National Post: Home Of The Week: One For The History Books

National Post

April 26, 2013

By Connie Adair


445 Ontario Street (Carlton and Parliament streets)

Asking price: $1,399,900
Taxes: $6,902 (2012)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

It’s rare to find such a large detached home in Cabbagetown, says listing agent Daniel Bloch of Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. “The sheer space of the house can be felt the second you walk in.”

This bay and gable has been featured in several books on historic Toronto homes. The circa-1890 home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and three storeys. It has a fireplace and crown moulding in the living room, slate flooring, stained glass and crown moulding in the foyer and built-in shelves and crown moulding in the main floor den.

The dining room has a beamed ceiling, a skylight and a walkout to the yard. The renovated eat-in chef’s kitchen has granite counters and a built-in desk.

The sun room is a perfect space for dining, says Mr. Bloch, who has listed the property with Liora Tal.

The master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite bathroom. Third-floor features include a bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and a walkout to a deck. The lower level family room has marble floors and a powder room.

High ceilings, an upgraded high-efficiency furnace, eight-inch baseboards, wainscotting and skylights are other features of the brick home.

The 25×122-foot property has a landscaped front yard, a deck, an interlocking brick backyard, a garden and lane access to a two-car carport. It is close to the TTC.

Featuring a bay and gable Victorian exterior design, this home has been featured in many books about historic homes in Toronto, Mr. Bloch says.

A variation on the Victorian design, bay and gable was developed in Toronto between 1870 and 1890. “The style was an adaptation of the Victorian designs of the day to suit the narrow lots of downtown Toronto neighbourhoods,” according to information on, which cites 445 Ontario St. as an example. “Brickwork is often two-toned red and yellow and porches often feature decoratively carved doors.”

The home has been extensively renovated and restored over the years and has been a labour of love for the current owners, Mr. Bloch says.


Toronto Star: What They Got (Yonge & Eglinton)

Toronto Star

April 25, 2013

By Allison Harness

Yonge & Eglinton

39 Roehampton Ave., Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave.

Asking price: $449,900
Selling price: $449,900
Previous selling price: $385,100 (2008)
Size: about 1,060 sq. ft.
Parking: one underground space, one locker
Maintenance fees: $819.65 per month
Taxes: $2,529 (2012)
Bedrooms: 1 plus 1
Bathrooms: 2
Days on the market: 10

In 10 days this suite with a loft located in a boutique building sold for the full asking price.

“There aren’t many spaces like this one in Toronto,” says listing agent Liora Tal. “This New York-style split-level loft features a 17-foot-tall window wall overlooking a lush garden tucked away on a quiet side street at Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. E. Ideal for the young professional or downsizer, this unit has an upgraded kitchen, an inspired office space and spa-like master bathroom with heated floors.”

The building has a security system and visitor parking. It is walking distance to shops, restaurants, a subway station and movie theatres.

Main floor has: living room with cathedral ceiling and walkout to balcony; dining room with hardwood; updated kitchen with granite counter and ceramic backsplash; powder room.

Second floor has: master bedroom with his/hers closets and broadloom; loft overlooking the living room with skylight and broadloom floor.

Listing agents: Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage


One Day All It Takes To Sell Toronto Boutique Condo

The Globe & Mail

April 19, 2013

By Sydnia Yu

Yonge & Eglinton

The Action: It was a year ago when the last unit was sold in La Piazza residence midtown, so pent-up demand helped this one-bedroom-plus-den suite sell within the first 24 hours of its posting.

What They Got: A more than 20-year-old midrise offers 27 two-storey, loft-style suites, such as this 1,057-square-foot model with an open kitchen, living and dining area with 17-foot ceilings, full-height windows and sliding doors to a terrace.

In the past few years, the sellers added a sense of warmth with new hardwood floors in the principal rooms and heated floors in the larger of two bathrooms serving the carpeted den and master suite upstairs.

Ensuite laundry facilities, a locker and parking complete the unit, which has monthly fees of $820, plus heat and hydro.

The Agent’s Take: “It’s a high demand, boutique building near Yonge and Eglinton,” agent Daniel Bloch said. “It offers the space which you can’t get in that part of the city.”

In particular, this unit’s open, urban design was a rare treat. “You’ve got nice, high ceilings so you can put a lot of artwork up,” Mr. Bloch said.

“It looks out onto a really nice courtyard, so you’re in the tree canopy.”

Listing Broker: Harvey Kalles Real Estate (Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal)