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Done Deals: Open House Valuable Marketing Tool for German Mills Home

POSTED ON April 6th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Open House Valuable Marketing Tool for German Mills Home   83 Simonston Blvd

SYDNIA YU

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017

 

83 SIMONSTON BLVD., THORNHILL, Ont.

ASKING PRICE: $1,685,000

SELLING PRICE: $1,641,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $379,000 (October, 1998); $357,500 (February, 1998)

TAXES: $5,589 (2016)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: 18

LISTING AND CO-OP AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: For over two weeks late last year, this four-bedroom home with an attached double garage hosted 19 private showings and a public open house. “A lot of people think open houses are a waste of time, but I decided to do it that weekend and strangely enough, [the buyers] came in, loved it and came back,” agent Elli Davis says.

What They Got: Various updates to this roughly 35-year-old residence keep it looking contemporary, yet classic. For instance, hardwood floors and mouldings grace an open dining space, entertaining area with a gas fireplace and rear family room with a walkout to the patio and garden beds lining the 60-by 138-foot lot.

For more casual activities, there is a lower level gym and recreation area with another fireplace, plus a guest room.

Cooking and cleaning is convenient with four bathrooms, including one in the master upstairs, and an updated kitchen with an island, marble floors and stone counters.

The Agent’s Take: “The appeal was the school district and Bayview country club, and it’s close to the Don Valley Parkway and 407 [highway],” Ms. Davis notes.

Done Deals: Rosedale Condo Appeals to Luxury-Loving Downsizers

POSTED ON March 24th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Featured News

Done Deals: Rosedale Condo Appeals to Luxury-Loving Downsizers              33 Jackes Avenue

SYDNIA YU

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017

33 JACKES AVE., No. 602, TORONTO

ASKING PRICE: $2,550,000

SELLING PRICE: $2,450,000

TAXES: $20,192 (2016)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: 60

LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: On a short street between Yonge Street and Rosehill Reservoir is a boutique building where this two-bedroom-plus-den suite had about four dozen showings spread out over two months late last year.

What They Got: In the 1980s, this mid-rise building was designed with only 28 large luxury units, with direct elevator access, an on-site pool and fitness and recreational amenities.

This 2,964-square-foot suite with a den faces the park. The living room has a hidden dry bar and the dining area is finished with herringbone hardwood floors. A remodelled Bellini kitchen with Miele appliances, granite and marble finishes also has treetop views from a balcony with a second walkout from one of two bedrooms.

Three bathrooms, laundry machines and two lockers and parking spots are notable conveniences. Monthly fees of $3,202 go toward water, heating, concierge and valet parking.

The Agent’s Take: “It’s a beautiful building – still very popular,” agent Elli Davis said. “Typically, there are four [units] per floor, each two-bedroom and dens, 2 1/2 baths, which is very sought after for boomers selling larger homes in Rosedale and Forest Hill.”

“It’s easy, one-level living with direct access to lots of services and TLC,” Ms. Davis said.

Done Deals: Opening Bid Shuts Down Competition

POSTED ON January 18th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Opening Bid Shuts Down Competition                                                          26 McNairn Avenue

Done Deals: Older Condo North of Yorkville Offers Plenty of Privacy

POSTED ON January 10th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Older Condo North of Yorkville Offers Plenty of Privacy           2-photo-web-1680x1050-360406

Sydnia Yu

Special to the Globe and Mail

Published Thursday December 8, 2016

225 DAVENPORT ROAD, No. 101, TORONTO

ASKING PRICE: $699,000

SELLING PRICE: $675,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $481,000 (2006); $200,000 (1992)

TAXES: $3,357 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: 48

LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: Just a few blocks north of Yorkville, the Dakota residence often has a few vacancies. Although this one-bedroom-plus-den unit was among the smaller set, it had private outdoor space, so it was visited by 30 buyers and sold for $675,000.

What They Got: On the ground floor of a nearly 30-year-old mid-rise is this over 1,100-square-foot suite with a private patio, laundry facilities, storage locker and parking, plus monthly fees of $1,183 toward utilities, a gym, recreation room and rooftop deck.

The layout is fairly modern with a living area against a wall of windows, a central dining space and U-shaped kitchen behind a granite-topped peninsula and breakfast bar.

