Toronto/GTA "house for sale" reviews

Are you interested to buy house, townhouse or condo in Toronto or suburbs (Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, North York, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa)? I am here to help you.

Friday, October 3, 2008

House for sale in Brampton ($430K)

Interested in buying real estate property in Canada?
Take a look at Brampton - one of the most affordable areas near Toronto!

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

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

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.
Would you like to buy a house in Canada?

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

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Detached house for sale on Beaches/Toronto ($985K)

Detached 3-storey house in Toronto, Beaches area.



Location
Address: 97 Sarah Ashbridge Ave, Toronto, Ontario
Main intersection - Queen St East/ Woodbine.
MLS area - E02.

Price
$985,000.
Hmmm... Million dollars houses are coming and coming.
Even few years ago "a million dollars" house for sale looked as something so expensive.
But not now...
And someone buys that...
Real estate property in Toronto, detached house on Beaches

[UPDATE-Oct26]
The price has been just reduced to 919K!
So if you considered the property to buy then it is more affordable now.
Contact me today to view the property!
[/UPDATE-Oct26]


Size
Near 2600 sq/feet (260 sq.m.), or 3600 sq/feet (360 sq.m.) with finished basement.
Detailed house plan

House age
8-10 years.
As usually the age is a secret.
Like women who like to coquet.

Property type
Detached 3 storey house.
There are central vacuum and central air conditioner.
Hardwood floors are on kitchen, and broadloom at all other rooms.

Lot size
24 x 117 feet (7 х 35 metres).
The width is not so huge however it is the usual problem for Beaches area. Especially for those new blocks of buildings.
I would say that's a bit claustrophobic.

Kitchen and appliances
Everything is new and pleasant to take a look at.
No negative emotions at all.
House for sale on Beaches, this is the kitchen

Main rooms
Unlikely to the previous million dollar house for sale there are less rooms in this house. And even those ones are placed not so spacy.
Kitchen in a house for sale listed on MLS
Family room and Living room with a kitchen - here is the first floor.
Toronto house - what's inside?
Also natural gas fireplace if that's important for you.
The walls are painted a bit bright however it doesn't spoil them. Usually I am very careful about multiple colors on walls but here nothing is behind the limit of common sense.
Would you like to buy a house in Toronto?

Wires for speakers and different kinds of electronics are placed in the walls. So you can find speakers in so unpredictable corners. Gorgeous!
Rooms in house for sale

Bedrooms
Bedrooms are on the second and third floors.
There are three of them.
Master bedroom in the house on Beaches, Toronto, Canada
I guess the bedrooms are larger comparing to some average Canadian bedroom but it would be strange to see something very average in the million dollar house.
Bedroom again

Basement
As you can expect basement is finished.
basement in beaches house, toronto, canada
To live there is a bit uncomfortable I guess however as a recreational or game room, or maybe home theater room it is good enough.
Buy real estate Toronto

Driveway
No driveway here.
The road, and just walkway to the house.
Walkway to the Beaches house in Toronto
2 cars garage is on a backyard.

Backyard
The backyard is surprisingly nice.
Backyard in house for sale in Toronto
Left and right sides are bordered by a fence, the far side of the backyard is backed by a 2-car garage.
Backyard
It may look a bit inconvenient because of all your shopping must be taken and carried from the garage to house walking through the backyard. And even without shopping - you are coming/driving home and feel free to walk to the house through rain/snow/dirt/watching of your neighbors. No privacy at all. House for million dollar shouldn't have such features...

Area
The area is Beaches.
3-5 minutes walking to the beach on Ontario Lake.
Everything is near-by.
The area is nice but maybe a bit noisy.
You may experience some discomfort living there with children.

Schools
No problems with schools.
Kew Beach Day Care Co-Operative Pre School‎ and The Beach School are within 5-10 minutes of walking.

Parks
There are many parks within walking distance.
Also lake shore beaches are right here - the paradise for dog owners.

Shopping
A required minimum you'll find here,
for serious shopping feel free to drive to less crowded areas.

Transportation
TTC (Toronto public transit, buses and streetcars) are everywhere, you don't need to walk for more than 5 minutes and wait for more than 10 minutes. So the area allows you to live without your own car. However I may suppose the people who buy million dollar houses don't use streetcars. But who knows?

Property tax
$6250.00 for year of 2008.

Pros
The area is nice.
Everything is right here - restaurants, shopping, public transit, schools, exhibitions.
Patio on backyard

Cons
The price.
The area is new so looks a bit empty (no trees).
Frankly speaking the house is not so spacious.

Resume
I guess it's not the best one million investment.
However the Beaches fans I bet will like the house.
My personal opinion - 5 out of 10.
But honestly I never had a million dollars :) so maybe your opinion will be different? Anyway it is worth to take a look at...
Property for sale - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical details
Living & dining room: 6.15 m x 4.78 m
Kitchen: 4.67 m x 4.27 m
Family room: 5.97 m x 3.84 m
Master bedroom on the 3-rd floor: 5.84 m х 4.32 m
Bedroom 2 (the second floor): 4.17 m x 3.73 m
Bedroom 3 (the second floor): 3.76 m x 3.71 m
Game room in basement: 6.81 m x 5.54 m
Bedroom 4 in basement: 5.54 m x 4.11 m
Toronto house for sale

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, August 22, 2008

Detached house in Toronto, Beaches area ($1M)

Detached house in Toronto, on the Beaches.



