Rare GEM.

Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 30th, 2015.


Photos by Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press. All areas of the home, including the exterior, have been nicely updated.

As popular as homes are in River Heights, there’s a pair of issues that often dissuades buyers from purchasing in the area.

Those issues (and they are no secret) are foundation problems and the need for upgrades.

As much as people love the character and central location of this storied area, they don’t want to deal with existing (or potential) foundation issues and the pressing need to update a home to today’s standards.

There are no such problems with 245 Waterloo St., said RE/MAX Performance Realty’s Scott Moore.

"This home is as solid and square as you’ll find in the area," he said. "The foundation is in good shape, and there are no sloping floors to deal with on the main or second floor. There’s a tiny bit of movement in the basement floor, but that’s not unusual for a home that was built in 1927."

Moore said the 1,568-square-foot, two-storey home — which is situated on a mature, 40-foot by 120-foot lot — is not only loaded with character, but with key updates, as well.

The formal dining room features faux-finished terra cotta walls and is surrounded by five windows.

"Everything starts with the home’s east-west orientation — you get the sun in the morning, and sunset at night. Next, you’re greeted by a beautifully landscaped front yard with newer stamped concrete sidewalk. The home is surrounded by mature trees and features a recently painted (dark taupe) stucco exterior. If you’re looking for a home with great curb appeal, this home scores 10 out of 10."

He added one of the home’s key updates is readily visible from the street. "The windows in this home are next-to-new new. Not only that, but their frames were custom-tinted with a gorgeous burnt orange shade that goes perfectly with the home’s stucco exterior. The windows add to the home’s look, let in loads of light and keep you comfortable no matter what the season. And having newer windows means that’s one less thing to do when you move in."

Turns out, the list of upgrades don’t end there. Exterior updates include a new roof and new doors. Inside, the kitchen features newer granite countertops, and the boiler — another key component of the home — has also been updated (the home comes with central air, too). The berber carpeting in the lower-level rec room is newer, and grey short twist in one of the secondary bedrooms upstairs is also newer.

Just as important, the home’s classic features are intact, making for a modern classic that’s truly in move-in condition. The oak hardwoods that run through both the main and upper level are in beautiful shape with a dense, linear grain rarely seen in today’s oak hardwoods with their spread out grain.

The living room offers a brick fireplace, oak hardwoods and a collection of oversized windows.

All rooms still feature classic 10-inch oak baseboards along with oak door trim and window casings, while other yesteryear touches such as a hand-carved oak staircase (pristine condition), hot water radiators and brass doorknobs provide a welcome link to the home’s early 20th century roots.

"I think the combination of old and new design themes gives you the best of both worlds," said Moore.

Although the home features a classic centre-hall floor plan, it works well. The (21-foot by 14-foot) formal dining room — which features faux-finished terra cotta walls, and is surrounded by five windows — is situated directly across from a the spacious living room (22 feet by 12.6 feet), making for good flow between spaces and perfect for entertaining.

The living room — with its brick fireplace and hand-hewn dark oak mantel, oak hardwoods and collection of oversized windows — is perfect for relaxing, while the adjacent kitchen, though compact, is plenty functional.

"It’s a good size (10.6 feet by 10.6 feet)," Moore said. "It comes with granite countertops, room for a table for two, a pantry and ample cupboard space. It works fine now, but would work even better if you knocked out the wall between it and the dining room. That would create an open-concept kitchen/dining room 31 feet long. You’d also be able to walk straight over to the patio door off the dining room that leads to the amazing backyard."

The kitchen features modern cabinets and newer granite countertops.

With it’s two-tiered deck, the park-like backyard is ideal for entertaining, or just kicking back in a private sanctuary of your own, said Moore.

"It’s kind of cool. It’s a serene, private spot that’s beautifully landscaped and low-maintenance at the same time."

The backyard deck is large and private.

Head downstairs off the kitchen, and you find a thoroughly modern lower level with a good-sized (21-foot by 13-foot) rec room, laundry room and a very pleasant surprise tucked away around the corner at the rec room’s far end.

"Not only is the basement professionally finished with an awesome media area, but it also features a top-notch bath with amazing glass/tile steam shower," Moore said. "It’s a great space."

The home is then finished off with a second level with three bedrooms, a spacious main bath and ample storage, making for a modern, character-laden home that offers over 2,200 sq. ft. of livable space in a mature, central location.

"This home represents an opportunity to live in an updated character home in one of the city’s most desirable areas. Homes like this don’t come available very often," Moore said.

