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Sun-filled house was model home for Brooklin neighbourhood: Home of the Week

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Location: 18 Leithridge Cres.,

An all-brick façade with Victorian-style trim and a three-peak roofline are features of the home’s front exterior.
An all-brick façade with Victorian-style trim and a three-peak roofline are features of the home’s front exterior.  (Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate)

Baldwin St. N. and Camwith Dr. W.

Asking price: $1,150,000

Size: about 3,241 sq. ft.

Lot: 70-by-113 feet, two-car built-in garage, private double drive

Taxes: $7,363 (2018)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

This stately, one-of-a-kind family home served as the show model for the development because of its exemplary features.

“It wasn’t lost on us that this was the Tribute model home for the development,” says homeowner Allison Bedoya. “All the finishing touches are first-rate. The tall door openings give the home a classic, retro style. Although the rooms are large enough on their own, the tall ceilings make them feel that much larger.

“Partially open-concept, it’s a perfect home for entertaining while still retaining the privacy of the rooms. We love the area as we are close to schools and the quaint downtown area of Brooklin, which has some wonderful restaurants and a small-town ambience,” adds Bedoya.

The staircase is open to the airy living room with 20-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and 10 separate windows.
The staircase is open to the airy living room with 20-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and 10 separate windows.  (Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate)

Located in an area with a mix of new and older detached homes, parks and a nearby golf course, the 2007-built Tribute Communities house is a 45-minute drive to Toronto. Brooklin has a grocery store, shops, a library and an arena. Big-box stores are a 15-minute drive away.

“This home is situated on a large 70-foot-wide corner lot, and steps to Brooklin High School,” says listing agent Dominika Stollar. “It features many upgrades such as hardwood floors throughout the main level and the second level landing, an oak staircase with an upgraded Berber carpet runner, and decorative moulding and built-ins throughout. The master bedroom showcases a large dressing room/walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a separate water closet,”

This classic, all-brick home features a roofline with three high peaks, a large covered porch that wraps around one side, Victorian trim and a built-in two car garage.

A centre island is the focal point of the large kitchen that has granite counters, ceramic tile floor and backsplash, and a breakfast room.
A centre island is the focal point of the large kitchen that has granite counters, ceramic tile floor and backsplash, and a breakfast room.  (Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate)

Double entry doors open to the foyer which features a tray ceiling, a ceramic-tile floor with an inlay, and a double closet.

Next to the foyer is the spacious living room with a soaring 20-ft. ceiling, wainscotting on all the walls, a hardwood floor, a pendant light, five tall ground-level windows and five tall higher windows that flood the area with natural light.

The dining room is outfitted with a tray ceiling, a chandelier-style light, a large bay window, a hardwood floor and wallpaper.

Highlights of the sophisticated kitchen include a centre island, a breakfast bar, pendant lights and pot lights, crown moulding, granite counters, a ceramic-tile floor, ceramic tile backsplash and built-in stainless steel appliances.

The dining room features a tray ceiling, large bay window and hardwood floor.
The dining room features a tray ceiling, large bay window and hardwood floor.  (Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate)

The adjoining breakfast room has a ceramic-tile floor, pot lights, a chandelier-type light and a garden door walkout, flanked by a window.

It is open to the family room which contains a hardwood floor, crown moulding, three windows and a gas fireplace with a detailed wood mantel and bordered by built-in shelves.

This main floor also has a powder room and a laundry room.

The upstairs hall has a skylight and overlooks the living room below.

Double entry doors open to the master bedroom which features crown moulding, pot lights, two windows, a massive walk-in closet/dressing room with built-in organizers and a sitting area. The five-piece ensuite is equipped with a large soaker tub with a bay window above, an oversized shower stall, twin vanity sinks and separate area for the toilet.

A secondary bedroom is outfitted with pot lights, a double closet and a four-piece ensuite.

Double entry doors lead to the master bedroom that has crown moulding, pot lights, a massive walk-in closet/dressing room with built-in organizers and a five-piece ensuite.
Double entry doors lead to the master bedroom that has crown moulding, pot lights, a massive walk-in closet/dressing room with built-in organizers and a five-piece ensuite.  (Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate)

The third bedroom has a double closet and pot lights, while the fourth bedroom also has a double closet and pot lights and is currently serving as a home office.

