House of the week: 835 Royal York Road
This mid-century bungalow listed for $2.2 million is one of the most intriguing properties in its neighbourhood. Located at 835 Royal York Road, the split-level home has an interesting back story. Purchased in 2007, the new owners loved the retro architecture and teamed up with LGA Architects to revitalize the 1950s home, instead of demolishing it.
The vintage style is apparent from its brick exterior and slanted roof, which boast a Mad Men vibe. Enter through the former carport and inside you'll find wood panelled ceilings, exposed roof beams and the original brick fireplace. Angular windows wrap the house and the back wall is floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the landscaped courtyard and ravine.
At 2,600 square feet, it isn't the largest house on the block, but perhaps the only one with a master bedroom converted from a former garage. The renovated suite features french doors, a large bathroom, and an artist studio.
A secluded cottage in the city. Who needs the long haul to Muskoka when you can buy an urban oasis in Etobicoke? It would be easy to channel your inner creativity in this re-imagined space, overlooking a serene winding pathway and babbling brook.
MOVE ON IF
You'd rather a modern detached home that blends into the neighbourhood. It's a stand-out property and one of the few remaining bungalows in the area. Expect a few nosey neighbours or onlookers to need a second glance.
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