February 19, 2015

141 Fordham Pvt.

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Extensive renovations on this one of a kind show stopper! Granite in the kitchen and baths, hardwood on the entrance stairs and main floor. Custom painted railings and wood stairs up and down. Beautiful high quality hard surface flooring throughout. Kitchen with new cabinets, backsplash and garden door access to cedar deck. Fixtures, faucets, paint and décor from the pages of Better Homes. This is beyond turn key and beautifully done!

 

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February 19, 2015

117 Keltie Pvt.

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This is a fantastic space and a choice location within the development overlooking a park. The Dakota is a 2 bedroom upper unit. Master with walk-in closet and cheater access to the luxurious bath complete with soaker tub and shower. Main has an open kitchen overlooking the living and dining room plus a separate den or media room. Decks off the second and third floor. Tasteful decor and modern choices throughout. A joy to call home!

 

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February 17, 2015

1128 Trent St.

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Fully furnished three bedroom residence for lease! Main floor offers separate living and dining rooms with beautiful hardwood floors. Fully equipped kitchen with granite, glass backsplash, and breakfast bar overlooking the dining room. Beautiful patio and gardens in the back. Three bedrooms up. Lower level has carpeted office/den, a recreation room, and laundry. Close proximity to Civic Hospital and Algonquin College. Great opportunity here!

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February 13, 2015

Gratitude on the Ice. Back to school at Churchill Alternative.

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BusYesterday I had the privilege to volunteer at my son’s annual “skate the canal day” with his school, Churchill Alternative. Every time I walk into the school, I have this sense that I am in the presence of something special. Aidan’s teacher, Ray Kalynuk, is one of those rare people who just come across like he has found his calling and I am always in awe of his energy and his intention.

So, in one of those twists that the universe throws at us from time to time, it turned out that I was not giving of my time but rather receiving an education. An education in gratitude.

This is what is so wonderful and unique about Churchill Alternative. Somehow, it’s this little island of humanity that has cultivated a culture of gratitude in a world that, at times seems to have one of entitlement.

Grade sixers are some really cool people. There is the wisdom of a teen marinating in the background and that innocence of a child bubbling on the surface. I had such a good time because you know you are in the presence of truth and hope. Many thoughts are shared without the filter or fear of condemnation that can so characterize the journey into teenage hood. Nat taught me how to properly initiate a skater’s stop. Ryan taught me a new virtual world of dinosaurs where you evolve. Taylor assured me that she was the most awesome hockey player on her team and much better than Ethan. Ethan shared the same story in reverse. Felix teased that my son might just might have a crush on a girl.

Our little group ended up skating the whole canal. We were the last on the bus and maybe a few minutes later than we should have been. Somehow we just got it in our heads that we had to finish what we had started and well, we left it all on the icy mat so to say.

So, last group on the bus and I have to admit, I was more than a little apprehensive of the reaction we might encounter from the 60 odd kids, teachers and volunteers that had waited for us to finish our journey.

What I was greeted with was acceptance, curiosity and gratitude. My little group was thankful for the photo op, the sense of accomplishment, and for the couple of pushes and pulls of encouragement that I had lent on the way back with the gusts of wind on our frosty faces. Lots of kids were curious about why we were last on the bus, how far we made it, and how we managed to get past the gate keeper. As cool as all this was, what really blew me away and made me pause was the moments of gratitude. From my vantage point, I did not hear a single child exit the bus without offering words of thanks to the bus driver. There was a rousing cheer for the volunteers on the bus. There were thanks from my little group for helping push us along. There was sharing of clothing and water on the way. There was even a moment of sacrifice where one child in my group offered his hat to another for the last kilometre as the hockey helmet was just not cutting it any longer.

SkatingThe kindness and the gratitude in the words and gestures I witnessed on my skates yesterday blew me away and rivalled the gusty winds that we faced. I was on cloud nine all afternoon. One of my colleagues told me that I looked lighter and happier on my return. Wow. Imagine if we could infuse this gratitude into more than this beacon of insight known as Ray Kalynuk’s grade sixers?

I am grateful for the education that Churchill Alternative offered me yesterday. Giving truly started the receiving process and I was the recipient of many lessons and reminders that a very special school has infused into a very special group of kids.

With Gratitude.

