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House of the Week: 5 Parkview Avenue

Posted by Staff / May 20, 2014

5 Parkview Avenue TorontoThis house located at 5 Parkview Avenue is a step back in time. Not only is the exterior a classic Toronto Victorian semi-detached, but the interior is full of, er, character too. Hard wood floors, restored woodwork, stained glass - this home is classic Cabbagetown. Interior design choices will of course be up to the new owners (who are sure to have their hands full with this one), but I'd say keep the loud wallpaper that welcomes guests in the foyer. Historic charm, and it will wake them up.

Upstairs, the time warp continues with the bedrooms. The master bedroom is small by today's standards, but the intricate fireplace helps make up for it (this is a keeper). And in the same vein, the main bathroom on the second floor includes an iron stove next to a historic mantle place. Better start practicing your fire making skills, unless you go full Victorian and have a housemaid to do that for you.

5 Parkview Avenue TorontoSPECS

  • Address: 5 Parkview Avenue
  • Price: $1,099,000
  • Lot Size: 1900.38 ft2
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking: 1
  • Taxes: $5,425
  • Walk Score: 78
  • Notable Features
  • Victorian home with classic features retained
  • Two iron stoves and two fireplaces
  • Stained glass windows throughout the home
  • Prime Cabbagetown location

5 Parkview Avenue TorontoGOOD FOR

Victorian buffs. If you're sick of seeing historic homes modernized with an open concept design, this is the house for you. Although this house was at some point updated, it retains a historic feel. This doesn't feel like a new condo behind a brick facade. Sit down in the living room for a game of whist, and pretend you can hear the elephants trumpeting over at Riverdale Zoo.

5 Parkview Avenue TorontoMOVE ON IF

You want clean lines, sharp edges, and new appliances. Though the house isn't without some updates, it still feels very dated. The kitchen might be reminiscent of your grandmother's house. And if you're moving with modern furniture, that might cause a bit of a clash. Though, come to think of it, that clash might just be amazing.


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steve / May 20, 2014 at 09:28 am
Victorian is not a style of architecture, it is an era in history. This house is a classic Toronto Bay and Gable. A style uniquely Toronto (yes you will find it else where, but it originates in Toronto)
Perfetto / May 20, 2014 at 10:11 am
This house would be perfect for Victorian clothes enthusiasts who wear corsets and the long dresses!
Potrzebie / May 20, 2014 at 10:14 am
Cue the potlight renovation!
NO WAY / May 20, 2014 at 10:59 am
Lou replying to a comment from steve / May 20, 2014 at 11:19 am
No one called it Victorian style. The author said it's a Victorian semi-detached house and he/she is 100% correct. In fact, the style of the house isn't mentioned at all, only the type and period.
kevinn / May 20, 2014 at 11:54 am
Has great bones. Too bad they're brittle.
Sandra / May 20, 2014 at 01:21 pm
WOW I would love to live there or even just rent an upstairs room from whoever buys it! :) Anything with old wood and hardwood floors just adds character, but the wallpaper would definitely have to be changed if it were mine. Love the old potbelly stove!!
Chanjith replying to a comment from Rick / May 20, 2014 at 01:59 pm
LOL!!! you are hilarious
Borte / May 20, 2014 at 02:04 pm
I believe this house has appeared in every single episode of Murdoch Mysteries.
steve replying to a comment from Lou / May 20, 2014 at 02:04 pm
The authour wrote 'classic Toronto Victorian semi-detached' which is incorrect, correctly it would be 'classic Toronto Bay and Gable semi-detached'. There is no classic Victorian architecture.
keven replying to a comment from steve / May 20, 2014 at 02:46 pm
It is both an era and a style of architecture.
cathie / May 20, 2014 at 03:01 pm
It is a lovely home. Needs some decorating upgrades but the original details are lovely. Of course the new owner will probably rip out the wall between the front door and the living room, and between the kitchen and the dining room, because everyone has to have "open concept" nowadays. They couldn't possibly be expected to live with walls!
Victor / May 20, 2014 at 03:37 pm
Steve - Maybe you can correct the wiki as well
Chester / May 20, 2014 at 04:30 pm
It's a pretty home but this looks like a blogto article about what 5 Parkview looked like in 1902.
David / May 21, 2014 at 05:20 am
don't you nitpicky cunts have anything else better to do than have a intellectual pissing contest as to the grammatical correctness/incorrectness of how Victorian is or isn't used in the review? just comment on the house for Christ-sakes!! yes, i understand the irony in me commenting on you commenting on something other than the actual house so i will add: it's a lovely house... shit wallpaper though.
Mike / May 21, 2014 at 07:20 am
Love the Victorianess of this place. Also LOVE the Brady Bunch style wall oven in brick. So sick!!!! Alice I'm home!!!!
Amy / May 21, 2014 at 07:23 am
Queen Victoria and the Victorian era 1837–1901
Mare / May 21, 2014 at 01:38 pm
Steve, you must find it difficult to sit...what with that stick stuck up your arse.....
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