Sale of the Week: the $1-million Junction house that proves a little wine never hurts

Sale of the Week: the $1-million Junction house that proves a little wine never hurts

(Image: Robert Holowka/Birdhouse Media)
Listed At
$949,000
Sold For
$1,036,626

Address: 626 Durie Street

Neighbourhood: The Junction

Agent: Myles Slocombe, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage


The property: This Victorian-style semi has been renovated into something more like a loft, complete with organic birch flooring, an open staircase and high ceilings with skylights. The lot is unusually deep, and comes with a shed that the selling agent says could be transformed into a sauna or art studio.


The history: The home was built in 1912. In 1997, a previous owner built a two-storey, ultra-modern addition in 1997. The sellers, a young family, bought the place in 2006.

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The fate: The buyers, also a family, were drawn to the home’s hypermodern design. They were looking for a trendy but family-friendly neighbourhood to settle in, and they may have found it in the Junction—a neighbourhood adjacent to the low-key eateries of Bloor West Village and the expansive playgrounds of High Park.


The sale: The agent tried to build interest in an unorthodox way: hosting a wine and cheese party for the residents of Durie Street. The move paid off when some of the neighbours’ friends showed up for a weekend open house. After holding off bids for a week, the sellers opted for the highest of three offers.


By the numbers:

  • $1,036,262
  • $4,402.96 in property taxes (2015)
  • 109 per cent of list price
  • 103 years old
  • 25-by-148-foot lot
  • 7 days on the market
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2 parking spaces
  • 1 shed-cum-studio or sauna
(Image: Robert Holowka/Birdhouse Media) (Image: Robert Holowka/Birdhouse Media)
 

The living and dining areas are at the front of the house.

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The modern floating staircase was added during a round of renovations in 1997. The people who owned the house at that time may have been slightly ahead of the curve, design-wise.

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The kitchen looks fairly new, but it’s also from 1997.

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The family room is at the back of the house. The wood flooring in this part of the home is a little unusual: it’s made of big sheets of birch plywood.

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There are three bedrooms on the second floor. Here’s one of them, with more of that unusual flooring.

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And here’s the master bedroom. It has an en suite bathroom and walk-in closet.

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There’s a little patio in the backyard.

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And there’s also a shed, which the agent says could be turned into a sauna or art studio. (Or, you know, it could be used as a shed.)