 

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February 10, 2015

4 Uxbridge Cres.

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A fabulous renovation, turn key and affordable. Fresh paint and contempory décor throughout. This home offers a large open living and dining space, renovated kitchen with granite, glass backsplash and beautiful cabinetry. Master features a large walk-in closet with sliding mirror doors, and 2 other bedrooms up. Basement has large recreation room with a full bath and fourth bedroom as well as plenty of storage. Wait until you see the size of the backyard!

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February 9, 2015

314-300 Lett St.

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Be the first to live in this great new condo building located at Ottawa’s desirable Lebretron Flats. Hardwood and tile throughout, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Walk out balcony from living room is great for entertaining. Perfect opportunity for a young professional or couple seeking proximity to fine dining, bike paths, downtown, and Gatineau. Urban living at its best, don’t miss this one!

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February 6, 2015

Attitude Springs Eternal

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I took this shot on my iPhone yesterday and I have a question. What is it that you see?  I live in a little neighbourhood called Westboro Beach inside Kitchissippi. I have a small yard mostly covered in an old trampoline that my boys find so much joy in that I am left with this little slice to enjoy a glass of wine or a summertime cigar from time to time.  On the surface, it’s a picture of my muskoka chairs covered in snow but in the moment, it was something entirely different. The sun beaming down on the chairs triggered happy thoughts of spring – both memories past and hope for things to come.

In the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that I am guilty of Ottawa bashing just as much as the next parka clad Ottawanian navigating the snow and cold that February so exactingly bestows upon us all. You know the grumblings…I can’t believe I live here and the grass is greener just about anywhere else on the planet and this snow is ridiculous and I am going on vacation and never coming back and so the story goes.  Of course, I am also the guy that straps on my skis, my snowboard, and my skates several times each winter and enjoy all that Ottawa’s extreme seasons afford. The duplicity in all this is not entirely lost on me and the lack of Ottawa gratitude that I display in those rare, but still present moments is worthy of my attention.  One cannot walk North and South at the same time after all.

This picture however captures an entirely different moment. This my friends was a moment when my attitude was such that I found joy in my snow covered muskoka’s, a moment when my focus was on the intensity and the beauty of the Sean instagramsun shining down on my little slice of Westboro Beach, a moment where I saw summer and inspiration in this scene. It struck me in one of those rare sun beams of insight that attitude can determine the focus of our life lens. That focus can dictate the stories that we tell both internally and externally and that those stories create our experiences of the world around us. Thoughts are indeed things. I took my life lens off of auto focus just long enough to look past 18 inches of snow on my muskoka chairs and I saw a better truth, a gratitude for the beautiful contrast created between the snow and the sun. Wow. My attitude created a new focal point and the outcome was a warm bath both in the rays of the sunshine and in my thoughts of spring eternal.  In a way, it was my groundhog moment.

I have a second question. Do you see a different picture now? The picture is static yet your reality might very well have changed. Such a gift this free choice of thought and manual override we all possess over our life lens. Perhaps it’s worth switching off auto focus from time to time.

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February 6, 2015

107-1465 Baseline Rd.

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This ground floor unit is breathtaking. A fabulous renovation with all the goodies and 2 underground parking spots! Main living space is open concept with a gorgeous kitchen, granite counters, beautiful flooring, potlights and more. The decor is tasteful and contemporary. The unit is squeaky clean and turn key. The building offers an outdoor pool, exercise room, workshop, billiards room, party room with dance floor and kitchen!

 

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January 28, 2015

As You Think, So Shall You Become

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As many of you know, I have two sons. Emmett turns 10 on the 17th of February. He has long hair, a penchant for drama and a deep well of emotions and he is infamous for having a prop with him. One year it was a pink dress he wore over all of his clothes, another it was a stuffy. This year it is his hair. He is a beauty. Aidan is 11. He is an effervescent fella who vibrates even when standing still and he dances through life with a sense of adventure and very little care.

So these two little monkeys are in freestyle skiing and Aidan is in competitive trampoline. I spent the holidays taxiing between the ski hill and the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre without incident and this is where the story begins. After New Year’s Eve dinner at a local Thai place called Silver Spoon, the boys and I headed over to a friend’s house to ring in the New Year. Aidan joined a game of Wii Just Dance 2015, and with a typical display of his aforementioned exuberance, he did a massive twist and ended up with an epic sprain. The kind of sprain that turns black and blue and makes an ankle look like a football. The emergency room and physiotherapy ensue and the rest is history as they say, but also a lesson that I would like to share.

