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Would you pay $116,000 over asking for this Roncesvalles home?

211 GARDEN AVE. , TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $749,000

SELLING PRICE $865,000

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PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $645,000 (2009)

TAXES $4,001 (2012)

DAYS ON THE MARKET Eight

LISTING AGENTS Julie Kinnear and Holly Chandler, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: Situated next to Garden Avenue Jr. Public School and across from St. Casimir's Church just off Roncesvalles Avenue, this semi-detached residence was a hub of activity before a handful of offers materialized last November.

What They Got: Since 2009, this roughly 90-year-old Edwardian was injected with modern services and style, from new roofing, windows, wiring, plumbing and cooling systems to a refurbished kitchen with granite counters, butcher block breakfast bar, glass backsplashes, stainless steel appliances and mudroom to the deck.

The main section of this 1,910-square-foot house contains a fireside living room and formal dining area with hardwood floors, along with three second floor bedrooms and two third floor sleeping quarters.

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The 700-square-foot basement contains a recreation area, kitchenette and second full bathroom.

A south-facing yard and parking pad round out the 20-by-100-foot lot.

The Agent's Take: "I thought it would be winding down for the year, but there were still some bidding wars since there wasn't a lot in Roncesvalles," says agent Holly Chandler.

"This was steps from Roncesvalles and it was also on the west side on Roncesvalles, which is a little bit more desirable for some people."

This house also stood on its own merits.

"It was perfect for a family," Ms. Chandler states.

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"It had five bedrooms all generously sized, and it was in move-in condition with lots of character left."

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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