House of the Week: $3.5 million for a Willowdale home with six skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows

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Published on: July 27, 2016

Address: 138 Holmes Ave
Neighbourhood: Willowdale
Agents: Mohammed Iqbal, Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc.
Price: $3,578,888
Previously sold for: $1.1 million in 2014, before a total renovation

The place

A massive new build with brick, stone and cedar detailing outside and floor-to-ceiling windows inside.

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The history

Like many homes in the area, this address was originally a bungalow, which the owners tore down in order to build a larger house. Construction started on Canada Day 2015 and finished just last week.

There are four bedrooms on the second floor and one in the basement, all with en suite bathrooms. Here’s one of the second-floor bedrooms:

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And one of the bathrooms:

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The house features a wine cellar and a kitchen filled with top-of-the-line appliances:

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Here’s a closer look at the kitchen:

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The house has 10-foot ceilings on the main level:

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…nine feet on the second level:

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…and almost 11 feet in the basement.

Big selling point

There are six skylights and massive windows at the front and back of the house, many spanning the floor to ceiling:

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Possible deal breaker

The home is clean, crisp and modern, through and through. It’s stylish and contemporary, but that’s not for everyone.

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By the numbers:

• $3,578,888
• $6,122.96 in taxes (pre–new build 2016)
• 3,800 square feet (5,000 with the basement)
• 43-by-160-foot lot
• 4 + 1 bedrooms
• 6 bathrooms
• 6 parking spots
• 1 wine cellar

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Cottage of the Week: $4.8 million for a vacation compound on the former site of a Muskoka resort

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Published on: July 26, 2016

Address: 1022 Milford Manor Road
Neighbourhood: Milford Bay
Agent: Bob Clarke, Royal LePage Lake of Muskoka Realty, Brokerage
Price: $4,795,000

The place

A custom-designed cottage on the former Milford Manor resort grounds.

Here’s the kitchen:


The dining room seats at least ten and has a door to the screened porch:


The living room has a wood-burning fireplace:


Nice ducks:


There are four bedrooms in the main cottage, all with ensuite bathrooms. Here’s one:


And another:


And another. The ceiling in this room shows an impressive commitment to wallpaper:


And the master bedroom:


The master ensuite has a quaint claw-foot tub:


A little spare lounging space:


And here’s the porch:


The view from the lake:


The history

Milford Manor resort was a popular summer destination from the 1940s through the 1970s. When it closed in the late 1980s, many of the original structures were torn down and the property was subdivided. The current owners bought this land close to 20 years ago, and completed their cottage in 2003. They preserved some remnants of the resort: the shuffleboard courts are still there, and the original honeymoon suite is now one of their bunkies:


Big selling point

No family is too big for this place. Aside from those three spare bedrooms in the main cottage, there’s also an unfinished upper level in the boathouse that could be made into yet another bedroom:


Possible deal breaker

If you like country-cozy décor, great. If you find it cloying: brace yourself, because there’s a lot of floral wallpaper to remove.

By the numbers

• $4,795,000
• 4,000 square feet
• 10 acres
• 5 bathrooms
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 boat slips
• 2 bunkies

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Sale of the Week: The $850,000 Beaches home that proves a little patience can pay off

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Published on: July 25, 2016

Address: 57 Norway Avenue

Neighbourhood: The Beaches

Agent: Rick DeClute, DeClute Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

The property: A three-bedroom Beaches home surrounded by a huge perennial garden.

The history: The seller lived here for 23 years, and during that time she devoted a huge amount of attention to landscaping. She’s selling the property so she can move into a smaller, more manageable space.

The fate: The buyers were keen on three features in particular: the garden, the private driveway, and the artist’s studio in the garage. They’re moving in with their children and plan to convert the latter into a play space.

The sale: The seller had the house on the market for 9 days at $849,000, but there were no offers. Rather than change the asking price, which can raise eyebrows among buyers, her agent advised her to remove the listing altogether. Before they could re-list the property, a buyers’ agent got in touch. During a round of negotiations, the seller insisted on her full asking price. The buyers accepted the deal on the same day the property went back on the market.

By the numbers:

  • $849,000
  • $3838.39 in taxes (2016)
  • 1600 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 parking spaces
  • 1 bathroom

The flooring on the main level is Brazilian cherry:


Here’s the dining room:


The kitchen isn’t super fancy:


There’s a very Beachy rec room:


This second-floor bedroom is being used as an office:


And there are two second-floor bedrooms. Here’s one:


And another, with some busy wallpaper:


One of the main attractions is the meticulously landscaped backyard:


It’s quite lush back here. The owner converted the house’s detached garage into an artist’s studio:


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Condo of the Week: $2.5 million for a two-level suite with a champagne-ready terrace

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Published on: July 22, 2016

Address: 20 Niagara Street, Unit 104
Neighbourhood: King West
Agent: Paul Johnston, Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $2,495,000
Previously sold for: $965,000, in 2006

The place

A two-level home with views of Victoria Memorial Park.

The main living space is completely open:


Here’s the living room, with doors to the terrace:


The kitchen is by Valcucine:


The dining area has a 22-foot ceiling. The chandelier is by Yabu Pushelberg.


And here’s the den, with a bunch of built-in shelving:


The master bedroom is on the second floor:


The master ensuite:


The walk-in closet:


The history

A couple who work in lighting design bought this 20-year-old condo just under a decade ago. Four years ago, they commissioned Hassaniplawinski Design to help them rethink the space. The redesign included new lighting (of course), new 11-inch-wide smoked oak flooring and a 1,300-bottle wine cellar:


Big selling point

The owners had a 19-foot-long concrete table poured on the terrace. It seats 12 guests and has troughs for chilling champagne:


Possible deal breaker

Unlike many King West condo towers, this building has no bar, pool or gym. But with a terrace like that, it shouldn’t be hard to make friends:


By the numbers

• $2,495,000
• 2,000 square feet
• 1,300-bottle wine cellar
• $1,115 in monthly maintenance fees
• 1,000-square-foot terrace
• 12-seat poured concrete terrace table
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 parking space
• 1 den with built-in bar, desk and media centre

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