Tuesday, September 15, 2015


'Gateside House' 131-135 Aberdeen Avenue, Circa 1905

This house is going to CRASH THE INTERNET. It has 10 fireplaces...how could it not?!

 BUT seriously, the hype is incredible (and understandable).

A preliminary virtual tour was posted early in the summer, hinting that this landmark home was coming to the market soon. FreshBrick fans and real estate 'creepers' alike caught wind and the reveal has been anxiously anticipated ever since.

And thank goodness my anticipation cultivated motivation as the journey to this post was not without its challenges. I first needed to register to view the inside pictures...THEN I had to take screen grabs (since the images were protected) and crop each of them in order to share with you. Please make all my hard work worthwhile by drooling over the pictures below:)

  • 8 bedrooms + 8 bathrooms
  • 189' x 100' lot in the heart of the city
  • Grand spaces for entertaining with exquisite architectural detail preserved
  • 10 fireplaces!

FRESH FACT (inside source):
  • The realtor made the owners remove all their gorgeous, priceless antiques

MORE FRESH FACTS (Grand Durand by Graham Crawford):
  • Considered a 'royal home' by the British government which selected houses throughout the British Empire they thought to be suitable for visiting royals
  • The wife of Edward V11, Prince of Wales, Wallis Simpson, visited the house, as did Princess Margaret
  • Architect John Lyle (original house) also designed Union Station and the Royal Alexandra Theatre, both in Toronto
  • Original owners were Col. William and Elizabeth (Lilly) Hendrie
  • The home was added to in 1909 by architects Munro and Mead who had designed other homes in the neighbourhood, including 12 Ravenscliffe and 125 Abdereen
  • Added to again in 1914 
  • Dining room (part of 1914 addition) is 25'x45'!

View full listing HERE
Listed at $3.9MM

Hilary Prins
Sales Representative
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

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