House of the Week: $2 million for a Roncesvalles home that looks nothing like the triplex it used to be
Address: 261 Wright Avenue
Agent: Mary Lee Keefe, Sutton Group Old Mill Realty Inc., Brokerage
The place: A century-old home with a sexy new interior, parked right between High Park and Roncesvalles.
The history: According to city records, the house was built in 1918, but the sellers say they found pages from a 1912 Toronto Star stapled to the interior walls. When they bought the place in 2005, it was a triplex, and they lived in the upper unit while saving up for renovations. In 2009, the home had a complete to-the-studs refresh, and now it’s once again a single-family home.
Big selling point: The master ensuite, awash in marble, is a light and relaxing retreat thanks to the three large skylights.
Possible deal breaker: The home shares a driveway with the next-door neighbours, which, depending on a person’s temperament, could turn out to be a test of both diplomacy and driving skills. (There’s also a front parking pad that can fit two cars.)
By the numbers:
• $6,803.79 in property taxes (2015)
• 100 years old (approximately)
• 5 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 skylights in the master ensuite
• 1 second-floor family room
The dining room is to right of the foyer, through those glass doors.
The chandelier looks like it’s made of packing peanuts, but somehow it works. The fireplace, to the right, burns ethanol.
The kitchen and living room are at the back of the house.
The kitchen has Caeserstone countertops.
The banquette table is also Caeserstone.
The family room is on the second floor, at the front of the house. It was converted from two bedrooms. There’s a balcony through the door on the left.
Also on the second floor: the master bedroom.
The master ensuite has a few skylights. The floors are marble.
There are three more bedrooms on the third floor.
Here’s a bedroom.
And here’s another.
The third-floor bathroom.
The basement is finished.
There’s a little office space down here.