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This Thornhill home may be the house of ‘Frightenstein’: Home of the week

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THORNHILL

Location: 98 Proctor Ave.,

The sunken living room features pot lights, crown moulding, a hardwood floor and three large windows.
The sunken living room features pot lights, crown moulding, a hardwood floor and three large windows.  (Advirtours)

Bayview and Steeles Aves.

Asking price: $2,688,000

Size: over 6,000 sq. ft., including finished lower level

Lot: 87-by-130 feet, three-car built-in garage, private drive

Taxes: $9,744 (2018)

Bedrooms: 5 plus 2

Bathrooms: 5

This two-storey brick home features decorative columns, a covered porch, a built-in garage and large interlocking brick drive and walkway.
This two-storey brick home features decorative columns, a covered porch, a built-in garage and large interlocking brick drive and walkway.  (Advirtours)

Styled with a Hollywood-glamour esthetic, his Thornhill estate was a true “find,” says TV producer and actor Mitch Markowitz.

Now for sale, the two-level detached residence features 6,000 square feet of above-grade, luxury living space. The home sits on a premium lot beside just one neighbour, and with a ravine at its back and at its side.

“Our first visit to this house, perched up on a bit of a hill, steps to Bayview Ave., was all we needed to know it was for us,” says Markowitz, who starred in the renowned but short-lived kids’ series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, alongside Vincent Price and Billy Van.

“The three-car garage with a nine-car driveway was large enough to accommodate my car collection. Other features that caught our attention were the stunning spiral staircase and the wood panelled office. After buying the home, we widened the arch into the living/dining room, replacing the original floors with herringbone-patterned hardwood.

“Our favourite place in the home is the family room, with a huge window that overlooks acres of conservation land and the Don River,” says Markowitz.

The large family room has a wood-burning fireplace with black back glass surround, built-in bookshelves and a large bay window.
The large family room has a wood-burning fireplace with black back glass surround, built-in bookshelves and a large bay window.  (Advirtours)

“Having lived in Hollywood, Boca Raton, Fla., and Toronto’s Rosedale area, my wife and I agreed this home was a ‘find,’ and we have enjoyed every minute living in it,” he adds.

Close to parks and schools, the house is also near shops and restaurants on Yonge St. and has easy access to major highways.

“The home is located in one of the most exclusive enclaves in Thornhill — the Great Estates of Steele Valley Community, in the East Don River Ravine,” says listing agent Ivana Spasic Djordjevic. “It has been renovated with chic Hollywood glamour accents and is an entertainer’s dream with a fully finished lower level with a 12-seater sauna room and an entertainment room with a fireplace and above-grade windows.”

With an exterior resembling a colonial-style estate, this impressive brick home features two-storey decorative entry columns, a covered porch, lots of windows and a large interlocking brick drive and walkway.

The foyer has a marble tile floor, pot lights, a double closet, wainscotting and a spiral staircase.

Features of the sunken living room include pot lights, crown moulding, a hardwood floor and three large windows. The open-concept dining room has a double french door to the kitchen, a crystal chandelier, a triple-french door walkout to the back deck and a sliding glass door walkout to the side deck, which also overlooks the ravine.

Sophisticated and spacious, the kitchen showcases a large centre island with a built-in wine rack, granite counters, pot lights, a crystal chandelier, a pantry, built-in stainless steel appliances, glass tile backsplash, a marble tile floor, a sliding glass door walkout and a breakfast area.

The spacious kitchen has a large centre island, granite counters, built-in appliances, glass tile backsplash, marble tile floor, a pantry and a breakfast area.
The spacious kitchen has a large centre island, granite counters, built-in appliances, glass tile backsplash, marble tile floor, a pantry and a breakfast area.  (Advirtours)

Highlights of the large family room include a hardwood floor, pot lights, a wood-burning fireplace with black back glass surround, built-in bookshelves, a wall covered in grasscloth wallpaper, wainscotting and a large bay window.

The office has wood-panelled walls and built-in bookshelves. A powder room completes this floor.

On the second floor, the master bedroom contains a hardwood floor, two picture windows, crown moulding, two closets, a massive sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround and a sliding door walkout to a private balcony. The seven-piece master bedroom granite ensuite includes an extra-large soaker tub and twin vanity sinks.

One of the secondary bedrooms has a three-piece ensuite, another has a walkout to a balcony. All four secondary bedrooms have hardwood floors and large picture windows. There is a five-piece main bathroom.

