Leslieville's transition and revitalization from poverty to popular has been a topic of fascination by urban academics for the past forty years. I know this from my own contribution to the research in the late 80s when I wrote an Urban Studies Thesis funded by The Ministry of Municipal Affairs called "Gentrification: Yuppie Porn in South Riverdale". The thesis, which included a comprehensive review of past research exploring the movement of middle class households into this working class neighbourhood, also explored my early fascination with housing as a symbol of self. Some might say this neighbourhood is where urbaneer.com has its roots.
Occurring simultaneously with the conversion of old industrial warehouses along Carlaw Avenue into loft condominiums, and the redevelopment of a number of former commercial and industrial sites into modern mid-rise condominiums, a lot of the modest row, semi-detached and detached brick and frame housing stock once occupied by Anglo working-class and Asian immigrants is being upgraded and renovated into luxury property. This transition creates the ideal urban setting, for it offers a range of housing options for first and second time buyers, while intensifying the neighbourhood fabric which creates the higher density necessary to support the creative, thriving entrepreneurial commerce on main streets like Gerrard, or Queen East which has emerged into one of the City's hippest destinations.
So, is it better to favour the nostalgia of days gone by, or be current with an eye towards the future? The answer, generally, is it is optimum to fuse the two in balance. That is precisely what is accomplished in this graceful three-bedroom home, which marries modern design with classical elements.
Which is what you will find in this exceptional renovated listing. Welcome to 337 Leslieville Street, offered for $1,059,900.
Located just south of Gerrard in lovely Leslieville this home promotes the best of urban life, with savoury, stylish amenities nearby, along with quick access to public transport.
Tree-lined streets with a variety of housing stock, creating visual interest sit pleasantly within a quick stroll from character storefronts and intriguing eateries, including Te Aro Roasters, who know their way around a cup of coffee, and Bobbette and Belle, where those with a sweet tooth teeth can experience authentically French patisserie. For those who prefer to take their shopping indoors, Gerrard Square is within walking distance.
Green space and opportunity for outdoor leisure are nearby at Leslie Spit and the recreation of the Beach. Road travelers will appreciate close access to Carlaw to Lake Shore Boulevard, offering offers easy access to the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway.
Meshing urban dream with bricks and mortar, this three-bedroom dwell spreads itself expansively through nearly 2800 square feet of living space, with high-end finishes throughout. It quietly acknowledges its architectural history, but appeals to those who seek to surround themselves with the contemporary.
The open concept kitchen is a cook’s delight, with a large eat-in island, Caesarstone countertops and custom cabinetry. Details in design connect the living spaces, through the living and dining rooms and lend subtle style, from floor to ceiling, with gleaming wood floors throughout. The eye is drawn up to crown molding and coffered ceilings dappled with accent lighting that make the space intimate, but elegant.
Exiting to the back, entertaining space expands with a large deck, which extends to a fenced-in yard, which is the perfect enclosure in which to indulge your green thumb, or to while away a summer afternoon, in the company of those you enjoy the most.
Moving back inside and upstairs are three sizeable bedrooms. The Master boasts a large bay window that let the dreamy spaces bathe in light, perfect for a weekend lie-in with the newspaper, or for catching a blissful afternoon nap. There is also ample storage space with a large closet, and a three-piece ensuite that serves as a master retreat.
The living space continues down to the basement, with a four-piece bathroom, den and finished media room where light continues to flow, through sizable windows and with recessed lighting.
Renovated by a professionals, this sensational residence is nestled on a 23x135 foot lot. Having one car parking, a pretty garden, and a location the heart of it all, consider this your next place to call Home.
Want to learn more about Leslieville neighbourhood and its amenities? Here's our Neighborhood Page on Leslieville including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities!
Contact Steve@urbaneer.com for more informationSOLD