The Covered Bridges of Canada

Canada had over 1,400 covered bridges in rural areas at the end of the 19th century. Today, there are only 140 that still stand, located primarily in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.  Considered an engineering marvel for its time with seven Howe trusses supporting six piers, the Hartland Bridge, the longest covered bridge today…
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July 2019 | Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Presented by Chestnut Park Real Estate, Limited. July marks the 5th consecutive month of recovery in the Toronto and area residential resale market place. It started in March with 7,138 reported sales. Since March there have been substantive positive monthly variances compared to 2018, culminating in July’s performance. In July there were 8,595 reported sales,…
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July 2019 | Kitchener-Waterloo Market Update

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Work Life Balance: How to Design a Home Fit for an Artist

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. All artists need somewhere to make their art, where creative urges can be explored and energies expended — these inspiring spaces reside happily within domestic interiors, proving that it is possible to combine home with work successfully. Many of us work from…
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10 Tips Before Buying A Historic Home

As a prospective owner of a historic residential property, here are ten things to know that can help you in your decision-making process. Historic homes are homes that are considered architecturally significant or representative of a local region’s history in some way. This includes homes that are in neighbourhoods designate as historic districts. Many historic…
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June 2019 | Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Presented by Chestnut Park Real Estate, Limited. As forecast, the Toronto and area residential resale market delivered its third consecutive strong monthly performance. In June 8,860 properties were reported sold, almost 11 percent higher than the 8,024 properties reported sold last year. On a year-to-date basis, 43,950 properties have been reported sold, a vast improvement…
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Five Must-Haves When Hosting a Gourmet Dinner Party

“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.” – Ina Garten, famous and beloved cook Hosting a gourmet dinner party allows you to socialize with friends, family…
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Lake Simcoe Waterfront Market Report | 2019 First Half

Highlights According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, there have been 35 Lake Simcoe waterfront property sales reported in the first-half of 2019.  This is a 17% decrease compared to the same period in 2018. Orillia and Innisfil were the only areas included in our analysis that reported an increase to their sales count. Georgina …
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Kitchener-Waterloo Luxury Market Report | 2019 Second Quarter

All data in report is based on homes with a sale price over $1,000,000. Information collected from Huron Perth Real Estate Board (HPAR). Municipality Overview & City Snapshot Mid-Year Real Estate Update We are pleased to report that sales in the Region of Waterloo for the first half of the year is up by 4.73%….
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Luxury Home Rentals & Travel: OneFineStay versus AirBnB

As the luxury real estate rental market takes off, service becomes a differentiator. In 2009, Greg Marsh, CEO of the hospitality company Onefinestay, was on a trip to Pisa, Italy. He loved wandering off the beaten path to Piazza delle Vettovaglie and realized that he would never have ventured to the area if he had…
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