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Modern love.

Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 20th, 2015.


TODD LEWYS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/A large island provides separation between the kitchen and dining area.

YOU’VE been looking for your dream home for weeks, or even months, when it finally looks like you’ve found the perfect candidate on the MLS website. Full of anticipation, you click from the perfect exterior photo to shots of the home’s interior. In the click of a mouse your mood switches from one of excitement to abject horror. Loaded with brass switch plates, oak kitchen cabinets and almond appliances, the home looks like it came out of a design catalogue from the 1980s. Great location, check. Contemporary interior? Not even close.

According to Scott Moore of RE/MAX Performance Realty, this scenario plays out often in communities such as Lindenwoods. "It’s something I literally hear on a weekly basis – I love the location, but the home’s dated," said Moore. "That’s not the case with this home. If you love Lindenwoods, and want a contemporary, beautiful home, this home (236 Lindenwood Drive East) delivers on every level."

Although the 2,225 four-level split design dates back to 1986, the home feels contemporary on each of its levels. "This home has been updated throughout," said Moore. "The attention to detail is exceptional, and all the finishing materials are quality materials, from the flooring to the carpeting to the light fixtures, door knobs and baseboards. The home may be 30 years old, but the updates have totally transformed it. It feels like a brand new home."

The moment you set foot in the foyer, you feel like you’re looking into the great room of a recently built show home. Walls are painted in neutral earth tones and flooring through the room is warm, six-inch distressed hickory laminate plank. The open-concept plan flows beautifully from the living room to the dining room to the modern island kitchen.

Moore said the main living area was a far cry from its present state prior to being updated. "Before, you had oak railing that defined the kitchen, along with oak cabinets and laminate countertops. Now, there’s a nine-foot by four-foot (black) granite island with seating for three and double sink, new knotty alder cabinets that go beautifully with a taupe glass tile backsplash and stainless-steel appliances."

TODD LEWYS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/Situated beneath a vaulted ceiling, the sunken living room is ideal for entertaining.

The area was also redesigned to ensure it was functional. "The kitchen was actually reduced in size to enlarge the dining room. Now, you can seat four at the island, plus you can have a table that seats 10, or even more — there’s so much space in the dining area."

Light floods into the great room from a huge picture window in the living room, patio doors behind the dining room and a bay window on the rear wall between the dining room and kitchen. "If you enjoy entertaining, the great room is perfect. There’s plenty of room to visit in the living room, and the patio doors lead to a (20-foot by 20-foot) deck with built-in bench seating and a patio. The bay window also creates a little nook that’s perfect for a reading chair or window seat," said Moore.

Meanwhile, the home’s top-most level is extremely family-friendly with three bedrooms and a main bath. "Both secondary bedrooms are larger than normal with huge windows and plenty of closet space, and the main bath is nicely appointed with a knotty alder vanity, granite countertop, dura-ceramic tile floor and soaker tub," he said. "The master suite is enormous (with a huge picture window), and comes with a four-piece ensuite and his and her closets."

The home’s mid-level offers an ideal combination of function, flexibility and unexpected luxury. "There’s a bedroom, ensuite with jetted tub and a large space off the bedroom (with brick fireplace) that could be utilized to turn the area into a granny suite for a parent or older relative — there are only six steps to negotiate," said Moore. "It could also make a nice, private area for a teenager to make their own."

TODD LEWYS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/The ensuite on the mid-level is a great spot to relax with a jetted soaker tub surrounded by rich finishes.

Another six steps down is the home’s lowest level. "There’s two separate areas – one could be used as a games area, the other as a media area," said Moore. "Or, if necessary, the games area could be used as a play area for kids. If you’re going to use it as a rec room, it’s wired for sound."

Not only has the home been updated inside, but those updates also extend outside. "The roof has been redone, as has the soffit and fascia and eavestrough system," said Moore, adding that new vinyl siding was applied to add curb appeal. "Overall, the finishes inside have been blended beautifully with the outside to create a fresh, contemporary look."

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Tuxedo two-storey beautifully updated.

Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on September 12th, 2015.


Buying a home in Tuxedo can be a contrast in extremes. On one the hand, you’re buying into a central and mature area with luxurious homes.

On the other hand, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pay for updates on your new abode to bring it up to modern standards.

That’s not the case with 74 Dunbar Cres., said Scott Moore of Realty Executives Premiere.

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“This home has been constantly updated by its original owners,” he said of the twostorey, 2,559 square-foot home, which was custom-built on 7.6-metre piles in 1983.

