Home of the Week: Big-city living with a country vibe in High Park

THE LISTING: 27 Radford Ave.

ASKING PRICE: $1,398,000

TAXES: $5,201.00 (2017)

LOT SIZE: 20 feet by 119nbsp;ft

LISTING AGENT: Andrew Ipekian, agent, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty,nbsp;Brokerage

Everybody tries to make their home feel like home. Occasionally, it is a special blanket or even a couple of photographs. However, for Darren and Dominique Raycroft, this ritual included transportingnbsp;stones.

“There were lots of trips back and forth between here and Prince Edward County,” Mr. Raycroft said. “You can only fit so many of these rocks in a Volkswagen Golf’snbsp;backward.”

Both of those Raycrofts are out of the Prince Edward County area and if they moved to Radford Avenue in Toronto’s west end, they wanted something to remind them of the rural upbringing. The distinctive stones came from Ms. Raycroft’s parents’ property innbsp;PEC.

“The stones tied a bit of where we climbed up into the house,” Mr. Raycroftnbsp;stated.

The backstory

When the Raycrofts chose to purchase their first home back in 2011, they began their search in the Roncesvalles-High Park neighbourhood, as Ms. Raycroft had spent portion of her youth in thenbsp;place.

“We’d just put an offer into a different home deeper into High Park and then we stopped on the way back to look at the following record,” Mr. Raycroft said. “And we’re instantly trusting that our offer would not be accepted in the othernbsp;place.”

That other listing was 27 Radford Ave., a detached home on a sleepy one-way road with three bedrooms and 2 baths spread over threenbsp;flooring.

“It felt different, it had this exceptional charm,” Mr. Raycroft said. “It was not just a flipped home,” Ms. Raycroftnbsp;additional.

Straight away, they dropped for some of the house’s older features, like the nine-foot ceilings, the original hardwood floors and fireplace, the brass hardware on the doors. Nevertheless, they knew when they bought it that the house would have to benbsp;upgraded.

“We did a lot of small touches ourselves the first couple of months,” Ms. Raycroft said. “I didn’t wish to live for many years making changesnbsp;always.”

So, they went about fixing up the place and incorporating their style to the house by changing things like light fixtures, installing drapery and adding in a wall-length cupboard unit into the master bedroom. They also updated some of the pipes, redid the entrance, added some storm doors and replaced the furnace and airnbsp;osmosis.

Thanks to a prior owner, they did not need to perform a kitchen renovation and they chose to leave the cellar semi-finished for the timenbsp;being.

“We thought about [completing the basement], but it was only a matter of time,” Ms. Raycroftnbsp;stated.

However, in the six decades of their possession, they did tackle on very large projects involving the backyard andnbsp;garage.

When they bought the house, backyard was sloped and just 1 side of it was fenced in. And the garage was an unfinishednbsp;shack.

“It was kind of like a Frankenstein structure once we got here,” Mr. Raycroft said, explaining that the old garage had a partition in the center of it without a wall shutting off it on the west. It had a sandy dirt floor and the exterior was plastered with gray, light green and light pink asphaltnbsp;shingles.

So, beginning in the first year of living there, the Raycrofts hired a group to help them flat out the garden, installed new fences and added in a patio area for outside dining (including using those PEC stones from Ms. Raycroft’s familynbsp;land).

Rather than the shack now stands a two-car wooden garage. Beyond adding a concrete floor and power, the garage also includes storage nooks on the inside and out, so everything from a Ping-Pong table for their garbage, recycling and compost bins could be putnbsp;off.

“It went from being, ‘Oh, the garage,’ to being a part of the texture of the home,” Mr. Raycroftnbsp;stated.

It is upgrades like these which Andrew Ipekian, the Raycrofts’ real estate agent, said add value to thenbsp;home.

“We feel it is arguably the best value in Roncesvalles now,” Mr. Ipekian said when asked how he arrived at the $1,398,000 listingnbsp;cost.

He also pointed out that 27 Radford Ave. isn’t just close to great restaurants, a Loblaws, LBCO, the UP Express, the TTC and higher Park, but the land itself features assets which are not common in the region, like the two-car garage and the nine-foot ceilings. Mr. Ipekian also believes the basement could easily be changed to an income-earningnbsp;unit.

“The individual basement apartment provides huge value and the chance for individuals to do what they want with that area,” henbsp;stated.

Favourite feature

For Ms. Raycroft, among her favorite rooms is that the sunroom, which has been turned into a nursery. The nursery occupies the second-floor of an improvement which was added to the home prior to the Raycrofts purchased it. Sticking out beyond the neighbouring houses, the area features three walls ofnbsp;windows.

“When it was a sunroom, we never used it,” Ms. Raycroft said. “But I enjoyed it [the infant] because it is the perfectnbsp;dimension.

“And it is a bright, fun space,” shenbsp;additional.

Now, however, as their child grows up, the Raycrofts have opted to return to the county to be nearer to theirnbsp;households.

“It’s bittersweet,” Ms. Raycroft said. “It’s difficult to leave. … I can not even really explain it, but it is the ideal thing fornbsp;us{}”

“We did our best to honor the house’s unique features and characteristics,” Mr. Raycroft said. “Now, it’s up to another person to determine where they could takenbsp;it{}”

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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