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Sale of the Week: the $400,000 Parkdale suite that shows hard lofts can hold their value

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Address: 24 Noble Street, Unit 406
Neighbourhood: Parkdale
Agent: Edwin Brdlik, Toronto Lofts Realty Corp., Brokerage

The Property: This hard loft has exposed brick, wooden beams and hardwood floors throughout. Unlike many units of similar size, though, it also has a separate bedroom. Two large windows and a space-saving storage unit built into the raised den further separate it from the rest.

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Condo of the Week: $1.5 million for a family-sized condo with a lake view

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Address: 628 Fleet Street, Unit 3403
Neighbourhood: Harbourfront
Agent: Kenny Shim, ReMax Condos Plus, brokerage; and Stephanie Campbell, Royal LePage Your Community Realty, brokerage
Price: $1,470,000

The Place: A three-bedroom condo with views of the the Toronto Islands and the downtown skyline.

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The Chase: a couple blows past their budget to land a Leslieville fixer-upper

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The buyers: Timothy Bramble, a 31-year-old project manager for the digital ad agency Art and Science, and Megan Cairns, a 30-year-old RN at St. Michael’s Hospital.

The story: After renting a condo in the West Don Lands for six months, Timothy and Megan decided they were ready to commit—to each other (they’re newly engaged) and to a home. They wanted a sizable yard (for Timothy, who loves gardening) and a second floor with at least two bedrooms, for a future child or two. Starting with a budget of $500,000, they focused their search in Corktown and South Riverdale, figuring they’d get more house for their money east of Yonge than west. Several bidding wars later, they realized they’d need to boost their budget to land a home anywhere near their desired location. 

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The Chase: how four city-dwelling families found fuss-free condos in cottage country

Toronto’s building boom is creeping into cottage country, turning prime lakefront properties into condo compounds with distinctly urban amenities, like heated pools, spas and helpful staff to handle the headaches

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House of the Week: $5.8 million for a Humber Valley villa with a golf course in the backyard

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(Image: Birdhouse Media)

Address: 433 The Kingsway
Neighbourhood: Humber Valley
Agent: David Anderson Oey, Harvey Kalles Real Estate
Price: $5,800,000

The Place: A sprawling five-bedroom, six-bathroom manor on the eighth hole of the prestigious St. George’s Golf and Country Club, which has hosted five Canadian Opens, most recently in 2010.

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Cottage of the Week: $12 million for a modern Muskoka Lakes mansion on a private island

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Address: Bass Island
Neighbourhood: Muskoka Lakes
Agent: Storey Badger, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage, Port Carling
Price: $11,800,000

The Place: A contemporary, window-lined mansion on Bass Island, in the middle of Lake Muskoka.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.6-million new-build that shows the investment potential of Wallace-Emerson

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(Image: Russ Martin)

Address: 132 Yarmouth Road
Neighbourhood: Wallace-Emerson
Agent: Alice Kent, Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

The Property: Because of its unique facade, this modern Wallace-Emerson home is known as “the ‘S’ house” among neighbours. It has an open-concept main floor with a glass staircase, a master bedroom with a massive six-piece en suite bathroom, and a sizeable backyard with a two-car detached garage.

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Condo of the Week: $700,000 for a two-storey Leslieville loft with impressive skylights

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Address: 201 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 236
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Agent: Christopher Andrew Bibby, Sutton Group Associates Realty Inc.
Price: $699,000

The Place: An two-level unit in Leslieville’s Printing Factory Lofts, with a mix of antique character and modern finishes.

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House of the Week: $1.4 million for a Little Italy semi with a rooftop retreat

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(Image: Samantha Keay)

Address: 228 Palmerston Avenue
Neighbourhood: Little Italy
Agent: William Wallace, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $1,399,000

The Place: A renovated, four-bedroom semi with a finished basement in Little Italy.

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Cottage of the Week: $640,000 for a Huntsville cottage with a modern interior and a river in the backyard

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Address: 3471 Ravenscliffe Road
Neighbourhood: Huntsville
Agent: Kayley Spalding, Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate, Brokerage
Price: $639,900

The Place: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom farmhouse on a seven-acre plot of land along a meandering river in Huntsville. Fox Lake is a quick canoe ride away.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.3-million reno that proves buying into Parkdale isn’t cheap

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Address: 37 Fuller Avenue
Neighbourhood: Parkdale
Agent: Robert Spindler, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage

The Property: This extensively upgraded Parkdale semi has four bedrooms—one more than you’d normally expect from a home that’s only 17 feet wide.

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Condo of the Week: $849,000 for a hard loft in a former candy factory in Parkdale

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Address: 363 Sorauren Avenue, Unit 307
Neighbourhood: Parkdale
Agent: Sarah Syrja, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
Price: $849,000

The Place: A hard loft on the third floor of a six-storey building near Roncesvalles.

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Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because swanky rentals are coming soon


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Toronto needs more rental buildings. As housing prices continue to climb out of reach, millennials and young families are recalibrating their five-year plans, searching for ways to build stable futures in borrowed rooms. Their options are limited. Condos, which represent 99 per cent of the city’s new rental supply, leave tenants at the mercy of capricious landlords who can sell at any time—a drag for students in their 20s but a full-blown life crisis for families with kids. Over the past year, a flurry of purpose-built rental developments across the GTA were announced, most of them equipped with the lavish modern amenities—yoga studios, rooftop pools, e-car charging stations—that you’d expect to find in a downtown condo tower. Here, six of the best.

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House of the Week: $3.3 million for an antique mansion across the street from High Park

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(Image: Birdhouse Media)

Address: 54 High Park Boulevard
Neighbourhood: High Park
Agent: Monte Walls Burris and Greg Makin, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage
Price: $3,300,000

The Place: A massive six-bedroom, six-bathroom brick manse located five doors away from the east gate of High Park.

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Cottage of the Week: $800,000 for a modern retreat on McVittie Island

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Address: McVittie Island
Neighbourhood: Bracebridge
Agent: Todd Adair, David Bemmann and Megan McLeod, Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $799,000

The Place: A newly built home on McVittie Island in Lake Muskoka that shuns log-cabin kitsch in favour of clean lines and glass.

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