34 CLAREMONT ST., No. 206, TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $779,000
SELLING PRICE $850,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $671,500 (2014); $469,900 (2009); $369,367 (2004); $349,050 (2002); $191,328 (1997)
TAXES $3,378 (2016)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Seven
LISTING AGENTS Paul Johnston and Matt Manuel, Right at Home Realty Inc.
The Action: It's rare for a vacancy to come up at Claremont Hall, a former Queen West church hall converted into about a dozen lower and upper level residences in the mid 1990s. So when this two-bedroom suite popped onto the market in mid-June, it quickly locked in about 40 showings. Six curious visitors turned into calculated bidders, one of whom tabled $850,000 to gain ownership.
What They Got: Just a few blocks from Trinity Bellwoods Park, this upper-level two-storey suite has south-facing windows and decks off both bedrooms upstairs.
The main floor accommodates one of two bathrooms, an open kitchen and entertaining area with a fireplace and hardwood floors.
Laundry facilities and parking are wrapped in. Monthly fees of $777 also cover water.
The Agent's Take: "It's in a phenomenal location because it's just up from Queen Street, two blocks over from Trinity Bellwoods Park," says agent Paul Johnston. "So it's ground zero for people who want to be in the Queen West/Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood and aren't looking for traditional home or more generic condo."
This unit is also among the largest, giving it lots of extras. "The upper units are great because they behave like little two-storey townhomes, they have enough space for a full-sized kitchen, living and dining room," Mr. Johnston notes.
"And they also face south, so they get tremendous natural light, and unusually they have wood burning fireplaces which is pretty rare downtown in anything other than an older house."