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50 Stewart St. (Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West) Asking price: $2.795 million Taxes: $5,106 (2017) Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 MLS# C3957239
For someone who loves to live downtown, this is a hidden gem with a twist. The owner thought it would be a treasure to own a house in a King West area populated by condominiums, says listing agent Alex Pino of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.
“I first came across the house around 2003. I had moved to Toronto the year before and was flat-sharing with an old university mate from England….My walking commute to work took me up Bathurst and down Stewart Street,” the owner says. “So I passed this set of six semis on a regular basis…and became convinced that if I could get my hands on one of them, with a little patience I’d have a gem: a Toronto version of a New York brownstone.”
He bought the house in late 2008. “I was particularly drawn to the house because it hadn’t been messed with. It was completely unmodernized. I was also very familiar and drawn to the red brick Victorian, having lived in a few back in England.”
The house was gutted to the studs and small areas were reconfigured. The former five-bedroom became a four-bedroom with a full walk-in closet.
The family home also has a “rear garden oasis that is virtually irreplaceable,” says colisting agent Andy Taylor.
The Zen urban backyard includes a heated saltwater pool designed by the owner, Ipe wood fencing and cedar decking. “There is no need to have a cottage.”
The semi-detached Victorian home is zoned for work/ live, so the owners can live, work and play in the same place. Another nice quality is that the stylish house is ready to enjoy.
The 2,930-square-foot condo alternative has high wood baseboards and period plaster crown mouldings and rosettes. The dining room’s focal point is a white marble Victorian fireplace.
The sleek kitchen has cast concrete counter tops, a floating breakfast bar and a floorto-ceiling pantry in piano black lacquer finish with a stainless steel library-type ladder.
The lower level has a “bespoke gallery-style two-sided wet bar in walnut and zinc, a built-in walnut entertainment centre and a fully appointed three-piece bathroom,” Pino says. State-of-the-art mechanicals ensure the house is efficient and comfortable.