“We’ve taken what we’ve heard that purchasers want in homes and done it for them.”
president, Kylemore Communities
Picking out all the finishes and furnishings for a new home can be a delight for some buyers, but drudgery for others.
That’s why Patrick O’Hanlon, president of Kylemore Communities, is giving purchasers the option to buy fully outfitted luxury model homes in the popular Angus Glen community in Markham. For $3.8 million, a buyer can own the latest model home, the 5, 300-square-foot Peyton, complete with everything from furniture to draperies to accessories. Three previous fully outfitted model homes have sold.
“We’ve taken what we’ve heard that purchasers want in homes, done it for them and included a lot of stuff they wouldn’t have added themselves, ” says O’Hanlon. “They are given the option to change some of the things in the homes, but we’ve sold three so far and no one has asked us to make any changes yet.”
“Amazingly, people leave everything as it is. That speaks to how these homes flow so well so they don’t feel they have to change anything, ” says Jane Lockhart of Jane Lockhart Interior Design, who has a long-standing relationship with Kylemore and did the design for the Peyton and the other models.
“We furnish these homes as if we’re doing an actual client’s home, ” says Lockhart. “We’re interior designers, not model makers. We use as many Canadian-made and sustainable products as we can and Kylemore sets the standard for design details.”
O’Hanlon says it’s surprising how few buyers have their own interior designers, even when purchasing a high-end home, and by buying a custom model they benefit from Lockhart’s expertise and sense of style. He says many Angus Glen buyers are Chinese and South Asian and they appreciate a turnkey situation, where all they have to bring are their clothes and personal effects.
Lockhart explains that the models are designed to have timeless appeal, but incorporate some of the most popular trends now and coming soon.
“We can help buyers identify the trends that will last and where their investment should be, as that matters for resale value, ” she says.
The Peyton includes trends such as reflective metals and glossy finishes including chrome, marble, glass and mirrors. Pairing high-gloss materials with shades of charcoal and contrasting pastel hues creates a “moody elegance” says Lockhart.
The home has 10-foot, main-floor ceiling heights, with nine-foot second floor ceilings, to provide a sense of grandeur and space. The formal living and dining room at the front of the home are elegant and sophisticated, while the open-concept kitchen, dining area and family room at the rear of the house are more casual.
Top-of-the-line brands used includes Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Downsview Kitchens, Vintage engineered hardwood flooring and Cambria countertops.
Flooring includes porcelain tile in the foyer, kitchen, mudroom and bathrooms and hand-scraped plank hardwood in living areas, which is hard-wearing and resilient. Architectural details include waffle ceilings, trimmed archways, decorate wall paneling and crown moulding.
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