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House of the week: 375 Shaw Street

Posted by Staff / April 29, 2014

375 Shaw Street Toronto375 Shaw St is nothing if not unique. Sure, it maintains some traditional Victorian elements in its stained glass windows, wainscoting, and high ceilings, but it's not exactly your average turn of the century home. To start, there are the bright blue painted banisters and the golden wallpaper and carpeting. Oh yeah, and then there's also the sizeable pool/solarium at the back of the house that you might describe as "baffling."

Like, um, there's a pool in the living room. Or the kitchen. It's a POOL room. And you thought waterbeds were outlandish... Start putting together the guest list for your bathing parties... soaking parties... spa parties? You can use your imagination. The biggest selling feature, though, is that this house has got plenty of space. With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and approximately 4,000 square feet of living space, there is nothing but opportunity here. With some imagination (and renovation), this could be an ideal home for a growing family.

375 Shaw StreetSPECS

  • Address: 375 Shaw St
  • Price: $1,200,000
  • Lot Size: 23.5 x 127 ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Parking: 2
  • Taxes: $4,890
  • Walk Score: 95
  • Notable Features
  • Large home (4000 sq ft) with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
  • Located in the desirable Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood
  • Indoor Pool/Solarium
  • Detached Garage (coach house)

375 Shaw StreetGOOD FOOR

Lovers of the unique. Lovers of Victorian architecture. People with a vision. This home has maintained some of its original features, keeping a historic feel. But it's ready for someone with a creative mind to take hold of the house and make it their own. It will take some time and money (OK, maybe a lot of time and money), but in the end, you could have the house of your dreams.

375 Shaw StreetMOVE ON IF

You're not the handy type and you want something "move in ready." A lot of the unique parts of this house also make it scream "WORK!" Aside from all the maintenance and renovations that it may take to get this 1890 house up to your modern standards, there's the subject of that pool. Up-keeping pools takes time and money, and with the odd setup of this might just not be worth it.

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Writing by Isabel Ritchie



cathie / April 29, 2014 at 07:14 am
The pool is in the kitchen, not the living room. No matter, as they obviously dug it themselves and without permits. Wouldn't touch this with a 10-foot pole. Some fool will pay over asking, though. Nice original woodwork, however. At least they didn't touch that.
aDawg / April 29, 2014 at 07:26 am
WTF? Did they actually put the stove under the stairs to give themselves more room for the pool? And what is that over the pool? A walkway? $1,200,000.00? And those paint colours? Colour me flummoxed!
mememe / April 29, 2014 at 08:28 am
I love this house. I love the fact that there is actually real colour on the walls throughout (boringly bland beige will never count as colour). I love the fact many of the original Victorian features remain including the stained glass windows and mouldings which are often sadly removed. This looks like a far more livable home than most of the boring staged messes we see so often where the soul of the house has been stripped away.

And yes, I love the pool idea. Why the heck not? If this house were in Rosedale or Lorne Park (for example), a feature like this would almost be considered mandatory.

Someone please give me $1,200,00.00 and I will love, cherish, and preserve this quirky beauty and those who are offended by it will never be forced to look at it again. :)
wtf / April 29, 2014 at 08:35 am
There's no way on earth that the city would permit this pool to be built, so any buyer has immediate issues.

How the hell did the neighbours not know or, if they did know, why did they say yeah go ahead, build a pool beside us inside?

This house will sell for asking minus 75 grand to cover getting rid of the pool.
bill / April 29, 2014 at 08:53 am
The humidity from this pool must be eating away at the house, the constant chlorine smell must make eating and cooking unpleasant.
E. Toby Coke / April 29, 2014 at 09:05 am
Batshit crazy. I'd never want to own it, but I sure do applaud the nutbars who do.
John Labatt / April 29, 2014 at 09:25 am
OMGEE I am horrible with pools, As soon as I get in I pee..
Sarah / April 29, 2014 at 10:01 am
Good for them for building that solid-looking staircase on the tree for some ragamuffin kids to play next to buckets of toxic sludge! And I don't know if my eyes are adjusting to morning or what, but I can't make any sense of what that structure is on top of the pool. I just can't with this, y'all. It's really too bad about the chlorine pit/tear down, because the rest appears to be able to be painted and achieve Jenna Lyons-level sexy house appeal.
kioch / April 29, 2014 at 10:03 am
Alice's adventures in Wonderland colours.
Altaira / April 29, 2014 at 10:12 am
Sooo... based on the photos, it looks like the whole house is in disperair except for this monstrosity of a pool that doesn't match the style of anything else in the house?
"Let's buy this great house and fix it up!" "OR we could use all of our reno money to DIY the livingroom into the ugliest pool the world has ever seen."
Chris P / April 29, 2014 at 10:16 am
This amazing
Lindsey / April 29, 2014 at 10:28 am
4,000 sq. ft. !!!
an indoor pool!!
in a great, hip neighborhood
just north of a huge park
lots of attention to detail (may not be everyone's style of colors - remember to take away all the furnishings with your eyes)
a beautiful little private backyard - no grass cutting required

