House of the Week: $1.1 million for an updated semi near High Park
The place: A colourful brick home on the edge of High Park.
The history: The house was built in the early 20th century. The current owners bought it in 2010 and quickly set about rearranging the main floor, which now has a central kitchen with a recessed dining nook. They also replaced the windows, finished the basement, and added new hardwood flooring.
Big selling point: The place is kid-friendly: it has four bedrooms and a finished basement complete with a play area. The backyard is on the small side, but High Park is a five-minute walk away.
Possible deal breaker: The sellers have updated the wiring, the furnace, and the ductwork, but the buyer will probably still need to address the asphalt roof, repoint the chimney, and replace the A/C unit, which the home inspection says is nearing the end of its useful life.
By the numbers:
• $4,205.40 in taxes (2015)
• 1,618 square feet above grade
• 638-square-foot lower level
• 4 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 parking space
The owners changed the layout of the main floor to give it a modern, open flow. Here’s the family room, at the front of the house.
The dining area is in a little alcove off to the side.
The kitchen, in the middle of the house, is all new.
And there’s a family room at the back with doors to the backyard.
There are three bedrooms on the second floor of the house. Here’s one of them.
And the master bedroom, with plenty of built-in closet space (but no walk-in closet). This bedroom has access to a private balcony, facing the street.
The second-floor bedrooms share this bathroom.
A loft-like space on the third floor serves as a fourth bedroom.
The sellers use the finished basement as a play area.