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House of the Week: 19 Gardiner Road

Posted by Leslie Bank / December 17, 2013

19 Gardiner RoadLove wallpaper? Buy this house. 19 Gardiner Road is a well-maintained, classically-styled brick and stone estate with seven bedrooms, lots of storage space and a wide backyard. Not to mention some of the best wallpaper in the city, with matching ceilings and curtains to boot.

The house is on a quiet, short street in Forest Hill near Eglinton and Spadina. This is a high-end, sought-after neighbourhood, and 19 Gardiner is definitely priced for location rather than updated finishes. The kitchen and bathrooms could benefit from a modern facelift -- unless that repeated tile really speaks to you -- and do consider painting over the painfully bright ceiling mural in the upstairs hallway.

Many features of this house are still in great condition, from the stairs to the wainscoting to the tray ceilings. There's plenty of parking thanks to a two-car garage and long drive, the rooms are spacious, and the backyard hot tub is included in the sale. And that wallpaper! It's either the wallpaper of your dreams or the setting for your nightmare.

19 Gardiner RoadSPECS

Address: 19 Gardiner Road
Price: $2,200,000.00
Lot Size: 50 x 132 ft.
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 5
Parking: 2-car garage, plus spaces for 2 cars
Taxes: $14,960.00 (2013)
Walk Score: 78


  • 12 total rooms
  • Large landscaped lot
  • Immaculate hardwood floors

19 Gardiner RoadGOOD FOR

A buyer looking to get into Forest Hill at any cost, and preferably someone who isn't hell-bent on modern style. Although the interior could use a little cosmetic work, the house has plenty of curb appeal, a good layout and a solid foundation.

19 Gardiner RoadMOVE ON IF

You were deeply traumatized by "Something In the Walls," the 80's Twilight Zone episode about a woman who is terrified of patterns and convinced the walls are out to get her. This house is also spacious, nearly to a fault, so move on if you would prefer to spend less and don't need quite so many bedrooms.


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Bahahaha / December 17, 2013 at 11:57 am
Tasteful decor.
Chester / December 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm
That looks like Red Foremans kitchen lol.
phuong / December 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm
It must cost a lot to dust this place.
Skye / December 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm
What a groovy kitchen, you foxy people!

...Still: this place has good bones and a good lot. Now, let me see if I have $2M sitting in the back of my Bentley's glove compartment.
Laura / December 17, 2013 at 03:04 pm
That is a lot of house and a lot of land for 2.2M, seems like a bargain after seeing some of the small million dollar semis that are sold in trinity bellwoods.
B / December 17, 2013 at 03:45 pm
The decor reminds me of a bad acid trip I once had.
Tory / December 17, 2013 at 03:56 pm
Is this where they filmed The Shining?
kevin / December 17, 2013 at 04:36 pm
2.2 million for a gut job. Well done.
Me / December 17, 2013 at 05:03 pm
"so move on if you would prefer to spend less and don't need quite so many bedrooms."

Well, see that's the thing Sarah/Leslie/whatevernameyouareusingthistime. Most people that are actually looking at property and aren't just some teenager doing snarky comments for an internet blog would be looking at what they are planning to buy.
Stephanie / December 17, 2013 at 05:14 pm
You could probably make some cash renting that kitchen out for filming. (And use it buying takeout all the evenings your eyes can't focus in there.)
Steven / December 17, 2013 at 05:30 pm
Reminds me of the decor of the UK tv series Keeping Up Appearances.

Too tacky for me. They'll have to bring the price down as in 'as is' type of sell.
NinKomPupe / December 17, 2013 at 06:17 pm
That tube above the range hood is pretty chic.
d / December 17, 2013 at 06:48 pm
Scary. Pass.
Jazz / December 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm
Hey when my purchase price is 4Million this looks pretty great. I'd fully customize for another $750,000 and get exactly what I want. Is there an agent phone number listed?
jb / December 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Snarky comments aside this place has less than a week, clearly someone thought it was a good idea (which it is RE: Jazz's comment).

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