Globe & Mail Done Deals: Detached house in High Park sparks bidding war

The Action: 

Bidding wars are a common phenomenon to acquire houses near High Park, where this detached, 21/2-storey house without parking was subject to 60 showings before a handful of visitors drafted competing offers.

What They Got:

This 2,090-square-foot structure was modernized in various ways, such as updated mechanics and windows, a remodelled kitchen with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances and professionally landscaped gardens with a flagstone patio and irrigation system.

Entertaining areas are largely open with a fireside living and dining area with original stained glass windows and a lower-level recreation room with access to an office and the 25-by-159-foot grounds.

The second and third floors house four bedrooms, a second-floor dressing room and skylit family room, plus one of three bathrooms.

The Agent's Take:

"It's a family house and a family-friendly neighbourhood, so it [suits] couples with kids,"

agent Julie Kinnear said.

"The yard was extraordinary and it was really deep."

Buyers also had different ideas for the future state of this roughly 90-year-old dwelling.

"It was in very good condition, you could easily move in and renovate over time,"

Ms. Kinnear said.

"It had a potential basement suite with a separate entrance, full bathroom and plumbing ready for a potential kitchen."
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Published in Globe and Mail, February 21, 2014


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