Curb Appeal Toronto West - ISSUE 03 • 2024

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Tanya Sidorova Sales Representative Michael Inwood Broker of Record, B.Comm 525 Durie Street, Toronto SEE MY FEATURE LISTING ON PAGES 10+11

311 Roncesvalles Avenue

toronto west, high park, roncesvalles village, parkdale, bloor west village, junction




204 High Park Avenue

‘The James T. Jackson House’... Circa 1891 3-Storey Queen Anne Revival, Bespoke Victorian Design by Recognized Toronto Architect James Augustus Ellis. Approx 6,000Sq.ft on 4 Floors, 8 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Grand Principal Rooms, Massive 3 Storey Turret, Aesthetic Sandstone & Brick, Stunning Slate Roof, Impressive Oak Staircase with Intricately Carved Newels, 10.5’ Ceilings on The Main with Plaster of Paris Arches, Rosettes & Crown, Original Oak Door Casings & Baseboard, Wainscot, Hardwood Floors, Stained Glass. Mechanically Sound, Perched on an Oversize 60’ x 130’ lot with Dual Driveways & Attached Garage. Truly One of a Kind!!!



Impressive Alderwood 2 Storey Custom Re-Build on a Premium 45’ x 110’ Corner Lot. Complete 2012 Reno w/Open Concept Main, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2,300sq.ft Above Grade, Oversize Living & Dining Room, Tastefully Renovated Kitchen w/Shaker Cabinetry, Quartz Counters & Stainless Appliances, 2016 Family Room Addition Features Multiple Walk-outs, Gas Fireplace & Crested Mansard Roof, Primary w/5pc Ensuite & Large Walk-in Closet. Hardwood Floors, Modern Bathrooms, Finished Basement. Back-Yard Botanists Rejoice! Exceptional Low Maintenance Landscaping w/Rare Succulents/Annuals; Oasis Primed for Entertaining!


307 Pacific avenue

Stately 2.5 Storey Victorian Multiplex On Coveted Pacific Avenue, Circa 1888 Detached with Period Brick Facade, Inviting Front Porch, 6 Well Designed Suites, Interior & Mechanical Renovation In 2006, Over 3,500Sq.ft Finished On 4 Levels, 6 Hydro Meters, 5 Gas Meters, Convenient Coin Op Laundry, Multiple Decks & Outdoor Space For Tenants, Turn Key Property, Fully Tenanted: $106K Net Income; 4.8% Cap w/Upside, Low Maintenance 25’ X 78’ Lot; Tenants Manage Refuse & Snow. Short Stroll To The Junction, Bloor West Village, High Park & TTC.

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Renovated Swansea Gem! Traditional 2 Storey Detached on a Manicured 25’ x 94.5’ Lot, Wonderful Marriage of Modern Convenience & Original Period Charm, Open Concept Main w/Hardwood Floors, Brick Fireplace, Stained Glass, Renovated Cook’s Kitchen w/Quartz Counters & SS Appliances, 3 Generous Bedrooms, Primary w/Bay Window & Ample Closets, Spa-Like Bathroom, Spectacular Basement Reno w/High Ceilings & Heated Flooring. Swansea PS Catchment, Steps to BWV Shopping & Entertainment. Tremendous Turn Key Family Home!

416-588 - 8248
Toronto, ON M6R 2M6
647.232.7317 416.575.7317 *Represented Buyer #1 IN SALES BLOOR STREET WEST 2021 - 2016 #3 IN SALES COMPANY-WIDE 2021 2316 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M6S 1P2 I 416.441.2888 D: 647.232.7317 I 99 Allanhurst Drive For Sale 22 Jellicoe Avenue For Sale 49 Edgevalley Drive For Sale 19 Blair Athol Crescent For Lease 407-293 The Kingsway Coming to MLS - For Sale 20 Leland Avenue For Sale 27 Skinner Road For Sale / Waterdown 20 Brin Drive - Suites 806 & 1804 Both for Lease - Both 2 Bed/2 Bath, 1 parking, 1 locker 580 College Street - Apt. #1 & #2 Both for Lease - 2 Bed/2 Bath & 1 Bed/1 Bath
ISSUE 03 • 2024 BLACKENED FISH TACOS WITH MANGO SALSA 8 CREATING A FOCAL POINT IN YOUR HOME 12 PRESIDENT James BAKER CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jason STACEY ADVERTISING SALES Marianne KENNEDY CREATIVE PRODUCTION Dereck ADDIE WEB DESIGN Bryce LYNAS ADMINISTRATION Diana LYNAS PRINTING DOLLCO Curb Appeal Magazine is published monthly and delivered to selected homes in Baby Point, Bloor West Village, High Park, Lambton, Old Mill, Parkdale, Roncesvalles, Runnymede, Swansea, Sunnyside, The Junction by Canada Post, agreement #41362062. THN Media 2187 Dunwin Drive Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 1X2 Office 905 278 1111 DISCLAIMER: Every effort has been made to publish this magazine as accurately as possible; however errors and omissions can occur. THN Media, their employees, agents, representatives and vendors are not liable for any damages relating to errors or omissions in the editorials or advertising which may appear herein except where a specific charge has been made. In such cases THN Media shall have limited liability only to the charge for such advertising or editorials. 16 FUNCTIONAL AND FABULOUS FURNITURE LAYOUTS 4
NUTAN BROWN ENERGY, COMMITMENT, RESULTS. Sold! Sold! 60 Lothian Avenue, Toronto 110 Baby Point Road, Toronto 775 King Street West, Toronto 935 Royal York Road, Toronto* 100 Quebec Avenue, Toronto* Sold! Sold! Sold! Sold! *Represented Buyer*Represented Buyer For more than 7 years, Nutan has been a generous supporter of our team and a great and enthusiastic voice of encouragement for our players, some of whom she has supported since they were 9 years old! Her total professionalism is matched only by her deep roots in, and real commitment to, building our community. Thank you Nutan. You are the best! ~ Chris Wayland, Head Coach, Warren Park Eagles Major Atom Select

