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$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

By Liza Agrba| Photography by Leading Image
$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy
Listed At
$1,500,000
Sold For
$2,000,000

Address: 46 Virginia Ave.
Neighbourhood: East York Agent: Mike Clark, Keller Williams Advantage Realty Previously sold for: $543,000 in 2013 Last renovated: Newly built in 2016, after a total teardown

The place

A bright, open-concept modern house with a 10-foot ficus in the front foyer. Unlike so many other polished new builds, the place has a homey feel, thanks to the warm woodwork. There’s a wine fridge in the basement, too.

The history

A two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow used to stand on the lot, but the sellers tore that down and built this zen-like sanctuary.

Here’s the front foyer. Beside the ficus tree, there’s a spot to lounge:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

Very open-concept on the main floor:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

The dining room, which gets some rays from that big skylight:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

There are marble waterfall countertops in the kitchen:

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$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

A tiny spot for breakfast:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

The design on the bookshelf in the living room is meant to replicate a Japanese screen:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

There’s a landing between the first and second floor. The sellers called this spot the tea room:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

Like much of the house, the staircases are made of oak:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

Skylights illuminate the second-floor hallway:

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$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

The master bedroom has a nice Juliet balcony:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

Check out the free-standing designer tub in the master bathroom. It also has a double-sided fireplace that connects to the bedroom:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

The other upstairs bedroom:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

There’s porcelain tiling in this second-floor bathroom:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

The basement rec room has serious Japanese minimalist energy (and a wine fridge):

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$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the wine fridge is made from oak. It can hold more than 250 bottles, too:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

Here’s the three-piece basement bathroom:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

A look at the back of the house:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy

The backyard has a nice thatch of grass:

$2 million for this East York home with Japanese minimalist energy
Big selling point

The front foyer is fun, especially with that ficus tree as the visual centrepiece. Then there’s the beautiful woodwork, supersized skylights and 11-foot ceilings, which combine to make the place feel clean and airy.

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Possible deal-breaker

The property taxes are a bit high.

By the numbers
  • $1,500,000
  • $9,669.53 in property taxes
  • 3,500 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 2 gas fireplaces

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