Private quarters entail a den and master bedroom with a walk-in closet and four-piece ensuite, which is the larger of two bathrooms.

The Agent’s Take: “[The building] is about a five-minute walk to Bloor Street and Yorkville, so it’s very well located to shops, subway and all that Toronto has to offer midtown,” agent Elli Davis states.

“It’s an older building, built in the eighties, so it’s not as glamourous as some of the new ones, but the price is very reasonable compared with the new ones.”

Plus, older suites such as this offers more space than newer counterparts, inside and out. “They don’t make one-bedrooms very often any more that are that size,” Ms. Davis notes. “It has a magnificent patio because it’s on the main floor, where you can barbecue, garden and be outdoors like in a house, yet have the condo lifestyle.”

Done Deals: Three Way Bidding War for a King’s Landing Suite

POSTED ON November 4th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Three Way Bidding War for a King’s Landing Suite            460 Queens Quay West

Sydnia Yu

Special to the Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, November 3, 2016

460 QUEENS QUAY W., No. 502E, TORONTO

ASKING PRICE: $1,048,000

SELLING PRICE: $1,111,880

TAXES: $5,225 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: Five

LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: There aren’t often many opportunities to buy at the King’s Landing building, so this two-bedroom-plus-solarium suite drew in more than a dozen visitors within a few days this summer. It sold in under a week in a three-way bidding war.

What They Got: On the south side of a 30-year-old mid-rise – with optimal views of Lake Ontario – is this 1,672-square-foot unit with a balcony accessible from both bedrooms and a sunroom with a curved glass ceiling.

Set further back from the windows is an open living room, a dining area and renovated kitchen behind pocket doors, as well as two full bathrooms, laundry and storage facilities.

The unit comes with parking and monthly fees of $1,211 to cover water, security and amenities, such as a pool and tennis court.

The Agent’s Take: “King’s Landing is a very nice building built in the eighties and was very innovative for its time facing the waterfront,” agent Elli Davis says. “A lot of downsizers have bought in there and don’t move, and there’s a lot of downtown [professionals] who … like the access to the island airport and Financial District.”

Done Deals: Market Galleria Suite Offers Easy Downtown Access

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Market Galleria Suite Offers Easy Downtown Access             71 Front St East

Sydnia Yu

Special to the Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, September 8, 2016

71 FRONT STREET EAST, No. 306, TORONTO

ASKING PRICE: $525,000

SELLING PRICE: $520,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $227,000 (1999); $159,500 (1997); $147,000 (1996)

TAXES: $3,279 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: 35

LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: On the block next to the historic St. Lawrence Market, this two-bedroom suite at the Market Galleria was toured by about 20 buyers and transferred over to new owners once a $520,000 deal was inked this summer.

What They Got: At the centre of a mixed-use mid-rise built in the 1980s is an atrium visible from private suites, such as this 1,441-square-foot unit with the additional bonus of a south-facing balcony off the master suite.

For entertaining, there is an open principal room, while cooking and cleaning takes place in the tiled kitchen, two full bathrooms and laundry closet.

Parking comes with the unit, along with monthly fees of $1,269 for the cost of water, gym, guest suites and rooftop deck, plus a redecorated lobby and new elevators.

The Agent’s Take: “It has a very good layout with a generous living and dining room, open concept kitchen, two bedrooms and two full washrooms,” says agent Elli Davis.

“It’s very difficult to find something in this price range that offers that in this city today.”

The building is also anchored by popular bars, Jack Astor’s and Jersey Giant. “The building is partially offices and partially residential, which overlooks the atrium full of foliage, which is quite unique,” Ms. Davis adds.

“Plus, it has easy access to the Theatre District and Financial District, you can walk everywhere.”

Done Deals: Forest Hill Tudor Sells Quickly After Handful of Showings

POSTED ON April 22nd  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Forest Hill Tudor Sells Quickly After Handful of Showings

Sydnia Yu18 Ava Road

Special to the Globe and Mail

Published April 22, 2016

18 AVA ROAD, TORONTO

ASKING PRICE: $2,285,000

SELLING PRICE: $2,250,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $550,000 (1994)

TAXES: $10,933 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: One

LISTING AND CO-OP AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: Winter promotions for this brick-and-stone Tudor with an unfinished basement quickly resulted in a handful of showings from eager buyers, including casual house hunters who decided this was the first, and only, property they would visit and ultimately, the one to place an offer on.

