House of the week: 41 Austin Avenue
This peculiar mini-house is the definition of a fixer-upper. But at the same time, it's undeniably adorable. Despite the fact that the kitchen looks like a horrendous decorating disaster circa 1994, 41 Austin Avenue might just be a caterpillar some future owner turns into a butterfly — or, more size-appropriately, the closest thing you'll find to a real life dollhouse.
The strange little (upper) Leslieville property, near Jones and Gerrard, is only about 900 square feet. It's advertised as a condo alternative, and in order to make bring out its full potential, the buyer would have to make some serious renos, including gutting the kitchen, investing in some new tile/other solution in the washroom, and installing new light fixtures. That said, for a house in Toronto, especially one within a reasonable distance to downtown/transit/retail/etc., this isn't a wretched price. The house isn't hopeless by any means, especially if you're handy and, yes, free of multiple kids.
Address: 41 Austin Ave.
Size: 900 SF
Parking Spaces: 2
Property Taxes: $2830.30
Large back deck (needs: fairy lights, prayer flag, barbeque)
Heinous green kitchen that just might come back into fashion if you wait long enough
Custom storage in the master bedroom
On-site laundry (in the kitchen — yuck)
This house would be ideal for a couple of DIY mavens just starting out. Or a couple of dolls. Or Alice in Wonderland. Or someone short like me — alas, I don't have any money.
MOVE ON IF
You think you might need more space anytime soon. Or, if you have small person's disease. Keeping up with the Joneses ain't going to be easy.
Could you make this mini-house work?
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