House of the Week: $1.8 million for an updated Beaches home with an unusual layout
Address: 22 Hammersmith Avenue
Neighbourhood: The Beaches
Agent: Alex Brott and Heather Hadden, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
The place: A four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a chic interior, steps from the beach and Kew Gardens.
The history: A top-to-bottom renovation seven years ago modernized the interior. Among the additions: a gas fireplace in the living room, a new kitchen (including appliances and custom cabinetry) on the second floor, and eco-friendly bamboo floors throughout the home.
Big selling point: Forgetting the fact that this home is only seconds (okay, minutes for the slow walkers) away from the beach and all the fun it has to offer, the first-floor den, with built-in shelving, looks like an incredibly comfy place to while away a weekend afternoon reading.
Possible deal breaker: The open shelving in the kitchen is very on-trend (even seven years after the remodel), but the idea of cleaning all the dust and grime that can accumulate in such a high-traffic area of the house is decidedly less glamourous.
By the numbers:
• $7,075 (2015 taxes)
• 2,236 square feet (plus 1,118 square feet below grade)
• 110 metres to the boardwalk
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• 1 gas fireplace
The layout here is a little odd: the ground floor consists of a living room and two bedrooms. The kitchen and dining area are upstairs.
Also on the ground floor: a small, shelf-lined den.
Here’s one of the ground-floor bedrooms.
Another ground-floor bedroom.
The two bedrooms share this bathroom.
The exposed brick by the stairway gives the interior a loft-like feel.
Here’s the second-floor dining area. The unusual curved ceilings catch the eye.
Most of the interior renovations were done seven years ago, but the kitchen still looks sharp.
Beside the kitchen is the family room. Those doors lead to a terrace.
The master bedroom is also on the second floor. It has its own balcony.
The master ensuite.
And here’s the view from the balcony.
The basement is finished.