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1415-1369 Bloor St W offered at $399,900 **SOLD!!**

June 27th, 2017 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

Are you looking for a great west-end condo?* Number 1369 Bloor St W is a fantastic building, just a block from Lansdowne subway station, and my great new listing in there could be the one for you! ūüėČ

Coming in at just under 600 square feet (generous by Toronto standards!), the layout is open concept, so it’s airy and bright. The kitchen features granite counters, a breakfast bar, custom back splash and black appliances. The flooring is a type of engineered wood with that ‘finger-scraped’ pattern, which gives it a nice texture. There’s a walk-out from the living room to a great little balcony – perfect for enjoying the morning with a cup/pot of coffee, or a summer evening with a glass of whatever suits you!

On that note, just around the corner and down Sterling Rd is the Henderson Brewing Company – and beside that, the new Drake Commissary. There’s a Loblaws nearby, and an LCBO… honestly – what more do ya need? Whatever it is, you’ll find it along Bloor St W.

Unit 1415 offers a gorgeous, east-facing view of the city. Off to the south is the downtown core – which is walk-able, if you have 45 minutes or so…. The building has great amenities: a theatre, gym, sauna, party/meeting room, an outdoor pool and a fully fenced dog run! Not many buildings offer one of those….

 

This one comes with an underground parking spot, a locker and Ensuite laundry. It’s the complete package! We are on the MLS now and plan to market the property for one week before looking at offers. However, we are keeping our options open in case something irresistible comes along before that. If you are in the market, don’t delay. The condo segment remains strong, and we have a competitive price on this one. Two of my recent listings got multiple ‘bully’ offers, and I won’t be surprised if that happens here, too.

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* After less than 48 hours on the MLS we received a strong ‘pre-emptive’ (AKA ‘bully’) offer and sold this great little place. That’s the real market these days – still very active and competitive for listings in certain price ranges. It’s a great time to buy and sell in this market!

 

 

52 Robinson Ave – a great starter home ** SOLD! **

June 13th, 2017 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

This great little home once housed a family of five! Featuring a main floor master bedroom, a large upper bedroom and a basement bedroom/rec room, this one has more space than it appears.

The kitchen was updated a few years ago, as was the main bath. The dining room comfortably seats six; it has a closet and a window, too, so it could be used as a bedroom….

The basement bath was¬†renovated this year. There’s a great workshop space and potential cold storage. Plus, there are two separate entrances to the basement: a side door at the private driveway and a walkout at the back of the basement (to the back yard).

The long private drive comfortably fits four or five vehicles, and the detached garage (which needs some work) is large enough for another parking spot, plus storage/workshop. Beside and behind the garage is a large – and very green – back yard. It’s a wonderful space for summer lounging… or perhaps a pool? ūüėČ

Located just a few blocks from Victoria Park subway station, Robinson Ave is a quiet residential street. There’s a nice parkette (Oakridge Park) just at the bottom of the street, and convenient local shops and businesses all along Danforth Ave. The Massey-Taylor park system is close enough to walk or bike. It’s a great little area!

 

** The action on this great listing was fantastic. We received several offers and sold it in just a couple of days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLD!! 18 Gwynne Ave – huge detached home in Parkdale

April 18th, 2017 Posted by Blog, SOLD!! No Comment yet

Parkdale has seen some hard times over the years, and the owners of this huge, detached home have witnessed a fair few of them. When they bought back in the early 1980s, the neighbourhood was known for being a bit run down. But, the gorgeous housing stock from the late 1800s-early 1900s, when the area was a wealthy suburb, was there waiting to be brought back to life. A neighbourhood this close to downtown could only go up!

Parkdale is now better known for beautifully restored homes and the rapid growth of Queen West. Most of the condo and townhouse development in the area is east of Dufferin St (e.g. Liberty Village and the old Massey lands); to the west, it’s still mostly Victorian semi-detached and detached, with some Georgian row houses, so it has a classy, old-Toronto feel to it.

