Have polar temperatures made the idea of leaving the house (or car) to pick up dinner seem impossible? These four homes are great picks close to fast-food windows. (Your secret’s safe with us.)
Sold conditionally for: $500,000
The draw: This two-storey semi boasts three bathrooms, a built-in garage, and a finished walk-out basement that could be turned into an apartment unit with minimal renovation. It’s also a mere three-minute cruise to Timbit heaven at the Tim Hortons on Weston Road.
The catch: The ’70s-style kitchen cabinetry could use a facelift, and if you’re not into the basketweave look of parquet flooring, beware—it’s installed throughout much of the house.
238 Aileen Ave., #YRK
Asking price: $529,000 (last sold for $390,000 in 2012)
The draw: Just west of the Mama and Papa burgers of A&W at Eglinton and Pharmacy, this three-bedroom pad features hardwood and laminate floors throughout, plus a slew of recent upgrades to the two-bedroom basement apartment, including new windows and floors.
The catch: Not much to look at here: Your front view is the fenced-off parking lot of a medical-supply wholesaler across the street.
55 Tisdale Ave., #SCR
Asking price: $525,000 (last sold for $339,000 in 2010)
The draw: This white-brick bungalow has undergone a few renos in the past couple of years—namely, a new front door, new attic insulation, and a completely refurbished basement apartment. It’s a short jaunt to Victoria Park Station, and an even shorter drive to the McDonalds drive-thru a block away.
The catch: The basement kitchen is actually nicer than the one on the main floor, whose white melamine cabinets and faux-marble countertops will likely need an upgrade soon.
2505 Gerrard St. E., #SCR
Asking price: $344,900 (last sold for $235,000 in 2006)
The draw: This one-bedroom apartment is surrounded by parkland, has floor-to-ceiling windows, and there’s a Wendy’s drive-thru down the street! In friendlier weather, owners can make use of the big balcony that overlooks Leaside Park’s baseball diamond.
The catch: Sprawling green space and a bunch of foodie amenities (like Sweet City Bakery and Iqbal Halal Foods) nearby significantly boost the neighbourhood’s walkability, but cyclists and transit users won’t fare as well here.
1 Leaside Park Dr., Unit 513, #LEA