Monday, September 20, 2010

127 Marine Drive - Van Hull Estates

Builder: Southwynn Homes
Selling Price: $635,127 plus GST and Land
Type: Bungalow

127 Marine Drive – A family bungalow with a bonus loft room. Perfect for a single person, couple or smaller family, this house has “pizzazz”!

The moment you walk into this home, it impresses. The entrance hallway has a ceramic tile floor with a glass mosaic design inserted into the grout. Look up! The modern chandelier is placed inside a large, circular, dark-stained maple housing which was custom crafted for this home. In front of you, a contemporary staircase with a custom metal base, Lapacho hardwood treads, a glass (shatterproof) balustrade, and stainless steel railing.

To the right of the entranceway is the large living/dining area with a 14 foot, barreled ceiling. The front window reaches from a foot off the floor to the ceiling and its top matches the arch of the barreled ceiling. The floor is of Lapacho hardwood, a very rich-looking and durable hardwood. The long wall of the room is a cantilever wall. This allows special features to be spaced along the wall. In the dining area, there is an alcove for china cabinet or sideboard. In the living room, there is a unique, circular, built-in gas fireplace which is highlighted by a maple “mantle”. The unusual maple mantle leads to a “flat” cupboard door which hides several (deep) shelves in which you will place your PVR, sound system, etc. Wiring is hidden. Every attachment you will desire (HDMI, cable, audio, etc) leads from the back of this cupboard, behind the wall, to the back of your flat screen display on the right.

The Lapacho hardwood spreads into the kitchen area, behind the dining room wall. The kitchen cupboards are a mix of maple and zebra wood. The zebra wood (which like the animal has beautiful striping) acts as a highlight to the maple and the combination is quite stunning. There are sinks on both sides of this area… the one on the right is the kitchen sink, the one of the left is part of the bar area. The bar’s cupboards have glass “feature” panels and an arch of maple above the mosaic tile backsplash. Besides an abundance of cupboard space, there is a pantry tucked into the corner. All appliances are stainless steel and the stainless gas grill is situated on the kitchen island. The outside of the maple island has a raised countertop and with tall barstools, it creates an informal eating area. To the rear of the house, there is a sitting area with large windows on two walls. A door leads to the back yard.

The master bedroom is situated at the rear of the house. Windows on either side of the headboard plus a delightful arched (and etched!) window above the room’s doors provide a light, airy atmosphere. The walk-in closet is large. The bathroom ensuite is luxurious. There is a large jetted tub as well as a walk-in shower complete with seat. Textured, translucent windows in the bathroom provide lots of light.

A second bedroom is down a separate hallway which also leads to the garage and laundry room. The bedroom is a very good side and has a large closet. The bedroom (and other rooms along this hallway) also has the same delightful arched window above its entrance. The bathroom features a tub surround. The laundry room saves space by building the full-sized front load washer and dryer up and down. This room also has a sink and storage space.

The loft is considered a bonus space by the builder. It allows a larger family to reside in this gorgeous home. It has a large cupboard and its own full bathroom. What I liked about it was the abundance of natural light streaming into the room. It has a large front window and several high windows along the side wall. There are also two large etched glass windows towards the stairwell whose “swirl” match the swirl of those above-door windows of the bedrooms. Personally, I would use this room as my painting and craft lair.

The construction of the basement was not completed at the time of my visit therefore I was unable to see it. However, from the builder I found out that there will be one large recreation area completed and a couple of bedrooms framed out. The garage could not be accessed either. Evidently it is a 22’ x 22’ double garage. It has a side street entrance (the house is on a corner lot) and has two windows facing the front street so that it blends in better with the house.

I think this house was lovely and I would classify it as a “must see”!

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1 comment:

  1. The single bedroom upstairs permitted separation of family for a little peace and quiet.