The Sell: two Blue Jays–mad Thornhillers ditch the burbs for an apartment in the city

The Sell: two Blue Jays–mad Thornhillers ditch the burbs for an apartment in the city

The Sell: two Blue Jays–mad Thornhillers ditch the burbs for an apartment in the city

The Sell: two Blue Jays–mad Thornhillers ditch the burbs for an apartment in the city
The sellers: Michael Belz, a 49-year-old partner at Deloitte, and his wife, ­Melanie, a 45-year-old nutritionist.

The property: A four-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house on a ­Thornhill cul-de-sac.

The story: Michael and Melanie, both lifelong surburbanites, often trekked downtown to shop, eat and see the Jays (they attend at least 35 games a season). Last summer, with their elder son at Laurier and their younger one about to join him, they decided to give city living a try. Rather than leap straight into a condo purchase, they found a two-bedroom rental in the Heathview, a new apartment complex near St. Clair and ­Spadina. The only thing left to do was sell their Thornhill house, bought in 2007 for $810,000.

The prep: After a mammoth purge, Michael and Melanie tackled a five-page list of cosmetic fixes assigned by their realtor. But they refused to ­dismantle their Blue Jays shrine—a royal-blue room full of baseball ­memorabilia—which they roped off with velvet cordons for viewings.

The offers: Their agent ­suggested they list for $1.249 million, but the ­couple thought that was steep: a previous realtor’s estimate had been 150 grand lower. They settled on $1.195 ­million and, three days and 14 showings later, had two bids, including one from a neighbourhood couple who had always admired the house. After a few back and forths, the neighbours offered $1.25 million with no conditions and won the place. Michael and Melanie move into their rental this month, just in time for a Blue Jays playoff run—they hope.

(Photograph of Belzes by Erin Leydon)