Condo of the Week: $649,900 for a Leslieville townhome with a roof deck and massive windows

Address: 65 Colgate Ave., Unit 2
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Agent: Justin Aykler, Aykler Real Estate Inc.
Price: $649,900

The place

A town-home with roof deck, curb appeal and a great location. It’s just around the corner from Ed’s Real Scoop, Mercury Espresso Bar and Machine Age Modern.

The living room area is small and cozy:


An open-concept layout reveals the kitchen, with stainless-steel appliances and a bright backsplash:


The kitchen countertops are quartz:


The history

The condo is one of nine town-homes built in 2013 on a former industrial lot by George Popper, an architect who specializes in infill projects.

The master bedroom, on the second floor, is currently being used as a nursery. It connects to a four-piece ensuite bathroom:


Here’s the upstairs bedroom:


It has a smaller ensuite bathroom, without a bathtub:


The deck faces east, and has a gas BBQ hookup.


Big selling point

The first two floors have 75-square-foot windows that let light pour in:


It’s pretty private too, thanks to a tall fence just across from the front door.

Possible deal breaker

The second bedroom on the top floor is open to below which reduces privacy. However, the agent says it could theoretically be closed off and points out that parents with small children actually prefer it that way.

By the numbers:

• $649,900
• $254 in monthly maintenance fees
• 1,070 square feet indoors
• 159 square feet on roof deck
• 2 bedrooms
• 1 parking space
• 1 storage locker
• 2 bathrooms
• 2 huge windows
• 9- to 10-foot ceiling heights

CENTURY 21 Excel new owners offer combined 32 years of award-winning expertise

MONTREAL, QC – Francesco and Cathy Mercurio are celebrating their retirement after 38 years in real estate. Their well-known Montreal real estate brokerage, CENTURY 21 Excel, is being passed to team members Mike Trotta and Giuseppe (Joe) Diodati, award-winning REALTORS® who offer a combined 32 years of market knowledge.

“Customers benefit from our long experience in the real estate field, personalized service, professionalism and, most of all, integrity. We believe satisfied customers are our best advertising,” said Diodati, owner, CENTURY 21 Excel. “I’m truly grateful to the Mercurio’s for everything they’ve done for us throughout our careers at Excel.”

The contemporary, freshly decorated office will continue to provide Montreal home buyers, sellers, and investors the exceptional service the team is known for. 

 “We give clients an unbeatable combination: CENTURY 21’s global support, recognition and trust, and our local expertise in negotiation and constant commitment to our clients,” said Trotta, owner, CENTURY 21 Excel. “Happy retirement to Francesco and Cathy, we truly consider you family. All the best!”

CENTURY 21 Excel is dedicated to their community, supporting local families living with disabilities through Easter Seals Kids to Camp. The program provides fully accessible summer camp experiences to children in Quebec. Trotta is also involved with the RDP Youth Hockey Federation (Fédération de l’est de Montréal), as a sponsor for over ten years.

Drop by the office at 7956 Maurice-Duplessis in Montreal. The modernized, new location will continue to provide residential, commercial, recreational, and development real estate services. Visit the CENTURY 21 Excel company website to experience the C21® difference.

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How a stager transformed a knick-knack-filled Beaches home into a $1.2 million stunner

40 Nursewood

Address: 40 Nursewood Road
Listed for: $1,189,000
Sold for: $1,210,800

The property

The sellers of this four-bedroom home in the Beaches liked to travel to Southeast Asia, and they always returned from their trips with new artwork and souvenirs. By the time stager Red Barrinuevo arrived at the property to ready it for sale, the house was jam-packed with all kinds of knick-knacks and curiosities. He knew he needed to eliminate the clutter. “As homeowners, they see these items as precious memorabilia,” he said. “But when you’re selling, you have to wear the buyer’s hat and show off the space.”

The stager

Barrinuevo was working as an investment banker and doing staging on the side, until one of his projects won a Best Redesign award from Canadian Home Trends magazine in 2013. The exposure brought an influx of new clients and allowed him to start staging full-time. Today, he has five assistants and a warehouse of furniture in Scarborough.

The strategy

Barrinuevo uses what he calls a transitional style, which mixes traditional and modern aesthetics. “If you go too modern in homes, buyers aren’t crazy about it. But if you stay in the middle, that’s the sweet spot,” he says. To achieve this effect, he removed all the sellers’ accessories, refinished the floors, and, most importantly, repainted the whole interior in an off-white hue. “Each room was a different colour,” he said. “That chops up the house and makes it look smaller.”

The living room had a nice fireplace, but it was barely noticeable beneath the clutter. Barrinuevo removed the sellers’ bric-a-brac and matched a new set of accent chairs to the fireplace. He avoided putting art on the walls, in order to make the room look bigger. “But we went crazy with the rug,” he says. “It serves as the artwork in that space.”


This was one of the few rooms Barrinuevo couldn’t paint, because the white kitchen cabinets were too close to the off-white used in the rest of the house. The yellow tablecloth was too colourful and had to go. “They had so much stuff going on there. We removed unnecessary pieces to make it look bigger,” he said.


In the dining room, Barrinuevo removed the drapes and extra furniture, because they made the room look, in his words, “tired and old.” He kept the table, chairs and light fixture, and put a rug underneath the table for contrast. “Without something in between, it’s not going to look nice at all,” he explains.


Right away, Barrinuevo knew he needed to fix the layout in the master bedroom. “When you enter, you want to see the bed first, but in this room, the first thing you saw was the TV,” he said. Barrinuevo brought in a less obtrusive bed from a furniture rental company. The only piece of the sellers’ furniture he kept was an ottoman, which matched the wallpaper.


The sellers were using this bathroom as a space for their two dogs, so there was a lot of hair to clean up. Barrinuevo removed the wall-mounted cabinets to give it a cleaner look.


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

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