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Mandatory Masks in Toronto and GTA Enclosed Public Spaces

Mandatory Masks in Toronto and GTA Enclosed Public Spaces   Toronto City Council voted unanimously on June 29 in favour of enacting a temporary bylaw which makes wearing masks or face coverings mandatory in all enclosed public spaces as of July 7, 2020. The goal is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 …Read more..

June Doorey Chu Team Connection

After three months working as an essential service in the Covid-19 health crisis, we have learnt how to help buyers and sellers that need to move, make a move. If you don’t need to move, enjoy summer, love your family and friends and love where you live. Along with the …Read more..

Virtual Vacation | 5 Incredible Places You Can Visit Virtually Right Now

Now that we’ve had a chance to visit museums and see a show or two, let’s take it one step further. Staying home doesn’t mean that you can’t still be well traveled; from UNESCO World Heritage sites like Machu Picchu to world-class zoos and aquariums, here are five incredible places you can visit …Read more..

Living Large in a Small Space: Maximizing Your Home’s Outdoor Space

A smaller outdoor space doesn’t mean sacrificing when it comes to relaxing. With a few strategic choices, you can create something truly special out of even the smallest yard or deck. Follow these design and décor recommendations to maximize the potential of your home’s outdoor space.   Furniture The simplest …Read more..

2020 Virtual Luminato Arts Festival launches June 11th 6:50pm

Luminato Arts Festival in Toronto was born out of the SARS epidemic to help bring back events to Toronto, it’s 2020 Festival was cancelled with the Covid-19 epidemic and is launching a Virtual Festival tonight with a special introduction from Artistic Director Naomi Campbell and Mayor John Tory at 6:50PM. …Read more..

Wendy Spencer champions Feed the Frontlines!

Wendy Spencer of the DooreyChuTeam inspired Sotheby’s International Realty to join forces with her University friend Adair Roberts amazing initiative Feed the Frontlines and gave away a gift certificate to Little Sisters Bar on her Instagram Challenge. Adair Roberts started Feed the Frontlines three months ago and has not stopped for one …Read more..

TTC COVID-19 Response

These are safety measures that the TTC is taking to keep customers safe and informed.

Art fans in Toronto and across the globe are turning themselves into famous paintings | TRNTO.com

The AGO’s art at home challenge is part of a massive online trend While art enthusiasts around the world may not be able to enjoy museums in person right now, the Getty Museum is bringing people together in the most ingenious way: by challenging the public to recreate a work of art …Read more..

April Downtown Toronto Homes Connection

PAUSE, PREP and PROTECT                                                                                             …Read more..

LISA MARIE MOTHER AND AUNT MAKE NEWS SOCIAL DISTANCING

And look who made the news social distancing! No Better Friend Than A Sister Doorey Chu Team’s Lisa Marie’s 91 year old Mother Wynne Doorey is self isolating home alone, her sister Eileen is her best friend and lives a few doors away but have to knock on the window …Read more..

WOMEN ROCK!!

Looking for examples of true leadership in a crisis? From Iceland to Taiwan and from Germany to New Zealand, women are stepping up to show the world how to manage a messy patch for our human family. Add in Finland, Iceland and Denmark, and this pandemic is revealing that women …Read more..

Tips: Coping with Stress During COVID-19

The pandemic, along with the self-isolation, is hard, but these are some things you can do to destress and practice positive thinking!  

Running Etiquette during COVID-19

Article by: Wendy (Speedy) Spencer We all need to stay active right now as it is not only good for our fitness health but also our mental health.  Luckily for us here in Canada we can still go outside and run. This is super HUGE. I certainly do not want …Read more..

Will There be a Spring Market This Year?

Despite conditions of extreme uncertainty in public health and the economy due to the unprecedented global coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, new top-tier real estate market data reveals that the Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver and Montreal real estate markets are confronting a period of turmoil from a strong foundation. Click here …Read more..

Inside Drake’s Toronto Bridle Path Home

Remember the chintzy, pimped-out McMansions that were a staple of the long-running MTV series Cribs? The Toronto home of mega recording artist Aubrey Drake Graham is something else altogether. Measuring 50,000 square feet, with amenities such as an NBA regulation-size indoor basketball court crowned by a 21-square-foot pyramidal skylight, Drake’s astonishing domicile certainly …Read more..

Local Charities Need Your Donations Today!

