House of the Week: $1.8 million for a Little Portugal home with a trendy interior
Address: 18 Foxley Street
Neighbourhood: Little Portugal
Agent: Ashley Clare Gollogly, Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage
The place: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom home, steps away from the bustling Ossington strip, complete with a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the basement.
The history: The house had a to-the-bones renovation three years ago, led by HGTV host Emmanuel Belliveau, a friend of the owners. The new features include seven-inch-wide plank engineered hardwood floors, 9.5-foot ceilings, an oversized custom gas fireplace and a large second-floor deck.
Big selling point: The entire first floor is perfect for entertaining: a built-in wine fridge in the custom-designed SVEA kitchen keeps libations chilled, and the dining area flows into more seating, which leads to even more seating in the cedar-lined backyard garden.
Possible deal breaker: Some design touches, like the tree-inspired wallpaper in the powder room and master bathroom and the barn wood wall in the dining room, are bold accents that are very trendy right now. Buyers that want a more staid look that may possibly stand the test of time longer (maybe one day people will remember reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs like they do avocado green appliances, who knows?) may wish to look elsewhere.
By the numbers:
• $6,192.44 (2015 taxes)
• 3 bedrooms (plus 2 in the basement apartment)
• 3 bathrooms (plus 2 in the basement apartment)
• 2-car parking
• 1 oversized gas fireplace
• 1 built-in wine fridge
The house has a new front porch.
The tree-trunk coffee table, cowhide rug and leather couch give this living room a manly vibe. (But only the fireplace will remain once all the staging furniture is removed.)
The kitchen is combined with the living room.
The kitchen is a custom job by SVEA. The countertops and backsplashes look like marble, but they’re actually quartz.
The kitchen has a wine fridge.
The dining room has a barn board wall.
And the powder room has a forest theme. (And a very narrow toilet.)
There are three bedrooms on the second floor of the house.
Here’s one of them.
The master bedroom has more of that forest-themed wallpaper.
And the master bedroom’s en suite bathroom has stone counters and backsplashes similar to the ones in the kitchen.