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118 Lee Ave., Toronto

ASKING PRICE $929,900

SELLING PRICE $1-million

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $857,000 (2011); $700,000 (2008); $410,000 (2001)

TAXES $5,754 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET Two

LISTING AGENT Jenelle Cameron, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd.

The Action: Nearly as soon as an opportunity to own a Beaches area home appears, it vanishes before the scheduled offer date. That was the case for this renovated, century-old residence, scooped up by a buyer with a pre-emptive proposal for an even $1-million.

What They Got: Just north of Queen Street, this semi-detached house has an atypical mix of classic and contemporary elements, subtly broadcast by a wraparound porch with the front door set at the back.

  • Inside is a fireside living room, sunken dining room and eat-in kitchen with hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a walkout to a deck and patio with a gate to a mutual drive.
  • Upstairs are three upper bedrooms and largest of three bathrooms, while the basement has a recreation room and separate exit to the 25-by-102-foot lot.

The Agent's Take: "It's really close to Queen [Street], so from a location standpoint, it's very prime … but not so close you hear any noise," agent Jenelle Cameron says.

"It has two-car parking, which is great for the Beach, and it's much larger than a traditional semi.

"It really has a unique floor plan, for example, it has a side entrance, so when you go into the house you have a big formal living room space on one side and also a formal dining room, and then an open concept eat-in kitchen," Ms. Cameron says.