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(Do You Remember)   If you've ever wondered what a home in Toronto looks like that was built in the 40s and decorated in the 60s, and then seemingly preserved in a time capsule, today is your lucky day   ( doyouremember.com) divider line
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2018-02-04 01:46:37 AM  
Pastel?
 
2018-02-04 06:31:26 AM  
Amazing, all that velour and velvet still unfaded.

No smokers in that house.
Or sunlight.
 
2018-02-04 07:33:31 AM  
Wow, that was even worse than I expected.
 
2018-02-04 08:30:15 AM  
It's strangely beautiful. If I lived there, I'd be afraid to touch anything.
 
2018-02-04 08:31:27 AM  
Paging James Lileks; call for Mr. Lileks.
Another candidate for Interior Desecrations.
 
2018-02-04 08:32:55 AM  
Everything looks like it's in great shape, but man the 60's were really an aesthetic lowpoint compared to the 50's and 70's.
 
2018-02-04 08:36:28 AM  
The buffet table!  My grandparents have one of those.  It's great for storing all the fancy stuff you'll never use and collecting dust.  It confused me so much as a child.
 
2018-02-04 08:55:24 AM  
I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.
 
2018-02-04 08:56:24 AM  
Not my cup of tea, but it still saddens me to think the next owner will tear the guts out of the place and turn it into yet another reno'd period house, like so many others.

Ugh, they'll probably flip it too, post vandalism.
 
2018-02-04 08:57:31 AM  
That looks very much like my grandparents' house. I always found that decor reassuring for some reason. The house in the article will probably sell for a million and some ass will tear it all out and throw it away to make room for his IKEA crap. I mean, check out the pink phone!

I guess it's nuts to preserve something like that but it's still a shame.
 
2018-02-04 09:08:51 AM  

Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.


I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.
 
2018-02-04 09:15:11 AM  
Well that's hideous.

/way too much pink.
 
2018-02-04 09:17:09 AM  
I guess it's unique in its uniformity and preservation. But otherwise the decor looks like a lot of old people houses.
 
2018-02-04 09:17:35 AM  

snoproblem: Ugh, they'll probably flip it too, post vandalism.


Apparently the vandalism happened in the 50s.  Gutting it and flipping it would be mercy.
 
2018-02-04 09:58:16 AM  

basicstock: Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.

I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.


In that neighbourhood, about $1.0 - 1.2 million.
 
2018-02-04 10:18:23 AM  

Pope Larry II: basicstock: Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.

I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.

In that neighbourhood, about $1.0 - 1.2 million.


Is that before or after the resulting bidding war?  (lol)
 
2018-02-04 10:37:23 AM  
I'm scared. Hold me.
 
2018-02-04 10:41:41 AM  
My in-laws still have pink carpet and one bedroom painted in Pepto-Bismol pink.

It hurts my eyes just walking by.
 
2018-02-04 10:45:39 AM  

Pope Larry II: basicstock: Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.

I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.

In that neighbourhood, about $1.0 - 1.2 million.


About $3.50 American
 
2018-02-04 10:46:47 AM  
That's not mid-century. That's rococo bolted onto post-war neo-federal.
 
2018-02-04 10:50:41 AM  
i see the 50s didn't make it to canada until the 60s
 
2018-02-04 10:58:25 AM  

JerkStore: That looks very much like my grandparents' house. I always found that decor reassuring for some reason. The house in the article will probably sell for a million and some ass will tear it all out and throw it away to make room for his IKEA crap. I mean, check out the pink phone!

I guess it's nuts to preserve something like that but it's still a shame.


Unfortunately based on my experience it likely needs some serious upgrades to the plumbing, electrical and heat/cooling to accommodate modern appliances and efficiency. Once you mar any part of the wallpaper, you might as well pull it all down because you cant patch it.

/also I doubt the furniture came with the place, which would take a lot of the fun out of it
 
2018-02-04 11:26:00 AM  
No, but now I'm curious.
*opens article*
It looks like a Care Bear threw up in that place. I don't know what I expected.
 
2018-02-04 11:27:09 AM  
I'd like to see a before and after with whoever bought it.  All that pink would make me insanely uncomfortable.
 
2018-02-04 11:34:17 AM  
Pink rotary phone.

Because of course pink rotary phone.
 
2018-02-04 11:57:32 AM  
Nice yard!
 
2018-02-04 12:12:46 PM  
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The inside looks kind of creepy, in a Shining kind of way.
/all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy
 
2018-02-04 12:45:30 PM  

tjsands1118: Well that's hideous.

/way too much pink.


I'm no fan of pink, but at least she went with pastels shades and a consistent theme.  The ugliest thing to me was that purple carpet.  I hate purple, but a pastel purple might have been better.  Also, the brown/tan lino in the kitcken was totally wrong for the kitchen.

Now, "hideous" is what Trump does with his properties.  He could learn from this woman.

