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Monthly Archives: January 2013

New app gives community info for home seekers

We’re not sure whether parents will trust an app from a real estate company, even a “lifestyle-based” one, to help them decide what school to send their “little ones” to, but the app is now available. It comes to us from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Canada (BHGREC) and it is free. “Community Scout” promises to give consumers a more thorough look into the communities they are considering moving to. The idea is that we get the “clearest picture possible” of a community before deciding to move there. So, you can investigate such things as how many grocery stores there are, what kind of schools the community has, and ... Read More »

“Rising star” Quebec designer headlining at Toronto Interior Design show

One of the Daylights, inspired by plantation shutters, from Philippe Malouin.  Shutters lined with LED lights create “artificial windows” with light that creates the illusion of daylight streaming through a window and reflecting off the shutter onto the wall. Montreal-born, London-based Philippe Malouin is described as a rising star in the design world. He has studied both design art and industrial design in Montreal, Paris and Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and he has exhibited in several European cities, including Paris, Milan and London. Scarpa: table constructed of sand blasted concrete and brass tubular grid. One of the gridlock line of furniture from Philippe Malouin. Reflecting his background in industrial design. ... Read More »

Condo owners don’t want a licensed restaurant in their building

Mixed use and living above the store: it works in Danforth’s Greektown. But Queen St condo owners don’t want a licensed restaurant in their building. The Real Jerk is almost a Toronto institution. When the Caribbean-style restaurant was evicted from its original premises, loyal patrons had some anxious times wondering if the place would ever recover. Now it’s found a new home, in a condo on Queen Street East, but residents don’t want it to have a liquor licence. And this shows that no matter what the urban planners and theorists say about what makes a great city, in the end it comes down to what people actually want. At ... Read More »

Second-time buyers will drive housing market in coming months: RE/MAX

Survey shows that home buyers in the coming two years will be mainly second-timers, more mature and experienced, with good down payments. We’ve been reading a lot in recent months about the dampening effect Jim Flaherty has had on the real estate market in Canada, and especially in Toronto. Thanks to his intervention and tightening of mortgage lending rules, some would-be home buyers are being shut out of the market. A new survey from RE/MAX provides some insight into what the market could actually look like over the next couple of years. Based on a survey of 1,109 prospective home buyers who say they intend to buy within the next ... Read More »

Downtown Toronto population growing and getting younger

300 Front Street West from Tridel, now under construction. The influx of 19–39-year-olds is driving the condo boom.  Toronto is getting younger. Almost half the population of the downtown core is in their mid-30s. While the median age in the rest of the province is mid-40s, Toronto’s downtown core, which includes Trinity-Spadina and Toronto Centre, is filling up with Echo Boomers, and they are looking for the good life. The ubiquitous cranes atop soaring skyscrapers, the blocked traffic lanes and the processions of cement-mixer trucks have left little doubt that something huge has been going on in the downtown of our city, but seeing the hard numbers still comes as ... Read More »

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