You see, Aidan was due to compete on Friday January 23rd with his trampoline club in an intra club sort of thing and by all accounts he would not be on deck.  His mom and I went back and forth on what we might do because a decision had to be made as to whether he would attend as costumes needed to be ordered and arrangements made.  Finally, in a moment of insight, we realized that Aidan needed to go to the competition regardless because he was a member of a team, he needed to support his team and this would be his first exposure to a completion.

Well, this became a cause set in motion. Aidan had thought he was out. He missed several ski days and lots of trampoline, but he knew he was going to the competition. The next thing you know, we had a case of “I think I can” happening. He went to a trampoline class and took it easy. He went to a second one and felt sorta ok, but needed rest and reassurance afterward. Yet again, he said I think I can…

The decision was made to allow him to compete. The thought was that he had nothing to lose and the experience would be invaluable. Then the scores started to emerge. I watched the routines one after another and I said to Aidan’s mom, that little monkey is going to win a medal!

Fast forward to the awards presentation. I had him pegged for a third place or so. We had done a quick tabulation on the scores and frankly, I was filled with ignorance about how it all works and how the difficulty bonus factors in and how the lowest and highest scores are removed from the calculation and considered outliers. Ah lessons learned in life.

So, third place was announced. It was not my boy. My heart sunk a little and my curiosity raised a little. Second? I thought.  No, not possible. And alas, it was not to be. Second place was called. It was not my boy. My heart sunk a lot and I quickly started developing my script about effort and experience as any daddy might do in a moment where a lesson might be imparted. I waited to hear who had come in first. The announcement for first place came in. AIDAN MCCANN. My heart exploded!  Not three weeks earlier we were in emergency at CHEO, and tonight Aidan was the number one trampolinist in his age category at the competition!

To think days earlier, Aidan’s mom and I stepped an inch outside of our comfort zones buoyed by the desire to produce a team player out of an injured contender and now this little 11 year old boy was filled with the joy and pride of a win! I had our annual Royal Lepage Awards Gala that evening. I don’t think I aidan medalcongratulated a single one of my colleagues on their amazing accomplishments in the past year but I can promise you that I told all 400 of them a minimum of 5 times each that Aidan was a champion. Yep, that was the pride of “daddy Sean” in a moment and I have forgiven myself for my shameless excitement. Hope you can too.

So in this little 11 year old boy’s story and in his heart lies a lesson for us all. As you think, so shall you become

Aidan thought he could, so he did and he became…

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January 27, 2015

44 Percy St.

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A fabulous home with lots of updating, a choice, family friendly location and a wonderful lot. Main features three beds, updated bath, crisp white kitchen and dining space. Hardwood in the living and bedrooms. Lower level finished with family room, second bath & three additional finished spaces for bedrooms, den, or hobby room – your choice! Yard is fenced, features an above ground pool and deck. A turn-key opportunity not to be missed!

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January 21, 2015

Good to Great Neighbourhoods

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Good_to_GreatIt’s a sunny mid-January day, and I am reminded of a book that I just re-read by a fella named Jim Collins under the title Good to Great. The book is a research based analysis of how long standing good companies become great companies and what factors contributed to their breakthrough into greatness. It’s a fascinating and humbling read in many ways and one might say that it is a story about a tortoise and a hare. As many of you might imagine, I have put my real estate looking glass on and I am curious about what makes a neighbourhood great?

Today, my associate Daria Kark is faced with both the excitement and the trepidation that comes from being in a bidding war. The home in question is either a full gut or a tear down depending on which way the wind blows for the lucky victor. At last count the showings in under a week are well into the thirties and there is rumour of as many as nine offers today.

This little gem calls the Glebe home.

How is it that this little Glebe home has 9 offers?

What strikes me about all of this is the prevailing market backdrop that we find ourselves in. Ottawa’s real estate market certainly is not all doom and gloom but most would argue that we are more balanced and moderate than we have been in quite some time. The contrast of it all just fascinates me and causes pause.

We all know the famous reference “Location, Location, Location”…but what is it that takes a neighborhood from Good to Great? From one offer to nine offers?

