Purchasing a space that "feels like Home" invites domestic bliss for the next chapter of your life. And when it's located within a dynamic neighbourhood that's beloved, a modern dwelling becomes its own opportunity. This is precisely the case with this renovated property in Roncesvalles Village. Not only is this a unique opportunity to purchase a substantial renovation in one of the City's premium gentrifying neighbourhoods, but you'll subsequently be riding the wave of change that ensures continued desirability and financial reward. For the busy professional, who wants the convenience of an urban village community, this sweet row house on Fern Avenue is worthy of consideration!
Welcome to 181 Fern Avenue!
When it comes to housing and neighbourhoods, there is a special kind of visual texture when history marinates its evolution from inception through generational change. This is the case in Roncevalles Village, with extended roots that have evolved over time to develop and be distinct with their own cultural patina and charm.
In Roncesvalles Village, these roots extend back as far as the late 1880s when this now family-friendly borough originally housed the Scottish and Irish merchant class. But during the last century, this neighbourhood evolved into a cultural hotspot for the Polish community, and for the decades to come these residents deepened their roots and their connection within this delightful enclave. As the decades gave way to each other, this population aged and the commercial activity declined. But, as with many things in life - but particularly in housing, this gradual change - which began in the 1990s - set the wheels in motion for a super-charged cycle of revitalization. In more recent years, this area has been characterized by youth and the optimism of entrepreneurship which boasts a decidedly creative vibe. This is displayed in the distinctive storefronts that ring the neighbourhood, as well as the revitalized housing itself. In fact, Roncevalles Village offers the very best elements of a revitalized neighbourhood - a family-friendly community with urban undercurrents, with an ideal location, close to downtown and to lush green space.
Today, you can see elements of this neighbourhood’s history, merged together with its present, as gentrification continues to blossom. What I love about this particular neighbourhood, is that the residents whom have arrived in the past twenty years often don't leave. In fact, they're more apt to climb the property ladder within the neighbourhood, moving from the loft condos to row and semi-detached houses, and then into the coveted detached when feasible. This connection to the neighbourhood is reflected in the commercial businesses, which often build on the past to create a unique visual now. This is easily seen in the numerous warehouse conversions on Sorauren Avenue, on the lively, funky and functional commercial strip, and the creative revitalization of this neighbourhood's anchor - Sorauren Park - which is just steps from this enchanting community.
Do you commute by public transport? The Dundas West streetcar line is a mere 10-minute stroll from your front door. Also steps away are the Roncevalles and Queen street car lines, expanding your TTC options, getting you lickety-split to the Financial and Entertainment Districts. Green space? What’s your fancy? There's Sorauren Park, with its family-friendly vibe and multi-sports fields (which is nice and close by when your junior athlete forgets one of their soccer cleats at home), outdoor rink, field house and awesome Farmer’s Market, which runs year round. Expansive High Park is just west, and still close enough to be counted as a neighbour. Are you a foodie? There's an abundance of neighbourhood eateries - with some of our faves very close by indeed. Lit Espresso Bar on Roncevalles Ave is less than a 10-minute walk away. It’s just the perfect spot to while away an afternoon or an evening with the company of your friends - and an exceptional cup of coffee. A few steps further is Pizzeria Defina, which we feel is the eatery equivalent of what Roncevalles Village is all about - visually appealing and full of flavour and substance. And of course, we can't forget La Cubana, which is a perfect pick for a delicious lunch, to be followed by dessert at the incomparable Ed's Real Scoop!
Another asset-boosting amenity option? Whether you need them or not, being in proximity to reputable schools is an attractive feature to future buyers, which will only preserve and improve your asset value. Reputedly home to the highest concentration of school-aged children in the urban core, there are a number of solid selections for your consideration. Less than a one-minute walk (and this provides untold convenience to families of school-aged children) are Fern Avenue Junior and Senior Public Schools, which offers schooling all the way from JK through to Grade 8; still within walking distance (less than 10 minutes) is St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Elementary School, also offers programming all the way through from JK-Grade 8. For those with kids, this is one of the most coveted neighbourhoods for family life, with its engaging community spirit and stellar village life.
181 Fern Avenue has been renovated top-to-bottom over the past year - with permits (a surprisingly rare occurrence!) - and now benefits from premium materials, many new building components, and quality workmanship. The open concept living/dining areas boast gleaming hardwood floors and soft recessed lighting. We love the wall of exposed brick, which provides a hip, urban backdrop to your daily life! Beyond the spacious open plan dining area is new U-shaped kitchen, where a wall of built-ins, breakfast bar and counter space offers a multitude of uses. Boasting a suite of stainless steel appliances, a sleek subway tile backsplash, and custom Quartz countertops, this modern kitchen will surely please the next resident chef!
The second level is home to three generous bedrooms and a new 3-piece spa washroom with heated floors. There are plenty of nice touches here, including a sun-drenched bay window in the master bedroom, generous storage, and new wood flooring. The finished lower level - with separate entrance - offers additional living space. Fitted with recessed lighting, broadloom, and a 3-piece washroom, it also offers the potential to create an income supplement.
Thoughtfully transformed, this dwelling also has new landscaping, an expansive deck, and a detached garage/studio with lane access. And with new building components, including a forced air gas heating/cooling system, and new casement windows, this turn key residence is great value for the move-in-and-decorate Buyer.
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Want to learn more? Here's our Roncesvalles Village Neighbourhood Page featuring our flavour video, city census data on the area plus past amenity blogs, or if you'd like to learn more about Toronto, check out our other Neighbourhood Pages!
*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleague at IPro Realty Ltd., Brokerage.Book Appointment