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Sold: a designer townhouse near Kensington Market for $1 million

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With all the talk of condo bubbles, over-the-top bidding wars and failed flips, wading into Toronto’s housing market requires equal parts bravery and real-estate savvy. To help with the latter, we decided to dish when the properties we profile in our House of the Week, Condo of the Week and Cottage of the Week features are sold. Here, all the details from the latest sale.

The Place: A three-bedroom, three-storey townhouse in Lippincott Living, a complex with eight units at College and Bathurst.

The Agent: Michael Wacholtz, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty Inc., Brokerage

Listed Price: $1,049,000

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Let’s review the websites of Toronto’s mayoral candidates

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They say you can tell a lot about someone by what kind of shoes they wear. Right? They say that? Still?

Anyway, if that’s even true, then surely it must also hold that you can gain insight into Toronto’s mayoral hopefuls by looking at their websites, which are now all online. So, let’s do exactly that.

Rob Ford

Address: Robfordmayor.ca

Tagline: It’s all about respect for tax payers. [Sic. “Taxpayer” is usually spelled as a compound word.]

Palette: The classic red, white and blue that mark Rob Ford as what he probably thinks he is: some Great Northern mutation of an all-American dixiecrat politician good ole boy.

Social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

Tentpole issues: Keeping taxes low, the Scarborough subway extension, being Rob Ford.

Review: Ford’s campaign site is a Burroughsian cut-up of mismatched fonts and design elements. Italics and ALL CAPS are deployed with abandon.

Bonuses: All those Ford Nation YouTube videos are there, whew.

Grade: B-

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Slideshow: 19 haunting, fun and beautiful photos of Toronto in the snow

The winter of 2013-14 has been a snowy one. We won’t know the final centimetre-by-centimetre totals for a few months yet, but if water-cooler complaints and streetcar breakdowns are any indication, Torontonians have had enough of the white stuff for this season. But with six weeks left to go before spring officially begins (thanks a bunch, Wiarton Willie), perhaps the city should look on the bright side. We asked readers to send us pictures of the city in the snow, capturing the fun and beauty of it all for us to share. Here, a collection of the images submitted to us from our Flickr pool, our Facebook page and via email.

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Street Style: fashion-forward weekend wear at The Interior Design Show

Street Style: The Interior Design Show

The Interior Design Show, Toronto’s annual home decor powwow, attracts a mix of casually clad artisans, well-heeled businesspeople and creative types embracing a bold aesthetic. Here, some of our favourite looks from this year’s show.

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MEC’s new, uptown location gets one step closer to construction

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Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Vancouver-based retail destination for all things outdoorsy, is looking to build a massive new outlet in Bayview Village. The cooperative purchased a property at 784 Sheppard Avenue East in 2012, and has since been awaiting approval to construct a massive facility on the land. Now Retail Insider reports that MEC’s development plan has been okayed by the North York Community Council, bringing the suburban outlet one step closer to reality. If the application is approved by city council on February 19, construction on the new store could begin as soon as March, allowing for a grand opening in spring 2015.

