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Sale of the Week: the $1.85-million Lansing luxury home that proves even ’80s design can stand the test of time

Address: 12 Florence Ave.
Neighbourhood: Lansing
Agent: Liisa Arra and Beata Kosc, Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage

The Property: This custom-built luxury home has a whackload of windows, plenty of mirrors, hardwood floors, a large covered patio accessible from the second level and a circular staircase in the middle of it all. The home is landscaped and soundproofed for privacy, sealing it off from the neighbourhood’s bustle (and the adjacent gas station).

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Condo of the Week: $430,000 to live in a tower designed by Daniel Libeskind

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Address: 8 The Esplanade, Unit 3501
Neighbourhood: Waterfront Communities-The Island
Agent: Cory Wong, Trustwell Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $429,000

The Place: A compact one-bedroom on the 35th floor of the L Tower, a massive skyscraper that’s just a few hot dog carts away from Union Station.

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A first look at what Daniels Corporation wants to build where the Guvernment used to be

What it is: Four proposed waterfront towers east of Lower Jarvis Street, the tallest of which would top out at 48 storeys. (This is where the Guvernment nightclub complex used to be before it held its last party in January.) The first phase of the development—called “Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts,” a name that reads like it was written by George Lucas—would consist of two smaller towers with offices, retail and a “creative hub” with space for arts and cultural organizations. The first commercial units are supposed to be ready in 2018. The second phase would include more than 900 condos, as well as space for a school like OCAD University to use.

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House of the Week: $550,000 for a condo-sized home in the Junction Triangle

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Address: 98 Edwin Avenue
Neighbourhood: Dovercourt-Wallace-Emerson-Junction
Agent: Holly Chandler and Julie Kinnear, Keller Williams Neighbourhood Realty, Brokerage
Price: $549,900

The Place: An updated two bedroom semi just off Dupont in the Junction Triangle.

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Sale of the Week: the $640,000 unit that proves condo living in St. James Town isn’t only for the young

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Address: 28 Linden Street, Unit 303
Neighbourhood: St. James Town
Agent: Erica Anne Cook, Royal LePage, Johnston and Daniel Division, Brokerage

The Property: This modern corner-suite condo has an open concept design with new hardwood floors and an upgraded kitchen. A television and custom fireplace are built into a feature wall in the living room.

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Condo of the Week: $18.9 million for the entire top floor of the Hazelton Hotel

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Address: 118 Yorkville Avenue, Penthouse 901
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Susan Glenn, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
Price: $18,900,000

The Place: The entire top floor of the Hazelton Hotel.

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House of the Week: $2.8 million for a Forest Hill Tudor with modern conveniences (and a secret hatch)

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Address: 300 Glenayr Road
Neighbourhood: Forest Hill South
Agent: Elaine Chelin, Harvey Kalles Real Estate
Price: $2,795,000

The Place: A Forest Hill Tudor, renovated in 2011 and 2012.

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How real estate stagers turn every sale condo into an Ikea-filled dream home

(Image: Gabby Frank)

(Image: Gabby Frank)

Trawl through enough real estate listings and you’ll notice it: the interiors of a lot of different homes on the market all look pretty similar. (For anyone who has endured an endless condo hunt, these knockoff Eames chairs are probably a PTSD trigger.) Often, it’s more than just a similarity; the reason so many sale homes look identically furnished is that, sometimes, they are. Real estate agents often engage the services of professional stagers—interior-design pros who maintain vast libraries of attractive, lightweight furniture for temporary use in properties that need a little help appealing to potential buyers. That furniture is constantly in motion, flitting from condo tower to condo tower, sometimes alighting at storage facilities between jobs.

