This 1800s workers cottage is now a $3 million Toronto home

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50 Amelia Street Toronto

One of the first things realtor Kyle Frank said about 50 Amelia St. was that it is “incredibly special and can never be replaced.”

And damn it, he's right!

Originally a “worker’s cottage” built in the 1870s, this historic home is unlike anything we have ever seen before or are likely to see again.

A look into one of the office rooms, which could be a bedroom.

The small 1.5-story cottage in Cabbagetown stands proud, with its central spire surrounded by a beautiful perennial garden.

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The master bedroom in the loft.

The exterior has been modernized with metal and cement board cladding and large windows.

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The courtyard next to the kitchen.

But the combination of modern and historic is just the beginning. The cottage features a three-story extension that is essentially a secret, as it is barely visible until you enter the house.

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The kitchen.

Architect and current owner John O'Connor renovated the traditional cottage in 2002, but you would never guess that the renovation took place over 20 years ago.

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The front entrance.

The timeless design style gives the impression that it was renovated just last year.

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The carriage house.

The use of natural materials, such as reclaimed wood, combined with the clean lines and almost mid-century modern design make this home something extraordinary.

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The renovated interior of the original 19th century worker's house has been converted into office space.

When you enter 50 Amelia St., you find yourself in a studio and office space flooded with natural light. 50 Amelia Street Toronto

Studio or second bedroom.

O'Connor converted the original cottage into a workspace that's completely separate from the three-bedroom main house, but if you need more bedrooms or living space, the area can easily be altered.

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The view from the front door.

A series of openings and sliding doors lead into the main living area of ​​the house.

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The kitchen.

The kitchen is sleek, industrial and so cool with its stainless steel backsplash, metal cabinets and polished concrete countertops.

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The inner courtyard.

From the kitchen you can access the house's courtyard, which is perhaps the most beautiful part of the entire property. With a courtyard fountain and lush greenery, it is like a world of its own.

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The dining room with 20 foot high ceilings.

Another special feature of this house, according to Frank, is that every room has a view of a garden, a tree or a courtyard, meaning you are always surrounded by nature.

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From the living room you can access the back garden.

The home's other main living spaces are stunning, with high ceilings and large windows that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor.

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The master bedroom.

On the second floor you will find the loft-like master bedroom.

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The primary ensuite bathroom.

It offers courtyard views and features a spa-like bathroom with a sunken bathtub and a teak-floored shower.

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The family room or third bedroom on the third floor.

On the third floor there is another bedroom, which in its current layout serves as a family room.

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The terrace on the third floor.

It is the “treehouse” part of the house with a wraparound terrace and countless windows and a huge wall-to-wall sliding door.

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The back garden.

But wait, there’s more!

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A view of the carriage house.

On the other side of the small but very pretty backyard is the carriage house/garage.

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Inside the carriage house.

The carriage house could easily be used as an additional studio or even as an overnight accommodation for guests, as it has a three-piece bathroom.

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The garage.

50 Amelia St. is, as the ad says, “a property like no other,” which in real estate parlance usually means a high price. But it's being offered for a relatively reasonable $2,995,000.

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The three-storey extension at the rear of the house.

For comparison, the average price of a home in Cabbagetown is about $1.8 million in 2024.