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Price Check: How about a High Park condo, a semi on Ossington or an East York bungalow?

What kind of home can $1 million land you this fall? Three different neighbourhoods tell three different stories

Price Check: How about a High Park condo, a semi on Ossington or an East York bungalow?

The Bank of Canada has held its key interest rate at a sky-high five per cent since Julyand it hasn’t ruled out more hikes in the coming months. This state of uncertainty has left Toronto’s real estate sector in the doldrums. Buyers are holding more sway these days, with investors and first-time homeowners pouncing on deals at the $1-million mark. Here are three very different homes in three very different neighbourhoods that recently sold for less than $1 million. 


High Park North: A jumbo condo with a leafy view

Sold for: $990,000 Listing price: $999,000 Date sold: October 19, 2023 Bedrooms: 2+1 Bathrooms: 3 Size: 1,400 square feet Maintenance fees: $1,197 a month Real estate agent: Martin Stothard

In late September, the owners of this two-bedroom condo on Bloor listed it for just under $1 million. Previously selling for $775,000 in 2017, the roughly 1,400-square-foot unit is the largest in the building. The place has floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a small den that can be used as an office. Another perk is its location: High Park is across the street, and Roncesvalles Village’s shops and restaurants are a short walk away. The property got lots of interest from first-time homebuyers, and after four days on the market, the owners accepted a conditional offer that was $9,000 under asking.

This High Park unit just sold for under $1 million
It's 1,400 square feet and has two bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The view of the neighbourhood may be the home's best feature.

Dovercourt Village: A two-storey semi with a backyard

Sold for: $989,999 Listing price: $989,000 Date sold: October 23, 2023 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Size: 1,500 square feet Real estate agent: Beatrice Raposo

Located right on Ossington, this three-bedroom semi was owned by the same family for 42 years. It’s move-in ready and comes with a new roof that was installed in 2022. It also has a few rarities for the area: a family room on the main level and a garage in the rear laneway. In order to drum up interest in a slow market, the owners priced the place at a slight discount: $989,000. The strategy worked. They quickly received multiple offers and sold the home for $999 above asking 12 days after it was listed.

This Ossington home is 1,500 square feet and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
The sold for $980,000.
As an added bonus, the place has a fenced-in backyard.

O’Connor-Parkview: A classic bungalow ripe for a makeover

Sold for: $850,000 Listing price: $849,000 Date sold: October 23, 2023 Bedrooms: 2+1 Bathrooms: 3 Size: 900 square feet Real estate agent: Teuta Guci

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Over in East York, this two-bedroom bungalow hit the market on October 19. The home had great bones, but the kitchen and bathrooms needed upgrading. Factoring in the cost of renovations, the owners listed the home at $849,000—comparable properties in the neighbourhood had recently sold for about $1 million. House hunters took notice right away. Four days after the home went up for sale, a buyer snapped it up for $1,000 over asking.

Here's a classic bungalow in O'Connor-Parkview
Price Check: How about a High Park condo, a semi on Ossington or an East York bungalow?
Price Check: How about a High Park condo, a semi on Ossington or an East York bungalow?

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