Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015! I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the Holiday festivities with family and friends.
While up until now we have been pampered with milder than usual temperatures we are presently in the midst of a cold freeze. However, no need to despair as there are many activities within the city designed to keep you warm! The Toronto International Boat Show takes place at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, from January 10 – January 18. There you will find numerous exhibitors, vendors, experts and activities for boat enthusiasts. This show once again showcases the world’s largest indoor lake for boaters. This engineering marvel takes over six days to create with more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water which is pumped into the Ricoh Coliseum. Here you can watch professional wakeboarders and wakeskaters perform tricks and flips or you can enjoy a free ride in an inflatable boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboat.
Throughout the month of January the Toronto based company “Urban Capers” is offering a family-friendly fictional murder mystery which takes place at the Royal Ontario Museum. The investigation takes place after a curator has been murdered. Participants must follow a series of clues left behind through the ROM’s various exhibits. Investigators work in teams of 2-6 to put together clues to solve a code. A great event for those aspiring sleuths!
“Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars” is being offered at the Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens, from January 10 – February 1. Find out what it was like to live in Toronto during the early 20th century. This tour explores the lives of the powerful Austin family. The Spadina Museum, built in 1836, later became the home of James Austin who was the founder of the Dominion Bank and the Consumer’s Gas Company. The Austins remained in the estate until 1982. The building was then restored, sold to the City and turned into a historical museum.
With so many varied activities taking place in Toronto over the next month there is something that is sure to please everyone. Whatever your choice, enjoy!
Superb “St. Gabriel Lane” In Bayview Village! 3 Storey Penthouse Suite Built By Shane Baghai With Quality Finishes & High Ceilings. Spacious 3 Bedroom Suite With Parking & Locker. Approximately 1,300 SqFt. Third Floor Large Terrace With Private Garden Overlooking The Courtyard. Fabulous Amenities Include Concierge, 24 Hour Security, Exercise Room, Games/Media/Party Rooms, Sauna & Visitor Parking. Walk To Bayview Village, TTC, Subway, Shopping & Dining. Easy Access To Hwy 401 & Don Valley Parkway.
Renaissance Plaza! Located In Fabulous Yorkville! Spacious Combined Living/Dining Room, Eat-In Salvarani Kitchen, Extra Large 1 Bedroom With Wall-To-Wall Built-Ins And 5 Piece Ensuite, Marble Foyer And 2 Piece Powder Room. Superb Amenities Include 24 Hour Concierge, Indoor Pool, Sauna, Gym, Racquet Court. Approximately 1,260 Sq Ft (Per Builder’s Plan). Steps To Entertainment, Fine Dining, Designer Shops And Public Transit. Close To Financial District, U Of T, Hospitals And Gardiner Expressway.
“The Dakota” Quiet East Location With Treed Views Overlooking Garden. Approx. 1,150 SqFt (Per Builder’s Plan) Featuring Spacious Combined Living/Dining Room/Solarium, Eat-In Kitchen, Two Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Parking And Locker. Superb Building Amenities Include Concierge, Exercise Room, Party Room, Visitor Parking, Rooftop Deck/Garden With BBQ. One Pet Allowed. Steps To Vibrant Yorkville, TTC, Dining, Shopping And Entertainment. Minutes To Downtown And Gardiner Expressway.
Granite Place! Prime Luxury Condo At Yonge/St. Clair! Generous 1-Bedroom, 1 Bath With Open Balcony, Parquet Floors, Fully Equipped Kitchen. Amenities Include Gorgeous Recreation Centre, Huge Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Saunas, Exercise Room, Private Parkette, 24 Hour Security & On-Site Management. All Inclusive Rent. No Pets/Smokers. Steps To Shopping, Dining And Yonge Subway Line.
The start of a new year is a great time to make changes to our lifestyles, our habits and even the décor of our homes. It can be intimidating to try to tackle this task, but Sarah Kelsey – special to National Post, provides a list of a few simple ideas to get you started.
If you want to take on some larger projects this year, or maybe hire a professional to do the job, the Interior Design Showwill be held at the Metro Convention Centre January 22 – 25. The most innovative designers from Canada and the world will be there, as well as hundreds of exhibitors, so everyone is sure to leave the building inspired!
Market Watch Report
December 2014: Near Record Sales in 2014
January 7, 2015 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 92,867 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in 2014, including 4,446 in December. The calendar year 2014 sales result represented a 6.7 per cent increase over the 2013 sales figure of 87,049 and was just short of the record set in 2007.
The average selling price continued to grow on a year-over-year basis in calendar year 2014, with an 8.4 per cent increase over calendar year 2013 to $566,726. This included a seven per cent increase in the December 2014 average selling price to $556,602.
“The strong price growth we experienced in 2014 can be explained with two words: listings shortage. The constrained supply of listings was especially evident for low-rise home types like singles, semis and town houses,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre (Saturday Evenings Through January 2015)
The recent drop in temperature does not mean you have to hide indoors – keep warm by skating! Grab your friends, strap on your skates and enjoy some great music at the free DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre. Don’t know how to skate? Over 100 Learn to Skate classes are also offered for all ages and skill levels. Let’s enjoy winter!
Tired of holiday leftovers? Over 200 of Toronto’s best restaurants are participating in this year’s Winterlicious event, offering the opportunity to sample new dishes and culinary experiences. Three course prix fixe meals are served for lunch and dinner. Check out the menus posted online to make your selections early – reservations are accepted as of January 15 and some restaurants fill up quickly!