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This former hoarder’s home nearly tripled in value after a two-year renovation

  • September 27, 2022

House of the Week: This former hoarder’s home nearly tripled in value after a two-year renovation

The revitalization included walnut and travertine finishes, custom interior design and a basement with a rec room

Neighbourhood: Corktown
Agent: Marianne Radman, Seventy Seven Park
Price:$2,498,000
Previously sold for: $915,000 in 2020


The place

When this Victorian townhome was purchased in 2020, the buyers hadn’t even been inside before closing the deal. “It was a hoarder’s house,” co-buyer Eduardo Pontes recalls. “You weren’t allowed to go into the home to see it. The City of Toronto had people with hazmat suits cleaning it out.”

A nearly two-year renovation followed. The home was gutted to the studs and reframed. The basement was underpinned and expanded, adding two additional rooms. Pontes partnered with Maia Legacy Builders and design firm Ancerl Studio to create this three-plus-one-bed, two-and-a-half-bath home with custom furnishings, built-ins and artwork—all of which are included in the purchase.

The neighbourhood, Corktown, is a mix of singles, young professionals, young families and senior residents. There are new condo projects and recreation facilities just north in Regent Park, the Don Valley and Riverside to the east, the Distillery District to the south, and plenty of bars and restaurants to the west.

The tour

A slender front door opens into a foyer and dining area. That brick wall was added during renovations, and the table (with a travertine-marble base), built-in walnut veneer and leather bench are all bespoke. There is heated, polished concrete flooring throughout the main floor.

The living room has a Planika ethanol fireplace surrounded by travertine with a built-in, concealed entertainment unit with storage above. The gallery wall over the couch is an original collection from Ancerl Studio.

Here’s a reverse view of the living room, with engineered white-oak hardwood stairs as

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