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House of the week: 217 Concord Avenue

Posted by Staff / June 3, 2014

217 concord avenue torontoThis single-family home at 217 Concord Ave. near Bloor and Ossington marries old school charm with modern convenience. The narrow house feels wider than it is, with high ceilings and large windows throughout the first floor. Crown mouldings and original plaster details keep the Victorian feel - though the lighting that highlights these details is a little on the cheesy side. But, no worries, that can be easily remedied by the flick of a switch!

The kitchen has been fully renovated and actually maintains some room for eating! Between that and the dining room, there's room here for family meals and dinner parties. And while the backyard is small, it's rather beautiful with a deck that looks perfect for a good book and a glass of wine. Sure, there isn't the expansive space you'd need for a swing set or large vegetable garden, but with some thought you could definitely get some tomato plants going if you have a green thumb.

217 concord avenue torontoSPECS

Address: 217 Concord Ave.
Price: $789,000
Lot Size: 18.5 x 92 ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Parking: 0
Taxes: $4,276
Walk Score: 97

217 concord avenue torontoNOTABLE FEATURES

  • Modern renovated kitchen with plenty of storage
  • Original crown moldings and other original features
  • Convenient location just blocks from Ossington Subway Station
  • Short walk to both Dufferin Grove Park and Christie Pits

217 concord avenue torontoGOOD FOR

Families who want to live in a central location. With three bedrooms and a finished basement, this home is plenty big enough for a family with kids. And it's located just a 10 minute walk from Dufferin Grove Park, one of Toronto's underrated treasures. Farmers' markets, yoga, bike polo, playgrounds, campfires...there's something for everyone. Plus, Concord is itself a quiet, tree-lined street that feels so very Toronto-like in the summer.

217 concord avenue torontoMOVE ON IF

A garage is a priority. This home comes with no parking, a big drawback for a lot of buyers. Or maybe you need a lot of bathrooms - there's only two here, one on the second floor, and one in the basement. Other than that, though, I can't see too many drawbacks to this spot. With the central location and street parking available, the lack of a garage might not be a huge loss. And how many bathrooms do you really need? I'm totally sold on this house.

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bill replying to a comment from Rick / June 3, 2014 at 08:08 am
You display your elitism very well. I am sure those in the area would not want someone like you there. They would prefer personable people.
kioch / June 3, 2014 at 08:40 am
There are so many rooms.
alsdgkasj replying to a comment from Rick / June 3, 2014 at 08:53 am
a. since when is ossington and bloor a hipster area; and
b. since when do hipsters wear scarf's. lol
Hip replying to a comment from alsdgkasj / June 3, 2014 at 09:09 am
Obviously you are not hip, Blossington is the hippest right now. So over Parkdale.
Cool / June 3, 2014 at 09:38 am
That bathroom looks like it would be really really cold in the winter!
B / June 3, 2014 at 09:39 am
@Rick: Completely agree. I lived on Concord for 5 years and you took the words out of my mouth. The further south you go on Concord the dumpier it gets.
cathie / June 3, 2014 at 09:41 am
Nice house. But,the number one issue here is what are the neighbours like. If they're from hell, you've got big problems, being this is a semi. A house can always be changed, but you're taking a big chance buying a semi without finding out about the neighbours first.
steve replying to a comment from B / June 3, 2014 at 09:55 am
If you cannot handle being around people why do you live in area were you will be contact with them, a city were there are more then just peoeple like you.
Sameasiteverwas replying to a comment from Rick / June 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
Damn Hipsters. Last thing I need is another fixie and PBR cans strewn across the lawn.
jesus replying to a comment from alsdgkasj / June 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

they fuking love the neckerchiefs.
Dick replying to a comment from Rick / June 3, 2014 at 11:25 am
I feel the same way about your pink Polo shirts and Dockers. Just stay a City Place.
Hipster / June 3, 2014 at 11:28 am
Any parks close by where I can form drum circles at 3 a.m.?
ayemotherearth / June 3, 2014 at 11:34 am
No veggie garden. A distinct absence of a backyard chicken coop. Not a rainwater collection bucket in sight. Wasteful 'water' based toilet. Whatever happened to minimizing our impact on the sweet, life giving planet?
Dress for Success replying to a comment from Dick / June 3, 2014 at 11:46 am
Clean shirt and nicely creased pants say "I have a job". Hipster attire says "I live off daddy's money while failing at my art/acting/music/screenwriting/street performance career".
mo / June 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm
i'm sure this house is going to go into the 900Ks with a bidding war. Also, that 3rd floor bedroom looks like it would be really hot in the summer.
poppy replying to a comment from ayemotherearth / June 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm
You can't see the toilet in these photos.

Why are you using the internet!? Don't you care about your carbon footprint!?

Get your news from word of mouth and drum circles.
james replying to a comment from Sameasiteverwas / June 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Hipsters drink craft beer, that's why they love blossington!

Sarah replying to a comment from alsdgkasj / June 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm
I live a few blocks away from this... it is definitely more and more hipster, but still full of young families. I would argue that most of the west side is more hipster nowadays.

