Monday, April 13, 2009

Stylish yet Affordable Ellipse Condominiums in Scarborough

In Scarborough, one striking condominium attracts the eyes of the passerby with its building shaped like a modern jet. It is 34 stories high and made up of stunning twin towers and panoramic vistas stretching to the downtown of Toronto. It is none other than Ellipse Condominiums.

The location is very convenient as it is in Scarborough City Centre which is considered to be the heart of the city. One of the best and biggest regional shopping malls, Scarborough Town Centre, is just minutes away from the condominium. There are also restaurants around the area. Also nearby are the Devry Insitute, Centennial College and University of Toronto.

As one enters the condominium, you will marvel at its cool and contemporary lobby. There is a 24/7 on site staff and concierge ready to greet and even receive deliveries. For the resident’s safety, there are alarms and emergency stations spread all over the place. The 4 level indoor parking lot provides lots of space not just for the residents’ parking but also for the guests.

Interested buyers can choose from the stylish one bedroom, one bedroom plus den and two bedroom suites. Each has built-in suite laundry facilities. Penthouses come with terraces and balconies to marvel at the wonderful view of Scarborough. There is even townhomes at the street level that were designed for those who desire for independence with sharing costs in mind.
Recreational facilities is located in the Circle Club. The area, literally shaped like a circle, was built to be a haven of fun and relaxation for both residents and guests. It has an indoor pool with whirlpool, exercise room, card room and multi-purpose room. Meanwhile, on the east side is a library and on the west side is a party room. It also houses a guest site in each tower for out of town visitors.

So if you want to find a stylish yet affordable condo in Scarborough, try to consider Ellipse Condominium.

Why is there a Trend for Toronto Condominiums?

It has been noticeable that for the last two years, condominiums in Canada have sprouted like mushrooms. Everywhere you look, there are new constructions for condominiums in areas like Toronto, North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Concord, Scarborough. So why is there a trend for Toronto Condominiums?

Well, it seems that these condominiums are offering home buyers attractive prices and options. If one is finding for new condos for sale in Toronto, the home buyer pays the same prices that the investors paid previously and the best part is that, it can even be for less! As the supply starts to surpass the demand, condominiums in Toronto is becoming the market of the buyers.
There is also the matter of amenities of the condominium. In order to impress potential buyers, condominium developers are competing to offer great facilities for the buyer. Buyers are lured into living a luxurious lifestyle with the exciting facilities that a condominium offers. Where else can you have, at your own doorstep, so many facilities like a fitness centre, pool, party room, theatre, bar and so much more? Only at these high class Toronto condominiums! It will not only save you from traveling time or money, the comfort it will give you after a long hard day of work will make it more pleasurable.

Safety measures in condominiums are also strictly implemented. Residents feel safe, knowing that alarms are set up all over the place and there is even a 24 hour concierge waiting for you. For a busy person who has no time to organize and pick out his/her own furniture, some condominium packages come fully-furnished to make it more convenient for the buyer.

Last but not the least is the location of the condominiums. Usually it is located right in the heart of the city so the resident are close to facilities like restaurants, malls, schools, the subway, etc. You can even walk to some facilities, saving up on gas and traveling time. All of these are the reasons for the trend in Toronto Condominiums. It is really a good deal especially for those who are seeking to find a place they can call home.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Leslieville Lofts for the 20 and 30 something crowd

If you want to find a new Toronto loft to start a new life, then Leslieville Lofts may be just the right place for you. It rises at the corner of Kintyre Avenue and Broadview, dotting the Queen Street East stretch. The Leslieville Lofts is targeted mainly for the 20 and 30 something crowd as its location is close to retail stores, restaurants and clubs.

The Queen Street East has been bustling with activity over the last six months and definitely is a great neighborhood. As the last truly undeveloped area of Toronto, the east end of Toronto is intensifying.

For those in search of that "close-knit" feel, Leslieville Lofts is perfect for you. It rises within that community context, among established neighbours. The building’s residential area is eight-storey, offering 140 loft designed units. One bedroom unit range from 450 square ft. while the penthouse is at a spectacular 2,265 square ft.

