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Done Deal, 1017B College St., Toronto
Done Deal, 1017B College St., Toronto

Renovated Toronto townhouse draws multiple bids Add to ...




PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $655,000 (2010); $315,754 (2003)

TAXES $3,628 (2011)


LISTING AGENT Laura Golbeck, Royal LePage Estate Realty

The Action: With the exception of one bedroom, no staging was needed to improve the presentation of this updated three-bedroom townhouse in the Dufferin Grove community.

Buyers could go online to take a video tour, but several shoppers took the extra step of booking private showings and another 80 popped by during two weekend open houses. When offers were reviewed mid-week, it sold in a bidding war.

What They Got: In a roughly decade-old complex with two rows of stacked townhouses, units facing College Street on the north side occupy larger footprints like this 1,700 square-foot property.

Over the past few years, more than $70,000 was spent professionally renovating this multi-level unit, which has street-level entry to a foyer with stairs down to a single garage and up to a second-floor living and dining area with a gas fireplace and a walkout to a south-facing deck.

Down the hall, there is a powder room and an open kitchen and family room outfitted with built-in speakers, cabinetry, media units and stainless steel appliances.

A skylight illuminates the third floor landing to laundry facilities and the bedrooms, including one with a semi-ensuite bathroom and deck, and another with his and her closets and a three-piece bathroom.

Heat and hydro costs are not incorporated into the monthly fee of $282.

The Agent’s Take: “Everyone fell in love with it … from young professionals buying their first home to couples with one or two young children to people downsizing,” says agent Laura Golbeck. “Part of that speaks to the finishings, but also the square footage – because it’s 1,700 square feet – and you’re right in the heart of the city.”

This property also combines the best traits of a low-rise house and high-rise suite. “In this particular set of townhouses, the advantage would be the private parking garage, a very spacious entertaining level and really no maintenance,” adds Mrs. Golbeck.

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