This $2-million heritage Yorkville rowhouse is updated and restored: Home of the week
Location: 137 Collier St.,
Church St. and Park Rd.
Asking price: $1,995,000
Size: about 1,907 sq. ft., plus about 770 sq. ft. unfinished basement
Lot: 14-by-95 feet, no garage, lane drive with one parking space
Taxes: $7,032 (2021)
Built in 1890 in the core of downtown Toronto, this designated heritage home is a 2-1/2-storey rowhouse that has been upgraded and restored to maintain original features such as pine plank floors throughout and a tin ceiling in the updated kitchen.
“This has been a wonderful home to live in, as Collier St. is a cul-de-sac in the heart of the city just a block from Yonge and Bloor. Yet, because the street is a pocket on its own, it is very neighbourly and protective,” says homeowner Julie Markham.
We knew the previous owner whose husband was a lawyer and city planner — the James Milner parkette at the rear of the house is named for him — and he wallpapered the entry hall with a city planning map of the local area,” said Markham.
“The sunken dining room with a large back window was created in the 1950s, which we updated by enlarging the window to a folding glass door which opens fully to enjoy the summer evenings. Exposing the tin ceiling in the kitchen was also a labour of love. The result is a multicoloured tin ceiling due to all the beautiful colours of oxidized metal,” added Markham.
The home is steps to shops, restaurants and businesses, the Toronto Public Library, the Bloor-Yonge subway line, a movie cinema and parks.
“The first thing that struck me as I entered the home was the feeling of being in a New York loft with the open-concept space and wall with city map. The views from the third-floor deck of the cityscape are more commonly found in a condo, but rarely in a house,” says listing agent Paul Maranger.
The all-brick home is the end rowhouse with the exterior painted a pale green with dark green accents. It features detailed brick work, an arched window, a stained glass transom over one window and a covered porch with decorative posts.
The front door with transom window opens to the foyer with a pine floor, a pendant light and the wall-sized city map.
The adjacent living room, with 10-foot ceilings that run throughout the main floor, includes a pine floor, a curved bay window, high baseboards, and a decorative fireplace with a ceramic tile surround and wood mantle.