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Summer in the City: The Power Plant Gallery at Harbourfront Centre offers the best in contemporary art (and free admission for all!)

Leading the charge for contemporary art in Canada for over 25 years, The Power Plant Gallery – located along the water’s edge at Harbourfront Centre – is dedicated to the idea of making contemporary art accessible to all ages. As such, their free programming and free admission(!!) thanks to the generous support of BMO Financial will make art lovers out of Toronto kids and grown-ups alike all summer (and all year) long!

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Property Voyeur: Understated elegance with designer’s touch on the north shores of Lake Joseph

Perfection on upper Lake Joseph. Although often sought after, and yet rarely offered this stunning waterfront property is the culmination of all things perfect from the location and exposure through to the exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable detail throughout. Nothing has been overlooked. With professional interior design and beautifully furnished by Cocoon, this Muskoka jewel is a dream come true.

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Curb Appeal: How outdoor and landscape lighting can make your property shine

Whether you’re preparing your current home for sale, you’ve just moved into a new home, or you’re simply looking to give your beloved property a little face lift, well-placed outdoor lighting is one way to get that wow-factor you’re looking for. Although most homeowners overlook outdoor landscape lighting, or relegate it to the bottom of that very long home priority list, you’d be amazed at the impact even a small investment in lighting can have. Following are just a few tips to get you started.

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Emerald City | Chestnut Park’s Signature Colour Pops

Fresh, vibrant, bold. We associate the colour green with the essence of life. Life is full of growth, change and reinvention. Whether we’re improving on our existing home or looking for a new place to call home, green symbolizes a fresh start so why not bring a little of that vitality into your own decor? Green pops. It looks gorgeous with white, rich with gold, cool with silver and incredible with navy. Feeling preppy and fun? Pair it with pink. Looking to get cozy? See what a classic velvet or wool can do to a sofa or window covering. No matter how you slice it, green is good. Give it a go. And if you’re not quite willing to commit? Start small and add some green napkins or glassware to a dinner party table. Not that you ever needed a conversation starter, but green is guaranteed to get the party going.

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Chestnut Park Open Houses: July 19 & 20

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

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9 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

While you’ve undoubtedly made your home purchase for a number of reasons; lifestyle, location, it is primarily a financial investment when all is said and done. And as a homeowner, your hope is that your property will not only maintain but increase the value of that investment over the years. There are two ways in which a home’s value can increase as time goes on – the state of the market at the time of sale, and improvements you make to the property. While (unfortunately) none of us have any power over the market, the element we can control are the upgrades and improvements made on a home. While not all updates will gain you a return on your investment, following is a list of 9 tried and true improvements that will increase your home’s value.

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update – June 2014

June’s market performance was not as strong as May’s (11,049), but with 10,180 residential properties reports sold it was much stronger than June 2013. Last year only 8,821 properties were reported sold. This June the 10,180 properties sold by Toronto and surrounding area REALTORS®  exceeded last year’s performance by 15.4 percent. June’s results represent the second strongest month this year to date.

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