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House of the Week: 1 Hurndale Avenue

Posted by Leslie Bank / January 28, 2014

1 Hurndale Avenue TorontoThis Playter Estates detached home at 1 Hurndale Avenue has been carefully staged from top to bottom, inside and out, but don't consider it a dupe. The house has been thoughtfully renovated and has a lot of attractive new features, including bathrooms with heated marble floors, a fully rebuilt cedar and slate front porch, and a surfeit of pendant lights. In a barren, bidding war-filled winter real estate market, this place won't be a hard sell.

The house is within sight of Broadview Station (got you covered, TTC access) but it does back right onto Danforth Ave (enjoy sweeping vistas of the LCBO's yellow brick butt). The small building in the backyard was probably a crumbling storage shed in a past life, but is now a finished, heated studio. It's being billed as an artist/music/yoga studio, but it could really be used for anything: ballet/painting/séances, scrapbooking/30 Day Shredding/meltdowns, meditation/dog mansion/life-sized board games.

A large master bedroom retreat can be found on the third floor. This might not work for parents who want to be close to their kid's rooms, but the solitude and space can't be beat. The renovated bathrooms are especially nice--heated towel racks sound at once indulgent and totally amazing--but those sliding glass bathroom doors might be a turn-off for people who like their private time to stay private.

1 Hurndale AvenueSPECS

  • Address: 1 Hurndale Ave
  • Price: $1,589,000
  • Lot Size: 25 x 100 ft.
  • Bedrooms: 4 + 1
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Parking Spaces: 1 according to the listing, but all signs point to street permit only
  • Taxes: $6,918.00 (approx.)
  • Walk Score: 95


  • New AyA kitchen with quartz countertops
  • Quarter sewn white oak floors throughout
  • Newly built back deck with glass and aluminum railings
  • Large wood-burning fireplace

1 Hurndale AvenueGOOD FOR

Taking in stellar views of downtown while tobogganing down Riverdale Park, a quick 200m walk to the subway, picking up a bottle of wine after work. The Playter Estates neighbourhood is known to be tight knit, friendly, and full of nearby amenities. There's a grocery store just down the street, and the high-ranked Jackman Public School is only a short walk away.

1 Hurndale AvenueMOVE ON IF

Parking might be an issue here (including overflow from Danforth Ave), so buyers with multiple vehicles should exercise caution. Although the house is fully finished and looks great on film, some cosmetic changes might be needed. The oversized, dark fireplace doesn't really suit the front room, so consider shelling out to have it repainted or refaced. Also take note of the lack of curtains and blinds--staging strikes again--and prepare to outfit most of the windows if you want to retain some privacy.


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Photos by Robert Holowka - birdhousemedia



InOneEarAndOutYourMother / January 28, 2014 at 08:56 am
seriously another one of these?
c'mon blogto who u kidding?
1% don't read this site
oh yes / January 28, 2014 at 09:01 am
I love it. Beautiful home. Very liveable and worth the price.
alan / January 28, 2014 at 09:23 am
love the house, but not the bookcases on either side of the fireplace...but then give me 2 weeks and I could learn to love them too...
kioch / January 28, 2014 at 09:44 am
I like these home posts! Keep it up, you're doing a great job!!
subway rumblings / January 28, 2014 at 09:55 am
With the subway running right underneath every 2 minutes, would you just get used to the constant noise and rumblings? seems like quite a compromise when dropping over a million and a half, no?
Mike / January 28, 2014 at 10:37 am
It's sad when over $1.5M can't even get you a garage.
jameson / January 28, 2014 at 10:43 am
The fireplace is pretty scary looking...
Stephanie / January 28, 2014 at 10:43 am
That's my dream home, maybe a little too close to the Subway (the sound?)...but I mean, that is easily overlooked.
Mim / January 28, 2014 at 10:52 am
and keep in mind that you won't sleep before 3:00 AM on summer weekend. because you can not. because drunks on Danforth will get back to their cars parked in front of your house at that time.
Lolo replying to a comment from InOneEarAndOutYourMother / January 28, 2014 at 10:53 am
So sick of this 1% vs 99% GARBAGE. You got a problem with people like my husband and I, who worked our asses off at school/jobs for over 20 years to JUST NOW enjoy our wealth? We earned our wealth fair and square so F-U!!
Melissa replying to a comment from Lolo / January 28, 2014 at 10:59 am
NO offense, but you are not the 1%...
Mike replying to a comment from Lolo / January 28, 2014 at 11:11 am
Donald Trump: 1%. Lolo: 99%.
Michelle / January 28, 2014 at 11:21 am
I enjoy these posts also. I mean I can't afford them but it's interesting to see the prices of these homes and what they look like on the inside. This house is quite nice and really well staged.
Nicole / January 28, 2014 at 11:27 am
Don't accidently hang your coat in the powder room. Very weird entrance. Couldn't they have flipped the powder room and what I can only assume is the coat closet right beside it.

"Welcome to our house, here is the powder room. In your face!"

Otherwise it's a very nice house.
Hendo / January 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Beautiful house, great location, the upgrades add a nice kicker.

The price is just as crazy as anywhere else in the country it seems. Not that I could afford a 1.5M mortgage anyways. But that's housing in Canada.
Kyle JJ / January 28, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Anyone who would pay $1.6 million to live directly on top of the subway is crazy.
bob / January 28, 2014 at 01:19 pm
The mantel ruins the fireplace.....just ruins it
well hung / January 28, 2014 at 03:07 pm
i wanna add, wayyyyy too many suspension lamps in the home...a few design flaws but overall, a charming home.
BM replying to a comment from InOneEarAndOutYourMother / January 28, 2014 at 05:39 pm
This isn't for the 1%. This is Toronto, and I'm happy it is. Go to Pickering if you don't like it.
Dan replying to a comment from BM / January 28, 2014 at 05:56 pm
If you think a 1.6 million dollar house is for anyone but the 1%, you're a moron.
billy / January 28, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Sik ass muv fuk Crib! Be gettin sum fine as a hoes upin dat beatch n keepin Da Party Popping All da early ass hours n sheet! Mofo be sweet in dst ass! n
Rick replying to a comment from Dan / January 29, 2014 at 07:55 am
you are right, its meant for the idiots in toronto that buy (or get a loan to buy) this type of place, and complain, complain, and complain about random shit, and go to town meetings dressed like drunken bums, and squawk their mouths off at some insignifigant topic like dog parks, bicycle lanes, or grafitti removal.

Toronto is in bad shape.
Jason Froude / January 30, 2014 at 06:05 am
Great pictures from Birdhouse Media , nice job Rob!
Slater replying to a comment from Rick / May 12, 2014 at 08:28 pm
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