Welcome to 453 Euclid Avenue – an exceptional example of Victorian craftsmanship on Euclid Avenue. Built in 1888 and with commanding curb appeal, this three-storey brick home was taken ‘back to the bricks’ by Canadian artist Steve Driscoll in 2009 and still exudes the quality and acute level of detail to this day. The warmth of the exposed and cured Douglas fir beams paired with the expansive exposed brick wall details bring a warmth and character to the space that pays homage to the home’s vintage.
An open concept main floor offers ceiling heights just shy of ten feet and exciting sight lines in every direction. The living room showcases an ornamental brick fireplace and large bay window cavity that overlooks the expansive front porch and unique porch swing (that stays with the house of course). A dining room ready for large-scale entertaining can hold seating for generous crowds and offers views of the custom steel and wood staircase with glass risers (matched in the basement too).
The kitchen and family room combination lie at the rear of the main floor and offer the convenience of every day relaxed lifestyles, but with the function and ability to even meet the needs of an executive chef. Solid cherry wood cabinetry lines the kitchen and is customized for thoughtful organization and purpose. Poured, polished concrete tops the surfaces of the primary countertops. Stainless steel appliances and a vintage island complete the outfit. There is a wall of glass opposite the kitchen that overlooks the rear gardens with easy, low-maintenance perennials, a lovely eating area, and a garden shed with concrete flooring and a cedar shake.
The second floor holds two very generous bedroom suites. The primary bedroom lies at the rear of the second floor and can hold king-sized furnishings, multiple dressers (as required) and is serviced by two double-closet systems and a large four-piece ensuite with matching features to the kitchen aesthetics. There is also a lovely Juliette balcony feature with views over the rear gardens.
A secondary bedroom at the front of the second floor offers a bounty of natural light and storage. A deep bay window overlooks the second floor terrace, and there are two large, attached shelving systems plus a double barn door closet with customized interiors. This bedroom has access to the second floor four-piece bathroom, and the west-facing terrace with tree-lined views.
On the third floor lies an additional bedroom and a home office space. The bedroom is equipped with a double closet system, again with barn door accents and customized interiors, and the office area is enhanced with two skylights, vaulted ceilings and a walk-out to a third floor terrace with a remarkable city skyline view.
Similar to the detail above grade, the lower level is impressive in every element. Exposed brick details carry down the staircase and are enjoyed by the expansive recreation space and the fourth bedroom suite. A unique faux cow-hide feature wall lines one of the cavities in the recreation room, and the loft of the steel staircase provides the perfect clearance for your home Peloton outfit! A sliding barn door opens and closes to provide privacy to the bedroom suite, which has its own four-piece bathroom, a custom wallpaper feature, and a walk-out to the rear garden area. A laundry room and huge storage room with customized shelving finish off this exceptional lower level.
The home was renovated with function and purpose in mind for each space. Custom art tracks line the exposed brick on every level to allow for generous art collections. A connection to the outdoors is easily made on every level with outstanding and uniquely private terraces in place. Parking is readily available for two cars at the rear with access via the rear lane and of course all the shops and restaurants of College and Kensington are at your doorstep. 453 Euclid Avenue is an exceptionally crafted Victorian home on one of the most coveted blocks in Little Italy with connections to all of downtown’s offerings and is certainly not to be missed.
New LG washer and dryer – 2017
Orbit central vacuum system installed – 2017
Various slate roof tiles repaired – 2018
Sewer pipe from house to city line replaced – 2020