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Condo of the Week: $1.2 million for a four-level unit with a strategically located hot tub

Condo of the Week: $1.2 million for a four-level unit with a strategically located hot tub

Address: 59 Elm Grove Avenue, Unit 2 Neighbourhood: South Parkdale Agent: Jerome LaPorte, Sutton Group Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage Price: $1,175,000

The place: A smart, south-facing semi that looks like an old Parkdale home but is actually part of a new development.

The history: The developer bought two plots of land and built six condos, two in this red brick semi that blends in with the street and four modern townhomes hidden behind. A couple moved here in 2011 and gussied the place up for entertaining. They added a wet bar to the lower-level rec room, built a pergola on the main-floor terrace and hired a crane to plunk a Beachcomber hot tub on the upper terrace off the master bedroom.

Big selling point: One of the sellers works in IT and was determined to make his pad high-tech. Not only did he outfit the house with internet cabling to reduce the need for unreliable Wi-Fi, he also put in a Nest alarm system, which allows the owner to use his or her smartphone to see who’s standing on the front step. And there’s a Neurio, which tracks how much energy is being used by various appliances.

Possible deal breaker: The attached garage has room for only one vehicle, so two-car couples may need to stock up on ice scrapers and crank the car alarm.

By the numbers:

• $1,175,000 • 2,050 square feet of indoor space, including the lower level • 275 square feet of outdoor space • $140 in monthly maintenance fees • 4 bathrooms • 3 bedrooms • 2 terraces • 1 hot tub • 1 wet bar • 1 walk-in closet • 1 parking space in an attached private garage


The front door opens into the living area.


The unit is fairly narrow, but there’s plenty of space for a dining table.


There are quartz countertops in the kitchen.


The second floor has two of the unit’s three bedrooms.


This bedroom has been turned into a home office, with shiny, shiny chairs.


The other second-floor bedroom is just a bedroom.


The two bedrooms share this bathroom.


The second floor terrace is set up like cabana, with a canvas roof covering to keep off the elements. (Plus, bottle service is free.)


The master bedroom is on the third floor.


There’s a walk-in closet.


Here’s the en suite bathroom.


And, here, on the master bedroom’s private terrace, is the hot tub, which the agent says the sellers hoisted up here with a crane.


The wet bar on the lower level has quartz countertops to match the kitchen upstairs.


Next to the wet bar is a little rec area.


And the unit comes with one parking space in an attached private garage.


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