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House of the Week: $1.3 million for a townhome with a rooftop view of Casa Loma

ADDRESS: 274 Spadina Road


AGENT: Cary Chapnick, Hive Realty Corp., Brokerage

PRICE: $1,279,000

THE PLACE: A three-storey row house with a private elevator, steps from Casa Loma and Sir Winston Churchill Park.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: The famous Baldwin Steps are just outside the door, perfect for recreating that skateboarding scene from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (but please don’t) or doing your best Rocky impression.

BIG SELLING POINT: The serene rooftop terrace has a panoramic view of the treetops and Toronto’s favourite castle, Casa Loma. (Think of the Instagram opportunities!) And no need to worry about hauling a tank of propane up there—there’s a built-in gas line for the barbecue.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: Being so close to Casa Loma has its advantages when it comes to views, but you’ll never be able to bail on that fourth cousin’s wedding or lame office party again.

• $1,279,000
• $6,701.71 in taxes (2012)
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 elevator
• 1 parking spot
• 1 panoramic city view

  • Meow Meow

    Beautiful on the outside, but I couldn’t even make it to the last photo. Decorating courtesy of The Brick.

  • Chalbe

    Who cares about the furniture unless you want that stuff included. I think the house is in a great location but the interior looks rather small on these pictures, would like to know the square footage in total. The roof top has potential.

  • Suzy

    Seems rather narrow and the pictures are poorly taken. Would have loved a frontal view of that kitchen. You are right, Chalbe – people place way too much emphasis on furnitures.

  • Catarina

    It’s too much money for a small and narrow townhouse. Location wise, it’s close to the subway but if you drive just a little west (10 minutes) along Davenport Road, towards Oakwood Ave and south of St. Claire West, there are more afordable homes in those residential areas.

  • Mick

    I’m surprised the place hasn’t been “staged” with better furniture. For better or worse, people are influenced by the furniture. If you want to sell for $1.3 million it had better be near perfect (or in Vancouver)

  • opl

    Agree the outside is nice but the inside not so much. 1.3M is too much for this house.

  • betsey

    It has nice bones, and the rooftop terrace is nice but the kitchen and bathrooms need to be redone as well as completely repainted. I’d definitely pass on this one for 1.3M.

  • Me Thinks


  • Symon Demers

    Location is excellent with what appears to be a blank canvas for an interior make-over. One concern is the rooftop deck as the wood appears to be near the end of it’s lifespan plus the noticeable rust on the door hinges. Makes one wonder on how the rest of the house is like, infrastructure-wise.