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


Toronto Life’s House of the Week: $2.3M for a semi on Brunswick, north of Bloor. The interior is a little cold, but could easily be warmed up.

ADDRESS: 405 Brunswick Avenue


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.

• $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

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