House of the Week: $2.9 million for a Victorian mansion in the Annex

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Published on: October 3, 2015

Address: 55 Walmer Road
Neighbourhood: The Annex
Agent: Carol Teichman and Rob Yale, Re/Max Realtron Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $2,850,000

The Place: A seven-bedroom, three-bathroom Victorian mansion with another three bedrooms in a separate basement apartment.

The History: Built in 1897 and converted into a rooming house in 1960, the home was listed on the city’s heritage inventory in 1974 and turned back into a single family home over the course of two years in the early 2000s.

Big Selling Point: The four stained-glass windows, original to the house, are by Robert McCausland Limited, which claims to be the oldest stained-glass company in the Western Hemisphere. And there are other historic touches, like the winding oak staircase in the foyer.

Possible Deal Breaker: Seven bedrooms would be great if the homeowners’ names happened to be Mike and Carol Brady. For a lot of families, though, it will probably mean a lot of spare and unused space.

By the Numbers:

• $2,850,000
• $11,406.06 (2015 taxes)
• 3,920 square feet
• 1,500-square-foot basement apartment
• 7 bedrooms (plus 3 in the basement)
• 4 original stained glass windows
• 4 gas fireplaces
• 3 bathrooms (plus 1 in the basement)
• 2-car garage (plus 2-car parking in the driveway)

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The house’s centrepiece is this ornate stained-oak staircase.

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There’s a small powder room off the foyer.

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The living room’s bay window is big enough to envelop a piano.

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And there’s a formal dining room, naturally, complete with ceiling medallion. The fireplace runs on gas.

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The kitchen has a small breakfast area.

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Everything in here is recently renovated. The appliances are KitchenAid and the countertops are quartz.

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Toward the back of the house there’s a smaller, less impressive staircase.

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The second floor has this office. There’s another gas fireplace in here, and the bookcases are built in.

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There are also three bedrooms on the second floor. This is one of them.

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Another bedroom, with yet another gas fireplace.

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Another bedroom. This warren of rooms was once split up into separate apartments, but the house was turned back into a single-family home about 15 years ago.

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The second-floor bathroom.

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The stained glass, by Robert McCausland Ltd., is original to the house.

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There’s a family room on the third floor, and also three more bedrooms.

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This bedroom has ladder access to the attic, which is super exciting.

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Another third-floor bedroom.

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And the master bedroom. The bay window is amazing, but the buyers are probably going to have to do something about that carpet.

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The third-floor bathroom.

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The house has a two-car garage, but it doesn’t have much in the way of a backyard.

Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/houses/toronto-house-for-sale-55-walmer-road/

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