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House of the Week: $3 million for a modern Leaside new-build with lots of skylights

By Zane Schwartz| Photography by VR Listing
House of the Week: $3 million for a modern Leaside new-build with lots of skylights

Address: 82 Divadale Drive
Neighbourhood: Leaside Agent: Reza Afshar, Royal LePage Terrequity Realty, Brokerage Price: $2,950,000 Previously sold for: $1,192,000, in 2014, prior to being completely demolished and rebuilt

The place

A newly built modernist home, designed as an investment property.

There’s a small sitting area at the front of the house:

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At least the buyer won’t have to worry about hanging anything on the living room wall:

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The dining area is continuous with the living room:

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The kitchen and family room are at the back of the house:

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A closer look at the kitchen:

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There are four bedrooms on the second floor. Here’s one of them:

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Another bedroom, with its own Juliet balcony:

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And a slightly less impressive bedroom:

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Here’s the master bedroom:

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It has a bit of built-in storage:

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And, of course, there’s a sleek master ensuite:

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The backyard is looking a little plain at the moment, but the right owner could do a lot with this amount of space:

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The history

The original house was built approximately 50 years ago. It had only one set of owners until it was sold in 2014, after its last original inhabitant died at age 93. The new owner used the building as an art installation for four months. She invited photographers, graffiti artists and mixed media artists to use the walls and spaces inside as a canvas. Eventually, she demolished the house. In 2015, she built a new one from the ground up.

Big selling point

Architect Talayeh Hamidya designed every room with light in mind. There are five skylights in the house: three in the upstairs bathrooms and two large ones above the stairs. They even illuminate the basement:

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Possible deal breaker

The boxy exterior and spare interior are unusual in this neighbourhood of mid-century homes. It’s a distinct aesthetic that isn’t for everyone.

By the numbers

• $2,950,000 • 3,000 square feet • 33-by-135-foot lot • 4 + 1 bedrooms • 6 bathrooms • 1 backyard deck

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