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House of the Week: 54 Stanley Terrace

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 19, 2013

54 stanley terrace torontoA modern Victorian with the possibility of even more "modern" alongside. This house includes an adjacent lot with plans for a home next door, allowing would-be purchasers the urban treat of ultimate NIMBY discretion. Located a couple of blocks from Trinity Bellwoods, this Victorian rises three storeys tall, merging throwback clawfoot features with shiny contemporary appliances and a pretty spectacular master suite.

54 stanley terrace torontoSPECS:

Address: 54 Stanley Terrace
Price: $1,049,000
Lot size: 33.73 x 64.70 ft
Storeys: 3
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Ceiling height: 10.5 ft
Parking spaces: 2
Exterior: Brick

54 stanley terrace torontoNOTABLE FEATURES:

  • Viking gas range
  • Farmhouse sink and Bosch dishwasher
  • Restored hardwood floors
  • Clawfoot bathtub
  • Fireplaces (not working)
  • High efficiency gas furnace and humidifier
  • Third floor master with skylights and walkout
  • Views of Stanley Park

54 stanley terrace torontoGOOD FOR:

Mixing new and old, steel and brick, making use of those reclaimed Victorian cast iron register grates cluttering antique stores. Good for those who plan to build next door and/or want to prevent others from building next door. Good also for Stanley Park dog enthusiasts.

54 stanley terrace torontoMOVE ON IF:

You hate scrubbing graffiti off your garage door. You want a little open-concept for your million dollars. You think tiles should be on floors, not walls.

Additional photos:54 stanley terrace toronto54 stanley terrace toronto54 stanley terrace toronto54 stanley terrace toronto54 stanley terrace toronto54 stanley terrace torontoIf you had the dough, would you buy this home? Let us know where you stand in the comments below.



steve / February 19, 2013 at 08:25 am
All that white, will look dirty all the time. It looks dated when was it done? My guess would say late 90's early 00's.
asdfj / February 19, 2013 at 09:17 am
steve.. you'r an idiot.
Greg Pace / February 19, 2013 at 09:28 am
I love the design for the new house! Who designed that???? #drafterbate #archiporn
Lauren / February 19, 2013 at 09:59 am
One can dream! Stunning space, love the rustic yet polished look.
Maria / February 19, 2013 at 10:01 am
Steve, how does it look dated? it's actually really nice.
pamela / February 19, 2013 at 10:03 am
this is the best house of the week yet! the only good one so far, in my opinion. absolutely beautiful.
OhNo replying to a comment from steve / February 19, 2013 at 10:05 am
Oh no, a house that isn't decorated with sterile monotones and stainless steel
OhNo / February 19, 2013 at 10:07 am
This house is gorgeous. I love the fact that they've left the distressed paint on the front door and the old wide plank floors. Gives this house some character which seems to be getting harder to find nowadays.
Jerry / February 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

Beautiful house, AWESOME LOT beside it that actually gives it a yard, pretty nice inside.

The master bedroom is brilliant...

I would spend the dough on new windows and do them with black trim...


If you build beside it, you have a tiny backyard, but then again you have the park right there.

A million bucks for a house this big is a great deal
mikejones / February 19, 2013 at 10:13 am
Al replying to a comment from mikejones / February 19, 2013 at 10:30 am
The price includes a lot next door with planning permission to build. Considering the house alone would be at least $700,000, it's a pretty good deal.
homesnotholmes / February 19, 2013 at 10:52 am
looks like a pump and dump reno. 100 year old houses have 100 year old problems. plus you would share the same problems as your attached neighbour. i would hire 3 home inspectors on this one and get some accurate records on permits. 1.1 mil get real!
Sarah / February 19, 2013 at 11:07 am
Gorgeous mix of old and new. I'm curious to know how badly those floors squeak though.
Marie / February 19, 2013 at 11:25 am
I love everything about this home. Beautiful design. I'm curious to know who designed it?
jen / February 19, 2013 at 11:52 am
LOVE this house, but you have to wonder who your neighbours are on the other side of the shared wall, and how good is the soundproofing on that wall.
MeezStephanie / February 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm
BlogTO, can you find out the paint colour that they used in the small bedroom, hallway etc? Is it Farrow Ball light blue? thanks!
j / February 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm
wow!! now, this is more my style over the other houses blogto has been listing these days.
This house looks like it has more character and actually a place to be lived in.
richard / February 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm
1.1 mil home comes with gang graffiti on your door. great place to raise children.
steve replying to a comment from Maria / February 19, 2013 at 01:05 pm
When you go for 'high style' you need to keep up with trends or it looks dated. Some of the features that date it, the cathedral ceiling in the bedroom (heating and cooling that will be expensive), the ceiling fan, the exposed beams, the unpainted front door, the farmers style sink, butcher block counter tops, the tin ceiling, white painted pine floors. Not to forget it all looks staged for a photo shoot not to live in. The house itself is a good, just needs a makeover. Warm it up a bit, we do live in Canada.
Mr Kanyo / February 19, 2013 at 01:06 pm
Nice house but pretty close to the pig slaughterhouse. You can really smell from Stanley park. Keep those windows closed.
steve replying to a comment from asdfj / February 19, 2013 at 01:08 pm
Just because I made my opinion on something does not make me an idiot, you on the other commenting like that....
steve replying to a comment from OhNo / February 19, 2013 at 01:09 pm
But it is is monotone, and stainless steel, that is what I do not like about it.
Rob replying to a comment from richard / February 19, 2013 at 01:13 pm
It's a tag put there by an artist/vandal. That's not gang graffiti. HUGE difference.

