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House of the Week: $2.3 million for a traditional Annex home with a contemporary soul

ADDRESS: 405 Brunswick Avenue

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Annex

AGENT: Vicky Tal and Meir Gluzberg, Harvey Kalles Real Estate

PRICE: $2,295,000

THE PLACE: Set away from the Annex’s beer-soaked frat abodes, this five-bedroom semi-detached is a quiet retreat in the downtown core.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Cameron MacNeil, the design editor for House & Home magazine, is a friend of the family and designed the interiors. He selected all the custom-made furniture, like the marble dining room table.

BIG SELLING POINT: She’s a brick house. Due to strict zoning laws in the Annex, this home, rebuilt in 2009, retains most of the gorgeous original exterior brick from its former days as a rooming house.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The tiled backyard makes for great cocktail parties (no stilettos getting caught in grass here) but if you’re looking for a green space for the summer, you’ll have to invest in a lot of potted plants and shrubs.

BY THE NUMBERS:
• $2,295,000
• $13,509.58 in taxes (2011)
• 3,400 square feet
• 11 foot ceiling in the powder room
• 10 foot ceiling in the living room
• 7 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 storeys
• 2-car garage
• 1  well-known interior designer

  • sid

    Contemporary soul? Maybe it’s me, but I find the overly designed staging lacking soul.

  • ross

    Kudos to the designer/owner! It seems to have the right balance between contemporary design and comfort in a traditional home. I toured it a couple weeks ago at an open house. if only I had $2.3 million to spoil myself with… sigh.

  • AV

    I think you meant to say “a soulless renovation to a house that now does not fit in the annex”.

  • cathie

    Is nothing of the interior ever salvageable when they renovate these homes? Why oh why does no one ever seem to appreciate the architectural details in an old home?. Sooooo sad.

  • Cosmo Mannella

    This is an incredible price for the Annex and you get a bonus of being close to the James Joyce Pub and Brunswick House for a pint!
    Cosmo Mannella

  • peachy

    no, no, no

  • Symon Demers

    cathie – perhaps all the lovely architectural details were removed over time by multiple renos?

  • Paul

    strange….indeed…. why so many pics of the sparse dining room then the overcrowded family room. Its so bland for over $2mil…where is the WOW factor ? With all the brick outside, is there a WOW staircase ? entrance ? Come on TL! You can seriously do better!!!

  • banana

    I recognize so much of it is from west elm its not funny…the house is beautiful, just that it wouldn’t strike me as professionally decorated. The WOW factor Paul is the price! ;)

  • Kathryn

    The photo caption says “$8 million for an Arts and Crafts mansion near the lake”. What happened to THAT house?

  • Jake

    Sexy house. Great location. I guess this is how the 1% live…

  • Jen

    I have to respectively disagree with Cathie. I think the owner/builder should be given credit for maintaining the original external facade of the house. They easily could have torn the entire house down and built a contemporary exterior which would not have suited the Annex. At least they maintained a traditional exterior which fits nicely in the area, while attending to their personal contemporary tastes and comforts of a modern home.

  • Spot On

    Way too ‘designed’. Too many straight, hard edges.

  • Chalbe

    Jen – not sure how you take down and rebuild a semi-detached! I think this place is wildly overpriced, but so is most of Toronto’s real estate. At this point I’d keep my money and rent!

  • MH

    AV, if by fitting into the Annex you are referring to the rundown delapitated student housing, then you are right. Personally, I agree with Jen, I take my hat off to those who have had the courage to invest in giving a historical corner of Toronto a facelift. Well done! Just wish I could afford it.

  • MH

    AV, if by fitting into the Annex you are referring to the rundown delapitated student housing, then you are right. Personally, I am in agreement with Jen and take my hat off to those who have had the courage to invest in giving a historical corner a facelift.

 

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