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Sale of the Week: the $1.3 million home that shows buyers still love the Beach

This renovated three-storey home is a rarity in The Beach, where semi-detached and rental units reign. The property features its own private backyard with a deck. Inside, modern finishes such as pot lights, central air and upgraded kitchen appliances complement old-fashioned touches, like original trim. People who live near this section of Waverley Road rarely move out of the area, thanks in part to the nearby waterfront and a tight-knit community association. In fact, several people who viewed the home were serial neighbours who have moved from home to home on the street.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11:27AM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Welcome to Hipsterville East

The neighbourhood has changed, but Jim’s Restaurant endures. The greasy spoon on Queen St. E. still boasts the best Western sandwiches around, and on a typical day, lunchtime stretches nonchalantly through the afternoon.

Right now, the place is humming. At one table some 20-somethings are talking about how to shoot a movie they’re making. A few chairs down, a young woman is reading a book about theatre, and there’s a small cluster of old-timers in paint-splattered pants sipping from beer bottles beneath an old TV that plays CP24 in the eatery’s back corner.

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Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 02:39PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Taking Root

With a changed downtown demographic, a new kind of food experience is emerging

From calamari pita at the gourmet food truck to organic spuds at the farmers’ market, milk and bread at the supermarket to tomatoes fresh from the balcony, it’s food, glorious food in Hogtown. It hasn’t always been so.

Ten years ago, when architect Sybil Wa and her family moved into a downtown condo, the St. Lawrence Market was about the only place within walking distance to buy food. But it was closed on Sundays, and didn’t carry baby food or diapers. The landscape changed quickly, though; within a couple of years, Loblaws had opened at the foot of Jarvis and, not long after, Ms. Wa started seeing Sobeys and Longo’s stores popping up everywhere there was a condo being built.

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Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:01PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Homeowners already pay enough

What would you say if I told you that more than one-fifth of the cost of a new home goes to the government through various fees and charges?

The issue of home affordability poses a significant challenge for new home buyers in the GTA. So we commissioned a study by Altus Group, and released this past week, to help make sense of the variety of fees and charges collected by municipal, provincial and federal governments — and the impact of those costs on the affordability of a new home in the region.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 02:27PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

When do you have to vacate a rental unit in Ontario?

Hotels typically let you check in by 3 p.m. and ask you to check out by noon. This gives staff time to make the room ready for the next guest. Do the same sorts of rules apply when a tenant moves out of a rental unit? Will it make a difference if the owner is selling the home to someone who wants to move in on the same day?

Here are the answers to those questions.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 11:39AM by Registered CommenterElaine in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference
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