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Gutted Victorian in Little Italy scores with buyers

Done Deal, 456 Euclid Ave., Toronto


ASKING PRICE $1,649,000

SELLING PRICE $1,625,000

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TAXES $6,452 (2011)


LISTING AGENTS Douglas and Trevor Freeman, Freeman Real Estate Ltd.

The Action: A meticulous renovation and luxurious finishes lured a crowd of locals and house hunters to this three-storey, semi-detached Victorian in Little Italy.

What They Got: This roughly 3,000-square-foot house was gutted and restored, maintaining original details from 1889, such as its red brick façade, 10½-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls and an oak fireplace mantle in the living room.

The main floor now features a modern, open plan with pot lights, white ash hardwood floors and a floating staircase off the dining area, as well as a custom, granite-topped kitchen island, stainless steel appliances and double doors to the deck, private landscaped yard and new double garage.

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Two of the five bathrooms are for the exclusive use of two bedrooms on the second floor.

Two smaller bedrooms are found on the third floor, which also has a rooftop deck.

An extra bedroom and carpeted family room round out in the basement, which has a separate entrance.

The Agent's Take: "There are a lot of people looking for that location because they want to be close to the city, but they don't want to be put into an older house that needs work," says agent Trevor Freeman.

"These buyers were able to identify the amount of quality, time and effort that went into transforming this Victorian house into a home that offers original details of the Victorian era, like fireplaces, stained glass windows and high ceilings, but provides them with the renovations and conveniences they want from today's properties, like a main floor bathroom, en suites and heated floors."

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