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Sand Castles | Beach House Styling

Living near open water inspires a lifestyle that is so good for the soul. Open windows, lovely light and the sound of waves and wind – simple interiors that withstand a lot of traffic and sand, water and other elements of an active day. With the focal point being outside, these beach houses do their best to blend in to their surroundings, blurring the line between indoors and out. Whether overexposed with sunshine or dramatically stormy, so much about a day at the beach involves looking at the water and the weather. We love the low maintenance, easy to sweep painted floors and seagrass baskets, cozied up a little with great wooden pieces and woven mats. Lake or ocean, west or east coast, beach living is a perfect place to let down your hair and soak up the elements. Go for that long walk on the beach, collect shells and take some great sunset photos.

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Collingwood Real Estate Market Update – June 2014

As storms are brewing along the east coast and hurricanes are rushing onto shore from out in the Atlantic, a much sunnier and balmy tide appears to be sweeping across the Georgian Triangle real estate market, building upon the positive surge that was first felt this year in May with its 11% gain in sales over last year’s numbers. With the release of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (“SGBAR”) MLS® Statistic Report for the month of June it is clear that the barometer for the market is continuing its upward trend and is well entrenched in “high pressure” territory, drawing from the broader indicators of positive recovery and general economic bullishness. In fact with strength across the board and at all price points, June’s property market registered its best performance for the month since the lofty boom year of 2007 when 252 property sales were recorded in June of that year.

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Property Voyeur: A charming, 135 year old church turned country home in Meaford ON

Get lost in history and the inspiration of this renovated church (c.1880) known as St. Paul’s United Church. The owners are the first full-time residents and have taken care to restore and renovate this unique structure down to the smallest detail. The original open concept sanctuary is the focal point of the main floor with a sunken brick fireplace for guests to gather round.  The spectacular vaulted ceilings, original stained glass windows, Hemlock  flooring, and open concept are the perfect setting for the Artisan Gallery and the Solstice Bed & Breakfast run by the present owners.

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Modest Cottaging: The great Canadian tradition is still within reach in Ontario’s top lakeside destinations

The act of ‘cottaging’ is one of many great Canadian traditions, enjoyed and beloved by so many families and woven into the fabric of our culture. We are lucky here in Ontario to have access to so many beautiful cottage regions, thanks to the vast network of lakes and rivers that wind through the province. Whether rain, shine, or snow, we head to the tranquility of our cottage retreats to enjoy nature and quality time with friends and family.

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Thousand Islands: Canada’s best known, least visited vacation paradise

Located along the St. Lawrence River, halfway between Toronto and Montreal, the Thousand Islands region is a relatively unspoiled oasis of Ontario beauty. As part of the Ontario Provincial Park network, the area has maintained its natural surroundings through limited real estate and industrial development, even garnering it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve due to the Frontenac Arch and its diverse flora and fauna.

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California Dreaming | Easy, breezy, summer style

Summer is here. We couldn’t be any happier. Longer days, warmer nights and all the outdoor time you could hope for. Sounds kind of perfect doesn’t it? Also sounds a lot like how Californians spend most of their days. California cool is all about living outside. You can (technically) ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon. Californians are doing something right and their laid-back, bohemian, out of doors lifestyle translates into their homes.

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Property Voyeur: A grand and charming Georgian on one of Rosedale’s coveted gated roads

Ideally located amidst other Georgian homes on a private gated road, this gorgeous Georgian-style terrace home was renovated by the much celebrated and award-winning Fairmont Properties. This 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home has one of the most spectacular living rooms in Rosedale, so elegant and big enough for a grand piano! The interior is infused with natural light, while the Georgian details provide endless charm and character.

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