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Monday, October 27, 2008

Detached house in Keswick ($332K)

Detached 2 storey house in Keswick, town of Georgina.



Location
Address: 37 Joe Dales Dr, Keswick, Ontario.
Major intersection - The Queensways South / Ravenshow Ave, Keswick, Ontario.
MLS area - N17.

Price
$332,000.
House for sale in Keswick

Footage
Near 2350 sq.feet (235 sq.meters).
Stairway to heaven

House Age
Almost new house,
approximately 5 years old.
Family room in house for sale in keswick

Property Type
A detached two-storey house with a half of finished walkout basement.
Two cars garage.
Foyer

Lot Size
52 x 100 feet (16 х 30 meters).
The house and the lot

Kitchen and Appliances
Everything is new and nice.
Kitchen
There is a central air conditioner.
Kitchen in Keswick house

Main Rooms
Carpet is everywhere - can be good and safe for children but dusty comparing to hardwood floors.
8 feet ceiling in the house.
Living room
The owners looked a bit strange because of heavy colors of walls and chandelier in washroom.
Family room

Bedrooms
There are 4 bedrooms upstairs.
master bedroom

Basement
As already mentioned the basement is walkout which is nice, and that's the reason it is bright and light.
Half of the basement is finished (there is a room that can be used as an office) but the major part of the basement remains untouched.

Driveway
Four cars driveway which is pretty usual in new houses these days.

Backyard
Backyard is very average and has no special features.
Backyard
Neighbors are occupied all the sides so it doesn't look private.
Backyard again
Kind of nestling box.
Backyard and the neighbors

Area
The are and neighborhood are brand new and very fresh.
About the neighborhood
The houses faces new construction development lot,
the construction supposed to be finished within a year or two.
That means you have to live on construction site with all the advantages like dust, dirt and noise.
To learn more about Keswick which is a part of town of Georgina please visit the municipality website.
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Schools
Lake Simcoe Public School is within 5 minutes of walking.
The closest school

Park
Tornelogde Park starts right behind the school,
and I have to say that Keswick is very nice and very green place.
Nature seems everywhere,
and Simcoe Lake is withing walking distance.
Bedroom in Keswick house listed on MLS

Shopping
Price Chopper and Zehrs are in 10 minutes of driving.
Big stores like Walmart or Canadian Tire - in Newmarket (20 minutes of driving).

Public Transit
Go and YRT (York Region Transit) buses are here.
Also there are some local Georgina buses.
For more information please visit Georgina website.

Property Tax
Near $4000 in 2008.
Comparing to other cities it's pretty high percent of property value.
That can be explained by not that much businesses here who can pay most of the taxes required for the town, so residents pay more.
Kitchen

Pros
Lake Simcoe is right here.
The property is not overpriced, much lower even comparing to Newmarket.
The town is small and nice.
The house is new.
The house is spacious.
Very bright walkout basement.

Cons
Far far away of civilization.
Bathroom in Keswick house

Resume
This real estate property looks almost ok but the main problem I see that it is too usual, there is no any salt in it.
I cannot find any particular fault in it but don't know why I didn't like it.
But I liked Keswick itself.
My personal mark - 5 out of 10.
House for sale in Keswick, Ontario, Canada

Technical Details
Living room: 3.47 m x 6.40 m
Kitchen: 3.10 m x 3.35 m
Eating area: 3.90 m x 3.35 m
Eating area
Family room: 4.16 m x 4.75 m
Family Room
Laundry room: 2 m x 2 m
Master bedroom: 6.25 m x 3.73 m
bedrooms
Bedroom 2: 2.77 m x 2.77 m
One more bedroom
Bedroom 3: 3.15 m x 3.22 m
Bedrooms are coming and coming
Bedroom 4: 5.31 m x 3.18 m
Basement room: 4.44 m x 3.30 m
Stairs

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bungalow in Keswick ($325K) for sale

A detached bungalow in Keswick (town of Georgina).



Location
Adress: 435 Lake Dr. South, Keswick, Ontario.
Major intersection - Queensways South / Glenwoods Ave, Keswick, Ontario.
MLS area - N17.
The house on lake Simcoe

Price
$324,900.

