National Post: What It Went For: $2.025 Million

National Post

September 9, 2019

By Connie Adair


358 Berkeley St. (Parliament & Carlton streets)

Asking price: $1,998,000
Sold for: $2,025,000
Taxes: $7,238 (2018)
Square footage: almost 3000
Garage: 1 (Carport)
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 4
Square footage: approx. 3,000
Days on the market: 13

In the 19th century, John Smith built several homes in Cabbagetown. But in 1883, he constructed 358 Berkeley Street for his own family. And while it has been renovated over the years, the Bay-and-gable-style home retains the kind of original charm buyers come to this area to find.

Original features include a gingerbread peak outside and stained glass, crown mouldings and archways indoors. The living/dining room has a fireplace.

High ceilings and large windows ensure the space is bright. White walls and hardwood floors offer neutral backdrops for furnishings and artwork.

Also appealing, says listing agent Daniel Bloch, is the “balcony on every floor” and walkouts from the main living/dining room and the kitchen. There are thoughtful updates, too, like a heated floor and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

In all, there is almost 3,000 square feet above ground, plus a lower level with a separate entrance.

Not surprisingly, there was a fair amount of interest in the listing and two offers to purchase. Buyers were drawn by the neighbourhood, Bloch says — and the views. In summer, the 23×123-foot lot has a canopy of mature trees

Listing Broker: Harvey Kalles Real Estate (Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal)


National Post: Million Dollar View

National Post

September 5, 2019

By Connie Adair

Downtown Toronto

35 Balmuto St. #2304 (Yonge and Bloor streets)

Asking price: $1.089 million
Sold for: $1.08 million
Taxes: $5,278 (2019)
Monthly fee: $1,097
Garage: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square footage: 1,057
Days on the market: 18

This corner suite offers, quite literally, a million-dollar view. Every room has access to an outdoor space — which includes both a 300-square-foot terrace and a 25-square-foot balcony. The interiors are also primed for views of the city thanks to an abundance of large windows.

Beyond the view, the unit offers a good compromise to a house, says listing agent Daniel Bloch. It’s more than 1,000 square feet, and includes both a spacious open-concept living room/kitchen (complete with the requisite granite countertops and stainless steel appliances) as well as a king-sized master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a walkout to the terrace.

The 48-storey highrise has about 600 suites and comes with amenities such as a concierge, a games room and a gym. Standard fare, perhaps, but Bloch points out that “it is one of the few buildings in this area that has visitor parking.” (This is Yonge and Bloor, remember.)

It’s also a good investment at $1,021 per square foot, he says. “It is great value compared to other buildings in the area, which are selling north of $1,200 per square foot.”

Bloch says the unit received a “significant amount of interest” and three offers.

Listing Broker: Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. (Liora Tal and Daniel Bloch)