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House of the Week: $2.6 million for a Beaches home with a loft just for kids

The 2,400-square-foot property also comes with a psychedelic powder room, a deck with a firepit and a backyard rink for shinny

By Alex Cyr| Photography by Soare Productions
This 2,400-square-foot Beaches home is currently on the market.

Neighbourhood: The Beaches
Price: $2,629,000 Last sold for: $1,212,500 in 2019 Size: 2,418 square feet Bedrooms: 4+1 Bathrooms: 4 Parking spots: 1 Real estate agent: Adrienne Scott and Bram Goldman, Chestnut Park Real Estate

The place

A four-bedroom, four-bathroom craftsman in the Beaches with a landscaped backyard that fits a rink. Perched above the street, the place is within walking distance of Glen Stewart Park, Kew Gardens and the lake. Transit riders have easy access to the Danforth GO station and Main subway station as well as several bus routes and streetcar lines. And motorists are a short drive from both Kingston Road and Lake Shore Boulevard.

The history

The current owners started a top-to-bottom renovation in 2021—just over 100 years since the home was first built. They stripped it to the studs, built out a basement with eight-foot ceilings and created an open-concept layout for the main floor. As for the backyard, it got some well-needed landscaping and a new deck.

The tour

A white-oak staircase greets residents in the foyer, with its original stained glass window.

The foyer is defined by its oak staircase.

The new open-concept space is on the left, while storage and the stairs to the basement are straight ahead.

Modern open concept on the left side of the home, traditional alley-style layout on the right.

Here’s the living area, anchored by a gas fireplace flanked with built-ins.

In the living room, note the floor-to-ceiling mantle holding the gas fireplace.

Moving along reveals the kitchen, with a four-seat marble island at its centre.

The kitchen is nautical themed.

The stainless steel appliances, hardwood hood fan and light pendants all came with the reno.

Check out that hardwood hood fan.

This coffee bar has built-in open shelving, more storage below and a porcelain-tiled backsplash.

A secondary wall that acts as a pantry and bar.

Beyond the kitchen is the dining area, complete with custom wallpaper and a quirky candlestick chandelier.

The funky wallpaper is custom.

The psychedelic powder room feels like a portal to Wonderland.

The powder room is a portal to Wonderland.

Upstairs: the second-floor landing, which leads to all four bedrooms.

The second-floor landing looks like an art gallery.

The main bedroom overlooks the backyard.

Those main-bedroom ceilings are indeed slanted.

It’s also equipped with this ensuite bathroom. Note the orb sconces and chic glass shower.

The ensuite tiling is something else.

Here’s one of the secondary bedrooms, with white-oak floors, a big closet and a three-panel lookout.

The secondary bedroom overlooks the neighbourhood.

Down the hall, the third bedroom has a fun zone: a loft, just for kids, with a cargo net floor and a ladder leading to even more fun.

The kid zone is the ultimate playpen.

Yes, that’s artificial turf, a wall-mounted TV and the ultimate treehouse view of the neighbourhood.

Yes, this is synthetic grass.

There’s also a shared bathroom up here, with funky wallpaper and an extra-wide vanity.

Tiles all over in the common bathroom.

Next, the basement. It’s currently set up as a family room.

The basement acts as a second family room.

The owners transformed this once-dingy nook into a laundry room.

You won't find many laundry rooms more fun than this one.

They also ran a personal training business from this space.

This exercise space could be converted into a guest room, office or lounge.

Outside, the home cantilevers over the deck, which has its own firepit and cooking station.

The deck's fire pit helps in the chilly months.

Finally, a look at the miniature rink, lit by a clothesline of bulbs—classic Canadiana.

How Canadiana.

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