House of the week: 5 Wellesley Cottages
Five Wellesley Cottages is a dream, a cottage dream. Ever wanted to live on one of Toronto's "Hidden Streets?" This is it. Built as worker's cottages in the 1880s, this secluded street feels like a step into the past. But don't be fooled - once you step through the front door of the home, you're transported right back to the present. Bamboo flooring, open concept kitchen, modern appliances, remote skylight shades - the interior is all modern living. An addition to the rear of the home accommodates two bedrooms and two and half bathrooms, leaving much more room for you to stretch out than there was for the original owners.
Large doors open off of the living room into a tastefully landscaped back yard, making the small space seem, um, somehow more. OK, so maybe this is only relevant in Toronto for four months of the year, but a glorious four months they could be! Even in inclement weather, the large windows bring in lots of light. And anyway, I prefer to pretend those chillier months don't exist.
Cabbagetown enthusiasts with a modern bent. As far as Cabbagetown locations go, this one is about as iconic as they get. And if your ideal home is more 21st century than Victorian, this could be the perfect combo of old and new. Living in modern comfort in a historic neighbourhood - what could be better?
MOVE ON IF
You think this type of renovation removes the original character from the home. Or maybe you had another sort of renovation in mind. The renovation and addition don't leave too much room for your imagination. And at $1.3 Million, maybe not much cash left for changes either!
Writing by Isabel Ritchie
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