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House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno’d Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

By Liza Agrba| Photography by PropertySpaces
House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

Address: 70 Salisbury Ave.
Neighbourhood: Cabbagetown Agents: Nadine Robbins, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Price: $1,695,000 Previously sold for: $1,149,000 in 2016 Last renovated in: 2017

The place

An eclectic Victorian with period features and chic modern upgrades. At more than 2,000 square feet, with two bathrooms, three bedrooms and a roomy loft, it’s decently sized for a semi. The lively paint job and textured finishes, particularly in the kitchen, give the place plenty of character.

The history

Built in 1889, the home still has a bunch of its original features, like the front door, fireplace, baseboards and stained glass windows. In 2017, the sellers did a major reno, which included a new concrete foundation and upgrades to the main floor.

The front foyer connects to the living room, which has stained glass windows and an antique fireplace with a marble mantle:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

It’s open concept on the main level. Those ceilings are 10-feet:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

A look at the dining room, where the floors are made from oak:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

There’s a nifty little concrete breakfast bar adjoining the kitchen:

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House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

The built-in shelves stretch right up to the ceiling and the floor is made from geometric stone tiles:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

That designer backsplash is worth a double take:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

More stained glass windows in the master bedroom:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

This bedroom has exposed brick, original hardwood, and windows that overlook the backyard:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

The sellers get extra points for fun, deer-covered wallpaper in this room:

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House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

The main bathroom has distressed white tiles and a mirrored medicine cabinet:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

Upstairs, there’s a big loft with vaulted ceilings and a built-in bookcase:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

Here’s another look:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

One side can be used as a bedroom:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

It’s got cathedral ceilings:

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House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

The loft also has a two-piece bathroom:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

There’s a utility room in the basement that looks perfect for ball hockey:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features

The backyard:

House of the Week: $1.7 million for a recently reno'd Cabbagetown semi with luxe modern features
Big selling point

The period details will please antique lovers, but the place is equally appealing to modernists—it’s warm, yet sleek and airy, thanks to the open-concept design.

Possible deal-breaker

There’s no bathroom on the main floor, which could scare off some would-be buyers. Also, the family room in the loft feels a bit makeshift, so anyone hoping for a big rec room might have to consider excavating the basement.

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By the numbers:
  • $1,695,000
  • $5,901.64 in property taxes
  • 2,010 square feet (plus 750 in the basement)
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 parking spaces
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 antique fireplace

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