Brian Stirling and his wife, Joan, run Stirling Home Studio, a staging company with enough furniture in an Adelaide Street storage facility to outfit 30 properties at a time. Here’s how they approached a particularly challenging job: decorating the interior of an empty 1,700-square-foot, $950,000 unit at the Candy Factory Lofts.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.2-million home that shows the changing face of Stonegate

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Address: 86 Waniska Avenue
Neighbourhood: Stonegate
Agent: Ana Santos, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

The Property: This contemporary Stonegate family home has wood finishes and hardwood flooring across all its levels, including the finished basement. Many large windows add to its appeal.

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Condo of the Week: $815,000 for a unit in a century-old Rosedale building

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Address: 34 Rowanwood Avenue, Unit 3
Neighbourhood: Rosedale-Moore Park
Agent:
Christopher Andrew Bibby, Sutton Group Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $815,000

The Place: A sprawling second-floor apartment in a seven-unit brick building from 1913.

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House of the Week: $1.6 million for a Little Italy Victorian with a rental unit

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Address: 392 Markham Street
Neighbourhood: Palmerston-Little Italy
Agent: Ophira Sutton, Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $1,590,000

The Place: A well-maintained Victorian semi in Little Italy, with lots of classic details.

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Sale of the Week: the $1.3-million Yorkville condo that proves newer isn’t necessarily better

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Address: 175 Cumberland Street, Unit 1101
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Elizabeth Prada-Cowan, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage

The Property: A renovated condo in the Renaissance Plaza building. At 1,755 square feet, it’s large enough to accommodate both downsizing empty nesters and couples looking to upgrade from a single bedroom.

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Condo of the Week: $2 million for a penthouse atop one of Toronto’s tallest towers

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Address: 388 Yonge Street, Unit 7708
Neighbourhood: Bay Street Corridor
Agents: Danny Lai and Amy M.W. Hui, Tradeworld Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $1,959,000

The Place: A southeast-facing penthouse atop one of North America’s tallest residential buildings.

Big Selling Point: The unit has ultra-luxurious finishes, including Italian-marble counters, heated bathroom floors, a chic limestone fireplace and expensive appliances. There are also snazzy amenities, like a fifth-floor garden and an 18-seat screening room. The Madonna-owned Hard Candy gym is located in the building’s podium.

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House of the Week: $1.9 million for a wood-panelled home near High Park

Address: 183 Indian Road
Neighbourhood: High Park-Swansea
Agent: Kim Kehoe, Bosley Real Estate
Price: $1,879,000

The Place: A grand, detached house in the High Park area.

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The Sell: a couple with young kids cash out after less than a year in Riverdale

The Sell: A couple with young kids cash out after less than a year in RiverdaleThe Sell: A couple with young kids cash out after less than a year in RiverdaleThe sellers: Shanna Landolt, the 43-year-old founder and president of executive search company the Landolt Group, and Paul Landolt, a 49-year-old software developer for RBC.

The property: A detached four-bedroom Edwardian in Riverdale, which the couple bought for $1.285 million in 2013, and lived in for just under a year with their three young kids.

The story: As Paul’s 50th birthday loomed closer, he and Shanna started daydreaming about a simpler life outside the city. Shanna grew up in Brockville, and the couple figured they could buy a house there—for a third of what it would cost them in Toronto—work remotely, and have enough extra cash to rent a pied-à-terre in the city and take regular family trips to the Caribbean. After mulling it over for a bit, they resolved to list the house just before Christmas to see what offers they could attract.

The prep: The Landolts’ agent, Suzanne Lewis of Keller-Williams, initially advised the couple to have the house professionally staged. Then, she reconsidered: two homes in the area had sold after receiving 20-plus offers, and some of those disappointed suitors were sure to bid on the next comparable property. So they spent four days de-cluttering and put the house on the market on December 9.

The offers: After a flurry of open houses, they received three offers, one of which was slightly over asking. Feeling buoyed, they signed all three back, and all returned with even higher bids. They haggled with the top bidder for 45 minutes, then made a deal for $74,500 over list price—a satisfying sum to put toward a new home base outside the city.