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Condo developer now has slate of top-notch houses

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95 Tascona Road

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95 Tascona Road

When it comes to homes, hear the name StreetSide, and you tend to think of condominiums.

Well, think again.

Turns out StreetSide Developments has now entered the homebuilding business under the name Homes by StreetSide.

"Right now, we have six homes available in Royalwood on Tascona Road, with 22 lots available in total (several on John Bruce Road)," said Jessica Willis, StreetSide Developments' sales and marketing manager. "The homes -- both bungalows and two-storey models -- will range in size from 1,424 sq. ft. to about 2,100 sq. ft., and will come in two- and three-bedroom models that feature four different floor plans from which to choose. Two of the homes on Tascona Road have sold, but the other four -- which are move-in-ready -- have flexible possession dates."

From the moment you enter the generous foyer of StreetSide's show home at 95 Tascona Rd. -- it's about 12 feet wide with a triple closet to the left and powder/laundry room to the right (the washer and dryer are cleverly hidden behind bifold doors) -- it's immediately apparent that the home's floor plan has been well thought out.

To the left of the foyer, stairs to the home's lower level have been neatly segmented by a recessed hallway. Handscraped walnut hardwood floors -- which originate in the foyer and run through the entire main level -- then lead you in warm style into the great room.

"They're actually a high-end laminate product," said StreetSide's sales representative for 95 Tascona, Myles Viklund. "While you get the look of hardwood floors, they're much more durable. They're a great choice for a high-traffic area like a great room, where entertaining and family life can put a lot of stress on the floors. We've gotten a lot of compliments on them."

Compliments are also in order for the way in which the great room has been laid out -- and finished. To the immediate right is an island kitchen with a nine-foot by four-foot taupe quartz countertop and breakfast nook for three -- plus a plethora of cappuccino-stained maple cabinets including a massive pantry, taupe quartz countertops and a stylish tan tile backsplash.

Meanwhile, an informal dining room that easily holds a table for eight is just mere steps away. It then transitions into a generous living room with a huge window and deck door on its rear wall that let in copious amounts of natural light (a large transom window high up on the right-hand wall, along with a big vertical window next to the kitchen allow even more light to flow into the great room).

Then, to the left of the living room is a space that brings a unique dynamic into play in the great room.

"StreetSide's designers wanted the floor plan to be contemporary and flexible, so they put in a main-floor office that's divided from the living room by a wall with tempered-glass inserts," said Viklund. "You can alter the design to make it wide open, or leave it the way it is -- it's totally up to the buyer. There's also a huge yard out back with mature trees that's big enough for a pool and plenty of space to entertain."

A four-foot-wide staircase then leads to the home's second level, which features a generous landing surrounded by three bedrooms and a four-piece bath. Seeing as the home is aimed at family living, the larger-than-normal foyer and extra-wide stairs will ensure no human gridlock occurs on weekday mornings when family members are hustling to get to work and school.

Likewise, the two secondary bedrooms are larger than normal, both with two large windows and plenty of closet space.

"Closet space isn't lacking in this home," said Viklund. "Not only do the kids' bedrooms have quad (bifold) closets, but there are literally closets everywhere you look."

Speaking of storage space, the big, private master suite possesses tons of it in the form of his-and-her closets placed either side of the hallway that leads into the bedroom proper. The larger closet of the two (more than likely hers) is off to the right, with plenty of room for wardrobe and a host of other accessories.

"It also has a pass-through door that leads into the ensuite, which features a five-foot shower, espresso maple vanity and duraceramic tile floor that not only feels warm underfoot, but looks gorgeous, with taupe striated patterns running through the tan tile," he said. "If you want to soak the day's stress away in a hot bath, the main bath has a deep soaker tub you can relax in only steps away."

Not to be overlooked is the home's lower level, which offers approximately 1,000 sq. ft. of livable space, bringing the home's total square footage to about 3,100 sq. ft.

"You cannot only put a rec room, fourth bedroom, bathroom and storage down here, but you also benefit from huge windows -- it's a naturally bright area -- and an eight-foot ceiling," Viklund said. "You can also see some other important features -- the spray-foam insulation between joists, which improves the home's energy efficiency, and the underside of the floors, which have been glued and screwed to keep noise to a minimum."

In all, 95 Tascona is a well-executed package from top to bottom, a family home that offers great style, value, livability -- and a great location.

lewys@mts.net

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 5, 2014 F9

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