/What am I saying?
//Trump has never learned from any experience
///3 slashies for "Granda Style"
 
2018-02-04 12:47:36 PM  
Forgot to mention the lack of the plastic fabric protectors on the LR furniture.  Was expecting those.
 
2018-02-04 01:19:45 PM  

snoproblem: Not my cup of tea, but it still saddens me to think the next owner will tear the guts out of the place and turn it into yet another reno'd period house, like so many others.

Ugh, they'll probably flip it too, post vandalism.


I'm selling my Toronto house on precisely that basis: as is, where is and without a general listing. Twelve nearby houses have sold in the last three years and 11 of them have been gutted back to the studs, so why bother with a cursory fluff? The saltstains in the hallway are just as authentic.
 
2018-02-04 01:20:48 PM  

ncsu_wolfpack: Pope Larry II: basicstock: Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.

I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.

In that neighbourhood, about $1.0 - 1.2 million.

About $3.50 American


Enjoy Celine Dion.
 
2018-02-04 01:24:15 PM  
I was hoping for some cool James Bond/Jetsons style, but that is just...bad thrift shop through and through. I can smell the mothballs from here. Ew.
 
2018-02-04 02:02:34 PM  

indy_kid: Forgot to mention the lack of the plastic fabric protectors on the LR furniture.  Was expecting those.


The realtor probably removed them for the photos.
 
2018-02-04 02:30:22 PM  

seelorq: I was hoping for some cool James Bond/Jetsons style, but that is just...bad thrift shop through and through. I can smell the mothballs from here. Ew.


A friend described this decorating style as 'Early Salvation Army / Late Grandmother' - as in "I got this sofa early yesterday morning at the salvation army, and the dining room set from my late grandmother".

CSB time: It's 1997, no kids yet, the wife and I were looking for a house to buy. We're working with a realtor and she has a few properties to show us.  We look at the first two, and are generally underwhelmed. As we head to the third, she warns us that the decor is a bit dated. She wasn't kidding - it was a split-level ranch where EVERYTHING was out of the late 60's / early 70's. A glass railing\divider on your left when you first walked in the door where the amber colored glass looked like fish scales. Sculpted multilevel multicolor carpet in a green palette for the living room and dining room. Avocado green appliances and a harvest gold sink in the kitchen. Orangey-cream countertops. A lighting fixture over the kitchen table that looked like a wagon wheel, with a few canister lights on the outside of the wheel.  The canisters were a really dark brown or black that faded to burnt orange at the lower edges. Even the wall plates around the light switches \ outlets were horrifically period correct, some sort of ornate greenish gold scrollwork with white highlights. I don't remember if there was wallpaper or paneling in the living\dining room.

The place was a time capsule - everything was in pristine condition. The woman listing it was the original owner - she and her husband had it built for them, moved in, and never changed anything except for lightbulbs and maybe a faucet. He had died, she was selling the place to downsize.

The neighborhood and school district were attractive to us, but the house was over our budget, even before factoring in the cost of completely redecorating. We really should have taken pictures, it was like walking on to the set of the Brady Bunch.
 
2018-02-04 02:34:14 PM  
How did she keep it so clean for so long?
 
2018-02-04 03:01:30 PM  

Huggermugger: How did she keep it so clean for so long?


OCD, most likely.
 
2018-02-04 03:19:22 PM  
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2018-02-04 04:16:49 PM  

Feral Cat With Scissors: Amazing, all that velour and velvet still unfaded.

No smokers in that house.
Or sunlight.


It looks like the red chair and foot rest are in the process of slowly fading. My parents have two velvet chairs in the exact same color, bought from the estate sale of a neighbor who died in 2001. The colors haven't faded completely, despite being kept in a room open to indirect sunlight half the day.

Damn things absorb dust like crazy, though. I make it a point to vacuum them every now and then when I visit. Good thing they went out of style.
 
2018-02-04 04:24:23 PM  

RandolphCarter: seelorq: I was hoping for some cool James Bond/Jetsons style, but that is just...bad thrift shop through and through. I can smell the mothballs from here. Ew.

A friend described this decorating style as 'Early Salvation Army / Late Grandmother' - as in "I got this sofa early yesterday morning at the salvation army, and the dining room set from my late grandmother".

CSB time: It's 1997, no kids yet, the wife and I were looking for a house to buy. We're working with a realtor and she has a few properties to show us.  We look at the first two, and are generally underwhelmed. As we head to the third, she warns us that the decor is a bit dated. She wasn't kidding - it was a split-level ranch where EVERYTHING was out of the late 60's / early 70's. A glass railing\divider on your left when you first walked in the door where the amber colored glass looked like fish scales. Sculpted multilevel multicolor carpet in a green palette for the living room and dining room. Avocado green appliances and a harvest gold sink in the kitchen. Orangey-cream countertops. A lighting fixture over the kitchen table that looked like a wagon wheel, with a few canister lights on the outside of the wheel.  The canisters were a really dark brown or black that faded to burnt orange at the lower edges. Even the wall plates around the light switches \ outlets were horrifically period correct, some sort of ornate greenish gold scrollwork with white highlights. I don't remember if there was wallpaper or paneling in the living\dining room.

