A futuristic architectural gem hits the market in Toronto
Lovers of modern architecture and Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods neighborhood have a new design-forward home on the market — if they’re looking, and they have a cool $5,595,000 to drop, that is.
Located at 44 Foxley Street, the semi-detached house embodies sophisticated architecture that is a stark contrast to the smaller and medium sized Victorian homes in the neighbourhood. In short, this film takes us into the future of urban life in a rapidly densifying city.
Designed by award-winning JA Architecture Studio and Houyan Homes, the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom property is a feast for design-loving eyes. Exquisite architectural elements include curves and arches that flow seamlessly throughout the space, natural stone, large, dramatic windows, and a stunning zinc roof.
The bright three-story residence includes a gorgeous, top-of-the-line primary suite, a custom-made Scavolini kitchen with top-notch appliances, an abundance of stylish closets, and a detached garage. The home has the capacity to house three stylish detached units, complete with a well-appointed hallway suite to the rear. Exquisite design features carry over into the impeccable two-story, two-bathroom building.
“First and foremost, the most notable talking point of this residence is without a doubt its sophisticated architecture,” says home realtor Kylie Hibbs. “The home’s exterior is an instant conversation starter, with nearly every passerby stopping to admire its graceful curves, arches, expansive front windows, and captivating presence – making it a true standout in the neighborhood.”
Of course, some might say that the expensive price of a home is disproportionate to its size – hot home or not. However, there is definitely an undeniable appeal for a certain type of buyer. Think: the high-end creative collection.
“I envision the occupants of the main residence as forward-thinking, wealthy professionals with a great appreciation for design, architecture and art,” says Hibbs. “They could be CEOs, perhaps lawyers or individuals from the technology industry. Perhaps with children, whether they are toddlers or teens/young adults. They have discerning tastes, and appreciate luxury and uncompromising quality. These individuals embrace the vibrant Trinity Bellwoods neighborhood, and strive To indulge in diverse shopping, dining and cultural offerings.
The second — “perhaps lesser known” — aspect of this house is its remarkable versatility, Heaps says.
“Designed to easily accommodate three separate, completely self-contained units, this property adapts to the unique needs of its potential owners,” says Hibbs. “This progressive approach to housing aligns with Toronto’s evolving landscape, allowing for urban densification without compromising the character and style of the neighbourhood.” This is something we can definitely get behind.
“JA Architecture has deftly extended the curves and arches of the main residence within the corridor structure,” Hibbs continues. “Just like the main residence, the Laneway home features a main-floor office and powder room that can serve the main occupants. Additionally, it includes a one-car garage for added convenience. The upper level of the home serves as a self-contained studio suite, providing Versatile to meet the diverse needs of potential buyers.
Who might reside in this tight space depends entirely on the buyer’s preferences, Heaps says. “It can be an ideal space for a nanny, designated for visiting guests, or rented out to a young professional,” she says.
Our favorite thing
Our favorite part about this property is the arches and curves throughout the place. Not only are excitingly designed features a conversation starter for design-loving guests, they add to the fluidity of the home, giving way to a feeling of freer, less restricted living. This fluidity contrasts with smaller, more structured spaces, where one can easily feel “trapped.”
However, the question remains whether its hefty price compared to other homes in the area and its square footage will be a deterrent. After all, that kind of money can get you a nice, detached house in some of the city’s wealthier, infrastructure-rich neighborhoods. But, as Hibbs highlights, the term “nice neighbourhood” is entirely subjective.
“There’s no denying that in different parts of Toronto, you can easily find homes with more square footage, more lots, extra parking, etc., within the same budget,” Hibbs says. “However, what we are discovering more and more today is that individuals with discerning tastes, a keen eye for design and architecture and a love of the arts are unwilling to compromise their favorite neighborhoods to achieve these features. Trinity Bellwoods stands and is a prime example of this vibrant community, which evokes sentiments of Deep and emotional for its visitors and residents alike.
Granted, Trinity Bellwoods residents are passionate about their neighborhood. “If you asked Trinity Bellwoods residents what the nicest or best neighborhood in the city is, I think 95% of them would resoundingly name Trinity Bellwoods itself,” Hibbs says. “The ultimate buyer of this property will be someone who recognizes the importance of these factors, recognizes the superior quality of construction, and truly appreciates the home and its architecture as a true work of art.”
As for activity related to the future property, Hibbs says there is no shortage of interest. “We hosted our dealer open house this week, and the response was exceptionally strong,” Hibbs says. “Nearly a dozen agents came to view the home, either on behalf of their clients, or out of sheer curiosity about this wonderful property. We have already scheduled a few viewings, and the feedback we have received so far has been unanimously positive.