As for the house itself, it's a beautiful reno for such an old building. And you can't beat the location. Right on the subway line, near schools and parks. Thumbs up!
Ferdinand / June 3, 2014 at 01:59 pm
Has BlogTO ever posted an article where the comments haven't immediately devolved into worthless arguments and pathetic trolling? You guys make YouTube commenters look like Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker.
Lauren / June 3, 2014 at 01:59 pm
Thing is, I bet this this will go for a quite a bit over asking... Nice house, but for how much?
bobobagins replying to a comment from mo / June 3, 2014 at 02:00 pm
3rd bedroom photo shows an AC on the wall - but without it definitely would be terribly hot.

Kathy Ford / June 3, 2014 at 02:03 pm
If toothbrushes are included in the sale....2 huge ass cheeks up!
Dorothy Parker / June 3, 2014 at 02:05 pm
I'm too clever to comment on a mere Tor-on-toe website.
Oscar Wilde / June 3, 2014 at 02:06 pm
I'm too dead to comment, usually.
James Joyce / June 3, 2014 at 02:09 pm
o! I am too hornee to comment alas Parnell
kathy / June 3, 2014 at 02:11 pm
Why so many haters??
Concord St. veteran / June 3, 2014 at 02:20 pm
Here's a brief history of the street, in case anybody is interested. I've lived on this street for almost 50 years, born and raised. It's gone through many changes over the decades. It started off as a multicultural, working class neighbourhood with lots of newly arrived immigrants (1960-1990). For nearly 2 decades (1980-1997), it was deemed one of the slummier parts of the city with rampant drug dealing and prostitution. (Lansdowne and Bloor was always the worst though.) Many families eventually sold their houses on Concord and moved to the suburbs (1989-95). Suddenly the street became a mecca for low income welfare housing, further adding to its "ghetto charm." As house prices began to rise, these tenement houses were sold and bought by construction companies (2000-now), gutted and flipped. Now these houses are being sold for $800+ which is shocking but it's also a reflection of what is happening across Toronto these days.
Travis / June 3, 2014 at 03:15 pm

Why are you people so fixated on hipsters? Who gives a toss? Get on with your lives. Do you all live in the East and have that weird competition envy of the West? It's one of the best parts of the West side. All sorts of people live there. Get over it.

Q: Who said: "Hey let's hop in a cab and go partying in Leslieville!"
A: Nobody. Ever.
Rabbi Ben Dona / June 3, 2014 at 04:49 pm
To answer Kathy's question about the large number of Jewish parochial schools in the area, I have to say that I, too, am non-plused as I was 100% unaware of any such schools in the area. Kathy's other comment, about toothbrushes, is also puzzling.
Positive thinking / June 3, 2014 at 07:25 pm
> A nice clean simple house
> As long as theres a safe place to store your bike your good to go
> Who said hipsters are bad, they care about how they look and are aware of the culture of today. If you aren't a fan of hipsters go live in Fort Mac.
mo replying to a comment from bobobagins / June 3, 2014 at 07:40 pm
good point - didn't notice the ductless unit up on the wall.

The photos make the house look nice. I noticed another house was just listed around the corner for almost $100k more (3 beds + 1 bath, parking in rear - no garage...)

Should be interesting to see what this house goes for.
Rabbi Biggputz / June 3, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Why so many Cheders(pronounced 'haters')?
TC / June 3, 2014 at 09:51 pm
Hey lets list a house 200k under market value so we get 25 bids.
Kat / June 3, 2014 at 10:03 pm
I just realized the extent of my laziness when I read that the bathroom is upstairs and thought "stairs every time I have to pee? no thanks"
Osama bin smokin replying to a comment from Kat / June 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm
You don't have to walk upstairs to pee, just do it in a plastic pop bottle like we do in Wakistan.
Bidder / June 4, 2014 at 12:38 am
After a lengthy bidding war between 6 different prospective purchasers, and bids of over $100k over asking, the owners rejected all the offers, demanding an additional huge premium. When no one took the bait, the owners walked and indicated they would be delisting the property. Classy- only in this market.
Mary / June 4, 2014 at 12:51 am
Remember when these sellers rejected 6 offers, some nearly $100K over asking, on offer night and then said they were going to realist for $950k next week? Ya that happened. Good luck to these delusional sellers and their sub-par agent.
Not a hipster / June 5, 2014 at 07:31 pm
Can I humbly point out that the plural of scarf is "scarves"?
Not a hipster / June 5, 2014 at 07:33 pm
The apostrophe ... it was killing me.
Is that you...(P)Rick? / June 5, 2014 at 08:07 pm
(P)Rick is a little bit stew pid, ain't he, eh?
Stu / June 6, 2014 at 10:40 am
Hipsters rule the city, man!
Rob & Doug / June 7, 2014 at 08:22 pm
Apollo & Donnelly are the tip of the HMS Ford Gravy Train.
Doug Ford / June 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Any muscle spasms from bench pressing 1,200 pounds on this house? Wooly Bully!
Reality / June 10, 2014 at 08:36 pm
The sellers of this property have re-listed the home for $949k (originally $789k). Does ANYONE think a 2 bedroom semi with a 3rd bedroom loft qualifies as a million dollar property? Me thinks not.
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