Toronto/GTA "house for sale" reviews

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

One more detached Etobicoke house ($430K)

One more detached bungalow in Toronto (Etobicoke district).



Location
Address: 5 Inverleigh Dr, Toronto, Ontario.
Main intersection - Royal York / QEW, Etobicoke.
MLS district - W07.
Etobicoke – a house for sale at a low price

Price
$429,000.

Square Footage
A difficult question.
The agent dodged the question.
Seems to be not more than 1000 square feet (100 square metres).

Age of the house
About 60 years.
Looks decrepit.

Type of real estate
A detached bungalow with finished basement.
No garage.

Size of the lot
44 x 113 feet (13 х 34 metres).

Кitchen and household appliances
The tiniest kitchenette I’ve ever seen in Canada.
Kitchenette
To my mind, kitchens are larger even in Canadian apartments.
Here it reminded me 50-100 years old European flat.
The appliances are comparatively new – they say that all of them (the fridge, washer, dryer, and stove) were bought in 2007.

Main rooms
Several adjoining rooms.
Produce a bit miserable impression because of their small size and the age of the house.
Dining room

Bedrooms
Two bedrooms upstairs and one in the basement (it’s scary to sleep in the basement).

Basement
Curtailed and deterrent.
Iron-barred windows, the existence of which I’ve already forgotten about.
As the agent says, the owner of the house is crazy about safety.
But, frankly speaking, it’s indicative of bad criminal situation.
Real estate in Toronto: a house for sale in Etobicoke - basement

Driveway
Grass-bush-flowers.
3 cars, they say, can fit into the asphalt driveway.
They may fit into, but only the last will be able to leave.
The driveway to the main road fit for a single car reminds me of the times when horse-drawn trams ran about in the street, and the fact that a family had more than one car seemed to be a flight to the Moon.

Backyard
The backyard is unexpectedly large (or it seems such against the background of the house).
Backyard for sale in Etobicoke

District
Judging by the iron-barred windows, the district is good :)
Indeed, the nearby street Queensway seems dirty and ragged. The sidewalks are broken, there’s garbage in the streets.
The first sign that there’s something wrong with the district...
A detached house in Toronto (Etobicoke district)

Schools
The nearest schools - Norseman JMS (10-15 minutes of walk) и Etobicoke CI (you needn’t go by bus).

Parks
There aren’t any parks nearby.
It’ll take you 10-15 minutes to walk to Woodford Park, Queensway Park East and West – a bit farther.
But there’s a playground with some slides nearby (just a few minutes of walk).
Tree in the frontyard

Shops
Small shops are on Queensway,
something more or less big like No Frills, are about 5 minutes of ride.
There are no big stores nearby.

Transport
The highway (QEW) is nearby, buses (along Royal York) go to the subway.
A streetcar going downtown was also declared (it was said that it would take about 40-50 minutes).

Property tax
About $3000 in 2007.

Pros
The price can be considered low for the district.
The highway is nearby and the centre of the city is not so far.
Life’s flowers

Cons
The house is old and small, one of the smallest Canadian houses I’ve ever seen.
The district is so-so, not at all super...

Resume
The house is for those people who want to live not far from the centre, and the magic word “Etobicoke” makes the heart pounding.
But the house itself is sheer disappointment.
My evaluating of the house is 3 of 10.
Living room in the house for sale

Technical details
Living room: 4.30 m x 3.70 m
Kitchen: 2.85 m x 2.45 m
Dining room: 2.80 m x 2.50 m
Master bedroom: 3.17 m x 2.66 m
Bedroom 2: 3.23 m x 2.94 m
Bedroom 3: 3.53 m x 2.75 m
Main room in the basement: 10.85 m x 3.37 m
The bedroom in the basement: 3.70 m x 3.13 m

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Monday, May 25, 2009

A detached house in Etobicoke ($750K)

A detached one-storey house (bungalow) in Toronto (Etobicoke district).



Location
Address: 181 Royalavon Cres, Toronto, Ontario.
Main intersection: Kipling / Burnhamthorpe, Toronto, Ontario.
MLS district - W08.
A house for sale in Toronto (Etobicoke)

Price
$749,000.

Area
about 1000-1200 square feet (100-120 square meters).
Plus the basement of the same measure

The age of the house is
about 50 years old.
But, frankly speaking, you won't tell by it.
It looks a spry man.

Type of real estate
A detached house with finished basement (with a separate entrance).
Single car garage.

The size of the lot
50 x 150 feet (15 х 45 meters).

