Bloor West Village

488 Willard AvenueWelcome to 488 Willard Avenue, a fully detached, 2 storey, solid brick home on a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of the hugely desirable Bloor West Village neighbourhood, in the top rated Runnymede PS and Humberside CI school districts.

This striking, 3-bedroom family home has retained the flavour of the Arts and Crafts style, including elements such as a warm, wood interior, glass doorknobs, and intriguing ceiling detail. The house has an inviting, covered front porch with a built-in light fixture and an outdoor plug.

The living room features a sizeable bay window with original oak trim and two stained-glass accent windows, and the windows themselves have been upgraded–to suit the style of the home–with thermal inserts. A fully operational brick fireplace is the focal point of this welcoming room. French doors open to a spacious dining area, which also features rich oak trim, updated casement windows, and a stylish light fixture.

The cheerful, eat-in kitchen contains a built-in Bosch dishwasher, gas stove, and fridge, and includes stools and a casual dining table custom-built from Douglas fir. This inviting, full-width kitchen–a rare feature in a Bloor West home–also has a walk-out to a cozy, 3-season sun porch with French doors leading to a private deck.

A pear tree provides shade and further privacy to the quiet backyard, which also has a detached, recently renovated, 1-car garage that opens to a rear laneway. There is a natural gas line, and the barbeque on the deck is included.

The airy upper level contains three bedrooms with hardwood flooring throughout, and the sunny bathroom has been renovated in a design that is in keeping with the original style of the home. A linen closet adjacent to the master bedroom provides convenient storage space in the upstairs hallway. In the spacious master, there is a walk-in closet, a second closet, oak-trimmed windows with thermal inserts, and an updated transom window. The master bedroom also features a working wood fireplace that is accommodated by a second chimney.

Mechanical improvements include the following:

-Upgraded windows;
-Upgraded electrical, no knob & tube wiring;
-Upgraded water supply with good water pressure;
-Upgraded main drain from house to street; and
-Upgraded attic insulation.

This exquisite home is ideally located–south of Annette Street–and is just a short walk from Bloor West Village shopping, the vibrant Junction neighbourhood, and subway access.

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