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A judge settled a dog-poop dispute between two Forest Hill couples in the most sarcastic way possible

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Only in Forest Hill could a dispute over dog poop escalate into a lawsuit. Fortunately for all of us, Justice E.M. Morgan, who was recently forced to spend precious time adjudicating just such a case, turns out to have been the perfect person for the job. His written judgment, released online yesterday, takes what may be the pettiest local legal dispute of the year and smacks down everyone involved in a way that is both devastatingly sarcastic and completely dignified. Wealthy people of Toronto, take note: this is what happens when you actually make good on a threat to sic your lawyer on a neighbour who annoys you.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.9 million teardown that shows the changing character of Forest Hill

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Address: 83 Dunloe Road
Neighbourhood: Forest Hill
Agent: Beth Boigon, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

The Property: This two-storey centre-hall home in Forest Hill makes up for its fixer-upper status with an ample 50-by-120.25-foot lot that includes a fenced, pool-sized backyard. Inside, there are original hardwood floors, two fireplaces and a finished basement with high ceilings. The home also lies within range of various high-end amenities, including an award-winning public school district and private schools. Another nearby destination is Forest Hill Village, at Spadina and St. Clair, which is in the midst of a sea change, like much of the rest of the tony neighbourhood.

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RAT APOCALYPSE! Toronto’s new home invaders are growing in shocking numbers

Rats feasting in our green bins and backyard tomato patches. Rats scurrying through our living rooms. Rats popping out of our toilets. An investigation into how Toronto became a vermin breeding ground

RAT APOCALYPSE! Toronto's new home invaders are growing in shocking numbers

I’ve lived in Toronto for 25 years, off and on, and I have seen maybe half a dozen rats, both living and dead. Like most people, I don’t seek them out. This chilly Monday morning in early fall, however, I’m at a midtown food-production facility that I must leave nameless—the owners would prefer to stay on good terms with their neighbours. I’m in the company of Daniel Mackie and Ron Forbes, two pest control professionals, both attired in the crisp, pinstriped uniforms of GreenLeaf Pest Control. GreenLeaf bills itself as the “number one eco-conscious pest control service in Toronto.” They’re here to inspect the 30-odd traps they’ve laid for the rats that have plagued this establishment for months. They do this once a week, unlocking the hard black plastic boxes and extracting the two Jawz snap traps that they’ve baited with soy butter or pepperoni or a daub of Provoke gel, a so-called rat attractant. If they find a rat, its lifeless body is dropped into a black garbage bag, double-bagged and then taken back to their main office and thrown in a dumpster.

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House Style: a pair of clothing entrepreneurs’ kid-friendly apartment in Forest Hill


Home Style: The Modern Family

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Carly and Jesse Burnett (with Jensen and Sienna)

Carly and her husband, Jesse, are professionally laid-back. They started a line of high-end sweats and hoodies in 2007 before founding their current venture, Tkees flip-flops. Their sandals are favoured by celebs like Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. The pair got together after a friend asked Jesse to pick up Carly en route to a party one night in 2004; they married six years later. Last year, they moved in to their large Forest Hill apartment where they live with their two kids, three-year-old Jensen and one-year-old Sienna.

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House of the Week: $2.8 million for a brick-and-stone family home in the heart of Forest Hill

House of the Week: 126 Kilbarry Road Address: 126 Kilbarry Road
Neighbourhood: Forest Hill South
Agent: Howard K. Lende, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
Price: $2,795,000

The Place: A classy five-bedroom home with a chateau-like exterior in the heart of Forest Hill.

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House of the Week: $3.7 million for a Forest Hill family home with a tricked-out backyard

Address: 43 Glenayr Road
Neighbourhood: Forest Hill South
Agent: Marianne Miles, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
Price: $3,679,900

The Place: A five-bedroom family home with a large backyard pool located near two top private schools and Forest Hill Village.

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Current Obsession: Drake’s new Toronto-tastic video for “Started From the Bottom”

Drake was a busy guy last night. While he was attending the Grammy’s—where he picked up the Best Rap Album award for Take Care and pretended he was too cool to dance to the Bob Marley tribute—his label officially released “Started From the Bottom,” the lead single from him upcoming album Nothing Was the Same.

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Condomonium: $1.4 million for a Forest Hill condo that thinks it’s a house

ADDRESS: 319 Lonsdale Road, Unit 1D

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Forest Hill South

AGENT: Janice Williams, Bosley Real Estate

PRICE: $1,369,900

THE PLACE: A three-bedroom, two-level condo in a former apartment building in Forest Hill. The structure was built in the 1920s according to a design by W.C. Charters, the architect behind many of the matching low-rise “apartment houses” that share the street.

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How Pink Tartan designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran would spend a perfect Saturday in Toronto

My Perfect Saturday: Kimberley Newport-Mimran

I love to start my Saturday by walking into Forest Hill Village with my 11-year-old daughter, Jacqui. Depending on my mood, I’d pick up a green tea or a dry cappuccino at Starbucks. Then I’d get some fashion mags at Type Books (427 Spadina Rd.)—they have a great international selection—and Jacqui would pick up a graphic novel from the store’s fun kids’ section.

