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Toronto Real Estate Market Update – July 2014

July’s resale market performance was one of the strongest on record for the greater Toronto area, even though it was the third monthly drop in reported sales. In May 11,034 sales were reported, 10,158 in June and July 9,198. The monthly decline is consistent with seasonal patterns. The strongest month is usually May, with sales dropping during the summer months as both buyers and sellers focus on vacations and enjoying our limited, but warmer weather. A further drop in sales in August is also a part of the typical selling pattern.

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Property Voyeur: Just $394,000 for a charming country oasis on almost 5 acres in Grey Highlands

Not too big, not too small – this home has it all! Located on the outskirts of Lake Eugenia this charming home is just 3 years old on 4.57 acres, partly landscaped with plenty of trails to explore and snowshoe. There is lot to do for both kids and adults. The frog pond will provide hours of fun and the open fire pit will be a hit on those warm summer nights.

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Silver Lining | Birch Logs and Bark Decor

Most of us are well aware of the perfect kindling and tinder properties of birch bark. No self-respecting campfire goes anywhere without it. It might also be said that the white bark is an outstanding ingredient for adding a little campy touch to your home. If you’re looking to add texture to a monochromatic scheme, birch lends a rough natural elegance. Often seen stacked in unused hearths or lit votives to add ambience to a fireplace in the summer when a real fire is too much, white is bright, cool and clean. Birch bark mirrors, frames and votives are pretty accents, not only for the cottage. So get back to the woods – even if you have to imagine the call of the loon.

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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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