@ only 1.2M

I think that is a steal. Looks like it could sell for over 2M to me, but then again we don't know aalll the details.
Steven replying to a comment from Lindsey / April 29, 2014 at 10:32 am
You Lindsey, are a moron.
??? / April 29, 2014 at 10:32 am
This is singlehandedly the stupidest thing i have ever seen.
lol / April 29, 2014 at 10:33 am
If this person isn't crazy, this is the poorest attempt at pretending to be rich I've ever seen.
vince / April 29, 2014 at 10:36 am
For those commenting on the "chlorine pit" ... Salt water pools do exist
d.a.r.y.l. / April 29, 2014 at 10:37 am
pool maintenance is actually pretty easy - much more so when it's indoors. as for chlorine, i'd imagine the pool is salt water which is a very affordable upgrade. but like one of the previous posters said, it's just begging for issues- structural and flooding mainly but then there's the fact that the novelty of a pool in your kitchen will wear off very fast. oh and the pool is tiny, you couldn't even really swim in it. would be amazing if the city made them tear it out.
Sean / April 29, 2014 at 10:57 am
I think this is actually kind of awesome.
Erica replying to a comment from vince / April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am
The salt water pools that are commonly installed actually just use a lighter form of chlorine that is softer on the skin, so it would still technically be using chlorine.
linden / April 29, 2014 at 11:43 am
whoever buys this house should consider major repainting work; these red walls and blue staircase
Novina / April 29, 2014 at 11:47 am
I suggest whoever going to buy this also build a waterslide going from the second floor into the pool. Then you have every child's dream home. Oh of course, and floating couches! :)
bob / April 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Who every is foolish enough to purchase this property I hope they do a complete inspection for mold. That pool looks woefully under ventilated and that drywall must be extensive water damage under it.
Rick / April 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm
What an incredibly stupid concept and design from the current owners. This is what pot does to your brains people - detaches it from reality, into this fluffy, technocoloured realm of nonsense that ultimately leads to bad decisions like this.

You'd have to be in that same mind set to pay the 1.2 mill for this. But, this is Toronto, the "Town of Fools" so, yes it will sell for the tidy sum of $1.5-$1.8 because someone likes the neighbourhood or some crap like that.
jameson / April 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Pools are horribly difficult to maintain. I work for a retirement residence company and many buildings in Quebec have pools and incur huge costs over time to maintain them. Always an issue with humidity, drainage, leaks, chemicals, etc.
TB / April 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm
My father built that pool. He was a successful professional artist. Used the coachhouse as his studio. Many masterpieces were made there. We used to use the platform above the pool to eat breakfast on. The pool is deep, and the person who buys it will want to swim in it. I will be putting in an offer.
Robert replying to a comment from d.a.r.y.l. / April 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Salt is corrosive. Either way the house is probably full of mold, dry rot, spongey walls and structural issues. I do not think Trinity Bellwoods is a place to spend 1.2 million for a tear down. At east not yet.
Hope they have an open house would love to see this in real life.
Liza / April 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm
I smell mould and mildew.... Water damage and rust. Must be humid. Great for asthma!
Matt / April 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Curbed Toronto posted a really similar article about this house just yesterday! Coincidence, BlogTO?
Dan / April 29, 2014 at 01:56 pm
This is the kind of garbage that you get in Toronto for 1.2 million. No wonder first time home buyers are forced to live in crappy condos and not get into the housing market due to grossly overpriced junk that all needs work. This city's housing market is in deep deep trouble. Not unlike the person who buys this.
Steev / April 29, 2014 at 02:15 pm
The coach house is also fully renovated with an office, kitchen/dining room, full bathroom, sleeping loft and bedroom.
Steev / April 29, 2014 at 02:38 pm
Sauna in the basement.
Jo / April 29, 2014 at 03:45 pm
I've been in this house and it's amazing.
James / April 29, 2014 at 04:40 pm
I wonder if Lindsay is a realtor or friend of the owner... :X
Only someone that mental would say its worth 2m. None of these old houses are worth 2m or 1m for that matter.. The bank is loving morons that think houses are worth this much.
David Himel / April 29, 2014 at 05:26 pm
lol ugh, insurance, liability, plus mould, humidity, and if that sucker ever leaks where is the plumbing electrical etc...right beside the is the equivalent of a really really expensive sportscar diving in winter salt and it if you have the money and then again..if you have the money why would you do it.....but in this town full of agents making 60k commissions everything is rosy
C / April 29, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Fun concept - but as a neighbour I wouldn't be down with this reno... And - these houses are attached. Ouch. I really hope they did their homework when they poured the concrete for this one. I know it's been said before, but how did the city approve this design? I mean it's fun looking but it's totally mental. There's no tile work in the pool area from the angles I can see. Dry wall and paint??? No no no no no. No.
yeah yeah / April 29, 2014 at 06:51 pm
Absolutely love it! Will be booking an appointment to go see this one in person...awesome neighborhood too!
Double JJ / April 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Showed this home in the last few days - looks better from pictures, the seller is out of their mind to be holding back offers expecting that they will get more, the home has water issues, mould, needs atleast 500K - pros good bones, not leaning, good size and has a coach house - the coach house also has a series of issues. Im sure the owners have a lot of interesting stories, the home is filled with stuff that looks like someone was hoarding, lots of pictures of naked people and Jazz legends. Final analysis - Buyers beware!
The Shakes replying to a comment from Matt / April 30, 2014 at 09:30 am
The Mash beat them all to the punch by covering this house on the 24th. More hilarious comments can be read here:
The clown replying to a comment from The Shakes / April 30, 2014 at 10:06 am
Wow 15 comments on the Mash YAWN
Sarah Thomson / April 30, 2014 at 04:02 pm
Would love to show up to a viewing here in a bathing suit.
Delightful! / May 1, 2014 at 07:31 am
Such a pleasure to see that there are people you grow up and do not lose their sense playfulness.
This quirky house is the one that most children would create if given money. Take a chill pill haters, its okay... no one is coming to your respectable beige, brown, with tints of grey abode to bring your property values down.
BillyOp / May 10, 2014 at 07:44 am
UPDATE: This house sold for $205,000 over asking!

