House of the Week: $1.8 million for an updated Beaches home with an unusual layout

House of the Week: $1.8 million for an updated Beaches home with an unusual layout

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Address: 22 Hammersmith Avenue
Neighbourhood: The Beaches
Agent: Alex Brott and Heather Hadden, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $1,799,000

The place: A four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a chic interior, steps from the beach and Kew Gardens.

The history: A top-to-bottom renovation seven years ago modernized the interior. Among the additions: a gas fireplace in the living room, a new kitchen (including appliances and custom cabinetry) on the second floor, and eco-friendly bamboo floors throughout the home.

Big selling point: Forgetting the fact that this home is only seconds (okay, minutes for the slow walkers) away from the beach and all the fun it has to offer, the first-floor den, with built-in shelving, looks like an incredibly comfy place to while away a weekend afternoon reading.

Possible deal breaker: The open shelving in the kitchen is very on-trend (even seven years after the remodel), but the idea of cleaning all the dust and grime that can accumulate in such a high-traffic area of the house is decidedly less glamourous.

By the numbers:

• $1,799,000
• $7,075 (2015 taxes)
• 2,236 square feet (plus 1,118 square feet below grade)
• 110 metres to the boardwalk
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• 1 gas fireplace

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The layout here is a little odd: the ground floor consists of a living room and two bedrooms. The kitchen and dining area are upstairs.

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Also on the ground floor: a small, shelf-lined den.

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Here’s one of the ground-floor bedrooms.

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Another ground-floor bedroom.

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The two bedrooms share this bathroom.

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The exposed brick by the stairway gives the interior a loft-like feel.

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Here’s the second-floor dining area. The unusual curved ceilings catch the eye.

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Most of the interior renovations were done seven years ago, but the kitchen still looks sharp.

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Beside the kitchen is the family room. Those doors lead to a terrace.

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The master bedroom is also on the second floor. It has its own balcony.

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The master ensuite.

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And here’s the view from the balcony.

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The basement is finished.

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