“Over the years, they spent a considerable amount of time (and money) to keep it current.

“As a result, there’s basically nothing that needs to be done to it. You can just move in and enjoy it.”

He added one of the home’s best selling points is its basement.

“It’s not developed, so when you move in, there’s no need to rip out a dated rec room. It’s insulated with vapour barrier and is ready to be developed. There’s about 1,000 square feet of space available to be developed into two bedrooms, a rec room, bathroom and storage — and the ceiling height is exceptional; it’s more than eight feet high.”

Meanwhile, the main and upper levels are the product of forward-thinking design.

“From the moment you enter the spacious foyer, the interplay between high-end design and intelligent architecture is immediately apparent.

“The design is striking, but at the same time, it’s also practical. There’s plenty of room to move, flow from space to space is excellent, and the finishes are tasteful. Most importantly, the home has a contemporary feel.” That contemporary feel stems from the fact the outgoing owners had the foresight to update on a regular basis. When attention to detail is combined with a well-thoughtout floor plan, the result is a home that feels nothing like a home built more than three decades ago.

The kitchen is a great example, Moore said.

“One of the first things you notice when you enter the kitchen is there’s a main-floor laundry — you rarely see that with homes built over 30 years ago,” he said.

“Then, there are the updates — white thermofoil cabinets (a wealth of them), grey cement countertops and backsplash, and Miele and Jenn-Air appliances.

“There’s even a dry bar/serving nook at the rear of the kitchen, and the peninsula also has an eating nook that seats three.”

Doorways on either side of the kitchen provide access to user-friendly spaces: a grand living room filled with light and room to move, and a dining room with French doors, big bay window and a host of pot lights above.

“This home was built to entertain,” said Moore.

“The dining room can seat 10, while the living room, with its 18-foot ceiling, all its windows and low-maintenance, natural oak hardwoods is perfect to host gatherings.”

Head upstairs — the home’s second floor can be accessed via two staircases — one off the foyer, and another spiral staircase off the living room.

Ascend the spiral staircase and the view is spectacular.

“It’s actually 26 feet by 20 feet, and is an amazing space with a wood fireplace that can be used either as a loft area to relax in, or a media area.

“It’s a space you can use to entertain in, or as an extension of the master suite, which is linked to it by a doorway tucked away neatly off to the side.”

That doorway takes you into a master bedroom as modern as they come.

It’s huge and has two large windows (with built-in entertainment unit between them), and comes with a huge walk-in closet and an ensuite.

“The ensuite is amazing, with a grey oval soaker tub, tile floor, grey tile backsplash and trim and beautiful, curved white vanity,” said Moore.

“The walk-in closet is 18 feet by five feet with all kinds of built-in storage, and the (grey berber) carpet in the bedroom and loft/media room is brand new.

“The two secondary bedrooms are oversized, too. One comes with an oval window, the other with a murphy bed perfect for visiting guests.”

Last but not least, is the backyard, a sprawling, private area that is essentially a park infused with a taste of the Mediterranean.

“As impressive as the home is inside, I’d say its backyard is even more impressive,” said Moore.

“There’s a serene (brick) Italian-flavoured terrace with pergola, a gazebo, separate barbeque area, and a low-maintenance yard surrounded by all kinds of gorgeous perennials and breathtaking garden beds.”

The home truly is a rare Tuxedo gem, Moore said.

“This home offers unbelievable value — you can just move in and enjoy it, and if you choose to finish the basement — which would be great for teens or university students — you have a beautifully updated home in an amazing, central area that gives you over 3,500 square foot of livable space.”

Purchase it, move in and enjoy.

Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 31st, 2015.


The master bedroom's ensuite has six-foot a jetted tub.

The master bedroom's ensuite has six-foot a jetted tub.

Building a new home, to put it mildly, isn't a simple process.

First, the house has to be built, which can take upwards of a year between start and completion. Finally -- once all the sawdust has settled -- you get to move into a new home that often has yet to be landscaped.

The to-do list associated with moving into a new home can be surprisingly lengthy: have the appliances delivered and deployed, arrange a sod-laying party and have the window coverings installed. Then there are the long-term (or, perhaps, more immediate) plans, such as developing the basement.

The basement is fully finished with a games room, a wet bar and an extra room that could serve as a bedroom or computer room.

The basement is fully finished with a games room, a wet bar and an extra room that could serve as a bedroom or computer room.

In actuality, moving into a new house can be a sobering experience as there's often much work to be done -- and additional expenses incurred -- to make it into a true home. That said, there is the occasional home that comes on the market that is in like-new condition and that comes with everything already in place.

