House of the Week: $1.6 million for an interior designer’s Casa Loma Victorian

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$1.6M doesn’t seem like a huge stretch for a detached home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a home office – especially one that’s owned and decorated by a recognized designer!

ADDRESS: 6 Rathnelly Avenue

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Casa Loma

PRICE: $1,599,000

THE PLACE: A facelift on this detached Victorian in the so-called Republic of Rathnelly allowed its classic details—plaster crown mouldings, ceiling medallions, panelled walls and stained-glass windows—to shine.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: The current owner is interior designer Colleen McGill of McGill Design Group, a regular in Canadian House and Home and on HGTV. She decorated the place herself, natch.

BIG SELLING POINT: The huge third-floor office will make you yearn to work from home. Think cathedral ceilings, a kitchenette with a built-in Miele espresso machine, a private bathroom and French doors leading to a rooftop deck.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: This house has neither garage nor driveway, so you’ll have to settle for permit parking on the street.

BY THE NUMBERS:
• $1,599,000
• $6,933.07 in property taxes (2012)
• 10-foot ceilings on the main floor
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 3 gas fireplaces
• 3 types of flowering trees in front yard
• 2 porthole windows
• 1 in-home office
• 1 koi pond

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