The lower level is unfinished.

The fully fenced backyard has a large flagstone patio and a huge manicured lawn.

To have a look at this property contact listing agent Dominika Stollar, Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage, 905-655-0840; www.cbrmr.com.

Home of the Week is written by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer. Although we try to provide the most up-to-date information available, we cannot guarantee features as listed. Please contact the realtor. To make a submission to Home of the Week, email soldhome@rogers.com.

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Victoria real estate agent disciplined for false advertising, encouraging cash deal to avoid taxes

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A Victoria real estate agent is facing $9,000 in fines and a 60-day licence suspension after breaking several professional rules during the sale of her father’s half-million-dollar property, according to a decision by the Real Estate Council of B.C. 

Whitney Garside’s missteps — outlined this week in a disciplinary decision posted on the council’s website — included falsely advertising the property as being almost twice its actual size and advising the buyer they could avoid the property transfer tax if they paid cash directly to the seller.

The property on Burnett Road in Victoria was being sold in 2016 by the real estate agent’s father. That relationship was disclosed and isn’t among the reasons she has been disciplined.

According to the disciplinary consent order, Garside told the buyer — whose name is redacted — that by paying $42,000 cash on the side, the value of the property could be reduced to avoid paying the property transfer tax.

That cash arrangement was not shared with Garside’s brokerage, Re/Max Camosun, a failure that contravened the Real Estate Services Act.

The council also ruled that she “failed to act honestly and with reasonable care and skill” when she advised the buyer the property transfer tax could be avoided by paying cash directly to the seller. 

The council’s discipline committee also found that Garside committed professional misconduct when she failed to recommend the seller and buyer seek independent legal advice, specifically regarding the property transfer tax and the cash agreement.

Another issue the council considered professional misconduct involved the size of the property in question.

The council ruled that Garside published false and misleading advertising and failed to act with reasonable care and skill when the property was advertised as 8,712 square feet, when in fact a portion of the lot belonged to the Ministry of Transportation, and the actual size was just 4,711 square feet.

The discipline committee ordered Garside’s licence be suspended for 60 days, which will be completed Jan. 3, 2021.

She has also been ordered to complete real estate ethics and remedial classes at her own expense.

Garside was also fined $7,500 as a disciplinary penalty and $1,500 in enforcement expenses.

She agreed to waive her right to appeal the council’s discipline committee’s decision in September.

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Frisco apartment community sells to Canadian investor

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A Canada-based investor has purchased a Frisco apartment community as part of a larger Texas deal.

The 330-unit Satori Frisco apartments opened last year on Research Road in Frisco.

BSR Real Estate Investment Trust bought the four-story rental community that was built by Atlanta-based Davis Development.

Satori Frisco was more than 90% leased at the time of sale. The property includes a two-story fitness center, a car care center, a dog park and a resort-style swimming pool.

The Frisco property sold along with Houston’s Vale luxury apartments in a deal valued at $129 million.

“BSR recently exited the smaller Beaumont and Longview, Texas, markets and also sold noncore properties in other markets,” John Bailey, BSR’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We are now using our strong liquidity position to invest in Vale and Satori Frisco, modern communities in core growth markets with the amenities our residents desire.”

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House prices on Prince Edward Island continue steady climb

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Residential real estate prices on Prince Edward Island continue to climb at a rate higher than the national average, according to the latest report from a national organization. 

The Canadian Real Estate Association released monthly figures for November 2020 on Tuesday.

They show that the average price for a resale home on P.E.I. is about 21 per cent higher than it was a year earlier. 

Only Quebec had a bigger year-over-year increase, at about 23 per cent. Overall across Canada, prices were up 13.8 per cent year over year in the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For the fifth straight month, year-over-year sales activity was up in almost all Canadian housing markets compared to the same month in 2019,” the report noted.

“Meanwhile, an ongoing shortage of supply of homes available for purchase across most of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces means sellers there hold the upper hand in sales negotiations.”

That lack of houses coming onto the market compared to the demand means that in those provinces, there is “increased competition among buyers for listings and … fertile ground for price gains.”

There have been anecdotal reports for months that Prince Edward Island’s low rate of COVID-19 infection and looser rules around social activities have been encouraging people to buy homes on the Island. 

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