119 Saphir Ave., Ottawa
Asking price: $849,000
Selling price: $1,101,000
Previous selling prices: $700,000 (2017); $330,000 (2009)
Taxes: $6,476 (2019)
Days on the market: Seven
Listing agents: Jason Pilon and Erik Faucon, Re/Max Hallmark Pilon Group Realty
In the Orléans neighbourhood in Ottawa’s eastern outskirts, hot properties typically draw a handful of offers. But late in August, over two dozen bids rolled in for this four-bedroom house.
“One of the reasons why this happened is COVID has given people a reason to revaluate where they live,” agent Jason Pilon said.
“We definitely underlisted it, but our expectations were to get around $900,000 or $950,000. There were no comps in that district … so we were not expecting the number of showings or offers we had.”
What they got
This two-storey house sits across from a park on a 82-foot-by-171-foot lot. It was thoroughly updated about five years ago and has separate living and dining rooms and a combined family room and kitchen across the rear of the structure. There is a gas fireplace, a pantry, a coffee station and access to a deck and gated backyard.
There are three bathrooms and a laundry room upstairs. The mudroom off the two-car garage provides a separate entrance to the basement. The backyard includes a saltwater pool.
The agent’s take
“We have the typical suburbs in Orléans and five minutes outside of Orléans is a community, called Navan, where everything is on well and septic systems and acreage type lots, so this small development is in between both,” Mr. Pilon said.
“You have the benefit of being in proximity to all the same amenities you would in the suburbs, but you’ve got the lot sizes and space you’d find only in rural properties.”
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