The building is gearing towards a more modern style and away from 'historical warehousing', as with the vision of the designer of the Leslieville Lofts building. He added that the structure will have a top accented by glass and a distinct base which is in context with the warehouse nature of Carlaw. There will also be balconies to give it a contemporary edge.

The loft is dressed to impress, offering attention to small details and quality finishes. The industrial nature of the area is reinforced, with the use of concrete ceilings and concrete feature wall in almost every suite. Aside from that, the loft is also built in with what everyone is used to in these modern lofts – top of the line finishes.

Adding richness to the overall appearance is the engineered hardwood floors. Making housework less daunting are washers/dryers and four stainless steel appliances with gas stoves. High gloss European cabinetry and double fixed stone countertops adorn the kitchens. Custom designed vanities showcase the contemporary bathrooms. Finishing the kitchen and bathroom spaces beautifully is an interesting array of porcelain and glass tiles.

So if you are still searching in the Toronto area for a close knit neighborhood, the Leslieville Lofts real estate may be just for you.

A Touch of Italian in the City of Toronto: Burano Condominium


Artistry will be seen in the Burano Condominium. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this piece of real estate at 832 Bay Street is something to look out for. Burano Condominium serves as a triumph of design and a journey from art to architecture. The glory of artistry that is truly Italian is now planted in the Bay Street soil!

The 48 story high Burano will rise above a 3 storey podium among the historical Addison on the Bay. The pride of the neighborhood will be its entrance plaza which will have interplay of art and light off its three story glass lobby and its pedestrian space. There are many establishments along the area like being steps away to the Yonge/College subway, minutes away to the financial district, theatre district, women’s hospital, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and the trendy amenities and shopping district in Bloor street.

The Burano suites ranges from 450 sq.ft. for one bedroom and to over 1,400 sq.ft for 3 bedrooms plus den suites. Every suite will also have pre-engineered hardwood floors, top of the line fixtures and gourmet inspired kitchens. Luxurious finishes also include like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, integrated microwave/hood and many other that you will have a chance to select, to fit your lifestyle and personality.There is also a balcony, offering a great view of the Toronto city. Estimated price of a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and 1 balcony suite is $289,900. This price excludes parking and locker fee.

Like other condominiums, the Burano Condominium also offers great amenities for all ages, young and old alike. Residents can meditate as well as work out in the well equipped exercise room complete with private space for pilates and yoga. A wonderful place to entertain is the stunning party room equipped with full kitchen. There is also a home theatre with state of the art equipment and comfortable seats and an internet lounge and billiards/game room to socialize with guests. That’s not all. There is also a marvelous rooftop terrace with hot tub and a private coffee bar.

Expected date of occupancy is on October 2010. There is still plenty of time to save up and own a suite in this wonderful piece of real estate that has a touch of Italian in the bustling city of Toronto.

Great Amenities at the Festival Tower

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District is the Festival Tower. This emposing 46 storey structure is located at the corner of King and John Streets. It stands on the new permanent home of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, the Bell Festival Centre. The Bell Festival Centre is designed to be the film cultural mecca in North America. Residents of Festival Tower will be given the privilege of connecting to the centre through screenings, early access, membership, front of the line bookings and exclusive Festival Film passes.

As impressive as the Festival Tower is on the outside, it is much more on the inside. There are 381 suites and features services worthy of a 5 star hotel. Welcoming you home is an Executive Doorman and 24 hour Concierge. The dramatic 2-storey lobby is impressive since it is furnished and designed by an award winning design team. Peter Powning’s dramatic and intense artwork, The Fantasm, is also featured.

For the residents, the suites are designed to accommodate comfort and fashion. Hardwood flooring that is pre-engineered is used in the living/dining room, foyer, bedrooms, media and kitchen. Smooth finish ceilings adorn all the principal rooms. A complete MIELE appliance package can be found in the designer kitchens complete with contemporary wood veneer flat paneled kitchen cabinetry and Quartz countertops. These countertops are also used in the luxurious bathrooms which has a stainless steel tubular frame custom designed vanity. Residents can also marvel with the view of the city in its balcony which features custom glass balcony railings and tilt and turn door.

