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House of the Week: 70 Chine Drive

Posted by Guest Contributor / March 25, 2014

70 Chine Drive This two-story Tudor style home overlooks a ravine just north of Scarborough Bluffs in the Cliffside neighbourhood. It's paradise five kilometres east of the big city. Large floor-to-ceiling windows accentuate one of the best features of this house - the wooded location and early 20th century architecture. Thoreau types will rejoice in the upper terrace overlooking the ravine and the garden located off of the lower level, which integrates the home into the wooded location and makes for the perfect summer drink-nook or barbecue ground (should summer ever come!).

The interior pulls its weight, too. Here you'll find a fully renovated kitchen complete with a cozy breakfast nook (to match the one outside). Despite the renovations, however, the house has maintained many of its 20th century elements, like hardwood floors, bay windows, and a large fireplace. The remaining renovations boil down to a matter of taste, but the home could easily regain some character by adding some colour. You just need to look past the ubiquitous grey and beige staging in the current pictures.

This spacious ravine house includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a large first-floor living area. Oh, and you also get a finished downstairs rec room that opens onto the backyard and ravine. Throw your kids or spouse downstairs, and you won't only have privacy from your neighbours, but maybe some much needed privacy from each other too. Perfect.

70 Chine Drive SPECS

  • Address: 70 Chine Drive
  • Price: $999,900
  • Lot Size: 50 x 173.5
  • Bedrooms: 3+1
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Parking Spaces: 4
  • Taxes: $4,552.70
  • Walk Score: 72


  • Rooftop deck and walkout to backyard overlooking ravine
  • Early 20th century Tudor architecture
  • Fully renovated kitchen with built-in eating area
  • 10 minute walk to Scarborough Bluffs Park
  • Four car parking

70 Chine Drive GOOD FOR

Ravine-coveting folk who can't quite get in on Chloe. Active families with older children. People who sneer at cottages. Cliffside is pretty cool, by the way. The neighbouring Scarborough Bluffs and Bluffer's Park are perfect for hiking or running, or a day eating ice cream at the beach if that's more your speed.

70 Chine Drive MOVE ON IF

You're looking for a downtown location. This ain't that. The ravine location is adjacent to the Scarborough Bluffs, which provides plentiful outdoor and recreation space. But you can't walk for your milk here (the walk score clocks in at only 72). With TTC limited to buses, this home is best for someone who will make use of the four car parking. That said, if you don't have a vehicle, you can make use of the two closest businesses - a Ford and Dodge dealership.


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Writing by Isabel Ritchie



cathie / March 25, 2014 at 07:52 am
So.much.griege. So very boring. Hopefully the new owners will inject some colour. I do wish the stagers would move away from all this neutrality. Its been done to death and is so typical of a staged home. Let's see something that someone actually lives in. Still, this is a lovely home.
steve replying to a comment from cathie / March 25, 2014 at 08:09 am
you should start to see a lot less griege, it is no longer fashionable. For those that like it they can get it at discount stores now.
Peanut Gallery replying to a comment from cathie / March 25, 2014 at 09:02 am
The walls might be grey, but I think they're paintable too.

I like this place. Often I think the only interesting architecture is downtown, but this house has loads of character & a neat setting. $999K won't buy you much where I live downtown.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from cathie / March 25, 2014 at 09:02 am
"I do wish the stagers would move away from all this neutrality."

I think you are missing the entire point of staging, which is to present the house as an ALMOST blank canvas -- ready for people and all their hideous made-in-China furniture to move right in.
James / March 25, 2014 at 09:04 am
Gettin it!!!
Rob / March 25, 2014 at 09:23 am
Beautiful house. But at $1M, I'd kinda want A/C...
kioch / March 25, 2014 at 09:25 am
I love these posts!
Astin / March 25, 2014 at 10:14 am
Nice place, but the kitchen just looks... cramped. And this from someone who has a galley kitchen. The dead-end U, the booth seating, and corner sinks all look like a tight fit. Sad that it seems relatively newly renovated, because I'd tear the whole thing out.
Treachle / March 25, 2014 at 10:16 am
Is there a subway here?
TJ / March 25, 2014 at 10:29 am
Cool looking house. Character in this case = Kind of creepy. Bathrooms need to be updated. Kitchen is a tad small and every room seems very compartmentalized (reminiscent of the architecture I supposed).
rudi budiarto / March 25, 2014 at 11:19 am
I am scare to find out how much it cost to heat that house. it seems like the insulation hasn't been updated yet.
Basically this is a painted fixer upper with an updated kitchen.
James / March 25, 2014 at 11:34 am
Kale is the new quinoa and goji berries trump pomegranates. There's absolutely nothing wrong with griege for 2014 if you've picked great accent colours. Fucking trendoids.
debgirl / March 25, 2014 at 11:48 am
This house looks like a headache ready to happen.
iliveattheverve replying to a comment from cathie / March 25, 2014 at 11:55 am
I'm glad everyone is replying to a comment from cathie.

