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Urbaneer News

// November 2018


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November is often wet, dark, and dreary. As the light retreats earlier every day, we begin to favour our homesteads a little more, looking for comfort and warmth. However, when you think about it, the loathsome weather is the perfect foil to the bright lights and celebratory mood that characterizes this run up to the holiday season!

As you begin decorating your home for the holidays, why not take advantage of this time to also attend to small repairs and maintenance? Make sure that your home is ready on the inside to embrace holiday guests, and, on the outside, is shored up to face the harsher weather that lies ahead!

Homewatch News: How To Create Co-Ownership Options With Freehold Housing

This idea of co-owning a property with others is an interesting proposition and, without a doubt, it's an arrangement more people are exploring given the high prices of real estate. The idea that a group of individuals could collectively purchase a multi-unit dwelling holds the potential to be a viable option in places where property values have grown at a rate that far outpaces incomes, and where land scarcity and availability of low-rise traditional houses have become serious barriers against homeownership. If a co-ownership model could be adapted to our existing housing stock without too much red tape, building code requirements, and financing obstacles, not only would homeownership be more accessible and affordable, but it could provide many of the same social and community values that accompany traditional homeownership - just in a non-traditional way. In addition to the possibility of significantly more housing options, there would also be pragmatic upsides
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Blog Posts

Dear Urbaneer: Does Wanting A Garage Mean Compromising On The House?

This month, I’m helping a client who has his heart fixed on one particular aspect of his buy-to-be: a garage. Given the dynamics of supply, demand and eroding affordability in Toronto, compromise is almost always a necessity for homebuyers. However, it is possible to achieve that balance between need and want, to make the right buy as it pertains to your needs. The age and condition of a lot of the housing stock that you would likely be looking at might make it challenging to secure a workshop-ready garage...

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November 2018 - Home of the Month – The Annex

This month's post follows a journey that is typical of many buyers, one where the property hunt is not engaged with a specific time line in mind, but with one eye open. There are a lot of buyers like this who would like to climb the property ladder into the 'house that will be home' for the next 25 years. But because they're happily ensconced in a place that is meeting their needs, their search isn't as aggressive as it would be if time were a factor. Luckily for this couple, after great patience, the right house finds them...

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Foreign Buyers, Inadequate Policy, And Canadian Real Estate

While there isn’t a great deal of hard data on foreign investment in Toronto real estate (which is part of the problem, which I’ll explore in further detail below) foreign investment is a well-known phenomenon. With restrictions around property investment, particularly in China, along with the lure of Canada’s livability and opportunities for prosperity, Canada is a hot investment spot for foreign investment. The flow of capital (and the swift price appreciation that resulted) has largely centered on Vancouver and Toronto, but there has been spillover to other cities, like Montreal...

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Inside The Captain’s Quarters At The Black House In Charlottetown, PEI

Since purchasing the property a decade ago, this vintage 1880s dwelling has undergone a significant transformation. What started as a slow renovation program beginning with our Attic Atelier, unraveled when we discovered an entire wall cavity had been leaking and plagued by mold. Like many who tackle old houses, our renovation snowballed as the list of deficiencies grew, and we made the decision to fast track to a rebuild in a comprehensive manner...

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Latest Listings

Industrial Loft Living Steps To Trinity Bellwoods Park

Offered at $2,800,000

Situated in what was originally the National Knitting Mills Factory, this loft embraces its industrial past, and boasts a textured mesh of wood, stone and raw metal. Completed in 1997 by renowned loft conversion developer Bob Mitchell - among the first to do authentic loft conversions - this posh pad is 1 of only 19 in the building. Each loft is unique, with some being two or three storeys, ranging in size from 750 square feet to around 3000 square feet with soaring ceilings. Loft 209, at over 2500 square feet plus a private terrace, is flanked with large north facing windows, bathing the area with natural light...

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Perfection On Palmerston Near Queen Street West

Offered at $2,788,880

This 3-level, 3-bedroom contemporary residence - tucked between two vintage Victorians - is pretty swish. This property was originally a coach house (dating from the 1860s) which, having endured mismatched renovations over the years, has only recently been transformed from its dilapidated state to the modern masterpiece it is today. The eye-catching front facade is dramatic in its modern colour scheme, which complements romantic architectural details like the upper level bay window. And don't you love the mullion windows that allude to its vintage past?...

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Culture, Couture & Contemporary Living At Casa Condominio Near Yonge & Bloor

Offered at $2,388,800

This unique sky-high condominium offers the rarest of living experiences: a smart, stylish space designed with exacting attention to detail with a brilliant brush of glamour. From the moment you cross the threshold of this penthouse suite, it feels like you've entered a movie set! Just beyond the spacious foyer - which is the perfect space to display your art collection - this divine dwelling reveals an instagram-ready entertainment Great Room, with an epic panorama of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario as the backdrop!  Comprising most of the first level, the airy living and dining zones are bathed in sunlight that streams through two walls of floor-to-ceiling glass over 9 feet tall!...

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A Live/Work Brownstone On The Danforth

Offered at $1,189,000

Detached but abutting its neighbours, this two-storey dynamic property underwent a significant renovation with permits in 2014, transforming it into a 3bed residence. In its current residential configuration, one enters from Danforth Avenue into an open plan Kitchen/Diner. Awash in light from north-facing windows, this is the perfect space to gather family and friends for a communal meal or an intimate meeting. The stylish kitchen is well-proportioned and efficient, boasting stainless steel appliances (including a stunning gas range and vent hood), stone flooring, and stone countertops. From the recessed lighting and chrome fixtures to the dual...

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Gleaming On Glebemount

Rent for $1500 Incl Utilities

This Lower Suite on the lower level, offered for $1500 per month (including heat and central air conditioning, water and hydro!) features one bedroom and one bath, with ensuite laundry. Finished with gleaming quality hardwood flooring throughout, this well-maintained suite features windows on both north and east exposures. Well-proportioned with generous room sizes, a well-lit interior entry area, a smart layout, a fireplace mantle (non-functioning) in the living area, newly freshened chef's kitchen boasting handsome stone countertops and clean white cabinetry and appliances to make meal prep and clean up a breeze , the suite is brilliantly suited for a single person or a couple...

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


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