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House of the Week: 71 Balmoral Avenue

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 29, 2013

71 Balmoral TorontoOn a well-to-do road by Yonge and St. Clair, this single-family home (yes, it is a home) is just brimming with shiny surfaces, big windows, and an incredible number of sinks. I know — when can I move in, right? One year new and equipped with the seemingly mandatory large-home elevator (because three floors can be a feat), 71 Balmoral will surely appeal to your inner urban...ish side.

71 BalmoralSPECS:

Address: 71 Balmoral Ave
Price: $3,995,000
Size: 5,324 sf
Storeys: 3
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 5
Parking spaces: 4
Property taxes: $18,030.60


Heated floors
7-piece master ensuite bathroom with gas fireplace
Wine cellar
Sub-zero fridge/freezer
6-burner range with griddle
Double oven
Omni Smart Home control system
Statuario marble and white oak hardwood
Built-in speaker system

71 Balmoral TorontoGOOD FOR:

Hosting the next group of Big Brother contestants, a digital marketing firm, or anyone with a zealous affinity for pot lights. Good for those who don't like to share bathrooms or methods of ascending floors. Must love marble.


Glass and steel don't say "homey" to you. You think exposed brick should go back to 1988. You don't spend a lot of time in the bathroom. You think $4 million, at the very least, should buy you an exercise pool.


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If you had the dough, would you buy this home? Let us know where you stand in the comments below.



Retarded / January 29, 2013 at 11:31 am
Whoever would shell out 4 million for this is on crack
Rick / January 29, 2013 at 11:33 am
Absolutely stunning home.

The Elevator is a little excessive though. Unless you are walking impaired, it would only be good for moving furniture, laundry or going up/coming down when completely blitted.
Al / January 29, 2013 at 11:35 am
Seems like a well thought out, uniform design inside. I don't like the idea of putting the main entrance on the side. I also thing the back yard could use some work. A bit of style over substance. You could find more house for the money in that area.
vino / January 29, 2013 at 11:36 am
I could have some fun in that wine cellar

alan / January 29, 2013 at 11:36 am
all that money and the back yard is crap...
hmmm / January 29, 2013 at 11:40 am
BH / January 29, 2013 at 11:47 am
They may be large (or maybe because they are large), but those bathrooms look about as inviting as a prison facility. Bleak and cold.
iSkyscraper / January 29, 2013 at 11:53 am
Neato. Not a fan of the (faux?) red brick near the kitchen though, or the kitchen finishes in general. Too eclectic, and too much marble.
BM / January 29, 2013 at 11:57 am
Did they forget about the backyard?
what / January 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm
They love their 2 chairs facing stuff.
Cyril Sneer / January 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm
I get that minimalism is in right now, and nobody likes that overly-cluttered grandma's house look, but this kind of house just looks devoid of personality. Its very cold and uninviting.
Hey / January 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Cold design, tiny lot, and the price is insane.

For $4M +/- 10% you can do far, far better in midtown - 80 Bedford or 31 Maple, say. There are two places on Woodlawn and one on Balmoral for $1M less that are still overpriced for the streets but more reasonable. This size range of house on these streets has been going for 800s to 1.2-1.5. Add a bit for nicer finishes and some additional square footage, but not double.

Smells like a developer who got overaggressive and did his sums wrong. There's a bank out there that's going to have to write down a loan soon.
Mark Moore / January 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

No they didn't forget about the backyard - they made sure they tore down every tree and bush they could find.
JLL / January 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm
I love glass and steel, so this is right up my alley. Is it for everybody- well, no. But I like it.
Danny replying to a comment from History Channel / January 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm
HISTORY CHANNEL I knew it looked familiar.
jen / January 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Can you say... MAN PAD...
Toronto / January 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm
I think they should have either gone with the Industrial Zen look or the Country Chic vibe, but the two mixed together is unsettling.

