We understand your pain, house hunters: In the throes of early winter, it’s pretty slim pickings for good living quarters. We scoured the city for the best finds among the relatively few on offer this month.
Asking price: $479,900 (sold conditionally)
The draw: This duplex, a touch west of St. Clair and Dufferin, has garage parking for two, a finished basement, and a large eat-in kitchen on the main floor (with a breakfast island!). It’s close enough to the Stockyards development for grocery runs, yet far enough away to avoid annoying traffic.
The catch: Unless you’re built for life as a landlord, this’ll need some renos to restore it back to the layout of a single-family home. The cabinetry and flooring of the second-floor kitchen are also pretty dated.
117 McRoberts Ave., #COR
Asking price: $389,900 (last sold for $315,000 in 2009)
The draw: When you consider that parking is included, this two-level, two-bedroom condo at Dundas and University is a great deal. The roomy solarium might be a little see-through for a third bedroom, but could easily be kitted out as an office or den.
The catch: The price reflects the kitchen’s grubby floors and ’80s-style cupboards. The $900-plus in maintenance fees will also significantly jack up your monthly payments.
55 Centre Ave., Unit 2006, #DTN
Asking price: $529,900 (sold for $519,000)
The draw: Recently dressed up with new hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a finished income suite in the basement, and kitchen and bathroom fixtures you’d actually want to keep, this west-end home was polished for sales appeal. And, with four parking spaces, it’s a car owner’s dream.
The catch: The property is located relatively close to the noisy, construction-heavy West Toronto Diamond. Bring earplugs.
59 Miller St., #JNC
Asking price: $349,000 (last sold for $170,000 in 2006)
The draw: Wallet-friendly, transit-friendly, and just a skip away from Woodbine Park. At 110 feet deep, the lot is big enough for a patio, and there’s a walkout entrance from the basement. The exposed-brick walls and bathroom down there would be well-suited to a home office.
The catch: The place is priced for its size—it’s a postage stamp of a bungalow. The muddy-coloured aluminum-siding exterior could use, at the very least, a more cheerful coat of paint.
1961 Dundas St. E., #BCH