With the Nation being under Lockdown, Doorey Chu Team has compiled a list of local Charities that you can DONATE to. Food banks and non-profit organizations are in dire need of your help during this COVID-19 Pandemic. The Doorey Chu Team has donated to Foodbanks and Homeless programs and hope …Read more..

6 Museums You Can Tour from the Comfort of Your Own Home This Weekend

While staying at home and practicing safe social distancing are the best courses of action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on cultural landmarks around the world. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project, from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, to …Read more..

A COVID-19 Resource for Clients – Support for Individuals and Families

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada has compiled information regarding the support available to support individuals and families to help clients in need of assistance during this time. INCREASING THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT (“CCB) The Government of Canada (“Government”) is providing an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) …Read more..

TREB Market Watch February 2020

Click here for: Full TREB Market Watch February 2020  

Eight major transit projects are underway in the GTA — here’s where they’re at right now

The pace of rapid transit expansion in Toronto often seems glacial. Though new subway and LRT lines unfold on paper and political campaign platforms with alacrity, true tunnel and surface routes often fail to materialize for decades, or are ditched entirely. That said, there are several meaningful transit projects being …Read more..

March Break is coming up, help Urban Land Institute develop a Family-Friendly Guide to Toronto

Family-Friendly Guide to Toronto #FamilyFriendlyCity #TorontoWithKids #YoungUrbanists #UrbanistFamily ULI Toronto and Pop Cities are developing an amazing self-guided city map to help ULI Spring Meeting attendees make the most of their visit to Toronto. It highlights many innovative sites and projects under a range of categories. Many attendees plan to bring their families along to Toronto, and we are …Read more..

Is this true?: Harry & Meghan to Consider Living in Barrie

With the news of Harry and Meghan spending more time in Canada, rumour has it that “Astronomically high housing prices in Toronto have forced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to consider living in Barrie for their new North American home, unconfirmed reports suggest.” Here’s the original article. Let us know what you think? Is …Read more..

TREB Market Watch December 2019

Average Days-on-Market dropped by 6.5%! Click here for: Full TREB Market Watch December 2019

Christmas Food Drive

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Toronto Christmas Food Drive parcels ready to be delivered!! This year we’ve donated to: Nellie’s Shelter, Red Door Family Shelter, Wood Green Community Services, Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, Eagle Youth Outreach, Ingles House, St. Ann Parish, Seniors in Need,  and Families of …Read more..

‘She Build’: Creating an All-Women Real Estate Development Team

Doorey Chu is an All-Women Real Estate Team by coincidence or unconscious design! Women are pushing to establish more senior roles for themselves in commercial real estate, an area where they are severely underrepresented. As a highly successful woman in New York’s male-dominated development arena, MaryAnne Gilmartin has a “mini-obsession”: She wants …Read more..

TREB Market Watch November 2019

Average days on market dropped by 11% compared to last year! Click here for: Full TREB Market Watch November 2019 We’ve also included an illustrative summary below.

50 Scollard Construction Start Celebration

Last week we celebrated Lanterra Development’s 50 Scollard construction start at the Sofia Restaurant. Pictured left to right: Mariana Milborne, Lisa-Marie, and Linda.

Location Location Location – The Bread Company Condos has it All

The Bread Company Condo has just come to market, it’s name comes from it being built on site of the Silverstein’s Bakery that operated for nearly 100 years. Located between the University of Toronto, 4 Major Hospitals and Baldwin Village. The Bread Company Condos will be an ideal investment or …Read more..

Pharrell Williams Announces His First Foray Into Real Estate

The megaproducer and entrepreneur collaborated with two Toronto-based developers on a residential project set to open in 2020. Pharrell Williams is a multihyphenate who knows no bounds. Over the past year, the Grammy Award winner worked with Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties, two top developers in Toronto, to dream up untitled, …Read more..

TREB Market Watch October 2019

Average selling price up by 5.5% compared to last year! Click here for: Full TREB Market Watch October 2019 We’ve also included an illustrative summary below.

ANX Condos Launched!

Modern 21st Century Luxury at Dupont & Spadina ANX Brochure ANX an exciting new Condo development by Freed has just launched in the prestigious and historic Annex neighbourhood. Just steps away from Dupont Subway Station, surrounded by great neighbourhood amenities/services, it’s proximity to George Brown College, University of Toronto and …Read more..

