House of the Week: an 1880 Aldershot triplex for under $1 million
ADDRESS: 327 Townsend Avenue
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Aldershot, Burlington
AGENT: Dan Cooper and Sheela Dombkowski, Royal LePage Real Estate Services
THE PLACE: A towering triplex in the charming former downtown neighbourhood of Aldershot (now the heart of Burlington), this classic three-storey Victorian is all about getting historical bang for your buck. Sure, it has an in-ground solar-heated pool and parking for eight, but it also has the original 10-foot ceilings, wood trim, doors, hardware and staircase. The house is divided into three units, meaning an investor could get a financial boost in addition to the historical one.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: This is the original home of Joshua Filman, the head of a prominent Burlington family who made their fortune in Ontario farming. The family’s name is associated with a lot of properties in the Halton area. This one was erected in 1880.
BIG SELLING POINT: The GO train—a four-minute drive away—delivers passengers to Union Station in about 40 minutes. The Burlington Golf and Country Club, LaSalle Park, Lake Ontario and Highway 403 are also more or less around the corner.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: If you’re not into the notion of having tenants, the home can be converted back to a single-family unit—but the reno could be time consuming.
BY THE NUMBERS:
• 131 years old
• 10-foot ceilings
• 8 parking spaces
• 7 bedrooms
• 6 washrooms
• 3 units
• 3 storeys
• 1 gazebo
• 1 backyard fireplace
• 1 pool
• ¼ acre property