In one of David Levangie’s two guest bedrooms, the 34-year-old partner at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP has tacked a piece of paper to the wall bearing the words, “May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.” It’s a sentiment Levangie and his partner, Ryan Felix, 29, take to heart: they pack their three-storey Cabbagetown Victorian with out-of-town visitors, friends and family at every opportunity.
“We’re basically running a hotel,” says Levangie, with a laugh. Recent visitors include friends the couple has made during vacations to places like Japan, Brazil and Dubai. “We travel a lot,” says Levangie. “We’ve met a lot of people all over the place and they’ve opened their homes to us. We try to return the favour because we know how nice it is to stay with people who live in the area.”
But opening their home to travellers is only the beginning. The pair regularly holds dinner parties in the family room, dining room and kitchen. And they host big holiday parties for Felix’s large, extended family. “There are 10, 11, sometimes 12 of us and we all squeeze in here,” says Felix, who runs a company that provides design and marketing services to the non-profit sector. “It’s fun. They like being here.”
Levangie and Felix bought the house in 2014 after an intense five-month search. They were immediately drawn to the home’s Victorian details: the dormer windows and mansard roof. “We’re also close to parks,” says Levangie. “It’s green and quiet, but we’re still a 10-minute walk from the Eaton Centre. It’s a perfect balance.”
Built in 1870, the home underwent a major renovation in the ’90s. The then-owners added skylights, a pair of rooftop decks and a bright, greenhouse-like kitchen. The result is a home that’s both modern and classic.
When it comes to decor, the couple has filled the house with artifacts they’ve collected on their travels around the world. “Like the people we meet,” says Levangie, “that’s what brings our house to life.”
This story is from our Winter 2017 Issue.
Photography by Jason Gordon