Homes

House of the Week: $689K for a family home in Chinatown

This week, we tour a renovated 3-bedroom home steps from the Chinatown arch.

Address: 82 Cambridge St. N.
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Agent: Jennifer Stewart, Royal Lepage Team Realty
Price: $689,900

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The history
When the owners bought in 2010, the dwelling had been converted into a duplex. They hired a contractor and brought it back to its roots, renovating to the tune of $100,000; it now boasts new plumbing, new electric wiring, new insulation, new windows, new floors, as well as a new bathroom and kitchen and a reinforced basement. Bright and modern, it now fetches up to $400 a night as a short term rental.

The entryway and living room:

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An eating area on the other side of the open plan space:

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The place
With high ceilings, hardwood floors, and open concept layout, the main floor is distinctly modern. In the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, ample storage, and plenty of counter space make for a sensible, stylish design. Sliding doors off the kitchen lead to the back deck and fenced-in yard. Upstairs, the master bedroom has its own balcony, while the two smaller rooms feel big and bright thanks to loft ceilings.

The kitchen, with a modern layout and sliding doors to the back deck:

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Another view of the kitchen. Cute window seat!

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Big selling point(s)
It’s already been renovated — there are few houses on the market for that price, in that area, which are ready for a young family to move in. Those Dutch planters are pretty cool too; that block of Cambridge Street North is accessible by car, but traffic calming planters make it feel like a dead-end street.

Upstairs is brightened by multiple skylights:

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The master bedroom has its own balcony:

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The kid rooms have huge windows and loft ceilings:

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The bathroom has a soaker tub:

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… and is where you’ll find the laundry nook:

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Possible deal breaker
It’s an urban setting, which for some families is exciting — parks and festivals are an easy stroller walk away — but can pose challenges for those used to the suburban atmosphere.

The backyard offers a bit of green space, an eating area, and three parking spots:

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Let’s have another look at the back of the house — a little (fenced in) urban oasis:

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By the numbers
1200 square feet
30-by-98-foot lot
1 bathroom
3 bedrooms
3 parking spaces