Homes

Sale of the Week: Westboro semi sells for $1.79 million

This week, we look at a half of a new build that sold within a week of being listed.

Address: 526 Melbourne Ave.
Neighbourhood: Westboro
Agent: Luigi Aiello,  / Royal LePage Team Realty
Price: $1.799 million
Taxes: To be determined

The place
Cashing in on the seemingly never-ending appetite for real estate in Westboro, this modern infill is one of two recently built by Falsetto Homes on a double lot. The builder teamed up with interior designer Tanner Vine to envisage a design that showcases exquisite finishes on both the exterior and interior. That attention to detail paid dividends — the new house sold within a week of being listed in mid-July.

The debate
Even as “Stop Over-Intensification” signs pop up around the neighbourhood, there is a sense that some level of intensification is a given — with that in mind, how best to manage infill? Set well back from the road, this newcomer is doing its best to fit in — low-key, not too big, and beautifully landscaped.

The interior design features high-end finishings in rich tones — engineered oak flooring, stained walnut cabinetry, and an island with legs are highlights in the kitchen:

The stairs feature glass railings and open risers to let light flow through:

The kitchen features fluted glass cabinetry inset with walnut, a marble backsplash, and an island with two counters — a quartz counter for prepping food and a walnut counter for eating at:

The kitchen is open to the dining room and the living room:

This room is situated at the front of the house and can be used as an office, music room, or den. Sliding doors allow it to be closed off from the rest of the open-concept main floor:

The 11-foot fireplace, clad in a subtle chevron tile, defines the living room space:

The living room is a private space with views over the backyard: 

Big selling point
Location, location, location. The house is equidistant to Carling and Richmond, meaning a 10-minute walk to the coffee shop mecca around MEC, a slightly longer stroll to the city’s favourite purveyor of take-home goodies, Thyme and Again or, for a quick snack, Aladdin Bakery, a hangout for kids and teens from nearby schools. It’s also a short walk from Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Who needs a car?

Possible deal breaker
Infill generally means giving up garden space, the lack of a front lawn will be a turnoff for gardeners.

The ensuite vanity references the walnut cabinetry in the kitchen. Sleek black plumbing fixtures and gold-rimmed mirrors add gravitas:


The glossy black tub in the master ensuite is a bold choice, and the powder room is just a little daring:

By the numbers
2,681 sq.ft., above grade, with a finished lower level
30-by-139.5-ft. lot
4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
1 fireplace
Attached garage