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  1. northstar

    The Upper Beach(es)

    Now Crescent Point is considered part of Upper Beaches... at least according to this apartment advertisement. DANFORTH-VICTORIA PARK Situated in Toronto's "Upper Beaches", the Crescent Place community affords unlimited convenience to residents. Surrounded by extensive parkland and...
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    Liberals urged to protect Legislature skyline from condo development

    Honestly, this doesn't surprise me. I lost faith a long time ago in Toronto's ability to protect anything related to heritage properties or heritage views. It is what it is...
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    The Economist: The charms of Calgary and the gloom in Toronto

    ^ Is that the best you can come up with? If so, then I rest my case.
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    The Economist: The charms of Calgary and the gloom in Toronto

    I wish Torontonians would stop dissing other cities like Calgary, and start focusing on "real" problems in this city. I like Toronto, but we gotta stop thinking that this is "the city that works", and find a way to get it back on track. The 1980's ended a long time ago. For all the talk of...
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    Downtown Scarborough

    If looking at Scarborough, I'd look for the area around Kennedy & Sheppard to improve. A couple of things are starting to happen in that area. Pluses for that area which will result in homes holding their value well include: - the new Sheppard LRT - Agincourt GO station (already in place)...
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    Woonerf: It's Dutch for smart city-building

    I know there's this big love on in urban forums for all things Dutch, but has anyone actually lived there to know what their talking about? I'll admit the Dutch have some good ideas, and the urban cores of cities in the Randstad have tremendous bike paths and good public transit. Outside of...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    Hi Eug. Thanks for the information. Right now the 2% cash back wouldn't quite compensate me for the interest differential penalty, but I plan to follow up with CIBC in a few months to see if this offer still holds. Regarding the Interest Rate Differential calculation, my mortgagor told me...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    Slightly off topic, but can you share any details on this? I'm locked into a 5yr fixed, and have just under 2yrs to renewal. I tried to renegotiate a better rate, but was told I would be slapped with extremely punitive mortgage cancellation fees. My mortgagor calculates the interest...
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    Illogical Toronto haters

    I can definitely relate to some of those comments. But over time I've grown attached to this city and now like it "warts and all" as I mention to friends back West. With respect to illogical Toronto-haters, I've got my share of stories. I moved here from Saskatchewan back in the 1990's for...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    The fact that salaries have remained flat and unemployment has gone up leads me to question anyone who thinks that there'll be a huge spike in interest rates anytime soon. Maybe 2 or 3 years down the road, once all this economic mess has passed us by, but right now I can't see interest rates...
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    East Danforth

    Hi Eug Thanks for posting a picture of the Fallingbrook Lofts. I agree that Fallingbrook Lofts will not likely be replicated near the corner of Woodbine and Danforth. Also, I know what you're trying to say about building in an area where people have less money to spend. Having said that, I...
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    East Danforth

    There was a DECA meeting a few days ago, with discussion and input around this new proposal at Woodbine & Danforth. A summary of the meeting, and some blog comments can be found at the link below. Big Hole Summary Basically, comments are split. Those in favour mention the increase in...
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    Toronto | Carmelina Condos | 38m | 12s | Tre Memovia | TACT Architecture

    There was a DECA meeting a few days ago, with discussion and input around this new proposal at Woodbine & Danforth. A summary of the meeting, and some blog comments can be found at the link below. Big Hole Summary Basically, comments are split. Those in favour mention the increase in...
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    2011 Canadian Census

    Um yeah... like Toronto doesn't spraaawwwllllll Leap frog development throughout the GTA has eaten up some of this country's best farmland. It'd be nice to have a thread in which posters don't feel the need to continually bash other cities.
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    Spate of Pedestrian Deaths in GTA

    I may be generalizing, but North American society has become more self-absorbed and just plain rude. Everyone is impatient, and common courtesy seems to have disappeared from the roads Drivers at fault: - Turning right at red lights without coming to a full stop or waiting for pedestrians...
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    Noble Lofts - Your thoughts?

    If you're talking about 24 Noble, I looked at one unit there about 10 years ago. At the time, I thought it was overpriced and the maintenance fees seemed high, given that there were no amenities in the building. Also, the listing agent was screaming "up-and-coming area"... which at the time...
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    Capital Gains on partially rented units

    No, that would not be legal. You'd have to charge "fair-market-rent". While fair market rent can be open to interpretation (+/- 10% or so), the CRA would recognize a situation in which you are overcharging or undercharging rent in order to avoid taxes. While probably they would simply levy...
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    East Danforth

    Word on the Street... I was chatting with someone on Danforth East a few days ago. He mentioned a 4 storey medical building was being planned for the corner of Danforth and Aldridge. This seemed news to me, as I haven't heard anything about it, nor is there any sort of signage to indicate...
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    Pleasant View

    Lucifer Drive Sufferance Road was also a legitimate name... but someone decided to change the name to 'Village Green Square' http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/sc/bgrd/backgroundfile-4926.pdf Ironically, 'Village Green Square' somehow sounds more suitable for the area around Pleasant View!!
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    Eastside Condo Developers (Leslieville, Corktown)

    I'm currently looking to purchase a brand new condo in the East End (Corktown or Leslieville). I like these areas, and I like what's been happening there recently, so I think I'd like to move there. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on buildings by either Lamb Development Corp. or...

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