House of the Week: $3.5 million for a Summerhill townhouse that used to be a church
ADDRESS: Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue,
AGENTS: Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage Christian Vermast, Paul Maranger and Fran Bennett,
THE PLACE: One of just five units in the ultra-exclusive Macpherson Church loft conversion, this three-bedroom townhouse has luxurious touches like heated marble floors, cathedral ceilings and an elegant staircase that spirals through all three floors.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: The sprawling back patio is perfect for entertaining large parties—as is the 5,400-bottle wine cellar.
BIG SELLING POINT: Wedged between Rosedale and Summerhill, this home is set in one of Toronto’s most beautiful and stately neighbourhoods. Think tree-lined streets, picturesque homes and trendy shops. The area also has some of the city’s top schools.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Don’t expect to find paraphernalia like pews or stained glass in this swanky conversion. Though the historical architecture of the century-old building is intact, the interior is all high-end finishes such as inlaid marble and herringbone hardwood.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $14,783.87 in property taxes (2012)
• $2,130.10 per month in maintenance fees
• 5,400-bottle wine cellar
• 4,300 square feet
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 storeys
• 3 gas fireplaces
• 2 skylights
• 2 parking spots
• 1 outdoor fireplace
180613 The patio has an outdoor fireplace and a gas hook-up for the barbecue 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-27-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-27.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-27.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-27/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-27 0 0
180614 Exercise room, third level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-26-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-26.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-26.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-26/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-26 0 0
180618 Sauna, third level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-22-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-22.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-22.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-22/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-22 0 0
180619 The third-level bathroom, which has a rain shower and a sauna with an electric heater, two benches and built-in speakers 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-21-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-21.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-21.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-21/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-21 0 0
180623 The office has a skylight, heated marble flooring and French doors that open to a Juliet balcony. It connects to the exercise room through sliding glass doors 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-17-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-17.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-17.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-17/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-17 0 0
180615 Family room, third level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-25-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-25.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-25.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-25/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-25 0 0
180616 The media and family room on the third level has an octagonal skylight with blinds, a marble gas fireplace, custom theatre curtains and a home theatre system with a drop-down projection screen. There is also a wet bar with a fridge 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-24-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-24.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-24.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-24/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-24 0 0
180629 The third level contains a media room, a bathroom with a sauna, an exercise room and an office 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-11-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-11.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-11.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-11/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-11 0 0
180620 Bathroom, second level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-20-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-20.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-20.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-20/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-20 0 0
180628 The third bedroom is currently being used as an office 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-12-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-12.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-12.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-12/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-12 0 0
180627 Bedroom number two, second level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-13-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-13.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-13.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-13/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-13 0 0
180621 Master ensuite, second level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-19-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-19.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-19.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-19/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-19 0 0
180622 The master ensuite has heated marble floors, a double vanity, a soaker tub, a shower and a separate water closet 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-18-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-18.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-18.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-18/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-18 0 0
180624 Master bedroom, second level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-16-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-16.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-16.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-16/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-16 0 0
180625 The master suite has a remote-operated gas fireplace, his-and-hers walk-in closets, a built-in home theatre system and an ensuite bathroom 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-15-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-15.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-15.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-15/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-15 0 0
180626 The second level contains the master suite, two other bedrooms and a bathroom 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-14-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-14.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-14.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-14/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-14 0 0
180617 The central staircase 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-23-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-23.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-23.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-23/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-23 0 0
180630 The staircase that runs through all three levels 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-10-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-10.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-10.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-10/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-10 0 0
180631 Powder room, first level. The first level also contains a laundry room 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-09-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-09.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-09.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-09/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-09 0 0
180632 The dining room is directly off the kitchen 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-08-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-08.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-08.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-08/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-08 0 0
180633 The cabinetry is walnut, and the backsplash and countertops are granite 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-07-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-07.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-07.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-07/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-07 0 0
180634 The kitchen has two fridges, two wall ovens, two dishwashers and two stainless steel sinks. There is also a small wine fridge for 24 bottles and a built-in television 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-06-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-06.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-06.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-06/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-06 0 0
180635 Living room, first level 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-05-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-05.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-05.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-05/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-05 0 0
180640 The living room is at the back of the unit and has a gas fireplace and a walkout to the back terrace 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-intro-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-intro.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-intro.jpg 656 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-intro/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-intro 0 0
180637 The front foyer has inlaid marble flooring and panelled walls 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-03-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-03.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-03.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-03/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-03 0 0
180638 The private entrance to the townhouse 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-02-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-02.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-02.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-02/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-02 0 0
180639 This former Baptist church on Macpherson Avenue just west of Yonge contains five units. The walls are solid concrete, which provides total soundproofing 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5 https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-01-96x96.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-01.jpg https://torontolife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dec12-HOTW-MacPherson-01.jpg 624 416  https://torontolife.com/real-estate/house-of-the-week-12-macpherson-avenue/slide/dec12-hotw-macpherson-01/ dec12-hotw-macpherson-01 0 0
20 thoughts on “House of the Week: $3.5 million for a Summerhill townhouse that used to be a church”
It has some beautiful finishes and architectural features but the place leaves me cold. You can still do “elegant” with warmth but this place fails. It was a bad move on the developers part to remove many of the church’s features.
