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House of the Week: 23 Birchmount Road

Posted by Leslie Bank / January 7, 2014

23 Birchmount Road23 Birchmount Rd is an oversized, countrified Cliffside home that looks good in the winter and is bound to have even more curb appeal once the snow melts. Located on a quiet street close to the Scarborough Bluffs, the house features a new flagstone driveway, custom-built in-ground pool and two glassed-in sunrooms. Correction: one sunroom and one solarium. Still, though, that's a lot of natural light.

The interior has been recently upgraded with a new kitchen, new bathrooms and fresh hardwood floors throughout. This house is designed with a brood in mind: there's plenty of storage, lots of yard and space to park four cars. You can't really go wrong with a private home theatre, either. This basement movie pit includes a 102" screen, Marantz surround sound speakers and six leather recliners.

23 Birchmount RoadSPECS

  • Address: 23 Birchmount Road
  • Price: $1,219,000.00
  • Sq-Ft: 3500
  • Bedrooms: 4+1
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Parking Spaces: 4
  • Taxes: $5,789.00 (2013)
  • Walk Score: 62

23 Birchmount RoadNOTABLE FEATURES

  • Home theatre with six seats
  • In-ground pool custom built by the Clark Design Group
  • Home gym in garage
  • Large pool house/clubhouse in backyard

23 Birchmount RoadGOOD FOR

A family looking for a woodsy setting, renovated finishes and some special features. The overall design of the house is fairly simple and traditional, but it wouldn't be hard to put a personalized stamp on this space.

23 Birchmount RoadMOVE ON IF

Despite its enviable proximity to the lake, some might find the location of this house remote. If you're looking for true Toronto, this might be a touch too east side for your taste. Take note of the Walk Score of 67: there aren't many stores or restaurants within walking distance, and TTC riders will have to rely on buses. Still, with this home theatre and this pool, do you even need to leave?


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BM / January 7, 2014 at 07:58 am
Nice house. Skimped on some of the finishes.
TJ / January 7, 2014 at 08:22 am
I guess you are paying to be close to the lake but you can do that at a number of different locations close to the lake with a similar sized house for less. Nothing special about it. I agree they skimped on finishes, especially given the $1.219mil asking price. If you can afford to pay $1.2mil for this house, TTC is not an issue for consideration. Plus, the immediate neighborhood is just ho hum.
Hipsta / January 7, 2014 at 09:20 am
I don't like it, it's too big and poser like! I'll stick to my rooming house with roommates thank you very much!
george / January 7, 2014 at 09:50 am
only redeeming things about it is the Tesla.
skeeter / January 7, 2014 at 10:25 am
Good lord, clean up before you invite people to take photos of your house! Look at the crumbs and dust or whatever that is on the leather chairs in the home theatre. And speaking of which, that's not a home theatre. It's a dank room with crappy chairs and probably a crappy tv with probably a crappy sound system. A home theatre should be warm and inviting. That "home theatre" looks like a place where you watch snuff films.

The rest of the house is nice, though. Except for that awkward wall at the front door.
skeeter / January 7, 2014 at 10:30 am
and P.S. nice stain on the carpet. Keepin' it classy.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from george / January 7, 2014 at 10:51 am
Because we all need a golf cart.
Nevets / January 7, 2014 at 11:21 am
sasha / January 7, 2014 at 11:47 am
What's the difference between a sunroom and a solarium? And which is which in this house?
Skye / January 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Hmmph. I only buy my home theatre systems from Bang & Olfusen.

I actually really like this place. It's a bit dated, but if I had 1.2M in the bank, upgrading the finishes would be no big deal.
Skye replying to a comment from sasha / January 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm
In real estate parlance, I think, a solarium is a glassed-in portion of a larger room. A sun room is a completely separate room which is all glassed-in.

In this case, I'm assuming the portion off the kitchen would be considered the solarium.
Jay / January 7, 2014 at 02:24 pm
I'm wondering what the point of this column is. Surely the "House of the Week" should have some kind of interesting or unusual design, whether it be aspirational or quirky. How does a mundane suburban house with a thrown-together interior qualify?
John Labatt / January 7, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Looks like a shithouse
milo / January 7, 2014 at 03:06 pm
only nice thing about this home is that it is in Toronto.

If i didnt know any better i'd assume it was in Woodbridge or Mississauga due to being stuffed with crappy Costco furniture.

worst home theater ever btw - is that blood on the ground?
RJ / January 7, 2014 at 07:40 pm
I believe you meant a 102" (inch) screen...102' means feet and I don't think a screen of that size would fit in any house.
arnie / January 7, 2014 at 07:41 pm
Wow sad to hear these comments when nobody here has seen the home. Other than in the pictures. Make an appt to view it. You'll be glad you did. Then I want to hear what you have to say. Nice Home of the Week Pick. Thank you
RJ / January 7, 2014 at 07:41 pm
Ignore last comment. Apologies, but the font made " (inches) look like ' (feet).
Peter / January 7, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Agreed. Hard to get a feel for a house from pictures. But, I will say it doesn't look 'cookie cutter' - very rare these days. The finishes could be improved but I'd say that is a minor expense. A home of this size, with that imposing stature, on a lot that size, that close to the lake - hard to argue the appeal. Good job on Home of the Week!
Abid / January 7, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Alex P / January 7, 2014 at 08:50 pm
I actually really like the look of this home. But more importantly is that a beer tap on the cabana bar?? I want.
Eric / January 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm
If the Tesla comes with it, maybe. If not...meh.
KendraP / January 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Love, love, love. Stunning :)
Robert Morgan / January 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm
Taxes are around $6,000 which means a house in this neighborhood is likely worth about $600,000 based on recent sales. I'd pull the information from the Land Registry to get some perspective on the selling history of this address.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from John Labatt / January 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm
So does your cardboard box.
Albert McLean / January 8, 2014 at 10:10 am
^ Agreed. I believe this has all the signs of a rushed departure (selling this time of year esp with a pool) I'm guessing some perched vulture is gonna snatch this and resell in the spring/summer for a quick ROI.
Diana / January 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm
This house is over-hyped. If you look closely, all their finishes, fixtures and furnishings are all low end and their 'theatre' with boring over-sized lazyboys is a joke. It might look all polished at first sight but anyone with experience can clearly see they're trying too hard to make it look like it should be in the same price range as a new high end mansion.
Mom Tarses replying to a comment from Diana / January 8, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Poor envious bitter babydoll.
Albert McLean / January 8, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Hahah... I do love how people in this post can seem to 'look closely' at a low res picture and believe they can make an educated decision on quality? Worst case, change the fixtures of you don't like it... cosmetic stuff is easy to fix. Jealous much?
AussieLawyer101 / January 8, 2014 at 02:43 pm
What would this house (and lot!) be worth in Toronto, Beaches, Bluffs, Oakville or Mississauga? I would warrant a lot more. Just because the neighborhood isn't trendy enough?
kevin / January 8, 2014 at 03:04 pm
Wow....does not look like a million dollar home at all. take care of the stained carpet in the "theatre" before getting professional photos taken. Way overpriced for the sub prime location
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