House of the Week: $4.5 million for a Parisian-inspired townhome in the heart of the Annex
ADDRESS: 138 Bedford Road
NEIGHBOURHOOD: The Annex
AGENT: Barry Smith, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
THE PLACE: Bringing a little of the 8th Arrondissement to the heart of the Annex, this Parisian-inspired townhome embodies European luxury with inlaid-pattern marble floors, traditional custom millwork, plaster cornice mouldings and fireplaces in nearly every principal room (many of them are even wood-burning).
BRAGGING RIGHTS: In the early 1900s, the property is rumoured to have been home to Robert Ernest Augustus Land, leader of the Toronto branch of the Knights of St. John and Malta (now defunct) and later president of the Laura Secord National Monument Committee, which often met at this address.
BIG SELLING POINT: The home underwent a major overhaul in 1991. Now, the generous 5,000-plus square feet of space—which includes five bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms) and communal living areas on two floors—emphasizes quality craftsmanship and exquisite attention to detail.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Those with a green thumb may be disappointed by the lack of a backyard or front gardens, but in a city where parking is at a premium, the garage and brick motor court (with room for six cars) may not be such a bad thing.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $17,918.05 in property taxes (2011)
• 5,000+ square feet
• 7 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 6 car parking (two-car garage)
• 5 fireplaces
• 3 skylights
• 1 wine cellar
• 1 “tree-like” chandelier