Tree lined, quiet streets in a small family enclave with a great school; Bennington Heights is one of Toronto's best neighbourhoods!

 

In this neighbourhood, cars drive slowly and yield to families strolling on the road. There's no reason to drive into Bennington Heights unless it is your destination...bordered by a ravine, there's no throughfare. Remarkably, this little community is still ~13 minutes drive from downtown, its on Bayview (close to all the shops by Davisville and Leaside!), and it's across the ravine from Moore Park. Caution...if you buy here, there's a good chance you wont want to move again!

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A chic, stylish, and comfortable home on a stunning south facing lot on coveted Macpherson Ave! Meticulously renovated and designed under the creative guidance of ‘Studio Pyramid Inc.’ this home has spectacular light, well utilized and balanced spaces, and exquisite finishes throughout. Gorgeous skyline views complement an abundance of glassed-in terraces (3 in total), professionally landscaped gardens, and open concept spaces. It’s perfect for a sophisticated family or urban professionals that appreciate location, modern conveniences, and turn-key design.

Attention to detail is evident with none other than the finest of contemporary finishes such as gourmet kitchen with Wolf & Subzero appliances, Caesarstone counters with ‘Waterfall’ edge, Pierro Fonasetti original hand painted back splash tiles, 12’ atrium with curtain wall glass panels, seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, wide plank European engineered fumed Oak wood floors, floor to ceiling marble fireplace surround, custom-built cabinetry, Sonos enabled sound system, heated floors, sumptuous master bedroom with decadent en-suite bathroom and oversized clear cedar deck, generous bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and lower level with great recreation room, mudroom, large laundry room & generous storage spaces.

Enjoy the luxuries of outdoor entertaining and relaxation within your professionally-landscaped and tree-lined garden oasis with bamboo fencing, & Wiarton flagstone plus 2 car carport & outside storage room. Take a stroll down Macpherson to Yonge Street where the finest shops and restaurants await! With the downtown core, Yorkville, TTC, great schools & Ramsden Park just steps away, this magnificent home truly offers all the finest amenities.

List $2,400,000

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International Festival of Authors: Harbourfront Centre…October 22 – November 1

The best writers of contemporary literature gather for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, signings, and discussions. The list of attendees has included Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Joseph Boyd, Anne Carson, Douglas Coupland, Lisa Moore…the list goes on!

Toronto Fashion Week: David Pecaut Square…October 19 – 24

Designers showcase their new collections, and the media, industry, buyers, and consumers come to view some of Canada’s best. ‘The fashions on display will be your first chance to see some of the newest offerings for the 2016 spring season’. World MasterCard Fashion week is a must!

Toronto Chocolate Festival: Various locations across Toronto…October 17 – November 8

Chocolate tastings, chocolate making exhibitions, and chocolate eating contests. I’m in! Check out the website for locations! 

Pumpkinland and Harvest Festival: Whittamore’s Berry Farm…October 9 – 31

Just east of Markham Road and Steeles, there’s a field full of pumpkins waiting for your little ghouls. Tractor drawn wagon rides, mazes, and Halloween themed activities! Get the family out for some fresh air and enjoy the fall colours. 

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The Toronto market continues to sizzle…according to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Marketwatch ’TREB MLS sales through the first nine months of 2015 amounted to 80,331’, which is ‘a record result and a 9.5 per cent increase compared to the first three quarters of 2014’. Total unit sales are on track to surpass the 100,000 mark by the end of the year. Additionally, the average selling price across the GTA was up 9.2 per cent annually. September 2015 saw a 2.5% increase in sales volume over September 2014.

The good news is that new listings are outpacing the growth of annual sales, which may indicate a more balanced market is coming. However, total active listings still remain below last year’s level. While the year will still close out as a seller’s market, there is hope for a more balanced market down the road if the new listings continue to outpace sales.

