26 Criscoe St., Toronto
Asking price: $689,000
Selling price: $770,000
Previous selling prices: $545,000 (2016); $412,500 (2014); $250,000 (2009); $220,500 (2006)
Taxes: $2,648 (2018)
Days on the market: Two
Listing agent: Carol Foderick, Keller Williams Advantage Realty
Buyers were expected to visit this two-bedroom bungalow over several days leading up to an offer date set in early May. Instead, it was immediately inundated with shoppers and received a pre-emptive bid of $770,000.
“The sellers … decided to take the bully offer,” agent Carol Foderick said.
What they got
Down the street from Gaffney Park Trail, this nearly century-old residence preserves a classic brick envelope with a small porch and legal parking pad at the front of the 23-foot-by-94-foot lot.
The interior was modernized with open living and dining areas and a sleek kitchen with Corian counters and stainless steel appliances.
There’s a recreation room on the lower level as well as a bedroom and bathroom with a side exit to a mutual driveway, garage and private patio.
The agent’s take
The sleepy neighbourhood has seen a recent uptick in buyer interest.
“We’ve seen people rebranding the neighbourhood, so we’re hearing it being referred to as the Stockyards District, Junction North and Upper Junction,” Ms. Foderick said.
“What’s driving the growth are two factors: the price point is still manageable for people looking to upsize from a condo or get into the market for the first time, and the [Eglinton Crosstown] LRT is about to open just north of there.”
The area has seen an influx of new retailers, breweries and eateries.
“The previous owner was a designer who did a lot of the design work herself,” Ms. Foderick said. “So it had a nice mix of all the things people love about older homes - like original, strip hardwood floors - but then it has a brand new, modern kitchen.”
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