Magic On Madison In The Annex

offered at $695,000

Good design is holistic, in the sense that it addresses visual acuity and sensual experience, with pragmatism as a linchpin. And if you can breathe life into that design by constructing it in such a way that it not only supports, but enhances livability, even better. It’s not just enough to look contemporary cool – you’ve got align amenities like supporting stars in a show, to pave the way for good living. This is precisely the experience for those lucky enough to call this swish address home. It’s about extending the reach of your surroundings, so that where you live, shop and socialize is all a seamless integration of style.

Welcome to 157 Madison Avenue, Suite 2!

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Located in the neighbourhood known as The Annex, long a bastion for the cultural intelligentsia who celebrate its proximity to our city’s finer institutions and all places fashionably respectful, this neighbourhood is deemed one of the most desirable areas to reside. We certainly understand. Located north of Bloor Street west of Spadina in the city centre, this area of Victorian and Edwardian row, semi and detached residences – and 1960s and 1970s rental high-rises – is refreshingly understated and nearly devoid of the pomp and circumstance of other venerated neighbourhoods.

We adore the heterogeneity of The Annex. Residents include successful movers and shakers, prominent artists, a smattering of the old guard, plus gaggles of University of Toronto students and faculty. This is a vibrant neighbourhood that draws its synergy from the University of Toronto to the south, Yorkville to the east, as well as the retail and cafe culture that runs the expanse of Bloor Street West. It’s a place where most anyone feels comfortable. We love the canopy of mature trees and the graciousness of the streetscapes.

Just blocks from what is arguably nexus of the Torontonian urban universe – where Bloor and Avenue Roads intersect – this sleek suite in The Annex sits surrounded by amenities designed to entice, engage and enhance urban lifestyle. Whether to amuse and challenge the palate, you’re a short stroll to some of the best in gastronomic delight, including some of our faves like “One” in Hazelton Lanes or “La Societe” on Bloor (LOVE the terrace!). You’re also steps from the city’s cultural activities like the Royal Ontario Museum and Metropolitan Reference Library, or entertainment (the Manulife Centre cinema is one of our favourites). It’s steps to Whole Foods on Avenue Road, or the 24 hour Metro Grocer on Bloor just west of Spadina, and if you’re committed to a Fitness Program, check out the JCC at Bloor and Spadina.

If you intend to cast your stylish net throughout this neighbourhood, you’ve got to a have a good choice of chic eateries close by. I adore Cibo Wine Bar, with its award-winning wine room and Sassafraz where you can savour market-driven, French-inspired Canadian cuisine on their park vista terrace. Of course, this residence is steps to some of the City’s best shopping on Bloor’s ‘Millionaire Mile’ – where Holt Renfrew and Manulife offer everything one might need to be fashionable, well-read, and pampered.

Public transport is a stroll away at the St. George Subway or the Dupont Stations which is located at the top of the street! Access around the city by car is easy, given Bloor Street and Avenue Road each lead to highway routes. Every urban dweller needs to include access to green space on their must-have lists, and 157 Madison Avenue is near Jesse Ketchum Park. This 1.2 hectare expansive park, unfolds with loads of green space, and mature trees, the perfect neighbourhood spot for fresh air and leisure. Alternatively, you might enjoy the evening strolls through the The Annex neighbourhood to watch the neighbourhood kids play in Jean Sibelius Square.

Suite 2 is one of four unique spaces in this well-situated Victorian fourplex. Originally converted into a boutique condo in 1998, this suite is a refined light-filled space which has been impeccably-styled! Offering around 1000 square feet of elegant living space, one enters through one of two convenient entrances, opening on to either the kitchen or entertainment space. The light from a picturesque Juliette balcony draws you into the spacious and gracious entertainment zone, which boasts custom built-ins, a working gas fireplace with marble hearth, wall sconces, and wide plank chestnut flooring. Through a short hallway, you’ll find a comfortable open plan chef’s kitchen with an abundance of preparation space and ample space for a dining table! Outfitted with high-end stainless steel appliances, a plenty of storage, custom cabinetry, a generous peninsula, and hidden ensuite laundry, this kitchen will please anyone with culinary prowess!

The charming master suite easily accommodates a queen-sized bed, and conveniently opens on to both a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and organizers, and a spa-like ensuite bath with a stunning marble counter, jacuzzi-style tub, and antique vanity. The best part? A walk-out leads you to a private sun-drenched deck overlooking the century streetscapes of The Annex, which is a delicious treat to wake up to. Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, a retractable awning will keep the rain out of your morning coffee or evening cocktails!

The cherry on top of this delicious suite? A much-coveted private parking space and exclusive use of a storage locker!

Do you long for a home that can literally be the nexus of your universe of style? Well-positioned amongst coveted amenities, in a setting of uncompromising elegance, this bespoke suite in 157 Madison Avenue may be the perfect Home for you.

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*Listed by Richard Himelfarb & Catherine Himelfarb Borden of Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Yorkville.