House of the Week: $2.2 million for a Beaches standout with an eccentric brick façade

House of the Week: $2.2 million for a Beaches standout with an eccentric brick façade

The 2,200-square-foot property also comes with heated floors, a big red oven, shiplap ceilings and a backyard with garden suite potential

Here's a 2,200-square-foot home in the Beaches.

Neighbourhood: The Beaches
Price: $2.1 million
Last sold for: $670,000 in 2005
Size: 2,217 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Real estate agent: Sabrina Cameron, RE/MAX Hallmark Richards Group Realty

The place

This four-bedroom, four-bathroom Beaches classic comes with a front parking pad (rare for this part of town), a one-car garage and a big backyard. A short walk from the lake, the property is in one of Toronto’s most coveted school districts. Motorists are a quick drive from Lake Shore and Kingston Road, and transit riders have easy access to half a dozen bus routes and streetcar lines.

The history

The current owners purchased this house in 2005 and renovated it from top to bottom over the ensuing years: glamming up the main floor, replacing the roof and windows, and installing in-floor heating throughout. They’ve since found a new property in the neighbourhood and are now listing this one.

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The tour

Here’s the foyer, with original exposed brick, shiplap ceilings and a banquette.

The brick in the foyer is original.

In the living room, there’s a gas fireplace and hand-scraped hickory hardwood floors.

The living room floors are hickory.

Past the cased opening is the dining room.

Here's the dining room, equipped with a designer light fixture.

The kitchen is equipped with a two-seater bar along with appliances from Fisher and Paykel as well as Viking.

Note the big red Viking gas oven.

This breakfast nook walks out to the backyard deck.

The breakfast nook banquette is custom.

Also on the main floor is this powder room—small but convenient.

The main floor powder room.

Moving upstairs reveals the 180-square-foot main bedroom.

The main bedroom is 180 square feet.

It comes with a walk-in closet with room for sneakers galore.

The walk-in closet has room for tons of sneakers.

The secondary bedroom overlooks the neighbourhood.

This corner bedroom overlooks the street.

And the third bedroom has a pair of casement windows.

The casement windows here are a nice touch.

Down the hall is the bathroom, which comes with penny-tiled floors, subway-tiled walls, a wide vanity and a rainfall glass shower.

This ivory bathroom is shared by the three bedrooms.

On the third floor is the fourth bedroom, graced with vaulted ceilings and original pine floors. That glass-block wall on the right leads to the ensuite bathroom.

The third floor houses one more bedroom, with original pine floors.

Here’s that ensuite, illuminated by skylight.

The ensuite, behind the glass-block wall.

And around the corner is this charming reading nook.

The reading nook also has a skylight.

The basement has been set up as a rec room. It has a separate entrance, so future residents could transform it into a rental or nanny suite.

The entire basement could be converted into a rental property.

This is the guest room.

Plenty of natural light in the basement bedroom.

Now for the backyard. Its fenced-in deck and patio are ideal for hosting.

The fenced-in backyard is ideal for hosting.

There’s plenty of garden suite potential in that stand-alone one-car garage.

The garage could be converted into a garden suite.

Lastly, here’s a peek at the rear of the home, with much of its original red brick.

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