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89 BIDEWELL AVE., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $1,198,000

SELLING PRICE $1,150,118

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PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $495,000 (2002)

TAXES $5,651 (2013)

DAYS ON THE MARKET 33

CO-OP AGENT Ira Jelinek, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd.

The action: Limited to a roughly million-dollar budget, agent Ira Jelinek searched between Thornhill and midtown Toronto for grand residences in need of some work for his clients.

The year-long mission ended when they connected with this detached residence near the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

What they got: Major components of this more than 40-year-old house were updated, such as a new air conditioning system, heated marble floors in the largest of three bathrooms, and granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a walkout to a custom deck off the eat-in kitchen.

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The layout is formal with a fireside living room, a dining area and lower-level recreation room with a second stone fireplace, pot lights and broadloom carpeting.

Three sleeping quarters are located upstairs, including a master suite with a walk-in closet and powder room, plus a guest bedroom in the basement.

Indoor and outdoor parking are available on the 65-by-157-foot lot.

The agent's take: "This is extraordinary because it is a huge property compared to others we looked at and others in the area," Mr. Jelinek says.

"[The average] for this area is 40-feet frontage and this is 65-feet, and it has a two-car garage, others have one-car garages."

The buyers also liked the home's setting and state. "It has good value and potential," adds Mr. Jelinek.

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"[Plus] it is one of the nicer streets in the area."

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