Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

OPEN HOUSE - This weekend!

• OPEN HOUSE •

Saturday, Dec. 10th, 2011
and Sunday Dec. 11th, 2011

2:30 - 4:30 pm

187 Munro Street

(Click here to view MLS Listing & Map)

See you there!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NEW LISTING! Renovated in South Riverdale!

(Available for sale) Hot South Riverdale location! Renovated kitchen & bathroom (2011), freshly painted throughout, refinished hardwood floors, updated wiring & potlights! Spacious breakfast area w/ walk-out to fabulous deck & yard! Handy to TTC & downtown! Just move in!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Healthy Fall Market Continues in November

TORONTO, December 6, 2011 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,092 residential transactions through the TorontoMLS® system in November – up 11 per cent in comparison to November 2010. At the same time, the number of new listings was up by 14 per cent in comparison to last year.

“We have seen strong annual sales growth through the 2011 fall market. The increase in transactions has been broad-based, with strong growth across low-rise and high-rise home types throughout the Greater Toronto Area,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Richard Silver. “The market has also become better supplied, with annual new listings growth outstripping that of sales. As this trend continues into 2012, we will see more balanced market conditions.”

The average price for November transactions was $480,421, representing an increase of almost 10 per cent in comparison to $437,494 in November 2010.

Read more:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1111.pdf

TREB Housing Market Charts - November 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

(Updated) Advent Events in Leaside - December 2011

Advent Events List compiled by Geoff Kettel
Community Connector, Advocate and Consultant


Saturday December 3 at 10.00am to 1.00pm
Annual Girl Guide Bazaar
Leaside United Church (McRae and Millwood) in the Gymnasium
Crafts, Christmas treats, fun items and snack bar
Come and support Guiding in Leaside

Sunday December 4 at 7.30pm
Service of Lessons and Carols
Leaside United Church (McRae and Millwood)
Featuring the C Flats Jazz band, the Junior Choir, with the choirs of LUC, St Augustine's and St Cuthbert's

Sunday, December 4 @10:30 a.m.
Advent 2, Communion
We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Avenue East (@ Hanna Rd.)

Friday, December 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.-
Advent Kid's Club, open to children in JK - Grade 7
Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Avenue East (@ Hanna Rd.)

Sunday, December 11 @ 10:30 a.m. -
Church School Christmas Pageant & Happy Birthday Jesus Party
Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Avenue East (@ Hanna Rd.)

Sunday, December 11, 7 - 8 pm
Carolling in the Pines at Northlea United Church
Music will be played by the Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel Band.
This evening includes a special visitor (Ho, Ho, Ho!), a collection for the Salvation Army, and refreshments provided by the 132nd Toronto Scouts. It’s an outside event, so dress warmly, and bring a flashlight! (Bad weather location will be inside the church.)

Saturday December 17, 3pm to 4.30pm
Christmas Celebration for the Young
A child centred celebration of Jesus's birthday

Sunday, December 18 @ 10:30 a.m. -
Service of Lessons and Carols
Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Avenue East (@ Hanna Rd.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

NEW LISTING! North Leaside Bungalow!

(Available for sale) North Leaside 2 bedroom bungalow -- terrific potential for builder/developer! Loved by the same family for 50+ years! Walk to Eglinton TTC, Northlea Public School, Leaside High School, Serena Gundy Park and great shopping!  Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FREE 2012 Wall Calendars!

Come in to our office during regular business hours and pick up a
FREE
2012 Wall Calendar!
(While supplies last.)

1536 Bayview Ave, (at Millwood)
Toronto, M4G 3B6

http://www.bonniebyford.com/

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Toronto housing sales remain strong


Toronto housing sales remain strong

Published On Tue Nov 15 2011
in The Toronto Star
By Susan Pigg Business Reporter

There may be widespread economic panic in the rest of the world, but Toronto’s housing market keeps plowing ahead unscathed:

Consider these numbers:

• $478,137: The average price of a house in the GTA in October, up almost 8 per cent from $443,633 at this time last year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Board.

• $362,899: The national average price of a house, up 5.5 per cent from October, 2010.

• 16: The number of bids Monday on a Cleveland St. detached house in Toronto’s Yonge-Davisville area which sold for $146,000 over its $839,000 asking price.

“There was no shortage of headline news in October about global financial market volatility and economic uncertainty, but it doesn’t appear to have dampened homebuyers’ spirits,” said Gary Morse, president of the Canadian Real Estate Board in explaining why resale house buying activity picked up again in October after a strong September.

Realtors say they continue to see “cautiously optimistic” homebuyers buoyed by continuing low interest rates and Canada’s resiliency through the global economic crisis.

