11 BROOKE AVE., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $2,150,000
SELLING PRICE $2,050,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $1,925,000 (2007); $1,340,000 (2001)
TAXES $14,475 (2011)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
LISTING AGENT Sue Mills, Royal LePage Signature Realty
The Action: Marketing materials for this two-storey residence on an idyllic, tree-lined street, captured the curiosity of 30 realtors who attended an agents-only open house, 40 buyers who showed up at two public open houses and another 30 shoppers who scored private showings.
What they got: On a 50-foot lot, this 70-year-old structure underwent two makeovers – a three-storey addition in 2000 and a $50,000 renovation in 2011 – so there is currently 2,914-square-feet of finished space, including many public and private quarters, upscale appointments, sound and central vacuum systems, plus new roofing, skylight and landscaping outside.
To suit various entertaining needs, there is a living room with a wood burning fireplace, a dining room, a fireside family room, a breakfast area and an updated kitchen with a marble-topped island, butler's pantry and walkout to a deck.
In addition, the 1,441-square-foot basement offers a recreation area and fireside games room, as well as an office and guest bedroom.
The master suite displays many of the lavish features as the principal rooms, such as hardwood floors, crown mouldings and a gas fireplace, as well as a walk-in closet and the largest of four bathrooms.
The Agent's Take: "This quiet, family-oriented neighbourhood is one of North Toronto's best kept secrets. Home to the historic Loretto Abbey Catholic Girls school, the Cricket Club area provides a safe and scenic environment to raise a young family," states agent Sue Mills.
"This small enclave of rapidly emerging multi-million dollar homes is nestled just across from Hogg's Hollow, and is within easy walking distance of the subway and a full array of shops and restaurants along Yonge Street."
Location aside, the changes made by Glenview Homes greatly increased this property's value.
"This classic, Cricket Club beauty had been transformed into a fabulous family-friendly home offering all the luxury and conveniences desired – great entertaining space, a spacious eat-in kitchen overlooking the family room, four plus one bedrooms, including a master retreat with a luxurious ensuite bathroom, and a two-car garage – for substantially less than the cost of a newly constructed home in the area," Ms. Mills notes.