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Coming Soon: 377 Sammon Ave – detached with private drive!

June 20th, 2017 Posted by Hot Listings No Comment yet

Are you in the market for a detached home in East York? This is a great two-bedroom house with a private drive (2+ spots) just a few blocks from Michael Garron (formerly Toronto East General) Hospital – so it could be the perfect house for somebody who works there! ūüėČ

The spacious main floor is bright and open with a small den/office at the back of the house. By the time we hit the market there will be a brand new, custom built (i.e. with custom cabinetry) kitchen with all new appliances. (It’s being worked on now.)

The basement is also being completely re-done: new concrete pad; water-proofing; a completely new bathroom; two new rooms (e.g. flex and/or rec); pot lights, custom shelving and cork floors.

Upstairs the master bedroom is large and has his-and-hers closets. (His has built-ins, hers is a small walk-in.) The comfortably-sized main bath was renovated by the previous owners and is quite nice. Basically, the house will be move-in ready (for real!).

In addition to proximity to the hospital, 377 Sammon Ave is¬†walking distance to the Danforth and all that¬†has to offer: shops, pubs, restaurants, services, and the subway. Fabulous Dieppe Park is just two blocks away, and the East York Civic Centre (city services, a great farmers’ market, a library, tennis courts) is just a ten minute walk. And, if you want to drive somewhere, you are mere moments from the DVP (via either Don Mills or Pottery Rd). This is a great location in lots of ways!

It’s going to take a few weeks to get everything done, but¬†we are open to the idea of showings to qualified buyers, so feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like to see it. Otherwise, stay tuned!

147 Maclean Ave – Unique Arts and Crafts Restoration, now offered at $3,199,000

June 19th, 2017 Posted by Hot Listings No Comment yet

This beautiful home is a one-of-a-kind Arts and Crafts restoration. Fully finished, it features five bedrooms and four bathrooms over three full floors and a finished basement.

** Check out this awesome 3D interior tour! **

Originally built circa 1917, the home was purchased by the current owners in 2005. With the exception of just the dining room, which was purposely left as the only remaining historically vintage room, the house was taken back to the studs. All of the wiring (including the dining room) and plumbing was replaced, and the home restored using some recovered original woodwork (refinished and put back in place) blended with new, matching woodwork that expanded on the Arts and Crafts style.The restoration project included the addition of a small office on the main floor, plus a third floor/roof (2008) with 2+1 bedrooms and a fabulous, tree-top deck.

Starting at the foyer, every room has character woodwork. The entrance to the living room features oak colonnades, and a massive fireplace and built-in shelving fills the south wall. Nine foot ceilings add to the feeling of size and comfort. The large dining room, with an original built-in Arts and Crafts hutch along one wall, comfortably seats 8, and features an original sun room off the back.

The custom kitchen features hardwood cabinetry (3/4 inch solid quarter-sawn oak), marble counter tops, heated marble floors, and professional-grade appliances, including a Wolf stove and a built-in fridge. The office addition has a built-in desk and shelves, and a walk-out to a gorgeous, landscaped back yard. A cosy sitting area set between the kitchen and dining room features a wall mounted TV; a second oak colonnade provides access between the sitting area and the dining room.

On the second floor, the master bedroom includes an Ensuite bath with heated floors, separate his-and-hers closets, and a very private porch – perfect for a quiet morning cup of coffee. The large second bedroom has a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and a window seat with a great view. The main bath also has heated floors – and a laundry chute!

The third storey addition (8‚Äô6‚ÄĚ ceilings) includes two bedrooms and a third room suitable for storage or conversion to a bathroom. (Pipes are roughed-in.) The deck off the rear bedroom/media loft puts you up amongst the treetops, and really has to be experienced… don‚Äôt miss it!

The basement features: a media room with a built-in entertainment unit and a gas convective heat fireplace; an exercise room; a large bathroom (2017), a laundry room, storage; and a recently completed solid oak liquor/wine cabinet with a seating area. Large, south-facing windows allow for lots of natural light, and there’s a separate side entrance offering nanny suite potential.

The landscaped backyard features a garden pool and a raised ‚Äėoutdoor kitchen‚Äô with a built-in BBQ, stone counter top, sink, a fridge and seating for 8 under a cedar trellis.

Generous spacing between homes on the street allows for a private drive. At the back of the lot sits a rare detached, double garage with a 10 foot ceiling and parking for one car; the other side is converted to a workshop.

