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House of the Week: 430 Sackville Street

Posted by Leslie Bank / December 3, 2013

430 Sackville Street TorontoIf you've nursed dreams of living in Cabbagetown and have a real estate budget of at least $1.4 million, this restored Victorian on Sackville Street could fit the bill. The red brick exterior fits in with the neighbouring Victorian properties, but projects a little extra curb appeal thanks to a restored railing and standout door. Around back you'll find a modern two-tiered deck and parking space for two cars through an electric gate.

The house has been renovated and restored from floor to (high) ceiling. There's virtually no work to be done, unless you think the wrought iron stair railing feels a bit out of place. The white and grey kitchen doesn't have enough space for a full table, just a space-hogging marble breakfast bar, but whose feet can argue with heated floors?

If you're weak to Cabbagetown's charms, the location really can't be beat. This stretch of Sackville, from Carlton north to St. James Cemetery, is arguably the nicest block in the whole neighbourhood. It's just a short walk to the area's best amenities, from ghosts (Necropolis) to goats (Riverdale Farm) to good fresh food (Riverdale Farmer's Market). And don't worry about the ghosts--they're gentrified, too.

430 Sackville Street TorontoSPECS

  • Address: 430 Sackville St
  • Price: $1,395,000
  • Sq. Ft.: 1,715 + 930 in lower level
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking Spaces: 2 in laneway
  • Taxes: $4,989.17 (2013)
  • Walk Score: 92

430 Sackville Street TorontoNOTABLE FEATURES

  • Heated porcelain tile floors in kitchen
  • Open concept living/dining areas
  • Backyard designed by a landscape architect
  • 2-tiered deck
  • "Period style" gas fireplace dupe in living room

430 Sackville Street TorontoGOOD FOR

Cabbagetown enthusiasts itching to get into this high-demand neighbourhood. Three bedrooms won't fit a large family, but the house is more than roomy enough for two adults, a few kids and a revolving door of guests. The open concept main floor (living room, dining room, kitchen, back deck and all) is well suited for entertaining.

430 Sackville Street TorontoMOVE ON IF

You'd prefer a grassy backyard to a private parking pad. You think a house listed for this price should boast more square feet, or at least more bedrooms. You get the creeps being that close to all those graves.

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Discussion

37 Comments

Bob / December 3, 2013 at 09:14 am
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C'mon, you know you want to buy it for the street name alone.
Skye / December 3, 2013 at 09:52 am
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And to think that 50 years ago, this was a slum...
Asif / December 3, 2013 at 10:06 am
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This is a nice place. I would defiantly buy it if I had the 1.4M to spend on a pad.
Robert replying to a comment from Skye / December 3, 2013 at 10:09 am
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It was all to be knocked down and become St. James Town part two. Glad it did not happen.
Mike / December 3, 2013 at 11:16 am
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Looks like a small but well equipped kitchen. Not sure about the peekabo TV in the curtains of the master bedroom though. $1.4M is a lot for a semi-detached home though! You can get something similar in the Beaches for half of that.
Randy / December 3, 2013 at 11:35 am
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Hahaha $1.4M. People are funny sometimes.
Randy / December 3, 2013 at 11:38 am
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422 Sackville st. went for $920K earlier in the summer. What makes the owner of this house think they can get 52% more for this house??? People are drinking too much of the real estate kool-aid.

http://themashcanada.blogspot.ca/2013/06/and-it-went-for_9518.html?q=sackville
d / December 3, 2013 at 11:53 am
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Something's wrong when a semi goes for 1.4 mil, sorry
Mike replying to a comment from d / December 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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something is wrong when condo's in this city are going for that much. CONDOS!!!
Simon replying to a comment from Randy / December 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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There's a surprisingly large number of people willing and able to spend that kind of money on a house for the social status. It's not enough to live in a house any more, it house to be a house with "prestige". We should quarantine all the yuppies in their own special designated zones. Equip them with a shock collar that goes off whenever they leave Rosedale, Bay Street, Liberty Village, Leslieville, Lawrence Park or the Bridle Path. If they exhibit good behaviour, we can give them a day pass to visit either a farmer's market or one of those restaurant-nightclub places that serves brunch. If they act up we can throw them in solitary where no-one can hear them yammer on about whatever fad diet or make-believe food allergy they have their idiot children on.
Gabe replying to a comment from Randy / December 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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The math is easy
$920K + $30K HomeDepot Kitchen = $1.4Mil
Rick / December 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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People are idiots if they think this will sell for anywhere near that price. Even if it went for 800K, that is still an absurd amount for this tiny semi. But hey, people are idiots.
SammyBrown / December 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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I ALWAYS WONDER

Are the homeowners that allow their houses to be posted in "house of the week" and the individuals that allow their photos in "Street Style" aware that they are usually setting up to get bashed on here. 90% of the comments are always negative. Why do they open up their doors and coats for this type of thing are they paid for this? Or is the offering approached with flattery?
SammyBrown replying to a comment from SammyBrown / December 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful home. But its all about getting critiqued by online haters. Why do they set themselves up for this.
Keith replying to a comment from Mike / December 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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Condos are better than plywood shoeboxes that most people in this city call houses. Unless you have 1.4M to buy a real house like this one.
first / December 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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The joys of owning property like this are out of reach for the mass public.

