17 FENWICK AVE., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $789,000
SELLING PRICE $851,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $266,000 (1996)
TAXES $4,951 (2012)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
LISTING AGENTS Sandra Pate and Lina Risi, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Johnston and Daniel Division
The Action: Set behind a Catholic school just north of Withrow Park, this detached, brick residence on a 20-by-120-foot lot hosted two weekend open houses. With no other property quite like this available this summer, several buyers presented their best bid.
What They Got: The original three-bedroom plan of this 1920s dwelling was reconfigured, so it now bears two bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs, open living and dining areas with new hardwood floors and crown mouldings, and an office addition off a kitchen with marble floors and a patio door.
Additional space includes a lower-level recreation room, bathroom and rear exit up to the gardens and a double garage off a laneway.
The Agent’s Take: “It’s a coveted location for a lot of people because it’s at the top of Withrow Park, right at the subway and half a block to all the shops and everything on the Danforth,” says agent Sandra Pate. “A detached two-bedroom [house] is not too common … but because it had a garage and because of its location, it was pretty popular.”
The interior design appealed mostly to professionals and couples, Ms. Pate notes. “It had been renovated some years ago and updated a little bit since then,” she says.
“Basically each bedroom had its own bath, which is good, and it had a high basement that was finished as well with a roughed-in kitchen in the walls and separate entrance, so it could’ve been rented out as a studio suite.”