12 Grafton Ave., Toronto
Asking price: $779,000
Selling price: $808,000
Previous selling prices: $545,000 (2006); $248,625 (1999)
Taxes: $4,257 (2009)
Lot size: 31 by 87 feet
Days on the market: six
Listing agent: Lucais Shepherd, Re/Max West Realty Inc.
The sheer size of this detached, three-storey house on a 31-foot-wide lot captivated buyers searching for a large property in the Roncesvalles community, agent Lucais Shepherd says.
But the quality of craftsmanship used throughout, which is evident just by looking at the original quarried limestone steps and slate roof, added prestige and personality to the property.
"It was a John Howard home," says Mr. Shepherd, citing the renowned architect who designed several properties in the area. "It gave history to the house."
Built circa 1890, this brick residence contains 2,659 square feet of living space, including six bedrooms and three full bathrooms, plus a 941-square-foot basement with a recreation room and separate side entrance.
A high-efficiency boiler was installed three years ago and some cosmetic updates were done, but original features, such as 9½-foot ceilings and stained glass windows, were mostly left intact.
A covered verandah and enclosed porch lead into a wide foyer overlooking the fireside living room. "I liked the entrance," the agent says. "It was very open concept."
The dining room is also fairly open to the kitchen, which has an island and a walkout to a large deck and secluded backyard.
On the second floor, there is an enlarged master bedroom with a walk-in closet and balcony, as well as two bedrooms and a memorable bathroom. "It had one of those train station clocks that come out from the wall, the original tile and original cast iron soaker tub," Mr. Shepherd says.
One of the three bedrooms on the third level faces south toward Lake Ontario. "It was unique in that you could see the water," he adds.
Two cars can be left on a mutual driveway, and many amenities are within walking distance, such as waterfront features, High Park and schools, as well as public transit.