Dundas and Keele

Written by Sydnia Yu | Published in In the Press|Globe and Mail
In the Press
June 15, 2010

Published on Thursday, Jun. 03, 2010

66 McMurray Ave., Toronto

Asking price: $459,900

Selling price: $459,900

Taxes: $2,552 (2009)

Lot size: 18 by 100 feet

Days on the market: three

Listing agent: Christopher Bibby, Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc.

At the end of a row of Victorians on a quiet street in the Junction, this late 19th century residence is an ideal condominium alternative with more space and less markup, says agent Christopher Bibby

“For $459,900, you’re getting eight to nine hundred square feet [condos downtown], whereas out there, you’re getting a three-bedroom home with two parking spots and a backyard,” says Mr. Bibby.

“That’s what made this really appealing to a lot of first-time buyers.”

Since 2005, the sellers also renovated the entire property, from replacing the roof, furnace and wiring to relandscaping the backyard with a low-maintenance patio, planter boxes and shed. “The backyard space really drew a lot of people in,” adds Mr. Bibby.

The upgraded galley-style kitchen has access to a back deck and a dining room, making it easy to serve meals inside or outside.

“That flow between those three spaces really made the property so appealing to most people,” says Mr. Bibby. “The kitchen and dining room were the heart of the house.”

The main floor also features nine-foot ceilings; refinished hardwood floors except where there is tiling in the kitchen; and French doors to enclose the living room.

The laundry room is combined with the main floor powder room, while the larger four-piece bathroom is on the second floor amid the carpeted bedrooms.

The basement is unfinished.

Attractions nearby include a park down the road, shops along Dundas Street and a high concentration of schools, parks and recreation facilities in High Park.

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