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Urbaneer News

// September 2019

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Woman riding a bike on a fall day

September is a magical month in Toronto; the arrival of Autumn transforms our tree-lined streetscapes and parks into riots of colour! You might say it’s one of Mother Nature’s kindnesses, to gift us such spectacular scenery and lift our spirits before the bleakness of Winter inevitably blankets the city.

For Toronto homeowners, Autumn is the perfect time to shift their focus indoors and tend to hearth and home - whether that be completing a renovation that was put off in favour of summer adventures, or shoring up their property for another Canadian Winter.

Homewatch News: How Realtors Create Competition And Multiple Offers For Toronto Real Estate

This fall, realtors are listing properties for sums that are lower than they might have been last year, or prior. In this climate, if the objective is to create competition and have buyers blindly compete one has to set the list price really really low. This makes the sale prices seem shockingly high and suggest the market is roaring. This is only partly true. Yes, the demand for freehold houses in the original City of Toronto continues to outstrip supply, but the final sale prices are not necessarily exceeding the values they might have secured in the spring 2017 Toronto real estate peak. Let's look at how you might leverage a 'holdback on offers' strategy, increasing the probability of a bidding war and achieving the price you desire!
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Tree-lined street with houses in Cabbagetown

Strolling The Tree-Lined Streets Of Historic Cabbagetown

Toronto has over a hundred unique village neighbourhoods - what are some of your favourites? One of mine is lush n' leafy Cabbagetown!! I recently read an article that proclaimed Cabbagetown as being "drenched in character". Personally, I think it would be more accurate to say that Cabbagetown is "rooted" in character, anchored by a rich history that dates back to Toronto's inception. One might even say that the intangible 'something' that makes this enclave a desirable place to call 'Home' is in the very soil it's built upon - soil that played a large part in earning Cabbagetown its unique name! Follow me down the quiet allées, as I dig up a short history on one of Toronto's most coveted neighbourhoods.

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Showroom for Spruce Decor

Love For Spruce Decor In Cabbagetown

As a design-obsessed realtor consumed with everything housing and home, when it comes to curating a living space, nothing shouts 'personality' like a collection of quirky and cool art, accents and unique finds. But achieving this isn't going to happen by visiting a big box store like HomeSense. It requires you to sleuth for those intimate purveyors of good taste nestled on neighbourhood High Streets where the rents are a bit more reasonable. And in Toronto, one of those special shops is Spruce Home Décor, located at 455 Parliament Street, in Cabbagetown.

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Screenshots of various design ideas

Dear Urbaneer:How Do We Establish Our Interior Design Style?

This month a query comes from a couple who is seeking advice on how to seek inspiration and merge design ideas during renovation projects, all while keeping conflict to a minimum. Having access to abundant inspiration with the vast amount of design media is helpful on one hand, but it can be overwhelming when you are planning a project. More challenging still is organizing your ideas to effectively communicate them to your partner and to the professionals that will assist with the completion of your project.

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Buidings at Yonge & Church

September 2019 - Home Of The Month - Church-Yonge Corridor

This particular rental client came to us after having come to the realization that his current and long-established home-sharing arrangement in a character Cabbagetown abode sadly was no longer satisfactory, and he'd simply come to understand now was the time to find a new place to call home. He engaged the Urbaneer team to guide him to secure a rental condominium, with an eye to eventually considering a purchase in the future. Due to the challenges renters in Toronto are currently facing in what can accurately be described as a housing shortage, our client was especially focused in his search, and had a well-attuned sense of what was going to fit his needs. He sought something that was extremely well-situated and, more importantly, accessible to his work downtown. What did he choose?

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Latest Listings

Wonder On Walder Near Coveted Bayview & Eglinton

Offered at $1,589,000

This dreamy detached 2 storey home with finished lower level of approximately 3000 square feet is perched on a private sun-drenched corner lot wrapped by a canopy of trees. Boasting sublime curb appeal, which hints at the understated elegance you’ll find inside, this residence symbolizes the history and evolution of much of midtown Toronto's original housing stock. Having started its housing life in 1932 as a humble bungalow, this property - like so many which surround it- has undergone substantial renovations including a rear extension and a second floor addition. Today, this bespoke dwelling - transformed in 2014 into a contemporary sanctuary - is an ideal refuge for the busy urban household.

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Walder Ave.

A Live/Work Brownstone On The Danforth

Offered at $1,289,000

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-toned cabinetry, this space is chic and contemporary - the attention to detail is sublime.

