Home of the Week: 101 Garfield Ave., Toronto. Asking Price: $2.250-million. Owner Sarah Nadherny is the last of the famed Gooderham clan (Gooderham & Worts Distillers, Bank of Toronto and Manufacturers Life Insurance) to live on Garfield - her father, Peter Gooderham, purchased the house at No. 66. and her brother, also Peter Gooderham, bought on Garfield as well. Mr. Nadherny remembers deciding to buy the house on Garfield almost the moment it went up for sale. The owner at the time was realtor Arthur Parks of Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd. In those days, a “bidding war” was a novel occurrence. ‘The day it went on the market, there were two people bidding and we were one of them. We won,’ says Mr. Nadherny
The Georgian-style brick house was built in 1925 with four bedrooms and was purchased by its current owners in the early 1990s. Since then the owner’s added bay windows to the dining room, mainly so the dinning room table could be extended to accommodate 14 people.
At the rear, the Nadhernys have a renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a breakfast area overlooking the back garden. The adjoining family room has French doors leading to a covered deck.
‘We like the open concept in the back,' says Mr. Nadherny, adding that the family still congregates there. The circulation between rooms provides good flow for parties, he adds.
Moore Park is about a 20-minute walk from Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue, but it feels like a more secluded neighbourhood than many in downtown.
On the main floor, the house still has a traditional living room and dining room. In both rooms, bay windows were added – mainly so the dining-room table could be extended to accommodate a family of 14 for dinner.
The current owners say the thing they will miss most is the sense of community that exists in their secluded neighbourhood.