There are many sophisticated amenities on the Festival Tower. Occupying the 10th and 11th floors is the Tower Club which houses many features. The most regarded is an authentic cinema which provides seating for 55 people and a second to none viewing environment. It is even used in screenings for the Toronto Film Festival! There is also a Lounge where one can relax, reading or surfing the net in a wireless environment. To cool down, there is a Pool House with a whirlpool, His and Hers saunas, indoor swimming pool and cascading floor to ceiling waterfall. Its glass doors leads to a spectacular sundeck and a terrace with a large rooftop offering a sensational view of the city’s skyline. The most advanced weigh-training and cardio equipment is offered in the Tower Fitness Centre. Other Tower Club Amenities are the Meditation Garden, Library, Spa Treatment Rooms, Business Centre, Yoga/Pilates/Dance Studio and Sports Lounge. Overnight guests can also be accommodated comfortably in the fully furnished guest suites.

If one is after the comfort and the facilities of an area, then this great real estate Toronto condo is worth your hard earned money.

Condos and Lofts: Saviors of Toronto Real Estate

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), from 136,100 units in February, the adjusted seasonal annual rate increased to 154,700 units in March. Urban single starts moved up to 1.3 per cent while urban multiple starts increased 28.3 per cent. Meanwhile, the adjusted seasonal annual rate of urban starts increased to 127,900 which is 17 per cent in March. Starts in rural were even estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March of 26,800 units.

Chief Economist at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Market Analysis Centre Bob Dugan said that the main contributors in the rise in March of new construction activity os the higher multiple starts in Quebec and Ontario. The overall boost encompasses the single segment as well since it is broad base. The largest increased was experienced in the multiples segment.
The urban starts declined in the states of British Columbia, Atlantic Canada and the Prairies but in Ontario and Quebec, the urban starts has fortunately increased with its annual adjusted rate. Constructions for new home is now at a level that is more sustainable since it has been going exceptionally strong for the past seven years, which is exceeding to 200,000 units per year.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the national housing agency of Canada, has with its agency more than 60 years of experience in helping Canadians to access a variety of environmentally sustainable, affordable and quality homes. These homes will be able to create healthy and vibrant cities and communities not only in Toronto but also across the country. Still, the boom in the real estate condominiums and lofts in Toronto continues to save the Toronto real estate industry.

Pier 27 is Your Home By the Sea


Architect Peter Clewes designed this exquisite Toronto glass and steel condos. The mini-acre lot is 1.5 million in square feet developed by the Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes. A three storey “bridge” joins two 12-storey slabs making this a genuine landmark, a civic icon with gateway and framer of views. It has a subtle nautical theme of white and glass steel which makes it a modern real estate convenient to the area.

Sam Crignano, the project’s head developer said that Pier 27 is the gateway to Toronto. It creates a link between the city and Pier 27. It has the advantage of being situated amidst the thriving waterfront community. Directly across the Queen’s Quay are clubs, restaurants, Loblaws and LCBO outlet. Health buffs would love the Martin Goodman Trail as it is a popular route for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Its residents are offered extensive indoor and outdoor recreational facilities which includes a nice view of the lake and islands of Toronto, indoor lap pool, an outdoor pool and cabanas, valet parking with round the clock concierge to help whisk the vehicles of guests and residents alike to safety in the underground parking garage.

What guests and residents would love is the great interior futuristic design. There is a development of 4,000 square floor penthouse suites, direct quay access, two storey units with private elevators and ground level patios. It is the first phase of 300 units. The view of Toronto will also be marveled through the large balcony or terrace of every unit.

If you are looking for waterfront living, this real estate called Pier 27 may be just the home by the sea that you are long searching for.

Friday, April 10, 2009

In Harmony with Nature: Concord Cityplace Grand Parade


Nestled in the city of Concord is a new condominium complex- the Concord Cityplace Grand Parade. Toronto’s newest comdominium complex is designed to blend seamlessly with the eight acre park for the people to commune with nature. World renowned architects, Kogn, Pedderson, Fork of New York and London designed this masterpiece.

A Parade of Talents is what the structure suggests. People can get together here to experience a true celebration of life. The goal here is to live surrounded by the glorious history. The park which is 8 acres in size is inspired by the design of Farvaag Smallenberg, Greg Smallenberg the judgment and taste of Karen Mills, a Consultant for Corporate Art. It is a tribute to the insight of artist and author Douglas Coupland.

