Often described as the Annex of tomorrow, Dufferin Grove is perhaps the most community-driven neighborhood in Toronto. The heart of the nabe is Dufferin Grove Park, a leafy 14-acre oasis featuring a communal outdoor oven where Terroni-quality pizzas are lovingly prepared for neighborhood potluck suppers while Gen Y-ers update their Facebook status from grassy knolls, connected to the net via park-wide Wi-Fi.
The park also features a year-round farmers’ market, live music in the summer and puppets on ice in the winter, open campfires, an off leash dog zone and wait for it… an upcoming composting bio-toilet! It’s like an all-inclusive resort over there. I know where I’m headed for my next vacation! The best part is that all of these resources are available due to the initiative and organization of a very hard-working neighborhood collective, the Friends of Dufferin Grove Park.
Located just a hop, skip and a jump from this little slice of heaven is my House Crush of the week. Listed at $789,000, this detached three bedroom, two bathroom house was completely renovated in 2004 with a three storey addition.
While many houses are described as “rare opportunities” by listing agents, this one actually is. The location within the ‘hood is superb – one block south of the park and one block north of College Street. You’re close enough to enjoy all the revelry of Little Italy without having to deal with drunken suburbanites making out on your lawn. Being near the West End Y is another great perk… who doesn’t like shooting hoops with the lead singer of Sloan? While many neighborhoods have experienced a downturn in bidding wars over the past few weeks, the lack of substantial renovated homes in prime Dufferin Grove resulted in a $91,500 premium for this casa, with a final selling price of $880,500 (112% of list).
Time to go inside!
To re-visit this magical TV moment, click here. A definite contender for my favourite Cosby episode, second only to the one where Denise sews a lacklustre imitation of a Gordon Gartrelle shirt for Theo or the one where everyone conspires against Theo to transform the family home into the “Real World Apartments”. Genius!
College/Dufferin, Detached, 2-Storey, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Sold: $880,500 (112% of list, May 2010)
Taxes: $3,667 (a steal for a detached home on this lot size!)
Lot: 22 x 13o Feet
Parking: 2 spaces
Remarks For Clients: **Stunning Detached 3+1 Bdrm Home In Prime Dufferin Grove. Gut Reno’d & Expanded In ’04 (Incl A 3 Level Addition)W/ Top Quality Materials & Workmanship. Spacious Eat-In Kit, Elegant Mstr Bdrm W/ Walk-In Closet & Luxurious ‘Spa’ Bthrm, Gorgeous, Full Height Family/Media Rm In Bsmt, Beautifully Crafted Built-Ins, Panelling, & Custom Millwork Throughout**Steps To The Park & Restaurants/Shops On College**An Inspiring, Unique Home Not To Be Missed!