By Connie Adair
Cabbagetown/South St-James Town
413 Ontario St
(Parliament & Gerrard streets)
Asking price: $1,399,900
Sold for: $1,715,000
Taxes: $7,582 (2023)
Square footage: 1,800
Days on the market: 6
‘We had two exceptionally busy open houses, a healthy number of showings and five offers,” says listing agent Liora Tal. “A wide variety of buyers came to see this home from move-up condo dwellers to first-time homebuyers to empty nesters looking to downsize from a larger family home. We also noticed that the listing had many views online from outside of the country; likely from people who are seeking to call Toronto home soon.”
Co-listing agent Daniel Bloch says, “The house was constructed in 1979, part of a row of five townhomes with a facade that closely mimics the style of the Victorian Bay and Gable houses that surround it.” The two-plus-two bedroom, three-bathroom home is an end unit and is deceiving from the outside, Tal says. “This home lives large on the interior yet has a cosy feeling with special features such as the wood-burning fireplace in the sunken living room. It combines all of the best elements of design and a spectacular amount of natural light from multiple skylights.”
The primary retreat spans the entire top floor and has its own living room, sun deck, skylights and wall of custom closets. The ensuite bathroom has an oversized steam shower and heated floors. Another highlight is a loft office space. The lower level has a recreation room and a bathroom/laundry room. In addition to guest space, this area could be used as a recreation room or home gym.
To prepare for the sale, Tal and Bloch say they worked with the seller and a team of professional trades to have the kitchen cabinets and some appliances replaced and the hardwood floors refinished. “The entire house was painted in a crisp white hue. We then staged in a style to appeal to a wide variety of tastes, while staying true to the home’s urban but historic location,” Bloch says.
“I love any combination of ‘beauty meets function and easy-maintenance’. The landscaped backyard offers a Zen-like oasis of calm when you are craving a peaceful escape. An irrigation system takes care of the watering.” The 16x122-foot property also offers a covered parking space.
Listing Broker: Harvey Kalles Real Estate (Liora Tal and Daniel Bloch)