There are plenty of things you'd want to bring with you when touring a home you potentially want to purchase. A camera? Sure. A measuring tape? Could be handy. And hey, maybe even a pen and paper to take down some notes. But a flashlight? That usually doesn't make the packing list.
Well, a listing in Toronto is warning any potential buyers to bring their trusty flashlight with them, and after looking at photos of the extremely worn-down house, it's not hard to guess why. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom property at 155 Northland Avenue in Toronto's Harwood neighbourhood has no services, the listing says, meaning no electricity to light your way as you walk around the space, hence the flashlight.
The listing also specifies that appointments to view the house can only be made for daytime hours, which is probably good both for safety purposes and for making the house appear as non-scary as possible to potential buyers.
The little brown bungalow looks, shall we say, like it's seen better days. In fact, the curb appeal is practically non-existent. The front yard has no grass -- just a patch of dirt and an aging cement driveway -- and the cracking cement steps leading up to the house aren't particularly warm and welcoming.
- Address: 155 Northland Avenue
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: $699,000
- Lot: 25.03 x 94.62 ft
Inside, the hardwood is worn, and in some places, it's gone altogether. A number of the walls and doorways are stained, and the one bathroom the house does have features a rather interesting layout with the toilet on a diagonal in the corner, and a small wall-mounted sink next to it.
Only one of the two bedrooms is shown in the listing photos, and it's on the cosier side with a twin bed sat next to a stack of cardboard boxes piled high. The house is being sold with everything as is, meaning the cardboard boxes, miscellaneous rugs, cat painting, and light fixture with missing bulbs could all be yours. The listing does specify, however, that they're looking for a minimum deposit of $50,000 -- roughly 7% of the asking price.
Homes on Northland Avenue are a mix of one- and two-storey buildings, and considering the street's proximity to the TTC, several parks, and major stores at the nearby Stock Yards Village, there's certainly a big redevelopment opportunity that would come with buying this property. As they say, it's only up from here.