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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

House for sale in Etobicoke ($430K)

A detached semi-floor house for sale in Etobicoke district.



Location
Address: 31 Aldgate Ave, Toronto, Ontario.
Main intersection - Park Lawn Rd / The Queensway, Etobicoke.
MLS district - W07.


Price
$429,900.

Square Footage
The information is restricted.
Judging by its view, it’s about 1000 square feet (100 square kilometres)


Age of the house
About 50 – 60 years.

Type of real estate
Semi-floor house.
As I understood, initially it was a single-floor house, but then some know-it-all decided to build a staircase to the attic and made a bedroom there.
Build and made.
But it’s impossible to sleep there when it’s hot.
I was there not on the hottest day, but 2 air conditioners didn’t manage the workload – it was quite hot and stuffy upstairs.

Size of the lot
40 x 175 feet (12 х 52 metres).

Kitchen and household appliances
The kitchen looks quite good against the general background.
At least, there are fewer complaints against it.
The colors a bit depress, but this can be easily helped.


Main rooms
There’s only one main room.
It’s logically divided into two parts by the sofa.

There’s a fireplace.
The agent said that it’s gas, though it seemed to be firewood (there was even an armful of wood nearby).


Bedrooms
It’s a sore point in this house.
There’s only one bedroom (upstairs), but it’s impossible to sleep there: it’ll be hot in summer and cold in winter.

But tastes differ.
If you, like Rakhmetov by Chernyshevsky, decided to train your strength of will by means of torturing your body, this house will be a suitable variant for you.
Philosophers should pay attention to this house too.


Basement
The basement is finished and tolerable, saving nearly a total lack of windows.
There’s even a bedroom there.

Driveway
The driveway would be nearly normal, if it fit for 2 cars in its width.
Though there’s even a garage, 3 more cars would fit into, but they’ll leave along the stack.

Backyard
The backyard is a light moment in the survey.
The backyard is large, with a pool and hottub,
and old fruit trees.


District
The district is not totally awful, but not very good.
It’s probably possible to live there, but you could find some better variants.

Schools
The nearest schools are Etienne Brule JS, Park Lawn JMS (both of them are quite near – 5 10 minutes of walk) and Etobicoke CI (you need to go by bus there).

Parks
Woodfrod Park, South Humber Park and Bell Manor Park – it’s just a 5 - 10 minute walk (in different directions, see the map).

Shops
The Shop in Queensway,
You need to drive somewhere to find big ones...

Transport
The highway (Queen Elizabeth Way) is a three-minute drive,
streetcars and buses are also nearby.
Though it’s not very convenient to go to the subway using public transport.

Property tax
About $3000 in 2007.

Pros
The price isn’t high for Etobicoke.
The highway is nearby; the access to TTC (Toronto buses-trams) is not very far.
The backyard made me happy.
The pool and hottub produce the impression of luxury.


Cons
The house is extremely small, it actually has a single bedroom (it’s not a suitable variant for families with children).
The district is so-so, a bit dirty.
In South Humber Park (within one kilometre to the east from the house) there are large sewage-purification facilities. If the wind blows from the east, it’ll smell, you know.

General thoughts
The backyard impresses greatly.
On the whole the house produces a better impression than the previous one, but this kind of real estate is lower than the average level.
It’s possible to live here only in case of emergency.
My evaluating of the house is 4 of 10.


Technical details
Living room: 7 m x 3.50 m
Dining room: 4.50 m x 3 m
Kitchen: 3.40 m x 2.70 m
Kitchen with a place for having meals: 3.30 m x 2.70 m
Bedroom (upstairs): 5.25 m x 3.40 m
Room in the basement: 4.80 m x 2.80 m
Kitchen in the basement: 2.75 m x 2.40 m
Bedroom in the basement: 3.30 m x 3 m
Room for washers-dryers in the basement: 3.80 m x 3 m

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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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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

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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

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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

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