Actor Christopher Heyerdahl lists a rare Laneway house in Little Italy
Erin Nicole Davis
It might not look like much from the outside, but a newly listed alleyway home owned by Canadian actor Christopher Heyerdahl is full of impressive talking points once you enter its doors.
For starters, it comes with a backstory that tells a colorful story of a simpler time in Toronto.
Located in the heart of Little Italy on an alley filled with street art at 367R Euclid Ave, the historic building built in 1890 was once a stable and the home of Coopers Canadian Dairy; where horse and carriage once trotted bottles of milk.
“It’s no longer easy to find a property with so much history and history in Toronto,” says Christian Vermast of Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the property’s listing agents. “You see that history reflected visually in things like the exposed brickwork, which is in beautiful shape.”
Heyerdahl – whose television and film credits include Supernatural, Van Helsingand dusk (to name a few) – bought the house in 2001. He lived on the upper level and used the lower level as a crash pad for friends and family of other actors when they were in town, says Vermast . The location on the lower level that once housed the wagon was also used as a studio and rehearsal space.
In 2015, the actor converted the alley house into two stunning residential units with separate entrances to create a fully legal duplex. Designed by architectural firm Sustainable TO, the sleek renovation involved extensive soundproofing, increased insulation and the incorporation of recycled materials where possible.
Downstairs, a 650-square-foot one-bedroom suite features exposed brick walls and an open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen with maple hardwood flooring. In a nod to its storied past, the bedroom features double barn doors and an exposed wooden beam. A relatively large and bright four-piece bathroom offers a shower and deep soaking tub.
Meanwhile, upstairs, a separate two-bedroom loft features a bright kitchen with high-end appliances and a center island, with plenty of light from sleek skylights and large open spaces. It offers a home office on the ground floor with exposed beams at the entrance. Perhaps best of all, a rooftop terrace offers a Manhattan-style urban oasis vibe, with south-facing views of the city skyline.
Of course—no matter the unit—this home shines in the rental department, located just steps from the restaurants and shops of Little Italy and Kensington Market.
“It’s hidden; it’s really quiet in the driveway, but you walk 100 to 200 feet and you’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle of College Street,” says Vermast.
- Address: 367R Euclid Avenue
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms : 2
- Price: CA$1,289,000
- Listed by: Christian Vermast and Paul Maranger, Sotheby’s International Realty.
As for prospective new residents, the mixed-use property caters to a wide variety of demographics.
“This space would be ideal for a couple who just left a condo and moved into their first home,” says Paul Maranger of Sotheby’s International Realty, in partnership with Vermast. “The floor is the size of a large loft; it’s airy, with high ceilings and a sexy roof. Then you have an ancillary income from the other unit which covers part of the cost of owning the property.
Maranger says he could also see relatives buying it for two siblings. “But it could also work for someone who lives somewhere else and is only in Toronto a few times a week,” he adds.
While the character-rich alley home is priced at a Toronto-worthy $1,289,000, its income-generating potential from the second unit makes impending mortgage payments an easier pill to swallow. (As for that down payment, well, that’s another story).
Erin Nicole Davis
Erin Nicole Davis is a Toronto born and raised writer with a passion for the city, its urban affairs and its culture.
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