If your home says a lot about you, then this elegant two-storey detached home makes a stylish statement indeed! Looking for some breathing room? Then you’ll want to take note of this home’s generous square footage and park view lot. Add to that a family-friendly East York neighbourhood surrounded by life-improving amenities - like parks, schools and public transport - and you can see that this house makes a statement that sticks!
Welcome to 16 Airley Crescent!
East York - which runs north from The Danforth east of Broadview to Victoria Park Avenue - has a deep connection to its history. Dating from the 1920s, its original residents were mostly working class British immigrants who harboured the new Canadian dream of owning property nestled in a caring community. This early suburb experienced a boost in construction post World War II, with government sponsored housing proliferating around Topham Park which served returning veterans and their families. Construction continued to boom through the early 1960s.
Although the township of East York itself was first established in the 1920s, it was incorporated as a borough in 1967, amalgamating the former East York Township and Leaside. Today, the residents are mixed, with seniors comprising some of the original residents and - over the past 15 years - the arrival of young families drawn by the affordability and easy access to downtown Toronto. Given the extended time span over which much of the construction happened in East York, the housing stock is varied, made up mostly of two-storey detached and semi-detached homes, as well as numerous bungalows. In the 1960s through 1990s, the area has seen the arrival of mid and high-rise buildings and, more recently, an emerging trend which signal a new life cycle for this neighbourhood. Increasingly, East York is seeing the reconstruction of the original bungalows being topped up and expanded into larger single family homes and - like 16 Airley Crescent - the movement to tear down the original obsolete small bungalows for newly constructed luxury executive custom homes. What has characterized this neighbourhood - throughout the years to present day - is a decidedly connected community vibe that infuses the air. There is a 'small-town' feel that emanates from this tight-knit community. This is partly due to the longevity of some of its citizens and their deep connection to their borough, which has produced a sense of community pride that is now being passed down to the younger generations repopulating the area.
This funky borough has its share of flavourful window front shopping, mostly along Pape, Donlands, Greenwood, Coxwell, and Woodbine Avenues. There are numerous bakers, butchers and fruit markets, conveniently located throughout the neighbourhood. East York is also convenient for downtown commuters, about a 15-minute drive to Toronto centre.
Although 16 Airley boasts its own tidy pocket of green space, the property backs on to Four Oaks Gate Park, elevating your sense of wide open space. The park provides a grassy play area for outdoor active games, offers a great playground for kids. Trail runners, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate being less than a 5-minute walk to Coxwell Ravine Park, which is part of the extensive East Don Valley Trail park system. Also nearby is the newly refurbished East York Community Centre that houses a library, indoor pool, and activity room - perfect for rainy days!
Commuters and cottagers will covet the less than 5-minute drive to the Don Valley Parkway. Public transport is a hop-skip and a jump away with bus service on O’Connor, which connects quickly to the subway Bloor-Danforth Line.
This home is well-located to a number of reputable schools. Proximity to schools is not only a major convenience; it also goes a long way to preserving and boosting asset value. Just over a 5-minute walk away is Diefenbaker Elementary School, which offers programming from JK to Grade 5, including an Extended French program that begins in Grade 4. A 10-minute walk away is Cosburn Middle School, which services Grades 6 through 8. And kids in this area can even finish out High School within walking distance from home; East York Collegiate is under a 15-minute walk, door-to-door. East York Collegiate offers diverse and dynamic programming from Grades 9-12.
Don’t feel like cooking? Family-friendly options in the hood include Captain John Donlands Fish and Chips and The Greek Grill (which promotes itself as having the most ‘authentic Greek food in Toronto’). Craving a good burger? Hole-E-Burger actually puts holes in their burgers so that you can fill up on unique and tasty toppings.
Built in 2003, this three-level four-bedroom stone-faced home with private drive is all about natural light, with ample windows, pulling the light in from outdoors. The main floor unfolds with gleaming wood floors that host nice interplay with the light, and expand over most of the main and upper levels. A focal point upon entry in the two-storey foyer is a grand curved staircase. The thoughtful layout includes a wide open formal entertainment area, which features numerous details like a bay window, crown moldings, wainscoting and a coffered ceiling in the dining space.
The sizeable eat-in kitchen opens up into a spacious family room which connects to the garden. It’s the kind of space that lets the chef be busy in the kitchen, but still remain connected to family and friends as they congregate. The kitchen is neutrally coloured with tile floor, maple cabinets and granite countertops, as well as a gas stove that any cook will appreciate. The sun-drenched family room with gas fireplace, parquetry wood floors and recessed lighting visually communicates family togetherness and relaxation. We love the expansive rear deck and fenced garden, and the bonus of having no rear neighbours and that sweet park view.
Upon climbing the curved staircase, one is greeted with gleaming hardwood floors that expand out through all four bedrooms. The spacious master bedroom is sublime - and invites retreat and repose. It features a bay window, excellent for embracing the light and space that makes this room special. There’s a good sized walk-in closet as well as a master ensuite with separate shower and jet soaking tub, How amazing is that?
Rounding out the upstairs space are three well-proportioned bedrooms and a four piece family bath. And, as any parent (or anyone pressed for time) will tell you, there are few things more convenient than a second floor laundry, right where the 'action' is (and where the family’s clothing accumulates).
The main and upper living spaces, totaling 2310 square feet, continue on the massive lower level (another 1122 square feet), which contains an office area, a 3-piece washroom and a terrific recreation/ media room fitted in broadloom. It’s just the kind of area that can house your hobbies, your home theatre system, or a place to keep the kids toys contained! Not only does this basement increase your living space, it increases your storage space as well, with plenty of built-in shelving.
For the discriminating buyer who covets a contemporary space plan, but also values the opportunity to live in a connected community, surrounded by amenities that will improve quality of life, 16 Airley Crescent is a perfect choice.
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