If you've been seeking a turn-key classic contemporary residence with a lot of panache in a sensational downtown location, then look no further! This dynamite semi-detached Victorian, dating from 1880, offers plenty of pizzazz in one of the most coveted creative neighbourhoods! Featuring some pretty spectacular 2012 renovations, a self-contained in-law suite and oodles of style, this is a must-see property.
Welcome to 147 Lisgar Street!
As Toronto Life once proclaimed, this property is "situated right in the centre of the trapezoid formed by Queen, Dundas, Dufferin and Bathurst Streets, where Toronto's summer hot spots take centre stage. You can hit Trinity Bellwoods Park, The Drake, The Black Hoof, Dakota Tavern, Red Light, and 416 Snack Bar without spending a penny on cabs".
I love how Queen West, Dundas West and Ossington are dotted with character shops, bars and restaurants, which don clever names and hip patrons. No matter which direction you head, there's plenty of dining, drinking and an eclectic mix of purveyors who showcase the latest trends and styles. On Ossington I'm a fan of local hot spots like Bellwoods Brewery, Mamakas and Salt Wine Bar. On Queen West you'll find me perched at the bar of The Drake, or on their roof top terrace! And, if you are a foodie like I am, check out Antler on Dundas West which is receiving accolades! Up late, or early, and craving an authentic milkshake? Head to the 24 hour Lakeview Diner for the ultimate in comfort food in a vintage diner setting!
This home offers proximity to Trinity Bellwoods Park, one of the city's most dynamic urban green spaces comprising 36 acres! With a community recreation centre (including swimming pool!), dog walking zone, weekly organic market, tennis courts, meandering hillocks, and loads of community events, this park is all you desire in an urban environment! You're also steps to public transit here. Walk south to Queen West for the 501 east and westbound streetcar, north to the 505 east and west streetcar (to link to the Union Pearson Airport Express!), or the 63 Ossington bus (with bike racks) will take you north to the Bloor subway line!
Having a home that is well-situated to schools is wise move, even if you don’t have need for them yourself. That’s because a home that is close to good schools is very desirable to buyers and will help you grow your asset value when you resell the home in the future. 147 Lisgar is close to Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Junior and Senior Public School, which offers programming all the way from JK through to Grade 8. They also have a YMCA before and after school programme, located right at College and Dovercourt. When kids are ready for high school, they go to Parkdale Collegiate, which has a host of different programming, including a Pre-Baccalaureate program to prepare students for our International Baccalaureate Programme.
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Built in 1880, this Victorian Bay & Gable residence was in a state of disrepair before being substantially transformed in 2012. Striking an inviting balance between traditional and contemporary, five-inch-wide wood planks replaced shag broadloom, and original details like the vintage doors and staircase were carefully restored! The wainscoting in the hallways harks back to the Victorian age, but modern amenities, like heated floors and the gourmet kitchen, are each just five years old.
Climbing the steps to the large concrete front porch, one is met with striking character details like the classic bay window with original stained glass. Beyond the front door lies a welcoming vestibule, fitted with stone floors, a coat closet, and a pair of original French doors that open to reveal a view of the entire airy main floor from front to back! Spacious and gracious, the grand open concept entertainment level boasts a gas fireplace, 10-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and wood plank floors. Quality appointments abound, seamlessly fusing with yesteryear details like the original staircase balustrade. For those who love to host, the living and dining zones are extremely generous and well-proportioned, accommodating larger pieces - whether that be sectional seating or a dining table for twelve. Equally expansive is the substantial renovated chef's kitchen. As an avid cook, I instantly gravitate to this intelligently-designed culinary workspace which is elevated by custom shaker-style cabinetry, marble counters, stainless steel appliances (including a Cavavin wine fridge and convenient pot-filler), and a generous island with a second sink. At the rear of the main level where a pair of French doors open to the courtyard garden and two car laneway garage, heated stone floors, a large closet and a two-piece powder room offer convenience and utility. Outside, grounded by interlocking bricks scored with a slate path, a two-tiered deck and lush grape arbour offer spaces for lounging and dining al fresco, creating the ultimate urban oasis. What's not to love?!
This house is well-suited to those who desire airy spaces. On the second level are three generous bedrooms - one with its own ensuite. This is also where you'll find the spa-like family bath, with quality finishes that include a heated Travertine marble floor, double marble-topped vanity, glassed-in shower with subway tile surround and a convenient linen closet. The level is completed by a luxe laundry room - outfitted with a full capacity washer/dryer suite and built-in cabinetry - and a breezy second floor terrace overlooking the street. If you have two young children, this floor could easily serve as a master suite with two kid's rooms or, if you have two teenagers, they can each have their own bedroom and baths and share a study!
The third floor is a indulgent private treetop sanctuary, currently used as the Master Suite. Featuring a king-sized sleeping zone, walk-in closet with built-ins, and a sunken private sitting area, we love the sliding barn doors that reveal the walk-in closet and Master Ensuite. This relaxing retreat is outfitted to pamper, offering a large glassed-in shower with marble tile surround, a sun-lit bathing nook with claw-foot tub, and double marble-topped vanity. But the real jewel of this magical aerie is walk-out with French doors to a cityscape roof terrace! The views are stunning! Altogether, this space has a multitude of potential uses, including a private home office or family room.
The lower level has been thoughtfully configured, split into a cozy media room with storage cantina + utility room, with a connecting door into a self-contained luxe studio in-law suite. The separate studio features a fully-fitted kitchen, 4-piece washroom, private stacked laundry, and direct access to the yard! A sweet opportunity, this non-conforming lower level suite will be vacant as of July 1st. For the potential Buyer, if the suite isn't accommodating a family member or nanny, I estimate one could garner a market rent today for about $1450/month inclusive of utilities.
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Transformed with enormous attention to detail, this stately Bay & Gable Victorian semi has four low-maintenance outdoor spaces (front yard, courtyard garden, second floor street perch and rooftop terrace), an oversized concrete block two-car garage with automatic garage door system, and plenty of style. For those seeking an 'unpack and enjoy' residence, this heart-grabber offers the intangible beauty of scale, proportion and light in a Triple AAA location.
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