House of the Week: $1.6 million for a Scarborough home with hints of Frank Lloyd Wright
ADDRESS: 9 Annis Road
AGENTS: Caroline Ilaqua and Ron Baldwin, Royal LePage Estate Realty
THE PLACE: Architect Wayne Olson transformed a once boring ranch-style bungalow on a hill overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs into a roomy modern home.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Olson took a cue from Frank Lloyd Wright when designing this home—specifically, Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture, which says structures should be in harmony with their natural surroundings. The lofty open-concept house blends into its hillside setting using a neutral palette and top-notch landscaping.
BIG SELLING POINT: Thanks to a 2,100-square-foot main floor, and a 1,900-square-foot, two-storey addition, it’s a lot of house for the price. The backyard isn’t tiny, either.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Living in Scarborough may not have a glamorous ring—though it starts to sound pretty darn nice when you consider this neighbourhood has bluffs with lakefront trails, plenty of trees, parks and close proximity to local golf courses and yacht clubs.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $12,000 in estimated property taxes (based on homes of similar value)
• 4,100 square feet
• 1,900-square-foot addition
• 100 feet of frontage
• 7 skylights
• 5 bathrooms
• 4 bedrooms
• 2-car garage
• 1 fireplace
• 1 heated swimming pool