Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

First bid slow to appear, but proves to be the best for renovated house

293 Manor Rd. E., Toronto

293 Manor Rd. E., TORONTO

ASKING PRICE $1,599,999

SELLING PRICE $1,599,999

Story continues below advertisement

PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $807,000 (2010); $640,000 (2005); $282,500 (1996)

TAXES $5,820 (2016)


LISTING AGENTS Cailey Heaps Estrin, Brenna and Megan Whyte, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Heaps Estrin Team

The Action: Upward of 50 house hunters toured this three-bedroom house on a 43-by-116-foot lot in late June, but offers to purchase were slow to appear. When the first bid eventually arrived, it proved to be the best, even after a second offer trickled in.

"There were people waiting to put in an offer for over two weeks just wanting to see what would happen, but it's not a good idea," agent Brenna Whyte said. "You should go in where there are no other offers."

What They Got: Since 2010, this 90-year-old house has undergone several changes, evident from the new porch, roofing, fencing and stone walkway.

Story continues below advertisement

Inside, some mechanical systems, kitchen and laundry appliances were added and the lower-level recreation room redone with a built-in sound system and secondary bathroom with heated floors and towel rack.

A side deck and front balcony can be reached via the living and dining rooms respectively. The former also has a wood-burning fireplace.

The Agent's Take: "It's a corner lot, so it was wider … than typical from the street," Ms. Whyte note. "[Plus] this house has an attached garage with direct access to the house, which is very rare in the area."

The interior also benefited from the extra width. "It had a centre-hall layout and a beautiful landscaped garden and backyard," Ms. Whyte added. "And there's a lot of original charm to the house that was maintained throughout the renovation, like stained glass and distressed hardwood floors."

Young family brings a contemporary aesthetic to updated Toronto home
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles as we switch to a new provider. We are behind schedule, but we are still working hard to bring you a new commenting system as soon as possible. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to