Archive for May, 2010

After Attending Doors Open Toronto 2010, I’m Hooked!

     I have to confess, this was actually the first year that I participated in Doors Open Toronto.  I’d planned on doing so in years past, but for whatever reason it just didn’t happen.  This year however, I held firm to my resolution and I have to say, I’m much better for it!

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Spotlight: “Candy Factory Lofts” In The Queen Street West Area

Candy Factory Lofts In The Queen Street West Area Photo

If you were to stop someone on the street in Toronto and ask them, “Can you name a residential loft building here in the city?” I bet the answer you’d hear most would be, “The Candy Factory Lofts“.  This building seems to be the one that almost everyone is aware of, regardless of whether or not they’re interested in real estate or they’ve ever been in the market for a loft themselves.

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Toronto Real Estate Market Report: May 2010 Mid-Month Statistics

 Toronto Real Estate Market Report: May 2010 Mid-Month Statistics Photo

     Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 4,887 sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) during the first two weeks of May.  This represented a seven per cent increase compared to the 4,561 sales recorded during the same period in 2009. New listings increased by 48 per cent annually to 10,059.

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What’s The Smallest Space You Could Live In?

      A few weeks ago I came across the above YouTube video of architect Gary Chang’s incredible Hong Kong apartment.  Since then I’ve seen a few newspaper articles focusing on exceptionally small living spaces here in Toronto.  There were two in Saturday’s Toronto Star alone (which you can read here and here).  All this talk of tiny homes has me asking the question, “What’s the smallest space you could live in?”  500 square feet?  How about 400 square feet?  Could you live in 300 square foot apartment?  (Yes, they do make condos that small).

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Toronto Real Estate Market Report: April 2010 Statistics

 Toronto Real Estate Market Report: April 2010 Statistics Photo

     Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 10,898 sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, representing a 34 per cent increase compared to April 2009. There were also 20,683 new listings in April – a 59 per cent annual increase. Both the sales and new listings results amounted to new records for the month of April under the current Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) boundaries.

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How Many People Actually Use Their Condo Amenities?

By on May 1, 2010 in Condos/Lofts with 0 Comments

How Many People Actually Use Their Condo Amenities? Photo 

     Rooftop pools, state-of-the-art exercise facilities, landscaped courtyards, guest suites…  This list of amenities offered to condo dwellers can be quite impressive.  But how many people actually use them?  I would argue that the number is probably lower than one would think.

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