45 SOUTH KINGSLEA DR., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $899,900
SELLING PRICE $959,800
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $717,500 (2005); $320,000 (1996)
TAXES $5,625 (2013)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
CO-OP AGENTS Irene Kaushansky and Philip Brown, Keller Williams Neighbourhood Realty
The Action: Clients of agents Irene Kaushansky and Philip Brown originally wanted a large lot to build their dream home, but changed their mind after touring this detached bungalow just west of Humber River parkland. They expected a bidding war based on Sunnylea's popularity, so they sweetened their proposal by nearly $60,000.
What They Got: More than five decades ago, this brick residence was built with a three-bedroom and two-bedroom plan and attached double garage on an 88-by-125-foot lot.
Hardwood floors run throughout the fireside living room. There is a dining area and open kitchen with a granite-topped peninsula, stainless-steel appliances and a walkout to a two-tiered deck with a pergola, treed backyard, garden and shed.
There is a basement with an extra bedroom and panelled recreation room with a wet bar, gas fireplace and ceramic floors.
The Agent's Take: "Although in east Sunnylea [lots] do tend to be a little bigger than west Sunnylea, this one was quite exceptional," agent Irene Kaushansky said.
"[The buyers liked] the sprawling nature of the house and quiet street, very lush and very green."
The interior was also better than expected. "The kitchen was nicely renovated and because we got a larger lot, the principal rooms were bigger," Ms. Kaushanksy said.
"[The buyers] may not even have to do the build they were originally considering, so it gave them more options."