House of the Week: $2.5 million for a modern mini-mansion in Bedford Park
Address: 118 Brooke Avenue
Neighbourhood: Bedford Park
Agent: Nargess Giahi Nejad, Homelife/Bayview Realty Inc.
The place: A modern box with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, all set atop a 130-foot-long lot.
The history: The house was designed by Lorne Rose, an architecture firm known for a more traditional style of mini-mansion. The interior has 3,700 square feet of living space.
Big selling point: The lower-level recreation room, which comes with radiant floor heating, a wet bar (complete with a wine fridge and dishwasher), a gas fireplace, lots of open shelving and a walkout to the backyard, would make a great mancave/womancave/childcave.
Possible deal breaker: There are wood accents everywhere here—from the entryway, to the lacquered oak custom cabinets in the kitchen, to the bathroom vanities and shelving throughout the home. It makes for a cohesive look, but it may be a bit much for anyone who prefers simpler surroundings.
By the numbers:
• 3,700 square feet, including the basement
• 5 bathrooms
• 4 bedrooms
• 4-car driveway (plus a single-car garage)
• 3 gas fireplaces
• 1 basement wet bar
The foyer has a porcelain tile floor.
At the front of the house, the living room has a gas fireplace and built-in speakers.
The dining area is next to the living room.
The kitchen is super sleek, and it comes with a built-in espresso machine.
The kitchen has a breakfast area, which is combined with the family room.
The family room has another gas fireplace, plus a rough-in for a wall-mounted TV.
The deck is elevated over the backyard. (The basement is at ground level.)
There are four bedrooms on the second floor. This is one of them.
And yet another bedroom.
Here’s that bedroom’s en suite bathroom.
The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with a marble shower.
The basement rec area has a wet bar with a wine fridge and a dishwasher.
And because the lot is on the long side, there’s a little room to spare in the backyard.