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Danforth Brownstone

A Sundrenched Townhome Near Danforth & Coxwell

Offered at $749,000

This dwelling offers an impressive 1700+ square feet of functionally designed space! Entering into a ground level foyer with a double closet for seasonal clothing storage, a flight of stairs will then bring you into the heart of the home: a bright entertainment space with gleaming wood floors! The spacious living area boasts a large south-facing window that floods the space with natural light. I love the abundant storage, convenient powder room, and the intelligent space plan that separates the living/dining room from the open kitchen and breakfast room; this allows for simultaneous activities and conversations without compromising the openness or flow. The contemporary U-shaped kitchen features contemporary cabinetry with modern hardware, a breakfast bar, as well as stainless steel appliances!

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Townhome at Coxwell & Danforth

A Cool, Contemporary Sky-High Suite On King West

Offered at $650,000

Suite 929, with around 704 square feet of interior living space - is uniquely styled and thoughtfully designed with flexible spaces that can be adapted to suit your lifestyle. The strategic space plan - with the favoured split bedroom plan - lends itself to creating articulated zones which make the most of every square inch. Having an architecturally unique layout, we love how this modern suite offers visual interest, excellent flow and separate zones for privacy! The well-proportioned flex space with double closet - well-suited as a home office or second bedroom - is tucked behind pocket doors, while the convenient laundry closet is situated adjacent to the space off the hall.

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Building at 1 Shaw Street

Strike Gold In The Family-Friendly Blakeley Neighbourhood In Hamilton

Offered at $549,900

The charming exterior has a decidedly “farmhouse in the city” vibe with a sophisticated colour palette and mature landscaping. You and your guests will love the private double driveway (rare in the area!) with its beautiful interlock brick detail. Street parking is free in the area if you need a bit more room to accommodate visitors. Beyond the front door lies welcoming foyer with an oh-so-necessary (and too often missing!) front hall closet to tuck away the piles of shoes that always seem to clutter up a home’s entryway.  The bright and airy main level practically begs you to sit down and take a deep breath.  You’ve arrived home!.

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Blakeley home in Hamilton

A Vintage Brick And Beam Imperial Loft Near St Lawrence Market

Rent for $3300 + Hydro

This top floor vintage corner loft is a stylish sun-filled 2 bedroom, 1 bath open concept space featuring large windows with north and west exposures. A full four piece bath is situated between the master and second bedrooms, creating a split-bedroom plan. The exceptional open concept entertainment space features two walls of 100 year old red brick walls, vintage wood beams, classic mullioned windows and high ceilings. With the original patina of the old factory hardwood floors throughout, the galley-style kitchen with upgraded appliances, granite counters and convenient breakfast bar make this the perfect space to gather friends round. Completely separate, a substantial master bedroom  features a large operable window, ceiling heights of over 10 feet and built-in custom cabinetry.

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Facade of the Building at 90 Sherbourne

Two Short Term Rentals In Prime Riverdale, Steps To Danforth:

Rent for MAIN $3500/month & UPPER $2444/month

The Garden Suite has just been refreshed into a modern furnished dwell. With a luxe kitchen (stainless steel appliances + Caesarstone counters), an upgraded bath with rain shower, and two bespoke bedrooms, this designer renovation incorporates original 60s teak furnishings with custom contemporary appointments. Well-crafted and well-executed, the suite offers a covered outdoor terrace with a gas barbecue, one car surface parking and laundry facilities in the lower level. Fitted with quality linens, stereo, Wi-Fi, and flat screen TV, this heart-grabbing space is well-suited to those seeking temporary accommodations including corporate relocations. The Upper Suite, an unfurnished two-bedroom hideaway, is also available for lease!

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Skyline view from Riverdale Park

Gorgeous On Glebemount In East York

Rent at $2550 Per Month+ Hydro

We're pleased to offer this newly renovated 2bed 1bath suite in a well-maintained legal duplex just steps from the action. For those who value a decidedly connected community, this 3-suite semi-detached dwelling on a corner lot on Glebemount Avenue is part of that 'small-town' feel that emanates from this tight-knit community. This Upper Suite, features two bedrooms and one bath, with ensuite laundry. Finished with gleaming quality laminate flooring throughout, this well-maintained suite is drenched in light with a skylight, and north, east and west exposures. It is well-proportioned with generous room sizes, a smart layout, a newly renovated chef's kitchen boasting handsome subway tile backsplash and quartz countertops to make meal prep and clean up a breeze.

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House on Glebemount

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

 

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