By Lisa van de Geyn
Photography by Soare Productions
Christina Clavero started in the real estate business in 2014. Focusing on luxury resale in the Oakville and Burlington areas, she recently joined The Agency (where she’s the managing director of the Oakville o. ce, alongside her husband, Carlos Clavero and David Bakowsky) because she says The Agency is redefining the way luxury properties are marketed and sold. “They don’t take a cookie-cutter approach. Every home is unique and di. erent, and we create a narrative around the home’s character and personality,” she says. “You’re selling a lifestyle when you sell luxury real estate. You’re selling a dream. The Agency has mastered this.” An expert in negotiation and a certified luxury home marketing specialist, Clavero is known for her hands-on approach and calm demeanour — her clients know they’ll benefit from her consistency and laud her ability to collaborate with other agents and her incredible network of realtors and buyers.
So, it’s really no surprise, then, that the homeowners of this exceptional custom-built estate on Pomona Avenue in Burlington turned to Clavero and her team, CB Group Realty, when they decided it was time to list their stately house. Built in 2020, this impressive 8,000-plus-square-foot residence is in the highly sought-a. er Roseland neighbourhood in the south end of the city near the lake. “This is the area where homeowners are tearing down bungalows and building their dream homes. There’s a huge value to living in this area. For example, it’s home to one of the top-rated school districts in all of Ontario. Families really want to move in — young professionals who want a nice, quiet lifestyle in a neighbourhood that’s comparable to Toronto’s Forest Hill or Rosedale are coming here,” she explains. “It’s also a quick drive to downtown Burlington, which is full of shops, restaurants and other great amenities. And it’s not a far commute to downtown Toronto.”
Clavero says the family who built the house did a spectacular job and thought of everything when it comes to creating a well-appointed abode. “They thought of every detail, including how well it flows and works for entertaining.” With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the home — which has a more traditional look and feel but brings in modern design elements — features 10-foot ceilings on the main and upper floors. When you walk into the grand entrance, you’re greeted by a double-height foyer with an incomparable view of the backyard (which has been turned into a virtual oasis). There’s an o. ce on that level, as well as a dining room, mud room, formal living room and family room (separated by pocket doors, which can be le. open when the family entertains) and a gleaming white kitchen in the heart of the home. Complete with marble countertops, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, an oversized island, servery, walk-in pantry and large black windows that look out into the yard, the relaxing space is a home cook’s dream. The kitchen and family room are seamlessly connected with a double-sided gas fireplace, which makes the space feel even more inviting. The shiplap detail on the walls o. ers a touch of personality and design savvy.
Head upstairs and you’ll find four bedrooms, each with their own ensuites (and heated flooring) and walk-in closets, as well as a huge laundry room. Clavero describes the primary bedroom as a true retreat — not only does it have a spa-like ensuite, but it has a spacious sitting area for rest and relaxation. The basement was also thoughtfully planned and executed and focuses on leisure and entertainment. Aside from the bedroom, there’s a cigar room with proper ventilation, an exercise room, rec room and a glass-enclosed wine cellar that stocks more than 200 bottles. Plus, the floors are heated, keeping the lower level super cozy.
The backyard is an utter paradise. There’s an inground salt-water pool with a waterfall, as well as a covered back patio, hot tub, a large cabana, an outdoor television with surround sound and wet bar. It’s perfect for summer entertaining and family get-togethers. “It’s quite big and there’s a lot of space,” says Clavero. “Backyards like this are real selling features these days. People are looking for more living space since COVID, and a landscaped outdoor living area is high on buyers’ lists.”
Clavero doesn’t think it will take long for the right family to take this house o. the market. “It’s always rewarding to get people into their dream homes,” she says. The new owners of this residence will certainly be in theirs.”