Cus­tom-built Beaches home boasts char­ac­ter

Three-storey de­tached house has one-of-a-kind fea­tures, a mas­ter-bed­room re­treat


Lo­ca­tion: 252 Sil­ver Birch Ave., Vic­to­ria Park Ave. and Kingston Rd. Ask­ing price: $1,598,000 Size: about 2,000 square feet, plus a fin­ished base­ment Lot: 18-by-127 feet, no garage, no drive, street park­ing avail­able Taxes: N/A (not as­sessed, new con­struc­tion) Bed­rooms: 4 Bath­rooms: 4 This new three-storey de­tached home has been cus­tom-built by the owner and show­cases five walk­outs, one-of-a-kind fea­tures and a third­floor mas­ter-bed­room re­treat.

“Orig­i­nally from Eng­land, my wife and I fell in love with the Beaches for its quaint and tight-knit sense of com­mu­nity. We love the neigh­bour­hood so much that we de­cided to build a new house here,” owner and builder Hay­den Knibbs says.

“The home has a tra­di­tional Beach es­thetic from the out­side but has mod­ern state-of-the-art fin­ishes through­out,” Knibbs adds. “I took care with every de­tail of the home. For ex­am­ple, the brick on the ex­posed liv­ing-room wall is from an old fac­tory in Chicago — I re­claimed and hand-cut each one. I built all the ex­te­rior doors from scratch, bas­ing them on ones I saw in my trav­els to the Cay­man Is­lands.”

There is ex­ten­sive mill­work with high base­boards and built-ins through­out the home, which add to the tra­di­tional feel and char­ac­ter of the prop­erty. Knibbs in­cluded a but­ler’s pantry with a wine fridge and bar sink in the chef’s kitchen.

Close to the many shops on Kingston Rd. to the north, the home is also steps away from schools, a ravine, a large park and pub­lic tran­sit. Queen St. E., with its stores and restau­rants, is less than a 10-minute walk south. The Board­walk, Balmy Beach Park and the beach are 15 min­utes away.

“This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a com­pletely brand new home built from the ground up in the Beaches,” list­ing agent An­drew Ipekian says. “It is a clas­sic home that fits in seam­lessly with the ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture in the neigh­bour­hood, but has all the mod­ern ameni­ties and fin­ishes. Un­like many new builds, this home has an abun­dance of char­ac­ter.”

The ex­te­rior of the house fea­tures a wood façade, cedar shingles, dec­o­ra­tive pil­lars, large win­dows, a cov­ered porch and match­ing Juli­ette bal­cony. It also has a stone walk­way and front patio. The front door has a large glass in­sert and a tran­som win­dow.

In­side, the foyer has pot lights, a hard­wood floor and a small dou­ble closet. The spa­cious liv­ing room’s fo­cal point is the gas fire­place, which has a mar­ble sur­round fin­ished flush with a de­tailed wood wall stretch­ing to the ceil­ing and ex­posed brick on both sides. The liv­ing room also in­cludes pot lights, a hard­wood floor, built-in book shelves and floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows that flank a dou­ble gar­den-door walk­out.

The din­ing room is ad­ja­cent to the front en­trance and has a gar­den­door walk­out, bor­dered by win­dows, to the front porch. This room also has a hard­wood floor and an el­e­gant, mod­ern chan­de­lier-style light.

So­phis­ti­cated and con­tem­po­rary, the de­signer kitchen in­cludes pot lights, a hard­wood floor, black gran­ite coun­ters, lots of cab­i­netry, builtin stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances and a porce­lain-tile back­splash with a her­ring­bone pat­tern. It also has an Lshaped counter that serves as a break­fast bar, with pen­dant lights above it and built-in glass shelves.

The se­cond-floor con­tains three bed­rooms, all with hard­wood floors, and a four-piece main bath­room. One bed­room has a French-door walk­out to the Juli­ette bal­cony. An­other bed­room has a dou­ble gar­den­door walk­out to a back bal­cony and a three-piece en­suite.

Agen­er­ous mas­ter bed­room claims the third level, high­lighted by a curved, vaulted ceil­ing with a ceil­ing fan. The room also con­sists of a hard­wood floor, a large walk-in closet, space for a sit­ting area and a dou­ble French-door walk­out to a pri­vate rooftop terrace that over­looks the back­yard and tree­tops. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows flank the walk­out.

The four-piece mas­ter-bed­room en­suite fea­tures sky­lights, a porce­lain floor, a stand-alone soaker tub, an open and sep­a­rate shower area with a rain­fall shower head, and twin van­ity sinks on op­po­site walls.

The fin­ished base­ment con­sists of a laun­dry room, three-piece bath­room and an open-con­cept re­cre­ation room. Out­side, the fully fenced back­yard in­cludes a deck.

To view this prop­erty, con­tact An­drew Ipekian, Keller Wil­liams Re­ferred Ur­ban Realty, Bro­ker­age, 416572-1016; Al­though we try to pro­vide the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion avail­able, we can­not guar­an­tee fea­tures as listed. Please con­tact the re­al­tor for lat­est de­tails. To make a sub­mis­sion to Home of the Week, email sol­


The ex­te­rior fea­tures a wood façade, cedar shingles, dec­o­ra­tive pil­lars, a cov­ered porch and a Juli­ette bal­cony.

The third-level mas­ter-bed­room fea­tures a curved, vaulted ceil­ing.

The liv­ing room is fit­ted with pot lights and a gas fire­place.

The chef’s kitchen in­cludes a but­ler’s pantry with a wine fridge.

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