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House in Hillcrest Village goes for $405,000 over asking Add to ...


ASKING PRICE $1,675,000

SELLING PRICE $2,080,000


TAXES $10,288 (2013)


LISTING AGENT Lisa Munro, Bosley Real Estate Ltd.

The Action: Houses in Hillcrest Village come up for sale only a few times a year, so the appearance of this renovated, three-storey house on the market in March caught people’s attention.

About 70 buyers booked private showings and a large crowd dropped by the open house. The sellers were faced with 10 offers and selected one $405,000 over the asking price.

What They Got: In 2004, this classic, side centre-hall residence on a 40-by-186-foot lot was modernized on the main and second floors by Doron Meinhard of Hariri Pontarini Architects, and updated with new roofing, wiring and plumbing throughout.

A two-oven AGA cooker lies at the heart of the redesigned kitchen with a custom walnut island, slate counters, Spanish cedar ceiling, radiant stone heated floors, a mudroom, third bathroom and sliding glass wall to a 300-square-foot patio with a custom outdoor fireplace, speakers and bench made from old garage beams.

The third floor of the 2,946-square-foot house was transformed into a master suite with exposed beams, bamboo floors, a freestanding copper-clad tub and separate bathroom.

Components fashioned in the 1920s include stained glass windows, oak wainscotting in the dining room and wood-burning fireplaces in the living room and second-floor family room amidst three bedrooms.

There is storage by the lower-level recreation room and outdoor shelter provided by a shed and carport.

The Agent’s Take: “In that pocket, there is not a lot of turnover,” agent Lisa Munro said. “It’s a very established, family-friendly area where people put their kids in school and don’t move.”

This house’s size was typical, but its style was another story.

“You don’t typically get that modernist California look within that pocket, but at the same time, [the sellers] put in a lot of traditional things as well like all the wood. So it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind house,” Ms. Munro said. “[Plus, the lot] depth was very unique because it’s almost 200 feet.”

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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