rooms on main level + 2 in lower level. Great bones, updated


front porch & double garage! This location can’t be beat…bus to subway at doorstep, 1 block to No-Frills, bank, fish & chips, animal clinic, pizza, pharmacy, medical clinic, hardware. Near Centennial Park & Olympium with pool & programs for all ages & excellent schools. Highways nearby for easy access uptown, downtown, across town & out of town. Attention families, investors, renovators, builders, lots of options with 2 separate entrances.

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JANETTE MITCHELL - After years of owning and operating a decorating and home staging business, Janette pivoted her career and sights on becoming a food stylist. She enrolled in culinary school and began assisting some of the best food stylists in Toronto. Janette now prepares food for print, packaging, editorials, social media and motion. @janettecooks

Photography by Myla Floresta • @myla.floresta





• 1 mango peeled and diced

• 1/2 red pepper seeded and diced

• 1 tbsp of olive oil

• Juice of 1 lime + some zest

• 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

• 1/2 tsp salt

• pinch of chili flakes

Combine all ingredients and let sit at room temperature while you are preparing the tacos.


• 4 pieces of frozen haddock, or cod thawed

• 2 tbsp of oil

• 3 tbsp each smoked paprika, dried oregano, and thyme

• 1 tsp each of, cumin, onion and garlic powder

• 1/2 tsp each salt and black pepper

• 1 cup finely shredded red cabbage

• 1 avocado sliced

• 1 cup of your favourite tomato salsa

• 1 pkg of 12" taco shells

Prep time: 25 mins | Serves: 4


STEP ONE: Peel and cut the avocado and reserve.

STEP TWO: Prep the cabbage and reserve.

STEP THREE: Mix the spices together.

STEP FOUR: Pat dry the thawed fish thoroughly, and then dredge the fish in the dry rub.

STEP FIVE: Turn on cast iron pan to medium-high. Once hot, add oil to the pan and then place the fish in the pan. Turn after about 2-3 mins, or when you see a nice crust developing. Cook all 4 sides this way. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

STEP SIX: Wipe out pan and place tortillas one at a time on medium heat for roughly 5-15 seconds, or until you see bubbling and blistering, then flip to warm the other side.

Note: If you want everything ready at once, you can warm the tortillas in another pan while you are cooking the fish.

STEP SEVEN: Fill your taco shells when they are warm with the fish, slaw, cabbage, avocado and salsa. Sprinkle with cilantro. Enjoy! ◆

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Bloor West Village | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Detached, 2 1/2 Storey

Nestled in the heart of prime Bloor West Village, this fabulous and meticulously maintained 2.5-storey home offers a perfect blend of timeless charm and modern updates. Boasting a rich history with the same devoted owners for over 40 years, this residence has been lovingly cared for and tastefully upgraded over time, making it a true gem in one of Toronto’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Situated on a picturesque tree-lined street, this spacious 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom home welcomes you with its sun-filled foyer adorned with elegant wainscoting and gleaming hardwood floors. Step into the inviting living room, where a cozy fireplace and intricate wood trims create an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication. The adjacent formal dining room is perfect for hosting gatherings and entertaining guests. The heart of the home lies in the beautiful custom eat-in kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, pot lights, and ample cabinetry. A large breakfast room with an office station

provides a convenient space for work or casual dining and offers access to a lovely deck overlooking the fenced private perennial oasis garden—a peaceful retreat ideal for outdoor relaxation and alfresco dining. Beyond the garden, a detached garage provides convenient parking and additional storage space. Upstairs, you’ll find four spacious bedrooms, including a third-floor loft/primary bedroom offering privacy and versatility. Two renovated bathrooms ensure modern comfort and convenience for the whole family. The finished basement, with a separate entrance, adds valuable living space and features a cozy family room with laminate floors, a three-piece bathroom, a laundry room, and a huge cold room—ideal for storage or a wine cellar. Don’t miss your chance to make this enchanting property your own—schedule a viewing today and experience the charm and comfort of Bloor West Village living firsthand!