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House of the Week: $1.7 million for Toronto’s first luxury prefab home (designed by Ray Kappe, no less)

ADDRESS: 20A Senlac Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Lansing-Westgate

AGENT: Russell Pearsall, Forest Hill Real Estate

PRICE: $1,689,000

THE PLACE: Toronto’s first upscale prefabricated home (though the concept has been popular elsewhere for years) sits just north of Sheppard, overlooking a ravine. Famed Californian architect Ray Kappe designed the four-bedroom house, which boasts 2,132 square feet of interior space—plus another 1,000 square feet in the basement.

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Camera: Michael and Diane Budman host a private screening of Frank Marshall’s new doc in their Forest Hill home

Camera: Movie Night at the Budmans

February 29. It wasn’t quite musical chairs, but there was a flurry of seat swapping between courses during a dinner at the Forest Hill home of Michael and Diane Budman. The buzz was mostly about a new ESPN documentary by Holly­wood producer Frank Marshall that they’d just previewed in the basement theatre. Right to Play centres on Budman’s friend, Johann Olav Koss, the founder of the humanitarian sports organization of the same name. Things started slow as Budman spent a few minutes figuring out the DVD player, leaving the guests in the dark. (Martin Short couldn’t resist: “It’s a triumph, Frank.”) After dinner, Short nudged musician Stephan Moccio, his fellow judge on Canada’s Got Talent, toward the piano and delivered a semi-improvised, mostly nonsensical song that referenced bin Laden, deadbeat dads, dirty beards and Navy SEALS, and left the crowd howling. The moral of the story: when throwing a dinner party, always invite a comedian.

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Which Toronto neighbourhood has the most cheaters?

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Ashleymadison.com, the “infidelity dating site” (and, it would seem, Centreville zoo fan) has revealed that, in Toronto, the Beaches, Forest Hill and High Park have the most people looking for a little extramarital action. (All three are blue chip real estate neighbourhoods: coincidence?) According to data compiled from the adultery-enabling website’s 400,000 GTA users, Rosedale, Etobicoke, Downtown, North York, Midtown, Leaside and Scarborough round out the neighbourhoods with the most cheaters. Other tidbits: Leaside members had the most affair partners, while Etobicoke had the fewest, and Scarborough members had the most overall encounters. We’ll bet that, right now, someone in the Beaches is snooping through their spouse’s computer history.

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The bomb squad shows up in Forest Hill and finds Byron Sonne’s buried treasure 

The former Forest Hill home of alleged G20 plotter Byron Sonne looked like the scene of a cop show yesterday as Toronto’s bomb squad combed his backyard for buried explosives. A few days ago, Sonne’s trial was winding down, but Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Nadeau’s closing arguments renewed police suspicions that Sonne had more explosives squirreled away. (Nadeau referenced a May 2010 Internet chat in which Sonne talked about a “storage magazine” of potassium chlorate.) Sure enough, officers wearing badass Kevlar bomb suits used a robotic device to dig up a suspicious buried container, then sped across the city (in rush hour no less) to dump it in the Leslie Street spit. Thanks to that package, Sonne will likely be back in court soon—police won’t say yet whether the container contained potassium chlorate, but it’s probably safe to assume it wasn’t almond flour. Read the entire story »

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House of the Week: $4.3 million for a regal Georgian on a sprawling Forest Hill lot

ADDRESS: 110 Kilbarry Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Forest Hill South

AGENT: Nissan Michael, RE/MAX Unique

PRICE: $4,300,000

THE PLACE: This grand Georgian sits on a sprawling lot in well-established Forest Hill South. Extras like English-country landscaping and a circular driveway ooze prestige.

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Great Spaces: a Forest Hill family returns from London with a boatload of incredible art

Great Spaces: This New House

For almost a decade, Karen and Richard Pilosof lived the expat high life in London. Richard’s career as a trader was thriving, their three young kids—Jordan, Kit and Eli—were enjoying school, and the family loved their Arts and Crafts house in the tony Hampstead Heath area. When ­Jordan was recruited to board at an elite tennis academy in Florida, however, Karen and Richard balked at the prospect of transatlantic parenting and opted to return to their native Toronto. They listed their London house (it sold to the captain of Arsenal FC), packed their bags and, after summering in the south of France, landed in Forest Hill.

Once in Toronto, Richard started his own investment firm, and Karen, an accomplished artist, redesigned the new house. The place was built about 10 years ago by the previous owner, who had commissioned Toronto architect Dee Dee ­Taylor Eustace to design the structure and HGTV host Sarah Richardson to decorate the interior. “It felt like a boutique hotel,” says Karen. “It was absolutely beautiful, but the owners probably had no children. It was too serious. I had to make it more family-oriented and more playful.” She added a mixture of repurposed vintage pieces, hockey memorabilia (Eli has a shrine to Alex Ovechkin in his bedroom) and show-stopping art pieces—many of which came from the Pilosofs’ extensive personal collection. It took a few years, but Toronto is finally starting to feel like home again.

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