We can’t all live near Summerhill’s temple of booze, and far too many neighbourhood LCBOs have a super-small selection of dusty bottles. The holidays would be way more convenient if you just lived in a home near a decent liquor store.
Asking price: $399,000
Sold for: $460,000
The draw: Five minutes from the shiny new LCBO on Queen East, this bungalow semi is surprisingly spacious, with three bedrooms and a potential income unit in the basement. It has a big backyard, a renovated kitchen, and two parking spots.
The catch: The master-bedroom loft needs finishing, as does the income apartment’s kitchen. One of the bedrooms only measures nine by nine feet—and is currently painted purple.
47 Highfield Rd., #LTI
Asking price: $359,000, maintenance fees $670/month
The draw: Right next to the trails of Sunnybrook Park, this bright 883-square-foot condo has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a locker, and a private balcony. The revamped LCBO on nearby Laird Avenue has a satisfyingly broad selection.
The catch: The second bedroom doesn’t have maple floors like the rest of the space. The unit is in an older building with less curb appeal than newer, glassier condos, and walking to shops and restaurants isn’t really an option.
1103 Leslie St., Unit 1108, #LEA
Asking price: $419,000, maintenance fees $360/month
The draw: The unique design of this 733-square-foot one-bedroom includes black subway tiles in the bathroom and bright blue kitchen cabinets. It has a big private balcony and a locker, and is seconds from the singles scene that is the King and Spadina LCBO.
The catch With hundreds of competing condos available, worries about long-term resale prospects are totally valid. (This unit has been on the market for two months, and its price has dropped by $7,000.)
60 Bathurst St., Unit 915, #ENT
Asking price: $549,900 (last sold for for $208,000 in 2004)
The draw: This three-bedroom semi has air conditioning, new windows, and a fairly new roof, as well as a basement apartment. It’s on a popular street in a family-friendly neighbourhood, and the local LCBO has a good range of craft beers.
The catch: Most of the backyard is taken up by the parking spot, and the rest is paved over, without any plants or landscaping. A big pillar in the main living area limits your furniture options.
109 Campbell Ave., #JNT