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Toronto Real Estate A Davisville Village house that comes with a ‘unicorn’

Done Deal, 233 Belsize Dr., Toronto

233 BELSIZE DR., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $989,900

SELLING PRICE $1,306,233

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PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $900,000 (2012); $701,000 (2008); $603,000 (2007)

TAXES $6,019.77 (2016)

DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven

LISTING AGENTS David Andrew Nicholson and Heather Shaw, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd.

The Action: Agents David Andrew Nicholson and Heather Shaw have seen bidding wars with more than 20 parties early spring, but it was still a shock when this two-storey house got 16 offers. Though two bids were rescinded, one proposal of $1,306,233 set a record for three-bedroom and two-bathroom semi-detached houses in Davisvillle Village, as well as all houses on Belsize Drive.

What They Got: To update this 1,418-square-foot house, owners in 2007 and '08 installed a new roof, windows and mechanics, such as heated floors in a fireside living room, dining area, custom kitchen and lower-level recreation room.

Bamboo floors lie beneath three bedrooms on the second floor, which also houses one of two updated bathrooms.

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For storage, there is a shed and private driveway on the 26-by-125-foot lot.

The Agent's Take: "Most homeowners are a bit nervous and timid about going modern, but this space really offered an entirely minimal, modern aesthetic, but it shows it can be livable, warm and comfortable," Mr. Nicholson says.

The land itself was also valuable. "It's a typical [house], but it's a bigger lot than most," Ms. Shaw adds. "It's in a great school district – Maurice Cody – and it has a private driveway, which is like a unicorn out there."

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