Homes

House of the Week: $2,799,000 for 5 bedroom Glebe home designed by Barry Hobin

This week, we visit a modern home built in 2006 that features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a breathtaking staircase.

Address: 89 Third Ave.
Neighbourhood: Glebe
Agent: Victoria Brunetta, Re/Max  Hallmark Brunetta Group Realty
Price: $2,799,000
Taxes: $15,380 (approximate)

The history
This large family home was built in 2006 by Barry Hobin, a pioneer in modern infill housing. Designed to be both unique and to blend in with the many red brick houses in the Glebe, the house has seen subtle renovations in recent years, including brighter cabinetry and a kitchen layout perfect for a busy family. With the current owners looking at life as empty-nesters, it’s time for a new family to take advantage of the space.

The place
Plenty of big windows and a unique angular staircase are the take-your-breath-away elements. But the design also honours modern minimalist architecture in other ways, such as radiant heated floors, a multi-use mezzanine, and a wraparound porch on the third floor. But minimalist doesn’t mean small: there are four bedrooms, plus an office and that mezzanine that looks out over the great room.

The entryway, with great room to the left and stairway to the right:


With 20-foot ceilings, the great room is pretty great. Aluminum windows look out onto leafy Third Avenue:


A cozy sitting area between great room and kitchen:

And a sleek kitchen. Miele appliances are hidden in there somewhere:

A dining area, open to the kitchen and steps from the backyard:


The backyard is great for hosting. Yes, that’s a Trex composite deck:

Let’s take a peek at the finished basement:

The mudroom space leads to the attached garage:

Now to the second floor, which begins with a dramatic view of the great room and a mezzanine:


The master bedroom:

The ensuite features a his-and-hers vanity and a big, bright shower:

The third floor is where you’ll find the other three bedrooms and an office. The favourite child gets the room with the ensuite:


The office is also on the third, with views to Third Avenue and access to the balcony:

Biggest selling point
Location — the prestige of having a Barry Hobin designed house in the Glebe with plenty of architecturally-interesting features. And there’s a lot of space here.

Possible deal breaker
That much space — and a heck of a lot of stairs — means the next family that moves in will need to be fit and with enough kids/extended family that it doesn’t feel empty. Oh, and not squeamish about long drops (like this view from the third storey):

Find out more about this listing here.

By the numbers
36′ by 103′
3,770 square feet above grade (4,570 with basement)
5 bedrooms
2 offices
5 bathrooms
4 parking spots