DONE DEALS TORONTO
Keele and Bloor
Published in Friday's Globe and Mail on Thursday, October 21th, 2010.
- 42 Hillsview Avenue, Toronto
- Asking price: $579.900
- Selling price: $633,000
- Previous selling price: $340,000 (2003)
- Taxes: $3,328 (2010)
- Listing agent: Julie Kinnear, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
Photos posted of this 2½-storey, semi-detached house on Julie Kinnear's website quickly caught the attention of house hunters, including a few who went as far as making a bid. "People were freaking out as soon as they say it," says the agent.
WHAT THEY GOT
On a quiet street in the popular High Park community, this roughly 90-year-old house was extensively renovated by its owner, who is a professional designer.
Pot lights and reflected off hardwood floors in the open concept main floor, which has a living room with a wood burning fireplace and a dining area with French doors to a new deck, patio and fenced yard.
The kitchen was revamped with quartz counters, glass front cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, as well as a second walkout.
Two of three second floor bedrooms were combined into a master suite with double entry doors and a walk-in closet with sliding doors.
The third floor was opened up to create a loft-style bedroom with exposed brick walls and sloped sky-lit ceilings.
A lower level apartment comes complete with a living area, kitchen, bathroom and a separate side entrance.
Upgraded wiring, plumbing, heating and ductless air conditioning systems were also installed.
THE AGENT'S TAKE
"It had some groovy things that most residential homes don't have, like there are resin dividers at the front entrance to make a little foyer and they had a built-in closet," says Ms. Kinnear.
"This was modernized and hip, although it still has lots of nice traditional things."