House of the Week: $4.9 million for a hidden laneway mansion near Yonge and Eglinton

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Published on: October 14, 2015

Address: 7 Sherwood Lane
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Agent: James Martin Molloy, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
Price: $4,895,000

The place: An unusual home hidden in a laneway near Yonge and Eglinton.

The history: This place was a dry cleaning warehouse until the late 1980s, when Toronto designer and builder Joe Brennan converted it into a home. (He went on to work with tony clientele like the Rogerses, the Eatons, and Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman.) Its current owner is Greg MacNeil, a former president of St. Joseph Media, Toronto Life’s parent company.

Big selling point: The sumptuous wood-lined library—with Greek columns, arches above the two massive windows, and a fireplace—seems purpose-built for winter. Come warmer weather, the second-floor deck will be an excellent place to while away summer afternoons.

Possible deal breaker: The exterior, which still has some warehouse elements (note the faded logo on the red brick wall), belies the grand interior. That’s good for owners who want to keep a low profile, but anyone looking for curb appeal may want to keep looking.

By the numbers:

• $4,895,000
• $14,064.65 (2015 taxes)
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 2 parking spaces
• 2 fireplaces
• 1 interesting backstory

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This colonnade is what visitors see when they walk in.

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There’s a powder room off to the side.

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The kitchen is recently updated, with new appliances.

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The library has floor-to-ceiling panelling and a built-in projector.

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The dining room is combined with the living areas.

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Here’s the living room.

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Here’s the family room.

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And here’s how the whole first floor fits together. Note that giant, round skylight. Later, we’ll see what it looks like from above.

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There are three bedrooms on the upper floors of the house.

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This bedroom is above the garage, between the first and second floors. Those round windows are just begging for some kind of boat-themed decoration, but the owners have apparently restrained themselves.

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This is the smaller of the two second-floor bedrooms. It and the rest of this level of the house got new flooring in 2014.

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It has its own en suite bathroom.

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And here’s the master bedroom.

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It has a big walk-in closet.

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And an even bigger en suite bathroom.

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There’s also a rooftop deck with lots of space for entertaining. That domelike thing is the big, round skylight over the family room. This house has a lot of skylights.

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There’s another bedroom in the basement, currently occupied by some kind of as-seen-on-TV exercise equipment.

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The house is in a laneway, so it doesn’t have a lot of yard space—but what space it does have is thoroughly landscaped.

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The building used to be a dry cleaning warehouse. From certain angles, it still looks like one.

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/houses/toronto-house-for-sale-7-sherwood-lane/

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