Strathcona half duplex melds heritage character with modern style

Exterior of the home at 616 Princess Avenue. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty

Half of a historic Strathcona heritage home is for sale, blending its heritage character with a modern design.

The listing, by Jessica Chen of Oakwyn Realty, is for a 1,450 sq ft. three-bedroom and den half duplex at 616 Princess Avenue, listed at $1.54 million.

The home was built in 1902 when Princess Avenue was called Carl Avenue, and was built for the Quebec-born widow of Archibald McNair Agnes. Agnes and her son and daughter lived in the house for a number of years, according to local blog House Historian.

Today, the main floor has been opened up with a glass-walled staircase, and a retractable glass wall onto the patio, showering the room in natural light.

A glass-walled staircase opens up the living area. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Living area. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Living room with dark-painted trim. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Entryway. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Kitchen with herringbone tile. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Bedroom with large wooden beam across the ceiling. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Bedroom showing closet in background. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Bathroom with herringbone tile feature inlay. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty
Porch overlooking Princess Avenue. Credit: Jessica Chen/Oakwyn Realty

Exposed beams run across the ceilings, and herringbone artisan tile is used throughout the bathrooms and kitchen, which features a high-end appliance package including a Bertazzonni gas range.

There is built-in cabinetry on throughout the home. A semi-private front porch looks onto tree-lined Princess Avenue.