Beyond Queen West's chic shops, unique house sings in urbane key
As if we didn’t know this already, Vogue magazine recently hailed the strip of Toronto’s Queen Street between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue as one of “the 15 coolest neighbourhoods in the world.” (The list also featured Brooklyn’s Bushwick, the Canal Saint-Martin district in Paris and Los Angeles’ Silver Lake.) The Queen Street axis of Hogtown cool, Vogue’s style critic Nick Remsen wrote, “is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries – hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed.”
But get behind Queen’s arty hotels and shops (as Mr. Remsen apparently never did) and you find the more durable pleasures the area has to offer. These include long, spottily preserved residential streetscapes developed late in the 19th century and populated by sturdy gothic single-family and row-houses put up for working-class Victorians.
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The third home makeover by Luloo Boutique Homes will be rented, not sold.
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When the renovations began about 18 months ago, the locals probably suspected a flip.
By the time the exterior copper cladding and three levels of floor-to-ceiling windows had transformed the narrow red brick, all anyone cared about was when the construction would end, say the owners of Luloo Boutique Homes.
The three-unit house won't be sold. Instead, it will be let in whole or in parts, on Airbnb, part of Luloo's 21-unit portfolio of short-term rentals that finance the family firm's remodeling business.
Neighbours were among those invited this week to the celebration of Luloo's third major home makeover — the second on Dovercourt Rd.
HOME OF THE WEEK: A HUMBLE TORONTO HOME WITH A HISTORY GETS A STYLISH OVERHAUL
68 DOVERCOURT RD., TORONTO
The back story
This narrow townhouse in the Beaconsfield Village neighbourhood comes with an oversized pedigree. It is the birthplace of Beatrice Lillie, the late great Tony Award-winning actress who made her name on both sides of the Atlantic playing on stage and in films during the early part of the 20th century. Among her friends were Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. Her husband was Sir Robert Peel, great-grandson of the former British politician of the same name. The marriage enabled Beatrice Lillie to be known in her private life as Lady Peel, a considerable step up from her humble origins in this house at the corner of Dovercourt Road and Queen Street West.
For almost a century, her birth home has hardly boasted of its connection to either fame or grandeur. It has exited as it might been in Lillie's day – as a dark and dank Victorian with a warren of tiny rooms.