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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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