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At a time when Toronto - renown as the City of Neighbourhoods - has exploded into a sea of high-rise construction cranes amidst a gridlocked landscape of urban sprawl, my Buyers and I - a realtor in his 27th year selling real estate in the central core - are discovering the quest to secure a turn-key family-friendly freehold Home in a Triple AAA neighbourhood with excellent transit, calibre public schools, and everyday amenities within walking distance is increasingly challenging.
So it's with great pleasure to be presenting a superb detached Home in the coveted Bayview Eglinton community that I believe will check most, if not all, of the boxes on your list of wishes, wants and needs. Are you seeking an established neighbourhood where the values of community surrounds you? Do you require easy access to culture and arts, active-leisure amenities, in addition to high style retail, all which makes for a vibrant city life? Do your desire a quality contemporary Home with ample space for your laughing barking brood? If you Checked 'Yes' to these then you will find my latest offering immensely appealing.
Welcome to 27 Walder Avenue in Midtown Toronto!
A Triple AAA Community With Heart
Walder Avenue is convenient. Situated just north of the Davisville Village shopkeepers, and east of the synergetic Yonge Eglinton buzz (and subway station), your immediate daily life is most likely to embrace the leisurely stroll to the must-haves on Bayview Avenue one block east, where you'll benefit from a bevy of neighbourhood amenities! Grocery day? A 24-hour Metro is literally around the corner, with Whole Foods just a few steps away at Bayview and Broadway. Then there's a fantastic collection of shops on Bayview Avenue near Belsize, where you'll find Cumbrae's, a bespoke grocer/butcher offering gourmet-calibre basics plus items from around the world, a Shopper's Drug Mart for all your sundry needs, and the rustic Italian bistro Verdi - a long standing neighbourhood favourite. There's plenty more to love in this community: for those who like a a caffeine boost accompanied by a sweet treat, we indulge in quality coffee and Alsatian pastries at Patisserie La Cigogne at Bayview and Manor Road. You can pop into Starbucks or Lit for stellar espresso, or Refuel Juicery if you'd prefer to rejuvenate rather than caffeinate. Love traditional fare and a pint? Check out the neighbourhood pub, the Originals Ale House, and maybe stroll to Hollywood Gelato for dessert!
If you're an early-morning-workout type, you know that there's nothing worse than rolling out of bed and then having to drive to the gym. Luckily, just a couple blocks from Walder Avenue is Body Insight, with KOI Health and Fitness about four blocks away. If you're more advanced and looking for a challenge, try CrossFit Metric, Fitwall Leaside, or F45 Training on Bayview. Prefer classes over weights? There's plenty of offerings just a short walk away, including Big Stretch Yoga, North Movemwnt Studio, or T.H.A. Martial Arts & Kickboxing! Even gymnastics for the kids at GymKats just 3 blocks away! Fun!
No prime location would be complete without easy access to green space, and this house has Charlotte Maher Park literally across the street. Within eyesight from the back deck, this neighbourhood-centric destination has lots of room to run as well as a playground - perfect for those days when your adorable highly-energetic kids need to run off some steam. Slightly further away (but still under a 10-minute walk) is expansive Howard Talbot Park that spreads out over 4.9 hectares of green space. There’s also several lit tennis courts, baseball diamonds, multipurpose sports field and track, bowling greens, a children's playground and a splash pad. Just a fourteen minut walk away is is Sherwood Park, which spreads out over 40 acres, moving west from Bayview Avenue to Blythwood Road. The City of Toronto purchased the park in the early 1900s and remains one of the biggest parks in Toronto - and one of our favourites!
And completing the trifecta for location is public transportation. Just at the top of the street, there's a transit stop which will whisk you to the Eglinton Subway Station on Yonge street. And, of course, there's the soon-to-arrive Eglinton/Crosstown LRT, where the closest stop on this new line will be Leaside Station - just minutes from Walder Avenue!
This family-friendly neighbourhood is a connected community. While there are premium shops, restaurants, and entertainment aplenty, there's also many great schools, which is of incredible value (both literally in terms of preserving and increasing your asset value and in terms of simplifying life for parents).
The schools that service 27 Walder are noteworthy, and will catch the attention of buyers seeking access to quality education at the top of their house hunting wish list. The school boundaries for this area have recently been redistributed. Previously, children attended Eglinton JR PS for the early elementary grades, followed by Hodgson MS. Now children living at this address will attend the reputable Northlea JR and MS, serving JK through to Grade 8. Northlea is a large school and its dual track programming benefits reflect its size. Students can choose from English programs from JK to Grade 8 or French Immersion programs starting in SK. Students attending school through the current school year will have the option to attend Eglinton JR PS/Hodgson MS or Northlea. After the fall of 2020, all students in this district will be directed to Northlea JR and MS. For high school, students attend Northern Secondary School which is highly reputable and right in the ‘hood!
