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August 14, 2018

Step Inside Leaside’s Historic Thomas G. Elgie House

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The Thomas G. Elgie House is Leaside’s oldest home.

Originally built in 1883, it was one of only three residential buildings in Leaside. The property, at 262 Bessborough Drive, has seen the community grow from its agricultural roots into a charming, beautiful Toronto neighbourhood, and since has been designated as a Heritage Home by the City of Toronto for its visual and historical links to its surroundings.

From the outside, the familiar look and feel of the original farmhouse remain vivid with the L-shaped plan, trim, the restored wrap around porch, as well as the brick and wood detailing. Once you step inside the house, you can see the colours and finishes consistent with the old feel, but with a contemporary touch. 

Interior designers Laura McLellan and Ashley Tracey from The Design Co. say their goal was to create a home that is elegant, understated, and timeless, reflecting the farmhouse style of the exterior.

“Finishes are soft, neutral, and brighter than other homes to reflect the property’s original style, and the luxurious light fixtures and faucets were chosen to add a contemporary edge to the house,” says Laura.

“certain material choices like custom shaker style cabinets, and lighter oak floor help keep it fresh and true to its original style,” Says Ashley.


Even for seasoned designers like Laura and Ashley, 262 Bessborough has been a unique project, and they hope they created a home the community is proud of.

“We want our design to be timeless. We want it to stay in style forever, and we know our design will stand the test of time.”