Aloft on Portage B y K elly G ray
P hotography : M ichael R oberts
New York living is closer than you might think. Winnipeggers seeking the enjoyment of a downtown loft experience similar to NYC’s SOHO or Chelsea districts need look no further than 238 Portage Avenue, a site just a block off Portage and Main that was once home to the city’s main post office. Today, developer SUNREX has taken the mid century structure and given it a rebirth as five full floor condos that are ideal locations for exciting urban living.
Bryk and the SUNREX team have partnered with the city’s best to create a stunning show suite to reveal the level of lifestyle available in these condos. Located on the fifth floor, the 2050 square foot display suite opens up to a wall of windows that showcases a view northward off Portage Avenue looking toward the Exchange and its stock of historic buildings.
Engineered hardwood flooring from Curtis Carpets adds warmth to the contemporary setting , while an attractive entrance door from Penner Doors & Hardware offers safety and design appeal at once.
“When you enter, you will see we have placed a room that is perfect for an office,” he says, commenting that the designers included a large sliding barn door to create a barrier between the private areas of the home and what could be a public office. Here, professionals such as an architect or web designer, could close off the condo’s more personal areas to enhance privacy
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” says SUNREX President John Bryk. For over two years, his company has been busy gutting the structure and transforming it into five bright airy residences that offer location, versatility and style. SUNREX is one of Winnipeg’s most accomplished developers, with some 1000 rental units inside a portfolio that has seen $40 million in recent condo development. “The properties at 238 Portage Avenue are ideal as places where residents can have a real balance between life, work and play. You are only a block from Portage and Main, two blocks from the MTS Centre and a short walk to the Exchange and all its entertainment venues. This site is possibly the best located condo development in the city, but few people know about it, even though it’s on Portage Ave,” he says. Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 65