Sale of the Week: The $1.3-million Wallace-Emerson home that was previously a corner store

Sale of the Week: The $1.3-million Wallace-Emerson home that was previously a corner store

Listed At
Sold For

Address: 248 Hallam Street
Neighbourhood: Wallace-Emerson
Agent: Kate Watson, Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
Previously sold for: $325,000, in 2005, prior to renovations

Listed at: $1,299,000
Sold for: $1,300,000

The property

A converted corner store near Dufferin Station.

The history

The sellers are both multi-disciplinary artists who bought the corner store in 2005 for just $325,000 and converted it into a home and workspace. They kept the original tin ceiling on the main floor, but sealed off the storefront windows to allow for more gallery space and covered the exterior with green panelling. Drawn to the country lifestyle east of the city, they decided to sell.

Here’s the studio space on the main floor:


It has its own kitchen:


And a small bedroom with its own office nook and washroom:


Here’s the kitchen and living room on the second floor:


There’s a little deck off of the kitchen:


Here’s the master bedroom:


And the second floor washroom:


This huge space, also on the second floor, could be another bedroom (or rec room or home gym):


Here’s the backyard:


There’s room to entertain out here:


And there’s even a dang driveway:


The fate

The buyers own a catering company and liked the square footage of the home, which is larger than normal for Wallace-Emerson. While the basement remains unfinished, it could be converted into a separate rental unit.

The sale

The home was originally priced at $1,189,000 to generate multiple offers, but only one came through, which the sellers considered too low. They re-listed the property in the range they were hoping for at $1,299,000 and waited. The home eventually saw a rush of activity after a conditional offer fell through and the sellers accepted the higher of two bids.

By the numbers

• $1,300,000
• $5,063 in taxes (approximately)
• 2,886 square feet (including basement)
• 45 days on MLS
• 3 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
• 1 carport
• 1 parking space