Looking for a home out of the ordinary? You've come to the right place! Toronto is well known for its real estate oddities and singular residences that have made media headlines and been the subject of many a tourist photograph. From micro residences to cubes and half houses we've got some one-of-a-kind dwellings that double as attractions. Here is a list of five most unique homes in Toronto.
5. Coxwell Ave: The Cube House
Looking a bit like LEGO meets a Rubik's Cube, this colourful home stands 16' tall by 16' across with a total square footage of 8000 spread over three stories. There's even a small balcony with a green roof, a private under-ground (ish) parking spot and a long bridge to welcome friends and families who enjoy the experience of dinner parties at this unusual abode. Read More at the Torontoist.
4. Day Ave: The Little House
Squeezed into the space between two homes in an old city neighbourhood sits a tiny house that looks almost doll size compared to its bigger, boxier counterparts. with a cute little widows peak and a tiny iron gate to match, "The Little House," as it is known, was built in the early 1900s, by contractor Arthur Weeden.
Originally supposed to be a laneway for cars, the city never installed a curb here so Weeden built into the space with a small residence that is under three meters wide, and just over 14 meters long. The home was sold in 2007 and subsequently renovated, before hitting the market for a cool $179,900. See more pictures of the renovated interior at Hooked On Houses.
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3. Oakmount Rd: The Harry Potter House
This 1916 custom home was designed by the leader of the arts and crafts architectural design, Eden Smith, and is said to have been featured in a Harry Potter movie (we're going to assume it was "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" as the crew was in Toronto at this time filming at Casa Loma).
Wood paneling, floors and beams are all original, as are the fixtures and antiques. Fireplaces feature coloured tiles, and stained glass on the landings of the floors adds to this home's special aesthetic. Baths here are modernized with adherence to the tradition of the home.
Also in the home is one of the first safes built in Canada, by the Tailor Brothers, a company that began in 1855 and is still in business today. This residence also features one of the last double arch coach houses left in the city. Watch a video on the home at the Globe and Mail.
2. Jerome St: The Terracotta House
This is a one of a kind dwelling near Dundas West and Dupont, and worth seeing up close for the sheer detail involved in its exterior. Rust-hued terracotta tiles adorn the front, sides and back of this two-storey home, patched together like a quilt in mismatching reliefs and giving it a distinctly Asian style.
The home was the brainchild of J. Turner St., who was a builder in the city at the start of the 1900s. when tastes began to shift away from Terracotta in the late 1800s, the city was left with large quantities and Turner Sr. saw it as an opportunity. Read more at Blog TO.
1. St. Patrick St: The Half House
Like an optical illusion this is a must see on the tour of strange Toronto homes as at first glance it seems to be some kind of trick on the eye, until you realize all is as it appears: this is half a house!
Cleanly sliced down the middle, this row 1/2-house is a historic nod to Toronto's past, when these buildings were constructed back in the late 1980s. It was once a whole, until the 1950s owner refused to sell and a quick-minded developer purchased the neighbourhood properties for redevelopment. Read more about the tangled past of this unique property at Blog TO.
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