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20 ST. ANDREWS RD., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $838,800

SELLING PRICE $790,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $440,000 (1989)

TAXES $4,102 (2013)

DAYS ON THE MARKET Eight

LISTING AGENT Ken Priestman, Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc.

The Action: East-end residents near Thomson Memorial Park tend to house hunt within the area to stay close to family and friends, so more than 2,000 flyers were distributed to announce the sale of this four-level sidesplit to neighbours.

More than 100 buyers dropped by two open houses over a long weekend this summer and the better of two bids was accepted.

What They Got: The Thomson family from Scotland were one of the first settlers in Scarborough, where their private homestead was carved into about a dozen parcels of land, including this 70-by-288-foot lot redeveloped with a custom 2,400-square-foot residence and an attached double garage in 1966.

The living and dining areas features hardwood floors and crown mouldings and an eat-in kitchen outfitted with sliding doors to a deck, pool and 70-by-288-foot lot, which can also be accessed via a fireside family room on the lower level.

There are four carpeted bedrooms upstairs, including a master suite with a powder room and walk-in closet.

Further down in the basement is a panelled recreation room and a third bathroom.

The Agent's Take: "The house itself is larger than most homes in the area; however it has been let go and needs extensive renovation throughout," agent Ken Priestman says.

"What made this property unique is its Thomson lineage … and that it is located on St. Andrews Road – one of the original and historically well-preserved streets in Scarborough."

Given the number of custom homes and estate lots nearby, land like this one is rarely available. "The entire neighbourhood was cited for 45- and-50-foot lots, but later on, well after that development, the homestead became available," Mr. Priestman says.

"The property is a spectacular oasis with in-ground concrete pool, water gardens including two fish ponds, landscaping, gardens and perennials."

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