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68 ARMADALE AVE., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $1,499,000

SELLING PRICE $1,450,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $790,000 (2006); $456,000 (1999)

TAXES $6,689 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET Nine

LISTING AGENT Nutan Brown, Royal LePage West Realty Group Ltd.

The Action: Just a short walk from shops, restaurants and subway on Bloor Street, this 1.5-storey residence is known by locals as the “Peacock” house for its colourful front mural. So only 10 serious buyers were granted inside access and a solid offer accepted late April.

What They Got: Nearly occupying the width of a sloping 103-by-30-foot corner lot is this 71-year-old home with west and south-facing exterior space, including a terrace above the detached garage.

Several years ago, the mechanics were updated and layout altered for a more open flow between entertaining areas. Those include a dining area with a back deck and a fireside family room off a kitchen with a side patio, as well as a sunken living room with heated floors, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and vaulted ceiling with 12 skylights.

The basement was redone with an office and recreation area with cork floor, wet bar and third fireplace.

Conveniences include a main floor laundry room, three bathrooms and his and her closets in the larger of two private chambers upstairs.

The Agent’s Take: “In that area, everyone knows this house just because of its uniqueness in architecture and it has some really interesting artwork on the exterior as well,” says agent Nutan Brown. “[Also], it’s a very unique style of home – it is 1.5 storeys – and the frontage is probably two to three times the sizes of most homes.”

The interior of this Swansea landmark was even more stunning. “Over the last three to five years, [the sellers] have done an extensive renovation where they literally redid all of the interior on the main floor and basement,” Ms. Brown notes.

“Again, very unique to this property, they don’t have a lawn or grass, it’s just gardens and patios, so it was virtually maintenance free.”

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