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House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Neighbourhood: The Beaches Agent: Kate Zheng, HomeLife Landmark Realty Inc. Price: $4,209,000 Previously sold for: $2,320,000 in 2019 Last renovated: 2012

The place

This Beaches semi has been divided into three units: a three-bed, two-bath main home; a ground-floor studio apartment; and a two-bed, two-bath basement unit—each with their own separate entrances. The place underwent a major renovation in 2012 to add vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls and skylights to the top floor, along with a rooftop hot tub and sauna. The roof and front patio area are used by the main-home residents while the rear patio is shared by the studio and basement tenants.

The home is on a corner lot, right across from Woodbine Beach Park, with views of the lake. There’s a mix of younger and older families in the neighbourhood—quiet on weekdays, crazy with beachgoers on weekends. At the rear of the home, there’s a heated driveway with space for two cars. While the two rental units are currently vacant, the owner (who is also the listing agent) can rent out the properties by the closing date.

The tour

The landscaped front yard doubles as outdoor space for the main-home occupants.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The front entrance leads into a living room with exposed brick and beams. There are views of the beach and Lake Ontario through the oversized windows. It’s currently being used as a funky office.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

This room is being used as an office and gym, but it has an attached powder room and could be converted into a bedroom.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s that powder room:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The second floor has an open-concept kitchen/dining/family room. That staircase leads to the rooftop deck.

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House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s another view of the second-floor family room. It has vaulted ceilings, a skylight and a Juliet balcony. There’s also a gas fireplace across from the couch.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The dining area is set up between the family room and kitchen. The console behind the table is built in to conceal an air vent.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

To the right of the built-in console is a door that leads to a laundry area.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The kitchen is tricked out with a four-burner Wolf gas range, a Fisher & Paykel double-drawer dishwasher, a KitchenAid French-door refrigerator and a wine fridge.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s the primary bedroom on the second floor, equipped with vaulted ceilings, a skylight and exposed brick and ductwork:

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House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

And the massive walk-in closet:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The second-floor corner bedroom is set up as a nursery with blackout blinds. There’s also a view of the lake from this bedroom, at least in the cooler months, when the foliage isn’t fully grown in.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The second-floor bathroom has a rain shower head and heated towel racks.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The rooftop, accessible only by the main-unit residents, comes with a natural-gas grill and fire table. That smoker isn’t included in the sale, but the outdoor TV is, along with the built-in speakers and LED lighting.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The grey hut is a four-person sauna. There’s also a wooden storage shed with a small fridge inside, as well as an outdoor shower for post-shvitz rinses.

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House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The hot tub comfortably seats six people.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s the ground-floor studio apartment, which is 500 square feet:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

It has a full kitchen with a washer and dryer and a door to the back deck.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s the bathroom of the studio apartment, with floor-to-ceiling marble tile walls:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The 1,100-square-foot basement is set up as a two-bed, two-bath rental suite.

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House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s another view of the basement’s living area and entrance:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

It has a full kitchen along with a laundry closet behind the kitchen cart.

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s the first bedroom in the basement suite:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

And the ensuite bathroom:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

Here’s the second basement-suite bedroom:

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House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

And a second full bathroom:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

The rear of the home has entrances to all three units and a small back patio shared by the studio and basement tenants. You can also see the heated parking pad here:

House of the Week: $4.2 million for a lakefront semi with a rooftop sauna and hot tub

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