The property, on Isabella Street in the Jarvis and Wellesley area, is owned by Casey House, a palliative care centre for those afflicted with HIV and AIDS, and is being used as medical offices for their facility, which is just across the street. Casey House plans to use the site to construct a new care centre. The Isabella St. coach house, however, does not fit into the plans for the new facility and faces demolition in October. Casey House CEO Stephanie Karapita said that if someone does take the coach house, they can have it in either July or August.
The red brick building has large glass windows, with hand carved wooden trim along the edges of the roof. It was styled to match many other Victorian era homes in the neighbourhood.
Of course, the hitch in this proposition is the high cost — and high risk — of jacking up an antique structure in a densely populated part of downtown Toronto and moving it, intact, elsewhere.
There is no average cost of moving houses in Toronto. Not only does it not happen often, but many factors affect each house differently. The existing foundation, strength of the structure and amount of work that needs to be done to stabilize the building are all factors that can increase costs drastically.
So the coach house is “free,” but the ultimate cost is far from it.