Beautifully and thoughtfully rejuvenated, this stylish Victorian semi is perfectly located in the up-scale Yorkville area of downtown Toronto. It is a mere eight minute walk from Yonge and Bloor where one can enjoy some of the best shopping to be found anywhere, only a five minute walk to the Rosedale subway station and comes complete with two transferable parking passes. This property has the perfect combination of true urban living coupled with the privacy and “peace and quiet” associated with being situated on a calm, dead-end street with immediate access to one of the largest urban parks in Toronto. This is a true “win - win” situation and the ultimate condo alternative.
Originally constructed in 1892, this property has been lovingly maintained and seriously upgraded, with great care taken to maintaining the original historical charm and cache while carefully integrating the modern amenities we so desire. The fabulous, maintenance free and private urban back garden comes complete with insulated and fully wired gazebo, in-ground sprinkler system and a flagstone patio with arbour and stone half-walls. This is a truly amazing spot…peruse the paper, read a book, enjoy a glass of wine or just relax and unwind…no matter how you choose to enjoy it you will be delighted with this personal piece of urban tranquility. The front foyer has 9 ft. plus ceilings, a transom window and hardwood floors extending throughout the hallway. This leads to the spacious dining room which also boasts 9 ft. plus ceilings, crown moulding, hardwood floor, decorative ceiling medallion, original deep baseboards and two large windows. The living room has the same high ceilings with hardwood floor, south facing window, crown moulding and original millwork. The spacious kitchen is both open and bright with three large, period-appropriate windows facing south over the fantastic garden and patio. The kitchen features hardwood floors, high ceilings, beautiful Carrera marble countertops and backsplashes, two custom built glass fronted pantries, custom cabinetry, sconce lighting, eating area with a patio view, two below-counter Sub Zero fridges, professional grade stainless steel oven, a KitchenAid dishwasher and direct access to the rear garden and patio area...the perfect spot for some alfresco dining. The master bedroom has plenty of space and features hardwood floors, 9 ft. plus ceilings, crown moulding, two modern windows with silhouette blinds, and tremendous closet space with four, double-wide closets with built-ins fronting the entire west wall. The second bedroom is sunny and bright with hardwood floors, crown moulding, high ceiling and three large windows overlooking the rear garden. The amazing bathroom is an absolute delight. It is quite large with 9 ft. plus ceilings and is most cleverly configured to include a step-in ceramic shower, two large storage closets and a full sized, stacked, washer and dryer combination…all artfully concealed behind a continuous series of custom built doors…a true triumph in the masterful use of space. The inviting four-piece bathroom area includes amenities such as a re-glazed, cast iron claw-foot tub, custom designed and built wall paneling, gorgeous vanity with marble counter and modern fixture, sconce lighting, Kohler toilet, period chandelier lighting and a south facing window to admit lots of natural light. This is a wonderful personal space combining both luxury and practicality. Clearly there has been a great deal of effort and commitment lavished on this property over the years and this is most evident when absorbing both the quality and ambiance of the interior rooms and the unique and wonderful rear garden area. In keeping with this commitment, the core mechanicals of the property have also been upgraded to include a high efficiency gas furnace (2006) upgraded water heater and central air (2001) and a re-shingled roof (2007).
23 Hillsboro Avenue is a very special urban enclave where having your cake and eating it too, is not as impossible as one might think. It affords ideal proximity to superior schools, parks, playgrounds, fantastic shopping, private clubs, gourmet shops and fine dining…and is just minutes from Toronto’s excellent transportation system. All this while offering a true backyard that is both private and practical on a street with no through traffic and situated in the heart of the city…yet only 30 minutes from the airport. This is truly a brilliant urban oasis!
Parking: Two transferable parking passes
Comfort Systems: High efficiency gas forced air furnace
Central air conditioning
Irrigation System: Roughed-in underground sprinkler in rear
Security System: Monitoring extra
Major Upgrades: New roof shingles in 2007
New high efficiency furnace in 2006,
New central air conditioning and hot water tank in 2001
Over $35,000 spent on professional landscaping
Inclusions: Stove, dishwasher, two SubZero under counter fridges, washer, dryer,
all blinds and shutters, all electric light fixtures, hot water heater, pot rack
bars in kitchen, alarm system (monitoring extra), roughed-in sprinkler system, third fridge in basement