Sale of the Week: The $1.8-million Wilson Heights home that proves lot size matters

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Published on: July 25, 2017

Address: 167 Armour Boulevard
Neighbourhood: Wilson Heights
Agents: Andre Kutyan and Robert Greenberg, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
 
 
 

The property

A four-bedroom home near the 401, on a sprawling pie lot.

Here’s the foyer:

The living room:

The dining room:

And the kitchen:

The kitchen’s window-lined breakfast area:

And here’s the family room:

There are four bedrooms on the second floor. This is one of them:

And another:

This one is set up as an office:

And here’s the master bedroom:

There are no ensuite bathrooms. All the second-floor bedrooms share this hallway bathroom:

They don’t make walls like this anymore:

There’s a sauna in the basement:

And, of course, the real attraction here is the land. There is a fair amount of it:

The history

Prior to being put up for sale, this 1950s home had been owned by the same family since the 1970s. They did minor renovations over the years, mostly in the 1980s and 1990s. When the owner’s husband passed away last fall, she decided to downsize and move on.

The fate

The house sold to a builder. There’s a chance the new owner will try to sever the 130-foot lot to accommodate two or more new homes. Either way, this place will likely be revamped for resale.

The sale

The house was priced well below market value as a way of piquing the interest of builders, since the lot is a good one for development: it’s more than double the size of others nearby. Four offers came in, three of which were from builders (the fourth offer, from someone who wanted to live in the home, wasn’t competitive with the others). The seller accepted the highest bid, more than $600,000 over asking.

By the numbers

• $1,820,000
• $7,509.69 in taxes (2016)
• 2,001 square feet
• 926-square-foot lower level
• 7 days on MLS
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/houses/toronto-house-sold-167-armour-boulevard/

Ideas for incorporating your summer vacation into your décor

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Published on: July 25, 2017

In the middle of a vacation, you’re often having so much fun you want a memento to remember it. But that cute market trinket can quickly turn into a dust magnet when you get home. Here are some ideas that put the “fun” in functional.

Grouping similar items

Consider collections- This has the potential to get out of control, but if you travel a limited amount, think about one item that you could buy in every location. It might be a small basket, a serving bowl, or a textile. Over time, you can build up your collection slowly and it will show off your personality as you build it.

Confine trinkets to one space- If you stick to a theme when it comes to choosing your souvenirs, try to be thoughtful about how you place them. For example, if you decide you love masks, put them all on one wall as a group of artwork. If you have one mask in each room, it will just look like someone is always watching you! On the other hand, if you collect blankets or throws, you may want to strategically place a different one in each room where you might want to curl up.

Know when to stop- The goal here is to not turn your space into one of those freakish sideshows you see on the internet where every inch of space is covered. Every few trips, reassess your needs and whether one more of the same item could be overkill. When a collection is complete, appreciate it and move on to something else you’ve been eyeing on your travels.

A selective approach

Select wisely- T-shirts, shot glasses, magnets, and snow globes can be a default purchase, but are rarely appreciated once they’re out of a suitcase. Look for more unique items that may not scream tourist, but instead remind you of a city. For example, you may not want a keychain with the Eiffel Tower on it in Paris, but a unique watering can in the window of a gardening store brings a smile to your face. Buy it! Every time you use it you’ll be reminded of your trip, but the item won’t be cluttering your home.

Keep your colour scheme in mind- Sometimes when you go on vacation, especially to a tropical destination, you’ll fall in love a vibrant blue or orange. But, when you get home, you wonder what was wrong with your eyes as the hue is way too much for your décor. Keep that in mind as you shop and perhaps select a more subdued tone unless you are completely confident that bold is the look you’re after.

Some of the most interesting homes have carefully chosen items that incorporate a story into the overall décor. Your vacations make up the story of your life and the items you bring home can help create a unique look, as interesting as your life.

 

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Condo of the Week: $2.5 million for a suite in an Annex tower full of high rollers

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Published on: July 21, 2017

Address: 1 Bedford Road, Unit 2005
Neighbourhood: The Annex
Agent: Daniel Milstein, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
Price: $2,499,000

The place

A two-bedroom plus den on the 20th floor of one of the more notable condo towers in town. The suite has excellent views of Bloor Street and the ROM.

Here’s the foyer:

The living room, with cool combination shelving/desk:

The second bedroom:

There are two bedrooms in the suite. This is the master:

And the master ensuite:

One of two balconies:

And the view:

The history

A busy medical professional has lived here since 2011. He hired Powell Bonnell to handle the the interior design, and opted for a masculine aesthetic. Now, he’s moving to southern France.

Big selling point

The building has must-haves for the rich and powerful, like a covered and heated driveway that prevents residents from catching chills while waiting for their cars. That could explain why it’s the building of choice for industry titans and literary luminaries. Even Mayor John Tory and his wife, Barbara Hackett, have a suite here.

Possible deal breaker

For $2.5 million, one could get a lot more square footage elsewhere in the Annex. But this place doesn’t have the upkeep problems of a 100-year-old Annex home.

By the numbers

• $2,499,000
• 1,682 square feet
• $1,162 in monthly maintenance fees
• 9-foot ceilings
• 3 bathrooms
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 balconies (each about 75 square feet)
• 2 parking spaces
• 2 walk-in closets
• 1 den or office
• 1 fireplace

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/condos/toronto-conod-for-sale-1-bedford-road/

Airbnb of the Week: $430 per night for a lakeside bungalow in PEC with Drake Hotel cred

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Published on: July 20, 2017

Neighbourhood: Wellington
Price: From $430 per night for a weeklong summer stay (rates increase for shorter stays)

The place

A totally renovated three-bedroom bungalow on the Prince Edward County lakeshore, owned by a senior manager at the Drake Hotel in Toronto.

The host initially bought the place without even seeing the interior. She knew she was going to renovate, and the view was worth it:

The vintage rocking chair originally belonged to the host’s grandparents, and the dining room table is from her childhood home:

There’s a cozy sitting room in front of the stone fireplace, which the host found hiding under a marble facade installed by the previous owners:

The kitchen backsplash is made of Sabine Hill cement tiles, purchased from a co-worker after a Drake General Store renovation:

They’re also found on the floor of the master ensuite:

The master bedroom has sliding doors that open onto the massive deck:

There’s also a light-drenched sunroom:

And bunkbeds for the kids (or playful grownups):

The history

After searching for a cottage in the county for a few years, the host bought this bungalow in 2015. She completely gutted the space, replacing everything from the electrical and plumbing systems to the roof and windows. She also tore down some walls inside to create an airy, open-concept layout. The only original element is the stone fireplace.

Major perks

The home’s quirky-cool style is somewhat reminiscent of the décor at the Drake Devonshire, which is located a kilometre and a half down the road.

Possible deal breaker

Unlike at the Drake Devonshire (or any other hotel), this place has no built-in restaurant or games room.

By the numbers

• 1,800 square feet
• $430 per night
• 8 guests
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 soaker tub
• 1 bunkbed

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/cottages/airbnb-week-430-per-night-lakeside-bungalow-pec-drake-hotel-cred/

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