This newly listed east-end property (100 Linnsmore Crescent) comes with no shortage of talking points.
The detached house literally sits on the border of Old Toronto and East York, something that lends itself to numerous quirks of the property. Notably, the street features two different spellings – Linnsmore Crescent and Linsmore Crescent – depending on whether you’re on the bottom or the top of the block.
There was even once a fire hydrant in front of the property, in addition to the current one in front of the next-door neighbour’s property… in East York. Located just feet apart, the separate hydrants were used by different fire departments. In the same vein, 100 is in one school district, but the people you share a driveway with – your neighbours in 102 – would go to different schools.
It’s also the only spot along the Toronto-East York border where the border kinks around an individual property.
The 100-year-old property has been linked to its share of interesting characters throughout the decades. The developer of the land was a capitalist and financier developer, Frederick Orford, who made headlines thanks to a very scandalous alimony trial involving his much younger wife and a Trans-Atlantic artificial insemination that was written about as “one of the most sensational Canadian court cases of the twentieth century.”
The high profile associations to the home didn’t stop there. The original owner, Fred Uffen, was a high-ranking bureaucrat at Queen’s Park and worked there for 35 years. His son, Robert Uffen, was an internationally acclaimed geophysicist and was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada, among other distinctions (he was kind of a big deal).
Nods to the homes’s past are reflected in a preservation of its character, with features like its original trim, mouldings, and crystal doorknobs.
Further features of the home include a car port, a charming front porch with new stairs, built-in bookshelves, a brand-new exposed brick kitchen, a renovated bathroom with heated floors, a back patio, and French doors that open to a future deck on the rear of the second floor.
Adding to this property’s appeal is its location in the restaurant and local business-filled Danforth Mosaic. Greenwood TTC station is just a four-minute walk away.
If you’re the kind of person who likes the idea of living inside a piece of history, and saying things like ‘if these walls could only talk’ to dinner guests, this 3-bed beauty might just be the property you’re looking for.
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 1
- Taxes: $3,850
- Price: $1,149,900
- Agent: Scott Ingram