| Elli's Newsletter

Hi!Spring is finally here which is evidenced by the start of the Blue Jays baseball season. Toronto is also hosting a number of theatre productions throughout the month of April. Some of these are Hairspray, Rent, Once and Dame Edna’s Farewell Tour.The 25th annual CN Tower Climb takes place this month. This is a charity event in support of the World Wildlife Foundation. In teams or individually, participants climb the stairs of the world famous CN Tower and raise money to support the WWF’s work in protecting species at risk and the critical habitats they need to survive. Over the years, in excess of 86,000 Canadians, ranging from hockey players to children under 10 years of age, have climbed the 1,776 steps. This is WWF’s largest annual fundraiser. The public walk takes place on April 25 with the team challenge taking place April 26.One truly spectacular show is being presented once again at the Port Lands running from April 8 – May 10. Cavalia will be showcasing its equestrian spectacular horse and acrobatics show, “Odysseo”.  This production is set in the world’s largest big top with incredible equine performers. This is a breathtaking tribute to the relationship between horse and man and is magnificently presented as the enormous stage is covered by tons of rocks, sand and thousands of litres of water for the show’s aquatic finale.

I hope you are enjoying Spring’s longer days. As always, whatever activities you decide to engage in, I wish you all the best.

Regards,
Elli

Newsletter Contents

50 Yorkville Avenue #3902- $5,200,000Magnificent Custom Design Offers Sensational Bright, Entertaining Space With Unique Finishes And Truly Spectacular Forever Views From Floor To Ceiling Windows. Crema Marfil Marble Floors And Counter Tops, Seamless Integrated Chef’s Dream Kitchen With Large Island. Grand Size Master Bedroom With Two Walk In Closets And Spa Like Marble Ensuite. Well Planned Living Space Allows For The Den To Be A Separate Third Bedroom. Abundance Of Closet Space Throughout. Terrace With A Spectacular Clear View Over Rosedale Valley, City Lights And Lake Too. Suite Has Direct Elevator Access, Integrated Appliances. Separate Laundry Room With Rear Service Entrance. Oversized Locker And 2 Parking Spots. Full Four Seasons Amenities Including Concierge Service, Valet Parking, Membership To Health Club And More.Learn More
38 Avenue Road #1802- $1,795,000The Prince Arthur At Its Best! Beautifully Renovated With Luxurious Finishes, Outstanding Eat-In Kitchen, Washrooms, Floors and Built-Ins. Spectacular North Views, Two Balconies, 2 Parking Spaces & Locker. Superb Amenities Include Concierge, Exercise Room, Games Room, Rec Room, Sauna & Valet Parking. Steps To Yorkville, Fine Shops, Dining, Transit and Entertainment. Minutes To Downtown, Hospitals and University Of Toronto.Learn More
36 Binscarth Road – $1,685,000Detached Family Home In Prime Rosedale Location! Single Garage At Rear Of Property + Plentiful Street Parking. Excellent Condition With Updated Kitchen And Baths, 2 Wood Burning Fireplaces And Hardwood Floors. Chef’s Kitchen With Eat-In Family Room Has Skylight And Walk Out To Stone Patio And Garden. Second Floor Features Master Bedroom With 5 Piece Ensuite, Family Room, Office and Hobby Room. Third Floor Has 2 Bedrooms and 4 Piece Washroom. Finished Basement With Rec Room and 3 Piece Washroom. Steps To Glen Road, Summerhill Shops, Parks, TTC.Learn More
3800 Yonge Street #305 – $745,000Governor’s Hill! 2 Bedroom Split Plan With Sunny, South/East Unobstructed Views. Spacious Combined Living/Dining Room With Balcony Access. Windowed Eat-In Kitchen With Porcelain Tile Floor (2014), Mirrored Backsplash & California Shutters. Master Bedroom Has 5 Pc Ensuite & Walk-Out To Balcony, Second Bedroom, 3 Pc Bath. Superb Amenities Include Concierge, Security System, Indoor Pool, Exercise/Meeting/Games Rooms, Guest Suites And Visitor & Valet Parking. Minutes To Hwy 401! “No Pets Allowed”.Learn More
360 Bloor Street East #1107- $618,000Prime Bloor Street Location With Pool, Racquet Ball, Squash, Party Room, 24 Hour Security. Bright, Sunny Corner Suite With South Eastern Exposure. A Spacious 1,510 SqFt, 2 Bedroom Suite With Two 4 Piece Washrooms. Separate Laundry Room. Individual Temperature Control. Ample Interior Closet/Storage Space. Original Well-Kept Condition & Co-Operative Tenant Has Given Notice. Steps To Walking Trails, Ravine, Subway, Yorkville Fine Shops And Dining.Learn More

Elli Davis News

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Real Estate News

In Toronto, Bidding Wars Enter New Territory

I was recently interviewed by Carolyn Ireland of the Globe and Mail about the bidding wars over detached homes that have been causing a stir in Toronto real estate.