Footage
Approx. 1500 sq.feet (150 sq.m) within several levels.

House Age
Strictly protected information, hasn't been disclosed even after direct question.
Dining room
Answered "too many upgrades for the last year".
By feeling, the house is very old.
I wouldn't guarantee 100 years but easy 70 or 80.
Internal decorating is almost modern (if you consider 10-20 years old as a modern).
Family room

Property Type
Detached bungalow, backsplit.
Half a level up you can see 3 bedrooms and almost luxurious bath.
Half a level down you'll find a separate apartment including a separate entrance (possible can be rented out).
No garage.
Entrance to the house

Lot Size
63 x 115 feet (19 х 34 metres).
View from the street

Kitchen and Appliances
Tried to look nice but we can see their age as well.
Kitchen in the house in Keswick
There is a central air conditioner.

Main Rooms
One big room (logically presented as two rooms) at the main floor, near kitchen.
Dining Room
So the whole main floor looks like one big room.
Living room in the house for sale in Keswick

Bedrooms
Buy a house on Simcoe lake - here is bedroom
There are three bedrooms on high level, one more is on low level.
A bedroom

Basement
I would say not basement but low (ground) level.
It contains a separate apartment.
Basement, or ground level
The entrance is right from the ground and it is supposed it had to be light and bright here.
Surprisingly it is not.
There are so many mature trees near the house that not much light in the ground level (be honest also not much light on high level too).
Basement

Driveway
One car track, not even paved used here as a driveway.
3 cars can be parked here (but since the driveway is one car wide only one car can move when parked).
No garage as already mentioned above.

Backyard
Backyard is not so huge but I would say cozy and nice.
Backyard in the house on Simcoe lake
There is a hot tab on backyard.
Looks nice.
Hot tub

Area and Neighborhood
The area looks not so good being honest.
View to Simcoe is very nice but neighbors seemed a bit gloomy, and the neighborhood itself looks... hmmm... slightly slovenly.
Backyard
However I must say Keswick is nice place to live. I really liked it.
More about it you can find on Georgina municipality website.
And real estate property is still not overpriced here, especially comparing to Toronto closest suburbs.
Family room in the real estate property

Schools
What we can find withing a walking distance here? I would mention Brock High School and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School.
These are just flowers

Parks
There is Simcoe Lake across the road. Here you'll see our private beach (the owner pays $45/year now)
Across the road of the house

Shopping
On Queensway (10-15 minutes walk) you can see may small shops plus large grocery store Price Chopper. One more grocery store (Zehrs) you'll find on Woodbine (10 minutes drive).

Public Transit
Go and YRT (York Region Transit) buses are here.
Also local Georgina buses that make public transit in Keswick surprisingly wide and divaricate. For more information please visit Municipality website.
Bathroom

Property Tax
$3400 in 2008.
View from the house to Simcoe Lake

Pros
Simcoe Lake is just across the road.
The view
The price is not skyscraper's.
There is sewer system, not septic as you may expect from such house.
Two families can live here not interfering to each other.

Cons
A bit far from everything (however it's a question to Keswick but not to this particular house).
The house is a bit old.
Installed alarm system ($35/month) also tells you about something.
Real estate property for sale: Bathroom

Resume
The house is old but at the first look is in a good condition (for the second look ask for your home inspector's opinion).
House for sale in Keswick, Ontario: dining room
Dark colors of walls and ceilings are too hard to accept.
I guess the whole house will be much brighter if repaint everything in light colors.
A bit far from amenities however if you work from home (or don't work) then you can consider this property.
My personal opinion - 6 out of 10.
On frontyard

Technical Details
Living room: 5.79 m x 5 m
Dining room: 3.05 m x 3.05 m
Kitchen: 2.74 m x 2.62 m
Master bedroom: 3.99 m x 3.99 m
Bedroom 2: 3.35 m x 3.37 m
Bedroom 3: 3.07 m x 2.70 m
Recreational room in basement: 2.62 m x 2.70 m
Family room in basement: 3.99 m x 7.80 m
Bedroom in basement: 2.76 m x 2.71 m
Bungalow for sale: take a look at the rooms

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Detached house for sale in Sharon / East Gwillimbury ($740K)

Detached bungalow in Sharon, East Gwillimbury.



