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House of the Week: 1549 Dundas Street East

Posted by Staff / April 8, 2014

1549 Dundas Street EastThis house located at 1549 Dundas Street East in Leslieville is a modern-living paradise. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the open-concept home with light and make the space perfect for entertaining. And if sunlight isn't enough for you, LED lights throughout the house can be turned on from a smart phone, computer or tablet. We are living in the future! And, should we experience another winter like the last, you'll never have to worry about SAD again.

The second floor contains 3 bedrooms, each with their own walk-in closet, so for all the wide open space, there's no shortage on storage. The master bedroom also includes a terrace overlooking the large backyard - perfect for keeping an eye on the kids (or the neighbours). And the basement is finished with a separate entrance, ready for an income unit, or extra space, if desired.

As far as location, it seems like you can hardly go a day without hearing about Leslieville and surrounding neighbourhoods, and this house part of this East Side Renaissance. Not only is it a quick walk to spots like Ascari Enoteca or Queen Margherita Pizza, but walk in the other direction for 15 minutes and you can be chowing down on briyani at Lahore Tikka House. In other words, you'll actually have a reason to leave this lovely home.

1549 Dundas Street EastSPECS

  • Address: 1549 Dundas St. E.
  • Price: $1,229,000
  • Lot Size: 25 x 125 Feet
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3 ½
  • Parking Spaces: 2
  • Taxes: $2,935
  • Walk Score: 92

1549 Dundas Street EastNOTABLE FEATURES

  • Centralized computer unit controlling lighting, security, temperature, fireplace, and music
  • Built-in espresso machine
  • Open-concept modern design
  • Walk-in closets in each of the 3 bedrooms
  • Finished basement with separate entrance for a possible rental unit

1549 Dundas Street EastGOOD FOR

People looking for a "move-in ready," modern home. Fans of the Jetsons. OK, so it won't brush your teeth for you, and there is no Rosie the robot, but this home has plenty of futuristic finishes. The house is smart-wired for music, lighting, temperature control, and security. This is high tech living.

1549 Dundas Street EastMOVE ON IF

Your dream home is crown mouldings, stained glass, and wood-burning fireplaces. This house is modern, capital "M." If you're looking for a turn of the century Victorian or neo-Gothic home, this isn't for you. Shame.


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Writing by Isabel Ritchie



steve / April 8, 2014 at 06:50 am
This is what happens when you give a designer a lot of money and free range to make their own design statement. This kind of high style dates very quickly.
jameson / April 8, 2014 at 07:18 am
TJ / April 8, 2014 at 08:21 am
Wow. Love this!(not the price or the buddha). Where is the 2 parking?
BTW, my real estate agent taught me its never a good thing to have the newest/most expensive house on the street/block. Means your neighbours hate you and you are the target of break-ins and other silly stuff.
canuckone / April 8, 2014 at 08:35 am
The ticket price on this one must certainly help the value go up on the neighbours. Very clean and bright interior... would ditch the shag rug under the dining table and do something about those black shmatas on the window in the bedroom. Otherwise... not bad. Location (right on Dundas) is a bit busy for what this house has to offer.
Ling Gu / April 8, 2014 at 08:44 am
Worth the purchase price for the Pan Am poster alone.
dansmot / April 8, 2014 at 09:24 am
That astro turf is ugly....and badly installed....and what's with the bird watching blind on the front grass? Horrible!
Mike / April 8, 2014 at 09:25 am
Will hate to think what all that wood would look like in a few years. Better get that shit treated!
Simon / April 8, 2014 at 09:40 am
Looks awesome but I'd hate to see the place in 10 years when all the tech components have stopped working or gone obsolete. I love the idea of a home with lots of gadgets, but I see limits to its practicality in an evolving and competing tech world and I definitely don't see so much value added to the home when technology only depreciates in value (very quickly too). I'd much rather know the important components of the house are solid and can invest in the toys down the road.

Also, what is that thing on the front lawn?
Chris / April 8, 2014 at 09:40 am
I walk by this house all the time - despite the "bird watching blind" (I agree - wtf???) the front part of the ground floor would be like living in a fishbowl. I guess those blinds that go from the ground up would help with that though. $1.2 million on such a busy (albeit slowish moving) street? Not so sure about that either...
illneveraffordtoliveintoronto / April 8, 2014 at 09:45 am
1.2mm for a house at dundas and jones.
This city has truly lost the plot.
Hillary / April 8, 2014 at 09:47 am
Damned you, Ikea.
The Clever Pup / April 8, 2014 at 09:57 am
I don't usually gripe about houses in this series but again, WTF. For a million two I'd want a foyer. and or a mudroom at the back. This is a cold, cold house on a tiny lot, that will age really quickly and be an albatross around the next owners neck.
sherry / April 8, 2014 at 10:02 am
It looks great. I love seeing people take some risks. 1.2 in Leslieville for a full reno isn't high. I can't see this looking dated- it's relatively simple design. Having the newest/ best house on the block actually makes your neighbours love you- for bringing their property values up. Having the newest/ best house only hurts the newest/ best house.
brandy / April 8, 2014 at 10:09 am
Gorgeous house but I would not move to that neighourhood because of the stench outside.
Alex / April 8, 2014 at 10:16 am
Great place to film a chilly sci-fi movie, but not cozy at all. The outside has no character either. I'm sure it's someone's taste - someone with rich taste - cuz it's well done. I'd take a derelict centurian home over this any day.

