You’d never guess what lies behind the front door of this Toronto property, whose Tardis-like interiors are filled with industrial finishes and reclaimed features.
The house at 186 Wallace Avenue is next door to popular neighbourhood coffee spot, Wallace Espresso, in the city’s Bloordale neighbourhood. Its exterior is intriguing, if unassuming, with wood panelling and arched windows set into the brick facade hinting at the surprising character to come.
Step inside, and any vestige of the ‘classic Toronto townhouse’ falls away and is replaced with a mashup of hard loft industrial living. Up first is the living room, with exposed brickwork and metal ducting – a sharp contrast to the reclaimed fireplace, which looks Victorian. The dining room and kitchen are all built with dark wood, with wide-plank hardwood flooring running throughout each level of the Toronto property.
A vast skylight crowns the stairwell, channelling light down through the height of the building. There’s more exposed wood, which rubs shoulders with the black steel staircase. Arched windows echo the curves of the internal doorways, with two huge bedrooms located at either end of the landing.
Up another level is a loft, which could be a study or office, with views over the levels below. It also provides access to the roof, with some fantastic views towards the CN Tower and Downtown to the east.
The 3+ bedroom Toronto property is listed with Andres Rivadeneira of Royal Lepage / Oxley Real Estate, with a guide price of $1.9m (though it will likely fetch more). It includes a fully contained basement unit, which offers potential rental income. It also has two parking spaces, though sadly, there is no elevator to help with all those stairs…