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Decked Out: Patio Season Inspiration

We can dream can’t we? Dusk. Cicadas. The sound of ice clinking in your glass. Kids calling to one another on the street. The promising scent of a grill heating up. The backyard oasis seems like a shimmering mirage right now to be fair. I am so looking forward to getting things set up and returning to our outdoor living way of life. Great cushions, hurricane lamps and outdoor rugs are practically throwing themselves at me in stores and in catalogues. City, cottage or country, food just tastes better on the back deck or on the dock. Here are some super charming shots to get you primed to feather your own great outdoors.

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Property Voyeur: A classic Lytton Park gem with luxurious extras

This impeccably designed 2-storey family home sits in prime Lytton Park. Gluckstein designed interior, and a gourmet eat-in kitchen with top of the line appliances. The large family room with soaring 11′ ceilings is a delight, with 2 walk-outs to deck and backyard. All bedrooms have ensuites and walk-in closets. Full basement with entertainment room, gym, steam room and dry sauna. High-end light fixtures and custom drapery throughout included. Incredible attention to detail! The western neighbour to Lawrence Park, Lytton Park is similarly characterized by its family-friendsly atmosphere and tree-lined streets.

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Collingwood Real Estate Market Update – March 2014

Where have all the listings gone? Could it be that they have been entombed by several feet of snow or encased by solid layers of ice, with a relentless and brutal winter reluctant to relinquish its powerful grasp? While skiers and even snow shoers will no doubt benefit right through Easter and potentially beyond , spring property sales may well be delayed because much of the area remains firmly within winter’s embrace. As indicated, in earlier reports, while hard to attribute real estate activity to any one source, there is no question that a particularly long and harsh winter has complicated travel to and from the area as well as access to, and the ability to appreciate or get a clear sense of, properties in the region. In any event, and for whatever reason, property inventory is remarkably low and significantly trails listing trends established over the last few years, all of which is resulting in a fairly tight market with upward pressure on prices, despite fewer sales.

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update – March 2014

There were few surprises in the residential resale data that emerged for March sales in the greater Toronto area. The trend continues. Low inventories of available property’s are driving sales and average sale prices, fueled by historically low mortgage interest rates. Rates might even get lower before they start to rise. At the end of March the Bank of Montreal made available a five year mortgage with an interest rate of only at 2.99 percent. Since mortgage interest returns are the banks’ primary source of revenue, increasing competition amongst banks, and no doubt lower rates over the short term, can be anticipated. This is no doubt good news for Sellers who find themselves with multiple bidders for their properties, all hoping to purchase a property before mortgage interest rates begin to rise.

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Chestnut Park Open Houses: April 5 & 6

House hunting? Here’s a quick list of the open houses we have on the go this weekend. Happy hunting!

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Property Voyeur: $739,000 for one of the finest Queen Anne Revival style homes in Ontario

Built by Solomon Hill in 1896, one of the finest Queen Anne Revival style houses on a large corner lot in the Town of Markdale. Enclosed by the original wrought iron fence it has multiple gables and dormers and 2 sun porches. Although it is currently operated as a successful B&B with 7 bedrooms and 7 baths, it can be considered an extraordinary single family residence. Everything about the home is grandiose from the massive size rooms to the wood work to the 11 ft ceilings. It is just short of 8,000 finished square feet of luxury living. Loaded with original woodwork and stained glass, pocket doors and beautiful windows providing plentiful daylight.

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All Keyed Up: Greek Key Pattern in Home Design

The Greek Key pattern – also known as a Greek fret or meander design – is a classic border pattern constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif which has stood the test of time from ancient Rome to now and beyond. Echoing the pattern of a labyrinth, the meander is considered to be among the most important symbols in Ancient Greece symbolizing infinity and unity. Often we will see this geometric pattern used in design as a border or edging but It can be beautifully dramatic super sized or repeated on a floor or as a wallpaper.

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