House of the Week: 355 Briar Hill Avenue
This is probably the eighth time I've tried to write about this property and every time I want to balance out the negatives with positives, but it's just so hard! This place is a monstrosity; A giant monolithic box amongst a sea of modest two storey homes. From the outside there is some appeal as the property sits on a corner lot, has some nice clean lines and what appear to be natural wood accents to contrast the grey stucco and glass, and add some warmth to the faรงade. Then you get a look at the side of the lot and the backyard and lo and behold there is a giant fence that feels just as intrusive as the building itself.
Hopeful that the inside would be so appealing you could grow to love what you have to look at every day, it's painfully obvious there is just far too much grey and the prospect of love is lost. It makes the space cold, unwelcoming and hard on the eyes, but If you like painting this would definitely be a project that could keep you busy for a while.
All in all, it's a shame that the sheer size of the structure paired with the onslaught of grey also takes away from some cool features like glass cutouts in the kitchen and foyer, plank flooring throughout and built in speakers in the ceiling.
Someone who doesn't mind living in "that house on the corner". In all seriousness though, this property will suit someone who enjoys modern luxury and has no issue with sticking out like a sore thumb on a lot with no trees. This place has the potential to become warmer and more welcoming with a few coats of paint and some more greenery.
MOVE ON IF:
You actually want to be friends with your neighbours because, unfortunately, whoever decided to build this thing has likely alienated them with the giant grey wall staring them in the face from the side of the house, or the giant wood wall staring them in the face at the back. Not to mention the nearly $2 million dollar price tag. It would be interesting to see the tax assessment on this one.
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