House of the Week: 19 Gardiner Road
Love wallpaper? Buy this house. 19 Gardiner Road is a well-maintained, classically-styled brick and stone estate with seven bedrooms, lots of storage space and a wide backyard. Not to mention some of the best wallpaper in the city, with matching ceilings and curtains to boot.
The house is on a quiet, short street in Forest Hill near Eglinton and Spadina. This is a high-end, sought-after neighbourhood, and 19 Gardiner is definitely priced for location rather than updated finishes. The kitchen and bathrooms could benefit from a modern facelift -- unless that repeated tile really speaks to you -- and do consider painting over the painfully bright ceiling mural in the upstairs hallway.
Many features of this house are still in great condition, from the stairs to the wainscoting to the tray ceilings. There's plenty of parking thanks to a two-car garage and long drive, the rooms are spacious, and the backyard hot tub is included in the sale. And that wallpaper! It's either the wallpaper of your dreams or the setting for your nightmare.
Address: 19 Gardiner Road
Lot Size: 50 x 132 ft.
Parking: 2-car garage, plus spaces for 2 cars
Taxes: $14,960.00 (2013)
Walk Score: 78
A buyer looking to get into Forest Hill at any cost, and preferably someone who isn't hell-bent on modern style. Although the interior could use a little cosmetic work, the house has plenty of curb appeal, a good layout and a solid foundation.
MOVE ON IF
You were deeply traumatized by "Something In the Walls," the 80's Twilight Zone episode about a woman who is terrified of patterns and convinced the walls are out to get her. This house is also spacious, nearly to a fault, so move on if you would prefer to spend less and don't need quite so many bedrooms.
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