589 WOODBINE AVE., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $589,900
SELLING PRICE $648,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $350,000 (2005); $330,000 (2003); $195,000 (1997)
TAXES $2,668 (2014)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
LISTING AGENTS Jenelle Cameron, Miranda McKenna and Laura Golbeck, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd.
The Action: In late January, a few semi-detached residences in the Upper Beaches community were purchased in bidding wars. A three-way tug of war broke out over this updated version around the corner from Norway Junior Public School.
What They Got: The sellers increased the value of this more than century-old home by focusing on the essentials, such as upgrading the mechanics, remodelling three bathrooms and freshening up the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and sliding doors to a deck, fenced 23-by-120-foot grounds and private driveway.
Entertaining areas range from living room and dining areas with hardwood floors and 10-foot ceilings to a lower-level family room with broadloom carpeting.
More natural lighting floods two of three bedrooms with a front balcony off one and a rear sun room off the master suite.
The Agent's Take: "It's on a main street, but the fact you're so close to the prime Beach, it was worth it. It's also in a good school district," says agent Jenelle Cameron.
"To get something in the neighbourhood for that price is good. There's a lot of space and it's got a private drive, which is important. More typical is to have a mutual drive."
The structure's setup was another strength. "It's very open concept, but kept the original charm," Ms. Cameron says.
"It's a little different only in the fact it's a little wider than the average semi and it's also a little bit deeper, so they have a tandem room off the master, which was nice."
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