House of the Week: $2 million for a family-friendly Forest Hill home
ADDRESS: 41 Elderwood Drive
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Forest Hill South
AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Ltd., Brokerage
THE PLACE: Georgian-style mansions in Forest Hill might seem like they’re a dime a dozen, but this one stands out, with a front yard sculpted by Eden Tree Design and a bright red door à la American Beauty.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: A garage-cum–man cave that’s actually stylish. The radiator—now spray-painted black—and the original exposed red brick (the house was built in 1933) give the room a swanky loft feel (instead of a cliché, Tim-the-Tool-Man-Taylor feel).
BIG SELLING POINT: It’s newly renovated. The homeowners spent a year remodelling the kitchen and bathroom, converting the garage, refurbishing the landscaping and reappointing much of the interior (complete with black chandeliers brought over from London, England) before they learned they had to suddenly return to their home across the pond.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The bedroom painted a startlingly garish shade of fuchsia may hurt your eyes. Sure, it can be repainted—but it’ll take at least four coats of primer just to get it back to neutral.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $10,123.63 in 2011 taxes
• 5 bedrooms
• 5 bathrooms
• 1 wood-burning fireplace
• 1 in-ground swimming pool