Kitchen and household appliances
Everything's new, stainless steel, combined into kitchen furniture.
Counter tops of granite
Central air-conditioner.
Kitcen

The main rooms
In spite of the age, everything is designed sensibly.
All looks quite spacious.
It's seen that recently (in 2006) certain alterations and renovations have taken place.
Gas fireplace.
There is parquet on the first floor.
High ceillings and windows in the roof (even in the toilets) impress greatly.
It looks super.
It's just the thing for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
A house for sale in Etobicoke)

Bedrooms
2 bedrooms on the first floor, and two more in the basement.
Bedroom

Basement
A finished basement with a separate entrance without any strange smells.
Average lightness, but in general, it's suitable for living.
A separate entrance from Burnhamthorpe, so you can subrent it or use the house for two families.

Driveway
The house is in the corner of Burnhamthorpe и Royalavon St., so it has two driveways - one from both entrances. The only garage, though, more than that for one car, and more than that a kind of ancient and decrepit.
Each driveway would accommodate 2 cars.

Backyard
The backyard is average in its size, but very cosy.
It's seen nothing from the street, encloused by thick bushes.
There's a pool with a fountain-falls (naturally, electric) in the backyard. It looks beautiful, impresses greatly.
Pool in the backyaed
The walls of the pool are concrete, not plastic. Built in 2002.
The agent asserts that you can leave the water in for winter season, as concrete is durable, It won't be broken. I would have argued to this, but didn't do that. It's better to pour the water out for winter season, it'll be much more healthful. So be ready for addituonal costs. Besides, the insurance for a house with a pool is a bit higher, as a pool, you know, water and nature, there's no fence, children running, and two metre depth ...

District
The area is good, without any doubt.
The most of newcomers can't afford to buy a lodging here, but the district is not at all bad.... So, Etobicoke is regarded here as quite a pleasant district (of course, excepting such monsters as Forest Hill or Post Road).

Schools
The nearest schools - Islington JMS (a 10-15 minutes walk) и Etobicoke CI (somewhat farther).

Parks
Quite near - Islington Golf Club, Thomson Riley Park и Echo Valley Park (farther north to the districts of other parks).

Shops
It seems there are no large supermaekets within the distance of a short walk, but there are small shops in Dundas (a 15 minutes walk),and within the distance of 10 - 15 minutes ride - No Frills, and Costco, and many others.

Transport
Subway Kipling - within the distance of 15 - 20 minutes walk.
Or two minutes to the bus station, and the bus will bring you to the subway.
It's probably one of the main reasons of popularity of this district.
It will take you 3 minutes of ride to reach the highway (427), and from 427 - 5 minutes to 401, and to QEW.

Property tax
$3500 in 2008th.
Impressively low.
The agent explains that it's an old bungalow, aged to the times of baby-boom, and the municipal government has kept low taxes,haven't let them rise since long ago.
Maybe out of respect for the people living here who aren't to blame that their houses cost more than a million.

Pros
The district is old, comfortable and well settled.
Sky lights windows in the ceiling look very nice.
The pool and the falls are not at all bad.
The subway is at arm's length.

Cons
The price is a bit high, but no one is to blame that for lower price you can find either something sensless or in Newmarket.
The windows look out a street with intensive traffic (it's very dangerous to let the children out).

General thoughts
The house is in good state and seems to be quite pleasant.
The subway and the highway (427) are quite near.
The price seems to be a bit high, but to my mind, it'll be going down.
My rating of the house is - 8 out of 10.
Would you like to buy a house in Toronto? Etobicoke district is waiting for you.

Technical details
Living room: 4.32 m x 5.04 m
Dining room: 4.32 m x 5.04 m
Kitchen: 4 m x 3.17 m
Family room: 4.01 m x 5.76 m
Master bedroom: 3.33 m x 3.60 m
Bedroom 2: 3.38 m x 3.65 m
Room in the basement: 5.60 m x 3.60 m
Bedroom 3 in the basement: 5.58 m x 3.90 m
Bedroom 4 in the basement: 3.20 m x 3.10 m

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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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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Detached House (bungalow) in Bradford ($310K)

Detached bungalow in Bradford.



Location
Address: 4322 Sixth Line, Bradford, Ontario
Main intersection - Hwy27 / Hwy88.
MLS area: N18.
Buy Detached House in Bradford

Bradford - that's something north-west of Newmarket.

The town itself is a bit closer to Newmarket, but this particular house is located in so called rural area which is country life as I understand it.

No central sewer system,
the output goes to ceptic which has to be emptied and cleaned once per few years. I am personally a bit scared by these devices but it works somehow and most of the houses in rural areas use ceptics. Hmm.. ok...
House for sale Bradford
But life in rural area definitely has some positive moments like having less noise, less neighbours and the distances are much longer.