Also, why is everyone in Canada so afraid of colour? Go to South America, and there is so much colour on the inside and outside of the houses. What asshole decided that houses all had to be brown, grey, white, or beige in Canada?
Ziona / April 8, 2014 at 10:16 am
Wow, that is ugly.
TM / April 8, 2014 at 10:17 am
1.2mil and less than 3k in taxes? Well that's gonna go up soon. That, or i'm getting ripped off paying more on a property that's worth wayyyyy less.

graeme / April 8, 2014 at 10:39 am
every terrible trend in contemporary design all in one house. should go 6 figures above asking.
Phil Resch / April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am
Seems clear to me that the thing on the front yard is for the unsightly garbage cans.
george / April 8, 2014 at 10:52 am
overstock sale on pine?
Alex replying to a comment from Phil Resch / April 8, 2014 at 11:39 am
we need some of those for all of our parks then....unfortunatelu
Lauren / April 8, 2014 at 11:40 am
Some odd design touches, but looks nice overall. I just listed my place, if you're in the market for a nice loft-style condo downtown, check it out: 2 levels, 2 bed, 3 bath, 1244 sq ft. $598,500 -
Naz / April 8, 2014 at 11:53 am
Gorgeous home.
cathie replying to a comment from Alex / April 8, 2014 at 01:01 pm
This is my personal pet peeve. I do wish people would put some colour on their houses. I'm so sick of white or black exterior doors. Here we have a perfect example. Chinese red, forest green, turquoise, and to be really funky - pink, would be great colour choices for the front door of this place. And the other trend of having no landscaping except for boring old boxwoods in planter boxes.
me / April 8, 2014 at 01:16 pm
Horrible placement for the TV, as it's so high for proper viewing. Poor decision to have it built-in, since it can't be adjusted for a better viewing height. The fireplace is better situated. Even worse if you didn't want a TV in the living room.

And in what looks like the master bedroom, the buyer better want their bed where it is now, since it looks like the built-in side table can't be moved or changed.

Generally, built-in details (TVs, side tables, etc.) that are often moved around for personal preference (other than the preferences of the current owner/designer) are a poor design decision.

Overall, there are many better real estate choices for $1.2M.
E. Toby Coke / April 8, 2014 at 01:22 pm
TV-over-fireplace is a thing that just needs to die. DIE!
Bobo / April 8, 2014 at 01:37 pm
It's a cute house. The interior simply has a very staged feel, because that's what it is. Mostly okay, except for the living room which has an identity crisis.

Still, pretty much anyone knows it's a bad idea to pay double for a house than what the surrounding homes are worth. Maybe if this house was around the corner on the park (maybe). But right on Dundas? Good luck with that asking price.
Pichu / April 8, 2014 at 01:53 pm
I'm not keen on the dining table at the front of the house. The kitchen layout at the back is weird.
Rosa replying to a comment from Designer Barry Chung / April 8, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Show me a postwar house in that neighbourhood for 300K.
Leslievillian replying to a comment from Designer Barry Chung / April 8, 2014 at 03:03 pm
You actually don't even have a clue, do you?! This isn't your rented apartment above the grocery store at Broadview & Gerrard.
Foo replying to a comment from Leslievillian / April 8, 2014 at 03:29 pm
Seriously. We looked for a house in Leslieville and Riverdale. You can't get ANYTHING for
Foo replying to a comment from Rosa / April 8, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Apparently you can't use a less-than symbol in comments. Oops!

Seriously. We looked for a house in Leslieville and Riverdale. You can't get ANYTHING for under $500k.
HoseA replying to a comment from Designer Barry Chung / April 8, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Explain how a centralized temperature control and automation will cause problems, seriously. If you have even a basic knowledge of how these systems work you would know that it's either hard wired with Cat5 cable or wireless. So how in two years will a system cause you problems? Will it suddenly take over the home calling everyone Dave? Will it spontaneously combust? You sound so very knowledgeable on all these matters, especially real estate prices, I really would like to know.
DowntownLiving / April 8, 2014 at 04:39 pm
At $1.2M the actual property taxes are going to be $9,165.00 - someone is gonna be in a for big surprise if they don't do their homework.
Mouse / April 9, 2014 at 11:58 am
Way overpriced. Cheap finishes like the pine instead of the clear cedar they started with on the exterior…they didn't even finish with the clear cedar outside. Bad decor, small living room, nasty deck with astro turf (yes - badly installed) and this location on Dundas is terrible - very busy with a one way cross street that is VERY busy in the morning as there are several schools nearby (a good thing but the traffic outside this one is bad). This house is perhaps worth about $750k - $800 if they're lucky.

cram / April 9, 2014 at 01:19 pm
lolz 1.2 million....I expect the house price to drop to $750,000...I would not pay a penny more.
Dave / April 9, 2014 at 07:53 pm
Its got a sold sign on it already.
Mike D replying to a comment from Dave / April 10, 2014 at 11:15 am
I love how everyone kept giving dumb opinions of what they personally prefer a home to look like and that the price is too high (because they can't afford it) until the Dave said it was sold! then dead
Mike D replying to a comment from Dave / April 10, 2014 at 11:17 am
BTW website for the home much better pics and videos
K / April 15, 2014 at 11:20 am
Wow. So many opinions and haters on here. And horribly uninformed people. $1.2 M for this house in Leslieville is a steal. Go shop the neighbourhood - you can't find anything even remotely decent for under $550,000 right now. This is a beautiful home that's been renovated very nicely. No lipstick on a pig here. I bet the vast majority of you opinion-pushers live in a shitty basement apartment with 4 cats. And parquet flooring.
SB / April 15, 2014 at 09:22 pm
Anyone know what it sold for?
RL / May 3, 2014 at 09:32 am
I agree with Mike D & K. Definitely worth the money and has its value considering the market right now. High style will not be dated quickly. IMO, you cannot find anything decent with less than $1 mill in DT Toronto for a fully detached home with 2 parking. If you cannot afford the market price now, don't hate - if you have nothing good to say, don't say.
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