House of the Week: $1.75 million for a hip family home in the heart of downtown

ADDRESS: 50 Sullivan Street

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Kensington-Chinatown

PRICE: $1,749,000

THE PLACE: A modern renovation on a sleepy side street in the heart of the downtown core. With four bedrooms and five baths, it could be a great family home or, for the rich and adventurous, perhaps the nicest shared accommodation in the city.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Lots of condo dwellers can lay claim to a view of the CN Tower, but few downtown homeowners have a view this good from their hallway. Toronto’s most famous landmark is perfectly framed in the window of the 18-foot staircase.

BIG SELLING POINT: You can’t be much more downtown than this—Sullivan is equidistant from Queen Street and Dundas, and this house is steps from Spadina. Close to the AGO, Chinatown, Kensington and Queen Street revelry, there’s no excuse for staying in.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: A full storey higher and much more modern than its neighbours, this home doesn’t exactly blend in. Paired with the wall of windows in the front, prospective buyers should be comfortable with eyes on them.

• $1,749,000
• $4,500 in taxes in 2011
• 3,700 square feet
• 9-foot ceilings
• 5 bathrooms
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 storeys
• 2-car detached garage

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