Rural home combines style, substance and serenity
By: Todd Lewys -Winnipeg Free Press
Updated: May 25, 2008
40 Oak Park Lane near Stonewall features a back wall filled with glass to take in the view of its large backyard.
Two triple garages and a large great room gives the home plenty of space for your toys and for your guests.
This bedroom puts the suite into master suite, with a sitting area surrounded by glass and overlooking the backyard.
Realtor Brandt McKillop says the home's geothermal heat makes it economical to keep warm and keep cool.
A large dining room is perfect for dinner with the extended family.
Sometimes, it's all too easy to miss something special, especially if it's tucked away neatly well off the beaten path.
That's the case with 40 Oak Lane in Oakwood Estates, found off Winfield Road in the RM of Rockwood just outside Stonewall. Nestled in the midst on nearly five acres of land -- most of it mature forest -- you could drive by the two-storey, 2,950 sq. ft. house without even knowing it.
"It was built in 1993, and the original owner spared no expense in its construction," says the lead realtor for the property, Brandt McKillop of Re/Max Town & Country, Stonewall. "This is a very well-built home that has exceptional finish throughout. It's likely the area's best-kept secret; it's the only home for sale in the area."
And best-kept secret it may well have stayed -- that is, until the owners reluctantly decided to downsize.
"There's only three of us left -- myself, my husband and our little girl," says Lana Maidment one of the home's three inhabitants. "Although we just love the house and the area, we've finally come to terms with the fact we don't need all this room. So we've bought a bungalow in the south part of Winnipeg, and are taking offers on the home. Every time I show it, I don't want to leave!"
Those sentiments are entirely understandable once you've had a chance to meander through its spacious confines. Medium-stained oak doors, cabinetry, trim and window casings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide (seemingly) panoramic views of the forest surrounding the home create a serene, relaxing interior.
Meanwhile, beige pebbled ceramic tile floors and brand-new tan/beige/black countertops -- and a neutral colour palette of beiges and browns -- mesh with the oak to exude an understated elegance.
"In particular, I love the way the windows are set so low to the ground -- they provide a maximum view of the surroundings, which is gorgeous once all the trees' leaves bloom," McKillop says. "This is a home that has great balance -- it's got its fancy features along with a whole lot of functionality."
Each level of the home has something for everyone, with space and great views being the main theme. While the open-concept kitchen/great room area sees its fair share of traffic, Maidment says the four-season sunroom -- found at the end of an extra-long foyer -- is her favorite spot on the main floor.
"It's off by itself, and you can use it all year round," she says. "With 12 windows surrounding you, you get all kinds of sun and a great view of the trees around you. Plus, it has access to the deck. It's a great place to relax with a book or cold drink at any time of the year."
The home's second storey -- accessed by a grand, gleaming oak staircase that winds upward in dramatic fashion -- is also spacious and bright. New sculpted beige berber underfoot complements the four-inch oak baseboards, solid oak doors (no hollow-core here, says McKillop) and oak window casings in seamless fashion.
Unquestionably, though, the star of the upper level is the master bedroom. With its own sitting area, a literal wall of windows facing south and room to burn, the bedroom actually encourages to you to spend time there. A massive ensuite with a unique enclosed corner jetted tub/shower combination and huge walk-in closet with built-in dresser offer further encouragement to lounge in style.
Then, there's an unexpected bonus -- the ensuite extends into a room that houses a washer and dryer (in a closet) -- and that has room for a desk, or even fitness equipment.
"As much as I love the sunroom, this is my favourite room in the home -- you don't see many master bedrooms like this," Maidment says. "Really, you don't have to move if you don't want to. You can have a bath, read a book, go to the office to check your e-mail. The view is also incredible with all the windows. The other two rooms are big, with built-in shleving and large closets that are ideal for teens."
With two more rooms in the lower level -- plus rec room, bathroom and tons of storage space -- she says that the home is ready for a big family looking for an abode that offers space, style and privacy.
"One of the best things about this home is that it's not over-the-top in terms of the decor -- all that might be needed is a few coats of paint here and there. Otherwise, the home is ready to move in, it's been so well maintained," says Maidment. "We're really going to miss living here."
McKillop agrees, adding that 40 Oak Lane has another couple of intangibles going for it.
"It's just a great location. You're five minutes from Stonewall, which has all the amenities you need. It's also a secure, private neighbourhood -- but not so isolated that your wife would be scared to be here alone. If you want, you can be in the city in about 20 minutes, too," he says. "Second, having geothermal heating and being fully electric make it a very affordable home to run. There's minimal grass to cut, and you're surrounded by trees, wildlife and all kinds of activity possibilities in any season, This is a solid, richly-finished home that has so much to offer."
SIZE: 2,950 sq. ft.
YEAR BUILT: 1993
LOT SIZE 4.76 ACRES
BEDROOMS: 5 plus main floor office
TAXES: $5,107.64 annually
CONTACT: Brandt or Susan McKillop @ 467-8000
KEY FEATURES: Bright, serene interior; open-concept kitchen/great room with floor-to-ceiling windows, oak cabinetry, doors and trim, as well as wood burning fireplace; four-season sunroom; large master bedroom with sitting room, tons of glass and elaborate ensuite with jetted tub, walk-in closet - and extended area with closet washer/dryer and office/workout space; two triple garages.