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When half a house will suffice

At first glance, this home looks like your average semi-detached, but it isn't quite what it seems. Can you spot what's missing?
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Brandon Miller, April 29, 2013 12:00:23 PM

The Property: 54 ½ St. Patrick Street, Toronto

This home started off as one part of a row of six matching properties in the 1890s. One by one, the other properties began to be sold off to a development company. The owners of 54 ½ St. Patrick wouldn’t sell, and it’s now the sole survivor of the strip. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper, as recent reports indicate the front room has no floorboards. But it has a long and rich history – and then there’s the Wow Factor.

The Wow Factor: We’re not sure if you have noticed or not but this house is, well, half a house. That fraction in the address isn’t lying. It’s a semi-detached that is fully detached, as it was severed from its other side in the 1970s when the owners refused to sell. And it is also one of the few single-family homes left on its street. Plus, it’s equally cool and odd to look at. You can’t help but stare.

The Price: This house might be cut in half, but the price certainly isn’t. Ownership of this partial home will run you $648,000. For Toronto, that’s actually not too steep, especially given the visual appeal of this abnormal dwelling.

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