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2 Roxborough Street East is one of Toronto's finest boutique condominiums; a prime location that's next to TTC subway, lots of fantastic restaurants and entertainment (Doria re-opening soon!), Ramsden Park, Starbucks...the list goes on. It's a quiet, 35 unit building with great service.

Condo #1) Gorgeous 2 bedroom + office, 3 bath condo with south and east views and a 2000 square foot terrace.

Condo #2) Stylish 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern 1100 square foot condo, very well kept with south west views.

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There are lots and lots of reasons to move to Toronto, of course. Our city is full of life: it's cultured, educated, economically healthy, clean and bright, friendly, and downright fun to live in. We have some of the best urban green space in the world. And, as we discussed last month, Toronto is one of the top up-and-coming technological hubs in North America.

Did you know, though, that Toronto is also one of the most important centres for medical discovery in the world?Sure, it's comforting to know that if you get sick, "Hospital Row" downtown is right nearby. But College and University isn't just for patient care: it's also one of the world's biggest powerhouses of medical research. Here's what's happening there:

The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning has helped SickKids lead the global way in child health. With a brand-new 21-storey complex, the Gilgan Centre has given SickKids a learning environment for trainees and established doctors alike that is unparalleled. It contains state-of-the-art simulation environments for training fellows and students on new medical techniques, and is the home of AboutKidsHealth, an incredibly ambitious web-based public-education project that aims to bring the expertise of SickKids professionals to anyone who cares about child health.

Princess Margaret Hospital is leading the way to a cure for cancer. Princess Margaret announced in October that it is embarking on the largest expansion of research space in its history, as part of the hospital's $1 billion, 5-year campaign to support research into personalized cancer medicine. This type of cancer-fighting strategy is at the vanguard of cancer treatment: from using the patient's own genetic information to figure out which chemotherapy regimen works best, to cutting-edge treatments involving infusions of the patient's own lab-grown stem cells, Princess Margaret's project is one of the things that puts it in the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

The University of Toronto is one of the world's top research universities for medical breakthroughs. Sure, "pablum" is now the word for something bland and boring, but don't let that fool you: the invention of Pablum freeze-dried complete baby food in the 1930s by University of Toronto scientists saved the lives of countless malnourished babies. And if you're diabetic, you probably owe your life to Banting and Best, U of T scientists who discovered that the administration of insulin can control diabetic symptoms and allow sufferers to live full, normal lives. More recently, U of T professor Tony Pawson discovered the mechanism by which cells communicate - including cancer cells - which allowed for the development of improved medications to treat certain types of cancer. And U of T nutrition professor David Jenkins created the glycemic index, which helps diabetics and people suffering from hypoglycemia to control their blood sugar levels.

Just another several reasons why Toronto is the best city in the world - and attracts the best scientific professionals in the world, too.

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Hot Docs: April 23 - May 3, 2015 

The annual Hot Docs film festival returns to Toronto to celebrate documentary films, with screenings of 210 films, showcasing work by established filmmakers and up-and-coming talent. 

This year’s lineup of films include Mavis!, about the life and career of gospel singer Mavis Staples, Out To Win which follows LGBT pro athletes, Around the World in 50 Concerts, where the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra travels the globe to play on six continents, and opening night film Tig, which follows comedian Tig Notaro over the course of a year as she balances her stand up career and a recent cancer diagnosis.

Canadian Music Week: May 1-10, 2015

Canada’s biggest new music festival brings together hundreds of bands at more than 60 venues across the city. This festival features a mix of new and experienced performers from around the country and the world including A Day as Wolves, Big Lonely, John Mellencamp, Kiesza, The Love Junkies, Billy Talent, Cloud Nothings, Daniel Lanois and Zoobombs.)

Much Ado about Nothing at the Tarragon Theatre: April 22 - May 31, 2015 

Much Ado About Nothing is a play by William Shakespeare adapted and directed by Richard Rose with choreography by Nova Bhattacharya. Set in the predominantly South Asian city of Brampton, Ontario, the courtship of Beatrice and Benedick takes on local flavors and cultural ideals as it evolves from antipathy, to acquaintance, to love. Rose complements the 415-year-old text’s clever dialogue with fiery Bollywood and Bharata Natyam dancing to bring out the Bard’s elaborate use of gossip in this homegrown performance.

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It wouldn't have seemed possible if we hadn't seen it ourselves, but the April numbers are in: the spring 2015 Toronto real estate market is hotter than it's ever been before, with a double-digit year-over-year increase in sales. We've never seen a market quite this competitive.

Sales were up 11% in total for March 2015, with new listings up by exactly half, or 5.5%. Again, we see the law of supply and demand at work: homes are being purchased more quickly than they're coming onto the market, leading to fierce competition among buyers - especially for the hottest properties in the hottest neighbourhoods, where over a dozen offers are sometimes registered - and stratospheric prices. 

Obviously, this is a boon for sellers; however, buyers can rest assured that, at least for the foreseeable future, their investment will only continue to grow. Unlike Calgary, whose softening market is caused largely by a drop in oil prices, Toronto's economy is not only strong but stable and diversified.

Another factor to remember about the current market is the incredible growth of the luxury segment. Sales of homes over $2 million were up by 45% in the first quarter of 2015 as compared with the first quarter of 2014; this major increase suggests to us that money is flowing into Toronto, not out of it. If you're thinking of listing your luxury home, now could be the best time.

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Now that the snow is melted and you can stand to leave your house without your Canada Goose jacket, everyone's thoughts turn to spring cleaning. When compared with the sunny, wide-open outdoors, our indoor spaces suddenly seem dark and cluttered with the detritus of the winter.

Spring cleaning takes on a different character, though, when you're readying your house for sale - or deciding whether or not to move. Here are our tips for spring cleaning with a view towards selling your home.

1. Be ruthless. We're big fans of Marie Kondo - or "KonMari" - and her mission to help people beautify their lives by tidying up. You can have a look at her website for more details of her method. The guiding principle of her work is this: "keep only the things that bring you joy."

Take this seriously. Go through your closet: if you have clothes that fit fine but you don't love, get rid of them. Take a safari through your basement storage room: if you haven't looked at stuff in years, toss it. Be truthful with yourself about what you own that doesn't add to your life and what you own that does, and keep only the things you love and that bring you joy. Your space won't just be less cluttered; it'll be happier, too.

2. Get the professionals in. Decluttering is only the beginning: under all that extraneous stuff, you're likely to find some dust bunnies. And even if you're a very tidy person, it's always nice to have everything cleaned at once, by people whose job it is to keep your space beautiful.

This is your opportunity to air out the curtains and rugs, move all the furniture and clean up, polish the silver, make small essential repairs like recaulking, and generally freshen your space. And our guess is that you're too busy to do all of it at once, which is why a professional is a good idea.

3. Stage your home. This is sometimes a fun exercise even if you're not necessarily planning to sell, but if you are, it's essential. A skilled home stager - and we work with several, and are happy to refer one - will make sure everything is perfectly situated to sell. 

They'll put all the pillows in the right places (and bring extra matching ones if necessary); they'll match the rugs to the couches and even bring the perfect flowers to brighten up every room. One of a stager's most important jobs is to accessorize properly; even if you use your own furniture, they have a knack for putting the perfect piece of art or table centrepiece that will tie the whole room together.

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