Proud to be featured as Toronto Life’s Sale of the Week in January, 2020. Read the full article HERE.

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The property

A 3,000-square-foot home in the Beaches. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house has a cabin-style exterior and European interior design.

The history

The original home was built in 1905. More than a century later, in 2016, German architect Felix Leicher bought it for $875,000, then gutted the place and reinforced the existing structure. His company, Baukultur/ca, designed the new home with sustainable, energy-efficient elements. He rebuilt the façade with larch wood, which is durable and waterproof, and installed white metal panels on the roof and sides, which help to reduce cooling costs. The house also has fibreglass windows coated with a reflective material that maintains the heat during winter and deflects the sun’s rays in the summer. In 2017, the current sellers bought the home and got Leicher to design a detached garage in the same style as the façade.

The fate

In late 2019, the sellers listed the home for nearly $2.6 million. After two months, there were no offers, so they took it off the market. Then they hired a new agent, a former television producer who’s known for making comedic videos to promote her listings. She brought in a voice-over actor and a cinematographer to produce “Fur-Ever Herbert,” a short film about an old dog who teaches a puppy about the home. In late January, the sellers relisted for $2.3 million and accepted a bully offer of $130,000 over asking.

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