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House of the Week: $3.5 million for a Summerhill townhouse that used to be a church

ADDRESS: 12 MacPherson Avenue, Townhouse 5


AGENTS: Christian Vermast, Paul Maranger and Fran Bennett, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage

PRICE: $3,495,000

THE PLACE: One of just five units in the ultra-exclusive Macpherson Church loft conversion, this three-bedroom townhouse has luxurious touches like heated marble floors, cathedral ceilings and an elegant staircase that spirals through all three floors.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: The sprawling back patio is perfect for entertaining large parties—as is the 5,400-bottle wine cellar.

BIG SELLING POINT: Wedged between Rosedale and Summerhill, this home is set in one of Toronto’s most beautiful and stately neighbourhoods. Think tree-lined streets, picturesque homes and trendy shops. The area also has some of the city’s top schools.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Don’t expect to find paraphernalia like pews or stained glass in this swanky conversion. Though the historical architecture of the century-old building is intact, the interior is all high-end finishes such as inlaid marble and herringbone hardwood.

• $3,495,000
• $14,783.87 in property taxes (2012)
• $2,130.10 per month in maintenance fees
• 5,400-bottle wine cellar
• 4,300 square feet
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 storeys
• 3 gas fireplaces
• 2 skylights
• 2 parking spots
• 1 outdoor fireplace

  • June

    It has some beautiful finishes and architectural features but the place leaves me cold. You can still do “elegant” with warmth but this place fails. It was a bad move on the developers part to remove many of the church’s features.

  • YY

    who wants to live in a church? Anyone?

  • June

    YY, you obviously have not seen a number of other churches that were converted to lofts and condo apartments. All of the beautiful stained glass and magnificent wood trim/molding and staircases were incorporated into the renovations. These conversions were gorgeous and your post is supercilious.

  • opl

    To each their own. However nice this place is, it’s a shame the outdoor space is so small.

  • Lamis Dantas

    Great place,a lot of great features,however you are paying a price….

  • Chalbe

    opl – what do you mean “the outdoor space is so small”? The description above reads “The sprawling back patio is perfect for entertaining large parties”! The pictures though show a rather small patio, so who’s right?

  • havingalook2

    …former church and the agents name is Christian…I love it. I think it is grand, I would love to live there. As for the conversion – we hear this all the time…just waiting for the fellow to post here and him go on about the lack of respect and integrity for the original structure, as he does with any church building re-purposed. Hey it was saved from the wrecking ball and re-purposed, just because it was a church does not mean it needs to be one or look like one inside. I think this is lovely. I would live in a church or any re-purposed building as long a it appealed to me and the space met my needs. My great grandfather was a church architect in London UK and some of his churches were converted to flats and I think he would be chuffed to know this. Cheers

  • Ben

    Great location and nicely detailed. But I have to ask myself who is going to climb all the way to the third floor to gather in the family room?

  • Kelly


  • B

    Gorgeous. Especially that staircase, that is just stunning.

    Well, with the exception of the master ensuite. That’s a big miss. But I could put up with that for that staircase!

  • Meow Meow

    One of the most exquisite homes shown here yet, and the decor is magnificent – except for a couple of the bad paintings that look like they were done by someone taking an art course (sorry… I know the paintings aren’t part of the sale, but eek). The maintenance fees seem high. Is there a communal pool?

  • Gloria

    Gorgeous townhouse. The decorating is cold but I find a lot of decorators leave this impression. When you purchase you just make the changes to feel at home.

  • Laurie

    SPECTACULAR!!!! If I lived there I would NEVER move!

  • Symon Demers

    @Meow Meow – the maintenance fees include water, heat, central air conditioning, building insurance,
    parking, common elements.

    @Chalbe and opl – the floor plans are here . whether or not the patio is sufficient for large gatherings is open to interpretation.

    Otherwise a property with understated elegance.

  • BettyBoop

    I think I would switch the kitchen and the dining room. Then knock down the wall between the new kitchen and the living room. Get some natural light into the middle of the first floor so it doesnt seem like a fancy basement

  • Mulva

    @ YY…I agree completely. Living in a church or anything with a religious past…gives me the heebie jeebies.

  • gt

    nice place, but no thanks. It used to be a Church, hence many souls still lingering in the place that had their funeral service here. creepy…..

  • Jaki

    I love this home!!!!!..
    everything about it is gorgeous.. wish I had that kind of money.. would soo buy this..
    would be awesome to live in there..has soo much character

  • Marc de Bellefeuille

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the staircase, the kitchen is amazing, top quality finishes, a great street in an awesome location… maybe one day!