House of the Week: $2.2 million for a Cabbagetown house that belongs to Toronto Police Services Board chair Andy Pringle

House of the Week: $2.2 million for a Cabbagetown house that belongs to Toronto Police Services Board chair Andy Pringle

Address: 358 Sumach Street
Neighbourhood: Cabbagetown
Agent: Leeanne Weld, Royal Lepage Johnston and Daniel Division, Brokerage; and Ryan Barnes, Remax Professionals Inc., Brokerage
Price: $2,199,000
Previously sold for: $1,037,000, in 2013, prior to a major renovation

The place

A completely redone four-bedroom bay-and-gable house in Cabbagetown.

Here’s the kitchen, with a large island and breakfast bar:


Here’s the deck:


There are two bedrooms on the second floor of the house. This one is set up as an office:


The master bedroom. It has a view of Riverdale Park, across the street:


There’s a loft on the third floor, currently set up as an office space:


And there’s also a third-floor terrace:


And there’s another bedroom in the basement:


The history

The house belongs to Andy Pringle, chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, and his wife, Valerie, an Order of Canada member and former television host. (We featured another of their properties a few years back.) The Pringles bought this 1885 home in 2013 and completely gutted and rebuilt the interior over the course of a year. The double front doors, double vestibule doors and staircase to the second floor are original to the house, but most everything else has been built new. The Pringles are now moving across the street, into another historic house they had their eye on.

The Hunt

Big selling point

If the home’s proximity to Riverdale Park isn’t enough, the wine cellar is the perfect place for budding oenophiles to build their collection. (Sadly, the Pringles aren’t including the existing stock with the home.)


Possible deal breaker

It’s not clear who’s responsible for keeping the ivy on the house next door from encroaching on this one. If the buyer doesn’t want a green, leafy facade, they may need to invest a little money in keeping the vines at bay.

By the numbers

• $2,199,000
• $7,120.52 in taxes (2016)
• 4 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 parking space
• 1 wine cellar