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This is the smallest house in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 3, 2013

Smallest House TorontoNext time you complain your home/apartment/condo is too small, think about the occupants of 128 Day Avenue, a property near Dufferin and Rogers Road. With a footprint of just 29 square metres, the house is officially the smallest in the city. It was something of a minor celebrity a few years back, appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2008.

According to its official site (yep, it's that famous), the home was shoehorned into the space between two existing properties by Arthur Weeden, a contractor involved with a series of west end building projects, in 1912. The tiny parcel of land was originally marked out for laneway access but somehow the curb stones were never lowered to allow vehicular access, rendering the gap useless.

Weeden pounced, building a pint-sized home, barely an arm's span wide, for him and his wife. They lived there together for 20 years, content in the tiny space, tending to their vegetable garden and bunking down for the night in the single rear bedroom behind the kitchen.

Smallest House TorontoWhen Weeden died, the house passed through several owners. In 2010, the last time it was on the market, owners asked $180,000 - $1968 a square metre - for the smallest house in the city, well below the $400,000 average for the city. The publicity surrounding the sale reached its height when talk show host Ellen DeGeneres featured the property on her show.

The main floor of the bungalow features a living room, kitchen, and sleeping quarters with Murphy bed (the room is too small to accommodate a normal bed and furniture.) A hatch in the kitchen leads down to a small basement. The diminutive house has also inspired a song, "Come Back To Me" by Maria Lee Carta.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photos by Derek Flack

Discussion

20 Comments

MeezStephanie / April 3, 2013 at 08:42 am
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"the publicity surrounding the sale reached its nadir..."
It was at its lowest point? Or do you mean, its zenith?
Derek replying to a comment from MeezStephanie / April 3, 2013 at 09:02 am
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The latter.
qqwe / April 3, 2013 at 09:10 am
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Interior pics would be nice instead of these creepshot pics at someones window.
cathie / April 3, 2013 at 09:23 am
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This house has its own website - for much more info and photos than what is posted here. You can find other info if you google the address: 128 Day Avenue

http://www.thelittlehouse.ca/page1.aspx

In a perfect world we could build many, many more of these homes (although I think this one could use a second floor). A great condo alternative, a great laneway home, etc.
fred replying to a comment from qqwe / April 3, 2013 at 09:30 am
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How is an exterior photo shot clearly from the sidewalk creepy? What is wrong with people (namely you)?
Nicki / April 3, 2013 at 09:56 am
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There's a film at Hot Docs about tiny houses: http://www.hotdocs.ca//film/title/tiny_a_story_about_living_small
skeeter / April 3, 2013 at 09:57 am
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I'm sure the owner of this property is used to having people take photos of the house...Nothing creepy about it.
kim / April 3, 2013 at 10:20 am
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It's kind of nice inside.
Imperialist / April 3, 2013 at 10:51 am
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In case you're wondering, 29 sq meters is about 312 sq feet. and its about $575 per square foot.
DF / April 3, 2013 at 10:56 am
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It's a quarter of the size of condos but somehow looks more spacious. Condo developers could learn a thing or two from this little house.
Pedro / April 3, 2013 at 10:57 am
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Yes in small agree but yes it's a home so many that don't home - it is in thanks to house is big or small , some have not eat - some just to fuk but most eat to fuk a bigger house.
E. Toby Coe / April 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm
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"In a perfect world we could build many, many more of these homes"

Hmm, and in a perfect world, I would not have to live in one. It would be fun for about a week. In summertime.

openource1111 / April 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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I didn't catch a thing Pedro wrote.

This place is small, come on. If they had a second floor, it could be cute and cozy for a single person.
Tom / April 3, 2013 at 01:17 pm
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Wow, found some interior pictures on line and a floorplan. If you can get used to the smaller space, this is infinitely better than a condo any day of the week! I would love living here.
nardl blarn / April 3, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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woah topical story
nardl blarn / April 3, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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agreed though, lovely little garden- I've seen worse condos
wikito / April 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm
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Toronto needs to start approving small laneway houses like on Croft Street.

http://www.wikito.org/Croft_Street,_Toronto
St. Clair West Community / April 4, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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Enjoy 2 hours of unlimited travel on the 512 street car (with valid transfer)! Hop on and hop off as often as you like.
Bryan Jaskolka / May 23, 2013 at 07:20 pm
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I love this house! Not only does it have a GREAT back story, but it's just so cute! And, it does a nice job of reminding us of what's REALLY important, and just how little we could all actually make do with.

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