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SEE A LIST OF RECENT TORONTO LIFE EVENTS BELOW:
  • Photo by George Pimentel Photography Toronto Life unveils the second annual list of Toronto’s 50 most influential people - On November 7, Toronto Life gathered over 350 guests to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto in an intimate, cocktail event to unveil the second annual list of Toronto’s 50 most influential people. Guests were welcomed in with an advance copy of the new December issue in which the list appears, while publisher David Hamilton and editor Sarah... Read more »
  • Toronto Life celebrates Stylebook and the third annual list of Toronto’s Most Stylish Toronto Life celebrates Stylebook and the third annual list of Toronto’s Most Stylish - Video by: Roxton Media On September 5th, Toronto Life celebrated the third fall edition of Stylebook and unveiled the annual list of Toronto Life’s Most Stylish—a rundown of the city’s most fashionable people for 2013 as chosen by Toronto Life’s panel of experts. The chic soiree brought over 500 guests together in an exclusive red... Read more »
  • Toronto Life Celebrates The Art of the Cocktail, Presented by DIAGEO Reserve Toronto Life continues to stir things up in the Love Your City event series with Art of the Cocktail - (Video: Roxton Media; Music: ‘Awel’ by stefsax) On May 23, Toronto Life welcomed more than 200 guests to Malaparte at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The event, part of Toronto Life’s new Love Your City event series, offered attendees a four course cocktail tasting from bartenders around the city with dynamic food pairings to match from Oliver & Bonacini.... Read more »
  • Toronto Life Stylebook Spring 2013 Event Toronto Life celebrates the spring edition of Stylebook - On the evening of May 1, Toronto Life kicked off the launch of the first spring edition of Stylebook, a popular special interest issue currently in its third year of publishing. The celebration welcomed over 350 stylish guests to the Fermenting Cellar, where they were encouraged to take in a curated collection of previously published... Read more »
  • Love Your City: Real Estate Toronto Life kicks off Love Your City series with Real Estate event - On March 27, Toronto Life welcomed more than 150 guests to the Arcadian Court for Buy, Sell, or Hold: The Future of Toronto Real Estate. The event, the first of Toronto Life’s newly unveiled Love Your City event series offered attendees a glimpse into the future of the city’s real estate market, with an expert panel discussion and Q&A moderated by... Read more »
  • Toronto Life's Most Influential People Event Toronto Life’s Most Influential People Event - On November 8, Toronto Life revealed the list of the 50 Most Influential People as featured in the December issue with a spirited celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The special occasion brought together a dynamic group of powerful and successful individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries, whose activities have had a major influence in shaping... Read more »
  • Toronto Life Cookbook Event at CFC Toronto Life and the Canadian Film Centre fête the Toronto Life Cookbook at the CFC Windfields campus - Toronto Life and the Canadian Film Centre fêted the beginning of a new three-year partnership and the launch of Toronto Life’s newest special interest publication, the first-ever Toronto Life Cookbook—the urban food-lover’s dream book, featuring 100 recipes from the city’s best chefs and bartenders—with an intimate gathering at the CFC’s Windfields campus. The event also... Read more »
  • Toronto Life's Most Stylish Event Toronto Life celebrates the city’s Most Stylish with the launch of Stylebook - Photography by George Pimentel Photography | Videography by Ryan Bauer On September 6, Toronto Life celebrated the second annual edition of Stylebook by toasting the city’s most stylish people at the newly opened Shangri-La hotel. The invitation-only event welcomed over 450 movers and shakers in fashion, film, media, society, and business. Joined by the event’s... Read more »
  • Toronto Life hosts the Perfect Saturday Toronto Life hosts the Perfect Saturday - Photography by Mike Palmer Toronto Life celebrated the launch of its newest special interest publication Neighbourhoods with a full day of festivities at the Shops of Summerhill on June 9. Hosted in partnership with American Express Canada and Chestnut Park, the Perfect Saturday event drew large local crowds who enjoyed larger-than-life stilt-walkers, fun family activities, a... Read more »

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Slideshow: 16 weirdly beautiful pictures from last weekend’s ice storm

(Image: Twitter/@tailormann)

(Image: Twitter/@tailormann)

This weekend’s ice storm caused widespread power outages and property damage, but there’s no denying that it was also, in a way, beautiful. Torontonians are used to catastrophic snowstorms, but this rare bout of heavy freezing rain left the whole city looking as though it had been encased in crystal. Many of those who weren’t huddled under mountains of blankets at home were out with their smartphones and cameras, taking pictures of all the weirdly pretty destruction. Here, a gallery of some of the best of those photos, culled from Twitter and Instragram.

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QUOTED: Prime-Minister-in-Waiting Rob Ford thinks public-funded healthcare is stupid

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(Images: Rob Ford, Blind Nomad; survery, Army Medicine)

“I don’t believe in all this public-funded health care…I don’t mind two-tier health care. If you want health care, pay for it.”

Rob Ford, who made his inaugural appearance on Washington D.C. radio show The Sport Junkies this morning. Given the fallout from yesterday’s damning new allegations, we might have expected the mayor to opt out of his new weekly gig giving NFL picks. Instead, he duly phoned in and even added to the controversy, categorically denying that tried to buy the infamous crack video, as well as slamming President Obama’s healthcare law and scoffing the notion that the Cleveland Indians or Washington Redskins should pick more politically-correct names. Ford didn’t fare better when he steered the conversation back to football. When one host asked him about women winning football bets, Ford said, “They just look to who’s the cutest guy … that’s how they pick ’em.” You can listen to the full clip here. [The Sports Junkies] »

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House of the Week: $6.5 million for a contemporary estate that looks out on St. George’s Golf Club

House of the Week: 421 The Kingsway Address: 421 The Kingsway
Neighbourhood: Edenbridge – Humber Valley
Agent: Bev Jones and Steve Broadhurst. RE/MAX Professionals Inc., Brokerage
Price: $6,495,000

The Place: A modern four-bedroom home on a large lot that backs onto the fourth green of the storied St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

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Rob and Doug Ford accuse Sketchy the Clown of stalking the mayor’s mother

(Image: Manjushree Thapa)

(Image: Manjushree Thapa)

Apparently, every Rob Ford lookalike must have a ludicrous (although not necessarily ill-fitting) nickname. First there was Slurpy, who was asked to  star in a counterfeit crack video earlier in the spring. Now, there’s performer Dave McKay—better known as Sketchy the Clown—who had an equally surreal run-in with the Fords while impersonating the mayor for a bizarre, hour-long Rofo Bus Tour on Sunday.

