Making a List & Checking It Twice: Condo Shopping

If you follow Toronto real estate you might’ve heard many dubbing 2017 The Year of the Condo. The early part of 2017 was frenzied with many multiples and price hikes of 30+% year over year then came the provincial government intervention in the spring and the focus of buyers shifted to the more affordable condo. Continue reading Making a List & Checking It Twice: Condo Shopping

Less is More

Take this as a bit of how-to inspiration (maybe? hopefully?) geared to the buyer who really wants to live in Toronto, to enjoy what urban life offers—vibrant, amenity laden neighbourhoods, easy access to everything, including transit; of course ‘vibrant’, amenities galore directly correlates to price here in the city. Detached or semi your target? If you have a healthy budget, if you’re open to exploring neighbourhoods … Continue reading Less is More

‘Elder care is the new child care’

Photo courtesy I love this image: seniors sharing time, community, stories, perhaps common histories—but what to do when you’re the support and your ‘I don’t like old people’ parent doesn’t want to be a part of that picture? Welcome to my life 🙂 I was looking for an expression describing those of us who are adult only children—without kids of our own we’re not … Continue reading ‘Elder care is the new child care’

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Ah the wise words of William Morris, the famed English textile designer and writer. I’m very much keeping those words in my frontal lobe these days (frontal lobe…is that where I want these words? Maybe that explains the challenge…). It’s been a whirlwind, every day we’re moving stuff from room to room for the painters and workers, every day we’re touching this stuff trying to … Continue reading “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Does Size Matter?

Bit of a blog break here, I’ve been rather occupied with a life challenge—I’ve been through the downsizing of elderly parents but I’m tackling my own, twenty-five years early. Four years ago we sold our small, rather typical, but fabulous, Toronto semi in the east end (always an east ender here) to shuffle off to lovely Dundas Valley, and a much bigger house, for elder … Continue reading Does Size Matter?