In keeping with the spirit of all things West, my house crush of the week is a divine semi-detached on Galley Avenue, a prime street in Roncesvalles Village. 

This pile of bricks listed for $668,500 last week, quite a pretty penny for a mid-sized semi-detached east of Roncy Ave.  If you’d like to experience the Open House from the comfort of your own desk, take a spin through the agent’s photos…she captured everything from the front door key hole to cat’s-eye-view shots of the floors.  Very detailed but you know me, I’m a fan of the OTT approach. 

Located in the catchment area of top-notch elementary school Fern Avenue Jr, this house is a good mix of modern renovation and original character.  The kitchen and bathrooms are updated in whites, beiges, and robin’s egg blues and feel neutral without being boring.  The renovation seems to be decent quality and doesn’t reek of Home Depot.  The kitchen cabinetry doesn’t look custom and the counters aren’t stone, but overall the space is well-organized.   The original fireplace, stair banister, moldings and exposed brick are lovely touches and give the house a general vibe of warmth and charm.  The two decks provide good outdoor space but the yard is a bit of a mud pit.  Gardens don’t exactly look great this time of year but this patch of grass looks more troubled than most. 

This house would be a great buy for a young family as there is very little work to be done.  Sure, you aren’t going to be customizing the place to your own specifications, but the renovation choices are neutral and the best part is you won’t have to spend your weekends at Olympia Tile arguing with your spouse.  There are three bedrooms plus a second floor family room as well as three bathrooms and one parking spot.  The lot size of 18 x 128 ft is great for this area and there’s actually room for kids to play in the back yard. 

I have a few friends trying to buy in Roncy right now and the inventory has been much lower than many other prime neighborhoods.  Very little comes on to the market in this size and price range so I wasn’t surprised to hear that the house received seven offers last night.   The house ended up selling for….drumroll, please… $131,500 over asking.  Is it just me or is $130,000 the new $100,000?  It feels like $100,000 over just doesn’t swing it these days. 

The deets:

Roncesvalles/Galley, Semi-Detached, 3-Storey, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

List:  $668,500

Sold:  $800,000 (120% of list, Mar 2010)

Taxes:  $ 3,476.68

Lot:  18 x 128 Feet

Parking:  1 spot

Remarks For Clients:  Contemporary Living In The Heart Of Roncesvalles! Located On One Of The Most Sought After Streets, This End Of The Row Semi-Detached Home Features High Quality Contemporary Renovations Throughout. Features Include: 3rd Floor Master Suite With Walkout To South Facing Deck; Open Concept Family Room With Exposed Brick Wall; Hardwood Floors And Pot Lights Throughout; 3 Full Bathrooms; Open Concept Living And Dining Room With Wood Burning Fire Place.