Real Estate

House of the Week: $1.6 million for a Junction Victorian with a shiny addition hovering above the deck

The 1,500-square-foot property also comes with custom millwork, a glowing oak staircase and a laneway shed in the back

House of the Week: $1.6 million for a Junction Victorian with a shiny addition hovering above the deck

Neighbourhood: The Junction Price: $1,599,000 Size: 1,500 square feet Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Parking spots: 1 Real estate agent: Risa Kessler, Kessler Zakkai Forest Hill Real Estate

The place

A three-bedroom, three-bathroom Victorian semi in the Junction, just south of the rail corridor. Recent renovations have resulted in an open-concept layout with huge windows on all sides—without erasing any heritage charm. There’s laneway parking in the back for one car as well as a storage shed. It’s within walking distance of the Dundas strip, the Stock Yards on St. Clair and half a dozen bus or train options. And motorists are a short drive from both Weston Road and Bloor. 

The history

The current owner of this property actually grew up in the Junction and is today the owner of building firm Canfield and Co. He collaborated with designer Denegri Bessai to bring a more modern feel along with a shiny second-storey addition. Work completed last year. Now the owner, ready for another adventure, is putting the home on the market.

The tour

The heritage façade was entirely restored and then accented with modern features like black-rimmed windows and a panelled bay window. The new herringbone walkway is a nice touch, and a retaining wall was installed to protect the front yard’s mature tulip tree.

This Victorian semi in the Junction is currently going for $1.6 million.

In the foyer: an open mudroom of sorts, partitioned by a custom oak divider that functions as a hanger, bench and storage.

The custom oak divider creates a mini mudroom.

The front living room is now flooded with tons of natural light. There are oak floors throughout. 

The black windows frame the neighbourhood like a painting.

Next to the living area is the dining space, with a moody light fixture and chairs to match.

Here's the dining area.

The dining area is flanked by a new window and an oak shelf designed to hold books, trinkets and wine bottles.

The floors here are oak.

This angle showcases the oak staircase, with integrated lights and a powder-painted metal railing. Those sliding doors in the distance walk out to the back deck. 

Note the bonus window in the corner for more natural light.

Now for the kitchen, equipped with new stainless steel appliances, a waterfall sink, quartz counters and plenty of storage.

The kitchen counters are quartz.

A quick detour outside reveals that deck, with shiplap ceilings that hide the addition above (more on that later). It’s ideal for hosting and alfresco dining.

The deck is ideal for al fresco dining.

Moving upstairs highlights the main bedroom, which has more oak and an ensuite bathroom with a glass shower and a floating vanity. 

The main bedroom has plenty of storage and an ensuite bathroom.

This secondary bedroom overlooks the backyard.

This bedroom overlooks the backyard.

The nursery sits between two bedrooms.

The nursery sits between the two bedrooms.

Here’s the shared bathroom, which comes with a wide mirror, tiled walls and terrazzo floors. 

The terrazzo floors in the bathroom are a nice touch.

Back outside in the laneway, there’s a driveway-patio combo as well as a storage shed. Tall fences and greenery add privacy. 

A key feature is the EV charger in the backyard.

Finally, here’s a closer look at the backyard and the aluminum-sided addition.

A peek at the second-floor addition, with aluminum siding.

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