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House of the Week: $2 million for a family home in Lawrence Manor with a basement made for pool sharks

House of the Week: $2 million for a family home in Lawrence Manor with a basement made for pool sharks
(Image: Alex Rothe)

Address: 402 Douglas Avenue
Neighbourhood: Lawrence Manor Agent: Leeanne Weld and Kelly Driscoll, Royal LePage, Johnston and Daniel Division Price: $1,988,000 Previously sold for: $320,000, in 1998—but the property was completely rebuilt shortly afterward.

The place

A red-brick home in Lawrence Manor with oak hardwood throughout, two fireplaces, two wine cellars (with a 2,500 combined bottle capacity) and top-of-the-line appliances, like a Sub-Zero fridge and a Miele dishwasher.

The living room, like most of the rest of the house, has oak hardwood flooring. The fireplace runs on gas:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

In the dining room, the floor has a herringbone pattern:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

The family room is beside the kitchen at the back of the house:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

There are four bedrooms on the second floor. This one is being used as an office:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

The rest of the bedrooms are decked out in cushy looking wool broadloom:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

Another bedroom:

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(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

And the master bedroom, which has its own little Juliet balcony facing the backyard:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)

The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom, covered in Carrera marble:

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)
The history

The owners, lawyers Stephen Grant and Sandy Forbes, custom-built this home in 1999 with designs by architect Gordon Ridgley. The couple’s summer home in Haliburton was one of our Great Spaces in 2014.

Big selling point

The lower-level rec room, with its hunter green carpet and included billiard table light, feels like an English pub. We’d suggest adding a dart board to complete the illusion.

(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)
Possible deal breaker

The black granite countertop on the four-seat island in the kitchen is not quite as contemporary as the gleaming white stone surfaces found in many newer homes, but it hides stains and resists etching, unlike marble.

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(Image: Alex Rothe)
(Image: Alex Rothe)
By the numbers:

• $1,988,000 • $10,658.14 in taxes (2015) • 5 bathrooms • 4 bedrooms • 2 fireplaces • 2 wine cellars • 2 car garage

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