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Cottage of the Week: $3.9 million for a big, modern farm in central Ontario

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Address: 7303 18/19 Nottawasaga Side Road
Neighbourhood: Clearview, Ontario
Agent: Patrick Prime and Graham McDonald, Sotheby’s International Realty
Price: $3,900,000

The place: An old-world farmstead with modern metal and glass touches in Clearview, Ontario, with views of the Niagara Escarpment to the west and Georgian Bay to the north.

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Share your woes with Drake and all his friends, pig out at a food truck festival, and more to do this week

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(Images, clockwise from top left: Drake, courtesy of Universal Music Canada; La Dolce Vita, courtesy of TIFF Film Reference Library; Photuris Versicolor, courtesy of Dusk Dances)

Brave the sweaty masses at OVO Fest
Homegrown hero Drake turns The 6 into hip-hop heaven for the sixth year running. The extended three-day schedule features comedy king Kevin Hart, rap’s most successful understudy J. Cole and witty wordsmith Big Sean. Drizzy himself headlines the fest’s final day, but the real question is which special guests will take the stage with him. Saturday, August 1 to Monday, August 3. $75–$366.30. Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-260-5600, ticketmaster.ca.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.2-million Islington home with a wild colour scheme

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Address: 7 Hillcroft Drive
Neighbourhood: Islington
Agent: Jill Stewart and Rob LePage, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage

The Property: This upgraded Islington home on a quiet crescent has unusual, angular design features, a curved central staircase and some of the boldest colour choices we’ve seen since last year. The yards, both front and back, have been converted almost entirely into low-maintenance stone courtyards.

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A look at how developers want to transform the intersection of King and Dufferin

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What it is: A complete reinvention of the intersection of King Street West and Dufferin Street. The proposal is for two condo buildings with retail at ground level. One, on the northeast corner of the intersection, would have 21 floors and 448 residential units. The other building, on the southwest corner, would have 19 floors and 301 units. The existing BMO branch on the southwest corner would stay where it is.

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Condo of the Week: $2.7 million for a north-Annex loft with a summer-ready terrace

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Address: 113 Dupont Street, Unit 202
Neighbourhood: The Annex
Agent: Christian Vermast and Paul Maranger, Sotheby’s International Realty, Trilogy Team
Price: $2,650,000

The Place: A three-bedroom loft on the second floor of a building in the northern reaches of the Annex.

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Here’s what developers want to build on a patch of Toronto Community Housing land in the Annex

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What it is: A 28-storey, 315-unit condo tower with townhouses around its base, shown to the right in the rendering above. All of it would be built at 250 Davenport Road, near Avenue Road, on land owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

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Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: the inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead

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Bich Ha and Huei Hann Pan were classic examples of the Canadian immigrant success story. Hann was raised and educated in Vietnam and moved to Canada as a political refugee in 1979. Bich (pronounced “Bick”) came separately, also a refugee. They married in Toronto and lived in Scarborough. They had two kids, Jennifer, in 1986, and Felix, three years later, and found jobs at the Aurora-based auto parts manufacturer Magna International, Hann as a tool and die maker and Bich making car parts. They lived frugally. By 2004, Bich and Hann had saved enough to buy a large home with a two-car garage on a quiet residential street in Markham. He drove a Mercedes-Benz and she a Lexus ES 300, and they accumulated $200,000 in the bank.

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女儿的复仇

Jennifer Pan曾是个好孩子,她聪明、刻苦、听话。可后来,她却雇了三个人去杀害自己的父母。谋杀行动一切按计划进行,唯一意外的是她的父亲没有死。Karen K. Ho讲述……

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Bich Ha和Huei Hann Pan曾是亚裔加拿大移民的成功典范。Hann在越南长大,也是在越南受的教育,1979年作为政治难民来到加拿大。Bich也是作为难民来到的加拿大,但不是跟Hann一起来的。他们在多伦多结婚,住在士嘉堡。1986年,两人有了第一个孩子Jennifer,三年后又有了第二个孩子Felix。他们在位于加拿大奥罗拉的麦格纳汽车配件制造公司上班,Hann是工具模具制造工人,Bich做汽车配件。他们过着节俭的生活。到2004年,Bich和Hann终于积攒了足够的存款,在万锦市一条安静的住宅街区买下一栋带两个车位车库的大房子。Hann开一辆奔驰,Bich开一辆雷克萨斯ES 300,他们在银行还有20万加元的存款。

