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Wine Cellars Guide

Most of the higher end luxury homes I sell have professionally designed wine cellars. It is expected that homes in the $2,500,000 and up range have a good sized wine cellar. The more luxurious and expensive the home, the larger and more elaborate the wine cellar.

Builders and renovators are recognizing that an impressive wine cellar can push their product to a new level and price range and increase their return on investment (ROI). Below are some wine cellar ideas and how to build your own.

How to Design and Build A Wine Cellar

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Wine Cellar Ideas

25 Wine Cellar Design Ideas


Luxury Wine Cellars & Unique Wine Cellars

Luxury Wine Cellars

Here are some interesting and luxurious wine cellars.

In-Floor Wine Cellar

This $55,000 in-floor wine cellar works for homes that don’t have basements. It is very space efficient and makes for an impressive show piece.

Luxury Italian Interactive Wine Cellar

Luxury Wine Cellars

Underground Backyard Wine Cellar With Hidden Room

This is found in an expensive home in California. It is well hidden in the backyard and its entry path has an atmosphere reminiscent of castles and hidden tunnels.

Three Mansion Wine Cellars – All Unique 

The first was built in a previous monastery. The second holds 13,200 bottles. The Third is a dine-in wine cellar.

Bullet-Proof Wine Cellar Doubles as Panic Room

This Australian home has a place to stay safe and de-stress while under attack. If you’re going to go, might as well do it in style.

For Modern Condominiums

29 Rouge River Circle For Sale at $2,500,000

29 Rouge River Circle – Listed for $2,500,000

29 Rouge River Circle For Sale

This Executive-style home sits on a ONE ACRE lot located in a prime Markham location; high demand area of very prestigious Box Grove!

Freehold, with 3 + 1 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, detached double garage, forced air gas heating, municipal water, 4 parking spaces and brick exterior.

It is a beautiful, well-kept house with walk-out finished basement on a premium RAVINE LOT, which backs onto the ROUGE RIVER. Enjoy a spectacular breathtaking view. Closer to Highway 407, Shopping Malls, Schools, Golf Course. Exclusive area with Multi-million dollar estate homes.

Properties like this are difficult to find. Prime, exclusivity, land, water, schools, proximity, prestige, comfort…WOW!

Stall and you may miss it forever! Call me directly to view, Baldo Minaudo 416-564-0245.

Box Grove in Markham, Executive Style House on Rouge River Ravine with one acre lot

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Useful Information:

Sir Richard W Scott Catholic Elementary School – 90 Roxbury St, L3S 3S8 Markham, Ontario, Canada

Boxwood Public School – Boxwood Public School, L3S 3P7 Markham, Ontario, Canada

Legacy Public School – 61 Russell Jarvis Dr. , L3S 4B1 Markham, Ontario, Canada

David Suzuki Public School – 45 Riverwalk Dr., L6B 0L9 Markham, Ontario, Canada

Markham Stouffville Hospital – 381 Church Street P.O. Box 1800, L3P 7P3 Markham, Ontario, Canada.

The Box Grove Neighbourhood Watch program was started in 2010 and is actively  growing.

The Box Grove community is located in the area around Ninth Line (also known as the Box Grove By-Pass) and 14th Avenue.  In recent years development in the area has resulted in the community growing eastward and extending both north and south of 14th Avenue. Boundaries: North to Highway 407, West to Rouge River, South to Steeles Ave and East to North/South railway line between 9th and 10th line.

Neighborhood Demographics: Population of 6,107* and 2,036 total homes (91.6% owned, 8.4% rented) as per York Region (May 2011).

Box Grove Community Association


Property Survey of 29 Rouge River Circle, Box Grove (Markham, Ontario)

The Battle for Cliffcrest Homes Along Toronto’s Eastern Shoreline

There is a battle underway among several buyer types interested in owning Cliffcrest property, especially south of Kingston Road along Toronto’s Eastern Shoreline. Reminiscent of what has taken place in other neighbourhoods, the recent activity parallels the recognition of the Cliffcrest and Birchcliffe-Cliffcrest communities as the next frontier in Toronto’s downtown redevelopment.
With limited building land and strong population growth fuelled by both immigrants from outside Canada and migrants from across Canada, the demand for detached and even semi-detached homes continues to surpass existing supply. So who is interested in these properties and why?