DTH Team Raises $19K for Local Charity

So proud of our Team for this year’s Exact Yorkville Run we raised close to $19K for Common Table a wonderful program helping homeless and individuals living marginally in our community. Special congratulations to Wendy Spencer who had the best time in her class! Our team was in the Top 10 Fundraisers, coming …Read more..

TREB Market Watch September 2019

Toronto Real Estate Board September Sales Up 22% over 2018 Click here for full report: Toronto Real Estate Board Market Watch September 2019

10 Real-Life Haunted Hotels That You Can Actually Stay In

Book a room at these ghoulish spots around the country, but only if you dare… Haunted hotels aren’t just trope of Hollywood and spooky stories from your childhood. According to horror enthusiasts, there are a handful of real-life properties around the United States that you might say play host to …Read more..

New Landscape Revives Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum

A Verdant (and Welcoming) New Landscape Revives Toronto’s ROM Crystal Designed by Siamak Hariri, a pair of new public spaces artfully resolve the street-level presence of Daniel Libeskind’s maligned ROM Crystal. About a decade ago, I started a summer job at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). On the first day, …Read more..

Streetcar Diversions During TIFF 2019

August is coming to an end, which means the city is busy gearing up for the Toronto International Film Festival. 2019 marks TIFF’s 44th year and, as usual, Torontonians can expect a few TTC streetcar diversions on King St. W. The road will be closed between Peter St. and University …Read more..

What the Next Generation Prizes in Luxury Real Estate

Until now, luxury real estate buyers have found inspiration in properties with a sense of grandeur. Whether via a stately brownstone in a major city, a quiet retreat in cottage country, or a tropical paradise somewhere abroad, they’ve opted for spaciousness, for homes that mirror their success. While equally invested …Read more..

5 Coveted Toronto Dream Condos

Toronto has an undeniable energy, matched only by its sophistication and style. With a world-class dining scene, dazzling nightlife of arts and sports entertainment, and exclusive shopping, the city’s vibrancy makes it a highly coveted place to call home. It’s only natural that Toronto’s most-desired properties are as sharp and …Read more..

GTA/Toronto Market Report | July 2019

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Best Dining Destinations in Yorkville

Where to snag gluten-free treats, splurge on fancy dinners and stock up on gourmet ingredients For boozy date nights: Alobar Alobar, the more approachable version of chef Patrick Kriss’s impossible-to-book Queen and Spadina tasting hotspot, opened in the fall of 2018 next to a discreet courtyard off Cumberland Street. The …Read more..

Hope For Seniors and Students

A Toronto based elder-care initiative is looking to pair up more seniors and students in housing throughout the city. The pilot project, which is provincially funded, could help address housing affordabilty for students and give elderly individuals some much needed company and care. Toronto resident Elizabeth Hill, 75, says he …Read more..

Council approves zoning amendment to permit construction of laneway suites

Bylaw amendments that will permit the construction of laneway suites in residential neighbourhoods in Toronto and East York have been approved by city council. The amendments to the city’s official plan and zoning bylaw were enacted with a 30-5 vote on Thursday morning. The vote was the culmination of years …Read more..

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year From The DowntownTorontoHomes team! May the year of the dog bring you health, happiness and prosperity.

2018 Mortgage Rules And Changes

Mortgage Need to Knows: News and Information You Can Use Click Here for examples and additional notes   New Rule Changes – January 1st 2018 On January 1st, 2018, OSFI implemented new conventional (uninsured) mortgage rules, attempting to protect homebuyers from mortgage default in a rising interest rate environment. The government …Read more..

Someone wants to build a huge condo above a church in the Annex

There’s just something about historic churches that make a lovely base for condo developments – like, aside from all of the unused airspace above a low-rise building in a prime real estate location. Bloor Street United Church was built in the Norman-Gothic style at Bloor and Huron streets more than 125 years ago, around 1886. Rich in local history, …Read more..

Message From The Bank Of Canada – Interest Rate Hikes

Bank of Canada increases overnight rate target to 1 1/4 per cent OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Recent data …Read more..

Countdown To Christmas In Toronto

Christmas and Holiday Events Throughout December In Toronto The Holiday’s are here in full force, and that means the city is buzzing with things to do. Below, we have listed 5 festive things to see and do while in Toronto during the Christmas Season.   1. 150 Years Of Canadian …Read more..

