1 Greig Ave. exterior

This $2.5 million laneway home is like living in a cottage in the heart of the city

Down a street all of its own and with a one-of-a-kind postal code to match, this fabulous Riverdale laneway home at 1 Greig Ave. looks as if it’s been transported right out of New England (or perhaps, a fairy tale).

Listed at $2.5 million and featuring three bedrooms and two bathroom, 1 Greig Ave. was built by John Hinrichs and later re-imagined by fashion designer and columnist Michelle Llyod and developer husband David Bermann — all adding to its unique past.

Situated on what was once the horse stables for the long-gone Boulton Avenue Firehall No. 12 (circa 1884), Riverdale’s first fire station, this enchanting home exudes happiness and originality.

1 Greig Ave. entrance
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With lovely sky-blue double doors and a classic country-chic veranda that graces the front entrance, the welcoming feeling of this home is apparent from the start.

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1 Greig Ave. dining room
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Upon entering the dining area and kitchen, it’s easy to imagine spending time here with good company and comfort food.

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1 Greig Ave. kitchen
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The kitchen has all the modern comforts one could wish for, all while maintaining the special character of this home.

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1 Greig Ave. living room
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You’ll immediately be drawn to the cozy yet airy feeling of the great room, thanks to the wood-burning fireplace, wall of French windows that open onto the garden and light that streams down from the octagonal cupola.

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Ascending the whimsical staircase, you’ll notice the cupola’s fresco ceiling and many windows.

1 Greig Ave. primary bedroom
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The primary bedroom at features a beautiful French double door with a lunette window that leads to a private balcony. It’s a lovely spot at any time of day.

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The second upstairs bedroom is simply charming and offers a calm environment.

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Optimizing the size of this laneway house, you’ll discover a fully finished basement with a den and another bedroom.

1 Greig Ave. backyard
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Offering a tree canopy of birdsong and over fifty white hydrangeas that, when in bloom, glow through the evening hours, the backyard is a magical place.

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Next door, your closest neighbour is this darling parkette where the Victorian-era firehall once stood. Now, instead of sirens, you’ll hear the bubbly giggles of little ones.

1 Greig Ave. is listed with Kimmé Myles of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Brokerage.

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