You know something special when you see it. Something that stands out from the crowd. Something that provides everything you’re looking for, while also offering original features that you never even knew you were looking for. That’s what’s on display in the captivating mid-century modern bungalow located at 15 Citation Drive.
Located in Bayview Village, this house is a unique vision brought to life. It offers stunning design in one of Toronto’s most sought after neighbourhoods. Situated on a south facing estate lot that backs onto a stream, this charming home sits on a yard that extends 60×178 feet, and stretches to 193 feet on the east side.
The main level of the house is outfitted with a master bedroom and two additional bedrooms in addition to a large open family kitchen with a centre island, breakfast bar and walk-out to the side yard. The lower level of the house has an additional bedroom, home office, 3 piece bathroom, and a, expansive recreation room with a walk-out to the backyard. It’s ideal for families, whether you’re just starting with young children, or your kids are in their teens. Its one floor layout also makes it a good fit for couples who don’t want to take up too much space.
This mid-century modern house was designed by prominent Toronto architect John Harold Bonnick to be his own family home. Bonnick was a Toronto-born architect who spent time honing his skills in Boston and London UK before returning home to embark on a successful career designing buildings in Canada. He impressed his colleagues so much at the Adamson Associates architectural firm, that he became its youngest founding partner. His self designed home would go on to be a prominent milestone in itself that would go on to be featured in Homes & Gardens magazine.
Modern, Forward Thinking Design
Built in the 1950’s, Bonnick’s design was ahead of its time. It features open concept living spaces that have come to dominate the modern market. Other modern touches can also be seen at the back of the house, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that takes advantage of the south facing lot by providing radiant natural light throughout the living areas.
Bonnick put a lot of care into designing this home, and his architectural prowess can be seen in every corner. Built in cupboards in the dining and living spaces offer clever storage space for china and everything else. He also kept leasure in mind by including a built-in bar and cozy fireplace in the living room and an in-ground pool in the backyard.
Beyond the home’s practical applications, its aesthetic design should be celebrated as well. It’s wooden accents and ceiling make a lasting impression. The house also features cork flooring, something rarely seen in Toronto’s homes. Clear glass transom panels above the doorways are another stylish touch, allowing light to playfully dance throughout the house.
15 Citation Drive is located in a former apple orchard, so it’s easy to see why Bonnick chose this area for his family home. The large backyard is consistently basked in sunlight throughout the day due to its south facing position. The lot also backs onto a tranquil stream and is canopied overhead by mature trees.
An Unmatched Neighbourhood
Bayview Village is one of the best places in the city to raise a family. The neighbourhood is surrounded by parks and schools. Bayview Shopping Centre is a one minute drive away, putting this home just moments away from necessities like a Loblaws Grocery Store, Shoppers Drug Mart, and major bank branches, as well as stylish cafes, bars, restaurants, and clothing stores. Major highways and Bayview subway station on the Sheppard Line are also nearby, providing unequaled access to the entire GTA.
The space has been incredibly well maintained, making it a veritable turn-key home, but it also means you could easily make this home your own by performing renovations. Those looking to upgrade this home to suit their modern tastes will have an easy time making changes while also keeping some its charming qualities like the cork flooring or wood detailing. The sizable backyard also makes it possible to build an extension onto the house.
You just don’t see many homes like this. In addition to its unique features and design, bungalows are becoming increasingly rare in the city as well. At one time, this neighbourhood was filled with bungalows, but oftentimes the properties are bought for the land, and the one-storey homes are torn down and replaced with larger estate type houses.
This home was designed by John Harold Bonnick to write his family’s story, and now it’s time for someone else to move in and continue 15 Citation Drive’s legacy.