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House of the Week: 212 Indian Grove

Posted by Leslie Bank / February 18, 2014

212 Indian Grove Toronto212 Indian Grove is a well-maintained west end semi that's a five minute walk to High Park. This is a house that wears two hats (roofs?): it's currently set up as two 2-storey units but could be converted back into a single family home without much of a struggle. This might be the ideal opportunity for a couple hoping for an income property right now and planning for kidlets down the road.

At the moment, the owner-occupied second and third storey apartment is mostly move in ready. Refinished hardwood floors, a new kitchen with butcher-block counters and large windows are all standout features. The income property downstairs could use some fix-up before conversion--those turquoise cabinets should probably get out of town--but the unit is rented to a long-term tenant and nets a decent $1400 each month. A message to that tenant: sorry for showing these photos of your space, but your apartment looks very neat and tidy (love that pink table).

This patch of residential streets is known as the West Bend and sits comfortably between the Junction, Roncesvalles and the eastern edge of Bloor West Village. I live in this neighbourhood, and I'm shamelessly biased, but really, it's the best. There's a palpable sense of community pride. The streets may be quiet, but there are plenty of amenities within walking distance--everything from coffee and records at Cabin Fever to a killer karaoke night at Jekyl & Hyde. Just make sure not to mix up your "Indian"-named streets when giving out directions to visitors.

212 Indian GroveSPECS

  • Address: 212 Indian Grove
  • Price: $739,000
  • Sq-Ft: 2,700
  • Bedrooms: 5 (including 2 in the basement)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Storeys: 3
  • Parking Spaces: 2 car garage in laneway
  • Taxes: n/a

2014218_upper_dining1__large.jpgNOTABLE FEATURES

  • Newly-installed bamboo floors in upstairs unit
  • Heated floors in the second storey bathroom
  • New patio and landscaping in the backyard

212 Indian GroveGOOD FOR

Making it to the Keele subway station each morning in record time, taking your dog to the off-leash areas of High Park, or rolling balls at the West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club up the street. The High Park North area is extremely popular with renters and finding new tenants for the main/lower floor apartment, if that time should come, won't be a difficult task.

212 Indian GroveMOVE ON IF

This type of house won't work for everyone right out of the gate. If you're searching for a single family dwelling, consider that the renovations needed to convert this place probably won't be massive but they might be pricey.


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Mongo House / February 18, 2014 at 10:06 am
Mongo live there. Mongohouse!!
bm / February 18, 2014 at 10:08 am
I'm pretty sure it's in the West end of the city.
Elena / February 18, 2014 at 10:24 am
This IS West end and a great, great price and house condition for the area.
Brandon / February 18, 2014 at 10:47 am
BlogTO needs to hire a proofreader, or at least someone who can write above a grade 9 level...
McRib / February 18, 2014 at 11:12 am
this is a pretty decent price for a split house on a good street in a great area.
Bah / February 18, 2014 at 11:19 am
Bah! This house is deliberately listed at a cheaper price to spur competing bids. It will sell for $150k more guaranteed.
Grade 9 student / February 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm
What's wrong with how I writes stuff?
Big Mac / February 18, 2014 at 03:43 pm
it's like an Ikea threw up in here
Eleanor / February 18, 2014 at 04:35 pm
I love the turquoise cabinets. Don't change them!
Eleanor / February 18, 2014 at 04:35 pm
Also, yes, this house will sell for 100k or more over asking, for sure.
Kate / February 18, 2014 at 08:35 pm
Priced to start a bidding war. Nice house and nice 'hood. Do I have bad taste or is the lower apartment's kitchen nicer?
Rick / February 18, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Or you could buy this house in Hamilton with nicer finishes for $300k.

Toronto housing market is just nuts.
Common RIckky replying to a comment from Rick / February 19, 2014 at 02:35 pm
But then you would be living in Hamilton....
bjws replying to a comment from Rick / February 19, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Honestly couldn't agree more. I live a few streets over from this house. But if I couldn't afford to live in the city, I'd way rather move to Hamilton than live in the suburbs of Oakville or Mississauga. At least Hamilton has culture. I'm shocked people would rather live in cookie cutters in Oakville and the like.
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