By: Carolyn Ireland
The Globe and Mail

Elli Davis, an agent with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., was decrying the lack of listings a couple of weeks ago, but the opening days of March have brought new properties.

“It’s really exploded,” she says.

On just one day this week she listed a house at 36 Binscarth Rd. in Rosedale, a condo unit at the Prince Arthur in Yorkville, and a house at 221 Coldstream Ave. in Bedford Park.

During the agents’ open house on Binscarth, she was monitoring the offers that were arriving for 3 Delavan Ave., which was listed for $1.875-million in Forest Hill.

“I’ve got two registered offers – no three – no it looks like four,” she said, scrolling through her inbox just before noon.

The night before, Ms. Davis received 11 offers for a single-family house at 96 Major St. The location near the University of Toronto drew lots of interested people, she says.

The house, listed with an asking price of $625,000, sold for $768,888, or $143,888 above asking.

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Privately Owned Publicly-Accessible Spaces in Toronto

Slowly but surely the warmer weather of spring is arriving, a welcome change that invites us to get outside and explore our beautiful city. If you are looking for a source of inspiration to expand your horizons of city adventuring, take a look at the map of Toronto POPS(Privately Owned Publicly-Accessible Spaces) to choose which ones you would like to include in your travels! POPS are a specific type of open space which the public is welcome to enjoy, but remain privately owned. Many of these spaces are laneways or walkways with artwork, landscaped courtyards, and pedestrian bridges.

Click here for the Interactive PDF Version of the POPS Map

Market Watch Report

Sales and Price Up Year-Over-Year in March 2015

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,940 sales in March 2015. This result represented an 11 per cent increase compared to March 2014. Sales were up for most major home types, both in the City of Toronto and the surrounding regions. New listings were also up, but by a lesser 5.5 per cent, indicating tighter market conditions.

“Home sales increased compared to last year as the cost of home ownership remained affordable, with lower interest rates going a long way to mitigate the effect of rising home prices. However, a substantial amount of pent-up demand remains in place, especially as it relates to low-rise market segments. This suggests that strong competition between buyers, which has fuelled strong price growth so far this year, will continue to be experienced throughout the spring,” said Mr. Etherington.

In March, the average selling price for all reported transactions was $613,933 – up 10 per cent year-over-year. The MLS® HPI Composite Index, which tracks benchmark homes with the same attributes from one period to the next, was up by 7.9 per cent. Average price growth was strongest for detached homes in the City of Toronto, at 15.9 per cent. Over the same period the detached MLS® HPI in the ‘416’ area code increased 7.8 per cent.

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Toronto Events Calendar for April

Clean Toronto Together 2015  (April 17 – 19, 2015)Melting snow has exposed garbage that has accumulated over the winter months in our yards, parks and other open spaces. Led by the City of Toronto’s Live Green Toronto team, the Clean Toronto Together campaign is a weekend celebration that brings together thousands of Torontonians to remove litter and keep our city clean and green. Enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise, have fun with friends and family and help tidy up the city all at the same time!  To register, or find out more about the Corporate and School 20 Minute Makeover or the Community Clean-Up Days, visit the Clean Toronto Together 2015 page.Participant Registration Totals So Far (as of April 1):

  • Corporate clean-ups: 70 businesses & 2,254 employees
  • School clean-ups: 266 schools & 90,582 students
  • Community clean-ups: 171 events & 4,733 participants

Hot Docs Film Festival (April 23 – May 3, 2015)

Always inspiring, informative and entertaining, Hot Docs is back! This festival celebrates documentary filmmaking from around the globe and this year features 210 films from 44 countries. Films are screened at several locations throughout the city, though the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is the main venue. The Festival opens with the international premiere of directors Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s TIG, a testament to Tig Notaro’s defiant spirit and incredible humour in the face of adversity.