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A FOCAL POINT IS something – anything – that attracts the eye in a given space. In photography or a painting, it is the point at which the “eye” or lens capturing the image is focused. In interior design, a focal point is similar: it is an area that draws attention due to being more dramatic than other areas in the space. In a room, a focal point can come in many forms. It can be built-in or a temporary element; it can be large or small; it can even A focal point is something – anything – that attracts the eye

in a given space. In photography or a painting, it is the point at which the “eye” or lens capturing the image is focused. In interior design, a focal point is similar: it is an area that draws attention due to being more dramatic than other areas in the space. In a room, a focal point can come in many forms. It can be built-in or a temporary element; it can be large or small; it can even be outside of the room itself (more on this below!). The only rule is that the focal point must command attention. Beyond this, there are a few different ways of creating a focal point and ensuring it has the right the emphasis.



Many homes, and even most rooms, will already have a focal point built right in, such as a fireplace, a window with a great view, or another notable architectural feature. This is where the focus should fall. If you’re having trouble identifying the focal point, clear the room and view it from the entrance. Where does the eye naturally gravitate? Odds are, that is the focal point. Now, re-organize the empty space with a focus around this focal point.

A fireplace can be highlighted by arranging furniture to create a cozy seating area that draws attention and guests to this central feature. Add further emphasis by accessorizing the mantel with carefully curated artwork, a large mirror or decorative objects.

If the focal point is a window, frame the view with window treatments that enhance rather than obstruct the sightlines. Arrange furniture to maximize the view, positioning seating areas facing the windows or patio doors to make the most of the outdoor scenery. Other architectural features, such as exposed beams, intricate moldings or arched doorways can be highlighting with strategic lighting or decorative accents. Use contrasting paint colours or wallpaper to emphasize these stunning details and make them stand out as focal points within the room.

Some larger rooms can have multiple focal points. Treat each one as its own space, with dedicated elements to highlight the focus.


Some rooms don’t have an obvious focal point, but it’s easy to create one. Infuse your space with personality and charm by adorning a prominent wall with captivating artwork. Opt for oversized pieces or a gallery wall arrangement to command attention and create character. Consider artworks that reflect your personal style or evoke a particular mood, whether it’s a vibrant abstract painting, a collection of vintage photographs, or a striking sculpture. Experiment with placement and framing to achieve the desired visual impact, ensuring that the artwork becomes the focal point that anchors the room’s design.

Lighting is another natural focus in a room. Statement pieces such as dazzling chandeliers or sculptural pendant lights double as works of art, and from a focus standpoint, treat them the same way. Choose designs that complement the room’s aesthetic while adding an element of drama and sophistication. Position the

lighting fixture strategically, such as above a dining table or in the centre of a living room, to draw the eye upward and create a stunning focal point that commands attention day and night.

Do not forget that Furniture can also provide a great focal point. A statement piece of furniture, such as a sofa, bed or dining table can serve as a focal point in its own right. Furniture in contrasting colours and textures will also draw the eye. Distinct forms can also foster emphasis,

For example, a dining table, an occasional chair or a large wall or cabinet. Place this piece into the space first, then build the rest of the room around it.

A focal point demands to be celebrated. When you let it take the spotlight, it will anchor the space, become a gathering place for people, and create interest. So, show your focal point the attention it deserves! ◆

JESSICA CINNAMON is the Principal Designer and founder of Toronto based Jessica Cinnamon Design Inc The firm is a multidisciplinary design company that has become known for creating stylish and well curated interiors. They provide complete bespoke residential design services throughout Toronto Ontario, the GTA, Cottage Country, Chicago, and Los Angeles. @jessica_cinnamon_



Prestigious Cul-De-Sac Location

Offered for the first time ever since construction in 1963. Entertain in style in the two storey ballroom sized great room overlooking the fairways. Built to exacting standards, when sophisticated formal entertaining was a fashionable lifestyle. Dedicated maid’s quarters; panelled library, huge terrace, home theatre, 3 car garage, elevator and indoor pool, are but a few of the many features offered here.

The exceptional south west facing pie shaped lot offers a commanding presence, with 151 feet directly bordering the renowned golf course.

A slight buffer of mature trees at the rear provides welcome privacy from passing golfers.