Realty Executives Premiere's Scott Moore said 273 Southview Cres. -- an 1,862-square-foot bungalow built in 2012 by A & S Homes -- is one such home.

273 Southview Crescent in South Pointe.

273 Southview Crescent in South Pointe.

"This is a resale home that is a very viable alternative to buying a brand-new home," he said. "With a home like this, you don't have to wait for it to be built or for landscaping to mature. It comes with the landscaping done, all the appliances and window coverings in place and a fully finished basement. The home was only occupied for 10 months and is in like-new condition."

He added two other factors make 273 Southview worthy of consideration: price and location.

"I think the price is pretty hard to beat. You're getting a home that's ready to go in every area -- it even has an oversized 24-foot by 22-foot attached garage -- for under $600,000. It's also in an excellent location on maybe the quietest portion of Southview Crescent," he said. "The home is also a unique, functional design by one of the most creative builders out there."

The home's focal point is a lower-level staircase surrounded by one-third walls interspersed with cut-outs featuring satin stainless metal and topped with dark maple capping. It not only makes for a striking look, but serves a specific purpose, said Moore.

"It gives you an open, yet segmented floor plan. You've got the kitchen on one side and the family room on the other, with a big breakfast nook set off at the end of the kitchen next to patio doors that lead to a (covered) backyard deck," he said. "All three spaces are large (kitchen is 14 feet by 14 feet, family room is 17 feet by 14 feet and breakfast nook is eight feet by nine feet), functional and well-finished."

The kitchen is particularly impressive, with its long, angled island (with seating for three) that features a double sink, built-in wine rack and shelving and storage. It's notched inner portion enhances flow through the kitchen, while a corner pantry and plethora of dark maple cabinets provide plenty of storage space.

The kitchen features grey granite countertops and dark maple cabinets.

The kitchen features grey granite countertops and dark maple cabinets.

A light brown tile backsplash makes the darker cabinets pop, while black/grey granite countertops add a welcome touch of class. Dark maple hardwoods complement all the different finishes beautifully, while at the same time absorbing the abundance of natural light that flows in from large windows on the home's back wall (in the family room), patio doors and a large window on the side wall next to the breakfast nook.

Meanwhile, the family room -- demarcated by light taupe carpeting and separated by the lower-level staircase's one third wall surround -- is its own entity with a 12-foot ceiling, three huge windows and gas fireplace set in taupe tile in the centre of an entertainment unit that has three-tiered maple shelving on either side.

A large formal dining room at the front of the home (only steps from the kitchen) finishes off the main living area in elegant, practical style next to a foyer with a 14-foot ceiling. Then, there's the secluded bedroom wing, which comprises the other half of the main level.

"The house is basically divided into two halves," Moore explained. "The main living area is aimed at entertaining and family living, while the bedroom wing is there to provide a separate area where you can go for some rest and relaxation."

Not surprisingly, the master suite is the bedroom wing's piece de resistance.

"It's absolutely huge with a big south-facing picture window that lets in all kinds of sunlight," he said. "It comes with a deluxe ensuite that contains a six-foot jetted tub (set in taupe tile beneath a huge obscured glass window), maple vanity with (black/grey) granite countertop, a big, angled walk-in closet and 12-foot ceiling that increases the feeling of space."

Downstairs, there's approximately 1,250 sq. ft. of developed space that takes the home's total square footage over the 3,000-sq.-ft. mark.

"The basement is fully finished with a spectacular media area that features two skylights, a nine-foot ceiling, tons of potlights and a games room with adjacent wet bar," said Moore. "There's also a bedroom, exercise room/den, four-piece bath and large, open area ideal for a kids' computer station. This is one of the very few fully finished bungalows in the city's south end, and it comes in at over $100,000 less than the average list price. This home is the complete package and offers great value in an excellent location."

Relaxing in Riverview.

Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 9th, 2015.


Ask prospective homeowners which neighbourhoods they'd most like to live in, and you almost always get the same answer.

As you might have suspected, the neighbourhoods that are most often mentioned are (in no particular order) Crescentwood, Charleswood, River Heights and (if you possess the financial wherewithal) Tuxedo. You can add one more neighbourhood to that list, though it's a neighbourhood that, for some unfathomable reason, tends to fly under the radar more than it should.

That neighbourhood is Riverview, an enclosed, mature little enclave situated off Osborne Street's east side. Like River Heights, it features a wide variety of home designs that date back a century or more -- and beautiful collections of mature trees that date back much further.

