Condo of the Week: $1.3 million for half of a Summerhill mansion

Address: 67 Alvin Avenue
Neighbourhood: Summerhill
Agent: Hannah Slan, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $1,299,000

The place: The top two levels of a Georgian-style mansion on a quiet street near Yonge and St. Clair.

The history: This 6,500-square-foot home was built in 1925 and later divided into two condos, each with two storeys, in 1984.

Big selling point: The condo has the curb appeal and space of a typical Summerhill single family home, but without the need to maintain a lawn or the $2-million asking price.

Possible deal breaker: Parts of the kitchen date back to the 1980s, and it shows. The layout and size are enviable, though, so it’s nothing a few tiles and new cupboards couldn’t fix.

By the numbers:

• $1,299,000
• $7,880 in taxes (2015)
• 2,955 square feet inside
• $450 in monthly maintenance fees
• 8-foot ceilings (approximately)
• 3 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 parking spaces
• 2 terraces
• 2 wood-burning fireplaces
• 1 jet tub with skylight above

The family room has parquet flooring.

The living and dining areas are combined.

The living room has a fireplace with an amazingly ’80s marble surround.

And here’s a better look at the dining area. The French doors lead to a terrace.

Parts of the kitchen date back to the ’80s. The cabinets are made of oak.

There’s a den at the back of the unit, with another fireplace.

Also on the main floor: this bedroom.

And here’s the main-floor bathroom. It has marble walls and flooring.

There are two more bedrooms on the second floor. Here’s one of them.

And here’s the master bedroom. The door in the background leads to a terrace.

The master en suite, like much of the rest of the house, is decked out in marble. It has a jet tub and a bidet.

The master bedroom’s terrace.

House of the Week: $3 million for a modern retreat in Birchcliff

Address: 6 Fallingbrook Woods
Neighbourhood: Birchcliff
Agent: Mark Richards, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $2,989,000

The place: A recently built three-bedroom with a modern, geometric aesthetic.

The history: The owners are an architect and a professional builder who jumped at the chance to have their way with a ravine lot. They worked within the area’s environmental protections to create an open interior that showcases the house’s unique surroundings.

Big selling point: This place is perched atop a hill, surrounded by greenery, and near Lake Ontario, making it feel like a retreat from city life. And yet, it’s just a short commute away from all the amenities of downtown.

Possible deal breaker: Some may find the interior a little stark—especially the ultra-white kitchen. But with so many upgrades (custom cabinetry, Thermador appliances, Corian countertops), the buyer will probably feel at home soon enough.

By the Numbers:

• $2,989,000
• $11,536.62 in taxes (2015)
• 210-degree view from the terrace
• 6 parking spaces
• 5 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms


The house has an open interior with a prominent central staircase, made of walnut and glass.


The living and dining areas are separated by a two-sided fireplace.


There’s a terrace beside the living area.


Judging by those dumpsters across the street, this house isn’t the only one on the block that has had some work done recently.


The kitchen is by Scavolini.


There are three bedrooms on the second floor, each with its own en suite bathroom. Here’s one of them.


And another bedroom.


The master bedroom has a wall-mounted fireplace and a private terrace, socked in by trees.


The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom has heated stone tile floors.


The view from the rear. The house is on top of a hill.

Sale of the Week: the $1.35-million home that proves buyers will jump on investment properties

Address: 307 Mutual Street

Neighbourhood: Church-Wellesley Village

Agent: Donald Nadeau, HomeLife/Realty One Ltd., Brokerage

The property: This three-storey semi comprises two rental units, along with an owner’s suite. Inside, old architectural details, like wooden beams and exposed brick, coexist with a modern chef’s kitchen and completely upgraded bathrooms.

The history: Built in 1893, the house is one of only a few old Victorians in the area that haven’t been torn down. The previous owners, a couple in their 30s, moved into the home in 2007 and gutted it, renovating the owner’s suite into a loft-style space and updating the second and third floors to appeal to higher-income renters.

The fate: The new owners, a couple, plan to live in the owner’s suite. They’ll rent out the other two units to help with their mortgage and expenses. (Each unit tends to rent for around $1,700 per month.)

The sale: A week after the open house, there were three offers, all of them close to asking price. The sellers chose the offer that seemed safest: the buyer had a bank draft ready to go and was willing to negotiate the closing date.

By the numbers:

  • $1,350,000
  • $4,974 in property taxes (2015)
  • 122 years old
  • 100 per cent of list price
  • 7 days on the market
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 rental units
  • 0 parking spaces

The owner’s suite takes up the entire main floor. This storage unit/desk nook makes good use of the foyer.

This wood beam is original to the house.

Just put a little San Pellegrino on the counter and: voila!

The dining area is on the small side, but a round table makes it seem bigger.

There’s also a basement rec room—the perfect place for your walking stick collection.

The basement bathroom.

The owner’s bedroom is on the second floor.

It has an en suite bathroom.

The first of the house’s two rental units occupies the other half of the second floor. It has a pretty sweet little kitchen, but no dining area to speak of.

Cool coffee table.

And the apartment’s bathroom.

The bedroom has a sliding door that leads to a small patio.

The patio.

The other apartment has the third floor to itself.

An Ikea Karlstad two-seater fits neatly into the living area.

The bathroom.

Nice video game collection.

And the apartment has its own little rooftop patio.

The view from the rear.

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