Location
Address: 114 Edgewood Ave, Toronto, Ontario.
The main intersection: Queen St East/ Woodbine.
MLS area - E02.

Price
$999,500.
To be honest the price has confused me.
Taking a look at the picture and lot size (25 feet width) I supposed something was wrong in this game. So I decided to visit the house being just curious what houses could be for this price...
Toronto real estate, Beaches house
After seeing myself I would say the price is pretty reasonable.
Because this house is really different from other ones at this location.

Footage
Near 3000 sq.feet (300 sq.m.), plus finished basement.

House Age
8 years.
Finally I found an agent who knew the year of construction.

Property Type
Detached 3-storey house.
There are central air conditioner and central vacuum.
Hardwood floors are except bedrooms (where you can see carpet).
For an average house owner this beauty may look as a really luxury property.

Lot size
25 x 264 feet (7.5 х 80 metres).
The width is not so impressive however that's kind of old house legacy. And it's hard to expect anything else on the Beaches.
However the depth was a surprise.

Kitchen and appliances
Everything is new, clean and shiny.
The kithcen in a million house

Main room
There are many rooms you know...
The house for sale in Toronto. Would you like to buy?
According to the papers near 12 ones that looks like a true or close to true .. :)
Real estate property in Toronto: house on Beaches
4 washrooms.
5 bedrooms.
House on Beaches, Toronto
Two families I think can live together with pets, and sometimes invite guests and make parties.

Bedrooms
The bedrooms are located on the second floor.
Bright and spacious.
Bedrrom in Toronto house on the Beaches
Торонто, Beaches, house for sale, bedroom

Basement
Basement is finished and makes the same nice impression as the house.
Basement in the house on Beaches (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Driveway
The house has no garage, but by the papers it's declared 4 car driveway. I have certain doubts regarding that statement... or maybe those are Smarts/Minis supposed to be parked here, or maybe more serious cars but well-pressed up :)
Propertyin Toronto, driveway of the Beaches house

Backyard
Backyard is not so wide but is definitely very deep.
House on Beaches, backyard
I am really impressed.
Not so often can see so huge backyard relatively close to downtown.
Backyard of the Beaches house in Toronto

Area
I thinks the Beaches always was a special and unique place in Toronto where you can feel the Art in the air. It's a place with high concentratiion of art people. But not even those who doing art for living. More even place with feeling of freedom. Freedom and a bit Europe. And this feeling is here, everyone can see it. That's why I' glad to go to Beaches when I'm tired of this American style of life.

Do you know why the area is called the Beaches?
It is on lakeshore of Ontario lake, there are large line of sand where you can find nice sand beach. Feel free to swim and acquire some tan there.
But Ontario is not a warm lake frankly speaking. :)

So because of that this area (few kilometres in radius) was called the Beaches.

Schools
In the centre of the city all the schools are usually very close to each other.
There are many of them on the Beaches.

Parks
The Beaches is one big park.
At least I consider it this way.

Shopping
There are many small (European-style) stores on the streets here.
I found even couple of tiny supermarkets, and of course they are not comparable to huge plazas somewhere in Richmond Hill. But nobody compares, c'mon... Your "enough" minimum is here, and we don't care about the rest...

Transportation
TTC (street cars and buses) are on every serious street (5 minutes of walking from any place on the Beaches). It may take 20 minutes of TTCing (or 10 minutes of "no traffic" driving) to downtown Toronto.

Property tax
$6500.00 for 2008.

Pros
The location si one of the best in Toronto.
This house is new (the old one has been demolished, brand new one been built from scratch), and the new house cannot be compared to regular 100+ years house which are usual on the Beaches.
The house is really large. I would say - as large as the lot width may allow.
Quiet street however at the same time everything is close - shops, public transit, restaurants, schools, Ontario Lake.
Would you like to purchase a house in Toronto?

Cons
The price.

Resume
If you are not shoked by the price I think this could be a nice variant.
The house makes an impression of holiday.
My opinion - 8 out of 10.
The house in Toronto, the third floor

Technical details
Foyer: 5.50 m x 4.45 m
Living Room: 7.01 m x 5.80 m
Dining Room: 4.54 m x 4 m
Kitchen: 5.43 m x 4 m
Master bedroom: 8.03 m x 5.80 m
Bedroom 2: 4.82 m x 4 m
Bedroom 3: 3.66 m x 3.05 m
Family room/bedroom in the 3-rd floor: 10 m x 5.80 m
Game room in the basement: 8.35 m x 5.80 m
Bedroom in the basement: 5.82 m x 4.82 m
Real estate property in Canada, Toronto, Beaches

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,