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House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

By Fraser Abe| Photography by Tyler McKeag/Minds Combined Media
House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

Address: 262 Bessborough Drive
Neighbourhood: Leaside Agent: Jerry Hammond, Hammond International Properties Limited, Brokerage Price: $3,699,000

The place

A historic red-brick home in Leaside, close to Eglinton and Bayview and steps away from Howard Talbot Park.

The history

Originally built in 1883 for Thomas G. Elgie, a farmer and realtor, the heritage-designated house is the oldest home in Leaside. The owner subdivided the large property for redevelopment, but left the original home intact. An interior renovation was completed in 2018.

Here’s the living room:

House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

The dining room:

House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

The kitchen has a breakfast bar:

House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

And here’s the family room:

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House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

There’s a wet bar in the basement:

House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside
Big selling point

The master suite has vaulted ceilings, an expansive walk-in closet, an ensuite bathroom and a walkout with a view of the garden in the backyard. Not too shabby.

Here’s the bedroom:

House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

The closet:

House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside

And the ensuite:

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House of the Week: $3.7 million for a heritage home in Leaside
Possible deal breaker

Because the home is set so far back on its lot, the backyard isn’t as large as one might expect. The plus side of that is that the front of the home has enough parking space for six cars.

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By the numbers

• $3,699,000 • 3,045 square feet • 1,544-square-foot lower level • 135 years old • 6 parking spaces • 5 bedrooms • 5 bathrooms

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