House of the Week: $700,000 for a cute detached home northwest of High Park

House of the Week: $700,000 for a cute detached home northwest of High Park

House of the Week: 173 Brookside Avenue

Address: 173 Brookside Avenue
Neighbourhood: Runnymede-Bloor West Village-High Park North
Agent: Caitlin Elizabeth Turner, Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc., Brokerage
Price: $695,000

The Place: A sweet family home—complete with an antique porch swing on the veranda—in the heart of Lambton.

Bragging Rights: When listing agent Caitlin Turner and her husband bought the house two years ago, it was well-maintained but dated as the previous homeowner had lived there for 35 years. The pair, who run Harvey Homes and Interiors, did a savvy reno job, opening up the closed-in porch, adding cedar shakes to the exterior and completely overhauling the kitchen.

Big Selling Point: The welcoming kitchen, which has coffered ceilings, an oversized farmhouse sink and a chalkboard wall perfect for writing out menus and grocery lists. The cupboards are Ikea, but the overall effect is more French countryside than Swedish assembly line.

Possible Deal Breaker: The rustic exposed beams in the basement are against regulations for leasing to tenants. You’ll either have to cover them back up, use the space as a nanny suite, or just be thankful you have two kitchens for prep come Thanksgiving.

By the Numbers:
• $695,000
• 4 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 2 storeys
• 2 years of renovations
• 1 antique porch swing
• 1 garage