Mary / January 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm
I wish someone could explain to me what is this new hype with marble? and why on earth in the generally cold country of ours we should find marble appealing?! just because it is trendy?! new money spent bad.
the lemur / January 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm
On Google street view you can see the exterior renovation in progress ... and the cemetery that the house backs on to.
Hi replying to a comment from Mary / January 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm
If by "new hype", you mean marble has been used in homes for centuries, then yeah, there's a "new hype with marble".

w-hat replying to a comment from Mary / January 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Marble is always radiant heated in homes of this quality.
Alex / January 29, 2013 at 01:04 pm
The comes off as very cold, and not a place I would want to live in. The bathrooms in particular are very weird, with all the glass.
TK / January 29, 2013 at 01:12 pm
That is one ugly house from the street. But at least with the entrance hidden down its own depressing alley, no one will even have to know you live there.
cathie / January 29, 2013 at 01:30 pm
Sonia / January 29, 2013 at 01:35 pm
That bathroom floor tile would be a bitch to clean. Although I guess you could probably hire a maid to come in daily and do that for you.
Ford4ever / January 29, 2013 at 01:39 pm
Squares, rectangles, squares, squares, rectangles...

Whoever did this design needs to put the straight-edge down for a few minutes.
Walter Bishop / January 29, 2013 at 02:00 pm
Busy street, small lot, looks like best house on street, don't like white marble everywhere, elevator is overkill. Some areas we see brick, unacceptable at $4 mill. Not into side main entrance.
Definitely over priced at $4 mill.

Would love Robyn if you did follow up when property sells.
Offer / January 29, 2013 at 02:08 pm
Best I can do is $10.
GB / January 29, 2013 at 02:38 pm
Is it too much to ask to feature a house of the week that your average blogTO reader might be able to afford?
riffraff / January 29, 2013 at 02:41 pm
well said walter bishop.
In addition to being a little overpriced, the exposed brick is also a little overkill. accenting should be done in a minimal regard, after that is looks cheap.
Andy / January 29, 2013 at 03:12 pm
wow.. Loved it!
Does it come with the housekeeper and a life-long supply of Windex?
Hector / January 29, 2013 at 05:00 pm
The sight of that poor, shabby back yard is making me depressed.
richard replying to a comment from Rick / January 29, 2013 at 06:06 pm
or just going up and down and up and down and up and down. As in "why does a dog lick itself? Because it can".
LOL / January 29, 2013 at 06:45 pm
4 Million dollar pricetag and they can't fix the dead spots on lawn in the backyard? Not only that.. where are the trees? Oh, I see them... in the yards of all the neighbors. Guess one needs to shell out a few hundred thousand extra for that...
Judy / January 29, 2013 at 08:13 pm
I always thought the number of washrooms for these luxury houses were kind of excessive. I guess it's a 1:1 ratio. ha!
kara / January 29, 2013 at 08:33 pm
I agree about the backyard, looks pretty depressing.
Nat / January 29, 2013 at 09:25 pm
I would like to live in that 7-piece ensuite bathroom. That is enough for me.
adrian / January 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm
will that money I would built a small eco friendly home and a really nice garden or small forest
Anne / January 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm
That bathroom looks like the shower room where they scrubbed Karen Silkwood down with wire brushes. Very romantic.
Maria / January 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm
I think these types of houses look bare, soul less, cold and empty mostly because nobody lives here and it's been staged. This could be because it was a new build and they can't sell it for the ridiculous price they need to turn a profit
Brandon Donnelly / January 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm
Like the inside more than the outside.
Cool story, bro / January 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm
One side of the living room looks like some sort of sports bar, with that TV mounted atop of all that exposed brick -- which, by the way, sticks out like a sore thumb given the marble fireplace, lol. The interior is a mash-up of so many different styles that it becomes dizzying. The bathroom is more of a long hallway that just happens to have toilets and showers along the way.

The backyard is ghastly.

I wouldn't shell out 4 million for this, at least not as it appears. It would cost a fortune just to make it even remotely tasteful.
Jessjess / July 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm
The house is boring and dull, no soul found in it, just expensive plain shit, the pic with the two sinks in a bathroom I'm assuming looks like it belongs in a asylum.
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