Surreal Estate: $3.3 million for Neil Young’s childhood home, a classic red-brick in Moore Park
What former pad of a rock legend would be complete without a kitchen made for TV, an 1,100-square-foot basement, two walk-in closets and a deck with a secret hot tub?
Neighbourhood: Moore Park
Previously sold for: $1,550,000 in 2014
Size: 2,200 square feet plus a 1,150-square-foot basement and 600-square-foot attic
Parking spaces: 3
Real estate agent: Ramin Khaze, Forest Hill Real Estate
A four-plus-two-bedroom, three-bathroom Georgian revival in Moore Park. The house is currently set up as a duplex: the main floor and basement are one unit and the top floor is another. Out back, it has a balcony, a big deck and a detached garage with garden suite potential. The place is surrounded by some of Toronto’s most cherished green spaces—Mount Pleasant Cemetery to the north, the Beltline Trail to the east, Yellow Creek to the south and the David Balfour Park Trail to the west. It’s a short walk from St. Clair station and a quick drive from Mount Pleasant Road, Bayview and the DVP.
The home was built in 1922. But, more importantly, Neil Young lived here for five years as a teenager. (One imagines the baby-faced folk-rocker, guitar strapped to his back, hopping on the subway at St. Clair to get to his gigs on Yonge.) When the current owners bought it in 2014, they renovated all three levels to add some modern flourishes. Now they’re selling with hopes of landing a larger home north of the city.
The foyer of the lower unit leads right to the living room.
There’s a wood-burning fireplace with built-in shelving, hydronic heated flooring and a wide bay window.
Next up is the dining area, with wainscoting and crown moulding throughout.
Just beyond the dining area is the kitchen, equipped with an integrated fridge and a Thermador cooktop.
The counters are quartz.
There are two bedrooms on the main floor. This one overlooks the side of the home.
And now the primary bedroom, which walks out to a back deck.
Here’s the bathroom, with a glass shower and funky tiling.
The basement has a separate entrance and rough-ins for a sink and stove, so it could be converted into a rental unit or nanny suite.
An opposite angle reveals the open living area. That door under the stairs leads to additional storage.
Down the hall is this bedroom, currently set up as an office, with plenty of built-in cabinets.
The second basement bedroom has a full wall of sliding-door closets.
Don’t forget the bathroom, featuring heated flooring.
There’s also this hybrid laundry room and closet.
Moving to the upper unit: the layout is almost identical to its counterpart.
But this kitchen comes with warmer tones, a herringbone backsplash and more-modern cabinets.
This is the first upstairs bedroom. Note the original decorative medallion encircling the light fixture.
And this is the main suite, with a private balcony plus a barn door that leads to the walk-in.
The closet holds a bunch of shelving and laundry. It also leads to the attic, which has another 600 square feet of storage space.
Here’s the view from the balcony.
This bathroom is shared.
The back deck is made for hosting.
There’s even a secret remote-controlled hot tub out here that seats four people. Long may she run.
That’s artificial turf lining the backyard.
Future residents could transform the garage into a gym or an office.
And this stone driveway leads back to the street.
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