House of the Week: $1.7 million for an eight-bedroom home in the Beach’s loveliest pocket
ADDRESS: 271 Glen Manor Drive East
NEIGHBOURHOOD: The Beach
THE PLACE: This red-brick Toronto classic would be perfect on any edition of MTV’s Teen Cribs. Appropriate for any upwardly mobile east-enders who have (or are planning to have) a large family, the eight-bedroom possesses elegant charm and understated class on its corner lot facing Glen Stewart Park. Kew Gardens, Queen Street East and, of course, various beaches, are nearby to keep the children entertained. The house was built in the ’20s and now balances classic elements (original stained glass, hardwood) with modern amenities (reno’d kitchen, sauna). The current owners have been in the house for 40 years and are only the third family to ever occupy the property.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: The massive black lacquered safe, supposedly named for the original owner of the house (William Howell, a church elder and butcher), is so huge that no burglars could ever get in. The owners had a break-in when they first moved in, and everything in the safe remained, well, safe.
BIG SELLING POINT: Five—count ’em, five—washrooms will eliminate any morning dust-ups over shower time.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Re-enactments of Eight Is Enough, The Cosby Show or The Brady Bunch could happen at any minute.
BY THE NUMBERS:
$10,270 in property taxes
4,780-square-foot interior (including basement)
1 enormous safe
1 park view