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Beaches gut reno sells after a month on the market Add to ...


ASKING PRICE $2,295,000

SELLING PRICE $2,295,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $1,475,000 (2002)

TAXES $13,041 (2012)


LISTING AGENTS Sandra Pate and Lina Risi, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Johnston and Daniel Division

The Action: Just steps from the sand and surf of Lake Ontario, this contemporary, three-storey structure enticed over a dozen buyers who booked private showings at summer’s end.

Since the layout and lot size was less conducive for families who often canvas the neighbourhood for vacancies, it took a month of exposure before competing bids materialized.

What They Got: On a 50-by-60-foot corner lot across from Balmy Beach Club and Balmy Beach Park, this century-old brick Victorian was personalized by the seller after an extensive remodel and expansion project by award-winning architect Ian MacDonald, who also designed the Boulevard Club.

Nearly every room has a walkout to outdoor space overlooking the lake, such as the fireside parlour off the foyer, an adjacent living and dining area and a galley kitchen with a pantry, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances.

A floating staircase connects the upper levels where there is a second-floor office and two bedrooms, all with access to a wraparound deck, and a third-floor bedroom and open study with a rear terrace.

The smallest of four bathrooms and a guest bedroom are located in the basement, which has a walkout to a double carport and heated driveway.

The Agent’s Take: “It was a complete gut reno and it’s a unique combination of modern with a bit of a traditional shell,” says agent Sandra Pate. “It has Ian MacDonald’s stamp on it. It’s very unique the way he’s done the layout and the fittings and fixtures are a little different from what they’re doing today in modern houses.”

Not even practical components were overlooked. “The lower level has a wonderful wine cellar, tons of storage and two heating systems: a forced air system and a hot water system for radiant floor heating,” Ms. Pate states.

“There’s a good sized bedroom there, which has a big window with a lake view from the lower level, a laundry room, powder room and an audio system throughout.”

Editor's Note: Done Deals contain information gathered from real estate agents, home buyers, home sellers and sale prices that are publicly available from government sources. While we try to publish Done Deals as soon as possible after the transaction has occurred, long closings can cause delays.

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