What They Got: At the intersection of two residential streets is a 50-by-90-foot lot for this detached, three storey house with a mix of old and new characteristics, from a wood-burning fireplace in the living room to a remodeled kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.

For privacy, there is a third-floor office, four bathrooms and five upper bedrooms, including three on the second floor with private or semi-ensuite bathrooms.

To entertain outdoors, there is a fenced backyard off the dining room and a deck above the double garage.

The Agent’s Take: “The appeal was the location and the schools,” agent Elli Davis says. “[Plus] it was a corner lot – a little smaller than the traditional 50-by-100 [foot] plus lot in the area – so the envelop of the house was somewhat smaller than other houses, but it was fine for the buyer.”

Though updates are needed, it is a solid base to work with. “It’s a traditional Tudor house in Forest Hill with a very charming interior with a fireplace, wood trims, leaded glass and all the nice older features that come with these kinds of homes,” Ms. Davis says. “It has a double garage, which is a very good feature and not too common.”

 

Done Deals: Bedford Park House Sells for $210,000 Over Asking

POSTED ON April 8th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Bedford Park House Sells for $210,000 Over Asking301 Old Orchard Grove

Sydnia Yu

Special to the Globe and Mail

Published Thursday April 7, 2016

301 OLD ORCHARD GROVE, TORONTO

ASKING PRICE: $1,150,000

SELLING PRICE: $1,360,000

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $714,000 (2009)

TAXES: $5,251 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: Two

LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: Just one street east of shops and eateries along Avenue Road, this Bedford Park residence with a mutual driveway was staged to enhance its appearance for photographs, private showings and an open house event. The open house was derailed after a pre-emptive offer set off a two-way bidding war at the end of January.

What They Got: This brick residence on a fenced 26-by-105-foot lot has classic features throughout, such as a front living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a formal dining room with French doors to a south-facing deck, which is also accessible from an updated galley kitchen.

Full bathrooms serve three bedrooms and a recreation room on the upper and lower levels respectively.

The Agent’s Take: “The proximity to Avenue Road was very important,” agent Elli Davis says. “The area is so sought after and there were very few listings, so that equals a very busy market.”

Older homes such as this are solid choices for many buyers. “It was a typical two-storey, but it showed very well. It had a renovated kitchen, washrooms and nice backyard,” Ms. Davis states. “So it had the older charm and newer interior, which appealed to many people.”

Done Deals: Large, Upscale Yonge-Bloor Condo Snapped Up In Days

POSTED ON January 14th  - POSTED IN Done Deals, Elli's Archives, Featured News

Done Deals: Large, Upscale Yonge-Bloor Condo Snapped Up In Days1 St. Thomas Street
1 St. Thomas Street, No. 16A, Toronto

ASKING PRICE: $2,625,000

SELLING PRICE: $2,615,000

TAXES: $16,084 (2015)

DAYS ON THE MARKET: Four

LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

Published in The Globe and Mail January 14, 2016

The Action: Early in the fall, the luxury One St. Thomas Residences had few vacancies other than this two-bedroom-plus-den corner suite. It was picked up for $2.615-million in a matter of days.

What They Got: New York architect Robert Stern designed this eight-year-old high-rise with luxury amenities, services and suites, such as this 2,497-square-foot unit with a formal dining room and living room with a gas fireplace and loggia with a second access point from a den.

• Appointments are upscale, such as hardwood floors, granite floors and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as three bathrooms, a walk-in closet in the master and his-and-her closets in the secondary bedroom.

• A laundry room, locker and two-car parking complete the unit, which owes $2,474 monthly for water and use of common areas.

The Agent’s Take: “The building is beautiful – and newer – so it offers a pool, gym, concierge, visitor parking and valet parking,” agent Elli Davis says. “And it’s right on the Mink Mile on Bloor Street, so it’s a very sought-after building.”

The suite was staged to showcase its core features. “It’s quite original, but well kept,” Ms. Davis says. “It has a large balcony/terrace and two bedrooms and a den.”