Check this space: Tiffany Pratt’s pink and peaceful Beach home
|Toronto Star 09 Jun 2018 at 06:26|
Renting a condo in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood these days costs, on average, just under $2,500 a month, according to real estate website Zoocasa. But those prices haven’t been a concern for Tiffany Pratt for a long time.
The social-media-famous designer and stylist moved into her two-bedroom rental on the upper level of a Beach house nearly a decade ago, and staying put meant she’s locked into a price most millennials won’t find easily now. Though Pratt, 37, won’t say how much exactly she pays, she says she only recently got her first rent increase. “I’m lucky because I’ve been here for a long time, so I’m kind of grandfathered in,” she says.
The apartment, just under 1,200 square feet including the patio, is just a few metres up the street from the lake. It’s a reflection of Pratt’s signature vibrant style, following about a year of major renovations when she redid everything from the walls to floors to lighting and more.
A rainbow staircase leads up to Pratt s apartment.
A rainbow staircase at the entrance ends at a hallway that leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom towards the back of the home, and the kitchen, living and dining rooms towards the front. Because most of Pratt’s work with crafts, designs and photography is done at home, the living room doubles as an office, with a built-in workspace on one wall. “Most people don’t live as pink as I do,” she says.
As a kid, Pratt moved back and forth between her mom’s home in Florida and her dad’s in Brantford, Ont. She moved to New York City in her 20s, working her way up through the business world from a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue, and helped run an art studio for children in Connecticut before choosing to settle down in Toronto to be close to her sisters. Pratt now shares her home with her new puppy, Poppy. “It’s an old lady with a really good face job,” she says.
Bathroom renovation picks up pink theme
How much do you pay in rent?
I don’t think that’s something I feel is good to advertise. (My friend) is currently renting a unit very similar to mine. I think it’s $2,100. I did look at a property two doors down that faces the water and it was the exact layout of my house for $2,400. Newly renovated. But I would say what I’ve done with mine is more newly renovated than that. To buy down by water, this close, it’s lunatic.
Pratt has a small table in her bedroom, but she has a separate dressing room where she gets ready and a built-in office in the living room for working.
What’s your neighbourhood like?
Quiet. Very safe. Forty per cent of the shops have closed in the last year and a half, so it’s like no man’s land up on Queen St. It literally feels like a desolate weird small town. And everyone knows everyone. I love the Beach. I’m saddened that we don’t have as many businesses as it could. But living here to me is just peaceful.
Beach home of creative designer Tiffany Pratt.
What is it like commuting to and from the Beach?
I don’t care. For me, all the extra time getting in and out of this place is worth it for the beach. The extra 15 or 20 minutes that I’m stuck sitting in traffic, or even sometimes an hour, it doesn’t even faze me because the end game is that I’m here and I hear the lake and I see the stars.
I’m an exclusive driver a), because I’m a control freak. I don’t have the kind of job where I have the luxury of time and I also usually have something in my car, like I’m taking things to and from or I’m picking something up.
Pratt s bedroom is as pink as the rest of her home.
What do you like best about this home?
Although the place is not gigantic, it still has assigned rooms. Like I have a proper dining room, living room. It’s not like a condo where it’s a shared space where you have to have a living, dining, kitchen all sort of in one. Because of the way it’s laid out, you do get to maximize the rooms, so it does have a feeling of spaciousness. In Toronto, very rarely can you get a place like this with two bedrooms, the way they’re sectioned.