196 COLBECK ST., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $599,000
SELLING PRICE $722,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $440,000 (2005); $377,000 (2004); $215,500 (1998)
TAXES $4,165 (2013)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Nine
LISTING AGENT Lyle Hamilton, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
The Action: A few houses east of Jane Street, this semi-detached dwelling hosted two open houses and about 50 showings over the space of a week. Though there were a few similar properties available to divide buyers' attention, this one roped in several strong offers, including one $123,000 over the list price.
What They Got: Various owners strengthened the value of this roughly 70-year-old brick house with new roof, heating and cooling systems, two updated bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room with ceramic floors and a walkout to a deck, fenced yard and mutual driveway on the 19-by 90-foot lot.
Privacy is provided in three bedrooms upstairs, while open lounging quarters consist of a sunroom, living and dining areas and lower-level recreation space.
The Agent's Take: "That house is just one block north of Bloor, so you can walk to the subway, restaurants and cafes, and there's also good schools," says agent Lyle Hamilton. "It's a very popular neighbourhood, so there's lot of buyers looking to buy in the area at that price point."
The amount of space this home offered was also a perk. "It's typical in most ways, but the one thing it had was an addition off the back, so the kitchen was larger than kitchens would be in a semi in the area," Mr. Hamilton adds.
"They had a nice barbecue deck off the back and there was still some grass, so the backyard was quite appealing."
Editor's Note: Done Deals contain information gathered from real estate agents, home buyers, home sellers and sale prices that are publicly available from government sources. While we try to publish Done Deals as soon as possible after the transaction has occurred, long closings can cause delays.