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House of the Week: 32 Leuty Avenue

Posted by Staff / May 6, 2014

32 Leuty Avenue32 Leuty Avenue reminds me that everyone who's lived in Toronto long enough has a Beaches phase. You know, the dream of walking out your front door and onto the boardwalk, or the vision of a life in which you take your golden retriever down to the water for a morning walk (or is this all just me?). This home, located just east of Kew Gardens, could give you a chance to fulfill that dream. At just a block from Lake Ontario, you can waltz down to the beach at a moment's notice. That is, if you aren't floating in the backyard pool or enjoying a drink on the front porch instead. I can see my tan coming in already.

Aside from the location, the home itself isn't lacking character. Hardwood floors run throughout the open concept first floor and large windows give the house plenty of light. And with four bedrooms and a finished basement, this house certainly isn't wanting for space. It's great for a large family or someone with a lot of visitors, which you might have if you live here.

32 Leuty AvenueSPECS

  • Address: 32 Leuty Ave
  • Price: $1,489,000
  • Lot Size: 4500 ft2
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Parking: 2
  • Taxes: $7,622
  • Walk Score: 95


  • Century home located only a block from the lake
  • Spacious open concept feel in main floor
  • Renovated with gas furnace and central air
  • Large backyard with pool

32 Leuty AvenueGOOD FOR

Summer lovers. If you're just waiting for it to warm up enough to lie on the beach, or play volleyball at Ashbridge's Bay, this could be your dream home (it's not exactly withing everyone's reach, of course). Plus, this house couldn't look more like it belongs in the Beaches, so with enough imagination, you can keep that summer feeling going year round.

32 Leuty AvenueMOVE ON IF

The summer cottage feel just isn't enough. Once you take off your warm weather blinders and remember that we live in Canada, the location and great outdoor space might not be such a selling point. Instead, you might see that the kitchen is in need of an update, or you might not be wowed by the rubber roof balcony. Why do you have to be so negative?


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Writing by Isabel Ritchie



shabba rich / May 6, 2014 at 01:37 am
This is an unbelievable bargain at 1.5M. People get so picky about kitchens and bathrooms, if this had marble countertops and stainless steel appliances, it would go for 2M. It may sell for that much anyway.
Beach Girl / May 6, 2014 at 08:14 am
A house just around the corner - but facing the lake - just went for about $2.5M, so even with the few problems noted by the author, I agree with Shabba Rich that you are getting a deal!
bob loblaw / May 6, 2014 at 09:52 am
Have been thru this place. Obvious that a quick and dirty reno / repaint / recarpet has been done.

Place needs new kitchen, bathrooms and windows so not move in ready and no bargain as per the above.

And oh yeah, the basement stinks of cat piss.
Dawn Mills / May 6, 2014 at 03:51 pm
But's Beaches cat piss!
Julien / May 6, 2014 at 04:20 pm
I am pretty sure my friend grew up in that home.. Back then I think it was worth around $140,000

Rick / May 6, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Bidding war pricing, meh. The dolts can have at it. This won't go for less than $1.8
iliveattheverve / May 6, 2014 at 06:58 pm
you can tell that they did quite a few "quick" touch ups. Contrast the staging and the "original" kitchen - no one with furniture like that would have a kitchen like that. In fact, it looks like a basement rental apartment kitchen. But, I suspect they'll get over asking for this. Good luck to you!
BONSAI43 / May 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm
I bid 8 million!! Anyone else!!!
Tara replying to a comment from Julien / May 7, 2014 at 01:09 am
Was it me?
Julien / May 7, 2014 at 04:35 pm
I wasn't talking about you, but did you also live there?

Julien Jean-Pierre
Suicide_Boi / May 12, 2014 at 02:30 pm
Update: No bids so far.

Beach realtor Rick DeClute is seeing the same thing at his listing on prime Leuty Avenue — a detached home, just five houses from the water that hasn’t had an offer in two weeks.

(In fairness, the average time on market for GTA properties, including condos, is about 20 days, although generally less in the 416 region.)

Even some online posters — the house was featured as’s House of the Week — see it as a bit of a bargain at $1.5 million in a market where the average sale price of a now approaching $1 million detached.

“I guess it’s the HGTV thing: Everybody wants everything done. It could use a new kitchen. But you can throw a stone and hit a house nearby that sold (with a direct lake view) for $2.5 million,” says DeClute.
Sam replying to a comment from shabba rich / May 17, 2014 at 09:11 am
It actually sold for less...$1,423,500
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