House of the Week: $4 million for a steel-framed detached in Trinity Bellwoods with 36-foot ceilings

House of the Week: $4 million for a steel-framed detached in Trinity Bellwoods with 36-foot ceilings

The 2,300-square-foot property also comes with automatic skylights, reclaimed barn doors, a screening room in the basement and a verdant backyard

The house is hidden from the street behind a thick wall of green.

Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods
Price: $3,999,990
Last renovated in: 2016
Size: 2,364 square feet
Bedrooms: 2+1
Bathrooms: 3
Real estate agent: Kyle Bridson, Bridson Realty Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


The place

A built-from-scratch two-plus-one-bedroom, three-bathroom steel-framed standout in Trinity Bellwoods. The place also has heated floors, a balcony overlooking the neighbourhood, wall-to-wall windows and a backyard with laneway suite potential. It’s steps from the shops and restaurants on both Queen and Dundas, with easy access to several bus routes and streetcar lines as well as the future King-Liberty GO station.

The history

The current owner, a cinematographer, bought the house that stood on this property in 1997 for $235,000. In 2016, they opted for a full rebuild, inspired mostly by Scandinavian and German design: warm woods, clean lines and an abundance of natural light, with nods to industrial architecture. Now, the owner is relocating to another province and putting the home on the market for the first time in nearly 30 years.

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The tour

This is the living area, with plenty of cool shelving and dramatic lighting. The house has in-floor radiant heating throughout.

There's radiant floor heating throughout.

Turn around to see the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling walkout to the front yard. That light fixture was imported from Italy at a cost of $20,000.

That light fixture was imported from Italy.

Now the centrepiece: a 36-foot atrium touching all three storeys. The home’s eco-friendly and super-strong steel frame construction—a rarity for residential—allows the floors to seemingly float, with each supported by only three walls.

The home's steel frame allowed for this Tetris-like layout.

The sensor-powered skylights atop the atrium automatically close when it rains. During the scorching-hot summer days, they create a vacuum that sucks out heat.

The skylights open and close automatically.

There’s also a powder room on the main floor.

There's a powder room on the main floor.

In the kitchen, there are sparkling appliances, a custom dining table with a built-in bench, a walkout to the backyard and ebony slate counters.

The kitchen counters are ebony slate.

This second-floor bedroom’s sliding barn door to the ensuite bathroom was crafted out of reclaimed wood from the original house.

The barn doors have been saved from the original home.

Here’s that ensuite bathroom, which includes a floating toilet and a wide vanity.

Note the floating toilet in the ensuite.

The bedroom also has a balcony overlooking the neighbourhood.

The balcony overlooks the neighbourhood.

Down the hall is the office.

The office has wall-to-wall windows.

The main suite occupies the entire third floor. Squint to see the Eaton Centre in the distance.

The main suite occupies the entire top floor.

Meanwhile, the principal ensuite comes with a Nordic steam shower.

That's a Nordic steam shower in the main ensuite.

Down in the basement is the screening room, with an Epson projector and surround sound.

Don't forget the basement screening room.

A glimpse at the rear of the home and its corrugated metal cladding.

The rear of the home is as verdant as the back.

Finally, a view of the backyard and the path to the laneway.

And a final look at the backyard.


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