Any house hunter will tell you that finding a home that will be 'The One' has as much to do with both where it is and what it is. That’s because your life extends far beyond the walls - into the community that surrounds it. Which is in part what makes this elegant restored 1887 luxuriously Victorian jewel-of-a-residence in Cabbagetown so appealing.
Welcome to 370 Berkeley Street!
Who wouldn't want to stroll down a tree-lined allée to your own private piece of domestic bliss in Cabbagetown?
While Cabbagetown's history began in the 1840's when thousands of Irish immigrants settled here after fleeing the potato famine in their homeland, what was once one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Toronto is now a much sought-after enclave boasting one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in North America. Featuring a village 'high street' boasting several friendly neighbourhood pubs and some pretty swell cafes, it's just east of the 'big city bright lights' vibe of downtown. Wrapped by expanses of green, this residence is just steps to beautiful Riverdale Farm with an Ontario Homestead Farm, an organic market and acres of lush lawns that connect to Riverdale Park via bike trails. It's also a short stroll to nearby Allan Gardens to the south west, which offers a magical conservatory built in 1858, a playground, and two fenced off-leash areas for dogs. And yet - get this - it's is only an 8 minute College Streetcar ride from Parliament to the main artery of Yonge Street!
Cabbagetown is a community with heart and amenities. Featuring the perfect balance of day-to-day shopping and design destinations, Parliament Street offers everything from the St. Jamestown Steak And Chops butcher or the baked goods of Jet Fuel, to Urbaneer's favourite candle stick purveyor at Spruce Home Decor. Feeling peckish? Try House On Parliament, Cranberries, Weezies, or delicious newcomer, The Irv. Oh and don't forget Hey Lucy around the corner! Looking for custom lighting? Check out Studio Lampcage. And don't miss the annual Cabbagetown Festival which we absolutely adore!
This elegant brick beauty - constructed circa 1887 - has an understated old-world charm and oodles of elegance that served as the baseline for its comprehensive renovation. If you're seduced by curb appeal, then your heart will go pitter patter over the ivy-covered red and yellow brickwork, front porch, elegant wrought iron fencing, and unusual round bay windows. Inside, the main level carefully balances the tradition of yesteryear (Victorian style trim and moldings, original stained glass, custom wood shutters) with contemporary stylings and fittings, including a main level skylit family room, rare two-piece powder room and an exceptional fully-outfitted modern kitchen.
Yup - I love the dream kitchen. If a chef were to take centre stage, it would be in this well-executed space which boasts ample storage, a generous island, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and some pretty swish stainless steel appliances (check out the dreamy gas range!) including extras like a pot-filler and a built-in espresso machine! This culinary oasis - connected to a sundrenched family area with custom built-ins - is all about gathering friends round. The walk-out to the backyard oasis and BBQ patio is perfect for outdoor entertaining! But if you're less of a party host and more about cozy nights cocooning, check out the elegant living room's wood-burning brick fireplace!
The second level features a romantic master sanctuary with walk-through closet, dressing room, and expansive 5-piece ensuite spa washroom (hello soaking tub!). This level is also home to a second bedroom that enjoys a walk-out to a dreamy sun deck! Up a set of stairs to the third level, you'll find the home's den; well-proportioned and thoughtfully-designed, as the prefect private zone for lounging in front of a second fireplace or soaking up some sun on a spacious roof terrace - serving as ideal respite for a busy professional. Adjoining the den is another bedroom with a 4-piece ensuite bath and - get this - a sauna! This upper level is a great space for the Buyer with a moody teen. Just sayin'.
Character, excellent proportions, and designer styling abound in all of these spaces. Plus, the finished and underpinned basement with a 1500-bottle temperature controlled cedar wine cellar, laundry area, and a separate entrance offers utility for those seeking additional space (or a potential nanny suite!)
Completed by fully-landscaped yards with an inground sprinkler system, and a double car detached garage with laneway access, this unique urban home - featuring over 3000+ square feet - in a stellar location offers the perfect fusion of yesteryear and today!
Have you met Cabbagetown yet? If you don't know this area very well, here's our Neighbourhood Page on Cabbagetown including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities! And consider checking out our other Neighbourhood Pages to learn about other Toronto real estate!
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