House of the Week: $3 million for a modern Lytton Park home with three fireplaces

Address: 56 Caldow Road
Neighbourhood: Lytton Park
Agent: Robert Greenberg and Andre Kutyan, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $2,995,000
Previously sold for: $1,310,000, in 2013, prior to a total rebuild

The place

A modern new-build in Lytton Park.

The foyer sports a lovely painting of an old-timey gentleman playing keep-away with some lasses:


Here’s the living room, at the front of the house:


The dining area is continuous with the living room:


The family room is next to the kitchen. It has one of the house’s three fireplaces:


The kitchen is super sleek:


And here’s the main-floor terrace, with a view of the backyard:


There are four bedrooms on the second floor, all with ensuite bathrooms. Here’s one of them:


Another bedroom:


And another bedroom:


And the master bedroom, which has its own fireplace:


And here’s the walk-in closet:


And the master bath, with a soaker tub and a rainfall shower head:


The backyard is accessible from the lower level, via those stairs in the foreground:


The view from the rear:


The history

The sellers tore down a two-storey home and built this one in its place. The newly completed property was initially listed for $3,095,000, but, after about a month and a half on the market, the selling agent says his client decided to knock $100,000 off the asking price.

Big selling point

The ground-floor office, with herringbone oak floors, oak paneling and a built-in bookcase made out of—you guessed it—oak, is the perfect place to work on your Gordon Gekko impression (or, for the younger generation, your Wolf of Wall Street reenactments):


Possible deal breaker

Though the red cedar deck off the family room provides a great perch for watching the action in the backyard, the main walkout is on the lower level, which may cause some traffic jams when hosting, since parties always seem to end up centered around the kitchen. Luckily, the lower level rec room has its own wet bar and wine cellar, so guests can hang out down there and still be close to libations:


And here’s the wine cellar:


By the numbers

• $2,995,000
• $14,595.99 in taxes (2016)
• 6 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 3,200 square feet
• 3 fireplaces
• 3 parking spaces
• 2 kitchens
• 1 wine cellar

The Hunt

Cottage of the Week: $550,000 for an island retreat with stone walls

Address: 9350A Second Concession Road
Neighbourhood: Amherst Island
Agent: Janet Grace and Susan Henry, Royal LePage Pro Alliance Realty, Brokerage
Price: $549,000

The place

A 12-sided home on Amherst Island, with three bedrooms and one bathroom.

The stone walls are so stout they look like they’d survive a nuclear blast:


The interior of the cottage has an open floor plan, with a huge wall of windows in the living room:


Building your house around a giant central support column of stone and mortar opens up some interesting roofing possibilities:


There are three bedrooms. Here’s one of them:


And another:


And the master bedroom, which is lofted above the living room:


And the lakeshore:


The history

A local stone mason built this house over the course of seven years in the late 1970s, laying every stone himself. The sellers added a new chimney and wood stove in 2012, and they updated the bathroom and kitchen.

Big selling point

The property includes a huge amount of land: 139 acres, with 380 feet of Lake Ontario shoreline. (That translates to only about $4,000 an acre.) There’s a possibility of rental income: previous owners have rented the pasture to sheep farmers.

Possible deal breaker

The stone walls, so meticulously laid, are definitely a dominating feature of the interior aesthetic. Anyone who prefers the look of drywall may not feel comfortable here.

By The numbers

• $549,000
• $2,870 in taxes (2015)
• 380 feet of shoreline
• 139 acres
• 3 bedrooms
• 1 bathroom

Sale of the Week: The $2.8-million Riverdale home that proves buying a cottage isn’t the only way to beat the heat

Address: 98 Riverdale Avenue
Neighbourhood: North Riverdale
Agent: Dean Da Silva and Brian Ross, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage

The property

A 19th-century triplex that once belonged to an illustrious Riverdale resident.

Here’s the front porch:


The foyer:


The old-school formal dining room:


And the updated kitchen, with not one but two sinks:


The family room is next to the kitchen:


The owners’ suite continues on the second floor, where there are three bedrooms and an office:


Here’s one of those bedrooms:




The master bedroom:


The master bedroom’s walk-in closet:


And the master ensuite:


The second floor has a small balcony area:


The third floor is a self-contained apartment. This is what the living room looks like:


And there’s another apartment in the basement:


The history

The house was built in 1889 by Mallory Brothers architects for Noel Marshall, a prominent Toronto businessman. When the sellers bought the place in 1999, they recreated the original front porch from archival photos and maintained the Victorian details. The house was divided into eight different units at the time; the sellers consolidated those tiny apartments into three bigger ones, with an owner’s suite on the first two floors.

The fate

The buyers and their child move in this week, and they plan to enjoy the house as-is. When the kids are grown, though, they may do some renovating.

The sale

The house was listed for a few weeks at $3.2 million, but there were no offers. In late July, the sellers lowered their asking price to $2.95 million. The eventual buyers initially went to the open house just for fun, because they weren’t seriously looking for a new house. The large private lot, pool and hot tub won them over. They’d been thinking about buying a cottage outside the city, but they decided to scrap that idea and spend a little extra money on a place with a great yard:


By the numbers

• $2,821,000
• $11,047.98 in taxes (2016)
• 5,190 square feet
• 5 bedrooms
• 5 bathrooms
• 2 parking spaces

The Hunt

Condo of the Week: $900,000 for a live-work loft with a celebrity-filled past

Address: 245 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 410
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Agent: Stephanie Nause, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage
Price: $899,999
Previously sold for: $423,168, in 2009

The place

It’s the type of artist’s loft you see in films, with beautifully beat-up concrete floors, 14-foot ceilings and industrial-sized windows. There are three bedrooms: one hidden behind a garage door and two tucked behind the kitchen.

The place sort of redefines “open concept”:


The seller’s knick-knack collection is incredible:


There are two smaller bedrooms with lofted sleeping areas. Here’s one of them:


And the other:


Between the two bedrooms, there’s a dressing room with some interesting wallpaper:


The master bedroom is off the main living area:


There’s an office area on the upper level that looks like it could serve as a makeshift DJ booth:


The history

Ingrid Johansson, a model turned photographer/director/producer who goes by the moniker Miz Monday, bought this live-work loft in a former chewing gum factory in 2009. She has photographed celebrities like Leslie Feist and Kit Harrington in here. She has also rented it out for wrap parties and TIFF junket interviews with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

Big selling point

There aren’t a lot of true live-work buildings in Toronto. This loft has a huge open space that can accommodate a crew, but also some closed rooms that allow for separation between professional duties and life.

Possible deal breaker

There’s only one bathroom. Although there’s space to add a second, it would require approval from the building’s condo board.


By the numbers

• $899,999
• 1,631 square feet
• $842 in monthly maintenance fees
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 loft beds
• 1 bathroom
• 1 parking space
• 1 den (on the second floor)
• 1 walk-in closet