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House of the Week: $3.1 million for a century-old mansion in Rosedale with a serious wine cellar

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Address: 65 Highland Avenue
Neighbourhood: Rosedale
Agent: Janet Lindsay, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
Price: $3,095,000

The Place: A six-bedroom, six-bathroom brick Rosedale mansion, about halfway between Bloor and St. Clair and steps from Rosedale Park.

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Memoir: I was addicted to starving myself

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I grew up in an upper-middle-class Toronto neighbourhood, with a loving family and supportive friends. Despite my privileges, I was always stunted by negative self-esteem. I thought I was too awkward, too cerebral, too different from everyone else. I never believed that my friends genuinely cared about me, and I internalized that insecurity: most nights, I’d lie awake staring at the wall, wishing I could learn to like myself.

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Cottage of the Week: $2.6 million for a bungalow with a double-decker boathouse on Lake Muskoka

(Image: Bob Clarke Team)

(Image: Bob Clarke Team)

Address: 1090 Sunset Bay Road, Unit 4
Neighbourhood: Bala
Agent: Bob Clarke, Royal Lepage Lakes of Muskoka Realty, Brokerage
Price: $2,575,000

The Place: A handsome bungalow with tons of deck space and luxurious upgrades on Lake Muskoka Point in Bala.

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See Kanye at the Pan Am closing ceremonies, go to the WayHome festival and eight other things to do this week

(Images, clockwise from top left: Betroffenheit, courtesy of Panamania; Kanye West, courtesy of the Pan Am Games; Cirque Alfonse, by Luce Tremblay-Gaudette; Night It Up, courtesy of Night It Up)

(Images, clockwise from top left: Betroffenheit, courtesy of Panamania; Kanye West, courtesy of the Pan Am Games; Cirque Alfonse, by Luce Tremblay-Gaudette; Night It Up, courtesy of Night It Up)

Watch the Pan Am Games’ controversial closing ceremony
Despite a petition protesting his performance, Kanye West will close out the Pan Am Games. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: whatever your thoughts on Yeezus, he puts on an incredible show. He’ll be joined onstage by Floridian novelty rapper Pitbull, Canadian folk-rocker Serena Ryder, and a dazzling complement of dancers and confetti. Sunday, July 26. $50–$205. Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, ticketmaster.ca.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.2-million King West house that proves there are still detached homes in condoland

(Image: Caralyn Ing Photography)

(Image: Caralyn Ing Photography)

Address: 122 Niagara Street
Neighbourhood: Niagara
Agent: Amar Tamber and Andrea Davidson, Re/Max Vision Realty Inc., Brokerage

The Property: This home’s loft-like interior seems fitting for a pad located just off King West, as does all the exposed brick. A stone patio area to the side of the property doubles as parking for up to two cars.

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A guide to the city slickers of Prince Edward County

Everyone wants a piece of Prince Edward County, and Torontonians have been colonizing by the boatload. Here, a handful of high-profile homesteaders who’ve embraced county life—to varying degrees

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Andy Stronach, son of Magna tycoon Frank

County cred: Medium

Andy (Belinda’s younger brother) owns three lots along the southern end of the county that he purchased for a total of roughly $600,000. He also raises grass-fed black Angus cattle nearby. For a time, he entered in Marysburgh’s Milford Fair, an agricultural event that includes tractor pulls, cow pie bingo and a sawing competition.

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Condo of the Week: $650,000 for a Wallace-Emerson loft with plenty of office space

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Address: 692 St. Clarens Ave., Unit 7
Neighbourhood: Wallace-Emerson
Agent: Liz Bak Durocher, Royal LePage York North Realty, Brokerage
Price: $649,900

The Place: This three-storey live-work loft has an office and living room on the ground floor, a big dining room and kitchen on the second floor and a bedroom with an en suite bathroom up top.

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