Loft in translation // Going in House

Entertainment lawyer Stacey Mitsopulos recently traded condo fees for home ownership. With high ceilings, lots of light, and modern touches, her new home brings high-rise design down to ground level.

By Helen Spitzer

On Tuesday June 3rd, 2008


Stacey Mitsopulos bought her first home almost on impulse. An entertainment lawyer who specializes in music, Mitsopulos was looking to move from a condo to a house, but wanted to stay in her Beaconsfield Village neighbourhood. She gave her real estate agent precise directions: “Find me something modern with high ceilings, like a loft, but a house.” From there, it took just 24 hours to find the perfect home. She knew the minute she walked into the Lisgar Street house that her search was over.

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The red front door is unassumingly sweet as you walk up the rose-adorned pathway — but once inside the view is jaw-dropping. Mitsopulos says she’s still struck by the beauty of the “floating” dark wood staircase. The hallway has been widened considerably and the effect truly is loft-like, leading your gaze toward the ceiling and the spacious second level. Even the mudroom is a light-filled nook more akin to a sunroom: it gazes out onto a Zen backyard with rough-hewn benches and pampas grass. Most of the paintings on the walls are by Queen West artists and the furniture is sourced from local stores such as Inabstracto and Ministry of the Interior. A framed 1950s educational poster of reproductive organs is one of Mitsopulos’ many irreverent touches. Serene and stylish, the house reflects her deliberate, studied approach: she prefers to let a space sit empty until she finds the perfect object.

She feels that her career in music law was just meant to be, and worked hard to make it happen. “I thought, ‘Hey, I’m a lawyer but I’m constantly out at shows. I should be doing this.’” After moving into the house last August, she’s a mere ten-minute walk from her office in Liberty Village. As we move out to the backyard she waves at a neighbour and luxuriates in the late-afternoon sun. She sighs contentedly. “The sky is just bigger here.”

The Lowdown:

Who: Stacey Mitsopulos
Firm: Taylor Mitsopulos Klein Oballa
Area of Practice: Entertainment and media law
Year of Call: 1998
Location: Beaconsfield Village, Toronto
Building Profile: Semi-detached, three-bedroom, two storey, 1,800 sq. feet. $650,000

Photography by May Truong.