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South Riverdale

60 Bertmount Ave. (Queen Street East and Pape Avenue)

Asking price: $1.495 million

Sold for: $1.7 million

Taxes: $5,553 (2020)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Square footage: 1,376

Garage: 0

Parking: 1

Days on the market: 2

Spacious kitchen/dining area with Edwardian-style hardwood flooring.
Spacious kitchen/dining area with Edwardian-style hardwood flooring. Photo by Supplied

“We had 15 showings in the two short days it was on the market,” says listing agent Christian Vermast. “We had more showings booked in the future queue that we had to cancel; however, the sellers received a bully offer that they were more comfortable with so we cancelled the offer night and took $1.7 million. It was listed for $1.495 million.”

The 1,376-square-foot house, which has more than 680 square feet on the lower level, appealed to young couples and families with children, he says. “The greatest interest came from 30- to 45-year-olds. This house is in prime Leslieville, with access to the small village setting along Queen Street East. For those who work in the financial district, you can take the streetcar to work.”

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The house has been totally renovated and includes hardwood flooring sympathetic to the 1913 Edwardian architecture, exposed brick walls and glass garden doors to the backyard, says co-listing agent Paul Maranger. In 2016, the owners moved out and the main and second floors were gutted.

Spacious living room in open-concept design main floor.
Spacious living room in open-concept design main floor. Photo by Supplied

The best feature is the main floor, Maranger says. “The space feels like a loft.  It’s completely open concept. The designer employed a modern-farmhouse vibe….The kitchen is oversized with a huge countertop area – ideal for serious cooks and serious entertainers.”

However, Maranger says the issue with an open concept is where to hang coats. “The owners had a custom cabinet built so the moment the kids entered the house, there was a place to put their things.”

Another great feature, he says, is the second-floor bathroom/laundry. “It is the size of a large bedroom and has a huge soaker tub, a large clerestory window and a folding area.”

“The lower level became a lifesaver during COVID, as one of the owners moved the home office downstairs,” Vermast says. “This level is also one huge space, except for the bathroom of course.   There is a Murphy bed for overnight guests and a media/recreation area to watch movies.”

At 20 x 81 feet, the lot is shallower than many in the city, Vermast says, however, “this side of Bertmount has a laneway.  The benefit is off-street parking.”

Listing Broker: Sotheby’s International Realty Canada (Paul Maranger and Christian Vermast)

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