House of the Week: $2.2 million for a modern Summerhill home that looks like a Victorian
The Place: A Summerhill new-build, hidden behind a Victorian-style facade.
Bragging Rights: This contemporary semi flies under the radar of the neighbourhood taste police thanks to its 1908 brick front, which masks the glassy, ultra-modern interior living space. Except for the facade and the side walls, the entire house was demolished and rebuilt in 2007. The original basement was dug out and extended farther back to accommodate the bulk of the new construction.
Big Selling Point: The new interior has all-new mechanical systems and plumbing, floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet balconies and a kitchen with Douglas fir cabinetry and marble countertops. There’s also a fully finished basement that could double as a nanny suite.
Possible Deal Breaker: Anyone looking for antique character will be disappointed as soon as they pass through the front door, but all that new construction means the buyer can enjoy the large back deck on weekends instead of worrying about home repairs.
By The Numbers:
• $13,006.92 in property taxes (2014)
• 3,455 square feet
• 1,222-square-foot lower level
• 8-year-old renovation
• 5 bathrooms
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 storeys
• 2 gas fireplaces
• 2 hot water tanks
• 2 gas furnaces
• 2 central air conditioners
• 2 parking spaces