Sale of the Week: The $2-million house that shows what an unrenovated heritage home is worth
A unique Arts and Crafts home, with many of its heritage features intact.
The home was built in 1912 by Henry Simpson, a Toronto builder, as his private residence. At the time, the home was far from the city centre, with plenty of room for stables in the back. The seller is a 90-year-old woman who lived in the house for 47 years and is now moving into a Roncesvalles retirement home. She hoped a young family would buy the property.
The living room has a fireplace, and some benches built right into the wainscotting:
Yup, that carpet is wall to wall:
The home still has some original stained glass:
There are four bedrooms on the second floor. Here’s one of them:
And there are two more bedrooms on the third floor:
The basement is semi-finished:
The buyers—who are, in fact, a family—wrote a letter to the seller expressing their intention to preserve the home. The mother, an architect who specializes in restoring and maintaining old homes, said she planned to build a secret tunnel for the kids in the house’s crawlspace. The buyers will likely make some other changes, too, but with a focus on preserving the home’s history.
They’ll probably end up renovating the kitchen, for instance:
The agents marketed the home over a seven day period. One of their open houses involved a Q&A session with a local historian and a renovation expert.
By the numbers
• $7,000 in taxes (approximately)
• 4,295 square feet (including the basement)
• 9 parking spaces
• 7 days on MLS
• 6 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms