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Home of the Week: Here's what a former TCH home looks like, post-flip

Bought from the city for $550,000, renovated, re-listed at $899,000

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Home of the Week: 114 Ivy Ave. Asking price: $899,000. The house had been vacant for a couple of years when it was put on the auction block last year by Toronto Community Housing Corp. as part of a move to reduce its inventory of properties. The properties are being sold over the course of two years in order to reduce a repair backlog that stood at $750-million in 2012 and continues to grow. Many of the properties are vacant and in poor repair. They have been wildly popular with homeowners and builders who aim to buy a timeworn property and renovate. The team beat four or five rival bidders last June, paying $550,000, and began to tear apart the old interior the day after they took possession. “It was in pretty rough shape,” says designer Mazen El-Abdallah of Mazen Studio.

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Mazen Studio teamed with builder Matthew Kosoy to bid on the semi-detached house near Greenwood and Gerrard. Mr. Kosoy says he had missed out on other properties in the east end. ‘I was trying to buy houses in this area and it was insane.’

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Mr. Kosoy added new insulation, reinforced the joists, replaced sub-floors and built a wider staircase to the second floor. From there, the builder added skylights and installed huge windows throughout. ‘We wanted to go with the industrial window feel,’ says Mr. El-Abdallah. ‘We like the vibe.’ The main floor is an open plan, with the living area at the front and a large kitchen at the rear. Doors lead to a cedar deck and an enclosed backyard with a stone patio.

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Mr. El-Abdallah says the aluminium-trimmed windows fit in with the low-rise brick buildings and warehouses that are part of the view from the kitchen window. ‘It’s very urban – it’s amazing,’ says Mr. El-Abdallah of the backdrop across the lane.

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The attic was renovated to create a third-floor retreat that could be used as an office, playroom or master bedroom. On the lower level, Mr. Kosoy created a playroom, second bathroom, laundry room and guest bedroom. ‘We really imagine a family with a couple of kids living here,’ says Mr. El-Abdallah.

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Upstairs, the house has three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor.

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The bathroom has a marble mosaic floor, walk-in shower, bathtub and a marble countertop.

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There’s a large laundry room in the basement. Outside, the team designed the exterior to appear unified with the other half of the semi. The front porch was rebuilt and the front and rear gardens were redone with new landscaping.

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