Condo of the Week: $1.4 million for a Trinity Bellwoods townhouse with a glass-bottomed bedroom

Address: 62 Claremont Street, Townhouse 6
Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods
Agent: Franco Dinatale, Right at Home Realty Brokerage Inc.
Price: $1,389,000
Previously sold for: $1,000,000, in 2012

The place

A townhouse near Trinity Bellwoods Park with big windows that let light bounce around all three floors. It has three bedrooms, an attached garage and a rooftop deck.

The entrance:

The living and dining area has a giant skylight:

Here’s the kitchen:

The spare bedroom:

Here’s the cool thing about that skylight: it’s embedded in the floor of the master bedroom. The CN Tower charges tourists $36 to stand on a transparent floor. The owner of this place can do it whenever they want:

The master bathroom:

Speaking of the CN Tower:

And there’s another bedroom on the lower level:

The history

The building was originally a 1930s banquet hall, but it was converted into condos in 1999. This unit’s owner is an entrepreneur who is now semi-retired and planning to spend more time at his properties in cottage country and the Caribbean.

Big selling point

It’s hard to find a decent house near this prized section of Queen West for under $2 million. This condo townhouse may be a more affordable alternative to a typical semi.

Possible deal breaker

Like a lot of townhouses, this place has an overabundance of stairs, making it less than ideal for anyone with bad knees. But anyone who can manage the climb might appreciate the exercise.

By the numbers

• $1,389,000
• 2,020 square feet
• 800-square-foot rooftop terrace (approx.)
• $717 in monthly maintenance fees
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 den
• 1 parking space in private garage

Who lives where at the Four Seasons Hotel Residences

Toronto condo dwellers have no shortage of buildings to choose from. But, for the city’s wealthiest Internet moguls, old-money heirs and crazy-rich execs, few are as alluring as Yorkville’s Four Seasons, a sleek two-tower complex with sprawling suites, private elevators and an on-site brasserie run by Daniel Boulud. Here, a peek inside one of the city’s priciest condos—and what some residents paid to get in.

The penthouse

The entire 55th floor is one 9,000-square-foot penthouse—the most expensive condo ever sold in Canada. It’s also currently a bargaining chip in a high-stakes divorce between its owners: online advertising tycoon Robert Oesterlund and his estranged wife, Sarah Pursglove, who furnished it with gold-leaf ceilings and a $12,000 taxidermied lion.

Floor 52

Israeli-Canadian bajillionaire and PokerStars co-founder Isai Scheinberg shares a 3,500-square-foot suite with his wife, Dora.

Floor 50

Philanthropist Sheldon Inwentash, the namesake of U of T’s faculty of social work, owns a suite with his wife, Lynn Factor. They hired luxe designer Brian Gluckstein to outfit the 4,500-square-foot space.

Floor 48

Rogers CFO Anthony Staffieri owns a 3,500-square-foot unit with two balconies.

Floor 47

Paul Godfrey bought this 3,500-square-foot unit in April 2013.

Floor 46

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has a scenic view of the Rosedale Ravine from his 2,600-square-foot suite.

Floor 45

Luxury realtor Elise Kalles snapped up a posh suite for herself: a 3,500-square-foot space.

Floor 39

Department store heir John Craig Eaton II owns a unit a bit lower down.

Floor 36

Harold Niman—big-ticket divorce lawyer (see Sarah Pursglove)—has a suite.

Floor 34

Big-shot Angolan banker Álvaro Sobrinho has a 2,500-square-foot place. He tried to sell it for $4.1 million in September, but there were no takers.

Floor 25

Film studio overlord Paul Bronfman purchased a $3.83-million suite in September 2013, bought the unit next door a few months later, then got a permit to combine them into a superunit.

Photographs: Godfrey by Erin Leydon; Kalles, Babcock and Bronfman by Getty Images

How a stager refreshed a North York home’s interior without ever picking up a paintbrush

Address: 79 Hove Street
Listed for: $1,395,000
Sold for: $1,950,700

The property

Hove Street is located in a suburban North York neighbourhood with a lot of empty-nesters, but some of them are starting to make way for young families. The sellers of this property, who fall into the former category, hired a stager to modernize their three-bedroom house, where the furnishings included several antique pieces passed down from their parents.

The stager

Red Barrinuevo got into staging professionally in 2011, after stints as an investment banker and a pharmaceutical sales rep. His company, Redesign4More, is based in the Church-Wellesley Village.

The strategy

Barrinuevo wanted to freshen up the interior by bringing in brighter, trendier, and less bulky furniture to replace the owners’ heavy, dark Tudor-style pieces. By adding reflective tables and removing drapes, he hoped to introduce some natural light.

The sellers didn’t want to repaint the interior. The yellow-mustard wall colour in the living room “was not ideal,” Barrineuvo says, but he made it work with similarly coloured cushions and table centrepieces. He left the drapes up in this room to cover excess wiring.

“There was way too much going on in here,” Barrinuevo says. The dining room was being used both for entertaining and as a home office. The owners had even squeezed in a piano. Barrinuevo removed everything but the dining room table and chandelier. He added sleek, trendy chairs and a glass console table.

This room’s built-in shelving was an eyesore, so Barrineuvo did his best to shift the focus to the bed. He wasn’t crazy about the colour, though, so he added a headboard and some blue sheets and pillows. The circular mirrors with leather straps match the antler painting in the corner, giving the room a distinctive look.

In this bedroom, adding two small beds instead of a single larger one highlighted the fact that the house could, in theory, suit a family of five. Barrinuevo moved the owners’ living-room bookshelf in here to provide some visual separation.

House of the Week: $1.3 million for a Leslieville semi with four different patios

Address: 34 Prust Avenue
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Agent: Audrey Azad, Re/Max Hallmark Audrey Azad Group Realty Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $1,289,000
Previously sold for: $805,000 in 2016

The place

A freshly renovated semi with floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of exposed brick.

The history

A general contractor bought this place less than a year ago and renovated every inch.Sandy Wexler film trailer

Here’s the living room:

The dining area, with its exposed brick wall and fancy floating staircase:

And the kitchen:

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

And the other:

The master bedroom is on the third floor:

It has an ensuite bathroom:

And a private rooftop patio:

Big selling point

The home has four patios: one off the master bedroom, one off the kitchen, one at the front of the house and another at the rear, off the lower level.

The buyer may need more than one barbecue.

Possible deal breaker

The kitchenette on the lower level is too small for any serious food prep, but with some minor additions (a fridge and stove, a little more counter space) it could become the basis of a basement apartment or in-law suite:

By the numbers

• $1,289,000
• $5,366.86 in taxes (2016)
• 19.83-by-118.67 foot lot
• 4 bathrooms
• 4 patios
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 parking spots
• 1 office

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