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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

By Fraser Abe| Photography by Jordan Prussky/The Print Market
House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

Address: 83 Alcina Avenue
Neighbourhood: Wychwood Agents: Sarah B Giacomelli and Dawna Satov, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage Price: $1,895,000 Previously sold for: $846,018, in 2005

The place

An ivy-covered cottage in Wychwood, a coveted neighbourhood with a tight housing market. The Artscape Wychwood Barns are right around the corner.

The history

The home was built in 1911 for artist George Andrew Reid, who was once principal of the Central Ontario School of Art and Design (now called OCAD University). In the intevening 107 years the house has been updated many times. There’s new wiring, a sauna and a renovated basement.

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

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

And another:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

The master bedroom is over the attached garage. And yes that’s a bathtub in the middle of the room:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

The master ensuite doesn’t have a shower in it:

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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

There’s a rec room in the basement:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

And here’s that sauna:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood
Big selling point

Though little ones will probably love the raised treehouse in the walled garden, older eyes will appreciate the huge but cozy living room (with a fireplace) that leads to the dining room (also with a fireplace).

The living room has a high, curved wooden ceiling:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

Here’s the dining room:

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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

And the backyard, with its treehouse:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood
Possible deal breaker

The layout of the kitchen—with the dishwasher and microwave around one corner and the fridge around the other—is a little strange (perhaps it harkens back to days when kitchens were for staff, not homeowners). Still, the house comes with modern kitchen luxuries like a newer gas range, custom cabinets and a farmhouse-style sink:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a big family home in Wychwood

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By the numbers

• $1,895,000 • $9,024.17 in taxes • 4 bathrooms • 3 bedrooms • 2 parking spaces • 1 sauna

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