Location
Address: 65 David Wilson Trail, Sharon, Ontario.
Main intersection - Leslie / Green Lane, East Gwillimbury, Ontario.
MLS area - N15.
Entrance to the 740K house

Price
$739,000.
The price has recently been reduced for $40,000 (the previous price - $779,000).

Footage
Near 2500 sq.ft (250 sq.m)
Living room

The House Age
Built in 1996, so now it's near 12 years old.

Property Type
A detached one-storey house (bungalow) plus started but not completely finished basement. Three cars garage.

Lot Size
98 x 233 feet (29 х 70 metres).
The bungalow in Sharon

Kitchen and Appliances
Marble counter tops (renewed in 2007).
Kitchen
Spacious, bright and very clean.
Eating area near the kitchen
All the appliances in very good condition.
Although you can see they are not new.
Would you like to buy a spacious house? Here is the kitchen
There are central air conditioner (CAC) and central vacuum.
Washroom in Sharon bungalow

Main Rooms
There are enough rooms and it looks that's enough for everyone.
Family room
Some rooms have strange green carpet.
Living room
Some other have hardwood floor, in very good shape, no even any scratch.
Foyer
The house includes eight rooms including three bedrooms.
Multi-room house for sale

Bedrooms
3 bedrooms.
Real estate in Canada: the bedroom
There are 3 washrooms - per each bedroom.
Washroom

Basement
The basement is big and potentially nice, like the house itself.
The floor is just painted, and all the walls are covered by drywall (I guess some insulation stuff is hidden under it) - that's pretty much it.
But there is really enough space.
Not much light though.

Driveway
Driveway is professionally landscaped.
Can accomodate 6 or even 9 cars.
I also must say that everything in the house shows some expanse so no compromises in any rooms or even any detail.

Backyard
Backyard faces absolutely open space,
it looks like a farmer's field at the backyard.
We can guess such situation can be for a long time (or even forever) but the selling agent gave a tip to contact municipality and confirm plans about this area development.
Backyard
To be honest we have to note the civilization is far far away so we can assume no builders will be here for a nearest (or even not only the nearest) future.

Area
The area is very nice and it looks the neighbours are doctors, lawyers, business owners, i.e. not newcomers and first time buyers.
The neighborhood
There are no 300K houses in the neighborhood so paying this price you can be sure your neighbours are at the same level as you.
A shower

Schools
There is a school within ten minutes of walking.
Sharon neighbourhood

Parks
Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area is in 15 minutes of walking.
The neighbourhood is near conservation area

Shopping
A few small convenience stores can be found in the area but more serious grocery stores are in Newmarket which is in 10-15 minutes of driving.

Public Transit
It's almost unbelievable but there is a line of YRT (York Region Transit) buses here. But for sure in such remote areas our own car is the primary way of commuting. 5 minutes of driving - East Gwillimbury Go Station where you can start you trip to Toronto downtown (approximately one hour of train trip).

Property Tax
$6245 in 2008.

Pros
Really nice and beautiful house,
very pleasant neighborhood.
Dining room

Cons
Price.
No sewer system (there is a ceptic).
Window in Sharon house

Resume
The house is very nice if you are ok with the price.
Close to nature
Far away from city's noise,
right on fresh air,
with all the advantages of modern life (all amenities are within 15 minutes of driving).
Foyer
The owner is a lady 80+ years old so all the walls/floors/appliances are in just perfect condition.
Overall the price looks reasonable.
My personal opinion - 8 out of 10.
Washroom

Technical Details
Living room: 4.90 m x 4.13 m
Dining room: 4.49 m x 3.42 m
Dining room
Family room: 5.28 m x 4.27 m
Family room in house for sale in Canada
Kitchen: 4.32 m x 3.91 m
Eating area: 2.30 m x 3.91 m
Eating area
Master bedroom: 4.03 m x 6.12 m
Bedroom 2: 4.08 m x 3.35 m
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3: 4.34 m x 3.35 m
Bedroom 3

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Friday, October 3, 2008

House for sale in Brampton ($430K)

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Detached two-storey house in Brampton for sale.