The neighbourhoods inside Kitchissippi form an interesting case study for my query. The Glebe less so as few of us can remember a time when the Glebe was not a great neighbourhood, but many of us can remember when the Kitchissippi ward was not considered a great neighbourhood. The name that many would be familiar with inside the Kitchissippi ward would be Westboro. In fact, several neighbourhoods make up the Kitchissippi ward including McKellar Park, Westboro, Wellington West, Hintonburg, Little Italy and West Centretown to name a few.

What happened inside Kitchissippi to move it from Good to Great?  What was its overnight success 50 years in the making?

Well folks I don’t have a definitive answer, but I have some thoughts. I would suggest that the transformation from good to great is one part DNA, one part speculation and one part luck.

The DNA in real estate speak is the location. The Richmond and Wellington corridor with all its walkable shops and restaurants, the Ottawa River, the beaches, the bike paths, the Parkway with its Sunday morning cycle.  This stuff in one form or another had been present long before the neighbourhood became great.  The DNA was there.

Mountain Equipment Co-op’s arrival in around the year 2000 by many was considered an anchor and speculation ensues. If a big progressive organization was investing in Westboro, then maybe I should too. A clustered effect of sorts occurs and others join the party to either compete through nuance or support through adding other services and products. Alas, all of us that call Kitchissippi home are the net beneficiaries, as our playground just gets more and more interesting with the passage of time.

The boomers move towards retirement and look to a home as a lifestyle rather than a roof to shelter their aspirations. The millennials emerge as the dominating force in terms of sales volume and they reject many of mom and dad’s preferences and they seek ways to live in a home that is efficient and allows for more collaboration with family and friends and more freedom from thoughts about a linear career path or material possession. A Kitchissippi type community is a net beneficiary of many of these preferences.

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So my question to you is this. What’s next? What tortoise is about to become the hare? The next overnight success 50 years in the making……….

 

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January 21, 2015

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January 16, 2015

118 Scotch Pine Gr.

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Welcome to this beautiful English stone manor! Located in a quiet, private location (with common tennis court), close to Kanata, Ottawa and the Ottawa River. The home boasts beautiful architectural features, well-proportioned rooms, a beautifully appointed maple gourmet kitchen with Wolf stove and a private master suite. The backyard oasis features an above ground saltwater pool, surrounded by mature floral gardens. 2.5 acres!

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January 14, 2015

298 Freedom Pvt.

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Choice end unit on a beautiful landscaped lot and talk about location! Just Wow! Modern, tasteful choices throughout the three levels of finished space. Three bedrooms upstairs. Master bedroom with soaring ceiling, full ensuite with soaker tub and walk in closet. Main floor in rich hardwood, a cozy fireplace, kitchen with eat in and access to the fenced and landscaped yard. Lower level bright and airy. Check out McCann Team TV at http://ow.ly/Hjpid

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January 14, 2015

How Sir Terrence Matthews Might Pick an Agent

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We had our Royal LePage New Year Kick-Off Breakfast Meeting yesterday morning. Amongst the bacon and eggs and well wishes for the coming year was a speaker by the name of Sir Terrence Matthews.

Some of you might know the name. A 72 year old Welsh man that inspired 400 plus of my esteemed colleagues for over an hour and he did so in the name of charity. Wow. Sir Terry was part of Mitel in the early 70’s, was the founder of Newbridge Networks , and all told, he has tinkered with over 100 companies in his day. He owns the Celtic Manor in Wales along with its three championship golf courses and the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata.  He is the Chairman of Wesley Clover and he is known as a serial technology entrepreneur and Wales’ first Billionaire. Oh and he had a driver. That was cool.

As impressive a resume as Terry’s is, what really struck a chord was the simplicity of his message. Passion, a hard work ethic and an unwavering curiosity for what needs sorting and solving next were the three legs on his stool so to speak. A convivial spirit, a humility and a profound curiosity for the world he finds himself in radiated in his every word and gesture.

There is no doubt in my mind that Sir Terrence Matthews possesses brightness beyond the standard 60 watt incandescent but equally, I believe that passion, curiosity and work ethic are takeaways that we mere mortals can aspire to and incorporate in our day to days to truly live our highest and best.

I am reminded of an appraisal I did this past weekend. A lovely couple grappling as many do with which agent to go with. I suggested that one should not choose an agent on the basis of the commission charged or the suggested list price. For not all agents produce the same results in terms of sale price and the correct list price exists in the market as much as it does in the agent’s appraisal. Radical, unpopular thoughts to some but I am comfortable calling them my own.

