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Done Deal, 5 Firstbrooke Rd., Toronto (Ford Thurston)
Done Deal, 5 Firstbrooke Rd., Toronto (Ford Thurston)

$75,600 over asking gets keys to Upper Beach home Add to ...

5 FIRSTBROOKE RD., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $749,900

SELLING PRICE $825,500

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $540,000 (2003)

TAXES $4,821 (2010)

DAYS ON THE MARKET Six

LISTING AGENTS Dianne Chaput and Colette Chaput-Villamizar, Royal LePage Estate Realty

The Action: Locals in the Upper Beach community were among the majority of visitors to this detached, two-storey house, which was available for viewing during two open houses. After about 40 individual showings, offers were presented from a handful of buyers, including one who paid a $75,600 premium.

What They Got: On a 40- by 95-foot lot, this more than 80-year-old brick structure with original and updated features, an attached garage and a private driveway.

For entertaining, there is a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a formal dining room, and an eat-in kitchen with a deck, as well as a recreation room with a wet bar in the basement, which also has one of two bathrooms and a separate entrance.

Designated sleeping areas include a lower level guest room and three upper bedrooms, including a master suite with leaded glass windows and his-and-her closets.

The Agent’s Take: “A lot of people want something south of Queen at the Beach, but when they get there, they realize what you get is so small and they don’t get parking a lot of times,” says agent Dianne Chaput. “[This]sat on a 40-foot lot and had a private driveway. Most of the properties in that neighbourhood are semis and certainly don’t have 40-foot lots.”

The property may not be right by the Beaches and boardwalk, but the setting is still desirable. “They go to the Upper Beach and once they get there, their kids like the schools and parks,” says Ms. Chaput. “It has a nice community feel there.”

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