Purchasing a Home as an Investment Property

17 July 2014
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As the Toronto real estate market continues to boom, a growing number of buyers are looking to purchase investment properties to take advantage of the ideal conditions.


Neighbourhood Treasure: Portland Variety

14 July 2014
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Bringing Le Gourmand’s beloved treats to the corner of Portland and King, the new café is set on offering the same great experience as its predecessor – but with enough twists to carve out its own identity. In addition to the famously decadent cookies and rich coffees, Portland Variety transforms into a Spanish-inspired tapas bar on evenings.


How Buyers Can Benefit from a Seller’s Market

11 July 2014
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New listings in Toronto were up 7.8% last month over a year ago and demand has kept up or surpassed these rates as the real estate market continues to be red hot this summer. The average price of a GTA home has climbed 8.6% since last year and the Toronto Real Estate Board is predicting a seller’s market for the remainder of the year. Condo re-sellers have been seeing a return on their investment as resale prices have gone up 6%.


Neighbourhood Treasure: Dundas and Carlaw

07 July 2014
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Dundas and Carlaw is a café/wine bar hybrid whose drink offerings range from Americanos to Caesars. The beautiful interior, featuring high ceilings and a wooden bar, is tastefully decorated with elements that play into a Toronto transit theme (an inescapable topic in the city these days). Design-minded patrons will take note of the restaurant’s choice typeface, the Toronto subway font, while the white tiled walls might convince you that you’re sipping Rolling Rock in an impossibly bright Queen Station.


Neighbourhood Treasures: Trinity Bellwoods Park

23 June 2014
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Spending a day along Queen West? If you’re looking to add a breath of fresh air to your day, be sure to include Trinity Bellwoods Park in your plans!


Neighbourhood Treasures: Merchants of Green Coffee

16 June 2014
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Do you have a green conscience and an adoration for anything and everything coffee? Merchants of Green Coffee in Riverside is just the place for you.


Toronto Life: Luminato Festival

11 June 2014
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It’s back! Luminato returns for its annual ten day arts and creativity festival in Toronto. Founded in 2007, Luminato is an international multi-arts festival that transforms the city’s parks, theatres, and public spaces into spaces for artists to create, play, and share. This arts festival celebrates Toronto’s diversity through its exhibits. Prepare for visual art, literary, dance, film, music, food, and more!


Neighbourhood Treasures: Rock Lobster

09 June 2014
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The hit restaurant no longer only resides in Ossington and Queen West. Now, Queen East can get a taste of delicious lobster meals paired with funky cocktails too. Parents shouldn’t let cocktails turn their kids away! There’s a children’s menu to cater to the kid-friendly neighbourhood.


Neighbourhood Treasures: The Lab

13 May 2014
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Technology is constantly evolving and growing and Queen West is keeping up. The recent opening of The Lab just west of Spadina is powered by a non-profit organization called Ladies Learning Code. This space will house 3000+ square feet of work and lounge space for the tech world. This digital literacy hub is the home of hundreds of classes, meetups, workshops, and hackathons. While teaching Toronto about technological literacy, it also lets you host your tech event there.


Neighbourhood Treasures: Duke’s Cycle

10 May 2014
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Spring is here, Toronto! After a seemingly endless winter, it’s time to embrace the warm weather. Is there a better way to do this than change up your commute? If you’re indoors all day in the office, indoors when you get home, and indoors during that seemingly endless TTC ride, you’re probably ready to enjoy the spring weather. That’s right, it’s time to pull out your bike.