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Oft-burned buyers pounce on East York semi

163 QUEENSDALE AVE., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $529,000

SELLING PRICE $530,000

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PREVIOUS SELLING PRICEs $385,000 (2008); $185,000 (1998)

TAXES $3,000 (2012)

DAYS ON THE MARKET One

LISTING AGENT Linda Ing-Gilbert, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd.

The Action: House hunters who had lost several bidding wars for homes near Toronto East General Hospital made a determined effort to be among the first visitors through the doors of this semi-detached house just a block south of the hospital. They quickly presented an offer of $1,000 more than the list price to strike a deal.

What They Got: This roughly 80-year-old brick house stands solid with new plumbing, heating and cooling systems installed after 2008, as well as a remodelled bathroom and kitchen with ceramic floors, maple cabinetry, quartz counters and glass subway tile backsplashes. Original hardwood floors grounds the three bedrooms upstairs and separate living and dining rooms, which preserves its fireplace and plate rails respectively, while concrete floors lend an industrial feel to the lower-level den. A back room provides a second exit to a deck, private yard and garage on the 17-by-103-foot lot.

The Agent's Take: "It was a wider semi … within a great school district," says agent Linda Ing-Gilbert. "[Plus] it's on a quiet, treed street with a premium south-facing lot." Inside, the balance of classic and contemporary elements was a highlight. "I liked how they upgraded the mechanics, but kept the character of the home," adds Ms. Ing-Gilbert, who cites an example upstairs.

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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.

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