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Urbaneer News

// September 2014

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September Brings the Synergy of Change


Fall is crisp and promising, partly because of the physical bite in the air (with some warmth around the edges, to make it more inviting) and partly because of the pleasant return to routine after the lanquid days of summer.

If summer is about rest, then the autumn is about getting stuff done! This includes back-to-school, back to business, and back to house-hunting.

HomeWatch News - Does the Exterior of a Condominium Influence Value?

With all the condominiums in Toronto, there is an ongoing question in the minds of future buyers regarding the value of aesthetics: along with the common area interiors and amenities, does the exterior facade of a condominium have any bearing on value? Although it can’t be quantified, we believe many (but not all) buyers include the appearance of a building’s exterior (realtors call this ‘curb appeal’) as part of their decision to purchase in one building over another. After all, over the past few decades we’ve seen condominium facades continually evolve as developers attempt to tap into the changing architectural styles and trends of the times in which they’re built.
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This Month's Most Popular Blogs

Dear Urbaneer: We’ve Moved in to our New Home. Now What?

The bid for the perfect home is a journey often characterized with intense highs and lows, that for many (especially in the City of Toronto) can span several months (if not years). Living that experience can make it difficult to transition into the next phase of home ownership. In fact, that transition can seem overwhelming, especially if there are a million things that you’ve...

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September 2014 Home of the Month - South Annex

During their eight month search, our Buyers bid in competition only to lose some lovely dwellings, but, as it turns out, none of them had the heart-grabbing patina of the stately merchant-class residence they ultimately purchased. Located south of Bloor and west of Bathurst in the South Annex, the Edwardian semi-detached twelve-room manse had been a beloved home to one family for...

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Vogue and the Economist Praise Toronto as Cool And Livable

Yes, if you haven't heard already, Torontonians are enjoying one of those satisfactorily blissful moments when our own proclamations as urban denizens are given a new dimension of credibility by an outside source. While Toronto has oft been the source of press - mostly from alarmist real estate pundits who warn about the lingering potential of an overheated market - the latest accolades come...

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Our Press on the Real Cost of Commuting

For a great many urban dwellers, commuting is a fact of daily life. But have you ever tallied the real cost of trying to get from point A to point B? Despite the fact that commuting requires a significant portion of our daily lives, it is not always the number one concern of home buyers. But it is for us. We like to ask our Buyers how big of a concern it should be, while exploring the financial and...

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Latest Listings

The Iconic Wolf House in Rosedale:

Offered at $4,995,000

We at urbaneer love timeless design. And the spectacular Wolf Residence, designed by master architect Barton Myers in 1974, exemplifies this beautifully. Located in Toronto's Rosedale - which originally dates from the late 1860s as the city's pre-eminent neighbourhood for the landed gentry - this neighbourhood of 10,000 residents is set among three bucolic ravines, preserved as parkland. With this unique geography, Rosedale has many winding meandering streets through the neighbourhood which, although located in the centre of the City, virtually no vehicular traffic can be heard due to the abundance of trees and foliage that surround the community.

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Come Play at the Toy Factory in Liberty Village:

Offered at $1,976,500

With its historic past and an impressive future, the Toy Factory Lofts is undergoing a final phase of construction on its upper level with The Authentic Collection at Toy Factory Lofts, including a 3100 square foot blend of urban luxury wrapped within an envelope of historic architecture. Featuring its own private 700 square foot rooftop terrace, a dreamy gourmet European kitchen with top-of-the-line Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances, and a stunning master suite, right now the fortunate Buyer has the opportunity to customize and choose their own finishes and fittings. Where else can you get exposed brick walls, wood beams, 15 foot windows and...

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Luxury on Hogarth Avenue in Prime Riverdale:

Offered at $1,879,000

This prime Riverdale home has been gorgeously rebuilt from top-to-bottom, with enormous attention to detail. Featuring four levels of luxury living, this residence will appeal to those who appreciate clean lined modern spaces. We love the proportions, scale and symmetry of the expansive windows, the dark wide plank floors and the crown moldings. Contemporary and classic, the entertainment level offers high ceilings, a functional space plan (including powder room) and dreamy chef's kitchen with top quality fittings. Check out the Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf gas cooker and massive island! We also find the main floor family room drool-worthy with its gas fireplace, with admiring kudos for the consistent use of...

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Come A Factory Conversion at Dundas And Bathurst:

Offered at $1,550,000

This jaw-dropping brick and beam factory conversion has over 3600 square feet over three levels. Breath-taking and sun-drenched - with its discreet understated facade - this unique urban space offers the highest calibre finishes and a brilliant space plan. Having that 'New York City' vibe - with all the period features of an original factory - this authentic warehouse boasts 13 to 15 foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and plenty of room for all your needs. On the ground level, a home office, recreation space (for your pool table) and two bedrooms with washroom creates an amazing zone for your moody teens, university-aged children or your entrepreneurial crew who can slip into work...

