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Open house valuable marketing tool for German Mills home

Done Deal, 83 Simonston Blvd., Toronto

83 SIMONSTON BLVD., THORNHILL, Ont.

ASKING PRICE $1,685,000

SELLING PRICE $1,641,000

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PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $379,000 (October, 1998); $357,500 (February, 1998)

TAXES $5,589 (2016)

DAYS ON THE MARKET 18

LISTING AND CO-OP AGENT Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

The Action: For over two weeks late last year, this four-bedroom home with an attached double garage hosted 19 private showings and a public open house. "A lot of people think open houses are a waste of time, but I decided to do it that weekend and strangely enough, [the buyers] came in, loved it and came back," agent Elli Davis says.

What They Got: Various updates to this roughly 35-year-old residence keep it looking contemporary, yet classic. For instance, hardwood floors and mouldings grace an open dining space, entertaining area with a gas fireplace and rear family room with a walkout to the patio and garden beds lining the 60-by 138-foot lot.

For more casual activities, there is a lower level gym and recreation area with another fireplace, plus a guest room.

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Cooking and cleaning is convenient with four bathrooms, including one in the master upstairs, and an updated kitchen with an island, marble floors and stone counters.

The Agent's Take: "The appeal was the school district and Bayview country club, and it's close to the Don Valley Parkway and 407 [highway]," Ms. Davis notes.

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