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House of the week: 266 Garden Avenue

Posted by Staff / June 10, 2014

266 Garden Avenue Toronto266 Garden Avenue is a Roncesvalles / High Park home that exists as an example of renovation done right. Curb appeal has been totally maintained with a covered porch and large trees in the front lawn. Inside, the house is open concept - providing lots of light throughout. But the wide plank hardwood flooring, fireplace, and kitchen design (wood cabinets, butcher block countertops - more Country Living than sharp steel edges) make this far from a quick gut job of an old home. The renovation and styling was thought out, and you can tell.

The exposed brick in the basement and mud room are a rustic cherry on top of an already great house. Sure, you might not be spending long hours in the mud room, but it's a great stylistic touch (not to mention a practical addition). And the basement rec room is more than just somewhere to store your unused treadmills and old toys. You could entertain guests for a movie night or hockey game without shame. Bring on the popcorn!

266 Garden Avenue TorontoSPECS

  • Address: 266 Garden Avenue
  • Price: $995,000
  • Lot Size: 23.41 x 118
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking: 1
  • Taxes: $4.976.12
  • Walk Score: 90
  • Notable Features
  • Detached home with curb appeal
  • Five minute walk to High park
  • Hardwood flooring throughout main floor
  • Fully renovated farmhouse style kitchen

266 Garden Avenue TorontoGOOD FOR

Homebody families. This house has four good-sized bedrooms, along with a large basement great for a rec room or play area. The updates to the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms first and foremost make this a very livable home. Did I mention there's a workshop out back? Time to get DIY.

266 Garden Avenue TorontoMOVE ON IF

You want a smooth, slick interior, with every modern convenience. This house has some great updates - stainless steel appliances, a nest thermostat, air conditioning (thank god). That being said, there are only 2 bathrooms - one attached to the master bedroom and one in the basement. And there's never going to be room for a large walk in closet. Let's face it, there's only so much you can do with an older home.


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lol / June 10, 2014 at 02:47 am
So "large trees" = 10 foot tall shrub?

There actually is a mature tree out of frame to the left of the first photo, its branches dropping down in the frame from on top.

But god get the pictures and text straight.
Sandman replying to a comment from lol / June 10, 2014 at 08:02 am
You're going to complain that the tree was cropped out of the picture?

Chester / June 10, 2014 at 09:04 am
A million dollars and all you have to pay is $4700 in taxes??!! Torontonian home owners get away with murder lol. When people complain about roads and subways (which Torontonians are famous for) think of how it would be easy to pay for those things if people paid their fair share.

Also a property tax increase to the normal levels of the rest of country might actually turn the market and make this city affordable to buy a home.
Ryan / June 10, 2014 at 09:05 am
It looks very nice. Wide plank flooring, gas range (it looks like it at least), and finished basement without a drop ceiling are all advantages to this house. But, if all the bedrooms are on the top floor, and the only bathroom on that floor is the master ensuite; that's a problem. It should have been made into more of a shared bathroom. I wouldn't want my kids having to go through my bedroom to use the bathroom.
Potrzebie replying to a comment from lol / June 10, 2014 at 09:08 am
Wittle baby. Did the big twee get cwopped out of the pictuwe and make you cwy?

Whine of the year nominee!

kioch / June 10, 2014 at 09:23 am
Chester replying to a comment from Chester / June 10, 2014 at 09:25 am
Land transfer tax. NUFF SAID
steve replying to a comment from Chester / June 10, 2014 at 09:26 am
Toronto generates plenty of money to get everything that is needed and wanted. That revenue is removed from the city by the province and comes back in dribbles. The rest of it to the tune of billions gets spread around the province supporting everyone else. No small town can operate on the revenues they generate that has to come from Toronto. Toronto would like the province return some of it so they can build things such as transit, roads and other infrastructure.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from Chester / June 10, 2014 at 09:29 am
"A million dollars and all you have to pay is $4700 in taxes??!! Torontonian home owners get away with murder lol."

