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A Hated House Is on the Market

'Not exactly a masterpiece of domestic architecture'
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2018 3:33 AM CST

(Newser) – There’s not much middle ground when it comes to the home at 154 Hamilton Street South in Toronto. It’s seen either as a “wonder of modern architecture” or an “overpriced monstrosity” (mostly the latter), per the Toronto Star. And it’s currently on the market for a cool $2.2 million (about $3 million Canadian). The 1,300-square-foot house stretches four stories and is just over 11 feet wide at its widest point. It is sandwiched between two more traditional houses on a 15-by-86-foot lot that was once home to a small cottage. And, while it hasn’t been around long, the house has a history. “It’s a really sad story,” City Councilor Paula Fletcher tells the Star. “Everyone has been in a state over this particular house.”

Some neighbors have been concerned about the height of the house, worried that it sets precedent for taller and taller buildings in the neighborhood (“It’s a slippery slope,” says one). Another neighbor was miffed when a limb from her 100-year-old silver maple was cut off because it was impeding construction of the house. Others just think it’s ugly. “It looks like something that belongs in a trailer park,” says one. The listing, however, describes the house as a “truly unique home … modern marvel with four levels of functional minimalism.” For an objective opinion, the Star talked to architect Hans Ibelings, who calls it “totally bland” and "not exactly a masterpiece of domestic architecture." Interested? Check out the listing here. (Read more real estate stories.)

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