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Swansea home buyer cuts $15,000 from the list price

Done Deal, 23 Durie St., Toronto

23 DURIE ST., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $847,000

SELLING PRICE $832,000

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PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $625,000 (2005); $515,000 (2002)

TAXES $5,647 (2010)

DAYS ON THE MARKET 30

LISTING AGENT Theodore Babiak, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: During several busy weekend open houses over the course of a month, buyers streamed through this renovated three-storey residence.

What They Got: Many owners have updated the 2,357-square-foot house since it was built as one of the first infill properties in Swansea around the 1980's.

In the last six years, the sellers replaced the roof shingles, eavestroughs and skylight, and installed a new furnace, attic insulation and a built-in vacuum system. More importantly, the kitchen and two bathrooms were entirely redone by Binns Kitchen & Bath Design.

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The main entrance is on the ground level, which has interior entry to the garage and a family room with a gas fireplace and a walkout to a stone patio and professionally landscaped garden at the back of the 25-by-94-foot lot.

On the second floor, there is a living room, dining area and separate kitchen with a granite-topped island, six stainless steel appliances and porcelain floors, plus a small balcony.

The top floor was designed for three bedrooms, including a master suite with a wood burning fireplace, custom California Closets and a balcony.

Amenities within a short walk of the property range from reputable schools and recreational facilities at Rennie Park and High Park to Bloor Street shops, restaurants and the subway.

The Agent's Take: "The house is a turnkey for anyone [to]simply move in," says agent Theodore Babiak. "The layout is unusual since the garage is at grade [on the]same level as the front door, and you walk up to the second level where the kitchen, living and dining room are located."

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