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We all want to leave a better world for our kids, and curbing emissions would be an obvious start. From the news, it seems like there are many options for having a so-called ‘green home’…what can we, as average home owners, do to protect the environment without breaking the bank? I spoke with several ‘green home’ builders, and at the end of the day, the easy answer comes down to common sense. Turn off the lights, insulate your home as best you can, and be reasonable with the thermostat. Having said that, there are new technologies that will *hopefully* change the way homes are being built and retro-fitted.

With all of the new solar and battery technology, lets start with the electrical side of things. Lighting has a much larger impact than most people would think, and is probably one of the easier starting points. Having just 30 halogen lights (60W) on for 6 hours a day can cost around $100 / month, and takes 330 kWh per month to run. LED lighting cuts those numbers by 75%, and some of the more recent designs look fantastic…a relatively easy place to start! To put these numbers in perspective, only A/C has a higher energy footprint (assuming you use natural gas for heating). Something to consider – one lightbulb, left on for one year and powered by a conventional coal fired generator, would cause the following pollution: 5 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 5.1 pounds of nitrogen oxide, and 1852 pounds of carbon dioxide. Yikes!!!

If we were building our dream home from scratch, or extensively renovating an existing home, we could incorporate solar power with a battery system. Ideally, we’d have a flat roof with a solar array. This solar array is connected to a battery bank, which, along with various bits of electronic magic, automatically switches your home from solar to battery to grid power, depending on the time of day and your energy needs. Obviously, the solar array will collect power and charge the batteries during the day when the sun is shining. Electricity is most expensive when the ‘grid’ demand is greatest, so we want to operate the house on solar electricity during the day and the stored battery energy into the evening. If your daily household consumption of electricity is greater than the amount collected by the solar array, you’ll use the cheaper evening electricity rates to supplement the battery charge. These systems don’t come cheap – the whole kit with installation costs about $40k. There are, however, leasing options that bring the cost of solar systems to ‘near zero’…that is, the solar installation would be marginally more expensive than the standard electrical installation. Here's an example.

Electricity rates in Ontario are going nowhere but up (increases of another 40% are talked about), and the cost of solar panels is predicted to fall by 50%. There will be a lot more interest in your home’s electricity in the coming years!

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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
– October 3

This contemporary art event transforms Toronto into a giant art gallery. Remember not to drive…walking south of Bloor in your favourite part of the city between Sherbourne and Dufferin, follow the crowds and experience some great city life. 

Walk of Fame Festival – Sept 25 – Oct 1

Free concerts at Yonge and Dundas square, Massey Hall concerts, and a new rising star music showcase at the legendary Horshe Tavern. If you miss live music like I do, this is a great time to catch up. 100% Canadian entertainment, and access to some of the top up and coming talent!

Motown the Musical – September 22 – October 25

The Princess of Wales theatre hosts the musical story of Berry Gordy’s journey from boxer to becoming a musical legend, launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many others.

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166 Douglas Drive exterior

Gorgeous home in a prime North Rosedale location. Contemporary finishes, stunning design...this is a home that truly has to be seen. From the solid walnut front door through to the exquisitely landscaped backyard, this is one of the best homes I've seen in a long time. Rich Walnut featured throughout the home, every aspect of the finishes are of the highest quality.  

Taxes: $16,308.27 (2015)

Bedrooms: 4+1

Bathrooms: 5

Listed for $3,488,000

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THE HOLY GRAIL

Taxes: $19,667 (2015)
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 7
EXCLUSIVE LISTING
By CONNIE ADAIR