The place was a time capsule - everything was in pristine condition. The woman listing it was the original owner - she and her husband had it built for them, moved in, and never changed anything except for lightbulbs and maybe a faucet. He had died, she was selling the place to downsize.

The neighborhood and school district were attractive to us, but the house was over our budget, even before factoring in the cost of completely redecorating. We really should have ...


Ha. I grew up with an avocado kitchen. My parents bedroom still has the original avocado carpet and it looks perfect because I think its actually real wool. The rest of the house was kinda Colonial Revivalish...as in lampshades printed with marching revolutionary soldiers and repro 18th c furniture. I have childhood memories of a clown switchplate in my bedroom. I hated that thing. The kitchen floor was still is brick-patterned vinyl. And these guys. We had these guys in the living room. But we had three of 'em:

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2018-02-04 05:13:28 PM  

Valiente: snoproblem: Not my cup of tea, but it still saddens me to think the next owner will tear the guts out of the place and turn it into yet another reno'd period house, like so many others.

Ugh, they'll probably flip it too, post vandalism.

I'm selling my Toronto house on precisely that basis: as is, where is and without a general listing. Twelve nearby houses have sold in the last three years and 11 of them have been gutted back to the studs, so why bother with a cursory fluff? The saltstains in the hallway are just as authentic.


My real estate agent for the house I sold in San Diego told me not to do anything with the house as the owners will likely gut the place anyways.  So I didn't.  Sold in six days.  My previous house in Minnesota was torn completely down and a McMansion built in its place.
 
2018-02-04 05:31:15 PM  

gingerjet: Valiente: snoproblem: Not my cup of tea, but it still saddens me to think the next owner will tear the guts out of the place and turn it into yet another reno'd period house, like so many others.

Ugh, they'll probably flip it too, post vandalism.

I'm selling my Toronto house on precisely that basis: as is, where is and without a general listing. Twelve nearby houses have sold in the last three years and 11 of them have been gutted back to the studs, so why bother with a cursory fluff? The saltstains in the hallway are just as authentic.

My real estate agent for the house I sold in San Diego told me not to do anything with the house as the owners will likely gut the place anyways.  So I didn't.  Sold in six days.  My previous house in Minnesota was torn completely down and a McMansion built in its place.


Yep, it's all about renovate/subdivide/rebuild these days. Virtually every house here in Battle Creek that has more than two bedrooms and bathrooms gets turned into a "multi-family" dwelling unit these days, or gets torn down so the lot can be used for an apartment building.
 
2018-02-04 05:45:09 PM  
Love those checkerboard floors.
 
2018-02-04 06:31:49 PM  
It looks like a doll house.
 
2018-02-04 07:52:51 PM  
When my grandmother passed away in the early' 90s, my grandfather left almost all of their decor unchanged from when they'd moved into the place a few years before.  It was like walking back in time.  Pastel furniture, whitewhite walls, '80s wallpaper in the bedroom that refuses to be removed, light blue (!) carpet that came with the place.  Eeew.  A microbiologist would have had a field day with that stuff. Fortunately, as the dwelling is now mine, I had the choice when we renovated it to gut all that; installed laminate flooring instead.  Would have preferred a hardwood, but way too pricey, so it's the next best thing.

Yuck.  Carpet.  Nasty shiat embeds in there and never gets out.  Laminate is cheaper, and is especially good for pets.  I've already been glad many times over the carpet is gone.  If the area rugs get gross, clean them as best you can or just replace them.  Done and done.  There is also something much more satisfying about sweeping than vacuuming.  I used to hate vacuuming; I sweep nearly every day.

If that carpet is original, it's a lot more gross than it looks from the pictures.  Hork.

However, the oven and stove are original, the refrigerator original or very near to it, and still function, for which I am glad.  Things used to be made to last, not all that long ago.  :/
 
2018-02-05 07:50:53 AM  

ncsu_wolfpack: Pope Larry II: basicstock: Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.

I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.

In that neighbourhood, about $1.0 - 1.2 million.

About $3.50 American


Tree fiddy ?
 
2018-02-05 08:33:43 AM  

Pope Larry II: basicstock: Pope Larry II: I pass this house every day on my way to work. The house was sold over a year ago and the new owners gutted it.

I wonder what the new owners paid for it.  Real estate prices in Toronto are insane.

In that neighbourhood, about $1.0 - 1.2 million.


My Grandparents lived in North York (Bloor and Dundas area) the house sold for 200k (I think) back in the early 90s, it just sold shy of 2mil. It is a small 3 bedroom bungalow with detached garage.
 
2018-02-05 12:46:24 PM  
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"Needs more kittens"
 
2018-02-05 04:21:56 PM  
My grandparents' house looked like this.  Every room a different color and plates on the walls.  Horrific.
 
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