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Finding the right family for his home

May 18, 2018

Selling a home with heart

A three bedroom, two- bathroom house at 67 Glen Davis Cres. Near Kingston Rd. and Woodbine Ave. is up for sale for a “deserving young family who will benefit from the neighbourhood and preserve and enrich the community” as per the real estate listing.

Robert Rafos, who died in March wanted to find a family to buy the home that he and his wife had lived for 25 years. He even asked neighbours if they knew anyone who may be interested.
His three daughters who live in the U.S. assured him they would adhere to his request.
One of his daughters, Kim Sirrine said they are not interested in bidding wars or even getting the listed price of $875,000.
Prospective buyers are asked to write a profile or send a letter explaining why the house is a good fit so the family can decide who gets the house.

Why it's important: 

The daughters wrote that the community was an asset to him not the property.
He wants the children raised there to experience the benefits of growing up in a tight-knit neighbourhood, where people look out for one another, where people care.
Their father’s wishes have been included on the property’s feature sheet stating there is an annual block party and tight-knit neighbours.
Rafos was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and worked in the U.S., Africa and Asia, using his last years for international causes. When it came to retiring he and his wife chose Toronto .

The home needs a coat of paint and is being sold “as is” said realtor Michael Hamnett, who is listing the property with Cailey Heaps Estrin of Royal LePage.
The asking price is relatively modest as Rafos’s wish was to make it affordable. His family will only consider offers next Tuesday with 24 hours to review them.
There have already been 26 showings and 60 people turned up for the weekend open house.