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Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

By Jonathan Forani| Photography by Birdhouse Media
Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches
Listed At
$2,299,999
Sold For
$2,430,000

Address: 46 Herbert Avenue
Neighbourhood: The Beaches Agent: Karyn Filiatrault, Sage Real Estate Limited Previously sold for: $2,060,000, in 2017

The property

A 3,000-square-foot home in the Beaches. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house has a cabin-style exterior and European interior design.

The history

The original home was built in 1905. More than a century later, in 2016, German architect Felix Leicher bought it for $875,000, then gutted the place and reinforced the existing structure. His company, Baukultur/ca, designed the new home with sustainable, energy-efficient elements. He rebuilt the façade with larch wood, which is durable and waterproof, and installed white metal panels on the roof and sides, which help to reduce cooling costs. The house also has fibreglass windows coated with a reflective material that maintains the heat during winter and deflects the sun’s rays in the summer. In 2017, the current sellers bought the home and got Leicher to design a detached garage in the same style as the façade.

The tour

The foyer has porcelain tile floors. Before the interior overhaul, this area was a closed-in porch:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

There’s a larch wood divider in the living room:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

The living room also has a gas fireplace:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

There are white oak floors in the dining room:

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Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

The kitchen has quartz countertops:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

There are nine-foot ceilings in the family room:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

This second-floor bedroom has a private balcony:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

There’s a heated towel rack in the main bathroom:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

This bedroom has a bay window overlooking Herbert Avenue:

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Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

It also has an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

The third-floor master suite has nine-foot cathedral ceilings:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

And a 67-square-foot terrace:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

The master walk-in closet has built-in shelving:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

There are heated floors in the master bathroom:

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Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

The basement suite has a kitchen with a walnut countertop and backsplash:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

There’s a 72-square-foot bedroom in the basement:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

Here’s the back of the house, which has copper cladding:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches

Here’s the new garage Leicher designed for the current sellers:

Sale of the Week: $2.4 million for a cabin-like hideaway in the Beaches
The fate

In late 2019, the sellers listed the home for nearly $2.6 million. After two months, there were no offers, so they took it off the market. Then they hired a new agent, a former television producer who’s known for making comedic videos to promote her listings. She brought in a voice-over actor and a cinematographer to produce "Fur-Ever Herbert,” a short film about an old dog who teaches a puppy about the home. In late January, the sellers relisted for $2.3 million and accepted a bully offer of $130,000 over asking.

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By the numbers

• $2,430,000 • $8,983 in taxes • 2,972 square feet (including basement) • 2 days on MLS • 5 bathrooms • 4 bedrooms • 1 parking space • 1-car garage

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