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New listing: 43 Gainsborough Rd – beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath semi **SOLD!!**

June 7th, 2019 Posted by Blog, SOLD!! No Comment yet

Located near Gerrard and Coxwell’s Little India (AKA India Bazaar AKA Ashdale Village), Gainsborough Rd is a pleasant, tree-lined street of mostly semi-detached homes. Number 43 is a fantastic home set near the bottom of the street, just south of Eastwood Ave and just a few doors up from Moncur Park. It has a renovated kitchen, two nice bathrooms (5 piece upstairs, 3 piece downstairs) and hardwood throughout. The three bedrooms are larger than average, and the finished basement includes a rec room and loads of storage. There’s also a great front porch – perfect for getting to know the neighbours – and a beautiful back yard.

Just a block away from the #22 bus route, this location offers quick access to the subway, but there’s plenty of nearby amenities – standard stuff like banks and grocery stores, but also interesting options like Lasiy Daisy’s cafe, Godspeed brew-pub, The Pantry (an artesan cheese shop), Sanagan’s Meat Locker (a butcher) and Lake Inez.

Monarch Park, Greenwood Park , Orchard Park and Woodbine park are all within walking distance, as are the beach (and The Beach!) and Leslieville. If you have to head downtown you can hop on the 506 Carleton or walk down to the Queen St 501.

There are great schools nearby, too: Bowmore Rd (Junior and Senior), Roden PS, Equinox Holistic Alternative School (housed inside Roden PS), Georges-Etienne-Cartier (Catholic French). High schools are Monarch Park, Danforth Tech (although local kids also attend Riverdale CI) and St Patrick.

I’ll be hosting an open house this Saturday and Sunday, 2-4pm both days. Please do pop by, say hi and check out this great house!

 

27 Laxis Ave: cute 2-bed detached **SOLD**

May 23rd, 2019 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

When my clients bought this house a couple of years ago, it needed loads of work. The structure was fine, but the place hadn’t been upgraded in…well, forever! The kitchen was kinda falling apart, and the back yard was a disaster. And the decor… well, see for yourself!

Two years of hard work has completely transformed the house. The kitchen is all-new – even some of the joists supporting the floor – there’s new flooring in the living/dining room and master bedroom, the sunroom has been fully insulated and prettied up, some of the windows have been replaced and insulation has been added to the attic. See below for a fuller list. Plus, overall, the decor has been given a massive upgrade!

The back yard is now a sight to behold – the flower gardens are works of art, and the veggie garden is huge. The deck is perfect for barbecuing and entertaining (or just relaxing!), and the new shed is large enough for storage and a bit of a work space. It’s fantastic.

The area is a real up-and-comer. Already known for its close proximity to the Humber River (via Portage Gardens Park, just around the corner), Fergy Brown Park and the huge Eglinton Flats playing fields, Mt Denis is getting an LRT station (not far from Laxis Ave), which will also have GO service, a UPX stop and the Maintenance and Storage facility. All that will greatly improve transit options for local residents – and that always helps real estate values (not to mention local businesses).

The local public school is Portage Trail Community School (Our Lady of Victory Catholic), and Weston CI is the high school (Chaminade College and St Oscar Romero Catholic).

List of Improvements

– New Kitchen cabinets, 2017
– Kitchen floor, from floor joists, vinyl wood style flooring, 2017
– Insulation in kitchen crawlspace (accessed under the fridge through trap door), 2017
– Kitchen window, 2016
– Wiring throughout, 2017
– New toilet and bathroom sink, 2017
– New laminate flooring main and second floor, 2017
– Oak tree in backyard professionally trimmed, 2017
– Oak veneer stair caps, 2017
– New shed, 2017
– Bathroom window, 2018
– Sunroom fully insulated (walls, ceiling (blown insulation not accessible now) and underneath – accessed through side by rain barrel outside), 2018
– Sunroom side window, 2018
– Attic blown in insulation, 2018
– New dishwasher, 2018
– New vertical posts on fence, 2018
– Built in closet in sunroom, 2019
– New vinyl siding on kitchen, 2019
– New programmable thermostat, 2019.

Inclusions:
– Existing fridge, stove and dishwasher; clothes washer and dryer (‘as-is’); custom baby gates.

Exclusions:
– wisteria in front garden
– BBQ and patio furniture
– Front window boxes and other potted plants inside and out
– Some of the perennial plants will be split so that a portion is left and some will be taken.

