Republic of Rathnelly – 227 Macpherson Ave - Toronto


About the Neighbourhood

In the heart of midtown Toronto, you will find this historic neighbourhood known for its strong community ties as well as the lighthearted history of rebellion that forged its quirky name. Formed out of the estate of William McMaster and named Rathnelly from his native Ireland, this charming little pocket consisting of 250 households is unique and always in demand. Naturally bounded by the railway tracks to the south, Avenue Road to the east, Poplar Plains Road to the west, and tucked along Poplar Plains Crescent to the north, the story of the area can be seen as something of a microcosm of Toronto’s 20th century history.

From the late 1950s and into the 60s and 70s, young professionals began moving to Rathnelly. This new generation of academics, artists, journalists, architects, lawyers, and advertising creatives bonded together to create the Rathnelly Area Residents Association (RARA). Later, they declared independence from Canada in 1967 and proclaimed the neighbourhood the ”Republic of Rathnelly”. A queen was appointed, broom-wielding children were conscripted into an Irregular Army, and a biannual street festival solidified a community that has remained committed to civic action and to each other for over 50 years.

Today it is an ideally situated, quiet and still tight-knit enclave that is minutes to Yorkville, Summerhill, the shops and amenities along Dupont Street, the subway, and the downtown core. Coveted Brown Jr PS and top private schools including the Mabin School, De La Salle College, the York School, and UCC are also very close by.

About the Home

Originally built in 1908, this Victorian gem was extensively renovated in 2021.The current owner added chic contemporary touches while keeping special details of the period including stained glass windows, soaring ceilings, numerous ceiling medallions, and crown mouldings. A chef’s dream kitchen was created by widening the space to create an eat-in area, and there is abundant storage in the custom millwork double pantry cabinets that can accommodate small appliances as well as serving pieces and accessories. All kitchen hardware is by Richelieu including corner inserts. A large stainless steel farmers sink is attractive and practical.  A custom Pella glass door was installed in the kitchen as were numerous other Pella windows throughout the home. Heated floors throughout the kitchen, powder room, and primary bathroom, along with a gas fireplace in the living room, make this home extra cozy. A second floor primary bathroom was created with a rainfall shower head, ample storage, and an east-facing window for beautiful natural light. Christian Lacroix wallpaper in the powder room along with designer wallpaper in the entrance foyer and a Serge Mouille light fixture in the living room add elegant touches.

MLS NumberC7267776 Bedrooms4
Property TypeFreehold Washrooms3
Property StyleSemi Detached Taxes7185.00
MLS NumberC7267776
Property TypeFreehold
Property StyleSemi Detached