Rarely does a home this rich in history and preserved in character come to market. This coveted block of Melbourne Avenue in prime Parkdale is captivating with Victorian and Edwardian century homes, and 20 Melbourne is possibly the finest of the lot. A cherished home for over 40 years by the same owner, this true Victorian gem was originally built in 1883 and many of the wonderfully historical features remain intact. Soaring ceilings, 12-inch baseboards, plaster ceiling pendants, and beautifully preserved stained glass windows enhance the invigorating energy throughout this home. Incredible proportions with subtle, intentional detail in every room meant to accentuate this grand dame.
Spanning three levels above grade, the property offers tremendous principal spaces, a large kitchen that overlooks a breakfast room with a restored tin ceiling, four bedrooms, and a third floor study. The mostly original windows are oversized and bring in a tremendous amount of natural light given the south and west-facing exposures from this lovely corner lot.
Unique to Parkdale, the basement has been professionally finished and can be accessed via a rear separate entrance, creating optionality for a lower level income or guest suite. The property is serviced by a private driveway and a detached garage off Gwynne Avenue. The fence line abutting the streetscape has also been replaced, enclosing a lovely side garden with a romantic wrap-around porch.
20 Melbourne Avenue is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own and recreate one of Parkdale’s finest homes and is not to be missed.