Your home is more than just your home base; it’s the nexus of your universe, your refuge, and the baseline for your quality of life. You’re probably aware of the real estate mantra, "location, location, location", as it pertains to keeping and growing your home’s asset value, but have you considered the impact of location on the quality of your life? Having convenient amenities and anything you need right at your fingertips has incredible value, because it equals time saved. And what’s more valuable than your time?
Now matter which direction you travel, the best of Toronto's amenities surround this historic property, recently re-invented and propelled from outmoded roots into a crisp thoughtfully-executed contemporary dwell!
Welcome to 53 Palmerston Avenue!
This neighbourhood in proximity to Trinity Bellwoods Park is truly one of Toronto's most sought after, where the streetscapes are tree-lined, and the housing stock features a spectrum from elegant Victorians to some of the city's first re-imagined industrial spaces. It's an amenity epicentre, bordered on all sides by some prime pleasure pockets: excellent shopping to steps to the south on Queen West, top-notch entertainment and restaurants to the north on Dundas West and College Street, a thriving social, art, and nightlife scene to the west on Ossington, and of course some delicious eats in Chinatown to the east. How amazing is that? Not to mention access to major transportation routes for motorists and pedestrians; Dundas and Queen are two of the core's most major arteries! Could this be your favourite 'hood? It's one of mine!
First, the obvious: immediate access to one of Toronto's dynamic urban green spaces and the heart and soul of Queen West Village, Trinity Bellwoods Park. With a community recreation centre (including swimming pool!), the famous “dog bowl” off leash area, weekly organic farmer’s market, tennis courts, meandering hillocks, and loads of community events, this park is all you desire in an urban environment! Trinity Bellwoods is the unofficial meeting place for the neighborhood and the best place to truly appreciate the area’s special dynamic. Athletes on the ball fields play alongside artists painting in the park. Kids running for the playground zig zag through the groups of residents practicing yoga and tai chi outdoors. Groups of impossibly hip twenty-somethings gather for picnics catered by nearby hot spot The County General (you can buy an entire picnic “to go” – charming basket included!). And I love my annual sojourn to the Queen West Art Crawl!
I love strolling this area, where direction will determine which neighbourhood offerings I indulge in. If I'm staying local I head to Saving Grace, Campagnolo, and Ella's Uncle for its excellent espresso and a necessary and delish sugary treat! If I'm craving a Queen West fix I'll stop in at Sud Forno or Nadege Patisserie before continuing to wander through the endless string of local shops, galleries, and furniture purveyors on hip Queen West! But, if I'm craving the familiar, it's College Street west of Bathurst - a 6 minute walk north - that holds some of the establishments I frequent most in the central west side: Kalendar, La Carnita, Woodlot, DaiLo, and Giancarlo's. Relative newcomer Bar Raval is also a standout. Music lovers will revel in the live performances at The Orbit Room or the vintage offerings of June Records, while movie fans will delight in the Royal repertory cinema. If you live on Palmerston Avenue, you're never more than a short walk from good eats, trendy treats and great beats!
This 3-level, 3-bedroom contemporary residence - tucked between two vintage Victorians - is pretty swish. This property was originally a coachhouse (dating from the 1860s) which, having endured mismatched renovations over the years, has only recently been tranformed from it's dilapidated state to the modern masterpiece it is today. The eye-catching front facade is dramatic in it's modern colour scheme, which compliments romantic architectural details like the upper level bay window. And don't you love the mullion windows that allude to its vintage past?!
For the discerning, be assured this heart-grabbing residence boasts exceptional features and finishes; I drool over the spectacular sun-drenched well-proportioned entertainment level, with its showcase gourmet kitchen! As you cross the threshhold, you're immediately struck by the bi-level entertainment space. The sunken half of the room adds welcome visual and spatial interest, while the 14 foot ceilings give the impression of airy volume. The lower portion is actually an architectural leftover or "memory" so to speak; when this property it was a coachhouse, there was a driveway straight through it, running right where the kitchen and living room are now. The two banks of windows frame what was once the drive's openings, and later were sealed off to become a garage decades later. Neat, eh?! You can actually see how it was sealed off in these archive photos from the 2007 sale:
Given the home's history, I adore how the renovations hints at the building's past, like the sunken floor, the exposed brick between the living and dining zones, and the iron girder that runs the length of the ceiling. However, it's the contemporary elements that are truly impressive. The custom chef's kitchen is a marvel of clean lines and sparkling steel, featuring pristine modern cabinetry and high-end built-in stainless steel appliances. The wealth of windows - front and back - bathe the space in natural light, while their matte black frames provide a dramatic contrast to the light hardwood and fresh white walls. And while it's a layout that you don't see as often, do you know what the best part about situating the kitchen at the front of the home is? The living space enjoys garden views and opens onto the fenced rear garden! Can you imagine hosting summer barbecues with the double doors open wide?! Love.
Making your way up to the second level, you'll find two good-sized bedrooms, both featuring blonde wide plank floors, exposed brick accent walls and custom double closets. The front bedroom also benefits from a romantic mullion bay window overlooking Palmerston Avenue. They share a superb 4-piece bathroom with scads of marble tile, chic black matte fixtures, and hidden stacked laundry.
The third level is elevated elegance, literally, housing an expansive Master Suite. Your ascent into the suite is a little ethereal, with the staircase lit by a skylight and one wall turning into glass halfway up. It peeks into the partially open concept bedroom/spa bath suite. Mullion windows frame the large bed, which could be even bigger thanks to the room's spaciousness. The sleeping space flows into the washroom, where a large cubic glass shower stall takes centre stage; while the water closet is tucked behind pocket doors. The stand-alone soaker tub also makes a grand statement, flanked by two windows that overlook the rear garden with views of the downtown core. The space is completed by His and Hers sinks, emphasizing that this is a luxe couples retreat.
The lower level is fully excavated but only partially finished. The completed portion boast bright has a 3-piece washroom, so guests won't have to violate the sanctity of the upper floor to use the washroom. Here you'll also find one of our favourite visuals: a wall of exposed stone foundation; it's a reminder of the home's history, and an arresting contrast to the clean, white walls and contemporary finishes.
This chic home - perched on a 18.75 x 135 foot lot - is rounded out by a detached two-car garage and legal front pad parking. For more info, or to book a private viewing contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org!Book Appointment