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House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

By Jonathan Forani| Photography by Birdhouse Media
House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

Address: 333 Wellesley Street East
Neighbourhood: Cabbagetown Agent: Paul Maranger, Christian Vermast, and Sameer Ismail, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Price: $3,595,000 Previously sold for: $1,357,500, in 2015, prior to renovation Last renovated: 2020

The place

A three-bed, six-bath detached near Parliament and Wellesley. This place, built circa 1878, received official heritage status in 2004. On the outside, it’s got a charming red-brick Victorian façade, but the interiors—which were updated during a recent reno—combine contemporary design with Old Hollywood glamour.

The history

In 1879, a boutique shop owner named Elizabeth Cuthbert moved into the home. Forty years later, around 1920, a farmer from Shelburne, Ont. bought the place with his wife and son. The home stayed in the family for nearly a century.

In 2015, a doctor and finance professional bought it for $1,357,500. At the time, it had a brown stucco façade, worn-out carpeting and dated floor tiles.

The couple originally wanted to build an ultra-modern home on the property, but over the course of the project, a bunch of their plans were rejected by Toronto Heritage Preservation Services, including building a rooftop pool. They settled for refurbishing the façade, creating a modern entertainment space inside, rebuilding the back of the home and adding a rooftop hot tub in lieu of a pool.

In 2019, contractors stripped the stucco off the façade and replaced it with red heritage-style brick. Inside, they gutted the place, replaced the flooring and gave it some Old Hollywood-style decor, with glass fireplaces, gold-plated light fixtures and marble-style porcelain. Out back, they built a modern glass and steel exterior, since heritage requirements didn’t apply to the rear of the home.

Last year, the place won a restoration prize from the Cabbagetown Preservation Association for “enhancing the architectural integrity” of the neighbourhood’s streetscape.

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The sellers, for their part, are relocating to Hamilton for work.

The tour

During the reno, the contractors removed a drop ceiling in the living room, which exposed an ornate plaster medallion dating back to the late 19th century. The designer, Margaret Roman of Maggee Gibson Design Inc., reconstructed the medallion and added a matching ribbon pattern to the fringes of the ceiling:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

There are heated porcelain floors and 10-foot ceilings throughout the main floor:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The 200-square-foot kitchen has quartz countertops:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

This bar area has a wine fridge and a built-in coffee maker:

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House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The main floor powder room has dark purple walls with black and gold accents:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

In the living room, there’s a gas fireplace and large sliding doors that open to the backyard:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

Here’s the second-floor landing. The designer laid the oak floors in a diagonal pattern to make this part of the house feel wider:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The home office is furnished in a regal “Louis XIV” style:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

Here’s the 230-square-foot master bedroom, which has a large window overlooking the backyard:

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House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

There’s a 130-square-foot walk-in closet connected to the master bedroom:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The master ensuite bathroom has marble-style porcelain floors:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

There’s a skylight on the third floor, which was designed as an entertainment space. It has a guest suite, two bathrooms and a kitchenette:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The sitting room is designed for party hosting. The kitchenette even has a dishwasher for the wine glasses:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The sellers added a hot tub to the third floor:

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House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

Here’s one of the third-floor bathrooms, which has colourful penny tiles designed to match some of the furniture in the sitting room:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

Here’s the 160-square-foot guest suite:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

There’s a porcelain tub and shower in the ensuite bathroom:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The basement has heated porcelain floors. The sellers used this space as a yoga room:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

There’s a 200-square-foot home gym with rubber floors down there, too:

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House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

And an eight-person steam room:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The basement shower has porcelain walls and marble floors:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

Here’s the back of the house. Notice the glass and steel design:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub

The backyard carport is accessible through a sliding gate in the laneway:

House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Cabbagetown heritage home with a rooftop hot tub
Big selling point

The third-floor living room and patio are the place for post-Covid entertaining. In the meantime, the basement sauna and hot tub might help the buyers survive winter lockdown.

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By the numbers
  • $3,595,000
  • $11,814 in property taxes
  • 4,366 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • 2 fireplaces
  • 1 carport

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