Bringing a home back to its former grandeur is never an easy task.
But that’s what renovator extraordinaire Scott Fisher chose to do with a grand turn-of-the-century two-storey home that has stood for over 110 years on a 50-by-128-foot lot at 225 Yale Ave. in Crescentwood.
"When it went up for sale just over a year ago, he and his team saw the potential in the home," says Lainey Danzker of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, who’s co-marketing the home with Nessa Werier. "They bought it, and spent the past nine months or so transforming the home to modern standards while respecting the gorgeous character of the original home."
Danzker says the inviting front porch provides a preview of what’s to come inside the 2,225-sq.-ft. home.
"It sets the tone," she says of the wide porch, which is framed elegantly by gorgeous pillared cutouts with cultured stone detailing. "Prior to the renovation, the home didn’t have a great presence. Now it has all kinds of curb appeal."
That off-the-charts curb appeal then extends inside the home, and then-some. In fact, the "wow factor" actually goes up another notch or two. Truth be told, you can hardly believe what you see once you step inside. There, right in front of you, is a modern, open-concept layout with a bright office with charming bay window to the left and pillared living room/dining room to the right.
Above, high beamed ceilings adorned with pot lights stretch away in front of you from the front to back of the home, cinnamon-tinted maple hardwoods serving as a warm complement to the modern white colour scheme.
At the same time, classic turn-of-the-century design details are there: oak-trimmed windows, high baseboards, accordion-style heat registers and original oak doors replete with brass door knobs.
Yes, this is a Crescentwood classic, but one that’s been lovingly transformed to modern standards.
"I love the fact they didn’t paint the trim around the windows," says Danzker. "They kept the original oak trim around the piano windows and windows in the dining room and living room to maintain elements of the home’s original character. They even kept the fireplace’s oak mantel in the living room and paired it with gorgeous black marble tile that was popular in the 1930s."
In short, the home is a fantastic fusion of modern and classic design themes.
Its original character is still present, yet the open floor plan allows for seamless flow from space to space. The open-concept design, it turns out, also allows light to flow freely throughout the home, something that rarely happens in walled-off designs from the early 1900s.
Modern amenities abound, from the amazing office and a main-floor powder room to a totally contemporary kitchen.
"It’s amazing," she says. "There’s a huge quartz island that seats three, beautiful tile work, great storage and top-of-the-line graphite appliances. The beamed ceiling above is incredible, and the light fixtures above the island are lovely. A handy mudroom with plenty of storage is just beyond at the rear of the kitchen."
Not surprisingly, the attention to detail that’s so evident on the main floor continues upward into the home’s second level.
There’s a den, two huge secondary bedrooms, a well-appointed four-piece bath and, of course, a suitably sublime master suite.
"It’s an incredible space with an outstanding ensuite with clawfoot tub, tiled walk-in shower, beautiful vanity with dual sinks and storage tower and a heated hexagonal-tile floor," Danzker says. "There’s also a sumptuous dressing room/den. It comes with a rear wall of windows, elegant chandelier and loads of storage space on the side wall."
She notes that a fully-finished lower level adds a third level of function to the home.
"Even the basement has been redone with a bright rec room, practical office and fourth bathroom. The mechanical room also holds a boiler that provides healthy heat in the winter; the home has air conditioning."
No detail was overlooked in the transformation of the home, says Danzker.
"A lot of passion and thought was put into the renovation, and that passion can’t be manufactured — the new owner is going to feel the love and care that Scott, his team and Nessa Werier put into renovating the home. The result is a dream home that has it all — classic character, modern function and a wonderful, mature location that’s close to everything."
Location: 225 Yale Ave., Crescentwood
Year Built: 1909
Size: 2,225 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 50 x 128
Contact: Lainey Danzker or Nessa Werier, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000