House of the Week: 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.
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.
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.
Writing by Isabel Ritchie
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