House of the Week: 173 Brookside Avenue
173 Brookside Avenue is a property that sits on a fair sized lot at the northern end of Runnymede-Bloor West Village on a quiet and very family friendly street. The TTC is easily accessible and a ten minute bus ride east will take you into the Junction or ten minutes to the south will take you to the heart of Bloor West where you can grab a bite to eat at places like The Bloor Jane Restaurant, Bryden's and Dr. Generosity to name a few. There's also a grocery store, library branch and Newson's Bike & Skate Exchange in the immediate area.
A lot of work has gone into making this home as beautiful as it is today thanks to Jeff Harvey and Caitlin Turner of Harvey Homes & Interiors. The front porch was previously closed in, but is now open and inviting, the exterior brick has been painted and cedar shakes added to both the outside of the house and garage. The main floor is open concept living-dining room and kitchen, the latter of which has been beautifully updated with white subway tiling, built in cabinets, large double sink, a gorgeous antique island and chalkboard to add some whimsy (and practicality).
The bedrooms are all decent size with two that could accommodate a queen size bed, while the third can fit a single bed, but might be better used as an office. Original hardwood flooring and wide baseboards also help give it a country feel despite modern touches. It's also important to note that this property has a fully functional basement suite with similar design details and private entrance. You can see the full gallery of photos here.
This place would be great for a young couple looking for somewhere to start and/or grow a family. The house is just the right size to be able to keep tidy while the open concept main floor lets you keep an eye on little ones as well. The street itself is comprised of neighbours who know each other, talk to each other and even babysit for each other and schools, parks and a library are minutes away.
MOVE ON IF:
Anything west of Roncesvalles is the suburbs or you've got an incredibly different taste in design. Some people are not sold on colonial touches which there are a lot of here and for others it could be exactly what you're looking for. No matter, it's hard to deny this is a great reno job.
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