The above-grade lower level features a large recreation room with a wood-burning fireplace, a sliding glass door walkout to a large covered back patio, large above-grade windows, a wet bar and an office with a sliding glass door walkout. There is also a kitchen, a guest bedroom, a huge sauna room, a change room and a three-piece bathroom.

To have a look at this property, contact listing agent Ivana Spasic Djordjevic, Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Brokerage, 905-889-9330; ivanaspasic.com.

Home of the Week is written by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer. Although we try to provide the most up-to-date information available, we cannot guarantee features as listed. Please contact the realtor. To make a submission to Home of the Week, email soldhome@rogers.com.

The entertainment room has a wood-burning fireplace with full-wall stone surround, walkout to back patio and a wet bar.
The entertainment room has a wood-burning fireplace with full-wall stone surround, walkout to back patio and a wet bar.  (Advirtours)

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Victoria real estate agent disciplined for false advertising, encouraging cash deal to avoid taxes

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A Victoria real estate agent is facing $9,000 in fines and a 60-day licence suspension after breaking several professional rules during the sale of her father’s half-million-dollar property, according to a decision by the Real Estate Council of B.C. 

Whitney Garside’s missteps — outlined this week in a disciplinary decision posted on the council’s website — included falsely advertising the property as being almost twice its actual size and advising the buyer they could avoid the property transfer tax if they paid cash directly to the seller.

The property on Burnett Road in Victoria was being sold in 2016 by the real estate agent’s father. That relationship was disclosed and isn’t among the reasons she has been disciplined.

According to the disciplinary consent order, Garside told the buyer — whose name is redacted — that by paying $42,000 cash on the side, the value of the property could be reduced to avoid paying the property transfer tax.

That cash arrangement was not shared with Garside’s brokerage, Re/Max Camosun, a failure that contravened the Real Estate Services Act.

The council also ruled that she “failed to act honestly and with reasonable care and skill” when she advised the buyer the property transfer tax could be avoided by paying cash directly to the seller. 

The council’s discipline committee also found that Garside committed professional misconduct when she failed to recommend the seller and buyer seek independent legal advice, specifically regarding the property transfer tax and the cash agreement.

Another issue the council considered professional misconduct involved the size of the property in question.

The council ruled that Garside published false and misleading advertising and failed to act with reasonable care and skill when the property was advertised as 8,712 square feet, when in fact a portion of the lot belonged to the Ministry of Transportation, and the actual size was just 4,711 square feet.

The discipline committee ordered Garside’s licence be suspended for 60 days, which will be completed Jan. 3, 2021.

She has also been ordered to complete real estate ethics and remedial classes at her own expense.

Garside was also fined $7,500 as a disciplinary penalty and $1,500 in enforcement expenses.

She agreed to waive her right to appeal the council’s discipline committee’s decision in September.

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Frisco apartment community sells to Canadian investor

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A Canada-based investor has purchased a Frisco apartment community as part of a larger Texas deal.

The 330-unit Satori Frisco apartments opened last year on Research Road in Frisco.

BSR Real Estate Investment Trust bought the four-story rental community that was built by Atlanta-based Davis Development.

Satori Frisco was more than 90% leased at the time of sale. The property includes a two-story fitness center, a car care center, a dog park and a resort-style swimming pool.

The Frisco property sold along with Houston’s Vale luxury apartments in a deal valued at $129 million.

“BSR recently exited the smaller Beaumont and Longview, Texas, markets and also sold noncore properties in other markets,” John Bailey, BSR’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We are now using our strong liquidity position to invest in Vale and Satori Frisco, modern communities in core growth markets with the amenities our residents desire.”

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House prices on Prince Edward Island continue steady climb

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Residential real estate prices on Prince Edward Island continue to climb at a rate higher than the national average, according to the latest report from a national organization. 

The Canadian Real Estate Association released monthly figures for November 2020 on Tuesday.

They show that the average price for a resale home on P.E.I. is about 21 per cent higher than it was a year earlier. 

Only Quebec had a bigger year-over-year increase, at about 23 per cent. Overall across Canada, prices were up 13.8 per cent year over year in the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For the fifth straight month, year-over-year sales activity was up in almost all Canadian housing markets compared to the same month in 2019,” the report noted.

“Meanwhile, an ongoing shortage of supply of homes available for purchase across most of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces means sellers there hold the upper hand in sales negotiations.”

That lack of houses coming onto the market compared to the demand means that in those provinces, there is “increased competition among buyers for listings and … fertile ground for price gains.”

There have been anecdotal reports for months that Prince Edward Island’s low rate of COVID-19 infection and looser rules around social activities have been encouraging people to buy homes on the Island. 

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