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October 01, 2017

Lakeside delight

Homes by Avi’s Mahogany show homes project cool, luxurious lake lifestyle

Pepper Rodriguez

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The element of cool is the hardest component to capture in establishing the look of a show home, but having a lakeside location certainly helps. A lot!

The MacIntosh and The Gleniffer are Homes by Avi’s latest show homes in the brilliant Hopewell Residential lake community of Mahogany in the southeast. Both are as compellingly stylish as any by the award-winning builder, but the underlying functionality of a family home cannot be denied. And with Mahogany’s majestic 63-acre lake as the backdrop, they are beyond cool.

The 3,145-square-foot The MacIntosh and the 2,904-square-foot The Gleniffer are part of Mahogany’s Reserve Lakeside Estates, and both have definite wow factors in every corner. But the location, on 126 and 130 Mahogany Cove S.E., that backs onto Mahogany Lake is the scene-stealer.

Both have beautiful picture windows and taller ceilings that help bring the outside in, and oversized full-length decks that are the best seats in the house for watching the four-season fun the lakeside scenery offers.

“What people love about these homes is that they are very much planned for the wants and needs of a growing family. All the bedrooms are bigger than most, and not just the master bedroom, to allow for the kids’ growth,” says area manager Staci Stryker.

“The layouts of both floor plans are attuned to the needs of every family, and the open concept living spaces allow for lots of entertainment — believe me your friends will always want to hang out in these homes.”

The triple-car garage MacIntosh show home has four bedrooms upstairs, a developed basement with another, and a flex room on the main floor that can be quickly converted into yet another. “We’re seeing a lot of multi-generational buyers in Mahogany and the MacIntosh certainly is designed for their particular needs.”

The Gleniffer show home has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and a double front attached garage, although it has an option for a triple garage with a tandem, as well.

The MacIntosh — using estate specifications — starts at $930,000, including GST, while the Gleniffer is from the $750,000s. Homes by Avi have eight plans here, including a bungalow model. Prices for two-storey homes are from $715,000 and the bungalow is from $640,000s.

The MacIntosh show home blends a rustic look with contemporary flair with satin nickel, weathered iron and chrome fixtures. Nine-foot ceilings with a drop-down feature bring seamless elegance with the two-tone wrap-around stacked cabinets.

The designer pendant lighting over the top of the island adds a touch of glamour that blends well with the elaborate design of the kitchen wall. The engineered hardwood flooring brings it all together for a cool, executive look.

The tremendously high vaulted ceilings of the great room combine with the majestic cathedral-like windows for the best view of the lake, and the stately quality of the stonewall fireplace gives a stunning visual effect.

The A-Frame elevation of the MacIntosh brings an inner-city elegance to the streetscape. Features like the masterful design of the master ensuite, and the fully developed basement on this walk-out lot brings to life the full potential of this home.

The MacIntosh’s walk-through master closet is the clotheshorse’s dream. The shelving options illustrate a clean, ideal space and the island at the centre gives it even more functionality. It is accessed through the master ensuite and shoots through to the second floor laundry for extra convenience.

The MacIntosh’s flex room on the main floor has so many uses — an office, library, den or even a spare bedroom for visitors. “We are seeing a lot more extended families in one household and the flexibility of our homes suits their needs,” Stryker says. Sliding French doors provide a great way to save space.

The vaulted ceiling of the MacIntosh’s bonus room add a sophisticated touch to the proceedings, the optional coffee bar makes entertaining upstairs more convenient. “The ability to include such a spacious room like this upstairs along with a spacious laundry room in a four-bedroom home shows the forethought we give in designing family homes,” Stryker says.

The open-to-below great room of the Gleniffer is its most outstanding feature. The visual drama it creates just floors people that see it for the first time, Stryker says. “It has become an absolute favourite. The tremendous amount of natural light it brings in and the white finish of the show home really work well especially in a lakeside home.”

The Gleniffer show home is shown as a double attached garage but there is a tandem option to make it fit three. The show home is finished in a contemporary colour palette with chrome fixtures, two-inch faux wood blinds package and nine-foot ceilings on all levels. Building one similar to the show home will be in the $990,000s

“You can entertain friends to your heart’s content in the fully developed basement,” Styrker says. The tall ceilings are standard to give homeowners a comfortable extra living space downstairs, the glass enclosed wine room besides the wet bar has to be seen to be believed. 

Fast Facts

Builder: Homes by Avi

Community: Mahogany

Developer: Hopewell Residential

Style: Two-storey estate homes

Size: The MacIntosh – 3,145 sq. ft.

The Gleniffer – 2,904 sq. ft.

Price: Homes by Avi’s Reserve Lakeside Estates homes start from $640,000

Directions: From eastbound Stoney Tr. Turn left on 52 St. S.E., left on Mahogany Gate SE and follow the signs

Hours: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.


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