New listing: 71 South Bonnington Ave – large 2-unit home on a great lot **SOLD!!**

May 15th, 2019 Posted by Hot Listings, SOLD!! No Comment yet

Located in Birch Cliff Heights (between Birch Cliff and Cliffside, just north of Kingston Rd), South Bonnington is a quiet street with a real range of house types, from the original local farm house (just across the street), to post-war bungalows, to modern homes. Number 71 was a two-bedroom bungalow, topped up roughly 15 years ago, now featuring two almost-identical two-bedroom flats. Set on a large corner lot, the property has a fully fenced back yard with a deep, kidney bean-shaped pool and pleasant lawns and gardens. Add to that the four-car private parking and it’s all really quite impressive!

Now fully vacant, both flats have large living/dining area, west-facing picture windows, and two east-facing bedrooms that over-look the back yard. On the main floor, the master bedroom has a sliding glass walk-out to the yard, while the upper master has a nice Juliette balcony. The main floor could use some sprucing up, but is absolutely livable as-is. To be honest, though, the upper unit would benefit from a bit more work, e.g. kitchen and flooring. Keep in mind that it’s only about 15 years old, so it’s nothing that a bit of handiwork can’t fix.

The back yard is really where it’s at with this house. The pool has a new liner and heater, and the pump is new-ish, so it’s ready to go! There’s a nice interlock patio around it, and there’s still room for a lawn and gardens – basically, it has it all!

This house would be great for large and/or extended families, or an investor looking for a two or three unit property (the basement has been rented out before, but would need to be renovated to make it suitable for that again). It’s close to schools (Birch Cliff Heights is just at the bottom of the block), parks (Highview Park has a baseball diamond and a soccer pitch), the TTC (#20 Cliffside bus is just three blocks away) and walking distance to the shops and amenities of Cliffside Village.

I’ll be hosting public open houses this Saturday and Sunday (May 18th & 19th), 2-4pm both days. Come by for a look!

New listing – 80 Glenshephard Dr, ** SOLD **

February 25th, 2019 Posted by Blog, SOLD!! No Comment yet

*Update – it didn’t take long for this great little house to sell! The current owner is looking forward to the  move to his new place, and the buyers are super excited about their first buy. 🙂

Glenshephard Dr is a great little street that makes a ‘U’ shape off Danforth Rd near Brimley Ave in Scarborough. Lined with well-maintained bungalows on wide lots with private drives, it makes for a quiet little pocket that’s close to public transit, shopping and lots of local amenities.

My new listing at #80 is a renovated three bedroom (one currently used as a dining room) home with hardwood floors, a walkout to the new back deck, parking for four and a large workshop at the back of the property. The large, south-facing back yard is open and sunny – a great place for a vegetable garden!

The basement is finished, and has a fully separate unit. It’s not retrofitted and wasn’t built with a permit, so it’s not considered an ‘apartment’. However, it wouldn’t be hard to get the proper paperwork to make it legal.

The local elementary public school is Walter Perry PS, the intermediate is Robert Service Sr PS and the high school is the highly regarded R.H King Academy, with the option to apply to David and Mary Thomson CI. All in all, this is a great area.

 

 

 

New listing: 45 Gainsborough Rd – big 3 + 1 semi **SOLD!!**

August 10th, 2018 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

Located near Gerrard and Coxwell’s Little India (AKA India Bazaar), Gainsborough Rd is a pleasant, tree-lined street of mostly semi-detached homes. Number 45, renovated a few years ago, is near the bottom of the street, just south of Eastwood Ave and just a few doors up from Moncur Park. It has a newer kitchen, two renovated baths (heated floors in the upstairs bathroom) and hardwood throughout. The three bedrooms are larger than average for the area, and the finished basement includes a rec room and an extra bedroom.

There’s a great front porch – perfect for getting to know the neighbours – but it’s the back yard that makes this property so great. Double doors open from the kitchen to a large deck (22′ x 16.5′) with plenty of seating and a hot tub. Way at the back of the relatively deep lot is another seating area with a fire pit. It’s a beautiful spot with a freshly sodded lawn and cute gardens – very relaxing!

Just a block away from the #22 bus route, this location offers quick access to the subway, but there’s plenty of nearby amenities – standard stuff like banks and grocery stores, but also interesting options like Lasiy Daisy’s cafe, Godspeed brew-pub, The Pantry (an artesan cheese shop) and Sanagan’s Meat Locker (a butcher).