The park is made to be a site of regular Toronto folks, the average folks regardless of gender and age, who may use the park on a regular basis and become a living testament to the city, region and country. Intellectual, emotional and physical level will be involved in these aspects. The park will also serve as a memorial to a running/jogging/walking path for Terry Fox, considered as one of Canada's hero. The Terry Fox Miracle Mile will serve as an inspiration to follow the footsteps of Foc who won the hearts of the country with his courageous Cross-Canada run in 1981 to be able to raise funds for research for cancer.The park is not the only amenities of this area. There is also a 24 hour concierge, day care, pet care centre, state of the art gym and billiards room. It is also accessible to many shops.

Parade has 2 buildins. Building U is an 18 storey building with 382 units has suite sizes starting at 561 square feet for 1 bedroom. Its suite prices start from $233,800 On the other hand, the 38 Storey Building V has suite sizes starting at 468 square feet at 1 bedroom. Its suite prices start from $251,8000. Both units has parking prices of $28,000 with lockers at $3,500.

The occupancy for this real estate gem in the city of Concord, Toronto will start in February 2010.

Hullmark Centre - The Pride of Tridel


Coming to Yonge & Sheppard are exceptional condominiums – Hullmark Centre by TRIDEL! The 49 storey north tower and 37 storey south tower of the Hullmark Centre condos can be used both for retail and residence.

At the corner of Yonge and Sheppard rises a signature development. Tridel’s new pride, the Hullmark Centre, boosts of two high rise buildings with direct underground access to the Yonge and Sheppard Station. A total of 1,249 available parking spaces are made to accommodate 61 retail, 167 office and 1,021 residential spaces.

A luxurious lifestyle awaits the residents who will be connected to the city of North York, Toronto overlooking its great skyline. Hullmark Condominiums boasts of a theatre, yoga, lounge, billiards, library, party room, poker room, indoor swimming pool, guest suites, men’s and women’s change room.

Both residents and guests won’t need to worry about their safety as there will be round the clock, 24 hrs Security. There will be an insuite alarm system and 24 hour concierge providing peace of mind. Surveillance cameras, computer controlled access system, hard wired smoke alarms and heat detectors are also put up.

There are two suites to choose from: the Standard Suites and Signature Collection Suites.

The Standard Suites are quite upgraded compared to other standard suites in the area. They feature 9′ ceilings, engineered laminate floors, granite counters and backsplash, central building water filtration system and European built-in appliances. Meanwhile the Signature Collection Suites adds 10′ ceilings, a wonderful kitchen island providing plenty of storage and also upgraded built-in appliances.

The prices are as follows:

1 Bedroom units starting at $289,000
2 Bedroom units starting at $418,000
Signature Collection units 2 Bedroom + Den starting at $712,000

The tentative date of occupancy is Summer 2012. There are still plenty of time left to reserve occupancy for North York’s newest luxury condo!

Advertising Real Estates: On Print or On the Net?

Nowadays, there has been not only competition between realtors but competition of advertising through different mediums. The new age meant new technology with real estate advertisement through the internet. But just how much is print media affected?

According to the editor of Realty Times, Blanche Evans, it is tough on realtors when home buyers resort to going online to get great deals. In his mind, the buyers are beginning to get used to the fancy websites, video tours and descriptions of the property. All of these caused less to make using computers than through print.

“Newspaper advertising should be wary of the threat of the Internet as it is real”, said Mike Simonton, a Media industry analyst of Fitch Rating. “Newspapers should start to feel the pressure and act on this problem”.

Even bloggers feel this way. One blogger from Toronto even commented of the cost of paper flyers in his area of Toronto which is $600. He stated how expensive the agents must have spent with the flyers which may go from mailbox to recycling.

But several representatives from major real estate franchisors have spoken that there is still hope in print advertising. Even with this dawn of new technology, may home sellers still see print advertising essential as a component in selling homes. The internet is more focused on the new generation- with the younger brokers, buyers and home sellers.

Even with this situation, these two types of media advertising can still be linked with each other. New real estate websites have resorted to print media through banners and flyers in advertising their website. Maybe in the future these two industries can help each other grow using real estate.