Price
$309,900.00.
The price is not so high but it's hard to understand whether the reason is the location (middle of nowhere) or something wrong with the house itself.

Footage
At my opinion the house has 1000-1100 sq.ft (100-110 sq.metres), plus finished basement (almost the same size).
Kitchen in house for sale in Bradford

House Age
Approx. 30 years old, according to real estate agent.

Property type
Detached house, bungalow (one floor plus basement).
However I wouldn't expect anything else from an old house in rural area.
I think 30 years ago nobody tried to save few more sq.feet of land.

Lot size
100 x 200 feet (30 х 61 metres).

Kitchen and appliances
Nobody lives in the house now since the owner made full renovation and left so there are no major appliances, You'll have to bring your own ones.
Bradford kitchen

Main Rooms
There is a dining room, not so big, near the kitchen. It faces to the big window so you can see your driveway and the entrance to your lot while eating/sitting. Very bright and beautiful so no doubts it's a pleasure to have a dinner there.Living room
Nice and big family room.Family room: house for sale in Bradford
Hardwood floors everywhere except bedrooms (carpet) and washrooms/kitchen (tiles).Bradford, Ontario - house for sale

Bedrooms
Bedrooms are tiny. One bedroom is pretty small, another one (master bedroom) is a bit bigger but anyway it's not so impressive.

But that may make sense: I never understood why the bedroom should be huge. I guess it's better to have more space for children to play instead of for adults to sleep.
Master bedroom
One more small bedroom you can see in basement.
However it has no windows at all.
Very hard impression.
It looks like you can practice enforcing sleeping there as a punishment.

Basement
Basement is walk out (not an usual feature in houses for sale in Bradford and Toronto) so you can step out right to backyard.
The basement is bright and light enough.Basement: real estate property in Bradford, Canada
The bedroom in basement looks not so perfect as for me (as already mentioned). You can however use it as a storage room.Finished basement in Bradford
There is a real wood fireplace, that's something I really liked.
The basement has a real wood fireplace

Driveway
No driveway as we understand it.
Just not-paved piece of one-direction road coming directly to the house.
Logically there is a designated space for two-car garage right near the house so you can build it if you want. But the cars can be parked as it is now, without a roof.

Backyard
The backyard is nice.
Why I usually don't like rural area houses is their ceptic system, and why I like them is their backyards.
It is wide, deep, very close to nature and looks great.
The house located on a hill so backyard is a bit uneven. But that's not a negative point.
However the problem with the backyard is there is a major road (highway 27) visible from the backyard. Frankly speaking it breaks the feeling of seclusion and doesn't help meditation.

Area
Non-immigrant population, very nice and not depraved by big cities.
Nice people until you make them angry :)

Schools
Usually no schools withing walking distance in rural areas.
But schoolbus can take your children and then bring them back so it doesn't look as a problem.

Parks
The whole are is a big park.
You can live in the park - was it that you dreamed about?

Shopping
The nearest grocery store is in Bradford, approximately 10 minutes of driving.
If something minor required urgently feel free to go to the convenience store in 1 minute of driving.
Maybe not so convenient comparing to residential area but anyway...

Transportation
What transportation you guess can be an option is rural areas?
Your own truck is the best variant I think.

Property tax
~$3000.00 for the year of 2007.

Pros
Relatively low price.
Far away from big (and even small) cities.
No much neighbours in the neighbourhood.
Large backyard.
Walkout basement.
Recently completed renovation.Would you like to buy a house in Bradford?


Cons
Far away from big (and even small) cities (you are right, that's in both lists - everything depends on your mood).
However it's a bit noisy from highway 27 that laid near by.
The house is not new.
No central sewer system.
Oil heating.

Resume
You can expect silence and quietness from a rural area house.
But it's a bit noisy, plus all the problems of rural areas.
Besides, there is a steep hill road between highway 27 and the house so I'm not sure you'll be able to drive uphill on your Civic in winter time after snowfall.
The rest is ok.
My mark: 5 out of 10.

Technical details
Kitchen: 6.90 m x 2.75 m
Dining room: 3.96 m x 2.70 m
Living room: 5.73 m x 4.90 m
Master bedroom: 4.30 m x 3.47 m
Bedroom 2: 3.53 m x 2.75
Kitchen in basement: 2.70 m x 2.62 m
Bedroom in basement: 3.53 m x 3.05 m
Family room in basement: 5.40 m x 4.17 m
Game room in basement: 5.70 m x 4.26 m

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