Location
Address: 266 Fernforest Dr, Brampton, Ontario.
The main intersection: Bovaird Dr. East / Bramalea Rd., Brampton, Ontario.
MLS area - W24.
House in Brampton for sale

Price
$429,000.
A little bit reduced.
Previously the house was for sale for 449K.
Dining room
The owners are already moved out so are paying two mortgages now. That means they would be very flexible in case of any (of course reasonable preferably) offer.
Family room

Footage
Approximately 2500 sq.feet (250 sq.m.), plus finished basement which is usually not included into declared house size.
Kitchen in Brampton house for sale

House Age
Near 12-15 year.
Family room again
New roof in 2007th.
Entrance to backyard
Everything looks very nice.
Living room

Property Type
Detached 2-storey house with finished basement.
2-car garage.
Property for sale

Lot Size
41 x 110 feet (12 х 33 metres).
Large Lot

Kitchen and Appliances
The best impression.
Kitchen
Everything looks like new.
If move-in date is tomorrow I think you wouldn't even do any cleaning.
Nobody lives in the house now so I guess a complete cleaning was done at the time of moving out. Everything just shines.
Kitchen is clean at the house listed on MLS for sale

Main Rooms
Family room at the house
All the rooms are big, light and spacious.
Not comparable to other houses (at the same price range) located at other areas of Toronto suburbs.
Living room
Hardwood floor are everywhere on the first floor.
Real estate property in Canada: stairs

Bedrooms
Master bedroom has very unusual panoramic windows that make a kind of semicircle on the wall (right on perimeter of the house which is non-rectangular).
Master bedroom
Also there are many windows in a bedroom that faces to driveway but that one can be considered as a game room, not bedroom. But it depends on your requirements..
Washroom and bath

Basement
The basement is finished and well-done.I cannot say it is too light (it is hard to modify when the house is already constructed) but being there is absolutely comfortable.
No strange smells.

Driveway
The driveway is for 4 cars.
It looks inconvenient that the house is located at Fernforest Dr which is actually very busy.
So driving out of driveway becomes a problem and often can be a dangerous action.

Backyard
The backyard is pretty standard, contains nice deck.
Faces to neighbors so there is no special privacy.
Backyard

Area
The area is very Indian.
Turbans and saris are everywhere - on streets, stores and children playgrounds.
Wind brings smell of curry.
Brampton is little India
So all the attributes of Indian culture is here.
Welcome to Brampton

Schools
Across the street - Father Michael J. McGivney Catholic School.
A school is across the street

Parks
Within 5-10 minutes of walking you can reach Upwood Park and Sandringham Park.

Shopping
5-10 minutes of driving.
Who are the neighbors of this house?

Public Transit
Highway 410 is in 5 minutes of driving.
Local Brampton buses are on Bramalea, Bovaird, Dixie and Sandalwood which are in 5-10 minutes of walk.
Indian neighborhood in Canada, Brampton

Property Tax
$3830 in 2008.
Neighborhood of this house listed for sale

Pros
The house is big, light and pleasant.
Dining room

Cons
The area is a bit far from Toronto so you may experience troubles with commuting if work there.
Not really multicultural neighborhood.
House for sale in Indian area

Resume
It is really hard to say...
My personal opinion about the property - 7 out of 10.
A room in the house

Technical Details
Living room: 4.18 m x 3.29 m
Dining room: 4 m x 2.90 m
Dining room
Kitchen: 6.10 m x 3.96 m
Family room: 4.46 m x 3.29 m
Master bedroom: 5.31 m x 4.31 m
Bedroom 2: 5.28 m x 4.14 m
Bedroom 3: 3.28 m x 3.20 m
Bedroom 4: 3.21 m x 2.94 m
Stairs to the second floor

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

House for sale in Brampton ($440K)

Detached two storey house for sale in Brampton, Ontario.