It is too easy to say this converted church is a heavenly space, and, really, it is. The 6,OOO-square-foot former rectory in a circa 1888 Baptist church was developed and converted into a freehold townhouse that offers meticulous attention to detail and the finest finishes, says listing agent DonnaThompson of Harvey Kalles Real Estate. She has listed the property with Nick Thompson and Elise Kalles.
Sunlight floods every room through expansive windows, French doors with transoms and a custom skylight atop the dramatic staircase. Visitors will be impressed from the time they step into the front entry, feet on a smooth marble slab floor and eyes moving upward to treasures displayed on floor to ceiling custom shelves.
If the party is on the roof, a Cambridge elevator with black stained walnut walls awaits. The l,500-sq.ft. rooftop garden is a rare find, and - with two pergolas with retractable awnings, a fireplace, an outdoor shower, a gas barbecue system, a two-piece bathroom and plenty of room for lounging and al fresco dining, no detail has been overlooked. It even has professional lighting and sound systems to complement the exquisite landscaping, Thompson says.
Those who choose to tour the space will move from the entry foyer to the dramatic library. It has custom walnut bookshelves from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, with a ladder offering access to upper shelves, and a door leading to a powder room with a mosaic tile floor.
The house then offers a great room that includes a spacious kitchen with a dark wood and white laminate work island and cabinetry. The dining area has two tables for four and a living area beyond has a gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden. French doors are equipped with Phantom screens to let breeze enter and keep unwanted pests out.
A great spot for morning coffee in your pyjamas, the garden has a stone terrace and is enclosed by a red brick wall that provides the ultimate in privacy. The second-level master suite has a gas fireplace, a lavish six-piece marble ensuite and a dressing room with custom shelving for everything from shoes to hats. The current owners are using the second bedroom as an office.
The third level has an open concept media room flanked by two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom.
Three on-street permits provide parking, while its two underground spots are accessed by a vehicle elevator.

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We’re often asked what the best time to sell or buy is. There are certain times of the year that have higher volumes of transactions and average sales prices (most predominantly spring, April through July, and Fall, September through October). As can be seen in the graph (compiled from the Toronto Real Estate Board’s MarketWatch numbers), the average sale price for the Central Toronto region ranges from a low of $675,100 in January 2015 to a high of $855,942 in May 2015. We expect that this Fall market will hold consistent with the pattern seen in 2014.

2014 through 2015 Market Stats - New Listings and Sales price

The graph, however, doesn’t tell the most important part of the story. There are many occasions when an ideal listing time comes down to local inventory - what is available at the moment, and what will be listed in the next week. Knowing the inventory, and the buyers that are actively searching, can lead to a much higher price even in the ‘off-market’ periods because there is less (or no) competition from similar properties. It comes down to a matter of weeks, and sometimes, days. We've even had record breaking sales prices in July and December! If you have questions, please call us – we’re here to help!

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Conversion of a 19th-century church to a stunning open-concept townhouse on the market for a cool $6.195 mil.

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See more details about 314 Palmerston Blvd HERE.

See the video and some stunning pics HERE.

 

 

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'Charles Eamesonce remarked that "eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to the quality per se." In the case of the Wolf House in Toronto, several people connected over thirty years to create and maintain this award-winning architectural landmark.'

From Barton Myers to Heather Faulding and Yabu Pushelburg, this house is as remarkable today as it was thirty years ago!

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From the Globe and Mail 'Home of the Week'.

9 Jackes Avenue, Suite 401

Asking price: $4,750,000

Maintenance fee: $2,937/month

Taxes: $19,170 (2014)

Unit size: 3,314 square feet (interior), 377 sq. ft. (exterior)

Agents: Donna and Nick Thompson, sales representatives, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

Most new condominiums in the city have a lot of glass. Listings advertise floor to ceiling windows; they rave about all of the sunlight that streams through; they highlight the uninterrupted view. But no one ever mentions that all of that glass makes it hard to hang art.

And for Bob Harding, that was a problem.

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A chic, stylish, and comfortable home on a stunning south facing lot on coveted Macpherson Ave! Meticulously renovated and designed under the creative guidance of ‘Studio Pyramid Inc.’ this home has spectacular light, well utilized and balanced spaces, and exquisite finishes throughout. Gorgeous skyline views complement an abundance of glassed-in terraces (3 in total), professionally landscaped gardens, and open concept spaces. It’s perfect for a sophisticated family or urban professionals that appreciate location, modern conveniences, and turn-key design.

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Panamania Toronto 2015

As you probably know, the Pan Am Games are about to take Toronto by storm in from July 10-26 (Pan Am) and August 7-15 (ParaPan Am). Here's what you need to know to do the Games in style.

