House of the Week: 229 Winnett Avenue
Sandwiched between two tall detached homes, the detached cottage appears especially small, although one can find a few similar bungalows scattered throughout this Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood. The house has been recently upgraded with a new front deck, storage shed in the rear, and a fresh (if plain) three-piece bathroom. If you're looking at condos -- with a condo-sized budget -- but dream of owning a home, this could be a clever alternative. Just watch your head on the ascent to that loft bedroom.
Although the house is small, it doesn't read as cramped. The cathedral ceiling offers some extra space and strategically placed skylights bring in some much-needed natural light. The bathroom, living space, and master bedroom are all move-in ready, but the kitchen cabinets and lighting could benefit from a bit of a facelift. The house is close to Cedarvale Park and the ravine system, but it's a hike on foot to amenities on Eglinton or St Clair West.
Good for a first-time buyer with a tight budget, or a condo-dweller looking to trade in big windows and a view for some grass and privacy. Things that might help this sale go down smoothly include existing apartment-sized furniture, a Metropass (there's no parking), creative storage ideas and an open mind.
MOVE ON IF
This house can fit a single buyer or a couple, at most. It's hard to imagine a child could fit into this space (storage is at a premium, as well) and that metal staircase is an accident waiting to happen. Space is the big deterrent here: if you think a condo is going to be too small for your needs, this tiny house probably won't be the right fit either.
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