Monday, May 12, 2014

Toronto Stable for Sale

The DC City codes that regulate living in small alley buildings need to be literally more accommodating for people who do not need a large space and who have limited means. This is especially important for many young people who are flocking to DC in record numbers. This former stable located in downtown Toronto - in an area now referred to as "Little Italy" - is within walking distance of almost anything one might want to access in a city of over 5 million people. The transit system is superb and simple to use for longer trips.

[ The details of this property have been sourced through the Toronto Globe and Mail and Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. ] 

"Historic Charm Meets Supreme Cool. Circa 1903 Detached 2-Storey Brick Laneway Coach House On Crawford St. (College/Ossington Area) Approx. 1000 Sf Of Bright Open Concept Space Ideal For Studio/Residential. Original Wood Floors/Stairs/Board & Batten Carriage Doors. Updated Floor To Ceiling Custom Windows/Shutters. Handcrafted Ceramic Bathroom Mural. Includes 500 Sf Roof Deck W/Panoramic View Of City, Balcony On 2nd Floor & 120 Sf Shed. A Rare Find! **** EXTRAS **** Inclusions: All Elfs, Window Covs, Stove, 2 Fridges, Freezer, Washer/Dryer, Large Clothes Cupboard, Bbq, All Garden Furniture & Accessories. Furnace (2008), Oil Tank (2004), Windows (2007). Exclusions: 3 Roof Gates, Dragon Door Handle"

"517A CRAWFORD ST., TORONTO. ASKING PRICE: $489,900. For the past 24 years, this has been artist Barbara Klunder’s work studio and pied-à-terre when she needs a crash pad downtown. Over the years, Ms. Klunder – known as the creative force behind the visuals of 1980s hot spot the BamBoo club on Queen Street West – added to this home’s cool and funky character. But she strove to do so in a way that honoured the fact that the building was originally a 1903 “horse garage,” as she calls it, for a nearby farm. “I really liked the brick walls and the basics of this house,” she said.

Ms. Myles’s favourite details include some of the tell-tale signs that the building used to be a coach house, with horses on the ground floor and hay stashed in what is now the kitchen/living/dining area."
“I love the barn doors. I love the vision of horses coming out and drinking out of [now-buried] Garrison Creek,” she said.
"Ms. Myles also loves the potential that the building has for its future owners. Both she and Ms. Klunder hope the next owners are visual people who appreciate the history – artistic and agricultural – that has lived here."
“I am going to keep my eye on [this place],” said Ms. Klunder, adding that she can’t wait to see what the next owner does to transform it. “Imagine starting with a classic shell like this and adding things in to make it really functional.”
Ms. Myles agrees. “It’s a diamond in the rough,” she said. “It’s going to be a gem.”

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