House of the week: 54 High Park Blvd
This stately grande dame in High Park is a force to be reckoned with at just over $3 million. The romantic six bedroom boasting 4,000 square feet over three levels has only had four owners since it was built circa 1912.
Renovated with deep Notebook-style love, the owners carefully preserved the original character of the home while adding a few modern twists. The art deco fireplaces and wood panelling are still intact along with the intricate refurbished ceiling and windows.
The main floor features a formal layout, divided into smaller rooms, and unlike other modern renovations, there is no open layout. The grand curved staircase is a focal point, creaking at the main entrance, along with the towering bookshelves in the library.
The decor on the second and third levels is more modern than the rest of the home with a mix of carpet and hardwood flooring throughout, hidden reading nooks and a solarium attached to the bedroom. The spacious finished basement is 1,400 square feet and can be converted into a nanny's suite or better yet, the ultimate man (or woman) cave.
Despite the recent escapee from the High Park Zoo, the neighbourhood is typically tame, attracting young families and professionals, and known for its massive green space, indie shops and low-key restaurants. Like it or not, this Bloor West real estate pocket is a hot ticket item, even with a $3 million price tag.
High Park and Cherry Blossom season. The park is a main attraction in the neighbourhood with its free zoo, adventure playground, hiking trails and the annual bloom of the sakura trees. This home features its own VIP parking lot with a six car driveway, rent out a spot and earn some cash.
MOVE ON IF
Too much upkeep. With half a dozen beds and baths, the majestic 100 year old property can accommodate the entire Brady Bunch or Brangelina clan. Older homes often require more upgrades and maintenance, and you might want to consider a snow melting system on that long private driveway.
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