The value of an agent lies in their ability to negotiate on your behalf, to see what is coming around the next corner and anticipate solutions. It resides in their passion, in their work ethic and in their unwavering curiosity about what needs sorting and solving next. I would encourage you to dig just a little deeper. To move beyond thoughts of list price and commissions and to a place where one assesses what outcome a given agent might accomplish given the chance.

In Sir Terrence Matthews hands, a four thousand dollar loan from the bank of Nova Scotia to buy lawn mowers translated into a 7.1 billion dollar sale of Newbridge to a company by the name of Alcatel.

Not all serial technology entrepreneurs are created equal, nor are all Realtors.

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January 8, 2015

How to sell your home when “all I want for Christmas is iTunes”

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How to sell your home when all I want for Christmas is iTunesWith Christmas a faint   memory past, my thoughts are once again orienting towards providing insight into what it looks like to be successful as a consumer in this thing we call Real Estate. I am reminded of the lead up to Christmas and the proverbial questions that daddy Sean inevitably asks his boys of 11 and 9 years respectively. “Aidan, Emmett, what do you guys want for Christmas?”

The answer this year, without hesitation and from both of these guys was “an iTunes gift card”. “What else” I asked. “I don’t know, thats pretty much it dad”.

Wow. Let that one marinate for a minute if you would. This really has some interesting and far reaching implications.  Our world is in fact, a virtual one in many ways. We all  live in the matrix as it were and some  find so much value there that all they want for Christmas is a means to further invest in the matrix. Without attaching any judgment, I think it is a fair assessment to state that our world is an increasingly tethered one and this creates more connection yet more loneliness, more options but often more paralysis as well. Success in a highly connected world is very much about making distinctions, about pushing through the noise and creating an experience, a moment that is worthy of one’s attention. I like to call this a high touch point.

I believe that this is  the key to being a  successful seller in the current Ottawa  real estate market where we have 6 months of standing inventory and only 50% of MLS listings are selling. Create an experience that is compelling enough to be worthy of a pause. The homes that sell and thrive in this market are the ones that do just that–they bring some humanity to a world that sometimes can feel  busy but lonely. Case in point, the CHEO Dream Home… Each room invites you to tell a story and dream.

As you prep and price your home to go to market this year, I encourage you to think about wether your home is a commodity or an experience. Does your pricing stand out as a beacon of transparency and accuracy of market value or is it lost in the noise. There is no where to hide in an increasingly connected landscape but there is plenty of room to standout amongst your peers by connecting with that which brings value to people in their busy, complicated lives.  Think about spaces that inspire and sooth, features that tell a story, conveniences that help connect family friends and neighbours.

Within these insights lie the points of distinction that change the game from selling a home to building a lifestyle and creating stories for your prospective buyer.

Create an experience, reap the rewards.

 

 

 

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December 15, 2014

2539 Market St.

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Beautiful 2-storey home with hardwood floors and large eat-in kitchen. Versatile main room can be used as a dining room or a den! Brand new bathroom on second level with period charm. Large flat lot with double door outdoor storage/workshop, insulated and wired. 125 Amp electrical service. Steel tiled roof. New vinyl siding 2011.

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October 29, 2014

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June 1, 2014

127 Bridgestone Dr.

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This is a show stopper! A fabulous layout crafted by Urbandale. Highlights include nine foot ceilings on the main floor and super high end appliances including a five burner gas stove. There are pot lights, hardwood, a gas fireplace and walls of windows. Expansive finished space in the lower level and bathed in light. Upper level finds a large master bedroom,   beautiful ensuite with soaker tub and nicely scaled secondary bedrooms. Modern, tasteful, turn key!

 

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May 23, 2014

1854 Haig Dr.

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Wait till you see the kitchen. Its a fabulous renovation that really modernizes and opens the main living space with rich cabinetry, granite, beautiful tiles and fixtures. Hardwood and ceramic tile throughout. Lower level is finished and features a second full bath. The yard is super sized and it backs onto a school yard so the views are unobstructed and airy. Modern paint and decor, lots of updating throughout and a fantastic value.

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May 22, 2014

175 Central Park Dr.

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A choice end unit and truly one of a kind, custom, open floor plan. South facing backyard and just across the street from the park. The main level with maple hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, modern fixtures and a contemporary palette. New carpeting throughout. Two bedrooms, luxury bath with soaker tub and oversized shower plus a beautiful loft. Lower level finished and complete with second full bath. Fantastic!

