It always comes down to location, location, location, doesn't it?
This East facing, light-filled home on Firstbrooke Road is situated on one of the the prettiest, low traffic streets in the ‘Upper Beaches’. It's a solid family neighbourhood, bound by Kingston Road to the south and Gerrard Avenue to the north. This leafy enclave remains one of the few remaining pockets of affordability within walking distance of the Beach, Boardwalk and Queen St. East and within 20 minutes from downtown by car or 30 minutes by public transit or bike.
For families, one of the attractions of Firstbrooke Road is its proximity to excellent local schools and parks. One block away, and with no major roads to cross, is ‘demand’ Norway Jr. Public School. With its long and rich history, and an enrolment of only 274 students, there's an enormous amount of attention and support for every child. It is not unusual to find that several generations of the same family attended Norway, and as a result there is lots of parent involvement as well. For more details on the school, staff and learning philosophy, have a look at the Norway School Website.
The equally good Bowmore Jr. and Sr. School is within an easy stroll and the designated high-school, Monarch Park C.I. offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, one of the few public high schools in the city of Toronto to do so.
About a block in the other direction, there's the locally-famous Cassels Park, with it's summer sprinkler park, playground and designated off-leash area for your favourite pet. It's a popular gathering area for pet owners and parents with younger kids alike. And in the winter, it has one of the longest toboggan-runs in the area.
Having covered location, what about the house itself? Shortly after the owners bought this solid brick 3 Bedroom they began the painstaking task of beautifying and modernizing their new home. Inside, gleaming hardwood floors were installed on the main floor; the bathroom was gutted and completely renovated; upgraded electrical and plumbing was installed along the wall from the hallway to the upstairs bathroom. Outside, the front yard was redesigned and professionally landscaped for maximum enjoyment and curb appeal, lower maintenance and to make access to the house easier; the front porch was rebuilt and new hardwood floors were installed on the main floor; a large rear deck was built to make a warm weather entertainment area; a new cedar fence was built on the south side of the property; the home was re-roofed.
If you are looking for a Beaches or Upper Beach home that is in move-in condition and won’t scare your mortgage broker, this fantastic property is well worth a look.