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Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno’d Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

By Jonathan Forani| Photography by VR LISTING
Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior
Listed At
$1,798,000
Sold For
$1,750,000

Address: 150 Rushton Road
Neighbourhood: Hillcrest Agent: Brucyne Sud, Harvey Kalles Real Estate LTD Previously sold for: $825,000, in 2016, prior to renovations

The property

A three-level semi near Wychwood Barns Park. With high ceilings and wall-sized windows, this three-bed, four-bath townhouse feels bigger than its 2,500 square feet.

The history

In 2016, designer Paula Himmel bought and redesigned the home. She wanted the place to feel artsy and spacious, without it seeming cold or cookie-cutter. To achieve Himmel’s desired look and feel, the builders used natural woods and stuck with a mostly white palette.

Here’s a look at the front door. That big bay window looks into the living room:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

There’s a patch of porcelain flooring in the front foyer:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

An electric fireplace in the living room:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

The main floor has 9-foot ceilings and white oak flooring:

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Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

This staircase has maple treads and a custom-made glass banister:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

Five people can fit at the porcelain-topped kitchen island:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

Here, the porcelain tile floor resumes and leads out to the backyard:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

This breakfast table has views of the backyard through that wall-sized window:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

Upstairs, notice the curved walls, which were designed to give the place a bit of flair:

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Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

The master bedroom has 10-foot ceilings and a charming view of the tree-filled street:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

Its three-piece ensuite has porcelain tile flooring, a Caesarstone vanity, and a handy shower seat:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

Here’s another upper floor bedroom:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

The four-piece second floor washroom has marble terrazzo walls and flooring:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

This basement staircase has oak treads:

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Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

The rec room has nine-foot ceilings to go along with plenty of space for lounging:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

This area could be used as a makeshift art station:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

Here’s the basement bedroom. There’s a washer and dryer behind those beige curtains:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

The three-piece bathroom on the lower level has groovy custom-designed shower tiles:

Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior

In the professionally landscaped backyard, there’s a nice stone patio and wrap-around fencing for extra privacy:

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Sale of the Week: $1.75 million for a recently reno'd Hillcrest home with an artsy interior
The fate

Himmel’s design emphasized functionality for families. The buyers, who currently live in Thornhill, are a young family with a child. There’s no door separating the main floor and basement, so natural light trickles downstairs and the parents can survey the shenanigans on the lower level.

The sale

The sellers originally listed the home in October for nearly $2 million. But after a month without offers, they dropped the price by $200,000, which drummed up some interest. After 26 days, they accepted an offer for $48,000 under asking.

By the numbers
  • $1,750,000
  • $4,600 in taxes (approximately)
  • 2,520 square feet (including basement)
  • 60 days on MLS
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 0 parking spaces

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