The Place: A gargantuan, marble-lined suite with nearly 7,500 feet of living space. In addition to an open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen, there are six bedrooms, six parking spaces, an office and a den. Luxury extras include Brian Gluckstein–designed kitchen cabinetry and a humidor in the master bedroom.
The buyers: Chris Barran, a 44-year-old recent MBA graduate, and Danielle Barran, a 40-year-old VP of marketing at the J. M. Smucker Co.
The story: In 2012, Danielle, an executive at Smucker’s Markham office, was promoted to a job at the corporate headquarters in Ohio. She and her husband, Chris, packed up their belongings and their French bulldog, Remington, and moved into a ranch-style house on a golf course in Akron. The Barrans also kept their one-bedroom, 650-square-foot pied-à-terre in Deer Park for holidays and occasional weekends. The back-and-f0rth lifestyle worked fine until they got a second bulldog named Maui last Thanksgiving (their building had a one-dog policy). They enlisted agent Elli Davis to find a few options in the same neighbourhood, send them photos and videos, and handle the transaction in their stead.
The Property: An elevator opens directly into the den of this hard loft, which features original exposed beam-and-brick walls throughout, as well as 10-foot ceilings. It occupies the entire south side of the Monarch Building’s third floor, granting it views to the south, east and west.
The Place: A 1,248 square foot penthouse in one of Yorkville’s smaller condo buildings. There are two bedrooms, a balcony, two parking spaces and an open-concept living and dining area.
The Property: This new-build in Lawrence Manor has four bedrooms, each with an en suite washroom. Luxury conveniences include a $30,000 Miele kitchen-appliance package and radiant floor heating in the finished basement.
The Place: 1,000 square feet spread over the two upper floors of a four-storey building. There’s an open-concept kitchen, living room and dining area on the main floor of the unit. The second floor has two bedrooms.
Sale of the Week: the $1.3-million High Park home that shows catering to the young and wealthy can pay off
The Property: This three-storey home in High Park was fully renovated to attract the hip and the well-heeled. It features a rare second-storey family room with a wet bar. There’s also a built-in wine fridge in the kitchen, plus modern finishes throughout.
The Place: A thousand square feet in a faux-Victorian townhouse complex near Queen East. The unit takes up the lower two of four levels. There’s a big master bedroom and den in the basement and an open-concept kitchen and living room on the main floor.
Sale of the Week: the $820,000 Blake-Jones home that proves buyers won’t be dissuaded by eccentric design
The Property: This three-bedroom detached home features brightly coloured rooms with artwork hand-painted directly onto their walls and hardwood floors. The elevated corner lot, with an unobstructed view of the city skyline, was a draw for buyers.
The Place: A luxurious townhouse near Yonge and St. Clair with three bedrooms, 24-hour concierge service and a patio that’s just a short walk away from David A. Balfour Park.
The sellers: Michael Belz, a 49-year-old partner at Deloitte, and his wife, Melanie, a 45-year-old nutritionist.
The property: A four-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house on a Thornhill cul-de-sac.
The story: Michael and Melanie, both lifelong surburbanites, often trekked downtown to shop, eat and see the Jays (they attend at least 35 games a season). Last summer, with their elder son at Laurier and their younger one about to join him, they decided to give city living a try. Rather than leap straight into a condo purchase, they found a two-bedroom rental in the Heathview, a new apartment complex near St. Clair and Spadina. The only thing left to do was sell their Thornhill house, bought in 2007 for $810,000.
The prep: After a mammoth purge, Michael and Melanie tackled a five-page list of cosmetic fixes assigned by their realtor. But they refused to dismantle their Blue Jays shrine—a royal-blue room full of baseball memorabilia—which they roped off with velvet cordons for viewings.