House of the Week: $3.6 million for a Swansea home with an incredible backyard
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The place: A four-bedroom home on a street with only ten houses, all of which share a view of the northwestern edge of High Park.
The history: The home, like most of the others on the tiny street, is in the Arts and Crafts style. The homeowner, Norma Gigone of Norma G Designs, did the interior design with Nick Alcaro of Total Home Décor. Among the updates: a laundry room in what used to be a ground-floor closet and a wine cellar in the basement. The kitchen was redone in 2008.
Big selling point: The backyard, which looks a little like a fancy rooftop lounge at a King Street restaurant, is the work of yet another designer: Charles Gane, a principal at Core Architects. It has an eight-seat dining table, a four-seat bar, a fireplace, a barbecue, a stainless steel sink—and, oh yeah, a television.
Possible deal breaker: Moving onto a street with only a handful of neighbours might be good for those with dreams of a Mayberry-esque existence, but anonymity could be hard to come by.
By the numbers:
• 288-bottle wine cellar
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 2 fridges
• 1 outdoor kitchen
• 1 outdoor fireplace
• 1 indoor fireplace
The seller is an interior designer, and it shows.
The dining area is combined with the living room.
There’s a small office on the main floor.
The kitchen was renovated in 2008.
Next to the kitchen is this den. (Cowhide rug count: 1)
There are three bedrooms on the second floor the house, and also a patio.
Yes, folks: double beds exist outside of hotel rooms and 1950s TV comedies.
Here’s the second-floor bathroom.
And here’s the master bedroom. (Cowhide rug count: 2)
The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom has an impressive tub…
…and a square toilet.
The basement rec room has an impressive wine rack. (Cowhide rug count: 3)
There’s also a basement bedroom, perfect for a nanny or a guest.
The second-floor patio has a view of the backyard.
And speaking of that backyard: it’s impressive.
Most homeowners are lucky if they have a gas hookup for a grill. This place has a stainless steel outdoor kitchen with a breakfast bar, a dining table, and a lounge area with a fireplace.
And here’s the drone’s-eye view.