76 ABBOTT AVE., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $729,900
SELLING PRICE $765,333
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $326,000 (2000)
TAXES $4,100 (2011)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Eight
LISTING AGENT Julie Kinnear, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
The Action: In the residential pocket northeast of High Park, large properties with three to five bedrooms are more of the norm, so this two-storey Tudor with just two bedrooms suited a smaller pool of shoppers.
However, it still received a good number of showings and sold in a bidding war between a few buyers.
What They Got: Set far back from a tree-lined street on an elevated lot spanning 25 by 141 feet, this 1,238-square-foot residence was built around 1930, so it was given an extensive cosmetic and mechanical makeover over the past decade.
Some classic details include hardwood floors, original leaded glass windows and a wood burning fireplace in the living room, while contemporary touches consist of custom Carerra marble backsplashes, stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen, which overlooks a dining area with French patio doors.
The 619-square-foot basement was professionally redone to add more headroom, heated floors, an updated laundry room, a second stylish bathroom, and a carpeted recreation room with pot lights and above grade windows.
Changes visible outdoors consist of new roofing, doors and landscaped grounds with flagstone steps, a shed and a two-car parking pad off the laneway.
Amenities within walking distance range from schools and sports facilities to shops, restaurants and cafes in High Park, the Junction and Roncesvalles Village.
The Agent’s Take: “Abbot had a lot of interest because first of all, it’s a nice location on a very quiet part of the street,” says agent Julie Kinnear. “There were huge willow trees at the back, which made the yard really private and lovely.”
Buyers and agents alike were also impressed by the high calibre features used throughout. “It was a very good quality renovation. You don’t find that every day,” Ms. Kinnear says. “Even the back shed was gorgeous.”