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

It’s spring, technically, today it feels distinctly early February but it is spring and soon enough you’ll be cleaning, purging, gardening, revamping. To that end I’m reposting this piece from nearly three years ago when I started the overwhelming process of downsizing from a large four bedroom home back to downtown Toronto and into a … More “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

The 12 Days

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays—whatever your tradition, affiliation or preference I hope you’re enjoying fully this warm and festive time. December 28th: we’re in the midst of the 12 Days which starts December 25 and ends January 6th, Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day for some of you; for others The 12 Days of Christmas is simply … More The 12 Days


November, let’s take a look…   Last month saw a 14.7% drop in the number of sales as compared to November 2017, an expected result given January 2018 was about to kick off another new mortgage stress test and buyers were rushing to beat the new benchmark. November ’18 listings were down year over year, … More Eleven

The Dog Days

  Okay, August isn’t necessarily the dog days I just can’t pass up dog references. Last summer we were still finding our footing after the spring ’17 market shift following the provincial government intervention, sales had dropped, prices started to pull back; given the perpetual demand for housing in the city it’s not surprising to … More The Dog Days

Island Vibes

Ward’s Island, Algonquin Island, Centre Island, Hanlan’s Point, Billy Bishop our downtown island airport et al—I’ve read over and over about the glory of Chicago’s waterfront and how Toronto has messed up; I disagree. I’ve been to Chicago, I’ve flown in and I’ve driven in, it’s a lovely waterfront, plenty of green, it’s certainly a … More Island Vibes

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. … More Making a List & Checking It Twice: Condo Shopping