Monarch Park, Greenwood Park , Orchard Park and Woodbine park are all walking distance, as is the beach (and The Beach!) and Leslieville. If you have to head downtown you can hop on the 506 Carleton (currently a bus, but usually a streetcar) or walk down to the Queen St 501.

There are great schools nearby, too: Bowmore Rd (Junior and Senior), Roden PS, Equinox Holistic Alternative School (housed inside Roden), Georges-Etienne-Cartier (Catholic French). High schools are Monarch Park, Danforth Tech (although local kids also attend Riverdale CI) and St Patrick.

 

4 Brookridge Dr. **SOLD!!**

June 26th, 2018 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

Midland Park is a gorgeous neighbourhood of mid-century modern homes built in the late 50s-early 60s. Many existing trees were left intact, and the housing was designed and built to fit the landscape. Today, it’s a quiet, leafy community of wide, winding streets, tall trees and classy homes whose design style has stood the test of time.

Number four Brookridge Dr, just off Midland Ave, sits on the western edge of the development. It’s on a huge lot (50ft by 150ft) that allows for a nice setback from the street, a large private drive, and a fabulous backyard. The interior features three bedrooms, a separate dining room, and a large living/family room at the back of the house that opens onto the deck, patio and yard. There’s hardwood throughout the main floor, a bright skylight in the main hallway, and a side door off the kitchen. Overall, the design and layout are interesting and functional.

The basement is divided into two main rooms: a huge rec room – great for kids or entertaining – and an office/study that has a separate entrance. There are loads of options there!

The local schools are Donwood Park P.S. (St Victor Catholic), David & Mary Thomson C.I. and Bendale Business and Tech Institute (Jean Vanier Catholic). There’s plenty of amenities nearby – shopping, banks, restaurants, etc., and the bus stop is right around the corner. In addition to the school grounds, there’s the West Highland Creek on the eastern side of the development, and Thomson Memorial Park (home of the Scarborough Museum) just on the other side of Brimley, so there’s no shortage of outdoor activity options.

This home has been in the same family for over 50 years. It has been lovingly maintained, and is in move-in condition. If you would like to see this great little house please contact me to book a private viewing.

It took a while (summer is usually a slow time of year), but this great little house is now sold. If you are looking in the area, please drop me a line!

 

1113-231 Fort York Blvd **SOLD!!**

February 6th, 2018 Posted by Condos, SOLD!! No Comment yet

Update: We had over 130 showings booked for this great starter condo, and generated 11 offers! The property sold ‘firm’ on offer night. The condo market is hot!

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The amount of development around Fort York in recent years has been amazing. Not only have loads of great condos gone up, but the area is also benefiting from other projects. For example, there’s a new Fort York Visitor Centre, and most of us have heard about the new Bentway skating trail that runs under the Gardiner Expressway.

Number 231 Fort York Blvd (‘Atlantis Aquarius’) is right across the street from all that action. Unit 1113 is a well laid-out one bedroom unit with a cute little balcony and a great view. (As the western-most building of the project, it has an unobstructed west-facing view of the city, the waterfront and the lake off in the distance.) Features include laminate wood flooring in the living/dining room, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar – great for casual eating or entertaining. The unit comes with an owned parking spot, and extra rental parking spots are sometimes available, too.

The building has some great amenities, including a games room, mulit-purpose room, and the Oasis Club – the fitness room, salt water pool, large Jacuzzi, etc. It all makes for comfortable living. And if you want to get out for a run or a bike ride, Coronation Park and the waterfront trail are right across the street.

It’s a short walk to the streetcar (board at Fleet Street, just down at the corner with Fort York Blvd), or the bus; they’ll take you to Union Station or Bathurst Station – and points in between. Or, pop down to the Lake Shore to hit the Gardiner. There are lots of transportation options from here!

This great little spot is perfect for the first time buyer(s) or small investor. Judging by the showing action so far, it’s a hot commodity! If you are interested, or know somebody who might be, don’t hesitate to call me.

 

 

377 Sammon Ave – detached with private drive ** SOLD**

November 2nd, 2017 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

It took a while, but patience is a virtue and this beauty is now sold! 🙂 Read on for my original thoughts on it.

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! 😉 The local TDSB elementary school is RH McGregor, which features French immersion – another huge benefit at this great location.

