House of the Week: $2.8 million for a brick-and-stone family home in the heart of Forest Hill

This is a pretty spectacular home – four bedrooms on the upper level, three with en-suites, and a full bedroom and bathroom in the basement. It even comes complete with a pool! Address: 126 Kilbarry Road Neighbourhood: Forest Hill South Price: $2,795,000 The Place: A classy five-bedroom home with a chateau-like exterior in the heart of Forest Hill. Bragging Rights: Major curb appeal. Passers-by often stop to admire the pretty landscaping and ivy-covered white stone. Big Selling Point: The house is walking distance from Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School, Upper Canada College, St. Mike’s and Bishop Strachan School, […]

Casting Call: Sarah Richardson

This came across my desk today: Are you looking for, or have you recently purchased, a new home? Imagine being able to make your most important financial decision with the help of a trusted ally…Sarah Richardson! Not only that, what if Sarah were able to help you with the one renovation or design issue that keeps your new home from being absolutely perfect? Here’s how it works: We are seeking motivated homebuyers who will be the lucky recipient of a renovation or design makeover from HGTV’s top design talent, Sarah Richardson. Each makeover will have a value of at least […]

Linda’s Story

We were looking for a condo for our daughter who is studying Engineering at U of T. She was moving out of residence and knowing she’d be in Toronto for four more years, our thinking was that it made more sense to spend $1000 a month on a mortgage for a nice condo than on rent for something the size of Harry Potter’s closet under the stairs. We wanted something that was within walking distance of U of T or at least with access to fast and accessible transportation. We were open to a two bedroom apartment and even considered […]

House of the Week: $2.1 million for a Summerhill semi with a tranquil sunken living room

Yes, the renovations look terrific and the location is great. But over $2M for a semi with only two bedrooms? (There is a third, but it’s in the basement… Address: 125 MacPherson Avenue Neighbourhood: Yorkville Price: $2,095,000 The Place: A two-bedroom brick semi on a pretty, tree-lined street in Summerhill. Bragging Rights: Plenty of traditional homes have had contemporary makeovers, but few snag a feature in DesignLines magazine. A recent reno brought in design-centric details like walnut accents, a sunken back living room and an open-tread stairwell. Big Selling Point: Living in a semi doesn’t mean you can’t party. The […]

Last Week to Nominate an Exceptional Female for RBC’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

Do you know a female entrepreneur who deserves to be recognized? Here’s your chance to nominate her for an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award. Nominations close on Friday. As driven and connected young professionals (YPs), we are willing to bet that many of our readers know a female entrepreneur (or know of her) who is doing exceptional things in her field and for her community. Maybe she is your boss, best friend, girlfriend, sister, friend’s wife or a friend of a friend. RBC’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards recognize the hard work, dedication and success of female entrepreneurs in a […]

What to See at Hot Docs 2013

Hot Docs starts tomorrow! They’ve always got some gems, but it’s often hard to decide what to see – the Toronto Standard offers their top five: Usually documentaries get the short end of the stick when it comes to theatrical releases, but for ten glorious days each spring non-fiction filmmaking takes over Toronto. The Hot Docs film festival has been apart of TO cinephiles’ calendars for 20 years with Oscar winning gems and sadly forgotten classics premiered annually. This year’s line up is once again filled with intriguing selections, but with over 200 features and shorts, it can be a […]

Susan’s Story

Thrilling, the chase of purchasing a property. Nail biting, once I found one. Excited, nervous, doubtful, when I said yes. Unbelieving, when it was a done deal. Did I dream all this, really, I bought a property. WOW I knew where I wanted to be, Yorkville. I know the area, I like it, but I wanted to see what else was out there, I had time. So, with the help of Shawn, I was all over the city, and what a great city it is. Anyway, with the patience of a saint, Shawn answered all my questions and checked everything […]

Where are Toronto’s prime real estate pockets?

Interesting piece from the Globe and Mail today – although with the market the way it is, if you have a detached or even a semi in good condition, it almost doesn’t matter where it is! By Carolyn Ireland Toronto’s capricious spring real estate market has lots of people feeling perplexed. Sales have been tumbling for months in a row but prices have held on or continued to climb. Some houses draw 11 bids; others see their offer dates come and go. Buyers question whether prices are finally on the verge of a decline, and they only have to look […]

Canadian home prices up in most markets in early 2013: Royal LePage

Average prices for three common types of housing were up year-over-year in most Canadian markets in the first quarter, national real estate company Royal LePage said Thursday. Royal LePage said the average price for a standard two-storey detached house was up 2.2% in the January-March period compared with a year ago, while the national average price for detached bungalows rose 2.4%. The average price for condominiums rose 1.2% from first quarter of 2012. Some local markets didn’t fit the national pattern, however. For example, Vancouver, Victoria and Saint John, N.B., had year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter price declines in all three categories. […]

March newsletter: Toronto Now Bigger than Chicago, Best Boutique Hotels

Welcome to the March 2013 issue of my eNewsletter! Have you ever been asked to recommend a hotel and come up short? You’ll want to check out the list of the city’s best boutique hotels. Danceworks is presenting a new show in three weeks and they are offering a discount on tickets to my subscribers. You’ll also find neighbourhood information about the Bay Street corridor, Toronto beating out Chicago for North America’s fourth biggest cities and two great listings. Please follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more interesting articles. Click here for the full newsletter