House hunters who love the charm of a historic house but desire the streamlined efficiencies and sleek look of a modern one will appreciate this property for its seamless blending of old and new. It’s the second oldest home in the highly desirable Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto, said Sotheby’s agent Jim Burtnick, and it shows.
The Georgian-style house with a unique feel has been updated and maintained since it was built in 1857, and features wood paneling, framing, floors and crown molding. Called the Geary house, so named for George R. Geary, a former mayor of the city and owner of the home, it was once a single-story property and is now three.
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"There’s this whole pedigree but the big thing is it’s .9 of an acre. You don’t get properties that large in the city," Mr. Burtnick said. "There’s an exclusiveness to having all this space. It will appeal to someone who privacy is important to."
Despite being so close to the city center, the home sits adjacent to a ravine, which gives an added level of privacy. "The trees and greenery are unbelievable," Mr. Burtnick said.
And the home has lots of extras, too. There’s a pool and guest house with its own bedroom, kitchen and living spaces, a wraparound porch as well as a second-story deck, brick walls surrounding the property, enough land for a soccer field and an underground tunnel with heated floors that connects the main house to the guest house.