Inside, the super spacious main floor is bright and open, with a neat den/office at the back of the house. It has a brand new, custom built (i.e. with custom cabinetry) kitchen with all new appliances. Note that the home also features two wall mounted heat exchangers. They’re not just air conditioning: on coolish days the unit will actually add heat to the house! Very cool.

The basement is also completely re-done: new concrete pad; water-proofing; a completely new bathroom; two new rooms (e.g. flex and/or rec); pot lights and cork floors. The back door leads to the basement (i.e. there’s a separate entrance), and the laundry room is right at the bottom of the stairs.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is large and has his-and-hers closets. (His has built-ins, hers is a small walk-in.) The second bedroom is plenty big enough, too. The comfortably-sized main bath was renovated by the previous owners; it’s quite nice. Basically, this house is move-in ready (for real!).

In addition to proximity to the hospital and RH McGregor, 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 (playing field, hockey rink and skating pad) 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.

View loads more pics here.

 

26 Irvington Cres in Willowdale – ** SOLD!! **

September 19th, 2017 Posted by SOLD!! No Comment yet

This is a great house in a fantastic area. Willowdale has long been known for its comfortable homes on large lots. In recent years, the area has also become known for rapid growth. The nearby Bayview Subway station has been open for about 15 years, and major public transit infrastructure usually spurs economic growth and housing activity, and that’s what’s been happening.
Irvington Cres is tucked away in a little pocket of just four quiet streets accessible (by vehicle) only via Calvin Ave, southbound off Sheppard Ave E. So, with no ‘through traffic’, the area is rather idyllic, considering that the Bayview/Sheppard intersection is actually quite close by. Kids can play ball hockey, and pedestrians usually have the road to themselves. Plus, there’s foot/bike access to Bayview Ave at the east end of the street, which is super convenient for the locals.
The house itself is fairly original, and will benefit from some updating. It got a new roof in 2007 (and the garage roof in 2009), and a new sliding glass door to the back patio just this year. The back addition family room was done in the late 1980s, and features a wood stove for extra warmth in the winter. There’s loads of wood out back, too, from a couple of old elms that were taken down a couple of years ago.

The layout of the house seems to really encourage air flow; open up the windows on a warm day and a great breeze gets going, right through the house. The long kitchen is bright and roomy, with a nice little eating area right by the back door. There are two bedrooms upstairs, and a full bathroom, while the main floor includes a bedroom/office and a powder room. The basement is partly finished, with an extra bedroom, laundry room and a three piece bathroom. The cold room needs some work, but will be a great place for preserves (and wine!) when that’s done.

The back yard is huge. There’s room for a back patio, the detached garage, piles of wood, a trampoline, and a play structure – and there’s still lots of space! The owners have lived in the house since 2003 and have never used pesticides or herbicides on the lawn, which is great for children and pets.

The Neighbourhood

From Irvington Cres, one can walk to Bayview subway station in 6 minutes, and walk to Bayview Village Mall (Loblaws, Pusateri’s, LCBO, Chapters, Mastermind Toys, and lots more) in about 10 minutes. The Sheppard Centre (Yonge and Sheppard) is getting a Longos and LA Fitness in 2018. Other amenities include a nearby YMCA, places of worship, a ZipCar location and… IKEA!!

Also, there’s a farmers’ market every Tuesday and Friday from May-October just across Sheppard in the People’s Church parking lot. And, there are several parks nearby, including a few within a 10-minute walk: Sheppard East Park, for smaller children, renovated in 2017; Greenfield – Longmore Lands, which is relatively new; and Glendora Park, which has a splash pad and tennis courts. The bike trails of the Don Valley are also easily accessible.

The street is in the catchment areas for Hollywood Public School, Bayview Middle School , and Earl Haig High School. Readers should note that the TDSB cannot guarantee that all local kids will get in to their designated ‘home’ school, due to rapid population growth around some schools. It would be wise to check with the Board before making any decisions!

All the usual chattles are included: fridge, gas stove, Bosch dishwasher; gas dryer, front-loading washer; a gas BBQ and a play structure in the backyard. But, the underlying value is in the lot: 52ft by 150ft. A buyer could renovate the house, or do like so many of the neighbours have done, and start from scratch.

**UPDATE** After a week of marketing, including a busy weekend open house, we received a number of offers on this house on ‘offer night’. The house is now sold to some very happy buyers!

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! 😉

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.

More pics here. 🙂

* 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!