Danforth Village semi draws budget buyers


On a quiet street in a family-friendly neighbourhood, this semi-detached house presented an ideal setting and space for young families working with a budget under half a million. Yet only two buyers made an offer as others likely wanted to steer clear of a bidding war.

Danforth village
Danforth village


Over the past decade, this 80-year-old brick structure was given some new components, from stylish tile flooring in the kitchen and two full bathrooms to updated roofing, windows, shed and fencing around the 17-by-80-foot lot.

There is 1,220 square feet of living space divided with three bedrooms upstairs, including one with a wood burning fireplace, a fireside living room and an adjacent dining area with hardwood floors, plus a carpeted recreation room in the 600-square-foot basement.


"It was a very cute, little starter home," says agent Julie Kinnear. "It wasn't fancy or newly renovated, but it had good size bedrooms and it was quite a wide house, so it had a good size living room, dining room and kitchen."

This property – like many others on the street – lacked parking, but it was not an issue for most buyers.

"It had a really nice bonus of being within walking distance to the subway and Monarch Park," adds Ms. Kinnear. "That east-end pocket is still affordable and it's really pretty."

Published in the Globe and Mail, Thursday, April 12, 2012.
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