Beaches home has a lake view and lots of room for entertaining
Location: 18 Munro Park Ave.,
Queen St. E. and Silver Birch Ave.
Asking price: $3,200,000
Size: about 2,265 sq. ft., plus about 932 sq. ft. finished basement
Lot: 50-by-118 feet, two-car detached garage, private drive
Taxes: $10,571 (2018)
This updated century home in one of Toronto’s most in-demand neighbourhoods features newly finished hardwood floors throughout and a modern kitchen.
“Our family of seven moved into this house in 1966. The original owners had it built and designed around 1919 and we purchased it from them,” says homeowner Greg Brook.
“Quickly our house became a neighbourhood hub for friends and family, as we hosted many barbecue parties on the back deck throughout the summer. Our front porch is perfect for reading or thinking while enjoying the view of the lake. The front sunroom is one of the best rooms in the house as it is a wonderful greenhouse in the winter and a heated extension of the front porch,” says Brook.
“Ours is one of the last of the first-built homes ... and still maintains its original charm and detailing. We are less than a minute’s walk to the beach and the lake where we have frequently canoed, sunbathed, swam, strolled and walked our dogs,” he adds.
The home is also just a few minute’s walk to Queen St. E. and its many restaurants, shops and streetcar. Schools and parks are also close by.
“Perched on a large lot, this spacious home was built in the arts-and-crafts-style and is close Toronto’s art deco gem: The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant,” says listing agent Mark Richards. He adds that, in the updated house, “every element of the renovation was carefully planned and executed to maintain the original character of the home, while adding a modern flair to ensure functionality.”
The stately brick home has a brick walkway and ample front lawn. Inside the front door, bordered by glass panels, is a vestibule with ceramic tile floor and a door opening to the foyer and hallway.
On one side of the foyer is the large living room that extends the length of the house and includes a hardwood floor, wood panel wainscoting, ceiling detail, a wood-burning fireplace with brick surround and built-ins, picture window and a French door walkout to the back deck.
On the other side of the foyer is the dining room with hardwood floor, wood-panel wainscoting, a wood-beamed coffered ceiling and a large bay window. The dining room opens to the front sunroom with carpeting and three walls of windows.
In the L-shaped, contemporary kitchen are marble counters, pot lights, a small centre island/breakfast bar, double sinks, stainless steel appliances, two windows and a hardwood floor.
A mud room off the kitchen with direct access to the backyard and a two-piece bathroom complete this floor.
Highlights of the second-floor master bedroom are a hardwood floor, a closed-off fireplace with a white painted brick surround, wall sconces, two double closets, two windows and a French door that opens to a secondary bedroom.
All three of the secondary bedrooms have double closets, two windows and hardwood floors.
A few steps down lead to a sunken den or home office with a hardwood floor and surrounding window on three walls. A four-piece bathroom serves these rooms.
On the lower level is a spacious rec room with broadloom, pot lights and a fireplace with a painted brick surround. The basement also has a large storage closet, a two-piece bathroom and a laundry room.
The backyard has a massive deck, as well as a landscaped lawn.
To have a look at this property contact listing agent Mark Richards, Re/Max Hallmark Richards Group Realty Ltd., Brokerage, 416-699-0303; www.therichardsgroup.ca.
Home of the Week is written by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer. Although we try to provide the most up-to-date information available, we cannot guarantee features as listed. Please contact the realtor. To make a submission to Home of the Week, email .