The apple crisp you spent an hour after work making is turning a beautiful tawny color in your state of the art oven. You open a bottle of Champagne and set out the specially engraved champagne glasses you and your hubby were given as a wedding gift last year. You hear a knock at the door. It’s him! You quickly light a candle and dim the lights then rush to the door. You swing open the door and in breezes your love, along with a scent of garlic that is so strong you’re sure your condo building will be ...
Two Cents on Strong Scents in Condo Buildings
June 21, 2017
Potential New Guidelines for Family Friendly Condos in Toronto Will Make a World of Difference
June 14, 2017
The first home I bought with my husband was a high-end two-bedroom condo unit in a newly built boutique condo building in midtown Toronto. We were incredibly happy with our small but luxurious abode, but over the next few years, as the choice to have children loomed, we decided that a condo was not the place to raise children. When we purchased our first single family home, we found that we longed for the smaller space (yes you read that right!), higher end finishes and stellar location of our condo. We found that our condo was much ...
New Report Shows Shortage of Condos Units for New Home Buyers in Toronto
June 7, 2017
The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON), the non-profit association that represents 200 of Ontario’s residential builders, and the University of Toronto’s Tall Research Group, have just released a new report which details condo development trends in Toronto over the last decade. According to the report, there has been a slowing in the building approval process for condo developments in the city over the last 10 years and this has had a dire impact on municipalities, as well as potential condo buyers. With zoning and by law demands increasing, condo units are not getting made and this is ...
Interior Design Tips and Tricks That Will Make Your Condo Both Spacious and Personal
May 31, 2017
Last week, we heard from one of Toronto’s most celebrated interior designers, Sacha Nizami. We asked her about condo design and decorating; specifically her take on how to use design techniques and tricks to make a condo space more spacious. She shared some great design ideas with us. Her most important take away points to increasing the space in a condo; take the time to space plan and use multifunctional furniture pieces. In today’s post, I am sharing some of her home décor tips that will make your condo feel more spacious. While it is of the utmost ...
How to Get the Most Out of Your Condo Square Footage: The Power of Space Planning & Multifunctional Furniture
May 24, 2017
Purchasing a condo is one of the most exciting decisions you will ever make. You do your research, choose a knowledgeable realtor who specializes in condos, make an offer and sign on the dotted line, work with lenders to fund the most important investment of your life and then, on closing day, you get the key to your new home. You insert this tiny piece of cut metal into the lock of your new property and open the door to endless possibilities in living, working and entertaining. But what happens when you can’t visualize how to use your ...
New Research Reveals First Time Home Ownership in Canada Remains a Solid Choice
May 17, 2017
Many Canadians are curious as to how our nation’s hotter than ever real estate market and new mortgage qualifying rules have affected individuals entering the Canadian real estate market for the first time. Is buying a home in Canada’s amped up real estate market an unhealthy financial risk for first time buyers? Are less Canadians able to buy their first homes? Recent research done by Genworth MI Canada Inc., Canada’s largest private residential mortgage insurer, indicates that while there are differences by region, first- time home buyers in Canada are doing their homework and have responded well to market ...
Wood-constructed 12-Storey Condo Development Promises an Increase in Sustainable Building Practices and a Boost to the Canadian Economy
May 10, 2017
Recently, government officials representing the Ministry of Natural Resources, attended the capping ceremony for the cutting edge condo development, Origine, in Quebec City's Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district. Origine is the tallest wood-constructed condominium in North America consisting of a 12-storey wood structure on top of a one-storey concrete podium. The use of Canadian wood as the primary building material for Origine, makes this 41 metre tall condominium development a leader in sustainable building practices and a global representative for the Canadian lumber industry. Origine has been built with cross-laminated timber sourced directly from Canada. This material is just as strong ...
Ontario Condos Selling Out in One Day
April 26, 2017
In today’s hot housing market, we are used to seeing bidding wars on single-family homes in Toronto, the GTA and Ontario. Indeed, any such dwellings on the open market reap an onslaught of multiple offers, jacking the final sale price up by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of us have become used to this real estate reality, but did you know that condos in Ontario have now begun to be valued just as much as single-family homes in Ontario? Recently, Surface Developments, an award-winning Ottawa based condo builder specializing in low-rise custom designed projects sold out their ...
Is the Modern Esthetic the Best Choice for Living in Smaller Spaces?
April 19, 2017
Homeowners in smaller living spaces are often tempted to create a living environment using modern fixtures, clean lines and discreet storage solutions in the hopes of giving the illusion of more space. Nowhere is this tendency towards sterile lines and clutter free living more evident than in the homes of big city condo dwellers. Where square footage is going for a premium and space is limited, subscribing to a minimalist design in an attempt to trick the eye into perceiving more space is a temptation most can’t resist. While some condo owners happily subscribe to modern furnishings ...
Bubble, Bust or Boom: Why Buying a Condo Right Now in Toronto Is the Right Choice for Young Families
April 5, 2017
Ah, the Toronto real estate market. The buzz around home buying in the 416 is absolutely electrifying…or terrifying, depending on whether you are the home owner who has seen their dilapidated two bedroom semi climb in value by 23% (Source: Teranet-National Bank) in one year or the young, hard working couple trying to find a starter family home. Everywhere you turn, there is someone offering his or her two cents on the piping hot Toronto real estate market. You have the naysayers warning of a housing bubble that will burst like in the 1980’s when interest rates ...