Location
Address: 28 Panorama Cres, Brampton, Ontario
The major intersection - Bovaird Dr. East / Bramalea Rd., Brampton, Ontario.
MLS Area - W24.
House for sale in Brampton, Ontario

Price
$439,900.
An audacious price taking in consideration the common trend of price reducing plus historically Brampton has lower than average prices comparing to other GTA areas.

Footage
2500 sq.feet (250 sq.m), plus finished basement.

House Age
Near 25 year.

Property Type
A detached two-storey house that has a basement completely renovated for renting purposes (with a separate entrance). There is another separate entrance for one more tenant that can occupy a part of the first (main) floor.
Entrance for tenants
Two cars garage.

Lot Size
42 x 140 feet (13 х 42 metres).
The lot is big enough, but not rectangular as usually - it is slightly dilative to backyard.

Kitchen and Appliances
Enough room,
looks good but pretty standard.
Kitchen in Brampton house
Central air conditioner unit is broken (air pipes are ok according to the real estate agent) so it would require your attention.

Main Rooms
Although relatively large house, it looks not enough rooms here.
Dining room
That may look so because of part of the house (I mean the main floor) is re-done to make a separate entrance for tenants (there are one bedroom, washroom and laundry room dedicated for that). No owner/tenants day-to-day crossing, everyone uses his/her own entrance.
Living room in the house for sale
However anyway the rest of the house (owner's part) looks spacious enough because most of the renovating job done in a smart way, and also the house is really bigger than average by its size.
A washroom in the house for sale in Brampton

Bedrooms
There are four bedrooms on the second floor, one more at the basement (for tenants) and another one on the main floor (redone part of the house dedicated to another tenant).
Bedroom

Basement
The basement is completely re-built for renting out.
There is a permission from municipality (city of Brampton).
A separate entrance from south side of the house.
The basement contains kitchen, washroom, bedroom and pretty large living room.
There is also a gas fireplace but it seems not functional.
Basement

Driveway
4 cars driveway here.
Driveway - a parking lot for cars

Backyard
I wouldn't say the backyard is so big as you could expect from so large house.
It faces to neighbors so there is no feeling of any kind of solitariness.
Brampton house backyard

Area
Brampton as you may know is a little India in Canada.
So this area is mostly occupied by emigrants from this country.
Brampton is occupied by Indian emigrants

Schools
The nearest schools - Calderstone Middle School, Red Willow Public School, Thorndale Public School, Chinguacousy Secondary School.

Parks
There is a lake in two minutes of walking (Professor's Lake), and a park near by.
Enough place to walk.

Shopping
No major stores within walking distance.
10-15 minutes of driving however will help you.

Public Transit
Highway 410 is located within 5 minutes of driving (actually - the best distance ever: it is close enough but you don't hear the noise and your air is not a highway air).
Local Brampton buses are in 5 minutes walk (on Bramalea and Bovaird).

Property Tax
$3800 in year of 2008.
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Pros
The house is big.
Family room in the house for sale in Brampton
You can rent out a part of the property to two families and earn additionally $800-900 for the basement and $400-500 for the part of main floor.
A beautiful lake is near by.
Windows are changed at 2008.

Cons
A noise on backyard from a busy street (Bovaird Rd).
Central air conditioner is not working.
No really multiculturalism (there is one dominated culture).

Resume
The price is not so low for the house a) in Brampton, b) on highway.
Also you may be not happy to live in another culture neighborhood.
However the house itself is spacious and it looks it has enough room and rooms.
My opinion - 5 out of 10.
Something is visible from the driveway

Technical Details
Kitchen: 7.01 m x 3.66 m
Living room: 5.79 m x 3.66 m
Family room: 6.10 m x 3.66 m
Dining room: 3.81 m x 3.66 m
Master bedroom: 6.40 m x 3.66 m
Bedroom 2: 4.57 m x 3.35 m
Bedroom 3: 4.88 m x 3.35 m
Bedroom 4: 3.66 m x 3.51 m
Family room in basement: 6.10 m x 3.66 m
Kitchen in basement: 5.35 m x 3.33 m
Environment and Neighborhood

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