House of the Week: $1.3 million for a newly gutted home a few blocks from High Park
ADDRESS: 70 Glenwood Avenue
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Runnymede-Bloor West Village-High Park North
AGENT: Susan Froese McHardy and Don McHardy, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage
THE PLACE: A restored home with great bones—and, more importantly, a finished basement—a few blocks northwest of High Park.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: This is not the owners’ first renovation, and it shows. They’ve added a Restoration Hardware vanity to the upstairs bathroom, Caesarstone and Carrara marble to the kitchen counters, a Bertazonni gas range, and a new garage. Not to mention all the things you don’t see, like a new boiler, ductless air conditioning and updated wiring.
BIG SELLING POINT: The unfinished basement previously had six-foot ceilings (even Danny DeVito would have felt cramped down there). The owners gutted it to make an entirely new living space that stretches nine feet high, which is rare for this neighbourhood.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The reno preserved the original floor plans, which means the master bedroom is a lot smaller than the grandiose suites seen in some new builds. Still, it more than comfortably fits a king-size bed and has a walk-in closet.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• 28.5-foot-by-135-foot lot
• 9-foot ceilings in the basement
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• 2 storeys
• 1 detached garage with driveway
• 1 fireplace