On what was once the site of the Jarvis family’s country estate (who Jarvis Street is named after), the framework of what would become the community of Rosedale began in 1853 when William Jarvis subdivided his land to create Rose Park — Canada’s first garden suburb. Named after Rosedale villa, where wild roses grew in abundance, Rosedale has long been an alluring location to call home — with 57 Elm Ave. representing a fine example of what makes this nook so desirable.
Situated within the original Jarvis enclave and backing onto Lord Carnegie’s mansion, 57 Elm Ave. has stood proudly since 1890 and is part of South Rosedale’s Heritage Conservation District.
A stone’s throw from many of Toronto’s five-star shopping and dining options, this exceptional property is also within walking distance of several scenic parks, including Craigleigh Gardens and the dog park.
“Of the approximately 1,150 homes in Rosedale — if you want one where you can walk to the TTC, Branksome Hall and Yorkville, this [property] would be in the top 10 per cent.” says selling agent Gillian Oxley.
But the appeal of this beautiful home goes much further than simply location.
Built by Jeremiah Bedford (creator of the ornate Isabella Hotel on Sherbourne Street), this unique home features beautifully preserved filigree detail, a slate roof, and fish-scale siding — making for an exceptional example of 19th-century craftsmanship.
“While most people would think it is a Victorian, it is technically called a Romanesque Revival style home,” Oxley notes.
The interior of 57 Elm Ave. is equally outstanding and maintains much of its original charm, including Victorian stained-glass windows and an impressive staircase.
“Although having been beautifully renovated, the owners over the years have all chosen to keep the original three-storey turned staircase which is a novelty in this day of renovating back to the studs,” Oxley points out.
Featuring five bedrooms and four bathrooms, 57 Elm Ave. is listed at $4.595 million.
Passing through the front vestibule, admire several antique stained glass windows. The one closest to the front door features exquisitely painted birds — an accent thoughtfully repeated in the main floor’s powder room, which features songbird-patterned wallpaper.
Like the rest of the home, the sunlit living room offers soaring ceilings and hardwood floors. Notice how the elegant details surrounding the large windows and fireplace add extra allure to this already perfect room.
The formal dining room is also fit with a fireplace.
The contemporary kitchen has everything you need to make cooking pleasurable. It also opens onto the back garden through a set of double doors.
In the backyard, discover a tranquil retreat with plenty of greenery and privacy.
Ascending the remarkable turned staircase, come upon the second-floor primary suite. Not only does this bedroom offer a romantic Juliet balcony, but it also includes a spectacular spa-like ensuite bathroom with an oval bathtub, lounge space,and a walk-in shower.
Next to the primary suite, discover a secondary sitting room and office with plenty of custom built-ins and a delightful window nook ideal for reading.
Notice the impeccable craftsmanship of the antique stairs that gently curve through the heart of the house from top to bottom.
The upper level provides space for two more peaceful bedrooms.
Making your way to the lower level, come upon a welcoming recreation room where hobbies and downtime can be enjoyed.
57 Elm Ave. is listed with Gillian Oxley of Royal LePage Terrequity Oxley Real Estate Brokerage.