Bagels, Bikes, Boutiques: The Mile End Experience


Mile End doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Mary Lamey and I have just listed this gorgeous turn-of-the-century cottage on Jeanne-Mance between Fairmount and St-Viateur. This is the very heart of bagel/coffeeshop/funky boutique territory.

The current owners, who bought the house in 1990, have lovingly updated it over the years without sacrificing the original character that made Mile End such a desirable neighbourhood in the first place. That character comes from high ceilings, moldings and woodwork, but it’s also something less tangible: the sense you have walking through the front doors that life has been lived here; that this is a place where friends have gathered, shared food and drink, made plans, played games, sung around the piano; where children have run from room to room seeking the best hiding place, or sat at the kitchen table cutting coloured paper; where pets have stretched out on the pine floorboards, warming themselves in patches of sunlight.

Up half a dozen steps from street level, you enter through wooden double doors into a small foyer for removing shoes and boots. A second set of doors opens onto a grand entrance hall with an intricately carved wooden arch leading towards the kitchen at the back of the house, and an equally ornate banister lining the staircase at your right. To your left is the spacious and comfortable livingroom with a bay window looking out on Jeanne-Mance. Behind that is a large diningroom, perfect for entertaining, and a solarium extension, added in 2003, which floods the dining room with sunlight and provides a view of the huge back garden.

The eat-in kitchen was redone in 2009 with custom-made wooden cabinets, a Caesarstone (quartz) countertop and an island. The 980 square foot ground floor has an open, airy feel, and 10-foot ceilings.

Upstairs you’ll find four closed bedrooms. The impressive Master, over 19 feet wide, was created out of two smaller rooms and has an enormous closet, nearly 13 feet long. There’s a full bathroom on this floor which was renovated in 2009. There’s a finished family room and another full bathroom in the basement. The basement also includes a laundry room and lots of storage space.

The house still has the original, intricately forged hot water radiators, heated by a new gas furnace installed in 2005. The gas stove in the kitchen is included in the sale along with the refrigerator and dishwasher. In the summer you get lots of cross breezes, and there is air conditioning on the second floor for comfortable sleeping.

Sticker parking is available on the street, or part of the backyard could be used to create a parking space, accessible from the alley. Or, you could choose not to own a car since everything you could possibly need is in walking distance, including two bagel bakeries, Marché Latina, Fruiterie Mile End, cafés like Le Depanneur and Olimpico, at least three book stores, the library, the Rialto, the YMCA, bike shops, friperies and even a purveyor of vegan shoes.


5358 Jeanne-Mance, MLS# 8709926

Amy Barratt, 514-718-6522

Amy Barratt

Amy Barratt

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