I for one welcome the fact that select individuals can afford these area's. How else are we to rid the city of the vermin non working hipster wana-be living in mom's basement losers on welfare crowd. Keep the rift raff out and into the slums of Scar-beria. Forcing the non elite into the status of the suburban dweller.

In any case. I for one will bid on this home as I need another rental home to rent out in the prestigious cabagetown.


BTW, Property is based on 3 criteria.
1. Location
2. Location
3. Location
Hence why a Condo can be worth over 1.8M and a home 1 block over is worth 800k.


S replying to a comment from Randy / December 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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422 sackville was soooo priced for a bidding war. It was a stunning house and really underpriced.

I think the price scared a lot of people from getting involved and as a result it went for 920k (which was a steal).... 920 for a semi that's picturesque "Cabbagetown" is a steal and very rare.

That said, this is a really aggressive price (also, a bit too high).
Me replying to a comment from SammyBrown / December 3, 2013 at 01:04 pm
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Homeowners don't allow their homes to be posted here. The pics and info are copy and pasted from the mls and Real estate ads and posted here without any credit given to the sites the pics are stolen from.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from Simon / December 3, 2013 at 01:38 pm
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"We should quarantine all the yuppies in their own special designated zones. Equip them with a shock collar that goes off whenever they leave Rosedale, Bay Street, Liberty Village, Leslieville, Lawrence Park or the Bridle Path ... If they act up we can throw them in solitary where no-one can hear them yammer on about whatever fad diet or make-believe food allergy they have their idiot children on."

Everyone thinks they're NOT a yuppie.

Newsflash! If you live downtown and you're checking out blogTO, you're either a yuppie, a yuppie in larval phase (AKA young, cool urban person), or you depend on yuppies/larval-yuppies for your livelihood (coffee shop owner/worker, artist, blogger, designer, artisanal anything).

Newsflash! Those aren't yuppies in the Bridle Path. Nowadays, those are wealthy Russians. And I'd wager you don't have the guts to say anything to their face.




Matt replying to a comment from E. Toby Coke / December 3, 2013 at 02:04 pm
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Fad diets? You mean like Hipsters?
yuppy / December 3, 2013 at 02:19 pm
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I love that Liberty Village residents are yuppies. The discarded bottles of booze on the sidewalks might suggest otherwise..

Also, I'd point out - if you bother to check any artistic or social institute in the city, you'll find a large portion of the reason they exist is due to yuppy generosity. AGO, COC (to name a few artistic) and just about every social program.. the gov isn't helping them.. Good 'ol anti-yuppies Harper and Ford aren't doing squat for society.. but the yuppies are. Frivolous at times, sure. But doing way more good than harm.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from Matt / December 3, 2013 at 02:31 pm
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Er, that was my point. Note that I was quoting Simon.
Me replying to a comment from E. Toby Coke / December 3, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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Good points.
gigi / December 3, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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Too pricey...it's not worth 1.4 mil, no way, no how.
Steve / December 3, 2013 at 05:29 pm
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Where can I find last weeks, house of the week?
Me replying to a comment from gigi / December 3, 2013 at 06:15 pm
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You only say that because you can't afford it.
gigi / December 3, 2013 at 06:50 pm
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hogwash
Pluckysod replying to a comment from Asif / December 3, 2013 at 09:20 pm
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You would defiantly buy it? Why be defiant? Who do you have to defy? Or perhaps you mean definitely. De-finite-ly. Stem word is "finite." May you never get the spelling wrong again.
cathie / December 3, 2013 at 09:37 pm
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Nice house. But for 1.4, you could get yourself a very nice house at Avenue Road/Wilson/Lawrence with a double garage, windows on all 4 sides, not attached to a another house and an actual backyard that the kids can run around in. An equally in-demand neigbourhood. I'd pick that instead.
Me replying to a comment from cathie / December 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm
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Also for 1.4 a very nice one in Leaside complete with gates for the driveway.
Jake Whaat / December 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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1.4 Mil ?

No Chance there have been much bigger better finished and more than 1.5 bathrooms for much less much more recently.

This is a 900k-1Mil max house.
swen replying to a comment from Skye / December 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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Is is still near the slum called Parliament St. Where I witnessed from the car a theft of a X-mas tree from a local convenience store.
Dave / December 4, 2013 at 12:50 am
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To done for me. I prefer a place with a little more whear and tear.
Alessandra / December 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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Great House!
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LC replying to a comment from SammyBrown / December 6, 2013 at 10:15 am
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BlogTO doesn't ask the owners before they feature the house. They did mine a couple of months ago and I almost wish they hadn't, for the exact reason you mentioned.
Peanut Gallery replying to a comment from swen / December 6, 2013 at 03:29 pm
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@ swen : I once saw someone shoplift in a slum called Yorkville, too.
Not Irish but I like em / December 9, 2013 at 12:57 am
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Whoever said you'd pay half that in the Beach...yer dreamin! The Beach is full of tiny houses that are going for crazy prices. I'm not in the Beach but one 'hood east - my tiny house, so my real estate agent claims, could get me price that would make me very, very happy.

Living in Cabbagetown or living at 401/Wilson...you are joking. Is it the proximity to the 401 (and attendant noise) that you think makes it worth it?

Really, a stolen Christmas tree...boy, that never happens anywhere else. Wow

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