who wants to live in a church? Anyone?
YY, you obviously have not seen a number of other churches that were converted to lofts and condo apartments. All of the beautiful stained glass and magnificent wood trim/molding and staircases were incorporated into the renovations. These conversions were gorgeous and your post is supercilious.
To each their own. However nice this place is, it’s a shame the outdoor space is so small.
Great place,a lot of great features,however you are paying a price….
opl – what do you mean “the outdoor space is so small”? The description above reads “The sprawling back patio is perfect for entertaining large parties”! The pictures though show a rather small patio, so who’s right?
…former church and the agents name is Christian…I love it. I think it is grand, I would love to live there. As for the conversion – we hear this all the time…just waiting for the fellow to post here and him go on about the lack of respect and integrity for the original structure, as he does with any church building re-purposed. Hey it was saved from the wrecking ball and re-purposed, just because it was a church does not mean it needs to be one or look like one inside. I think this is lovely. I would live in a church or any re-purposed building as long a it appealed to me and the space met my needs. My great grandfather was a church architect in London UK and some of his churches were converted to flats and I think he would be chuffed to know this. Cheers
Great location and nicely detailed. But I have to ask myself who is going to climb all the way to the third floor to gather in the family room?
Gorgeous. Especially that staircase, that is just stunning.
Well, with the exception of the master ensuite. That’s a big miss. But I could put up with that for that staircase!
One of the most exquisite homes shown here yet, and the decor is magnificent – except for a couple of the bad paintings that look like they were done by someone taking an art course (sorry… I know the paintings aren’t part of the sale, but eek). The maintenance fees seem high. Is there a communal pool?
Gorgeous townhouse. The decorating is cold but I find a lot of decorators leave this impression. When you purchase you just make the changes to feel at home.
SPECTACULAR!!!! If I lived there I would NEVER move!
@Meow Meow – the maintenance fees include water, heat, central air conditioning, building insurance,
parking, common elements.
@Chalbe and opl – the floor plans are here http://www.trilogyagents.com/listings/LL991409/LL991409120626202140A827285.pdf . whether or not the patio is sufficient for large gatherings is open to interpretation.
Otherwise a property with understated elegance.
I think I would switch the kitchen and the dining room. Then knock down the wall between the new kitchen and the living room. Get some natural light into the middle of the first floor so it doesnt seem like a fancy basement
@ YY…I agree completely. Living in a church or anything with a religious past…gives me the heebie jeebies.
nice place, but no thanks. It used to be a Church, hence many souls still lingering in the place that had their funeral service here. creepy…..
I love this home!!!!!..
everything about it is gorgeous.. wish I had that kind of money.. would soo buy this..
would be awesome to live in there..has soo much character
Absolutely beautiful! I love the staircase, the kitchen is amazing, top quality finishes, a great street in an awesome location… maybe one day!
Absolutely stunning – I believe it’s now $3,795,000. Would love to know the name of the interior designer. The deal breaker – annual tax at $14,000+ 2012 meaning for 2016 I expect to pay over $20,000 of my after taxed earnings!!
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