Sale of the Week: The $860,000 home that shows 1970s design can still appeal
Address: 322 Hillsdale Avenue East
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Agent: Matthew Shulman, Keller Williams Referred Realty, Brokerage
The property: This semi, originally built in 1972, has retained many of its original features—including a two-storey, glass-enclosed solarium with a spiral staircase.
The history: The previous owner, a single woman, purchased the home in 1995. She updated the kitchen and replaced the carpeting, leaving most of the home’s original design intact.
The fate: The new owners plan to renovate the home to match Mount Pleasant’s more modern aesthetic. The basement solarium could be converted into a third bedroom if they’re willing to sacrifice space’s current occupant: a giant hot tub.
The sale: The selling agent knew a bidding war for the dated home was unlikely, so he set the price at what he considered market value. There was only one offer, which the seller accepted immediately.
By the numbers:
- $5,168.55 in property taxes (2015)
- 99 per cent of list price
- 17.5-by-123-foot lot
- 3 parking spaces
- 3 bathrooms
- 2 bedrooms
- 1 garage
- 1 hot tub
The semi was built in 1972, and it still has many original features.
The living room has a sliding door that leads to a balcony in the solarium.
The dining room has a formal look.
The kitchen was updated in 2010. It has granite countertops and a door to a balcony.
The powder room has some groovy stained glass.
There are two bedrooms on the second floor. Here’s one of them.
And here’s that bedroom’s en suite bathroom.
The master bedroom has a Juliet balcony.
And here’s the master bedroom’s en suite bathroom.
The solarium spans the first floor and basement. A spiral staircase connects the two levels.
Only serious tubbers need apply.
The basement rec room has a door to the solarium.
The backyard has a charming brick path and lots of landscaping.
From the rear, it’s a little easier to see how the solarium lines up with the rest of the house.