House of the Week: $1.2 million for an extra-wide Victorian semi in Moss Park

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Published on: April 27, 2016

Address: 344 Berkeley Street
Neighbourhood: Moss Park
Agent: Vincci Kumabe, Realosophy Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $1,190,000

The place: A Victorian-era home in Moss Park with an inviting front porch.

The history: This 1875 bay-and-gable-style home is typical of the time period. A previous owner renovated the interior in 2009, which helped modernize the space.

Big selling point: There’s a certain grandeur in the front-facing living room, with its bay window that overlooks the garden and spacious front porch. At a glance, it’s easy to imagine the lives of the home’s first owners back in the late 1800s. For the more pragmatic buyer, the home’s 24.75-foot lot gives it a little more horizontal space than the average semi-detached in this part of the city.

Possible deal breaker: The half-finished basement is not exactly Versailles, but with some insulation, drywall and a few coats of paint, the buyers could probably add an extra bedroom.

By the numbers:

• $1,190,000
• $5,465.25 in taxes (2015)
• 1,956 square feet (plus 1,069 square feet below grade)
• 24.75-by-122-foot lot
• 141 years old
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• 2 parking spaces
• 1 fireplace

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The covered porch has a little space for seating.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The house is over a century old, but the interior was refreshed in 2009.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The ground-floor layout is still fairly Victorian, with separate living and dining rooms and a kitchen at the back of the house.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

Here’s the dining room.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The kitchen.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

And, at the very back of the house, there’s a family room with a door to the backyard.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

There are three bedrooms on the second floor.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

Wall-to-wall carpeting in older homes is underrated, as anyone who has ever tried to keep a wood floor dust-free can attest.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

This bedroom is being used as an office.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The master bedroom, which looks out over the front yard.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

The basement is finished, but could probably use some sprucing up.

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(Image: Dave Rempel)

And here’s the backyard.

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Article source: http://torontolife.com/real-estate/houses/toronto-house-for-sale-344-berkeley-street/

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