McKay’s acting gig required him to emerge from the Etobicoke woods where police watched Ford and Sandro Lisi drink vodka, and pretend to be drunk for groups of paying tourists. Unbeknownst to McKay, however, the quiet cul-de-sac he was using as a green room was next to the homes of Doug Ford and Ford matriarch, Diane. Cue the mayoral intimidation.

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ClearlyContacts.ca opens a brick-and-mortar store on Queen West

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(Images: Jessica Flower)

After launching two hugely successful stores in Vancouver earlier this year, the country’s largest online eyewear retailer has opened its first Toronto shop. Clearly Contacts’ new Queen West space features an on-site optometrist, brand name frames (including Dior, Balenciaga and Ray-Ban), in-house lines like Derek Cardigan, and prescription swimming goggles and sport glasses. While the store’s 700 frame styles represent a fraction of the 30,000-plus options available online, the shop does offer one very tangible benefit: the chance to test your frames in person instead of relying on the site’s webcam try-on tool.

317 Queen St. W., 416-205-9161, clearlycontacts.ca

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VIDEO: American political ad proves that Rob Ford is now shorthand for “despised politician”

Rob Ford has become more than just a late-night punchline—he’s now the prevailing symbol of a politician at his worst. The proof: this new attack ad for New York Republican congressional candidate George Demos, which asks viewers if they’re “tired of politicians” while flashing an image of Ford along with a sullen-faced Barack Obama and Demos’s opponent Tim Bishop (this is the opposite message the Ford is touting—that he is the anti-politician politician). Sadly, it’s not even the first time this week that an American official has used Toronto as a chilling cautionary tale. [via New York]

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The Chase: a couple burns through two agents, 300 houses and $753,000 to find the perfect Toronto home

The Chase: how one couple burned through two agents, 300 houses and $753,000 in search of the perfect Toronto home

(Image of couple: Erin Leydon)

The buyers: Richard Carlisle, the 46-year-old managing director of International Conference Services, and Curtis Boyechko, a 46-year-old pharmaceutical professional.

The story: Seven years ago, Carlisle and Boyechko left their Winnipeg home and squeezed their lives into a Vancouver condo. Six years later, they decided to move to Toronto—on a whim—to take advantage of its arts and culture. The couple flew across the country, moved into a rental, and began house hunting that very weekend, with a budget of $650,000. They were flexible about neighbourhoods, but had a few musts: two-car parking, two home offices and a spacious kitchen for entertaining. But they weren’t prepared for how quickly Toronto houses sold, or how tight the available housing stock was. Over a 13-month search, they increased their budget by more than $100,000, chewed through two agents and saw over 300 houses before they found the perfect place.

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QUOTED: a Toronto woman explains the surprising reason border officials denied her entry to the U.S.

“I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression.”

—Toronto resident Ellen Richardson, who wants to know how U.S. border agents at Pearson Airport gained access to her confidential medical records. (MP Mike Sullivan and Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian are both looking into the matter.) Richardson was ready to fly to New York City to catch a $6,000 Caribbean cruise when a border guard denied her entry to the U.S. The guard claimed that Richardson’s medical condition made her a potential threat to herself and others. Richardson gave the agent the name and phone number of her psychiatrist, but was told she had to be examined by one of three Toronto doctors approved by the Department of Homeland Security and pay a $500 fee before she could enter the country. Needless to say, she missed her cruise. [Toronto Star]

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Rob Ford eats chicken wings, steals a seat and works up the crowd the Buffalo Bills game in Toronto

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(Images, clockwise from left: Brandon Sharma, Mike Tunison, Jeffery Lamont)

Two of last week’s biggest stories—the ongoing Rob Ford fiasco and Jon Bon Jovi’s supposed desire to move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto—collided yesterday when the mayor showed up at the Bills’ annual game in Toronto. Ford made a weak attempt to play the part of your average Bills fan by wearing a Fred Jackson jersey and eating chicken wings. Despite his efforts, however, section 133 quickly turned into a chaotic mess of gawkers shoving to get close enough for a photo, cheering fans raising their beers, and security guards becoming flustered. Ford didn’t help by asking everyone who approached whether they would be voting for him in next year’s election (or by stealing Canadian rocker Matt Mays’ seat,which Mays played up for maximum sympathy). With the crowd becoming increasingly out of hand, Ford opted to leave at halftime—a shame for the Bills, who really needed all the fan-power they could get.

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