Streets Is Talkin’!

You might know "Streets is Talkin'" as a song by rapper Saigon, but it also references the fact that every street name has a story behind it. If you've ever wondered how "Yonge Street" got its name, read on, my friend......

“Daddy Divorceville”

Many neighbourhoods or pockets of Toronto have nicknames; some good, some, rather unflattering. This unique offshoot of Leaside has a cynical and somewhat unfortunate nickname, but don't blame me - I didn't make it up! (more…)

Adelaide Street Townhouses

No, it's not my listing, but I will say that I think some of the best value in the city exists in these older townhouses on Adelaide Street West. Where else can you find this kind of space at this...

Trainspotting

Nobody wants a train running through their backyard, but yet houses adjacent to train tracks still sell every day! How much of a difference in value do you think this makes? (more…)

Holding Court

A reader emailed me last week and asked, "I live on a very quiet, very exclusive court and I'm wondering how much this is worth." I'm not sure I can put an exact dollar value to it, but the subject warrants...

Stretching The Boundaries

I'm constantly amazed at how properties are being listed as part of a certain neighbourhood when in reality, they're nowhere close. Do you consider Eastern Avenue & Broadview to be "Prime Riverdale?" (more…)

Taking It To The Streets!

The street on which you live can affect the value of your property both negatively and positively. It could be something as insignificant as the name of your street, or something as major as the crack house across the road....

New TREB Districts!

If you've ever complained about how difficult it is to navigate through www.mls.ca or www.realtor.ca, don't feel as if nobody is listening! On July 5th, the Toronto Real Estate Board is implementing new districts to replace classics such as "C10"...

Sound The Alarm!

How would you feel about living in the same vicinity as a fire station? How about  down the block?  Across the street?  Or right next door? From a real estate perspective, shouldn't these houses be inherently discounted? (more…)

Monday Morning Mania!

I found it!  I finally found it! "That house" that I kept picturing in my mind over and over for the past two years - I finally happened to pass by it and snap off this quick video. If you...

No Frills In The St. Lawrence Market

I've been living in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood now for four years, and in that time the number of grocery stores has tripled! Some people have told me that they think the presence of No Frills will actually diminish the overall...

Cleaning Up The Streets!

I was on my way to Jason George for brunch last Sunday morning when I saw a "City of Toronto" truck driving around and picking up all the real estate street-signs! The back of the truck had about 15-20 signs...

150 Day Closing?

I had an interesting experience on the weekend, and the whole thing went down in the good ole' town of Pickering! The entire day's events were just draped in irony as the viewing, the offer, and the outcome were full...

One Way Streets

One way streets can be the best part about your neighbourhood!  Or the worst...if you follow. There are a few areas of Toronto where the one-way streets are simply out of control, and it makes driving around incredibly frustrating. Today...

Monopoly At “The Berwick”

How in the world did one developer get twenty home-owners, all in the same block, to sell their properties? Most people assume that a condo development is built on the proverbial "vacant land" that just happened to be sitting there, ripe...