Most people buying a house can see past the griege walls. Put in a bright red accent wall, and everyone will have an opinion about it "ugh, I hate red", or "well, I guess I'll be painting over that" or "accent walls are sooo 2004". It's all about personal opinion, and I would paint all the walls white - SO THERE!

Lovely house, hate the location.
Rob replying to a comment from rudi budiarto / March 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Well, it seems like the idea is to burn a lot of wood!
Janet / March 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm
Is that wood stove in the middle of the floor? And right next to a rad? And is that a carpet? Who would put a wood stove on carpet? Fire hazard and never mind the dirt you'd track in after coming from the outside! Crazy! Rip it up!
Will / March 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Upon further inspection, this house would be 15 km East of what would be considered the City Center. Perhaps BlogTO needs to stop with the vague generalizations and do some fact checking.
Norman Robertson / March 25, 2014 at 02:04 pm
what a group of pompous, arrogrant, spoiled people you all are, barf.
John / March 25, 2014 at 02:25 pm
Astonishing how those living in rabbit warrens find neutral, uncluttered décor offensive. To me, the house looks like something from a fairy tale on the outside without the usual interior dankness of old houses on the inside. But perhaps the other bloggers are correct and I'll tell my wife to stop shaving her legs, braid her armpits and move to a house with red walls in Cabbage Town.
linden / March 25, 2014 at 02:44 pm
beautiful house but the location is very rural, I don't think going for an evening walk in the neigbourhood is an option. From what I saw on google map, it does not look like they have street lights.
thomas / March 25, 2014 at 06:40 pm
You can definitely walk to store for milk and bread too....not to mention being close to one of the best schools in the city, so small it's almost private! Perched on top of the gorgeous Scarborough Bluffs! And yes those gorgeous greige walls are paintable!
linden replying to a comment from Dr. Colon Oscopy / March 25, 2014 at 06:45 pm
subway does not neceserily define urban; there are lovely cities around the world with no subway but since we are talking about Scarborough, I can understand your way of thinking
Lxpatterson / March 25, 2014 at 06:56 pm
The wooden deck on the garage roof is charming, but it's a possible waterproofing nightmare for the garage.
re / March 25, 2014 at 09:08 pm
Jools replying to a comment from Hazel McCallion / March 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm
best comment.
David replying to a comment from linden / March 26, 2014 at 01:09 am
Linden. then you should come and check out the street you will be extremely surprised as this is an amazing street to go for a walk, goes right on to the top of the Bluffs
Country living in the city
Yes it has streetlights
This street is one of the oldest streets in Scarborough
this house among with others have amazing history
Not too sure what your idea of rural is
jay / March 26, 2014 at 08:51 am
Am I the only one who finds calling a million dollars for a common house "cheap" a problem? Farkin Toronto. No wonder I'm moving to the states!
Peekay / March 26, 2014 at 10:03 am
Great house, beautiful location (if you have a car). Not much shopping/dining options. Wrong - there's no Chrysler dealership, used & new Heritage Ford.
Ron / March 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm
It's nice, but $1M for a house with no AC and hot water heating? Really?

Gael / March 27, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Love love love this house and its location. I grew up almost right next door to it on Scarborough Crescent.
Gael Harvey
Cliffside / March 28, 2014 at 11:28 am
Gorgeous neighbourhood! Definitely a little bit of the country in the city. Nearby Kingston Rd has a great Shoppers, No Frills (it's got fairly decent produce), and a couple of cute independent stores are starting to open up.
Sammy / April 8, 2014 at 09:32 am
We owned this house in the 1970s and '80s. Bought it from the family who built it. It is absolutely one of a kind, heaven to live in and the street is simply the best. The neighbors were all friends; we had the best garage sales; walks across the Bluffs in the evenings. Nothing but love for the home and the life it gave us.
james / May 28, 2014 at 04:52 pm
Great area and very easy to get downtown. Go station is 10 minute walk and youre at union in 15 minutes. Was an easier commute than when I lived in Armour Heights. Cliffside and Birchcliff are great hoods that sadly have been quite discovered by the yuppie set. Of course the posters here like to scoff at Scarborough addresses because multi culturalism ( which btw Cliffside doesnt have as its traditionally a very Anglo area) might be a little too close for them. Granted tgese are the same yahoos who think theyre chic cause the frequent the Laotian restaurant in Forst Hills.
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