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Condo of the Week: $1.2 million for a four-level unit with a strategically located hot tub

Address: 59 Elm Grove Avenue, Unit 2
Neighbourhood: South Parkdale
Agent: Jerome LaPorte, Sutton Group Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $1,175,000

The place: A smart, south-facing semi that looks like an old Parkdale home but is actually part of a new development.

The history: The developer bought two plots of land and built six condos, two in this red brick semi that blends in with the street and four modern townhomes hidden behind. A couple moved here in 2011 and gussied the place up for entertaining. They added a wet bar to the lower-level rec room, built a pergola on the main-floor terrace and hired a crane to plunk a Beachcomber hot tub on the upper terrace off the master bedroom.

Big selling point: One of the sellers works in IT and was determined to make his pad high-tech. Not only did he outfit the house with internet cabling to reduce the need for unreliable Wi-Fi, he also put in a Nest alarm system, which allows the owner to use his or her smartphone to see who’s standing on the front step. And there’s a Neurio, which tracks how much energy is being used by various appliances.

Possible deal breaker: The attached garage has room for only one vehicle, so two-car couples may need to stock up on ice scrapers and crank the car alarm.

By the numbers:

• $1,175,000
• 2,050 square feet of indoor space, including the lower level
• 275 square feet of outdoor space
• $140 in monthly maintenance fees
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 terraces
• 1 hot tub
• 1 wet bar
• 1 walk-in closet
• 1 parking space in an attached private garage

The front door opens into the living area.

The unit is fairly narrow, but there’s plenty of space for a dining table.

There are quartz countertops in the kitchen.

The second floor has two of the unit’s three bedrooms.

This bedroom has been turned into a home office, with shiny, shiny chairs.

The other second-floor bedroom is just a bedroom.

The two bedrooms share this bathroom.

The second floor terrace is set up like cabana, with a canvas roof covering to keep off the elements. (Plus, bottle service is free.)

The master bedroom is on the third floor.

There’s a walk-in closet.

Here’s the en suite bathroom.

And, here, on the master bedroom’s private terrace, is the hot tub, which the agent says the sellers hoisted up here with a crane.

The wet bar on the lower level has quartz countertops to match the kitchen upstairs.

Next to the wet bar is a little rec area.

And the unit comes with one parking space in an attached private garage.