Actually, if you use pure logic, it makes sense that roads, water, sewer, transit, hospitals, schools, natural gas delivery, electricity delivery would cost less when people are packed in like rats, as they are in Toronto. The infrastructure is, pound-for-pound, shared by far more people that it would be in, say, Waterloo.

So what's the complaint about?

Check yo delf / June 10, 2014 at 10:00 am
Yo Chester. The #1 thing our taxes go to is Police Services,
#2 TTC
#3 DEBT Services
Adrienne F. / June 10, 2014 at 10:23 am
I'm the listing agent for this home. Great article and just want to make a few corrections to the authors details.

The bathroom on the second level is not off the master. It is actually at the other end of the hallway and is accessible by all four bedrooms.

One more thing is that the home comes with drawings for a third floor addition, which would add a bathroom and create a fabulous master bedroom with lots of closet space.
Dan replying to a comment from Chester / June 10, 2014 at 10:34 am
Property tax is not just calculated on purchase price but also sqft. If you don't like the taxes in the burbs move to Toronto, but you will get way less for your $ so it's lose lose.
Christine / June 10, 2014 at 10:41 am
My god, that kitchen!
Nadine / June 10, 2014 at 10:57 am
The bathroom on the 2nd floor isn't attached to a master bedroom at all. It's at the top of the stairs. I was the nanny for the family who are selling it, very sad that they're selling it.
KMS replying to a comment from steve / June 10, 2014 at 11:37 am
Amen. Thanks Steve.
trickydisco replying to a comment from Adrienne F. / June 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm
I live around the corner from this place and cannot say enough how great this little area is for kids. Not in love with the style of the reno inside but like what they did with the landscaping. Far as the 3rd floor plans go i have one that's 2 stories as well and i think it's about 100k to do a 3rd floor..but thanks for the free plans :)
Chris / June 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Trees ??? Yes they are huge. I grew up in the area.
Mr. Toronto / June 10, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Steve's a genius. Now, why didn't I write that? Hey...Steve for Mayor!
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Check yo delf / June 10, 2014 at 01:43 pm
Worse yet when you consider the criminals may live outside of Toronto, but "commute" into town (using Toronto roads and/or transit) to commit the their crimes. Only to "commute" back to the "safety" of their homes outside of Toronto.
jen replying to a comment from Nadine / June 10, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Why on earth would they sell it? It's so pretty.
Kathy Ford / June 10, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Just bought it...cracky crack crack crack! Woolly Bully Tooth BRUSH-ES!
P replying to a comment from jen / June 10, 2014 at 05:30 pm
They're moving
W. K. Lis / June 10, 2014 at 07:00 pm
I grew up in the area around 1960's, in a semi-detached nearly on Sunnyside Avenue. It had an unfinished basement, walled first floor (not open concept like these days). Claw-foot in the only washroom (second floor).

My parents sold in by the mid-1965 for around $25,000.

When I last checked my old home a couple of years ago, it had been upgraded big time. They were asking $900,000. I still remember the tree that was planted out front, to replace a elm tree, which has now grown to shade the house.
TM / June 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Beautiful house but there isn't any legal parking. The front pad is not approved by the city.
Lana / June 11, 2014 at 10:46 am
Front pad parking is grandfathered & you can get two cars in there.
The Shakes replying to a comment from jen / June 11, 2014 at 02:30 pm
I live a few streets North of this house. The neighbourhood is truly amazing, but there are only elementary schools in the neighbourhood. The closest high school is Parkdale Collegiate which is over a kilometer away. Could be they're moving to be closer to a high school, but i'm purely speculating.
Perry Como / June 11, 2014 at 07:04 pm
I'm the plumber of the house. I didn't take out permits when we did the renovations
Taxman / June 12, 2014 at 06:48 am
for those thinking the taxes are too low, you are right!

the house has not been reassessed yet!

Whatdiditsellfor / June 12, 2014 at 11:18 am
What a beauty, any idea what it sold for?
The Shakes replying to a comment from Whatdiditsellfor / June 12, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Sold for $1.267M
whatdiditsellfor replying to a comment from The Shakes / June 12, 2014 at 04:56 pm
Wow! It was gorgeous, but that's a bundle! Thanks for the info!

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