If you want to attend the Games

There are still lots of tickets left for almost every single Pan Am Games event. Whether you want to cheer on Team Canada in their soccer matches or take in the beauty of gymnastics or synchronized swimming, you have a unique chance to take in some world-class sport this summer. See the official Pan Am Games website for details of sports, relays, tickets and more.

The transportation part of the Games might be the most difficult, but the organizers have tried to make it easier on attendees. All Pan Am Games tickets come with a free transit pass - and if you carpool, you can use the HOV lanes on the highway. TripLink have a useful journey planner you can use to plan your trip to the venue, and the official website for the Games has a useful section on transportation.

If you're not so into sports, but you still want to take in the excitement, there's a variety of PANAMANIA events happening throughout the city. PANAMANIA is a 35-day cultural and arts festival that will get the city into the spirit of the Games. Circus, theatre, comedy, dance and other events are planned for venues including Nathan Phillips Square and the Distillery District.

If you don't want to attend the Games

Have you checked Airbnb lately? Lots of people are putting their homes up for rent just for the duration of the Games as "Pan Am crash pads". If you're looking to go on vacation in July, this could be the perfect opportunity!

Many cottages are booked at this point, but Cottages in Canada still has quite a few within striking distance. Or maybe this is a time to cozy up to your most cottage-owning friends.

If you're in Toronto, though: see if you can work out flexible working arrangements, as the City has actually asked its citizens to work from home during the Games if they can. You just might be able to use the Games as an excuse to set up an "office" on your deck for a few weeks. Ahhhhh!

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June 19-28: Luminato Festival 

On June 1, 2007, the first Luminato Festival event was launched with Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12, a light installation commissioned from Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Festival supporters gathered along the harbourfront to witness the city skyline illuminated by the heart beats of the audience. Over four years in the making, Luminato Festival was ready to be unveiled to Toronto and the world.

Luminato Festival has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 66 new works of art, and featured 7,500 artists from 40 countries.

To September 3: Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront Centre 

Every Thursday evening this summer, the Harbourfront Centre presents Dancing on the Pier, a participatory dance experience for singles, couples and families. The event transforms the waterfront into a pulsing dance floor alive with global rhythms and styles, where footloose participants of all ages can experience the joy of movement in the warm summer air.

Dance clubs and instructors are on hand to offer guidance, with live bands and musicians holding down the beat. This mutli-sensory experience is complemented by delectable aromas wafting from nearby World Cafe, a marketplace of culinary delights from around the world.

To September 12: Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre 

Answering the nagging questions you’ve always had about whether or not toast always lands butter side down or how much wind you need to blow down a house, the Mythbusters use fun experiments to answer these and a number of other questions. This exhibition features live demonstrations recreating some of the more popular myths tested, and a number of props and gadgets from the show are on display.

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The May 2015 real estate numbers are in from the Toronto Real Estate Board, and we're not at all surprised to find that market conditions are tighter than ever this spring, particularly in high-demand market segments. 

After several months of increases in both sales and prices, May saw a return to the pattern that drives price increases the most in the detached segment: a dip in sales for detached homes, driven in large part by a relative lack of listings. Fewer homes to purchase plus more buyers wanting to purchase equals a major price increase: detached homes in the GTA year-over-year were 14% more expensive on average than last May, with an almost 20% increase in the City of Toronto itself. 

Other segments weren't left out, however. Every single market segment, including condos, saw a year-over-year increase: condos posted a very respectable 5.5% overall rise in average price for the GTA. 

TREB Director of Market Analysis Jason Mercer puts it best: “Tight market conditions, especially for singles, semis and town homes in the GTA, have resulted in strong price growth regardless of the price metric being considered.  With no relief so far on the listings front, expect similar rates of price growth as we move through the remainder of 2015.  At this point, a number of months where listings growth outstrips sales growth would be required to satisfy pent-up demand."