 

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May 21, 2014

1125 Clyde Ave.

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Welcome to this spacious semi in the heart of the city. Open concept living at its best with beautiful hardwood floors. Fully fenced backyard with an inviting deck & view of the forest behind you! 2nd floor has a huge family room, master with 4 piece ensuite, 2 additional well scaled bedrooms & a computer loft – the perfect homework space. Basement complete with huge recreation room, bedroom & bath rough in. Check out the oversized garage!

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May 20, 2014

824 Tavistock Rd.

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Fabulous Central Location. Walking distance to shopping, transit and more. The lot is 50 x 100 feet and zoned R2. Three bed 1 1/2 storey home with hardwood on the main, partially finished basement and a convenient powder room on the second floor. Lots of updating over the years and ready for another infusion of your taste and style. Treed, private lot, a garage – lots of potential here. A super value!

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May 17, 2014

166 Centrepointe Dr.

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This is just a fantastic space and such a desirable location.  Really well scaled spaces, master with ensuite, living room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen with eat in. Lower level family room or home office with patio door access to beautifully landscaped gardens. Newer roof, windows, furnace. Tasteful updates and a modern palette and decor add to the appeal. A squeaky clean, turn key opportunity to make home ownership yours!

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May 12, 2014

59 Palmadeo Dr.

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Great rental opportunity here! This townhome is fully loaded with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, and an open concept living and dining room. Well-scaled bedrooms upstairs and an updated and open recreation room on the lower level with beautiful wood finishes. Laundry room on lower level with bathroom. Close proximity to Woodroffe Avenue and across the street from a park. Don’t miss this one!

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May 11, 2014

1177 Clyde Ave.

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This is a beautiful, one of a kind semi-detached home thanks to countless enhancements by the original owners at the time of construction and improvements over the years. Main floor features an open concept layout, hardwood floors, extended cabinetry and a floating island in the crisp kitchen. Three bedrooms upstairs. Master bedroom with a fabulous full ensuite. Lower level finished with two distinct spaces and smart storage. Yard is landscaped and low maintenance. Turn key!

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May 10, 2014

143 Central Park Dr.

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A fantastic example of Central Park’s perennial best seller. This end unit features the luxury bath with soaker tub and the open loft. The main boasts hardwood floors, stainless appliances and modern decor. The lower level is full of natural light thanks to an open staircase and has a gas fireplace.  A number of updates including carpet, tile, refinished cabinetry, back splash, fixtures and landscaping make this one outstanding.

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May 9, 2014

410-314 Central Park Dr.

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A fantastic space! This condo offers views of the experimental farm, and lots of natural light thanks to its south east exposure.  A modern layout with a separate den, kitchen open to living space, and two large bedrooms. The master features a walk-in closet and ensuite with soaker tub. Granite, hardwood, and tasteful choices throughout.  Covered parking and storage locker included. Exercise room and party room in the building.

 

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May 8, 2014

77 Jenscott Pvt.

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A sophisticated, urban townhome with beautiful features and finishes that make this one a standout. Three levels of finished space. Main is open concept with rich hardwood floors, open kitchen with granite and upgraded cabinetry. Upper level has two well-scaled bedrooms, a tasteful modern bathroom and bonus upstairs laundry. Lower level is finished with access to the yard and a full bathroom that extends the possibilities greatly. Fabulous and turn key!

 

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May 8, 2014

Square Footage of Homes… Why Such a Mystery?

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Square-Footage-350x283When it comes to measuring square footage for a home or condominium it’s not so easy!

Buyers always ask their sales representative for information on the square footage of the home they are considering buying and realtors always want to know approximately how many square feet exists in the home or condominium they are selling.

Unfortunately organized real estate no longer promotes the use of square footage in the details of housing  due to the potential liability on the homeowner and real estate agent as a result of the inconsistency of how a home can be measured. Unfortunately there are no universally applied standards for measurement in existence today.

For example, you can hire different appraiser to measure the same home and they will come up with  different measurements because of the multiple ways to measure and the mechanisms used.

If you are selling a home or condominium avoid providing square footage as you may be found financially responsible to the buyer for any shortage. If you feel you need to market your property’s square footage as an added feature, include a disclaimer referencing  the square footage information, i.e.: square footage is an appraiser’s estimation or from a builder’s sketch of their floor plan etc. and is not warranted and the buyer shall not rely on the information for any purpose.