The front of the home has a classic, Beachy front porch – the perfect spot for watching the sunset down well-treed Crown Park Rd and chatting to the neighbours over a glass of wine. The mature front garden with large oaks, flowering shrubs, natural stone walls and flagstone gives the home fantastic curb appeal.

Other features and improvements include:

  • Water supply
  • Drains
  • Wiring (200 AMP panel in 2005)
  • Plumbing
  • Natural gas boiler (2013)
  • Pool heater w/efficient heat pump (2017)
  • Power to the garage
  • Power to the back shed
  • Aluminium shingles (2008)
  • Rebuilt chimney
  • Double brick main floor and plastered frame for second and third
  • Built in cabinets in kitchen, living room, dining room, third floor and basement are all 3/4 inch solid quarter sawn oak
  • Double closets off of entrance hall
  • Upgraded windows maintain the character of the home
  • 5″ solid quarter sawn oak floors in living and dining room, with front hall and hallway as tile/ same wood (2012)
  • Lots of storage both inside and outside (shed, garage, under sun room)

This fabulous house is now on the Toronto MLS (#E3831586)! Contact me for more info, and/or to arrange your private viewing.

Chisholm Ave – fantastic 3-bedroom semi **SOLD**

August 11th, 2014 Posted by Hot Listings, SOLD!! No Comment yet

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This great three bedroom brick semi is just a few blocks north of the Danforth. Well maintained and updated by the current owners, the home features hardwood floors, original wood trim, a modern kitchen, finished basement and a loft-style attic. The classic, Toronto-style porch gives the house great curb appeal; the deep, well-tended back yard is a beautiful place to relax and entertain.

Located at the quiet end of Chisholm Ave, it’s just a short walk to Taylor Creek, Stan Wadlow and East York Memorial Arena, and also¬†only at ten minute walk southbound to Main subway station and all the shops and services of the Danforth.

** After just one week on the market we sold this fantastic house on ‘offer¬†night’!

Beautiful Birchmount Rd Detached Home **SOLD**

July 1st, 2014 Posted by Buying opportunity, Hot Listings No Comment yet

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We have just done a significant price reduction on this fantastic property! It’s truly a unique¬†house¬†-loaded with recent renovations (kitchen, bathroom, home theater), landscaping and a new pool, this house accommodates all aspects of life: family, entertaining and relaxing!

The home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms,¬†a fireplace¬†and¬†hardwood throughout.¬†There’s also a separate front entrance with a foyer, closet and office – great for receiving business guests.¬†The lot is approximately 90 feet by 100 feet – an unusually broad frontage that allows for a large driveway, an attached garage, and a wide backyard.¬†

The house sits just around the corner from Rosetta McClain Gardens and Scarborough Heights Park, so there’s no shortage of local green space.¬†The local elementary school is Birch Cliff PS (JK-8); high school is Birchmount Park CI – and they are both just a couple of blocks away.¬†This great location offers a blend of suburban space and quick access to the core: two local buses make a short trip to the subway line, or you can drive straight downtown via Kingston Rd/Eastern Ave.¬†

Fab new Beach Triangle listing: Brookmount Rd semi ** SOLD **

June 9th, 2014 Posted by Beaches, Hot Listings No Comment yet

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Fifty-six Brookmount Road is a gorgeous, renovated home on one of the best streets in the area. The Beach Triangle is known for its attractive red brick homes and mature tree canopy. Set on the western edge of The Beach, the Triangle offers immediate access to everything¬†Beach, but without having to battle the Queen St East traffic. The upper half of Brookmount Rd (as well as parts of Dixon and Columbine Aves.) is extra fortunate to have a ‘secret’ park behind it, formally known as Jeff Sloan Playground.

The house has been extensively renovated, including a new custom kitchen with Ceasarstone countertops, soft-close doors and drawers and LG appliances. The main floor also features wide-plank engineered flooring, pot lights and a family room addition. Sliding glass doors walk out to a custom-designed, two-level deck with access to laneway parking and the parkette.

The home features three sizable bedrooms, each with its own unique features. The master features a wall-to-wall closet system; the middle room a set of lofts for storage and more; the rear bedroom has windows on two sides, and overlooks the parkette. The fantastic main (upstairs) bathroom features a large tub, separate shower, double sinks and heated floors.

