House of the Week: $2.3 million for a traditional Annex home with a contemporary soul
ADDRESS: 405 Brunswick Avenue
AGENT: Vicky Tal and Meir Gluzberg, Harvey Kalles Real Estate
THE PLACE: Set away from the Annex’s beer-soaked frat abodes, this five-bedroom semi-detached is a quiet retreat in the downtown core.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Cameron MacNeil, the design editor for House & Home magazine, is a friend of the family and designed the interiors. He selected all the custom-made furniture, like the marble dining room table.
BIG SELLING POINT: She’s a brick house. Due to strict zoning laws in the Annex, this home, rebuilt in 2009, retains most of the gorgeous original exterior brick from its former days as a rooming house.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The tiled backyard makes for great cocktail parties (no stilettos getting caught in grass here) but if you’re looking for a green space for the summer, you’ll have to invest in a lot of potted plants and shrubs.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $13,509.58 in taxes (2011)
• 3,400 square feet
• 11 foot ceiling in the powder room
• 10 foot ceiling in the living room
• 7 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 storeys
• 2-car garage
• 1 well-known interior designer