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Cityvista Swag on Broadview Near Danforth:

Offered at $1,175,000

This suite offers a generous 2087 square feet of luxe indoor/outdoor living. It boasts lush panoramic south-west views over the Don Valley to the city and Lake Ontario beyond. Situated on the eye-catching curved corner of this unique urban space - on the twenty-fifth floor no less - it boasts stunning vistas through floor to ceiling glass. The well-appointed suite has two split bedrooms with their own baths, a den and a generous open concept space plan. Plus it has two car parking.

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Living Well In West Queen West:

Offered at $1,099,000

This luscious substantially-renovated residence is one of a recent string of quality renovations appearing in this particular leg of Dovercourt Road extending south of Queen Street West. With close proximity to all the attractions of Queen West itself, and yet within a short stroll to Trinity Bellwoods Park, this abode was an ideal marriage of size, space plan, centre-of-it-all location and outstanding condition. Zoned as a duplex, this multi-unit residence serves as the ideal investment opportunity for those seeking a long-term hold, or an excellent opportunity to acquire a residence with an income supplement.

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An Authentic Brick and Beam Loft On Wellington West:

Offered at $1,095,000

This jaw-dropping loft is one of four south-east-west-facing one-level end units wrapped in windows, exposed yellow brick walls and with wood beamed ceilings! Approximately 1706 square feet from builder’s plan, this breath-taking sun-drenched residence offers a quality finishes and a brilliant space plan. Beautifully designed with entertaining in mind, this luxurious loft is coming to market for the second time since the original offering. Entering from the south lobby steps from the parking, one is discreetly whisked up one of two secure elevators serving 9 of the 34 lofts in this stellar factory conversion.

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Sizzle and Spice in Leslieville:

Offered at $1,149,000

Professionally renovated from top to bottom, this urbane 3+ bedroom 4-bath residence with 2-car laneway parking boasts quality features and finishes inside and out. Along with new building components including electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling plus windows and doors, this detached residence also has new decking, a new front porch and new eavestroughs and soffits. While the entry retains its original enchanting configuration, the entertainment zone has a fresh new look, including a limestone fireplace, restored maple floors and an abundance of recessed lighting. We adore the gorgeous kitchen with quartz counters, custom cabinetry, designer...

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A Skyhigh Penthouse Perch Near Queen and University:

Offered at $925,000

This concrete ‘n cool penthouse suite is located in the epicentre of Toronto’s culture and sports scene. Sitting atop a boutique loft building on John Street, it features 2 ample bedrooms and 2 spa-like baths. While the panoramic views are outstanding during the day, they become truly breathtaking at night; you can enjoy the twinkling cityscape without leaving the couch! At 1250 square feet of living space, not including the stunning 250 square foot wood-decked terrace, this suite represents airy loft living at it’s best! We especially love the Great Room entertainment space!

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Home Sweet Button Factory in Little Italy:

Offered at $840,000

As the city’s original pioneer in the sales, marketing and development of Innovative Spaces - and a realtor for over 24 years - I experience first hand the challenge in finding those one-of-a-kind properties that are extremely rare to market. For example, the magical lofts in The Button Factory, which was my first brick and beam conversion in the mid-1990s. Lofts like these rarely come up for sale, such that if you pause too long to act you may very well not see something like it for another decade or longer. Consisting of two floor plates totaling around 1600 square feet with a...

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A Loft in the Evening Telegram Building in Cabbagetown:

Offered at $744,900

Loft 208 is an extraordinary 2-level live/work space. Comprising 1490+200 square feet of living space with a mezzanine, plus direct access to a private roof terrace, this magical loft boasts soaring 14' ceilings on both levels, a massive skylight and window that drench the loft in natural light, and character features like exposed wooden posts, beams and brickwork. These original vintage features contrast beautifully with the contemporary upgrades, including the galley kitchen with gas cooking and stainless steel appliances, plus the gas fireplace. It also has water radiant heating, ductless air conditioning and a recently installed tankless hot water system. This unique urban space, with one car parking and a...

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A Fresh Urban Oasis in Liberty Village:

Offered at $418,900

If you're a first-time buyer trying to navigate the Toronto real estate market, it seems that the general lesson is this: you can't have it all. But maybe that's not true. What if there is, indeed, a place out there that is just right for you? If you’re looking for the conveniences of urban living with the privacy and peacefulness of a home, look no further. This charming one bedroom plus den condominium townhouse in Liberty Village is a great alternative for those seeking turn-key living in a garden setting. Unit 612 is a true artist's oasis.

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At urbaneer.com, we pro-actively position properties, relying on our deep skill set. With a multi-disciplinary education on housing, over twenty years of real estate sales, and a commitment to service, consider making urbaneer.com your realtor of choice! Call us for hassle-free pressure-free guidance at 416-322-8000. We're here to earn your trust, then your business.

Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

 

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