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Right at Yonge and Crescent! 38 Gibson Ave (M5R 1T5), a semi at the end of a dead-end street; literally overlooking Ramsden Park, steps to Rosedale subway, one minute walk to some of the best restos, sports clubs, and shops in the city.

It's a blank canvas - all the dirty work that costs a fortune and no one likes has been done: permits; gutting the place; waterproofing the basement; framing; roof and skylights; new electrical; new plumbing.

All thats required is someone that wants to create their own dream home, with half the cost and a third of the planning and headaches. Construction report by Weenen available.

4 + 1 Bedroom, 2 car parking!!

  • New copper plumbing installed throughout.
  • New electrical installed throughout house.
  • New custom made 'true divided' windows throughout.
  • New potlights installed throughout house.
  • All framing complete for current floor plan.
  • New copper downspots (City has agreed that downspouts can run straight into city system).
  • Slate roof on front.
  • New Gingers bathtub in master.
  • Basement already extended; ready for extension if required.
  • Exterior has been completely waterproofed.
  • All cement redone to city property line.
  • Working fireplace.
  • Repointed brickwork.
  • Sump pump.
  • New porch.

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"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."- Michelangelo

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One of the most sought after buildings in midtown! In the heart of Summerhill, set back from Yonge Street. Overlooks some of the best sports clubs, restaurants, and 'locals' in Toronto, and it's minutes from TTC, Rosedale, and St Clair. This building has appreciated in value like few others; location, design, convenience!

1685 square feet, 2 bedroom + 2 bathroom - great location, very contemporary space with a great kitchen and fantastic entertaining 'flow'.

$1,795,000

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Ribfest Toronto

It's hard to miss the green grass and blossoms and above-20 temperatures: finally, it's really spring in Toronto. For us, though, this is just a prelude to early summer, which is one of the best times of year in the city. Every single day brings something new and fun and sometimes a little bit wacky. Here are our anticipatory picks. 

We Have the Best Restos! If there's one thing Toronto does well, it's food culture. We've got one of the best and most diverse food cultures in the world (with Scarborough even pipped by The Economist as the world's best ethnic food suburb), from haute foodie hotspots like Bar Isabel and La Societe to uber-cool downtown boites like Hawker Bar and on-trend experiments in food like Junked Food Co, which takes junk food to the next level. Right now, we're in love with the new Annette Food Market in the Junction... and if you need a patio to sit and sip in the sunshine, just go next door to The Good Neighbour, their sister coffee shop. 

Food Fest Madness! It's the limited-run festivals and events that really make Toronto's food culture. Take the Toronto Taste event on June 7 in support of Second Harvest Food Bank, where a $250 ticket gets you new and interesting dishes  from 50 of the hottest chefs in the city. Or if comfort food is your thing, there's the Mac n' Cheese Festival from June 5-7 in Liberty Park: admission is free, but bring plenty of cash for plenty of mac. There's also the classic annual Toronto Ribfest over Canada Day Weekend, if your love for ribs is greater than your dislike of crowds. 

Toronto is Music Central! Several times every summer, Toronto becomes a global destination for music fans. Mega-music-fests have become a trend in the past few years, and Toronto is a great destination. First up is downtown Toronto's best music fest, Field Trip at Fort York and Garrison Common on June 6 and 7, with indie acts like the Arkells, Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty. For the summer's greatest draw, though, you'll have to head a bit past Barrie to Canada's answer to Glastonbury: WayHome in Oro-Medonte. Major music stars like Sam Smith, the Decemberists, Hozier and the legendary Neil Young will be there.

 

 

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This sun-filled, open concept, south west facing unit features exquisite quality finishes throughout, the perfect pied-a-terre!

  • 1074 square feet
  • 2 bedroom
  • 2 bathroom
  • Hardwood and Marble floors
  • Granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Oversized locker plus 1 car parking

Amenities in the building include 24 hour concierge, recreation room, exercise room, & guest suites (available for rent). Steps away to the finest restaurants & cafes, shops, Yorkville,RamsdenPark, and the TTC. This condo offers all the comforts and convenience of the best in city living.

List Price: $799,000

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