House of the Week: $3 million for an all-new Forest Hill semi
The place: A three-bedroom semi, renovated with light and efficiency in mind.
The history: The original property was a traditional eight-bedroom brick house. The owner knocked it down 18 months ago and commissioned Mazenga to build this home in its place, based on a design by Luc Bouliane.
Big selling point: The two green roofs—one on the main house, one on the garage—act as insulation. All three skylights have integrated shading for cooling, and the ventilation system is designed to be extremely energy efficient. (The buyers will need all the energy savings they can get, because they’ll be living in one of the city’s most expensive neighbourhoods.)
Possible deal breaker: A semi may not seem private enough for the price. But with all the house’s noise-proofing measures—including four sheets of soundproofing drywall between it and its neighbour—it’s unlikely the buyer will hear so much as a toilet flush next door.
By the numbers:
• 3000 square feet
• 3 + 1 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 2 parking spaces
• 2 green roofs
• 1 elevator
The dining room is at the front of the house. One of those doors, to the right, leads to an elevator.
The kitchen has Wolf and Liebherr appliances, quartz countertops and plenty of storage in the wood and glass cabinetry.
The living room is in a two-storey atrium. The double-height windows provide a view of the backyard, and there’s a sliding door for easy access.
The living room has a gas fireplace and a fairly impressive set of built-in cabinets. The buyer may need to invest in some tchotchkes to help fill out those shelves.
This is how high the living room ceiling is.
This office is on a landing above the living room, on the second floor.
Also on the second floor: this bedroom, with a view of the street.
The second-floor guest bathroom would pass for a master bathroom in most other homes of this size.
The master bedroom is on the third floor. It’s the perfect place to curl up with your animal pelts.
The master bedroom has another of these built-in shelving units.
Like the other bathrooms, the master en suite has heated stone floors.
Down the hall from the master bedroom is a smaller third bedroom, and also a door to the third-floor patio.
The third bedroom has been staged as an artist’s studio. Aspirational!
The patio is small, but private.
The basement is finished. There are three rooms down here. One of them has rubber floors, so it can be used as a gym.
The basement bathroom is nicer than many main bathrooms.
There’s a one-car garage for the Benz. (With a rough-in for an electric charging station, for when the time comes to trade in for a Tesla.)
And here’s the rear view. Not visible in this shot are some of the home’s eco-features: it has a green roof, an energy-efficient heating and cooling system and plenty of insulation throughout. It also has soundproofed pipes and walls, so the buyers shouldn’t be able to hear much noise from the even bigger home that shares a wall with this one.