From the Triangle you have quick access to both the Kingston Rd and Queen St streetcars, and to¬†the Woodbine bus for a quick ride up to the subway. Wherever you are going, you can get there fast from here! Of course, it’s a short, pretty walk to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Queen St. Local schools are Kew Beach Jr PS, Bowmore Rd Jr & Sr, and Monarch Park CI, St Denis and St John Catholic.

 

The King Edward Private Residences – bright 1+1 corner unit! **SOLD**

March 6th, 2014 Posted by Buying opportunity, Condos, For Lease, Hot Listings No Comment yet

The King Edward Hotel is a world famous Toronto landmark. Just three floors of this iconic building have been converted to condos; the rest continue as one of the city’s classic hotels. This relatively small conversion will bring new meaning to the idea of an ‘exclusive’ condo location in Toronto.

Just as you would expect, the finishes inside the condo conversion are fantastic, and the layout is well thought out. One of just a few units with a discrete den, it’s also at the south-east corner of the building, which allows for five windows, making the space extra bright and creating a sense of open airiness.

Downstairs is the opulent lobby, offering elegant common areas, luxury services, and fine dining. Step outside to King St East, and you are right in the heart of the financial district. From here you’ll be able to walk to almost anything – work, restaurants, entertainment, you name it!

While there are a few units on the market now (typical for recently incorporated condominiums), I expect that this building will soon become one of the most sought-after spots in the city. There are fewer than 150 private residences in the building; once the initial turn-over is complete, they will be hard to come by. If you are looking for a condo option that could offer you a bit of long-term peace of mind, you owe it to yourself to take a look at The King Edward Private Residences.

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Fab 3 bed semi on Glebeholme Blvd – **SOLD**

November 15th, 2013 Posted by Hot Listings, Open House No Comment yet

The Danforth is such a great part of Toronto. The subway provides access for local residents to quickly get downtown, and at the same time conveniently brings folks to the area to enjoy the great restaurants, pub and shops. The neighbourhood brims with activity.

Set just two blocks north of the Danforth, stretching from Donlands Ave eastwards to Woodbine Ave, is Glebeholme Blvd, a pretty, leafy street lined mostly with classic, Toronto-style three bedroom brick semis. This home, built in 1918, has had just three owners Рincluding the current seller. Over the years, it has been extensively maintained and upgraded, in a way that has allowed it to retain much of the original character and charm.

The home features a living room with decorative fireplace and French doors, a formal dining room and a brand new kitchen. The second floor has both an electric fireplace and a wood-burning fireplace. Outside, the¬†garage has been restored, and the¬†back yard¬†recently landscaped.¬†Other improvements include upgraded wiring and water main, and a ’50-year’ roof.¬†

Donlands subway station is just a two blocks away, so the commute downtown is quick and easy. Local schools are Wilkinson Junior PS,  Earl Grey Senior PS and Riverdale CI. (Catholic, Holy Cross elementary and St Patrick HS). All-in-all, this is a great home in a great neighbourhood.  Contact me any time for more information.

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Update: This house sold on ‘offer night’. ūüôā

Awesome condo listing: (Off the market)

March 21st, 2013 Posted by Buying opportunity, Condos, Hot Listings No Comment yet

Last summer I had 510-1 Cole St on the market. That was a bit of a slow time for condos, so the owner leased it for the winter. It is now back on the market!

After selling two condos last month (not bad for February!) – one of which got competition¬†–¬†I believe that the condo market is showing signs of life. As I often say, price is super important, no matter what the product: it has to be right. By slightly reducing the¬†price for this unit I believe we are offering tremendous value to a market that is still somewhat wary, but also showing confidence in the quality of the offering. In short, I think this is a fantastic unit, in a great building, at an excellent price.

Check out the listing page for full details, and call me if you would like to go see it!

Junior 1-bedroom at 33 Lombard St SOLD!

February 19th, 2013 Posted by Condos, First-time buyers, Hot Listings No Comment yet

The Spire condo at the corner of Church and Adelaide is a fantastic place. Rich with amenities, it retains an air of modesty (dare I say class) that is sometimes lacking in downtown Toronto condominiums. In a town thick with condo towers, The Spire managed to impress one local critic. He describes it in the most appropriate terms.

This unit is high enough to offer a truly impressive view of the city (and to make me just a bit weak in the knees…). While there seems to be an almost-obsessive urge among condo buyers to seek out the south-facing condo, the north view is stunning and dynamic – especially at night. From The Spire one gets a really neat view straight up Church St all the way to distant Bloor St. Most local buildings don’t challenge The Spire’s height, so one can enjoy gazing eastwards towards Leslieville and the Beach, or west towards downtown for a different kind of impressive sight.