Unlike River Heights, it's a self-contained community, said Realty Executives Premiere's Scott Moore.

"There are no through streets as is the case in River Heights, so it's an extremely quiet area," he said. "It's also a close to all kinds of amenities. It's quietly moved into the top-five most desirable areas in the city due to its beauty, convenience and the great character that all the unique home styles creates."

It also turns out Moore has a home for sale in Riverview, this one a 1,200-square-foot bungalow located at 268 Balfour Ave. on a pristine 50-foot by 128-foot lot.

"The home was built in 1920 and then added on to in 1950 -- the living room/bedroom side is the original home, and the kitchen area is the addition," said Moore. "Most importantly, virtually every part of the home has been touched over the past five to 10 years. The wiring has been updated, while recent upgrades include hardwood floors, most of the windows, a high-efficient furnace, newer hot-water tank, backwater valve, light fixtures and paint. This is a well-maintained, carefully updated home ideal for a young family."

The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with white brick surround, new oak hardwoods and a large window.

The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with white brick surround, new oak hardwoods and a large window.

Unlike many turn-of-the-century designs, 268 Balfour features an abundance of usable -- and livable -- space. One of its greatest attributes is the home's hub, a.k.a. the kitchen.

268 Balfour Avenue in Riverview and the realtor is Scott Moore. Kitchen and sliding doors to the deck.

268 Balfour Avenue in Riverview and the realtor is Scott Moore. Kitchen and sliding doors to the deck.

"It's a wonderful open-concept space that's been nicely updated with refaced cappuccino cabinets (including a large pantry next to the fridge), grey laminate countertops, stainless appliances, a tile backsplash and new light fixtures," he said. "There's tons of space to move around and create in the kitchen. There's a large dining area next to a big window at one end, while there's a flex area next to the sliding patio door that could be either a dinette or study area."

A two-tiered deck overlooks the large yard that is shaded by mature trees.

A two-tiered deck overlooks the large yard that is shaded by mature trees.

Not only does the patio door inject natural daylight into the kitchen, it provides access to a two-tiered deck, added Moore.

"It's a great place to barbecue, have a cool drink and relax with family or friends. With its depth and all the mature trees, it's a private, park-like area that's ideal for entertaining, or for the kids to go out and play in with plenty of room to run around."

There's also more livable space downstairs, a feature that's not necessarily the norm for a home built in 1920. The 1,200 sq. ft. upstairs translates into a lower level that offers no less than 800 sq. ft. of inhabitable space.

"The basement is fully finished and features a rec room (with newer carpeting and decent ceiling height), flex room that's ideal for an office, play room or fourth bedroom, three-piece bath, laundry room and workshop," said Moore. "Cabinetry on the far left-hand wall of the rec room could be kept for storage, or removed to add more space."

Head back upstairs, and there's a living room that features a wood-burning fireplace with white brick surround, new oak hardwoods and a large window that provides a view of the mature trees fronting the home.

"It's right off the kitchen, which makes for a perfect spot to sit down and visit with company after dinner," he noted. "Flow from the living room into the kitchen and through the patio doors is excellent, so the home's main-floor layout is ideal for entertaining."

Another desirable feature can be found off the living room in the form of a bedroom wing that contains not two, but three bedrooms -- again unusual for a home built 94 years ago.

"The master suite is a good size, while the kids' bedrooms are mid-sized. Closet space is decent, and the newer windows are big and let in lots of natural light. There's also a four-piece bathroom that's been beautifully updated with grey tile flooring, white vanity, tub with grey tile surround (with a big obscured glass window above) and low-flush toilet that will cut down water-bill costs."

The master bathroom has been updated with grey tile flooring, white vanity and a tub with grey tile surround.

The master bathroom has been updated with grey tile flooring, white vanity and a tub with grey tile surround.

Moore said 268 Balfour is an ideal spot for a young family or empty nesters to put down roots because it's the complete package.

"Most importantly, it's a solid, well-maintained home that's been updated over the past five to 10 years. Its location is also incredible -- it's in a quiet, walkable area that's close to all kinds of amenities, including stores, shops, restaurants, schools, community clubs and downtown Winnipeg. It's also a house that's not a flip; the owners have been here for 30 years. There's nothing that hasn't been touched. It's ready to go for a family or empty nest couples who want to live in one of the city's most convenient, mature and desirable locations."

Realistic real estate.

Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 7th, 2015.


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With today's balanced real estate market, it's critical for sellers to list their homes at a realistic price.

