House of the Week: $4 million for a Yorkville Victorian with a three-storey skylight tower

House of the Week: $4 million for a Yorkville Victorian with a three-storey skylight tower

The 3,500-square-foot property also comes with storage galore, a basement that could be its own suite and a backyard fit for a restaurant club

This $4-million homes comes with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Price: $3,995,000
Size: 3,500 square feet
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 4
Parking spaces: 1
Real estate agents: Gillian Oxley and Andres Rivadeneira, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Oxley Real Estate

The place

A four-bedroom, five-bathroom semi with seemingly endless storage and a backyard sanctuary. Located in Yorkville’s northeast pocket, the place is within walking distance of Ramsden Park, the shops on Bloor and half a dozen subway stations. It’s also a short drive from Mount Pleasant Road and the DVP.

The history

The current owners bought the house in 2013 and soon conducted a head-to-toe renovation, adding a 30-foot skylight tower and building out the backyard for entertaining. Despite the home’s many amenities and prime location, it failed to sell its last two times on the market, primarily for its lack of parking. New realtor Gillian Oxley fixed the problem this time around by securing a parking space—prepaid for the next two years—in a private lot down the street.

Related: This North York home underwent an 18-month, seven-figure renovation

The tour

The foyer hooks right past the coat closet and leads to a street-facing living area.

That's a reading nook behind the foyer.

Storage here is meant to be subtle—the matching cabinets blend into the walls and direct residents’ eyes toward the open-concept space.

The floating storage blends into the background.

Moving along, the main floor is anchored by its single pathway and split into three modular zones.

The open-concept space is modular.

First is the dining area, which overlooks a gas fireplace nestled within a floor-to-ceiling ceramic feature wall.

Note the floor-to-ceiling ceramic fireplace surround.

Next up is the kitchen. It comes with new appliances, twin Caesarstone islands and a majestic skylight.

There are twin Caesarstone islands in the kitchen.

Here’s a view looking up the skylight tower, dotted with beaming orbs and windows into various corners of the upper floors.

A view of the 30-foot skylight.

Just beyond the kitchen is the family room. Those arched French doors lead to the deck and backyard.

Those arched French doors lead to the back deck.

A walk upstairs reveals the main suite, which is defined by its vaulted ceilings.

A view of the main bedroom.

In lieu of a traditional walk-in, the main bedroom is equipped with an entire hallway of closets leading to the ensuite bathroom.

This hallway of closets connects the bedroom to the ensuite.

Now for that ensuite, which features a floating vanity and a soaker tub with a view.

The ensuite, equipped with a floating vanity and soaker tub.

There are two more bedrooms on the second floor. This one has a wall of closets and a bay window perched over the backyard.

This secondary bedroom comes with a bay window.

This oak staircase leads to the third floor.

The oak staircase leads to the third floor.

The top storey is split into two rooms. The one straight ahead faces the rear of the home and comes with two mini skylights.

More skylights on the top floor.

The opposite room faces the street and is meant to be an office.

This office could be converted into another bedroom.

This secondary bathroom comes with an extra-wide vanity and a glass shower.

The third-floor bathroom has a super-wide vanity.

In the basement: a wall of mirrors, more storage and a private walkout to the backyard.

The basement has a private walkout to the backyard.

The laundry room leads to the back door.

Don't miss the laundry room on the way out.

A 40-foot-deep backyard is rare in Yorkville, and this one has a deck with a built-in grill and waterfall island.

It's rare to find a backyard of this size in such a dense part of downtown.

Then there’s this outdoor dining space, surrounded by greenery and covered by a pergola.

The outdoor dining room has a broiling hub.

Finally, a full view of the backyard with its fireplace ablaze.

A backyard fit for a five-star Yorkville restaurant.

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