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
A Hated House Is on the Market
The house in question is in the middle back.   (point2homes.com)

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. (More real estate stories.)

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