Built in around 1880, 18 Gwynne Ave was expanded a couple of times over the years. At some point, it was duplexed, which is still apparent as you walk through the house. The main floor¬†now features a large living/dining room, a huge eat-in kitchen, and a separate family room. The ‘back porch’ isn’t insulated, but at about 14’x14′ it serves many purposes. The custom deck out the back door is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the weather.

The second floor has five bedrooms, although one of them was gutted and roughed-in for a laundry room some time ago. The back bedroom provides access to stairs to the third floor, and a fantastic custom office.

The basement is mostly unfinished, but with painted joists and recessed lighting, it’s a very usable space. Beyond the huge laundry area¬†is a small finished room that was set up as a sewing room. It could be an office, a kids play area or general crafts room.

The front and back yards have been lovingly cultivated over the years. Flowers bloom almost constantly from spring ’til fall! At the back of the lot is a solid, two car, cinderblock garage, accessed via the lane. There’s room to park¬†one more car behind the garage, too.

Queen West amenities are great, and getting better. Pretty much everything you need is within walking distance. Walkscore.com gives it a rating of 92 – “walker’s paradise”.¬†(And hey – it’s walking distance to the Gladstone Hotel!)¬†The location also offers quick access downtown via the King or Queen streetcars; if you are going uptown, hop on the bus to Dufferin subway station. Walkscore.com gives it a transit rating of 100 – “rider’s paradise”! Sad to say, driving downtown is sometimes the fastest way to go, but cycling is a reasonable alternative (53 rating – “flat as a pancake”). If you need to get out of town, the Gardiner Expressway is 3 minutes away, which is awesome.

This grande ol’ dame is listed for $1,299,000. It’s a fantastic home with unlimited potential, but it needs work. While the mechanicals are sound and the structure is¬†solid, most buyers will want to do substantial renovations. For the right buyer, a full restoration would be the way to go.

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29 Kintyre Ave – excellent income property **SOLD**

September 14th, 2016 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

exterior2-modThere’s an old joke in the real estate business: Nobody gets rich selling real estate (i.e. being a Realtor); people get rich by buying real estate. Now, of course that’s not literally true; lots of Realtors are super successful. The point is that the better play in real estate is as a buyer and long term investor.

Income properties can be¬†a fantastic investment, one I encourage all of my clients to consider. Whether you are a first time buyer looking for extra income to help cover a mortgage, or strictly an investor (i.e. you won’t ever live in the property), you should think about it. Besides the obvious benefit of the income (especially after you retire), in the Toronto market every property owner gets significant capital appreciation, year after year.

Here’s a great opportunity for you: 29 Kintyre Ave, near Broadview Ave and Queen St E, is a large, detached property with three income-generating units. There’s a great 2nd/3rd floor apartment that could be one or two bedrooms, depending upon configuration, with an absolutely fabulous rooftop deck that faces south and gives a sunny view of the area and all the way to the downtown skyline. It really is top notch.¬†The main floor flat is a cozy one bedroom with an eat-in kitchen and a sunny, south-facing walk-out to a porch. The basement unit is a super cute one bedroom, really one of the nicer ones I’ve seen.

You can’t beat the location. Riverside is exploding with new shops, restaurants and condo developments (which means plenty of local foot traffic, which is great for any neighbourhood). Both the Queen St 501 and King St 504 streetcars are a block away. Plus, one could walk up to Dundas to catch the 505 downtown; it goes all the way to Dundas West subway station.

Access to the DVP is right around the corner, and the Gardiner isn’t much further. You can pop down into the Don Valley for a nature walk/run/ride;¬†stroll the local strip; or hike over to Leslieville. It‚Äôs no surprise that¬†the walk score is 94,¬†and the transit score is 95 – both “paradise”-like scores!

