Imagine, imagine—can you imagine?—transit that actually works for T.O. commuters. If the feds’ latest three-stop subway proposal goes forward, these Scarborough houses will skyrocket in value. Right, Mr. Mayor?
Asking price: $449,900 (previously sold for $340,000 in 2010).
Just sold for: $465,000
The draw: Large windows and subdued, modern paint colours distinguish this newly renovated three-bedroom bungalow on a 40-by-183-foot lot. The finished basement is a potential income unit—it has a separate entrance and washroom, but no kitchen. (Yet.)
The catch: Subway construction would mean redoing Kennedy Station from the underground up, a half-decade-long nightmare that will surely send commuters running to the nearby Scarborough GO. The neighbourhood elementary schools don’t score well on EQAO tests.
17 Cleta Dr.
Asking price: $399,000 (maintenance fees are $457.29/month).
The draw: This three-bedroom townhouse has a huge, 373-square-foot master with two closets and an ensuite washroom. The kitchen boasts fancy Bosch appliances, and the complex has an indoor pool and is within walking distance of Scarborough Town Centre and its adjoining RT station, which—you never know—could be a subway one day.
The catch: The primer-white walls, institutional carpeting, and cheap mirrored closet doors are all bargain-basement finishings that haven’t been changed since the place was first built. And there’s no private outdoor space.
1-117 Omni Dr.
Asking price: $488,800—the price has already dropped by $10,000, so make sure to negotiate! (Previously sold for $302,000 in 2007.)
The draw: This three-bedroom number has a finished basement and a big, covered back deck that overlooks a ravine connecting to Bendale Park and a swath of green space. There are hardwood floors on the main level and lots of storage space in the kitchen.
The catch: Walkability is poor: Nearby strip malls house a cornucopia of hole-in-the-wall ethnic-food gems, but getting to them requires a car or bike-riding nerves of steel. Making it to Lawrence East RT
station involves a rattling journey on the 54 East bus.
29 Benleigh Dr.
Asking price: $484,000 (previously sold for $395,000 in 2011).
The draw: Right near the yet-to-be-approved station at McCowan and Sheppard, this back-split bungalow has a finished basement and huge backyard. It’s also got three bedrooms, a cute country kitchen, and is close to well-regarded Agincourt Collegiate and the delightful offerings of Mona’s Roti shop.
The catch: It’s in need of new paint and better lighting fixtures throughout, but the good news is there’s apparently hardwood under that broadloom. Until the subway unicorn arrives, TTC access is all buses—crowded, slow, lurching buses.
100 Invergordon Ave.