968 ST CLARENS AVE., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $449,000
SELLING PRICE $455,000
TAXES $2,304 (2011)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
LISTING AGENT Julie Kinnear, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
The Action: Some strategic staging and major renovating took place at this semi-detached residence in Corso Italia prior to the arrangement of public open houses and private showings.
What They Got: Last year, this roughly 70-year-old home was brought up to date, starting outside with a new front door, windows, porch and back deck and indoors with upgraded wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling systems.
More cosmetic make overs within this 1,030-square-foot house focused on the sole bathroom amidst the three bedrooms upstairs and an eat-in kitchen with a granite-topped island, glass -tiled backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, oak hardwood floors and a rear walkout.
The main floor is completely open concept, from the living room through to the dining area and kitchen, as well as the unfinished 490-square-foot basement.
Private parking is not available on the 18-by-69-foot lot.
The Agent’s Take: “It was really nicely done, very turnkey and very trendy with the times,” says agent Julie Kinnear. “The living, dining [spaces] and kitchen were all opened up, which is unusual in the area.”
The property’s exterior setting was also of great value. “They had a nice big yard, but not everybody gets that, and it’s on a hill, so you get good views,” Ms. Kinnear states. “It’s a popular, up-and-coming spot that is close to a lot of things with easy access to downtown, the Annex and Corso Italia.”