UPDATE – After one week on the market we generated multiple offers and sold the property to some very happy buyers! ūüôā

438 Becker Rd (Richmond Hill), **SOLD**

March 23rd, 2016 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

This is a fabulous four bedroom, three bathroom detached home just off Bayview Ave. Set near the end of¬†a quiet, dead-end street, #438 features newer laminate wood flooring, a renovated family room, formal (more…)

58 Brookmount Rd – gorgeous 3 bed semi backs onto parkette **SOLD**

January 11th, 2016 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

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The Beach Triangle is a fantastic pocket of classic, Toronto-style homes, just west of Woodbine Ave at Queen St E in the Beach. The area was mostly built around 1910-1920, with brick detached and semi-detached homes that have stood the test of time. Most of the homes have been renovated in this post-racetrack era, and values have appreciated significantly since the 1990s.

Number 58 Brookmount Rd is a fine example of Beach Triangle stock.¬†It starts with a¬†Beach-style porch – I love that! Inside, the hardwood floors are among the best I’ve ever seen in a Beach house. The kitchen¬†is renovated with a pass-through to the¬†gorgeous¬†dining room and a walk-out to the west-facing deck. Upstairs, the main bathroom is fully renovated with a tub and a separate shower. The front and back bedrooms are much larger than average for the area (and the middle room is good, too). All in all, it’s very spacious.

Downstairs, the basement is fully finished with a rec room, separate bedroom/office, a three-piece bath, a wet bar and storage both in the utility room and under the stairs.

The back deck steps down to a nice yard with a gate to the parking spot off the back lane. Beyond the lane is the Jeff Sloan Playground, a great little neighbourhood ‘secret’. ūüėȬ†It really doesn’t get much better – I love this house!

Queen St East is just two blocks down the street. There you’ll find the streetcar (or walk two blocks eastwards to Woodbine Ave for the bus up to the subway), plus restaurants, coffee shops, groceries – all the local amenities you need. Walk a few more minutes west and you’re at Woodbine Park; you could also head east to Kew Gardens or go straight south to Ashbridges Bay – all are just about a 10 minutes away. And, if you are driving,¬†the Gardiner Expressway is just a few minutes away.

This great house was snapped up before hitting the MLS. Don’t miss out on opportunities like this – call or email me today and get on my list!

10 Craiglee Dr – 3 bedroom detached home in Birch Cliff Heights **SOLD**

April 23rd, 2015 Posted by SOLD!! 1 comment

I sometimes say that finding an ‘up-and-coming’ neighbourhood in Toronto is hard, because most neighbourhoods have already arrived. However, I think that Birch Cliff Heights (in the north-east corner of Birch Cliff) qualifies. It’s a quiet area dotted with parks, close to the Scarborough GO Station for a quick commute downtown, and close enough to both Cliffside for shopping/eating or the Beach for a fun – and it remains quite affordable.

Case in point is my new listing at 10 Craiglee Dr. It’s a three bedroom detached house with a detached garage, and has been¬†extensively improved¬†by the current owners. The kitchen and bathroom were both¬†professionally renovated and the basement was totally re-done to add a fantastic extra bedroom and bathroom, all¬†within the last year. The house also has new lighting, flooring and A/C (2012); and the basement was waterproofed in 2011.¬†Exterior improvements include the¬†parging and cladding (2014),¬†roof (2013) and a French drain along the west side of the front yard.) The house looks great – the exterior was painted in 2013¬†–¬†and actually is in great shape, as shown in a recent pre-listing home inspection.

It’s a short walk to the¬†local public school, Birch Cliff Heights PS¬†(K-8), which is set beside Highview Park. The park features a baseball diamond, a soccer pitch and water features. The local high school is Birchmount Park CI. Other local parks include Woodrow Park, Raleigh Parkette, Sandown Park and Natal Park, making this a great area for families.

All in all, at $559,900 this is great value in a neighbourhood that has been largely overlooked in favour of the better-known areas around it. With the local housing stock beginning to undergo the transformation (additions, rebuilds, etc.) seen in so many other parts of Toronto, we can expect to see a significant boost in local values in the coming years.

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This great starter is now SOLD! Are you in the market for something similar? Call me today and let’s get started!