Gorgeous St James Cathedral and park are just across the street.¬†The St Lawrence Market is a short walk south, as is the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Union Station and the Eaton’s Centre are also within walking distance, and TTC options abound. I used to work just a block away, so I can also assure you that there are plenty of pubs, restaurants (and shops) all nearby as well ūüėČ

A junior one bedroom with a full-sized balcony, the unit features wood floors, stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, a full 4-piece bath with a soaker tub, his-and-hers closets and Ensuite laundry. It’s perfect for the urban first-time buyer (or someone looking for a pied-a-terre…).

**UPDATE** The Toronto condo market isn’t as gloomy as some folks think. We received two offers on this great little unit. Pricing and presentation are super important – always. Call me if you need help!

 

Toronto Community Housing Corp Prepares to List 68 Houses For Sale

October 18th, 2012 Posted by Hot Listings, Housing, In the media, Toronto Community Housing Corporation No Comment yet

Following the sale in 2011 of five vacant houses in the east end, (listed by yours truly), Toronto Community Housing Corporation¬†listed five more on Crawford St in the west end in 2012. Those ‘baby steps’ have now been followed by a big step.

TCHC recently announced that they were preparing to sell 68 vacant houses from their portfolio of 650+ stand-alone houses. They posted an RFP (Request for Proposal) on their web site, asking for qualified Realtors to prepare bids. The bidding window closed on October 2012, so one would expect that those houses will be coming on the market in the not-too-distant future. Money from the sales will be spent on repairs to occupied properties, and will go a long way towards improving conditions. (TCHC faces an estimated $751,000,000 capital repair backlog.) This is great news for residents.

This is also great news for the Toronto real estate market. Although 68 houses may not sound like much in a market with about 20,000 active listings, many of the houses are in the east end (Leslieville/Riverside especially, with a few others in Riverdale, East York and Scarborough), so it could make at least a bit of difference here. As I wrote recently, house buyers are struggling with a shortage of ‘for sales’, so even a small surge in the number of available listings could help take some pressure off buyers.

Also, many of these houses, being vacant and in rough shape, represent a bit of a blot on the local landscape. Presumably, the new owners will put some time and money into improving the houses, which will benefit the block – perhaps the whole street – on which it is located. This is great news for homeowners around those properties.

Stay tuned for more info. I’ll post/re-post news as it becomes available. In the meantime, here’s the list* of houses that have been approved for sale:

109 McClure Crescent
56 Blackwater Crescent
55 Winstaley Crescent
87 Winstaley Crescent
5 Lowry Square
68 Snowball Crescent
52 Horseley Hill Drive
117 Merkley Square

29 Pintail Crescent
22 Murdock Avenue
703 Sammon Avenue
50 Aldergrove Avenue
281 Willow Avenue

350 Riverdale Avenue
90 Chatham Avenue
15 Milverton Boulevard
43 Poucher Street
1 Sawden Avenue

6 Ellerbeck Street
8 Ellerbeck St
10 Ellerbeck St
1544 Dundas Street East
1834 Dundas Street East

1318 Gerrard Street East
176 Eastwood Road
114 Ivy Avenue
56 Hastings Avenue
69 Laing Street

115 Hiltz Avenue
10 Kent Road
12 Rhodes Avenue
12 Bellhaven Road
32 Mallon Avenue

65 Dagmar Avenue
81 Degrassi Street
93 Empire Avenue
22 Wardell Street
257 Booth Avenue

101 Morse Street
161 Carlaw Avenue
118 Heward Avenue
14 Marjory Avenue
115 Jones Avenue

119 Jones Avenue
193 Jones Avenue
319 Jones Avenue
12 Rushbrooke Avenue
13 Trefann Street

311 Arlington Avenue
71 Nairn Avenue
174 Yarmouth Road
96 Marchmount Road
120 Ellsworth Avenue

19 Carling Avenue
598 St. Clarens Avenue
1022 St. Clarens Avenue
12 Mitchell Avenue
29 Noble Street

56 Lansdowne Avenue
161 Indian Grove
6 Hugo Avenue
630 Runnymede Road
406 Davisville Avenue

185 Logan Avenue
4 Wineva Avenue
5 Hubbard Boulevard
6 Wineva Avenue
7 Hubbard Boulevard

*Source: TCHC RFP 16/11