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Word on the Street Festival in Toronto - 09/25/10 09:23 AM
This is turning out to be a beautiful weekend here in Toronto, looks like a nice sunny day too. There lots of events this weekend, such a Culture Days and Word on The Street. On Sunday is the 21st Annual Word on the Street Festival is perfect way to while away an afternoon for all you book lovers out there. Listen to authors read from their books, participate in family area, shop in marketplace or just relax and flip through your favourite magazines.
When: Sunday Sept, 26th, Where: Queen Park Circle Time: 11-6:00pm Check out this link for more info- (2 comments)
Free Culture Days Events for Toronto this weekend - 09/23/10 05:39 PM
Free weekend events for Culture Days in Toronto, for Sept. 24, 25, and 26. This is a national celebration of the arts and culture. There are hundreds of free activities over the next 3 days for this weekend here are a few to check out. Learn Latin Dance in Etobicoke, see visual art installation in Parkdale, head over to Liberty Village and visit Artscape Gallery, there is so much to see and do. Here is a small sampling in Toronto. On Friday, checkout the Symphonia Toronto, string orchestra, they are offering free seats during their afternoon rehearsal at Willowdale United Church located at (0 comments)
Where to live when retired country or city - 09/22/10 01:14 PM
I live in a big city. Recently I was having a discussion with my friend and he is planning to sell off his property and retire in the country. He is building a new place in the middle of nowhere. His situation is different he has a baby son, so basically people move to the suburbs when raising their families. Now he is doing this later in life, he is 49 years old. But he really feels that property values will go up in the countryside as the baby boomers move out of the city. I'm thinking most people will stay (4 comments)
Update on Dufferin St. Jog in Parkdale - 09/21/10 10:38 PM
I was walking along Queen St. West today on my way to the art store Loomis and Toles and noticed that the Dufferin underpass is looking close to completion. I must say the connection to Dufferin St. is looking good, you can actually see the how the traffic will through also the supports have been taken down. I can hardly wait to see traffic moving through under the bridge via the new connection of Dufferin St. There is also a small town square, its going to be a parkette on Queen St. West. We can definitely use more green outdoor space (0 comments)
Summertime in Roncesvalles Village - 09/20/10 08:49 PM
Just to western edges of Parkdale is Roncesvalles Village, nicknamed Roncy. This street is a delight to spend an afternoon strolling and getting familiar with the neighborhood. There are lots of people about and its very kid friendly too. There are tons of cafes, delis, gift shops and wonderful green grocers on every corner. This neighborhood is very vibrant, full of life and energy. Just off on the side streets are large victorians with well manicured lawns. This is solid neighborhood and just minutes away from downtown Toronto, by TTC or easy access to the Gardiner Expressway. There good schools (0 comments)
Ali's Roti Shop in Parkdale - 09/18/10 11:49 PM
I live in such a diverse city, Toronto. I'm particularly fond of Parkdale, this neighborhood is on the cusp of gentrification. There are so many new restaurants on Queen St. West. and coffee shops too, in between there are a few galleries popping up. I get excited when I see galleries as I know the artists are here in the neighborhood, when the artists are here, the cool factor seems to follow. In Parkdale, there are a few shops that have been here for a long time and are the staples of our hood. In this case, I'm talking about Ali's (5 comments)
$5000.00 Rebates per home - 09/17/10 09:04 PM
Its the fall season and we are starting to think about getting our homes ready for the winter. Here are a few ideas on getting some money back from the government for a change. If you are planning on getting a new furnace this year you might as well get a home energy audit from an authorized supplier and you could get a rebate of up to $750.00 from the Ontario government. This applies to certain models and must be for a minimum efficiency of 92%. Once you get an energy audit, you will see where you need to make some (2 comments)
Canadian Real Estate Home Sales up 4.1% - 09/16/10 09:59 PM
The new stats for August is just out and Canadian home sales rose 4.1% when compared to the previous month. This is the first monthly increase in home sales since March as reported by the Canadian Real Estate Association this past week. Most of these sales were from Vancouver and Ontario. These 2 provinces are the most expensive and also were hit the hardest in weak home sales, I think a lot of this was caused by the newly introduced HST tax and negative pressures in the market. Average home price remains almost the same, last year price was $324,843 and (2 comments)
New DNA 3 Lofts on King St. West - 09/15/10 07:13 PM
There is a brand new development coming to King West Village, the DNA lofts will be at the old car dealership lot on the north side of the street. This will be the 3rd building by this developer, Canderel Stonebridge Equity Group. For DNA 1 and 2 lofts that was built a few years ago, these buildings are now solid investments for the original buyers and these are really desirable units on the resale market.
