Toronto Life - The Informer

Insider intel on the politics and personalities shaping the city. Sign up for Preview newsletter for weekly updates

Real Estate


House of the Week: $1.6 million for a minimalist designer home at Bayview and Eglinton

ADDRESS: 337 Cleveland Street

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Mount Pleasant East

AGENT: Ryan Abbassi, Sutton Group Central Realty Inc., Brokerage

PRICE: $1,625,000

THE PLACE: A joint project by JA Architecture Studio and ARTA Design and Build, the pair of Toronto-based firms dubbed it ‘The Offset House” for the way the second floor is split and offset to create a space for natural light to flood the main level.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Design websites like Design Boom, Contemporist and Home Edit have already taken notice of the innovative structure.

BIG SELLING POINT: Plenty of light. Eight skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows maximize the home’s natural light potential.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: At the moment, the house is very conspicuous in a neighbourhood of mainly traditional brick builds (though it’s a massive improvement over the shrunken infill home that previously occupied the lot).

• $1,625,000
• $3,909.97 in property taxes (2012)
• 13-foot ceilings
• 8 skylights
• 4 bedrooms
• 4 bathrooms
• 2.5 storeys
• 2 kitchens
• 2-car garage
• 1 gas fireplace


    Does the woman come with the place??

  • Johnny

    Wonder how big is this house ? Strange and so out of character. Dunno if I want to spend $1.6mil and the first thing u r staring at when I open the front door is the kitchen. I would buy it and open an art gallery. Bizarre out of character house. Then again, everything in that pocket of Toronto is crazy. Little overpriced pretencious leaside area just like leslieville. Madness!!!


    I am very entertained by the market for selling homes in Toronto. Is there anywhere else that homes could be for sale at this prize and still offer this little? This house would sell for no more than 250 000 Euros max where I live. My friend lived in a similar house in Sydney, and even there it would never be worth over a million.

  • ka

    love it!

  • Anita

    Refreshing change from the traditional homes. I like it.

  • havingalook2

    I quite liked it, love the amount of light that comes in. I think you could really have fun and enjoy decorating it and making it your own. I think we need more imaginative home designs like this and break up the typical bricks and mortar look of most of these neighbourhoods. “Strange and out of character” – in my humble opinion is welcome – it reflects, change, innovation and forward thinking.

    I would easily live in such a home. I would tend to agree about the pricing though, does seem like such a lot of money, perhaps it is simply the whole concept of location, location, location.

  • Gloria

    This seems like a lot of money for such a small place?!

  • ashlee

    please say this house is unoccupied and staged this minimally..because,my parents would never visit…not that that’s such a bad thing.. but the living room seating is meant for supermodels who ‘perch’…but I LOVE the place

  • Mike

    This feels like an art gallery–where are you supposed to really live? I can’t wait to see the prospective renter’s reaction on the basement kitchen’s 2 tiny cupboards in the kitchen.

  • Symon Demers

    Although alluring the design layout is impractical. Best of luck in moving any assembled furniture with that staircase. As for the master bedroom, where are the closets?

    Why did the builders not extend the house further as the backyard appears to be sizable.

    Crappy realtor as well with even less information listed on his site.

  • Me Thinks

    too antiseptic

  • Bisca

    Guess who ran out of money when they got to the basement?

  • June

    I think they did an amazing job, when you consider what they had to work with. The lots on Cleveland are quite small and therefore the zoning for land to house ratio is limited. Minimalist isn’t my thing but they did it well with lots of light and interesting features. As neighborhoods go, this is one of the best for amenities and safety. It is a good package and I have no doubt it won’t be on the market for long.

  • mixedup

    Love this place….but the 2012 taxes seem completely out of whack….no wonder Toronto is having fiscal issues!

  • Kevin

    You are on full view from the front windows!

  • H

    Unappealing in the light our fellow humans are suffering and dying in poverty.

  • Iggy

    I want to let my kids loose on this place for an afternoon. A dash of colour would do wonders, even if in the form of handprints.

    Nice place – I wonder why that poor woman is trying to escape from every window…

  • Mat

    This looks like a copycat house from one that sold in Leslieville for around $700K earlier this year. And that house in Leslieville had some better design elements to boot.

    For a minimalist house, they did an okay job. Some pretty nice features like the off-setting and use of numerous skylights. However, one major design failure is that they should have installed a floating staircase instead. That would have seriously opened up the main level to more lighting.

    Overall, a decent looking home but overpriced by $600K.

  • Lola

    Is it just me or are the “mature trees” in the backyard not even on their property?

  • Bob

    If there is anyone out there willing to pay 1.6 (or even close to it) for this home, I have some land north of Thunder Bay that’s to die for- message me.

  • Kate

    Have you seen this house in person ? It is smalll and looks odd on Cleveland Street. I have to look at this box house everyday, and I can tell you it doesn’t add anything positive to the street.

    Who would want to pay such a high price for a home with three, small bedrooms upstairs (the fourth is in the basement) and an impractical layout? Sure, it would make a decent studio, but that is not what it is meant to be. They wasted space on a side balcony which overlooks the neighbour’s driveway and windows, instead of designing decent size rooms. (Inside where a people will live).

    I hope who ever is crazy enough to pay 1.6 million, saves some money for motor-operated blinds to block out some of the the light come the high days of summer.

    The little, old home that was on the property before had a lovely front garden, not a concrete pad with a couple of off-set boxes sitting on it.

    The whole box house looks cold and uninviting in this family neighbourhood. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Nancy

    You liked the previous house on this lot(link above), I checked it? Kate, that tells more about your taste in architecture than about this building. In fact you are not alone at all and there are enough fake old houses getting built in Toronto nowadays just to satisfy your taste culture. This is a pristine contemporary house, it is meant to be one off.

  • David

    It may be meant to be a one off, but it is just one too many. This is a disgusting eyesore on Cleveland St. It should be demolished immediately. Stop ruining neighbourhoods.

  • Alexa

    Where is the living room?

  • john

    “it won’t be on the market for long”. WRONG. It’s been on the market for more than 6 months. Shitty design, terrible finishes and way over priced. They’ve had to cut the price twice already.

  • john

    Not just the basement… they clearly ran out of money. Evidence being the patchwork on paving the drive way. They burst their water main when they poured concrete down the first time around and just patched the driveway rather than re-paving. How can you expect someone to buy a $1.5M house when even the driveway looks cheap.

  • john

    agreed. Also how are you expected to get anything to the backyard (a barbecue? lawn furniture, etc.) There is practically no access to the backyard except directly from through the front door and out the back….