It was a quick and easy sale for this laneway house near Dupont and Christie Street, selling in five days for its asking price of $829,000. In 2006, the property at 2 Miles Pl. was just tiny shack when actor Jeff Pangman first purchased the property for just $159,000 with the idea of transforming it into a laneway house. Designed by architect Terence Van Elslander, the two-bedroom, two bathroom house had to maximize space with higher ceilings (the second floor ceiling has a barn roof shape), and lots of natural light throughout. With no backyard and limited property space, the architect designed a rooftop deck and a front spot for parking. The renovations were completed in 2011 and this is the first time the house has been on the market.
There are several other back alley houses in the city including Croft Street near Harbord and College with dozens of hidden homes. 54 Croft Street, is a super modern dwelling designed by Kohn Shnier Architects and constructed on the site of a former tiny house. Getting permits to build especially laneway houses can be a challenge but the selling agent tells us obtaining permits for the Miles Place property were not a problem. All the neighbours were cooperative with the committee of adjustment. Like Croft Street, Miles Place is considered a municipal road with services like garage pick-up and snow removal.