Drysdale Cres – fab 3 bedroom backsplit **SOLD**

April 7th, 2015 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

Hillcrest Village in North York was developed through¬†the 1960s. The western part includes¬†a beautiful development¬†of mostly bungalows and backsplits built on 50×120 lots, which are now spotted with mature trees ranging from pines to cedars to maples. Winding roads, crescents and cul-de-sacs make for a picturesque tour of a family-friendly¬†neighbourhood. In recent years, the trend has been to renovate/expand (or completely re-build) the original homes, slowing turning the area into¬†a neighbourhood of million-dollar homes.

This house on¬†Drysdale Crescent is one of those¬†classic¬†three bedroom back-splits. Set on the northern part of the street, and featuring a cedar-lined back yard, it has been freshly painted and prepped throughout. The home features two newer baths, hardwood floors, a large rec room, and loads of storage. This one truly is move-in ready. Live in it as-is, or take advantage of the large, beautiful lot and do that¬†expansion –¬†build your dream home! This house gives you all the¬†options.

Beyond the house itself, the area offers a fantastic lifestyle. Loads of amenities are within easy walking distance, including schools (elementary Cresthaven PS, intermediate Zion Heights JHS,  secondary AY Jackson), shopping, parks, a couple of TTC bus options and the Old Cummer GO station Рwhich will have you downtown in 40 minutes. If you are an outdoors type you can easily access the Don Valley trail system. If you want to drive downtown or escape the city, the DVP/404 is five minutes away.

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After a boat-load of showings we got 3 offers on this great house and sold it firm on offer night!

 

Frances Loring Lane – 3 storey townhouse: ** SOLD**

February 4th, 2015 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

The Riverside neighbourhood has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years. With new condos on Queen St, interesting shops and pubs popping up all around the area (Merchants of Green Coffee, Prohibition) or undergoing a revival (The Opera House, the old red stone ‘club’ at 704 Queen St E…) and the brand¬†new Joel Weeks park, the area is blossoming. A¬†more livable area makes for more¬†foot traffic (locals and shoppers), successful businesses, and surging property values.¬†It’s hard to find an ‘up-and-coming’ area in Toronto – because most of ’em are already here – but Riverside is one.

That’s what makes my new listing there so exciting. Number 2 Frances Loring Lane, right near Broadview and Queen St E, is a 3 storey, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom townhouse with wood flooring throughout. Just about five years old, it features custom cabinetry and Corian counter tops in the kitchen, built-in closet organizers and custom window coverings. It also includes parking and a storage locker, an east-facing, main-floor patio and a west-facing 3rd floor balcony over-looking the Don Valley (with a great view of the city line).

From a location/value point of view, this one is fantastic. It’s a short streetcar ride (501 or 504) downtown or up to the subway (again, the 504)¬†and¬†access to the DVP is right at the top of the street. You can pop down into the Don Valley for a nature walk/run/ride;¬†stroll the local strip; or hike over to Leslieville. It’s no surprise that¬†the walk score is 92 – and the transit score is 97!

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UPDATE: We generated five offers on this great listing and sold it on offer night. If you are in the market – or have something to sell in the area – feel free to get in touch with me!

Elmer Ave detached home **SOLD**

September 17th, 2014 Posted by Beaches, SOLD!! No Comment yet

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Update: Oct.9.1014 – This is a fantastic listing to kick off the fall market. Located just north of Queen St E in the Beach, it’s a three bedroom, two bathroom, detached house with three car parking and a garage. Features include an upgraded kitchen and bathroom, a wood-burning fireplace (with insert), a walkout from the dining room to a custom deck, and a basement nanny suite.¬†The current owner has done loads of work to the house over the years, including:

  • washer and dryer (2014)
  • roof (2013)
  • kitchen appliances (gas stove, microwave range & fridge), granite counter tops (2012)
  • custom deck (2007)
  • bathroom renovated (2006)
  • furnace (2006)
  • wiring updated (2004)
  • newer windows and doors (front door 2014)
  • upgraded¬†hardwood on main floor

We won’t be hosting a public open house for this great listing, so if you’d like to see it please do get in touch with me directly.