47 QUEEN MARY’S DR., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $1,575,000
SELLING PRICE $1,550,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $811,500 (2006)
TAXES $6,131 (2012)
DAYS ON THE MARKET 43
LISTING AGENT Paul Johnston, Right at Home Realty Inc.
The Action: Staging was unnecessary for this stylish residence in the Kingsway, which brought in over 60 buyers for private showings and several realtors for an agents-only open house.
What They Got: Since 2009, this 70-year-old, centre-hall residence was slowly made over with new cedar roofing, windows and Indiana limestone facade outside, plus a cobblestone driveway, formal gardens and backyard with an outdoor fireplace and a terrace built around a mature tree on the 83-by-82-foot land.
Highlights include a custom floating staircase with a kiln glass wall, radiant heated floors in the two bathrooms and open dining area and Valcucine kitchen with quartzite counters and Gaggenau, Sub-Zero and Dacor appliances.
Sleek wood-burning fireplaces, hardwood floors and pot lights add personality to the main floor living room and lower level family room.
Automated conveniences include a sound system and updated mechanics.
The Agent’s Take: “The owner is an architect and designer who really applied all of her talents and passions to this house and rehabilitated and rebuilt it with an outstanding attention to custom details,” says agent Paul Johnston.
“Most homes at this price point are two or three times the size – this house is roughly 2,000 square feet including the lower level – but it was a question of style rather than scope of the house.”
Hard labour also went into improving the grounds. “A spectacular, sprawling outdoor terrace constructed of Douglas fir really had a remarkable scope to it and had a beautiful dining area underneath a pergola and a gorgeous living space with an outdoor gas fireplace,” Mr. Johnston explains.
“It’s unusual for someone to invest both in the design qualities and material qualities in a backyard, so this was pretty extraordinary.”