It seems to have begun (or at least been accelerated) in January of 2016 when an original bungalow on Ridgemoor Avenue sold for over $800,000, setting a new benchmark for the homes surrounding Midland Avenue. This beautiful Bluffs area, light filled home with vaulted ceilings, stone counters and nine foot island bar, Spa bathtub, double shower and oversized soaker tub with ‘Heated Bathroom Floor’ and a beautifully vaulted room addition encased in windows and with double doors included a legal one-bedroom basement apartment. This is an ideal first home for a young professional couple wanting to raise their family in an established community, within a close commute to the downtown core, lots of outdoor space and the added potential financial benefit of rental income to help pay the mortgage. Of course, a tight supply of houses and large number of young couples looking for an ‘affordable’ detached home helped, both with a quick sale, and with an attractive price for the sellers.

The sale started a buzz among some of the realtors in the area and neighbours on Ridgemoor Avenue, Midland Avenue and surrounding streets. It captured the attention of builders who sharpened their pencils to figure out what they could build to maximize their profit with higher property values arising from increased interest from multiple types of buyers.

Two months later, on Wednesday, March 23rd, the base of Midland Avenue was lined with cars on both sides for over four hours as potential buyers made their offer on a house for sale. The contenders included young couples looking to move back to their childhood neighbourhood in the hope of raising their own family, new Canadians looking for a home they could eventually rebuild, investors planning to renovate and rent out, and builders planning to knock down the house and build new. Then of course there are the speculators, looking to flip the house.

With dozens of builders looking to buy properties in the area, the prices have jumped sometimes resulting in significantly above asking sale prices. The base of Midland Avenue and Fishleigh Avenue have especially been targeted by builders because of the views of the lake. The East side of Midland Avenue holds greater value for some buyers with children, because the homes on that side of the road fall into Cliffcrest, whereas the homes on the west side fall into Birchcliffe–Cliffside. The boundary lines for both R.H. King Academy (High School, 3800 St. Clair Avenue East, 416-396-5550) and Chine Drive Public School (51 Chine Drive, tel: 416-396-6155) end on the east side of Midland Avenue.

Builders are willing to pay a premium for the properties near the water, especially those within walking distance of the Scarborough Bluffs because of the promise that they will be able to sell the new homes they built there for a higher price. The idea is that if they built a $600,000 home on a property near the lake, as opposed to one on the north side of Kingston Rd., they will be able to sell it for more than the $600,000 plus the cost of the land.

It is important to understand that the value of different homes in the area will not be equally impacted by the heightened interest. Consideration should be given to the details of the specific property, such as (but not limited to) size, shape and slope of the lot, age and size of the home, proximity to lake, surrounding properties, school district and more.

Want to know what your home is worth? Call me today for a FREE MARKET ANALYSIS (Baldo Minaudo 416-564-0245).

The good news is that the competition for the more expensive older homes has not yet matched their lower priced counterparts in the area. Builders are mostly looking for knock-down homes, specifically old and outdated bungalows,which means that they are virtually ignoring the more recently built, larger and updated homes. As a result, buying an older, more luxurious home with a spacious and quality lifestyle design will get you much more house per dollar spent.

One of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in the area is found at 19 Midland Avenue. It is in the same stretch of road that found itself lined with cars last week, waiting to present their offers for 27 Midland Avenue. But this is a different type of home and property and will attract a different type of buyer. Too new and large for a builder to demolish and too expensive for a young couple looking for their first home, this property is ideal for a successful professional or business owner looking for lots of open space and within a short commute to downtown Toronto at a good price. Did I mention it sits on a 50 foot by 300 foot ravine lot with views of Lake Ontario?

Walking through the home I couldn’t help feel the bright, positive energy and sense of bliss. The spectacular lake vistas are matched by an impressive 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom (2 ensuites) home with over 6,200 square feet of finished living space (including the basement). Luxury and comfort are in focus with the multiple fireplaces (a two-sided stone fireplace), hot tub on a two-level deck, grand open foyer, impressive curved staircase, gourmet kitchen, Palladian arched windows. The Master bedroom, with its own fireplace is fabulous with a stunning 5 piece ensuite. The “handyman” in me got a bit of a charge when I came across the large workshop and the Italian in me was impressed by the Cantina / cool room, ideal for a wine cellar or root cellar or combination of the two.

This is a home you have to see! … especially, if you’re looking for a home that you can truly enjoy with comfort in a family and dog friendly neighbourhood.
19 Midland is an ideal home for the successful individual who appreciates luxury and quality lifestyle at a great value that is hard to match anywhere else within the GTA. It is also a fantastic home for entertaining and social gatherings from intimate to more expansive.

Want to buy 19 Midland Avenue or another home along Toronto’s eastern shoreline? …Call me and get started on making your dream a reality!

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