House of the week: 217 Concord Avenue
This 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.
Address: 217 Concord Ave.
Lot Size: 18.5 x 92 ft.
Walk Score: 97
- 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
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.
MOVE 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.
Writing by Isabel Ritchie