House of the Week: $800,000 for a cottage-like home in Parkdale

House of the Week: $800,000 for a cottage-like home in Parkdale

Address: 8 Glenavon Road
Neighbourhood: Parkdale
Agent: Tracy Logan and David Patrick Bailey, Remax West Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $799,000

The place

An Arts and Crafts bungalow on a dead-end street near the southern tip of Parkdale, beside the Gardiner Expressway.

There’s a wood-burning fireplace in the living room:


A small dining area, decked out with antique wood:


The kitchen could maybe use a refresh:


There are two bedrooms on the main floor. Here’s one of them:


And here’s the master bedroom:


The two bedrooms share this bathroom:


There’s a separate apartment in the basement:


Here’s the basement living room. Raise your hand if you’ve ever owned that exact Ikea couch:


The basement bedroom:


And the backyard retreat:


The history

The owners believe this house, built in 1917, was the first on the street. It was originally intended as a cottage. (Before the Gardiner, it was lakefront property.)

Big selling point

The sun-drenched living room in the front of the home, with its huge bookshelves, wood ceiling and hardwood floors, seems like a good place to enjoy a book or three:


Possible deal breaker

With only two bedrooms on the main floor (plus a basement apartment with one bedroom), there isn’t a ton of room for a large family. But a detached house in west Toronto for less than $800,000 is so rare that it might be worth putting off a second child for.

By the numbers

• $799,000
• $3,976.48 in taxes (2016)
• 2 bedrooms (plus a basement apartment)
• 2 fireplaces
• 1 bathroom (plus another in the basement apartment)
• 1-car garage

The Hunt