June 14th, 2010 | Real Estate
Lately it's been a challenge bringing buyers and sellers together to create a meeting of the minds when negotiating a real estate transaction. As the bidding wars diminish buyers are wanting to negotiate with sellers yet, after years of increasing property values, sellers are reluctant to let go of their properties for anything less… Read Full Entry
Back in February, I began a conquest to get my residence organized. After years of haphazard searching for a particular sweater, book or tool ("I know it's in this closet somewhere!"), I finally decided it was time to organize my life through and through.
Not surprisingly it's… Read Full Entry
June 7th, 2010 | Real Estate
As summer rolls in with another warm breezy weekend (including a lashing night time thunder storm), by end of day Sunday my neighbourhood was filled with the sound of chatter, clinking glasses and the scent of steak grilling on the barbecue. Everyone is embracing their 'summer rooms', whether that be their patio, garden, deck… Read Full Entry
When it comes to real estate, first impressions count. That's why the expression "Curb Appeal" has merit. In the freehold property market, as house hunters pull up in their car they're already assessing the dwelling, the property environment, and the surrounding streetscape. In the condominium market, purchasers instantly gauge how the lobby and common… Read Full Entry
I spent my weekend boating up the west coast from Vancouver to Gibson's Landing, home of the TV show 'The Beachcombers'. The TV series, the longest-running dramatic series ever made for Canadian television, ran from 1972 to 1990. The café featured in the show, Molly's Reach, still survives today and… Read Full Entry
We all know Seattle as the birthplace of Grunge, Starbucks and the place where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks didn't get any sleep. I also know it as the new home of my dear friend Rosalyn, who relocated from Toronto last year to shine at Microsoft.
Arriving… Read Full Entry
May 22nd, 2010 | City Living
While I celebrate the arts I must admit I don't have as much exposure to it as I'd truly like. Lucky for me, my rich social world of fab friends manage to keep me informed of events that no one should really miss. Last night was no exception. I was completely mesmerized, transported, and captivated attending Toronto… Read Full Entry
Utopia Cafe 586 College Street 416-534-7751 Wednesday night was so warm everyone in my neighbourhood was out on the streets. Even at 9:30pm the patios were full, there were lines up at every gelati parlour (this is Little Italy, afterall), and the streets were filled with people strolling, cycling or driving with the… Read Full Entry
Whenever guests see my clawfoot tub perched at the edge of a 26 foot high skylit atrium in my second floor bedroom, they almost always ask "Does your bathtub work?". The question always makes me laugh. People are more likely to accept my explanation that's it's an 'art installation' rather than… Read Full Entry
First, not that you asked, but one thing that drives me bonkers are alliterations that also spell the words incorrectly. I consider this awkward attempt to be 'oh so clever' infuriating. In fact, it sends me into a rage. Maybe it's because I lost the school spelling bee in grade five. Regardless, you're guaranteed to… Read Full Entry