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Reaching The Finish Line

College Street / Little Italy
Back in February, I began a conquest to get my residence organized. After years of haphazard searching for a particular sweater, book or tool (“I know it’s in this closet somewhere!”), I finally decided it was time to organize my life through and through. Not surprisingly it’s been a long…
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Summer Time Beef

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As summer rolls in with another warm breezy weekend (including a lashing night time thunder storm), by end of day Sunday my neighbourhood was filled with the sound of chatter, clinking glasses and the scent of steak grilling on the barbecue. Everyone is embracing their ‘summer rooms’, whether that be their patio, garden, deck…
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Don’t Be Too Revealing

College Street / Little Italy
When it comes to real estate, first impressions count. That’s why the expression ‘Curb Appeal’ has merit. In the freehold property market, as house hunters pull up in their car they’re already assessing the dwelling, the property environment, and the surrounding streetscape. In the condominium market, purchasers instantly gauge how…
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A Classic Wooden Boat

I spent my weekend boating up the west coast from Vancouver to Gibson's Landing, home of the TV show 'The Beachcombers'. The TV series, the longest-running dramatic series ever made for Canadian television, ran from 1972 to 1990. The café featured in the show, Molly's Reach, still survives today and…
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See Ya In Seattle

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We all know Seattle as the birthplace of Grunge, Starbucks and the place where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks didn’t get any sleep. I also know it as the new home of my dear friend Rosalyn, who relocated from Toronto last year to shine at Microsoft. Arriving via the Clipper…
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Soya-nara College Street

College Street / Little Italy
Utopia Cafe 586 College Street 416-534-7751 Wednesday night was so warm everyone in my neighbourhood was out on the streets. Even at 9:30pm the patios were full, there were lines up at every gelati parlour (this is Little Italy, afterall), and the streets were filled with people strolling, cycling or driving with the top down.…
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Rub-A-Dub-Tub

College Street / Little Italy
Whenever guests see my clawfoot tub perched at the edge of a 26 foot high skylit atrium in my second floor bedroom, they almost always ask “Does your bathtub work?”. The question always makes me laugh. People are more likely to accept my explanation that’s it’s an ‘art installation’ rather than…
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Lite Brite

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First, not that you asked, but one thing that drives me bonkers are alliterations that also spell the words incorrectly. I consider this awkward attempt to be ‘oh so clever’ infuriating. In fact, it sends me into a rage. Maybe it’s because I lost the school spelling bee in grade five. Regardless, you’re guaranteed to…
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When It Rains, It Pours

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Sometimes I’m certain there’s a correlation between the weather and real estate activity. One week we’re sunning ourselves being languid, the next a blustery storm is lashing on our heels and the phone is ringing off the hook. Buyers are buying, while sellers prepare to catch the tail end of…
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Spring Blooms New Listings

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I am simply beaming for joy this week now that Spring has fully blossomed! Yesterday, after  photographing my new listing at Tip Top Lofts (see the Current Promotions Section for the listing ‘Modern Bespoke At Tip Top Lofts’ offered for $349,000 for something truly special!), I took a stroll along the marina and parks lining Lake Ontario. Nature’s symphony…
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