Sale of the Week: the $820,000 Blake-Jones home that proves buyers won’t be dissuaded by eccentric design
The Property: This three-bedroom detached home features brightly coloured rooms with artwork hand-painted directly onto their walls and hardwood floors. The elevated corner lot, with an unobstructed view of the city skyline, was a draw for buyers.
The History: One seller is a painter, the other an artist who works mainly with wood. The pair originally moved into the home in 1987. Seeking more space for their family and the painter’s work, in 1995 they built a rear addition with an artists’ studio and a walkout to the private backyard garden. Now, they’re moving to a more rural setting.
The Fate: The buyers are a pair of young professionals with a small family. The property’s creative “good flow and spirit” vibed with them, and they plan on keeping most of the home’s character intact, as far as the selling agent knows.
The Sale: The sellers felt the home should be showcased on its creative merits, rather than painted over to appease the general Toronto market. Despite the risky sales approach, after a seven-day holdback period they received three offers from suitors who each saw value in the home’s artistic quirks. The couple accepted the highest bid, then threw an art party to celebrate with friends and acquaintances.
By the Numbers:
• 1,740 square feet above grade
• 104 years old
• 104 per cent of list price
• 7 days on the market
• 3 offers
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 washrooms
• 2-storey modern rear addition
• 2-car detached garage
• 1 artists’ studio