Inside a $3.299 million century home in Little Italy with a library and loft

Dotted with continental-inspired cafes, lively resto-bars, and dozens of sundry patios and boutique shops, the stretch of college street best known as Little Italy is, by far, one of the most loved locales in Toronto. Travel down one of the many residential streets in the area, and you’ll discover a tree-lined neighbourhood filled with charming character homes and delightful gardens — as reflected in the beautifully updated century home at 439 ½ Manning Ave.

Featuring four bathrooms, a library and a loft, this marvellous property is listed at $3.299 million and is mere moments from what makes this enclave so enticing.

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The front room, currently used for dining, provides a fabulous first impression. Featuring an art deco fireplace, a built-in wall unit and window seating overlooking the street, it could easily be re-imagined into a living room.

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Throughout the home, notice the rich hardwood floors — not to mention those phenomenal stairs which provide an elegant nod to this home’s historical beauty.

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At the heart of the house, you’ll find the living room. Enveloped by high paneled wainscotting and a modern fireplace with an antique mantle, this pleasant space offers the perfect blend of old-meets-new.

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Photo courtesy Ron Schuster/Odyssey3D

From the sleek countertops to the custom cabinets and high-end appliances, the fully remodeled kitchen offers a welcoming and social space for preparing meals.

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Ascending to the second floor, you’ll come upon three equally lovely bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom, including a soaker tub.

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At the rear of the house, discover a sunlit library with access to a picture-perfect balcony.

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Overlooking the back garden and the neighbourhood beyond, one could easily spend all afternoon on this sunny second-floor terrace.

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Photo courtesy Ron Schuster/Odyssey3D

The third-floor loft offers an impressive primary bedroom that’s both spacious and private. The pretty window alcove overlooking the street makes for an idyllic spot for a heart-to-heart.

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At the far end of the loft, enjoy an ensuite bathroom fitted with a skylight, a dressing area and this quiet nook great for journaling or studying.

Photo courtesy Ron Schuster/Odyssey3D
Photo courtesy Ron Schuster/Odyssey3D

Providing a happy balance of garden and social space, it’s easy to imagine enjoying summer evenings in this picturesque backyard with good company.

What’s more, with the home backing onto an alleyway with a two-car garage, this property provides plenty of privacy and the opportunity to incorporate a laneway house should you wish.

439 ½ Manning Ave. is listed with Yvonne O’Hara of Re/Max Prime Properties – Unique Group Brokerage.

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