A unique and sophisticated property, 204 Donlea Drive in North Leaside was meticulously planned and beautifully executed by a Toronto architect and the owner, an interior designer, in a timeless and elegant way. Formerly a modest bungalow, the house was reimagined and rebuilt thirteen years ago and transformed into a very special home. This is a jewel box of a home, a perfect fit for one or two or a small family – anyone who appreciates sophisticated design and gardening.

 

 

Each room is perfectly proportioned and takes full advantage of light and views. The industrial steel casement windows, with deep wrapped sills, are a special feature. The centre-hall layout allows for symmetry and generously sized rooms. 

 

A large foyer with a handsome three-tone tile floor leads to a stunning living room centred by a large wood-burning fireplace, flanked by floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving. Large industrial windows frame this spacious room with its 10-foot ceilings. Recessed pocket doors can close off this living space for privacy if needed.

 

 

 

Across the hall is a beautiful, warm and inviting kitchen combined with the dining room. There is plenty of storage in this fitted kitchen, including under the large island, and even a hidden broom closet. From here the open plan kitchen/dining room’s glass wall sets the stage for the terrace and perennial garden beyond.

 

 

 

The wide and skylit staircase leads to the second-floor landing, which symmetrically separates in two wings. One side of the hall, the master suite with walk-in closet has views to the garden below, and the other two perfectly proportioned rooms share a large storage closet. Two bathrooms are on this floor, with their bespoke vanities. The ensuite houses a cast iron tub, and the second bath has a glass walk-in shower.

 

 

 

In the lower level, a built-in mudroom is incorporated under the stairs, and a large pantry with glazed doors accommodates plenty of extra storage space. The laundry room is large and bright with more built-in cabinetry. Across the hall are two similar-sized rooms, one currently used as a hobby room, and the other as an artist’s studio. These spaces could be combined as a large rec room, or one could be used as a guest bedroom.

 

Through the steel kitchen doors is a stone terrace, perfect for outdoor eating and entertaining. The stairs lead down to a stunning 28-year-old mature perennial, shrub, and kitchen garden with a flagstone path guiding you to a six-sided, cedar potting shed with the bell-shaped roof and flagstone floor. Lattices are placed throughout the garden for privacy, and for climbing plants. To the side of the house a small, intimate sitting area is hidden behind the garden gate.

 

 

This property is currently listed at $2,499,000. For more information, please contact Susan Krever at (416) 925-9191.

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