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Tuesday , 9 February 2016
  • Better balance foreseen in GTA housing market in 2016

    Better balance foreseen in GTA housing market in 2016

    Will 2016 be the year when the high-rise/low-rise housing pendulum swings back towards equilibrium in the GTA? Based on the volume of land transactions for residential real estate that took place in 2015, it could be. In its year-end review of the market in Toronto, Altus Group commercial real estate services said that land transactions for residential development were up 49 per cent last year. Investment in projects involving both low- and high-density residential was at record-high levels, each segment reaching $1.7 billion. The head of Altus Group, Peter Norman, said that the low rise sector is “the one to watch” in 2016, as more new development lands come on stream. Several of the biggest land sales in the GTA last year were in the suburbs; the $400 million purchase of a Markham golf and country club; a $100 million land purchase for low-rise development in Richmond Hill. And in ... Read More »
  • Tridel releases floor plans for chic new Parfait condos

    Tridel releases floor plans for chic new Parfait condos

    Tridel has released floor plans for two suites at its brand new Parfait boutique condominiums in North York. The newest and final addition to the hugely successful Atria community on Sheppard Avenue east of the 404, Parfait is being called “the cherry on top.” The sweet fruit and food imagery pervades the “deliciously priced, delectably spacious” suites at Parfait, one of which is The Blueberry, the other The Passion Fruit. The Blueberry is “deliciously open concept,” with two bedrooms plus den and a very entertainment-friendly living/dining area that stretches more than twenty-three feet. Southwestern exposure brings the natural light of late afternoon and evening flooding in. A south-facing balcony running more than half the length of the living/dining area adds more space in which to enjoy the outdoor air. The generously proportioned master bedroom has its own ensuite, while the second bedroom adjoins the den at the opposite end of ... Read More »

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  • French fashion for your cat from Meyou Paris

    French fashion for your cat from Meyou Paris

    French fashion design, some would say, is sans pareil, the standard by which all others are measured. Even people who say they don’t care about fashion know the names—Chanel, St. Laurent, Vuitton. Now, if a certain Paris-based design team is correct, they will be able to add another name to the list of trend-setting designers: Meyou. Meyou Paris, as the newly established fashion house puts it with tongue in cheek, is a new brand of accessories and “classy furniture for discerning cats.” It is an idea whose time has come, based on the observation that there should be a “bond between our cats’ comfort and our love for design.” From this observation, and the well-known fact that cats like to go inside things to hide and play and sharpen their claws, came the inspiration to create cat accessories that not only have design value but are fun for the cats. ... Read More »
  • Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

    Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

  • World’s first 3D printed hotel suite completed in Philippines

    World’s first 3D printed hotel suite completed in Philippines

  • New Zealanders consider a new national flag

    New Zealanders consider a new national flag

  • Principles of home design that are always in fashion

    Principles of home design that are always in fashion

  • Don’t be a victim; never send money to someone you don’t know

    Don’t be a victim; never send money to someone you don’t know

    Imagine how you’d feel if you had scrimped and saved for years to build up a down payment on a home, only to have the money snatched from you by scammers. It happens all the time, thanks to the way we do business these days, relying so heavily on email and wire transfers, and everything done right now with a click on a “send” button. The problem is, as technology becomes more and more sophisticated and efficient, so do the criminals. Wire transfers are among the most common methods of moving money around the world. Billions of dollars are moved this way every day, often by financial institutions and businesses that export and import to and from other countries. Email is commonly used to communicate the need for a wire transfer, and therein lies a big danger. Email, which businesses rely so heavily on for all kinds of communication, is peculiarly susceptible to ... Read More »
  • Forget resolutions: express intentions instead, mall owner recommends

    Forget resolutions: express intentions instead, mall owner recommends

  • Workers work smarter in green buildings: study

    Workers work smarter in green buildings: study

  • Real estate issues turning up as election promises

    Real estate issues turning up as election promises

  • Housing market resilient but uneven, bank rate to rise: RBC

    Housing market resilient but uneven, bank rate to rise: RBC

  • The bill, please: cost of romance in Canada up sharply

    The bill, please: cost of romance in Canada up sharply

    With all the talk about the high cost of living in Toronto, along comes new information, just in time for Valentine’s Day, that might make some love-struck people feel even worse about their finances. Being in love is more than a form of temporary insanity that drives people to crazy, uncharacteristic behaviour as a result of “overestimating” the value of the beloved, as Freud so romantically put it. Being in love is also very expensive. Fortunately, the temporary insanity tends to make us forget the reality that we’re spending all that money. Still, for those who are already feeling pinched, falling in love will probably only make things worse. Even going out on a cheap movie date, it turns out, will cost you (the guy, the wooer) almost fifty bucks. A “fancy” date, meaning a nice dinner and theatre tickets, will cost $277.34, average, though this obviously gives a lot ... Read More »
  • Zaha Hadid first woman to receive Royal Gold Medal for architecture

    Zaha Hadid first woman to receive Royal Gold Medal for architecture

  • Winning design for Canadian building trades monument revealed

    Winning design for Canadian building trades monument revealed

  • Pre-construction condo? Read the fine print and buy from reputable builder

    Pre-construction condo? Read the fine print and buy from reputable builder

  • Worried about finances, the future? Make a plan!

    Worried about finances, the future? Make a plan!

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