686 CRAWFORD ST., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $899,000
SELLING PRICE $1,162,000
TAXES $6,286 (2011)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
LISTING AGENT Gil Goldstein, Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc.
The Action: Just a few steps south of Bloor Street and Christie Pits Park, this detached, 2½-storey residence is surrounded by semi-detached homes, so there were two busy open houses and over 60 private showings. On the predetermined offer date, the best out of multiple bids added $263,000 to the list price.
What They Got: In 1983, an architect oversaw the renovation of this century-old Edwardian, which contains six bedrooms, three bathrooms and many entertaining areas, including a fireside living room and rear cooking and dining areas with sliding doors to a deck, as well as a lower-level recreation room.
The interiors were bright with bay windows in three out of four second floor bedrooms, including one with a deck, as well as a skylight and balcony off one of the two third-floor bedrooms.
A skylight also illuminates a double garage off a laneway at the back of the 30-by-128-foot lot.
The Agent’s Take: “It was very large and detached, so it was a real family home and has been for 30 years,” says agent Gil Goldstein. “It enabled them to accommodate all of their children growing up, and it was close to transportation, so regardless of where the kids were going to school, they could get there easily.”
The changes the sellers made when they first moved in also made the space more family-friendly. “They took out a lot of walls and made it a very open and welcoming space,” adds Mr. Goldstein. “The garage was terrific in that it had a skylight put in it, and they had a big Ping-Pong table in there.”