Note: Ensure that you don’t include illegal spaces, storage space, or the garage in your measurements.

As a Buyer don’t make your buying decision based on square footage. Determine if the house size and space works for you and your family. The feeling is more important than a figure that may or may not be real.

When buying new construction,  you may want to make a comparison from builder to builder as to price per square foot, finishings and upgrades that are included. It is recommended that you take square footage information with a grain of salt and don’t get too hung up on it as builders also use different approaches to measurement and may include space or spaces that are not necessarily what you would consider living space.

Note: the floor plans that a builder provides are in no way accurate as they may include stud walls etc. and during construction no home can be bang on the floor plan sketch that the builder provides in their marketing material. Contact your Team Realty Professional who will help with all appropriate disclosures  to ensure that your home sale does not become litigious.

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May 7, 2014

153 Fordham Pvt.

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This is a choice location for this urban townhome. Backing onto an NCC bike path with no direct rear neighbors. Ever popular “loft 3″ with three floors of finished space. Main level with combined living and dining rooms, a powder room and kitchen with eat-in. Lower level with patio doors to the back garden and access to the garage. Upstairs finds two bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower. Squeaky clean and turn key!

 

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May 7, 2014

223 Celtic Ridge Cres.

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An exceptional home in a tranquil setting. Over 2,700 square feet of quality crafted by Garand. The “rear neighbours” are the gentle sounds of rustling leaves and the meandering stream that this backs onto. A fantastic layout with 9 foot ceilings, a main floor den and an emphasis on family living with an open concept kitchen and family room.  Beautifully scaled bedrooms. The master bedroom comes with a spa inspired ensuite and fabulous walk in closet. This is your forever home!

 

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May 6, 2014

113 Bloomingdale St.

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A home with pride of ownership and curb appeal in spades! Countless improvements and lovingly maintained over the years rendering a home that is both current and turn key. Four bedrooms upstairs plus a media loft. The master bedroom has a luxury ensuite and walk-in closet. The main floor features well-scaled living and dining space, and an eat-in kitchen with an island. Lower level unspoiled. Outdoors perfected with professional landscaping, stonework and so much more.

 

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May 5, 2014

1518 Chatelain Ave.

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Fabulous curb appeal, a choice location and if you are handy or like to tinker, the oversized garages and separate workshop are an absolute dream! Beautiful corner lot with landscaped and fenced space and easy access to NCC land behind the home. Three bedrooms upstairs, beautifully scaled principle rooms with an extended ktichen on the main floor. Lower level is finished  with a bedroom, bathroom and recreation room. Lots of modernization and improvements here to see!

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May 4, 2014

2346 Riley Ave.

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Can you use stunning and magical in the same sentence? From the handsome curb appeal to the choice renovation, this is not only a home but a lifestyle on offer. A beautiful setting in an established neighborhood yet all the era related compromises are missing. Open concept, main floor family room, a private oasis for a backyard complete with kiwi vines, a lower level finished with 100% of your wish list and so much more to experience!

 

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May 3, 2014

3106 Quail Dr.

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This is a perfect opportunity for any young professional or family seeking affordable and comfortable living close to Bank Street and recreation. The home boasts a recently updated white kitchen, hardwood on the main, laminate on the upper and lower level, and a large recreation room downstairs. Fenced yard with deck is perfect for entertaining. Must see!

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May 2, 2014

4281 Kelly Farm Dr.

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Come see this beautiful open concept, upgraded Eton model in Findlay Creek. Rich kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, huge pantry, and beautiful hardwood in the living and dining rooms! Three large bedrooms, master with ensuite and walk-in closet and second floor laundry complete the upper level. Huge finished lower level. Relax in your landscaped backyard oasis complete with interlock stone patio!

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May 1, 2014

14 Cedar Park St.

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An elegant home with substantial improvements. A fantastic layout with 9 foot ceilings, a main floor den, combined living and dining space, gourmet’s kitchen and eat-in overlooking the sunken family room and the beautifully landscaped gardens. Brand new kitchen with rich cabinetry, granite, tasteful backsplash and beautiful fixtures. The main bathroom is also brand new and fabulous. The master bedroom and ensuite are their own retreat. Don’t miss!

 

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