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 … Continue reading Susan’s Story

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 … Continue reading Where are Toronto’s prime real estate pockets?

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

House of the Week: $2.9 million for a classy family home in The Beach

Here’s a $2.9M family home in the Beach – the master suite is impressive. They certainly like their white, but that’s easier to cover than fuschia… Address: 40 Beaufort Road Neighbourhood: The Beach Price: $2,890,000 The Place: A traditional six-bedroom house in The Beach recently renovated by the current owner, who runs a design and construction firm. Bragging Rights: The outsized master suite has a … Continue reading House of the Week: $2.9 million for a classy family home in The Beach

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

House of the Week: $3.5 million for a sunny coach house in Rosedale

Will someone pay $3.5M for a coach house that only has two bedrooms and one parking spot? Time will tell, although it looks like a great space! Neighbourhood: Rosedale-Moore Park Price: $3,495,000 The Place: With two bedrooms, four bathrooms and a finished basement, this Rosedale coach house is a lot grander than the average outbuilding. Bragging Rights: Architect Peter Turner, whose firm did the Loblaws … Continue reading House of the Week: $3.5 million for a sunny coach house in Rosedale

Latest trends: Art Battles and Write Club

From Postcity.com: Imagine if the movie Fight Club was about a secret society featuring competing painters and writers instead of, well, fighters. That’s the concept behind two new creative crazes hitting Toronto: Art Battle, an event going down later this month, and the Write Club, which is happening tonight. Art Battle is a monthly painting competition where painters create the best work they can in … Continue reading Latest trends: Art Battles and Write Club

House of the Week: $1.2 million for a Cabbagetown townhouse with a Hollywood pedigree

Here’s your chance to own a heritage property in Cabbagetown once lived in by Walter Huston. Although the home has been fully renovated, they kept some of the original touches like the front door with stained glass. Five bedrooms, but only two bathrooms. ADDRESS: 328 Wellesley Street East NEIGHBOURHOOD: Cabbagetown-South St. Jamestown PRICE: $1,195,000 THE PLACE: A five-bedroom Cabbagetown row house with a fully finished … Continue reading House of the Week: $1.2 million for a Cabbagetown townhouse with a Hollywood pedigree

Thriving downtown lures jobs back to the core

The Toronto Star’s Royson James wrote an interesting article about job growth in Toronto: “For the first time in 20 years, growth in downtown commercial real estate is outstripping growth in the rest of the GTA, sparking a revival of fortunes for the once battered 416 region.” Some of the more stats: Since 2000, Toronto has added 4.7 million square feet of office space, compared … Continue reading Thriving downtown lures jobs back to the core

Year in Review: the 10 best homes from House of the Week

From suburban mansions to modern city homes, Toronto Life publishes one of Toronto’s best listings every week. Here are their favourites from 2012: Whether you’re in the market for a house or not, ogling other people’s homes (and judging other people’s decor) is rollicking good fun. That’s why we scour the city each week for the most beautiful, most luxurious, most over-the-top mansions for sale … Continue reading Year in Review: the 10 best homes from House of the Week