Liberty Village is just a stones throw away, with Metro grocery store opening 24 hours a day, convenient location to banking, liquor store and other (3 comments)
Renovating a 50's Bungalow - 09/12/10 11:23 PM
We are in the process of renovating a 1950's bungalow, this small house is about 700 sqft. With an addition in the 70's the size is now doubled. The only problem was the layout, all the rooms are small and closed in, everything about this home is tired and old. We opened up the entry way into the family room just by simply enlarging the opening. What a difference this has made! The light has just filled the space and feeling in both of these rooms are totally different. When the addition was built, the stairs to the basement was placed in (5 comments)
Gorgeous Tree Lined Street. Ravina Cres. Toronto - 09/11/10 09:55 PM
I was inspired to write this article about a gorgeous tree lined street. This is about a little street in the east end of Toronto, Ravina Cresent. This street is in the heart of Greektown a very desirable and popular neighbourhood in Toronto. This is beautiful street that is lined with tall, majestic Norway maple trees. The canopy of the trees span right across the street and creates such an amazing cover for this street and homes on it. In the heat of summer, living under the protective branches of a large maple is a blessing. Most of the trees are (0 comments)
10 Tips for First Time Home buyers - 09/10/10 02:13 PM
In the Toronto, Ontario area the real estate market is moving to a more balanced one. Homes are now on the market for a longer period and frenzied multiple offers are a thing of the past. So, if you are a first time buyer here is your chance to get in and shop around for a home that meet your needs. There is no need to dread having to compete with multiple buyers who are vying for the same property. Here are my top 10 tips to lookout for when purchasing your first home. 1) If you are a renter, read the fine print on your lease to (0 comments)
Welcome Hollywood to Toronto, Canada - 09/09/10 01:49 PM
Its celebration time in Toronto as Hollywood comes north to our fair city! You see the Toronto Film Festival will be kicking off in a few days, it runs from Sept. 9-19th, 2010. The city is already a buzz with media from around the world as we set the stage for 35th Annual Toronto Film Festival. What make this event even more special is the grand opening of The Bell Lightbox, its the home of the festival. Over the years I have watched the transformation of a gas station slowly turn into this modern forward thinking building on King St. near John St. To (2 comments)
Co-Ownership a Hidden Gem - 09/08/10 06:51 PM
In amongst condos and co-ops there are a few co-ownership units for sale. There a located in fantastic areas, such as The Kingsway, Yonge and Eglinton, Yonge/Bloor, and The Annex. You can buy these for alot less than a condo and they tend to be larger in size too, just because they are older construction and not new. Though co-ownership is more similar to the setup of condo corporation, there are minor legal differences and the owner will not notice in their day to day living. One of the difference is co-ownership home owners must pay their taxes in their maintenance fees. In co-owership the purchaser (0 comments)
Sellers are missing! - 09/06/10 11:55 AM
I am working with a buyer and we finally found the right property, a nice co-ownership unit in The Kingsway neighborhood, overlooking the Humber River. This listing agent is away on holidays, however her assistant has been most helpful. My client decided this was the perfect place for her and decided to put an offer on the property. I called and registered the offer and I dropped it off to the office. In the meantime, the listing agent returns and takes over from her assistant. My client and I are waiting to see how it all plays out. The next day I called (9 comments)
Whats closed in Downtown Toronto for Labour Day - 09/05/10 11:46 PM
Tomorrow is Labour Day! Enjoy your day of rest and spend some quality time with your family as we wrap a fantastic summer and get set for our usual routines. Getting the kids back to school and refocus on our jobs and other commitments. For me Labour Day Weekend is a kick off to a new beginning, as the weather changes and falls comes along again and before you know it, it will be winter again...ah enough of that. Here's quick list of whats open or closed on Labour Day, also some fun activities; Check out the Airshow at the CNE should (1 comments)
Toronto Real Estate Market shifts to favour Buyers - 09/04/10 10:54 PM
Our cooling market is now a boon for home buyers. If you are looking to make a move now is your chance as the Sellers Market is now being shifted over to a Buyers Market. Homes are now sitting in the market for a longer period and the average days on the market is now 36, compared to last year of 30 days. Listings are up by 20% when compared to this time last year. With this slowdown in sales volume it has not affected the price of homes. Its true we are not seeing double-digit price increases, however the average home price have increased by (2 comments)
Things to do on labour day in Toronto - 09/03/10 11:41 PM
So here it is the last long weekend of the summer- Labour Day. In Toronto and area, the forecast calls for rain and cooler temperatures. What a bummer to end the summer on a chilly note. I must tell you all I love it the best when its hot, humidity is not so bad for me. I am giving you a few ideas on what to do around here... 1) Go to the CNE, if its raining outside check out all the buildings lots interesting things to see and food building will make your tummy happy. Let hope the air show is (2 comments)
For cat lovers - 09/02/10 06:44 PM
I want you meet my cat Jameson, he is the most talkative little cat I know. His voice is not your typical meow. Its hard to explain. We found him in the neighbourhood a few years ago, in the dead of winter wandering around and in distress. We named him Jameson, the name of a street in Parkdale. He is the most lovable black cat. He is a cat that has his rituals and he follows them everyday, is it instincts? Every day when Jim comes home from work he is around and waiting for him, just hanging around. He knows (5 comments)
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