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There is an 8,000-square-foot penthouse condo up for grabs high in the sky above Wellington Crescent, and it can be yours for a cool $3.5 million, which would make it the most expensive condominium sold in Winnipeg.
The suite at 1 Wellington Cres., which was once owned by media mogul Izzy Asper, is the very picture of opulence. In one of the main rooms, a candelabra-topped grand piano rests on a zebra rug alongside crystalware, all atop a wooden stage adorned with a music staff, all overlooking the Assiniboine River. That’s just the start.
It’s unlike any other condo ever listed in Winnipeg, and looks more like something out of Manhattan than Winnipeg. A condo in the building recently sold for $1.8 million — a city record — but if the listing price sticks, the 1 Wellington penthouse will blow that figure out of the water.
"I have not tracked condo listings over the years, but I do not recall seeing one for as high as $3.5 million," said Peter Squire, a spokesperson for Winnipeg Realtors. "So it likely is the highest list price condo we have had on our multiple listing service. I believe it to be a safe assumption." (Squire later checked again; the unit had been listed at $3.9 million in 2014 before the sale price fell to $1.75 million).
The extensive floor plan features three bedrooms, five bathrooms, a stunning, limestone-floored solarium, two offices, an eat-in kitchen, and a butler’s pantry. There is also a private library befitting royalty, with a stained-glass skylight featuring the design of Manitoba’s shield, a cosy seating area, and a medium-sized boardroom table, all surrounded by walnut finishes. There’s also a gas fireplace made of marble and a wet bar.
The master bedroom has a pair of ensuites, each with their own large adjoining walk-in closets, and the two storeys are connected by a spiral staircase. There’s a live-in caregiver suite with a private entrance, four underground heated parking spots, and an in-suite gym.
Monthly maintenance fees are $6,342.32, with annual property taxes pegged at $20,334.07.
The building was constructed in 2002, and the penthouse unit was purchased by its current owner for $1.75 million in 2014. It is listed by Debbie Hirsch of Century 21 Carrie Realty.
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