658 Lansdowne Ave
Urbanite Delight in the heart of the Junction TriangleSend This Listing To A Friend
There’s absolutely nothing cookie cutter about this uber unique rowhouse in the heart of Dovercourt – Wallace Emerson. With 3-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms, 3 basement bonus rooms and a backyard refuge featuring a deck with a view of the iconic Wallace Emerson Water Tower, this space has enormous possibilities as a multi-purpose live AND work space.
Just a five minute walk to the Bloor line at Lansdowne stations, and around the corner from some of the newest and coolest restaurants, cafes and innovative company offices along Wallace Avenue, the location couldn’t be better.
Enter the front door to a super large living/working space with ultra high ceilings and HUGE east-facing windows making it brighter than bright. New hardwood floors and pot lights make it contemporary and complement the natural light. The potential for this space is enormous – consulting office or photography studio or art gallery or design studio by day and living/dining space by night? Because it is zoned for both residential and commercial use the space can be both live and work OR just work or just live. The street level access and large windows and glass door have great street exposure for clients or customers if you’re working or for people-watching the passersby when you are using the space for living. It’s up to you and the possibilities are endless.
The main living spaces are all newly updated with new flooring, paint and cabinets. The furnace and air conditioning were also recently updated.
Walk through the living area to the updated eat-in kitchen and walkout to a low-maintenance yard and shed for storage. From the kitchen window and the deck you are basically in the shadow of the Wallace Emerson Water Tower, an iconic neighbourhood landmark. There is also a new powder room on this level.
Up the stairs you’ll find a large primary ensuite with two large windows, a closet and a three-piece ensuite. There are two more separate bedrooms and an additional three-piece main bath on this level.
Downstairs is laundry, another three-piece bath (that’s four baths if you’re counting along) and three additional rooms that could be used for a host of purposes – storage, spa treatments, clothing change rooms just so many options.
5 Things We Love
- The Better Way – right away: Walking distance to the Bloor line puts the city at your doorstep
- The cool kids will envy you – Toronto’s creative class is quickly migrating to Wallace Emerson. You can welcome them to the ‘hood
- There’s room for everyone and everything – three beds on the 2nd floor and three ‘anything goes’ rooms below grade offer enormous flexibility
- A backyard refuge with super cool view – sit on the back deck and gaze at the iconic Wallace Emerson Water Tower
- The possibilities are endless – zoned residential and commercial you can live and work OR work and live OR work OR live. As flex as living and working get
About Wallace Emmerson
Touted as the “Next West Queen West” Wallace Emerson is a neighbourhood that has evolved–and continues to evolve–from working-class roots to expensive tastes. It’s a formerly low-income neighbourhood with traditionally Portuguese, Italian, and Korean, influences. In recent years it has become home to more avant-garde establishments and an influx of first time home buyers who have supercharged the demand for real estate in the area by investing in modern upgrades and artistic, eye-catching finishes that make many homes in the Wallace Emerson neighbourhood stand out places for anyone to live.
Streets in the Wallace Emerson area are generally narrower than other areas of the city. The plethora of laneways offer quiet–or busy–passage from one ‘neck of these woods’ to the next – depending on which one you choose. A reflection of the area’s mixed-use landscape, Wallace Emerson combines grit with quiet, arty, glamour. Homes that look traditional on the outside are often filled with sleek new minimalist kitchen renovations, wide hardwood flooring, electric fireplaces and quirky finishes unique to the owner’s individual tastes. Local condos and loft conversions also mix old-with-new and offer a variety of options for people looking for funky alternatives.
The Wallace Emerson Community centre on Dufferin, South of Dupont (slated for redevelopment and expansion), provides an ideal outlet for the neighbourhood. Swimming facilities, gym, and games rooms are available for use year-round. Outside tennis courts and ice rinks are attractions for local families and house leagues. The pride of the community can be seen in its embrace of this centre and the locals who cherish it.
The overall vibe of Wallace Emerson is casual, artistic, culturally-rich, and hip. It is a neighbourhood that excels at the art of variety. Tattoo parlours, daycares, wig shops, greasy spoons, upscale pubs, and local specialty shops coexist in harmony. Busy Bloor street sits comfortably beside quiet parkettes and unassuming residential side streets. Gone are the days when the area was considered a ‘diamond in the rough’, but there are still ‘hidden gems’ to be found within this diverse and unique area of Toronto real estate.