Housing bubble anyone?
Tom Wanks / November 27, 2014 at 09:40 pm
This is what happens when you lock yourself up in your house for the winter with some seriously potent weed and then start mixing it with speedballs!
J.A. Shalpa / December 4, 2014 at 08:50 pm
I've actually been in this house, about 30+ years ago. The pool was there at that time but you had to climb out a window to get to it.

It was probably built without a permit, but someone must have done something right since the house is still standing and it hasn't collapsed on itself due to the weight of the water.
Richard Gonzalez / December 31, 2014 at 12:34 am
I don’t understand why they dug a pool inside the house when they could have constructed a good swimming pool outside. The house looks classy with traditional style and colours, but I don’t like the pool inside the house. I don’t think a good pool builder like Solda pools in Toronto would have agreed to do this work which must be badly hurting this classy old house.
Des Jones / March 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm
There was a house on Shaw Street with a pool in the kitchen in the 70's owned by Tom Hodgson. We would go over there and party.
Tom Hodgson always had a pool where he lives as he loved all water sports and was an excellent rower from the Toronto Island.

I believe this could be the house and it was renovated!
Holly / September 9, 2015 at 05:56 pm
Hi Alyshia!!!!

@Des Jones..You're right...Tom did own this place back in the 1970's...then my step-dad bought it and lived there for 40 years...the pool was built in 1974...I've swam in the pool my whole chlorine smell at all...also, my dad didn't buy this home to make people think he was rich to the hater way up there who made this comment...he bought this home because he loved it...and some of the best and most memorable parties have been held here for the past 40 father got over asking...and made himself a wicked to all the haters who think they know it all and everything about this home...fuck off.
Holly replying to a comment from Alyshia / September 9, 2015 at 05:57 pm
Hi Lisha!!!!

I'm sooo happy I don't know any of these haters in person...cuz they may just get some of their own medicine!!!!!
I love you!!

Hol xoxoxoxo
Holly replying to a comment from Des Jones / September 9, 2015 at 05:59 pm
Yup...this house was owned buy Tom back in the 1970' father bought this home from him and lived there for 40 years.
Holly replying to a comment from Double JJ / September 9, 2015 at 06:02 pm
user-pic father got over the asking price...shows how much you know.
Alyshia / September 9, 2015 at 07:06 pm
Yes!! Holly we can take on these haters. So cool to see his house on this blog. Very grateful for all the wonderful times there:)
Evie / September 10, 2015 at 08:52 am
The most amazing residence on Shaw St.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful vibrant in so many aspects....u can't even begin to understand unless you had the chance to have resided in....or at visited!!!!
Evie / September 10, 2015 at 09:00 am
But most of all the man who last lived here, wished he never would have left his lovely palace....he is an amazing man who misses his amazing abode!!!!!!!!!
Evie / September 10, 2015 at 09:11 am
There was no mould or humidity probs at all....when you know what you're makes all the difference in the universe...
Evie / September 10, 2015 at 09:17 am
And to the person who commented on why the stove under the stairs......why not!!! Conformity sucks!!!
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