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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

Address: 170 Howland Avenue
Neighbourhood: The Annex Agents: Carol Lome, Royal LePage, Johnston and Daniel Division, Brokerage Price: $1,898,000 Previously sold for: $335,000 in 1991, prior to a renovation

The place

A hundred-year-old Annex Victorian semi with an impressive master suite and an extra-deep lot.

The history

The home was built in 1900, and it was most recently renovated 10 years ago. It now has an open main floor, a floating staircase, heated floors and high-end stainless steel appliances.

The foyer has heated floors and an attractive semicircular transom window:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

There’s a fireplace in the living area, and some stained glass:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

Here’s the kitchen:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

The dining area has an exposed brick wall and some built-in cabinetry:

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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

There are three bedrooms on the second floor. Here’s one of them:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

Here’s another:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

And another, with bay windows:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

The master bedroom, on the third floor, has bamboo flooring and its own little fireplace:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

Here’s the master ensuite:

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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

And the master bedroom’s private office space:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian

The basement is finished:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian
Big selling point

The extra-deep 197-foot lot gives the backyard a definite “country-in-the-city” feel. There’s plenty of greenery, mature trees and a handy garden shed:

House of the Week: $1.9 million for a carefully updated Annex Victorian
Possible deal breaker

All that antique charm comes with a tradeoff: there are no parking spaces on the property. But this is the Annex, after all. The Dupont and Spadina subway stations are both in easy walking distance.

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By the numbers

• $1,898,000 • $6,914.30 in property taxes • 2,424 square feet (including the basement) • 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms

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