East Toronto or West Toronto...Where should i buy?????
2013-05-19 | 18:26:41
f you are debating whether to live in Downtown East or Downtown West, you may want to learn more about my neighbourhood. The past few weeks, I have come to realize that I live in one of the most ingrained communities in Downtown Toronto. A community where every store, restaurant, kiosk, etc… has a story, including the culturally diverse residents from various parts of the world. These individuals are not just passing through, they are here to stay, and some of them have been here in Regent Park for decades. They call Regent Park “home”. Some of the kids that grew up with my younger brother in Cabbagetown are coaches for the hockey leagues and soccer teams, and the kids love them and really look up to them. Some of the retired residents are teaching music and dance in the parks to kids that don’t know what to do with their spare time. They even brought snacks for them.
The revitalized Regent Park community is aesthetically beautiful, with the new buildings blending into the parks and also the exterior of the commercial spaces by matching the tones and colours to the brick and sidings. And let’s not forget the amazing Nelson Mandela School brought back to life with kids playing in their new fields after school until their parents come and get them at 9 pm.
Then when I take clients along King St up to Liberty Village in West Downtown Toronto, they say that everyone there is just passing through as a stepping stone to find their perfect place. In Liberty Village, we see a suburban plaza with big box franchise stores situated right in the middle of these condos and townhomes, with one patch of green space where the children play and the dogs poop.
Daniels, along with the City of Toronto, really came up with a vision bigger than we all thought it would be. I know that Regent Park may not yet be the first choice for condo buyers, however in the long run I believe it to be the best choice for living in a well designed sustainable neighbourhood in urban downtown Toronto.
Toronto..Long weekend.I heart Toronto
2013-05-19 | 18:23:24
Not sure what you did this long weekend but since I was working I was not able to get away, so I thought I must at least get a great meal in, some great wine along with some great company.
So this is how it all went down:
Lunch at Against the Grain on Queens Quay on their patio ..not so much, an hour wait, and then realised that people looked really uncomfortable and cold on the patio. So bought a round of drinks and then decided to head down to College...to Barraida Churrasquiera for some great Portuguese food on a great patio. Accomplished .....food and wine with a piri piri sauce to die for made our meal complete. Fully satisfied we decided to walk along College St to digest the feeling of being overfed .I noticed the LCBO store still open until 6 pm and a Service Ontario still open and yes this is on a Sunday of a long weekend. Are we really in Toronto??? because on the east side thinks seem to shut down by 5 pm latest if we’re lucky.
Then noticed the new Queens Park Subway stop all re done and looking fantastic, re visited the MARS building and admired the future graduates of Rotman Business School. Shortly thereafter I was quite taken by the new Marshalls at Aura. Then as I continued my walk home, I realised what a great city we live in. I heart Toronto!!!!
Feel free to share any of your unexpected interesting walking dates .
Should you Home stage your home....
2013-04-04 | 17:34:47
To Home stage or not to Home stage.....
One of the most asked questions when speaking to potential sellers is , “What do you think about Home staging? Is it going to cost me extra? Why do I need it?”
Well in the last two months right here in Regent Park at 1 and 25 Cole St. there were 5 , 2 bdrm,2 baths sold ranging from $350K to $399K.The one that sold the quickest, which was 2 days and the for the most amount of money was the unit that was tastefully furnished with the right amount of furniture and accessories, minimum clutter and most importantly spotless, meaning cleaned by a professional cleaner. The one that sold for the least amount and was on the market for the longest time had a full family always home during showings ,with tons of furniture and knick knacks(nice way of saying junk) everywhere, always smelt like they were deep frying something and definitely was not clean.
Would you buy a dirty car? A car that had junk left in it with a dirty ashtray? Would you buy a bruised, dirty fruit, a wilted flower....May be!! But you would not pay the asking price and it definitely would not be your first pick. I can assure that.
So sellers, it’s not a scam, or something we try to “get” you to do, it’s just common sense. When you
invite your friends and family to your home for a special occasion , don’t you clean extra and make
everything look perfect? Well imagine that day and set up your home just like that so when people walk
in they feel that great energy. The potential buyers feel that the owner really takes pride in their home.
Home ownership is something to be very proud of.
Some Home Staging Tips:
Depersonalize: Take down all the family pictures, sports posters, collections and fill in the holes or cover
with a piece of art. If you don’t have any, borrow some paintings from a friend even IKEA has prints for
less than $10.Change bright painted walls to neutral colours.
Make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot
lights/bulbs. You may have gotten used to seeing them, and repair anything that needs it.
A clean kitchen. Counters should be clear and clutter-free. A single bowl or vase holding cooking
utensils is okay, but that's about it. Store small appliances in cupboards. Clean inside drawers and
cupboards, and organize them neatly. Buyers do open them .And let’s not forget the FRIDGE, keep it to
the minimum items required, and ensure it is clean.
Fresh linens and towels. Make sure any visible linens (tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, etc.) are
brand new or at least look brand new or clean them and iron them.
Hire a professional cleaner.They range from $75 for 3 hours up to $150 for 5 hours. No excuses.
Condos and Fashion...I love it!!
2013-03-22 | 16:02:31
Casa 3 will be using Hermes for their lobby.How amazing is that?Condo Developers are realizing with these cold and long winters the lobbies have become a bit of a social hub and hangout.Why not make it luxuruious, we desreve it.
Toronto First time buyers rebates....
2013-02-13 | 10:49:13
Thanks for those who came out in -10C weather to our Home Buyer Knowledge Workshop at the Daniels Presentation Centre! We hope you enjoyed the workshop as much as we did. See you all again soon!
Toronto Condominium Move in Now with cash back!!!! ( $2500-$5000)
2013-02-13 | 10:46:21
Remaining inventory at Paintbox Condominiums as of January 27, 2013.
Call us today
to request for floorplans
! These are great investment units for rentals or as your principal home!
One Bedroom Plus Den - Two Baths
One Bedroom Plus Den - Two Baths
Two Bedroom Plus Den - Two Baths
Two Bedroom Plus Den- Two Baths
Builder Incentives: Parking and locker on discount for $18,499
HST included in all suites.