Why? It's simple. If a home -- no matter how good it is -- is overpriced, it might sit on the market for 40 to 60 days or longer. As fetching and functional as a home might be, there are plenty of other equally attractive homes on the market. Consequently, buyers will simply move on to look at a home that has the same features but a significantly lower price.

Real Estate Executives Premiere's Scott Moore said 277 Mowat Rd. -- a 2,188-square-foot, two-storey home found in picturesque Pritchard Farms -- has been priced with the balanced market in mind.

"As a newer home (built in 2003) in a wonderful, prestigious area, it would have been easy to list the home for maybe $650,000," he said. "But that's not realistic in today's real estate market. At a list price of $588,000, it has everything you might want in a family home at a price that, I think, is very reasonable for a luxury home in this area."

A big, bright and elegant space, the privately positioned master suite is a true retreat.

A big, bright and elegant space, the privately positioned master suite is a true retreat.

Granted, the home is luxuriously appointed throughout. That said, it's necessary to look deeper than the wow factor to determine a home's value. In this case, Moore said, the home has been updated in several key areas.

"For starters, the kitchen cabinets have been updated -- they've been re-faced with smart white doors with black handles," he said. "Not only that, but new, high-end (five-inch) laminate hardwoods were recently installed throughout the main floor, and trim, light fixtures and paint are also recent. The home has been updated at pretty much every level."

Not only do all the home's spaces look good, they're also linked together smartly by what Moore calls a new-age centre hall floor plan.

"If you think of classic River Heights floor plans, the rooms were more or less closed off from each other," he said. "With this home, the spaces are well-defined, yet are still open and accessible to each other even though the layout isn't totally open-concept. I think it's nice to have a home that's functional and flows well, but yet that isn't totally open."

In a novel move, the home's designer -- Shymko Homes -- placed the upper-level staircase between the kitchen/dinette area and the family room. The key to the design's success is a six-foot-wide hallway that paves the way for smooth traffic flow between spaces. Had it been, say, two feet narrower, traffic flow would have been hampered.

That's not even remotely the case, said Moore. "You have two distinct areas, yet you can move back and forth between them with ease. That makes it a home that's great for both family life and entertaining."

The kitchen, located left of the stairs, is an ergonomic marvel featuring a centre island (that seats two) placed between the kitchen and dinette area. Because of the island's compact but functional design, there's plenty of room to move about the kitchen, while a table for four fits perfectly without being intrusive.

A jog that opens up on the kitchen's front left side adds even more utility.

"It contains a powder room, laundry room and a door that gives you access to the oversized double garage," Moore said. "It adds all kinds of function, while a huge window over the sink and patio door (which leads to a backyard deck) let in tons of natural light. The finishing materials -- taupe granite countertops, the white cabinets and brown, cultured-stone backsplash give the kitchen a modern rustic feel."

On the other side of the stairs is the family room, a bright, airy space that also possesses a modern rustic ambience.

"It's my favourite space in the home," said Moore. "It has a gorgeous tray ceiling, a huge picture window on the rear wall that gives you a beautiful view of the pines and wide-open spaces, and a corner fireplace that carries over the cultured-stone theme from the kitchen. It's also a super nice touch having a row of four piano windows up high on the wall to add even more natural light."

As was the case with the home's main level, the upper level's layout is exceptionally efficient and family-friendly.

"The two secondary bedrooms are roomy and share a four-piece bathroom, while the master suite features plenty of space, a huge picture window and spa-like, five-piece ensuite (with corner jetted tub) and big walk-in closet. There's good separation between the master suite and the other bedrooms, another great feature for a family."

The spa-like ensuite is a bright, elegant space with a large window, tons of rich tile and a corner jetted tub to enjoy a soothing soak in.

The spa-like ensuite is a bright, elegant space with a large window, tons of rich tile and a corner jetted tub to enjoy a soothing soak in.

Descend downstairs and you encounter a basement that offers 820 square feet of developed space in the form of a fourth bedroom, flex room, storage room -- and a huge rec room.

"It's actually 18 feet by 30 feet, and has a media room with a custom projector, screen and audio package," Moore said. "It's a great space for Dad to watch football with the guys, or for the family to watch a movie together in style."

He added the meticulously maintained home offers value in other important areas, as well.

"The monthly gas budget is $90, and the monthly electric budget is approximately $180, so this is a very energy-efficient home. Taxes are $5,451 before rebate, which is also very reasonable. This is a modern, move-in-ready home that offers excellent value for the price."