A Home With Space For Everyone
This dreamy detached 2 storey home with finished lower level of approximately 3000 square feet (see floor plan) is perched on a private sun-drenched corner lot wrapped by a canopy of trees. Boasting sublime curb appeal, which hints at the understated elegance you’ll find inside, this residence symbolizes the history and evolution of much of midtown Toronto's original housing stock. Having started its housing life in 1932 as a humble bungalow, this property - like so many which surround it- has undergone substantial renovations including a rear extension and a second floor addition. Today, this bespoke dwelling - transformed in 2014 into a contemporary sanctuary - is an ideal refuge for the busy urban household.
I love the intelligent space plan of this Home, as it offers plenty of zones for private and collective bliss. The moment you cross the threshold, you'll find a generous closet perfect for storing your boots and coats, and an engaging sight line of the open plan entertainment space facing Walder Avenue. Sunny and serene, a convivial lounge with bay window and wood-burning hearth provides an enchanting setting for cocktails and chitchat, while the dining area offers spacious dimensions for feasting with the family.
The space keeps on flowing into the generously sized renovated kitchen. The open peninsula is not only a great style touch, but has utilitarian purpose as well, increasing your prep space and seating. It also creates the right environment for you to do double duty in the kitchen, helping with homework or catching up with your significant other at the end of a long day while making dinner. Fitted with stainless steel appliances, quality quartz counters, and a fresh brick pattern backsplash, I appreciate how there's plenty of counterspace for the resident chefs to experiment their culinary prowess.
A hallway to the rear of the house brings one to the skylit stairwell to the second level beside an open plan office or on-line homework centre, where your kids can concentrate on their school work within ear shot of where ever you might be. A contemporary recently refreshed 3-piece washroom is also off this space, convenient yet tucked away from the entertainment zone.
At the rear of the main level is the sun-drenched family room which is sizeable, has excellent proportions and features vaulted ceilings. Connecting to an expansive deck from french doors, this is a private zone where you and your family can spend time unwinding together, which is a real treasure for busy families. I find the deck particularly peaceful, given it's elevated from the street and looks towards Charlotte Maher Park, creating a backyard oasis in this urbane neighbourhood. And the busy professional will appreciate that this city lot has minimal outdoor maintenance and upkeep, yet is kitty corner to the playground where your children can run wild!
The second story addition - completed in 2014 - provides an intelligent space plan and generous dimensions rare for a city dwelling. The second floor landing is flooded with natural light, and features ample storage with a double linen closet. At the front of the home facing Walder, you’ll find two good sized-bedrooms, each with wood floors and double custom-fitted closets. And l adore the 5-piece family bath with its calibre finishes, arched window and double sinks with mirrored cabinets. At the rear of the second level is the magnificent master suite. Featuring a massive walk-in closet chock full of custom built-ins, and a high spec 3-piece ensuite, rich wood floors, recessed lighting and custom window coverings, this suite has plenty of room for your king-size bed with room to spare.
The lower level, accessed off the kitchen via an L-shaped staircase (with a side entrance on the north facade), offers plenty of additional living space. Featuring a separate entrance accessed from the private driveway on Roehampton, the generous hall is a great boot room, especially in winter when the family returns from playing in the snow. Having direct access to the single car garage with door system and remote (and an auto-control system for the heated driveway), this hall also connects directly to the large laundry utility room, and the 4-piece upgraded washroom. Down the hall towards the front of the house, a recreation media room is fitted with quality broadloom and a custom built-in bookcase behind oak French doors. And right next to the rec room is a fourth bedroom, featuring broadloom and its own closet. There's all sorts of possibilities for this lower level, but I see its best use as a nanny suite or a place for your moody teens in their emerging quest for independence.
This gracious home has quality building components, all of which are in good nick. This includes two forced air gas furnaces and central air conditioning systems. One serves the main and lower level, while the other is dedicated to the second floor which is essential during the hotter summer months when the heat and humidity makes cooling an upper level a necessity. This dwelling has calibre windows and doors, upgraded wiring, a roof with plenty of longevity, and modern plumbing systems. It also features a attached garage with entry directly into the home, and a second tandem parking spot on the heated driveway. Having a coveted corner lot with the bonus of no sidewalk on the Roehampton side (increasing privacy and eliminating the pain of extensive snow removal), this unique urban home represents a true rare-to-market opportunity for one fortunate buyer.
Might this be the one for you and yours?
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