Wondering what to do with your young kids during the workday? Here, a few homes close to schools with full-day kindergarten and before- and after-school daycare programs. Navigating those lengthy waiting lists is up to you.
Asking price: $399,000
Just sold for: $421,000
The draw: This three-bedroom semi boasts access to the 512 streetcar and the delights of the Junction. It also has air conditioning, plus a bathroom and kitchenette in the partially finished basement.
The catch: A thorough facelift is needed—as in painting, installing new cupboards, buying new appliances, and unearthing the hardwood under the broadloom. Super-close Carleton Village Public School doesn’t score very well on EQAO tests (Ontario’s standardized testing), if you value that type of thing.
130 Uxbridge Ave.
Asking price: $395,900 (maintenance fees $399/month)
The draw: This bright, well-kept townhouse can function either as a duplex, split into one- and two-bedroom apartments, or a three-bedroom home with two kitchens. Either way, it’s a good amount of space for the price in a sought-after neighbourhood—and within walking distance of Bruce Junior PS.
The catch: If renting out an apartment is the plan, you’ll have to go through the condo board on short-term leases. And nearby construction of the new TTC streetcar storage barn means Leslie Street will likely be a noisy nightmare until the end of 2014.
1209 Queen St. E., Unit 63
Asking price: $449,000
Just sold for: $462,500
The draw: A 47-by-125-foot lot leaves much room for a huge, idyllic backyard behind this fully renovated three (plus one) bedroom house. There’s A/C and a partially finished basement, and both John A. Leslie PS and Scarborough GO station are nearby.
The catch: The lake may be on the other side of Kingston Road, but at least it’s within walking distance, unlike desirable shopping or restaurants. Storage space is at a premium in the bedrooms—only the master has a passable closet.
128 Heale Ave.
Asking price: $539,900 (last sold for $250,000 in 2003)
The draw: This detached home is a four-minute drive from Guildwood GO station and a short jaunt to the lake in Scarborough’s version of Pleasantville. It has four (plus one) bedrooms, the basement is finished, and the roof was redone last year.
The catch: EQAO nerds won’t like the C-grades that Guildwood Jr. PS scores in both English and math, and TTC access is, well, minimal. The backyard has an in-ground pool, which requires a lot of maintenance in a city where summers are heartbreakingly short.
239 Livingston Rd.