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Tuesday, July 09, 2019   /   by Vanessa Shapka

Dream Homes: 5 Coveted Toronto 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 brilliant as the city itself, right in the centre of it all

Prestige Property, Yorkville
Luxury living in Toronto doesn’t get any better than in the heart of Yorkville, a neighbourhood that attracts glitz, glamour, and celebrity all year round. High-end retailers and some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants can be found here, including Italian favourite Buca Osteria & Bar, and Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel. However, with a custom chef’s kitchen, a tasteful and stylish contemporary feel, and south-facing windows to let in natural light, this gorgeous property in Yorkville is als ...

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Monday, June 17, 2019   /   by Ryan Barnes

6 Simple Ways to add Glamour to your Bathroom Design

Whether a spacious ensuite or a curated powder room, the bathroom is a space replete with design possibilities. A place for reflection and rejuvenation, the bathroom deserves to be thought of as the retreat it is. Implementing savvy design choices in your bathroom can transform your morning routine, turning the space into a point of inspiration and leaving you refreshed for the day.
Ensure your bathroom keeps pace with the rest of your design-forward home via strategic updates, taking cues from these of-the-moment trends.

124 Park Road, Toronto, ON

Dynamic Wallpaper and Tiles
Delicate artwork in the bathroom can be at risk of moisture damage, making wallpaper or tile the perfect solution for homeowners looking for a splash of the creative. Alongside traditional subway tile, Moroccan tiles in starburst patterns and colourful mosaics bring life to smaller rooms, and can also brighten up a bathroom that is lacking in windows. This Toronto condo uses geometric mar ...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019   /   by Ryan Barnes

How to Downsize in Toronto's Luxury Real Estate Market

When you’re used to space, the thought of downsizing can be a challenging one. Isn’t bigger better? Is your family going to be constantly underfoot? Where will you host your guests? But taking a step towards a smaller footprint can offer benefits: smaller homes are often easier to maintain, more environmentally friendly, and can suit a lifestyle of travel and multiple pursuits. If you’re thinking about taking the downsizing leap, here are a few points to consider.

183 Wellington Street West, Suite 4002, Toronto, ON

Unpack Your Why

Don’t let an empty nest or hot real estate market push you into downsizing before you’re ready. Think about what you’re hoping for in a new home, and list your reasons for making a timely change. As a long-time homeowner, you may be looking to unlock some of your home’s equity while Toronto is still a seller’s market, or you may suddenly find you no longer use all the space in your home& ...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019   /   by Ryan Barnes

Realty Checks

In every major market across the country the prime communities share similar attributes — easy access to downtown, proximity to green space and prestigious schools. With so many of these factors tied to geography and static city planning, the best areas can appear set in stone. Luckily, new construction projects and the ever-changing real estate market means that there is hope for buyers to get into the neighbourhood of their choice in these Canadian cities.


Toronto is one of Canada’s most dynamic real estate markets. The cost of housing is higher than the national average and, according to the Financial Post, a home can cost 75.9 per cent (pre-tax median yearly) of a household’s annual income. It may be even more if you’re aiming for a postal code in one of the city’s mostdesirable neighbourhoods.

“Popular areas consistently maintain tight prox ...

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Thursday, April 11, 2019   /   by Ryan Barnes

Wall Power | Insight Magazine

If your world appears a lot more colourful of late, thank the muralists. Over the past several years, murals have emerged as an attention-getting art form with a lot of cachet, taking over entire walls inside and out at galleries, restaurants, hotels and public spaces across the country. What’s even better is that it’s a genre where female artists are leading the charge — a visual manifestation of the current cultural zeitgeist.

Once maligned as a dubious practice, street art has exploded in the digital age as a social media-friendly way to draw attention to neighbourhoods, causes and culture. Montreal has been holding its annual MURAL Festivalsince 2012, an 11-day celebration that has contributed around 80 major works to the area along Saint Laurent Boulevard. In Vancouver, August is when the city’s annual Mural Festival takes place in the Mount Pleasantneighbourhood ...

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