134 Birch Ave. (Bathurst Street and Carville Road)
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After the Raptors made NBA history by beating the Warriors last summer, showings at 134 Birch Ave. increased significantly. Listing agent Voula Argyropoulos says it’s because potential buyers noticed that there is a basketball court on the property.
The 60×236-foot lot, deeper than most properties in South Richvale, she says, also has “tons of room for a pool and cabana.”
Other than Raptors fans, a mix of buyers were drawn to the 5,300-square-foot brick-and-stone house, including young families looking for a large lot close to amenities and good schools. There are a range of schools — public, private, Montessori, Catholic and other religious-based schools — nearby, she says.
“We had lots of interest. There were a number of comparable homes listed at the time. Buyers had options and they took their time house shopping and comparing,” Argyropoulos says.
The sellers bought the spec home from a builder because it fit their criteria and their needs at the time. She says the home was built in 2012 with upgraded finishes, 10-foot ceilings and a two-storey great room with enormous windows letting in tons of light. The gourmet kitchen has high-end appliances and a walkout to backyard.
The dining and living rooms have wainscoting and coffered ceilings. The main floor also includes an office.
A fireplace, one of many throughout the home, graces the master suite. There is also a laundry room on the second floor.
The homeowners have two children and Argyropoulos says they are a “very active and social family. They created an outdoor space that can be used and enjoyed by all members. They created two other seating areas for dining and entertaining. It’s a great space to enjoy with family and friends.”
In addition to the basketball court, she says, “The sellers built a lanai (a Hawaiian covered patio) that is heated and set for outdoor entertaining. It has a large screen TV and lots of seating.”
The attached garage is equipped with a car lift. “My seller loves fast cars and having a two-car garage wasn’t going to cut it. He installed a car lift for his sports car and decided to include it with the sale of the home, a feature the buyer also loved.”
Listing Broker: Hammond International Properties Limited (Voula Argyropoulos and Jerry Hammond)