Sale of the Week: the $1-million Moss Park home that shows what a little restoration is worth

(Image: Thea Menagh)

Address: 237 Seaton Street

Neighbourhood: Moss Park

Agent: Michael O’Brien, Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

The property: This 130-year-old Victorian still has its original wide-plank pine flooring, a glass vestibule at the entrance, restored stained-glass windows and old-style fixtures in the bathrooms.

The history: The sellers, a couple, bought the home in 2004 and decided to maintain its historical features. They brought in a 1920s kitchen—cupboards and all—and renovated the bathrooms to look as though they were designed when the home was originally built.

The fate: Another couple, with plans to start a family, purchased the home. Like the sellers, they have a soft spot for older homes. In fact, they recently sold a restored duplex in the Annex.

The sale: The agent held two open houses over a weekend. The house’s rare antique interior attracted about 150 visitors each day. There were nine offers, and the sellers accepted the highest, without conditions. The home was on the market for a little over a week.

By the numbers:

  • $999,990
  • $4,454.12 in property taxes (2015)
  • 130 years old
  • 118 per cent of list price
  • 9 days on the market
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2 parking spaces
(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

The house’s stained glass is restored.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

The living room has more stained glass, an antique light fixture and an ornate fireplace.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

Next to the living room is a formal dining room, though there was no dining table in there when this photo was taken.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

The kitchen reflects all the hottest design trends of 1920: non-coal-fired range, running water, electric lights.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

Attached to the kitchen is this small breakfast area.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

Most of the house has antique wide-plank pine flooring.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

There are three bedrooms on the second floor, and also this den.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

Here’s one of the bedrooms.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

The second-floor bathroom has a claw-foot tub and antique-style tiles to match.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

The master bedroom has more stained glass. It doesn’t have an en suite bathroom.

(Image: Thea Menagh)
(Image: Thea Menagh)

And here’s the backyard.

Condo of the Week: $2.3 million for a four-storey townhome in Hoggs Hollow

Address: 49 York Mills Road, Unit 502
Neighbourhood: Hoggs Hollow
Agent: Hannah Slan, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $2,250,000

The place: One of the largest units in an upscale townhome development, it has direct access to two underground parking spaces and a private back patio.

The history: The unit was spiffed up as a model suite about a decade ago, and the husband and wife who bought it in 2011 upgraded it even more. They added Bellini kitchen cabinets, put Caesarstone counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, and replaced the dark hardwood on the main level with modern white oak.

Big selling point: The master suite on the second level is not only luxurious: at 1,135 square feet, it’s larger than most condos. There’s a wide walk-in closet, a small laundry room and a huge bathroom with heated floors, towel racks and a spacious jet tub.

Possible deal breaker: The condo has four floors and, accordingly, plenty of stairs—which would be a bigger deal if it didn’t also have a private elevator.

By the numbers:

• $2,250,000
• 4,200 square feet
• $755 in monthly maintenance fees
• 500-square-foot terrace (approximately)
• 9- and 10-foot ceilings
• 5 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 parking spaces
• 1 basement recreation room (currently an office)
• 1 wine cellar
• 1 private elevator

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-1The front door leads to a joined living and dining room with a fireplace on the left wall and the stairwell on the right.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-3Not to be mistaken for the city’s snazziest dumbwaiter, the private elevator is located right next to the kitchen.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-4There’s plenty of counter and shelf space in the kitchen, which has two sinks and a hanging storage unit above the island.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-5There’s a smaller table and den next to the kitchen for more informal meals and relaxing.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-6Apart from the stairwell hallway, which gets lots of natural light from a skylight, the entire second floor is occupied by the master suite.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-7The 345-square-foot bedroom is at the back of the unit and connects to a spacious walk-in closet, laundry room and bathroom via a thin, open corridor.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-8The ensuite has a separate toilet room, a double sink and a heated towel rack.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-10The second bedroom, on the third floor, also looks out to the backyard and has an ensuite and walk-in closet.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-9The third bedroom has the same features but is slightly smaller and looks out to the front terrace. No word on whether the out-of-order alphabet’s included in the asking price.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-11The second and third bedrooms’ ensuites are nearly identical and have both a shower and tub.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-12The basement connects to the underground parking spaces and features a larger laundry room, another bathroom and a wine cellar.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-13The owners used the downstairs recreation room as a study.

Toronto-condo-for-sale-49-York-Mills-15There’s a nice mix of green space and paver patio in the private backyard.

A look inside the highest penthouse in Toronto

More swanky penthouses

At somewhere around 273 metres above street level, the four penthouses on the 79th floor of the Aura tower, at Yonge and Gerrard, are the highest residential addresses in Toronto (at least, until someone builds a taller tower). Last week, developer Canderel invited the press for a tour of one of the $3.5-million, two-bedroom sky mansions: a model suite kitted out with furniture and finishings selected to appeal to wealthy buyers who want the elegance of stone and wood with some of the sleek sophistication that comes with an address in the clouds—and who don’t mind feeling their eardrums pop every time they ride the elevator. Here, a close-up look at the interior.

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CENTURY 21 Canada adds recognized industry innovator as Chief Technology Officer

Jack Miller appointed chief technology officer at CENTURY 21 Canada.


“It’s simple, agents that give customers what they want online will win,” Jack Miller said to hundreds of CENTURY 21 Canada™ members at the organization’s annual conference last month. Miller was recently appointed chief technology officer of the organization, adding powerful knowledge from the real estate tech industry to the executive team’s strategic future plans.  

“Not only has gone mobile, there are things that Canadian consumers have yet to even experience. It’s an exciting opportunity to work with a massive, international brand that’s not just open, but excited about innovation,” said Miller, chief technology officer, CENTURY 21 Canada.

Formerly, Miller was chief technology officer of a nationally recognized brokerage that Apple used as a case study for mobile technology in real estate and that won Inman’s “Most Innovative Brokerage” award.

Miller is concurrently president of the Swanepoel T3 Group and Chief Executive Officer of T3 Experts digital consultancy. He is responsible for directing and coordinating all technology projects and consulting within the group and is a major contributor to the Digital Agent, T3 Fellows, and T3 Tech Guide initiatives for T3.

“The importance of providing industry-leading technology with a view to the future in the real estate industry cannot be overstated. We consulted directly with our franchises, formed REALTOR® panels, and have added Jack’s expertise to pave the smartest path forward,” said Martin Charlwood, vice chairman and CEO, CENTURY 21 Canada. “We welcome Jack to our forward-thinking team and can’t wait to unveil never before seen initiatives that will enable our offices to lead in their markets.”

Miller previously developed and led a 10-person technology consulting team consisting of software developers, web designers, and database administrators who developed the enterprise system that supported the growth of the Keller Williams organization in the U.S. from 10,000 REALTORS® to 60,000.

Miller holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas.

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