157 Coxwell Up for Sale
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157 Coxwell Up for Sale

The quirky, eco-friendly, east end iconic residence is looking for the right owner.

Darren Berberick (left) and Benjamin Walsh (right) are moving out of their four-storey home.

The oblong home at 157 Coxwell Avenue seems to bring up more questions than answers, like “Is it a spaceship, or a Rubik’s cube?” or “Why is it on stilts?” But now there is one more thrown into the mix—”Who is going to buy it?”

In December, Torontoist introduced you to the tenants of 157 Coxwell, Benjamin Walsh and Darren Berberick, and the building’s architect Rohan Walters, in an edition of We Live Here—a series about some of the city’s quirkier houses. This month, however, we were notified that the property is to be put up for sale.

With Walsh heading back to school in September, he and Berberick will no longer be able to make the home’s rent payments. So they’re moving to a more affordable apartment nearby at the end of February, even though they loved their odd home.

“If we had the cash, we would buy 157 Coxwell and stay for good but unfortunately that’s not to be,” Walsh told us by email.

Walters, too, is sorry to see Walsh and Berberick go, since he’s found it difficult to find renters as interested in the building’s unique design and eco-friendly features as they’ve been; at the same time, Walters has been keeping up with his film and TV set design work, two children, and volunteer responsibilities. So, despite once having had plans for a smaller second home and urban farm on the property, he has decided to sell.

“Ben and Darren are amongst the best tenants I’ve had. However the energy, money and time it takes to find good tenants and maintain Coxwell to the extent I would expect, not just of myself but others as well, can potentially unbalance my present circumstances,” he said.

This won’t be the last alternative project for Walters—he’s currently planning to build a residence in what used to be a car driveway, which will undoubtedly continue to turn (and cause the scratching of) the heads of passersby. But hopefully someone will be able to put their money where their curiosity is for the home at 157 Coxwell.