Pre-emptive Bid Locks Up Hillside Bungalow

The Action:

Any offers for this detached bungalow were originally to be reviewed on a specific date to allow time for an open house and private showings. However, one eager buyer drafted a pre-emptive bid of $1.2-million.

11 Morningside Avenue
11 Morningside Avenue

What They Got:

Given the slope of the land beneath this bungalow, it has 3,100 square feet of living space spread between two levels, each with nine-foot ceilings, large windows and walkouts to decks overlooking a south-facing backyard that sides and backs onto Rennie Park.

In the past two years, the sellers installed several custom high-end features, such as heated limestone floors, a granite-topped island and stainless steel appliances in the rear kitchen and dining area, which also has refinished wood cabinetry and two walkouts to the upper deck.

The front section of the house contains a living room – directly above the garage – a central family room and a master bedroom with a semi-ensuite bathroom and a sitting area with a view out to the front porch.

A new covered, wrap-around deck has entrances to a bedroom and recreation room in the basement, which also houses two bathrooms and a laundry room.

The Agent's Tale:

"It was rare because it's on a 40-foot lot, and in Bloor West they're mostly 25-foot lots," agent Julie Kinnear said. "[Plus] overlooking Rennie Park was its best asset." So naturally, showcasing the scenic setting was key in redesigning the interiors. "[The seller] spent a lot of money on the windows and doors to really maximize bringing nature in. It was pretty exceptional," says Ms. Kinnear, who also praised the seller's attractive mix of modern finishes and 1950's furnishings. "The choice of renovations, colours, walls, slabs, marble and limestone was pretty amazing."

Published in the Globe and Mail, Thursday, Oct. 13
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