The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on homebuyer trends this past year. The resulting shift to remote work combined with low interest rates has led homebuyers to look toward larger homes outside of the downtown core — but that doesn’t have to mean moving to the outskirts of the city. 67 Gormley Avenue, for example, is a beautiful single-detached home situated in Midtown Toronto’s coveted Deer Park neighbourhood.
“Although the condo market has softened this year, the performance of detached homes in the C02 area of midtown Toronto has exceeded expectations with a $424,089 (17.3 per cent), year over year average price increase, according to TRREB,” said Jonathan Schwarz, Broker of Record and Founder of Revolution Realty Inc. “The lack of supply and unmet demand for larger spaces to work, learn and entertain from home, throughout the pandemic will continue to drive prices well into 2021.”
The charming three-storey family home sits on a 25-by-122-foot lot, allowing space for a rear parking spot and large front and back yards. The home was remodelled in 2016 and exudes character and charm. From its original red brick facade, accented with bold black stucco, to the modern open-concept interiors, this listing is sure to impress.
“This is a perfect family home for someone who wants to live in a coveted centrally-located Toronto neighbourhood, and is looking for a fully upgraded and turnkey offering to avoid the time and headaches of a renovation,” said Schwarz.
Residents and guests are welcomed with an inviting front facade that retains the bay window and three-panel entryway door of the original home. A dramatic wooden staircase and a deck with integrated planters leads into the foyer, where you’re greeted by an expansive open living space with clear sightlines toward the rear of the home.
Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the interiors with bright natural light, complementing the seamless flow from room to room, while the 10-inch, wide plank Norwegian Oak hardwood floors give off a soothing Scandinavian vibe. A powder room lined with geometric-patterned wallpaper is tucked off to the side, opposite the cozy family room with a fireplace and bay window.
The gourmet kitchen overlooks the dining room, which can easily accommodate seating for up to eight. Upgraded appliances are found throughout including a Fisher and Paykel wall-mounted oven and induction cooktop, Liebherr fridge/freezer unit, beverage fridge, Miele dishwasher and wall-mounted microwave.
However, it’s the massive waterfall island that takes centre stage in this kitchen. Stretching all the way to the breakfast nook, the island provides abundant seating, storage and prep space. The breakfast area looks out onto the private backyard retreat that comes complete with a deck, patio, shed and yard.
A finished basement provides even more living space for family gatherings or games night. Plus, it also comes with a laundry room and a three-piece bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower.
The second floor houses two secondary bedrooms, including one with its own ensuite, the main bathroom, and an exercise room that could be converted into another bedroom. The second floor landing also features a convenient workspace that makes the perfect home office for those working remotely.
Another set of stairs is naturally lit by a sky light and leads to the third floor owner’s retreat. The private suite boasts a generously-sized terrace with views of the neighbourhood and sun-drenched, south-facing windows. A walk-in closet sports sleek, integrated cabinets and the luxurious ensuite is spa-like with dual vanities, a glass shower, and a deep, oval-shaped freestanding tub.
Located in affluent Deer Park, 67 Gormley offers an idyllic location surrounded by green spaces, mature trees and well-kept homes with classic architecture. Local amenities are plenty thanks to the many shops, services and restaurants in nearby Summerhill and Forest Hill Village. Families will also appreciate its proximity to several schools, such as Deer Park Public School, Bishop Strachan School and Upper Canada College.