For this week’s House Crush, I travelled to one of my favourite neighborhoods, Roncesvalles Village.  This week’s Crush is a stylishly renovated abode in the sought-after Fern Avenue PS school district.

Listed at a very reasonable $679,000, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom detached red brick home has been featured in Design Lines Magazine and on HGTV.  A star is born!  In addition to a stunning interior, the house features 3 car parking, a large lot for the area (20×118), and third floor attic space begging to be renovated into a master retreat.

The major downside is being the first house in from Roncesvalles Avenue but this is reflected in the list price. Given the quality of the house and the location within the Village, I don’t think it’s a huge compromise.

I’m going to take you on the full monty tour now as I heart the decor choices.  I know what you’re thinking, the tulip table and Nelson bubble lamp don’t come with the place.  Yes, this house is beautifully presented but many of the design features like the snowy white Caesarstone kitchen counters, stained glass windows, light hardwood floors downstairs and painstakingly painted floorboards upstairs do stay when the cool stuff gets packed up.  Let’s take a peek!

Is it just me or is this the exact same vintage teak sofa that Catherine Keener buys in Please Give? Everything is eerily coming full circle for me this week! I love how the owners have restored the fireplace... so fresh and charming.

This really should have been staged as a formal dining space but a Nelson bubble lamp makes me forgive pretty much anything. You're getting verrry sleepy... focus on the bubble lamp and count to ten backwards...

The kitchen is small but it has an eat-in area and is open to the rest of the living space. Classic white subway tiles, soon you will be mine. All mine.

White painted floorboards bring a light, airy charm to the master bedroom. Design brownie points for the books organized by colour. I'm teaching my 2 year old her colours now... soon all my books will be colour coded too! No, you can't have dinner until YOU'RE DONE.

What a fun, light-hearted kids bedroom in a totally unexpected colour scheme. I especially love the art. Hey, I recognize you, graphic black and white kilim from Ikea... why are you no longer available?

Why is this punchy kelly green only reserved for St. Patty's Day parties? Such a lovely colour for a nursery, especially with all the white.

As I mentioned in Seize the May, the market is softening in many pockets of the city.  Fresh on the heels of Housefly’s post, the Globe and Mail reported on the same trend in today’s Real Estate section (A Sharp Shift in the Market).  In stark contrast to my Roncy House Crush that sold six weeks ago for $131,500 over asking, this week’s house sold for $720,000, or $41,000 over asking (106% of list).  A great buy me-thinks!

The Deets:

Roncesvalles/Fern, Detached, 2-Storey, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

List:  $679,000

Sold:  $720,000 (106% of list, May 2010)

Taxes: $3,028

Lot: 20 x 118 Feet

Parking: 3 spaces

Remarks For Clients: Prime Roncesvalles Village 3 Bdrm Detached! Hip Reno W/Scandinavian Flare & Original Features Of Century Home *Coved Ceilings,French Doors,Stained Glass *Quartz Counters In Kitchen,Fisher And Paykel & Bosch Apps *Main Flr Laundry *Family-Friendly Mud Room *2 Updated Baths, Totally Rewired,New Boiler(09) *Fullsize 3rd Flr.Unfinished Attic Space *3 Car Parking *Steps To Everything Roncey Has To Offer! Featured In Design Lines Magazine & On Hgtv.

For more pictures, check out the virtual tour.

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