When you're a realtor who finds Novelty Architecture amusing, it was only a matter of time the opportunity would present itself to incorporate The Basket Building into a post. And what could be more obvious that using it for Easter? Built for The Longaberger Company, an American manufacturer and distributor of handcrafted maple wood baskets and other home and lifestyle products, the building is the old corporate headquarters on Ohio's State Route 16. A local landmark (obviously) - it took the shape of the company's biggest seller, the "Medium Market Basket".
Incidentally, given this is a real estate blog, today's lesson is that Novelty Architecture is a bad decision if you're thinking about future resale value. The moment a property is taste-specific you're instantly risking how many prospective purchasers will consider your place appealing. And if those taste-specific custom features are comprehensive - and more than just surface cosmetics - potentially making them costly to change, your choices could be financially devastating.
This is precisely what happened to The Longaberger Company. According to Columbus Business First, the building and surrounding 21 acres sold for just $1.2 million, a fraction of its appraised value. Not only that, it sold to the buyer who was most likely to pay the highest sum for the property, being the Historic Newark Basket Company.
Fortunately, what we have in our Easter Basket for your consideration is tasteful, not taste-specific.
Here are some unique urban spaces we're thrilled to be promoting:
Is Your Brand About Luxury? For those seeking a property surrounded by charm, character, and cachet - both inside the walls and beyond - this unique turn-key offering with the branding prestige of both Yorkville Village and Bloor Street's Mink Mile, is an unprecedented opportunity. Lovingly and tastefully restored and renovated to the craftsmanship standards of yesteryear in 2009, while incorporating quality contemporary building components and on-trend finishes and fittings, this impressive Victorian storefront with residence marries modern function with historic form. Here is A Signature Commercial/Residential Victorian On Avenue Road In Yorkville Village, offered for $3,858,888!
Feeling Urban Stress? Did you know living lakeside is the perfect antidote to the high octane synergy that accompanies urban living? Comprising 1293 square feet of interior living space, plus an additional 183 square feet of outdoor living space (the unit is one of only six in the complex with a covered south facing balcony and an open cityvista terrace), this contemporary 2 bed, 2 bath suite at 500 Queens Quay West features an intelligent space plan, excellent proportion and scale, and both south and north exposures. Thoughtfully renovated with quality fixtures and fittings, if you're seeking a contemplative refuge, we present to you Quintessential Lakeside Living On Queens Quay West, offered for $1,295,000.
Looking for praise-worthy? This Sun-Filled Paradise Will Replenish Your Spirit And Ground Your Soul! Located just south of The Danforth at Pape, this rare-to-market 2bed 2bath 2car parking loft conversion is truy one-of-a-kind! Far from the ubiquitous crackerjack boxes synonymous with downtown high-rise living, this airy tranquil respite features an intelligent design, custom features, and a voluminous sense of space! Check out A Heavenly Sanctuary In A Converted Riverdale Church, offered for $949,000!
Do you live life by design? Purchased and transformed by a pair of architect/design professionals, this loft was reimagined by stripping away the builder grade finishes and restoring it to a hard loft setting that celebrates the architectural integrity while elevating it with contemporary upgrades ideal for modern day living Featuring 2beds 2baths and a mezzanine flex space with custom built-in 'cabin bed', this factory loft - located north of Eglinton east of Dufferin - has the Wow Factor most loft lovers will value. For those who seek authentic loft living, this Fresh Factory Redux In The Historic Art Deco Forest Hill Lofts, is offered for SOLD.
Coming Soon! A brick and beam loft townhouse with patio garden in Little Italy! This much-admired intimate factory conversion of only 13 custom residences was completed in 1996. Originally offered as a design/build program, each unit was offered in a base shell configuration allowing purchasers the opportunity to tailor to suit. The end result? A collection of custom homes on Clinton Street in the heart of the city! This loft is truly special - kitted out with the best of the best - and offered for $1,699,000. Contact Steve@urbaneer.com for more info!
Happy Easter! This image cracks me up, every time!
Can The Urbaneer Team Assist You?
We know that finding the ideal residence to suit your lifestyle can be challenging, which is why the Urbaneer team is committed to providing rational prudent informed advice to both Buyers and Sellers. Check out How Much Can I Afford? - one of our recent posts that illustrate how we can guide you to realize both the highest return on your real estate investment while ensuring it best serves your practical needs and dream of 'Home'. Or read how, in The Literal Sale, Literally, we set ourselves apart by utilizing creative, innovative, and truthful marketing and promotions, distinguishing us from the competition.
If you're thinking of selling, we’d be delighted to develop a productive sales strategy from start to finish that will maximize results. We have specific construction, design and custom trades to execute upgrades and repairs. We also have relationships with several retail home furnishing retailers, plus our own cache of furnishings to draw on as necessary to elevate the properties we sell. Clients often simply hand their keys over so we can work our magic, trusting us implicitly, while others prefer to rely on our guidance and support to reinforce or steer their particular aesthetic. Check out our advice on How To Prepare Your Home For Sale and how Urbaneer Markets Toronto Real Estate, including our focus on The Power Of Social Media.
Are you considering buying Toronto real estate? The process of choosing the right property can be overwhelming, both in finding the right property in terms of location, condition, size and price, as well as negotiating its purchase in a rational, educated, and prudent way. It starts with How To Search For Your Next Property Purchase, but we'd love to show how our proven process can work for you. Check out How Urbaneer Helps Buyers Make The Right Real Estate Purchase.
~ The Urbaneer Team
Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
& The Innovative Urbaneer Team
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage - (416) 322-8000
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