278 DURIE ST., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $899,000
SELLING PRICE $1,000,278
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $300,000 (2002)
TAXES $4,812 (2012)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Six
LISTING AGENTS Theodore Babiak and Kristofer Lawson, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
The Action: In the week leading up to March break, this updated house was one of few properties available in the community north of Bloor West Village. So a few days before the sellers planned to review offers, one buyer’s proposal of more than $100,000 over the list price was too tempting to resist.
What They Got: A lot spanning 25 by 145 feet accommodates this 1,620-square-foot residence, a flagstone patio and perennial garden, as well as storage sheds and a front parking pad.
Between 2002 and 2005, the roof, windows, shingles, heating and wiring systems of this 80-year-old home were replaced, plus hardwood floors were installed, all three bathrooms were remodelled and the kitchen redone with cork floors, Caesarstone counters, stainless steel appliances, a pantry and a walkout to the deck.
The layout remains traditional with the enclosed porch, a living room with a gas fireplace and formal dining room off the main hall, which also has stairs leading up to three bedrooms, including one with laundry facilities.
The renovated 700-square-foot basement apartment has in-floor heating in the bedroom, kitchen and living area, which has one of two walkouts and a laundry room.
The Agent’s Take: “The location was an important feature for this house,” agent Theodore Babiak said. “It was near Bloor West Village and a five-minute walk or less to the subway.”
Though this two-storey house is of standard size, its appearance was extraordinary. “It was a contractor’s home, so it was well designed with quality work,” Mr. Babiak stated. “It also had a beautiful and tended west-facing garden.”
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