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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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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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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French Country Design

French country design evokes images of rustic, old world charm reminiscent of old chateaux and inviting, spacious country homes, against the backdrop of lavender fields and bright sunshine. The French are known for living well and creating charming country homes that are both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. They design both elegance and simplicity in a…
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Top Golf Courses Within an Hour of Kitchener

Ontario is home to some of the most highly regarded golf courses in North America. Stunning courses that capture that diverse landscape of SW Ontario surround the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We have outlined some of the province’s top ranking courses within an hours drive of the city. Westmount Golf & Country Club 50 Inverness Drive, Kitchener…
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Organic Farms from Stratford to Kitchener

Organic farms in Southwestern Ontario are gearing up for their summer growing season. There are so many compelling reasons to eat organic – including fewer pesticides & heavy metals, more healthy fats, and more antioxidants. In addition to the health benefits – eating local organic food benefits neighbourhood farmers. In Southwestern Ontario there is no shortage…
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The Best Ice Cream Parlours from Stratford to Kitchener

Summertime in Southwestern Ontario means it’s time to visit your favourite ice cream parlour. Here are some of our picks for the top ice cream shops in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Stratford area. Four All Ice Cream Factory 141 Whitney Place #105, Kitchener We start our ice cream with fresh, all-natural, local Guernsey cow milk from Eby Manor…
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25 Ways To Make Your Home More Efficient

Energy efficiency allows you to use less energy while achieving the same end results. Technology and modern inventions have improved the quality of life for many people around the world. Many of the products we use on a daily basis in the home consume significant energy. Making energy efficient choices can help you reduce your…
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The Top Ten Eco-Friendly Features for Today’s Luxury Homes

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. In honor of Earth Day, we discover that for the world’s most innovative designers and architects, green is the new black A home can be luxurious, historic, glamorous, commodious, even fun. But can it also be sustainably designed and eco-friendly green? It can…
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The Art of the Modern Luxury Bathroom

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. No longer a merely functional space, today’s bathroom is part spa, part sanctuary, and part recharge station—and more lavishly designed than ever before On the upper floors of 551 West 21st Street, the 19-story condominium designed by Sir Norman Foster in New…
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