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Beaches home near the water sells slightly under asking Add to ...


ASKING PRICE $1,239,000

SELLING PRICE $1,214,500

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $690,000 (2003); $595,000 (2001)

TAXES $7,048 (2012)


LISTING AGENT Julie Kinnear, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: Along the western edge of Kew Gardens between Queen Street and Lake Ontario, this detached, brick house was sold to a family similar to the one that sold it last fall.

What They Got: Each year since 2004, this roughly 80-year-old house became more fair and functional with updated roofing, heating and cooling systems, pot lights and hardwood floors in various rooms, as well as three remodelled bathrooms and a kitchen with stainless steel, granite and marble appointments.

A family room addition with a walkout to a deck, flagstone patio and gated garden increased interior living space to 2,130 square feet, including the open dining space and living room with a wood-burning fireplace.

The second floor currently houses two bedrooms, including one with a sitting area and another with a walk-in closet and bathroom. Meanwhile, one of two third-floor bedrooms has a balcony and skylight.

The 870-square-foot basement is virtually self-contained with a kitchen, a fireside recreation room, guest bedroom and side entry to a repaved driveway and garage on the 25-by-115-foot lot.

The Agent’s Take: “In the Beach, there are a lot of houses that are wood framed and not as well built. But this was a full brick, detached house and that is rare,” says agent Julie Kinnear. “It was three storeys, it had a garage and a dug-out basement. It was basically a total family home.”

The proximity to the waterfront and urban attractions was also hard to beat. “It was hot because its south of Queen Street and [homes] don’t come up very much [in that area], practically never,” Ms. Kinnear adds.

“Having your own gate walking into Kew Gardens is very cool. There’s a playground right there for children … and you’ve got the jazz festival, tennis courts and gardens in there, it’s nice.”

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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