This is what "gang graffiti" looks like:
Ross Peterson / February 19, 2013 at 01:30 pm
There's an NDP election sign on the neighbour's house, despite the fact that we haven't had an election for almost 1.5 years. Run as fast as you can away from this deal. It's bad enough having neighbours who clearly don't give a rat's ass about their side of the duplex, but NDP'ers? Ugh.
vampchick21 replying to a comment from steve / February 19, 2013 at 03:26 pm
Or possibly they went with what they liked instead of flavour of the month in home design and decor? No one's asking you to drop your 1 million on it. If I had that kind of cash you'd better believe I'd buy it as is. It looks gorgeous, just the kind of design *I* like. Never mind that many of the elements you claim as 'dated' are still considered 'trends'.
Kat / February 19, 2013 at 03:43 pm
This is the first one I really like. It's pretty narrow, but it looks spacious! I could live in that master bedroom alone.
asdfj replying to a comment from steve / February 19, 2013 at 04:25 pm
sorry, you're not an idiot. just dont be such a dick.
george / February 19, 2013 at 05:23 pm
This house is massive and a steal at the price...surely it will sell for more than asking.

btw the proposed addition/house looks terrible.
Former Torontonian / February 19, 2013 at 06:33 pm
I used to live in that house 15 years ago. It sure has changed. On the inside. All the money has clearly gone into the interior of the house.

It sold for less than $200,000 in 96.

BTW, the garage was not part of the house when I lived there. Not sure what that rendering has to do with anything.

Wonder if George is still alive next door.
Tiffany / February 19, 2013 at 07:41 pm
I read these posts just to see the entitled douchebaggery that ensues in the comments. Thanks for that entertainment, blogTO.

But seriously, that house is amazing.
Bubba / February 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm
when i grow up to be a drug dealer i'll buy that house, and snort blow all day long.
Allie / February 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm
I like the 54B house more from the outside :P
meh / February 20, 2013 at 01:39 pm
beautiful. love it. but is the blogto demographic the type of people that will buy 1 million dollar homes?
Stanley parker replying to a comment from Former Torontonian / February 20, 2013 at 07:21 pm
Yes George lives there still
In fact the his home is for sale as well
And the house is gorgeous for those that don't know the area it's a very hot market u can find a home under 800k around here
Stanley parker replying to a comment from Former Torontonian / February 20, 2013 at 07:22 pm
Sorry I meant u can't find a home under 800k in this area
mike1234 replying to a comment from Stanley parker / February 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm
Me / February 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm
No way in Hell would I deal with a realtor who uses netspeak.
Stanley Parker / February 23, 2013 at 09:21 pm
U both need to grow up
Peter replying to a comment from Former Torontonian / February 27, 2013 at 09:59 am
The house next door is for sale, and I am interested. What can you tell me about this mythical 'George' fellow and what he did with his half?
Peter replying to a comment from Stanley parker / February 27, 2013 at 09:59 am
What's the story with George? A cool dude? I imagine his house is a little older on the inside.
Former Torontonian / February 27, 2013 at 08:30 pm
What did he do with his place? Take a look at the picture of the outside. Doesn't appear he did a lot. I was never inside his place, so as to the interior - no idea. I recall his parents bought the house, he worked his adult life as janitor at a public school nearby on Adelaide or Richmond, when his parents died he got the house. Beyond that, don't know much. Nice enough guy, nice enough neighbour, but not kept to himself for the most part.
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michelle replying to a comment from Former Torontonian / July 17, 2013 at 02:49 pm
george is alive and doing well, and he has sold his property also.
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