close pot drawers next to the stove -- to the main living area, which features a different yet distinctive flooring choice.

"They're actually natural-coloured bamboo hardwoods that have a beautiful grain that adds all kinds of texture and character to the main living area," Hirsch said. "You also get a tile foyer and mud room, white Euro-style doors with silver trim and levered (stainless steel) handles with locks and high-end Euro-style windows. The patio door actually has a mechanism that allows the window to open in to allow fresh air in."

Then, there's the bedroom wing, which not only contains three huge bedrooms (again with huge windows) but an opulent four-piece bath and luxurious ensuite.

"The builder really went to town with those two spaces," he said. "The main bath is absolutely gorgeous with a tile floor, (taupe) travertine tile surround, espresso maple vanity with glass sink/countertop and a soaker tub."

Just down the hall is the master suite, a light-filled, generous space that features bamboo hardwoods, a huge walk-in closet and an ensuite that promotes relaxation.

"With its tile floor, stand-alone soaker tub (placed beneath a big window, surrounded by more taupe travertine tile), contoured espresso vanity with dual glass sinks and frameless tempered glass shower that features a travertine/glass tile surround, it's a beautifully finished, tranquil space that encourages you to just kick back and relax," added Debbie Hirsch. "Ensuites don't get any better than this."

While the home possesses many attributes -- such as its solid construction, high-quality finishes and naturally bright interior -- perhaps its greatest attribute is just how well all the space is used. The floor plan is very logical, making for spaces that function exceptionally well.

The kitchen is a chef's dream due to its navigability, the dining room can seat six to 10 (or more) people with ease, and the living room is spacious, yet sufficiently intimate.

"It's a great home in every aspect," said Garry Hirsch. "It's well-built, the finishing quality is exceptional, and its extremely livable. It's also close to the city, only six minutes from St. Norbert, and the taxes are going to be much lower than they would be if you bought a similar home in the city, which would cost significantly more than $394,900. This home truly represents a great opportunity for a family looking for a home that offers space, style and a safe, quiet location that's in the country, yet only minutes from the city."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2014 A1

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