Affluent buyers could opt to undertake a complete renovation/restoration of the existing structure to redefine the space to their specific needs. One could also build a brand new bespoke dream home. Either way, acquiring this property would be a sound long term real estate investment destined to become a generational asset.

Absolutely, A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

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To achieve this, resist the urge to push all the furniture up against the walls. This does nothing but leave a gaping hole in the centre of the room, with the furniture and people pressed up against the perimeter. If the goal is to mix and mingle, and use the entire space rather than just the outskirts, consider the following tips for a functional and fabulous furniture layout.

Before diving into furniture placement, it’s crucial to understand the primary purpose of the living room. Is it a space for entertaining guests, a family movie night, or a cozy reading area – or all three?

Identifying the room’s function will help dictate the type and arrangement of furniture required.

The next step is to segment the space into functional zones, each serving a distinct purpose: sitting area, entertainment centre, “book nook,” and so on. Clearly delineating these areas allows for efficient use of space and ensures that each activity has its designated spot.

While planning the space, remember that people come and go, and factor the flow of traffic in and out of the room. Maintaining a seamless flow of movement is essential for comfort and function, so aim to create clear pathways, allowing easy navigation between different zones. Avoid placing furniture in the path of natural traffic patterns, such as between doorways and to each zone, ensuring harmony and accessibility.

Identify and enhance the room’s focal points and let these guide the furniture layout. Whether it’s a fireplace, a large window with a scenic view, or a stunning piece


of artwork, arrange focus the furniture to complement and draw attention to these features. This not only adds character to the space but also serves as a natural guide in an open, empty area.

When placing furniture, aim for symmetry – a timeless principle in interior design that promotes balance and harmony. While it doesn’t necessarily mean mirroring furniture on each side, it involves distributing visual weight evenly. Achieve symmetry by balancing larger furniture pieces with smaller ones, creating a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing arrangement.

To build on the concept of symmetry, consider scale when choosing and placing furniture in the space. Oversized furniture can overwhelm a room, while undersized pieces may make it feel sparse. Measure the space and select furniture that complements the room’s size. Strike a balance between functionality and aesthetics, ensuring that each piece serves its purpose without sacrificing style.

Encourage interaction by arranging seating in conversational groupings. Place chairs and sofas facing each other to facilitate easy communication among family and guests. This layout fosters a sense of intimacy and warmth, making the living room a welcoming space for socializing. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with furniture arrangements before settling on the final layout. Move pieces around to find the most comfortable and visually appealing configuration. Be mindful of how


IN SMALLER LIVING ROOMS, MAXIMIZE SPACE BY INCORPORATING MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNISHINGS, such as a coffee table with hidden storage, an ottoman that doubles as seating, or a sofa bed to accommodate overnight guests.

lighting, rug placement and accessory choices contribute to the overall ambiance.

A great living room goes beyond mere aesthetics. A little understanding about the space before diving into furniture purchases and placement goes a long way to creating a space that you’ll gravitate to. The living room just might become the one room you really “live” for. ◆

BRANDON LANGE is the Creative Director and Principal Designer of BZ Interiors . This multi-disciplinary design company is known for creating stylish and well curated interiors. Serving the GTA, Toronto, Ontario, and the U.S. | @bzinteriors

24 Priscilla Avenue Bloor West V FOR SALE 63 Methuen Avenue Baby Point FOR SALE 841 Windermere Avenue Bloor West Village FOR SALE : s i d o r o v a i n w o o d . c o m : TANYA SIDOROVA Sales Representative MICHAEL INWOOD Broker of Record, B.Comm. 2020 - 2023 @sidorovainwoodteam R E / M A X P R O F E S S I O N A L S S I D O R O V A I N W O O D R E A L T Y I N C . BROKERAGE INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED. *NOT INTENDED TO SOLICIT BUYERS AND SELLERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT WITH A BROKER *The number one team for transactions sold and purchased (combined) in W1/W2 on the Toronto Real Estate Board, including all exclusive listings (freehold only). Numbers sourced from the TRREB units sold January 1st, 2018 - December 31st, 2023. FOR SALE 525 Durie Street Bloor West Village 32 Stephen Drive Stonegate-Queensway FOR SALE 583 Willard Avenue SOLD OFF MARKET! 375 Willard Avenue Bloor West Village JUST SOLD $80,000 OVER ASKING IN 1 W 67 Runnymede Road Swansea JUST SOLD! 26 Brumell Avenue Baby Point JUST SOLD $160,000+ OVER ASKING IN 1 WEEK! JUST SOLD $275,000+ OVER ASKING IN 1 DAY! 55 Indian Road Roncesvalles JUST SOLD $250,000+ OVER ASKING IN 1 WEEK! 255 Quebec Avenue High Park North 117 Colbeck Street Bloor West Village JUST SOLD $260,000+ OVER ASKING IN 1 WEEK!

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