The Yarmon House – 4 Bedroom Bungalow on a Slope

House faces west to view of Don Valley with Toronto in the distance. Roof overhang and tall trees shade windows in summer. Front door, left of garage, is painted terra cotta. Balcony can be reached from living room or from patio at side of house.

(Note: This article is taken verbatim from a 1959 issue of Canadian Homes and Gardens)

When Elliott and Charlotte Yarmon first moved to Don Mills, they rented a row house designed by architect Henry Fleiss. The economy and convenience of its design so impressed them that they called on the same architect when they decided to build their own house. The house Fleiss designed for them, in the custom section of the Don Mills development, has four bedrooms, about 2100 square feet of floor space. Outside, it’s elegantly clad in natural stone, cedar siding and white brick. Windows at the front stretching the full height of the house make it look like a split level or two story, but it’s really a bungalow on a sloping lot with a garage, recreation room and even main entry on ground level basement – but all main rooms are on floor above. The Yarmons wanted a room where Jim, 14, Tom, 11 and Mary, 8, could enjoy themselves withoug disrupting the rest of the house, and keep down their costs for this extra ‘living room’ by putting it in the bright basement.

Two story windows at front of Yarmon house glow after dark showing recreation room an basement level (below left), living room above it, and stairway entry (right). Front entry is to right beyond patio and opens into entry hall. Rec room has TV, piano, quiet cork floor and acoustic tile ceiling, is mainly children’s territory.

Sun-flooded entry leads up open tread oak stairway to living room above. Handsome white japanese paper lantern that hangs from the ceiling was picked up by the Yarmons in Vancouver. Hall draperies stretch full two-story height of front windows, are broadly striped in beige and white.

Living room has big windows on two sides, those at left face the Don Valley, with glass door opening to balcony.; those at right face north into grove of trees, also have glass door, which opens to dining patio. Random-width oval flooring has insets of contrasting wood and give it a handsome appearance. Cedar-plank ceiling follows slight slope of house’s almost flat roof, is inset with three spotlights over sofa. Living room draperies are same fabric as those in entry stairwell.

Fireplace of reddish-brown brick is focal point of living room. Recreation room has similar fireplace directly beneath. Living room walls are white except for cedar-planked half-wall shielding stairwell. One sofa is upholstered in turquoise, one in dull red. Oriental rug is mainly red.

Dining hall has pass-through (left) to kitchen. Doors of cabinets are painted red and blue. Living room hi-fi cabinet, beneath shelves, was designed by architect Fleiss.

Kitchen, seen from dining room doorway, has white with black vinyl tile floor. Ceiling is cedar plank, walls are blue, counter tops are grey. Cabinets have natural finish.

Do you know where in Don Mills the Yarmon house is located, and if it even still exists in 2010? Let me know! Clues to it’s location are throughout the article, but no street name is mentioned.

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10 Responses to The Yarmon House – 4 Bedroom Bungalow on a Slope

  1. I think it may be located in Cool Town, or Fabulousville!
    What a house!

  2. cool! we are going to re-install the cork floors that were spec’ed on the blueprints. and cedar must have been the bomb at the time – i was sanding our exterior siding this weekend and there is certainly cedar under there. the blueprints say cedar too, but, you never know…

  3. Dave and I visited this gorgeous house this morning for his column. And man, not much has changed! It is in remarkable shape, and still lived in by the original owner (his son was there to give us the tour). Even some of the furniture and the living room rug are still there, along with a fabulous art collection and lots of wonderful family memories. It’s obvious the house has been well loved and cared for over the years. You can read all about it in the Globe in a few weeks.

  4. Steven says:

    What’s the address of this house?

  5. Steven says:

    Nevermind. 91 Laurentide Dr.

  6. Tom Yarmon says:

    it was a treat growing up in the house, and even now,visiting my father there is enjoyable. He looks after the home well and keeps it incredibly uncluttered!. My wife and i live nearby on Three Valleys and visit most days. Tom

    • Steven says:

      Tom, Do you happen to have an email address? I’d like to contact you and discuss the possibility of designating your father’s house as a heritage building. Please let me know.

      • tom yarmon says:

        Hello, Steven, This was forwarded to me while I was out of town; and my father, also gave me the letter you dropped off at his house recently. He would rather not pursue a heritage designation and asked me to pass that on to you.

        However, as you may know, DMRI has been working on getting parts of Don Mills designated as a HCD, including an initial area in Parkway West where I live, and where my father lives. It is a slow process, as you noted, primarily due to lack of staff resources in City Hall.

        yours,

        tom yarmon

  7. Steven says:

    I recently came across this vintage photo of the house from 1959:

    Photo credit: Panda Associates

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