House of the Week: 118A Robinson Street
Just one block from Trinity Bellwoods Park, this cute semi-detached located at 118A Robinson St. offers a pretty good picture of what you can buy with $650K in Toronto these days. The curb appeal won't blow you away, but the bones of this house are solid. Wide plank hardwood floors cover the first floor, and the open concept design is highlighted by the unique entrance to the dining area. No cookie cutter design here.
Though the lot is narrow (less than 12 feet!), there's room for more than a couple here. With three bedrooms plus a nursery (or an office), the house is deceptively large. It could, however, obviously use a reno. That kitchen probably isn't where you'd imagine cooking your dream meal, and the parquet flooring on the second level is just tired. Dump some money into this one and remain for a few years, and you'll be selling it for way more than it's listed at now.
First time home buyers looking for an in downtown. It's harder and harder to purchase a house in this neighbourhood (or any centrally located neighbourhood) for less than $700,000, much less one with three bedrooms. Save on the maintenance fees you'd pay for a condo by snapping up this place.
MOVE ON IF
You're looking for all the bells and whistles. This house has its limitations. There's no parking, to start with, and a tiny backyard. The kitchen and bathrooms could use an update, as could the parquet flooring upstairs. But it gives you the chance to make updates to your taste, so bust out the design magazines and start scheming.
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