The sellers: Michael Belz, a 49-year-old partner at Deloitte, and his wife, Melanie, a 45-year-old nutritionist.
The property: A four-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house on a Thornhill cul-de-sac.
The story: Michael and Melanie, both lifelong surburbanites, often trekked downtown to shop, eat and see the Jays (they attend at least 35 games a season). Last summer, with their elder son at Laurier and their younger one about to join him, they decided to give city living a try. Rather than leap straight into a condo purchase, they found a two-bedroom rental in the Heathview, a new apartment complex near St. Clair and Spadina. The only thing left to do was sell their Thornhill house, bought in 2007 for $810,000.
The prep: After a mammoth purge, Michael and Melanie tackled a five-page list of cosmetic fixes assigned by their realtor. But they refused to dismantle their Blue Jays shrine—a royal-blue room full of baseball memorabilia—which they roped off with velvet cordons for viewings.