Toronto Life’s House of the Week: An open-concept Victorian with a huge kitchen island, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
ADDRESS: 61 Brunswick Avenue
THE PLACE: A 117-year-old bay-and-gable that’s Victorian on the outside, modern but comfortable on the inside.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Not only is the home located in one of Toronto’s Heritage Conservation Districts, but it was so lovingly restored in 2010 that it was acknowledged by the Globe and Mail, and its contractor, Alberto Merelles, won a Community Builder award from the Harbord Village Residents’ Association for his work.
BIG SELLING POINT: Your family won’t have to fight for the best bedroom, because all five are spectacular—including one with an oversized bay window, one with its own fireplace and one with a massive terrace. All five have their own ensuite bathrooms.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: You’ll have some serious existential angst—and an endless debate with your friends—about which neighbourhood you actually live in: aspirational neighbours will claim it’s the Annex; Annex purists will claim that the Annex is only north of Bloor; crafty realtors will, of course, say you live in the South Annex; some will say it’s Harbord Village or simply University; your foodie friends will just know it as the area around Splendido.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• $7,031 in property taxes
• 4,300 square feet
• 117 years old
• 6 bathrooms
• 5 bedrooms
• 3 fireplaces
• 3 storeys
• 3 parking spaces