Home of the Month – Dufferin Grove

College Street / Little Italy, Dufferin Grove / Bloorcourt Village, Little Portugal

Welcome to our November 2016 Home of the Month! This feature provides a snapshot of what urbaneer.com's Buyers have recently purchased in the City of Toronto.

This month we share the tale of a couple whom, prior to co-mingling, each occupied their own vintage lofts in the central west end. Let me tell you – from first hand experience – moving out of one's vintage loft into traditional Toronto housing can be a challenge, especially when one has become accustomed to living with ten foot-high-ceilings and an open concept space plan. Thank goodness Toronto has its fair share of Victorians for the loft dwellers to consider!

In addition to our Buyers' love for wood beams, exposed brick walls, and soaring ceilings typical of the 'hard loft' aesthetic, they were also die-hard central west fans, with a particular attraction to Roncesvalles Village and Dufferin Grove. In fact, when I first reconnected with one of the Buyers – a repeat client – and her soon-to-be fiance, it was clear this couple had a solid grasp of what kind of home they were looking for. Their list of wishes, wants, and needs, would become even further refined during our year long search (which isn't unusual in the Toronto real estate market where houses of merit are in short supply and rare-to-market). When she became pregnant with their first child, a reputable school catchment area shot to the top of their wish list. Their friends shared their mistake of purchasing a house without full consideration of the school district; their recommendation was to buy in the best school districts because our inner city baby boom has resulted in the better schools being at capacity by children located within their own specific catchment area.

Having made several attempts to secure properties – and dismissing multiple marginal others – our Buyers were positively smitten when this near 2350 square foot sun-filled Victorian residence came to market with around $250,000 in renovations completed in 2013. Better still, this 3+1bed/3bath home had been renovated in the Buyers' preferred loft aesthetic, including exposed brick walls, wood beamed ceilings, and some pretty swish finishes and fittings including a 2 person steam shower, custom cedar deck, an original wood fireplace, as well as custom built-in wardrobes in all of the bedrooms. With a charming courtyard garden, oversized garage, and a lower level suite renting for about $1,300/month (which offsets just over $300,000 of a mortgage at today's interest rates), this marvelous residence located just steps to College Street, Dundas West, and the Ossington Strip, offered turn key living in the coveted Old Orchard Elementary School District.

Here are some snaps of this dwelling from MLS:



Like many Buyers navigating the Toronto real estate market, our clients had to blindly compete against several other purchasers. Fortunately, our Buyers successfully secured the dwelling by bidding 20 percent over the $1,188,000 list price. Here's their kind words in their Testimonial called Toronto Real Estate Buyers Recommend Steve Fudge And The Urbaneer Team.

Serving first, second and multi-time buyers, young families, down-scaling Zoomers, renovators and those building their investment property portfolios, our mandate is to help our clients strategically secure the best real estate on offer, while ensuring their purchase best serves their practical needs and their dream of 'Home'. We identify a property's best qualities, features and insouciant charm in the context of the future target market while meeting your own wishes, wants and desires.

If you, or someone you love, has specific real estate needs, wishes and desires, and would enjoy the personalized service of Top Producing boutique Toronto real estate outfit who subscribe to a pressure-free approach – and a specialty in unique urban homes – please know we're here to help!


~ The Urbaneer Team
earn your trust, then your business

Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
& The Innovative Urbaneer Team
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage – (416) 322-8000


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