20 PLAXTON DR., TORONTO
ASKING PRICE $699,900
SELLING PRICE $900,418
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $415,000 (2009); $314,000 (2003); $213,500 (1994)
TAXES $3,027 (2017)
DAYS ON THE MARKET Six
LISTING AGENT Linda Ing-Gilbert, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd.
The Action: Agent Linda Ing-Gilbert usually gauges the interest level in a property by the number of booked showings. She was discouraged by a low turnout for this 1 1/2-storey residence in early June, but two open houses brought in about 180 groups. Ten of those entered into a bidding war to become the new owners.
"A couple colleagues from different brokerages have listings around the area and said, 'Congratulations on the sale; it's a stellar price and it's tough to sell in that pocket,'" Ms. Ing-Gilbert said.
"It took three weeks of prep time to get it ready, like painting and staging."
What They Got: In an enclave of several streets named after military figures, this brick house maintains its 1950s charm with separate study, living and dining rooms with hardwood floors, as well as a classic kitchen with ceramic floors and a rear deck.
The top floor is divided up for a pair of bedrooms, while the basement designed with a guest room and recreation room with a gas fireplace. A side entrance exits to the private driveway.
The Agent's Take: "There's a right of way on the north side of it that leads you right to a ravine. So for nature lovers, it was a spectacular house and lot," Ms. Ing-Gilbert said. "And it didn't matter what time of day I went, night or morning, all I heard were birds chirping."