Ward 27 News Toronto Centre – Rosedale

Upcoming Events (Rosedale) October 31, 2017   Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam Kristyn in the Community 46th Annual Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive: Volunteers Wanted! Save the Date: 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street Public Meeting Learn about Ward 27 Development Get on the Fence at Church Street Junior Public School …Read more..

A Walk Down Memory Lane In Yorkville

Toronto’s Yorkville has a vibrant history and is in the midst of another reinvention. Bernadette Morra surveys the locals about its evolution – and the latest wave of luxury arrivals From hippies on acid trips to Kanye West on his shopping sprees, Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood has been a magnet for urban thrill-seekers …Read more..

Bank Of Canada Hikes Rate – What Does It Mean?

Bank of Canada hikes rate. What does it mean for your mortgage? The Bank of Canada has increased its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year, a sign that the economy is improving enough to allow borrowing costs to rise from historic lows reached in the aftermath of …Read more..

Do I need title insurance if I already have home insurance?

I’m buying a new home and my real estate lawyer is recommending that I get title insurance. I’ll have home insurance, so is it really necessary? Though title insurance isn’t required by law, it does cover certain elements home insurance does not, Joe Richer says. RECO doesn’t regulate real estate …Read more..

Toronto might finally be getting a major casino

Toronto might finally be getting a casino after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced that the British Columbia based Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Brookfield Business Partners LP have been awarded the contract to run casinos in the GTA. The two companies will take over the operation of the OLG Slots …Read more..

This incredible tropical beach is just two hours from Toronto

If you’re strapped for cash but looking for a tropical getaway this summer, this beach two hours southwest of Toronto is a must-visit destination. From the warm waters of Lake Erie to the real palm trees that sway on the shoreline, Port Dover’s beach is a bit of paradise in Southern …Read more..

Top 10 Free Events In Toronto This Week

Free events in Toronto this week include a big festival at Ontario Place. The Art & Music Ontario Festival is a weekend of concerts and performances next to one of the city’s coolest new parks. There are also a handful of outdoor movies and a fire parade on the Island. Toronto Bicycle …Read more..

Average Price Of Condo In Toronto Passes $500K

Toronto’s real estate market might be cooling, but prices remain high as ever, especially since homes continue to sell well over asking. But how are things looking for condos? According to a new report from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), which looked at the GTA condo market during the second …Read more..

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Waterfront Property

Things To Consider When Buying On Waterfront In storms or sunshine, fresh water or coastal, relaxing inside or enjoying the breeze rippling in off the water on a dock, there is nothing that can match the feeling of a home on the waterfront. Whether it’s your retirement dream, vacation spot, …Read more..

The top 5 hidden parks and gardens in Toronto

Toronto is home to a number of hidden parks and courtyards that offer an undisturbed escape from highly developed city streets. These are great places for secluded lunch picnics or just stealing away a bit of serenity in the midst of the bustling metropolis. Here are my picks for the top …Read more..

Lenny Kravitz designing a whole floor of new Toronto hotel

Toronto seems to be getting an influx of new hotels this summer. TheBroadview Hotel just opened on the city’s east side and the long-awaitedHotel X by Exhibition Place is finally slated to make its debut this summer – with a little cameo from Lenny Kravitz. The Bisha Hotel and Residences should be open before …Read more..

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Roatán

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s expansion in the Caribbean with the opening of Roatán Sotheby’s International Realty on the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras. Roatán Sotheby’s International Realty, led by Owner Matt Camron and Operations Manager Micheline Dupont, will serve the luxury residential …Read more..

Trump’s name being removed from Toronto tower

The Toronto skyline is saying goodbye to the Trump name – read more below! Trump’s name officially being removed from Toronto tower  

CRANE-All KNOWLEDGE – No. 1 YORKVILLE AVENUE Construction Update

Floorplans Currently under construction, the iconic 1 Yorkville is wrapped in ribbons to produce unique interplay of shadow and light and emphasize a glittering effect embedded in Toronto’s cityscape. Strolling through Hermes, Gucci, Holt Renfrew, dinner at the Four Seasons across the street, a glass of Moet at the Hyatt’s Roof Lounge …Read more..

Homes Abroad – Where are the wealthy buying?

With the Real Estate Market in Toronto still hot, Globe and Mail has recently interviewed high profile Realtors and Financial Consultants to give their thoughts on where they believe investors are looking to buy property abroad – there’s even some insight from Sotheby’s very own President of Operations Brad Henderson! Click …Read more..

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