The only slight downturn appears to be in the high-end market — homes listed for more than $2 million — where both buyers and sellers tend to be more heavily employed in sectors with closer ties to global stock markets.

While a substantive increase in new listings has helped ease the bidding wars and upward pressure on prices that plagued the Toronto market in the spring, realtors say, competition remains fierce in some prime neighbourhoods.

Midtown realtor Richard Byford says he was “pleasantly surprised” to see about 70 couples, many with babes in arms, file through a weekend open house at the three-bedroom Cleveland St. home in Davisville Village he had listed for $839,000. But his jaw dropped when 16 offers were registered as of Monday.

“Low interest rates are driving a lot of it (continued demand despite the economic uncertainty) because it’s seen as free money,” says Byford.

Almost 400,000 homes have changed hands via the MLS system in Canada so far this year, up 1.8 per cent from the same period last year.

The average price nationally for a home stood at $362,899, up 5.5 per cent from October 2010.

Original article:  http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1087230--toronto-housing-sales-remain-strong

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LPOA Annual meeting with guest speakers - Tues Nov 22nd, 7.30pm

Leaside Property Owners' Association (LPOA)
Annual Meeting

Tuesday November 22 at 7.30pm
William Lea Room
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
1073 Millwood Rd at Laird Drive (Parking on site)

Agenda:
• Jack Collins, Vice President, Metrolinx on the Eglinton Scarborough LRT
• Honourable Kathleen Wynne MPP
• Councillor John Parker
• LPOA Business

AGM All welcome. No charge but new memberships and renewals encouraged

St. Augustine of Canterbury's Fall Bazaar - Nov 26th

Back by popular demand...
St. Augustine of Canterbury's
Fall Bazaar
You will find paintings, photography cards, knitting, enormous baked goods table, preserves, hand decorated linens, treasures and more. For the children, decorating gingerbread houses! Come enjoy - bring your friends and neighbours!

Saturday November 26, 2011
St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church
1847 Bayview Ave M4G 3E4
(north east corner of Bayview and Broadway Avenues)
416-485-2656

Monday, November 14, 2011

BROADWAY AVENUE TRAFFIC FORUM and 1860 BAYVIEW AVENUE UPDATE

A Message From The Broadway Residents Working Group
--------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Residents!

Hopefully you have received the flyer from Councillor Jaye Robinson regarding the Traffic Forum on Tuesday. I have attached a copy of the flyer in case you did not see it. The Broadway Residents Working Group has been working on a list of traffic issues that we will be presenting at the meeting, and we suggest you attend the meeting as this is your change to give input into this initiative that Councillor Robinson has started. Here are the coordinates for the meeting:

BROADWAY AVENUE TRAFFIC FORUM
with
Councillor - Jaye Robinson

Tuesday, November 15th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church
1647 Bayview Ave.,
Basement Meeting Room

We have had a number of questions regarding the status of the settlement with the Developer for 1860 Bayview Ave. Here is a summary of the events:

1860 BAYVIEW AVENUE - UPDATE

In 2009 and through 2010, Starbank Developments 1860 Corp. proposed and applied for development of the former Brennans car dealership on the northwest corner of Broadway and Bayview Avenues. Area residents, in substantial numbers, were opposed for a host of reasons, mainly that the proposal was too big and would cause traffic problems. As it was entitled to, Starbanks appealed Community Council’s refusal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

In May of this year, the Broadway Residents Working Group asked The Sherwood Park Residents’ Association (which is incorporated and therefore able to be a Party at the Board) to represent it. A lawyer, a planner and a traffic consultant were engaged, paid with funds raised from the community by the BRWG. SPRA’s time and effort was entirely voluntary. With advice from the experts, we focused on discussions and negotiations with all Parties so that the Board, on Oct 18th, was presented with a de factoagreement which took it less than a day to hear. Approval is pending subject to details being submitted by the developer.

Some of the gains achieved through the process are:
· Overall coverage was reduced to allow for wider sidewalks on Bayview and Broadway Avenues.
· A height limit (17 metres) written into the by-law means that any future applications with an increase over the limit will have to be brought to the public first, rather thanbe negotiated behind closed doors as would have been probable otherwise.
· Residents of Rappert Avenue have approved plantings of the boulevard on the east side of their street and had significant input in improving the design of the west wall of the development, including lowering the height of some sections.
· Trucks will only circulate in from Bayview and out onto Broadway. At that exit, no trucks will be allowed to turn right; only cars and vans will be able to do so.
· The City committed to a traffic survey before construction starts with particular attention to the eastbound queuing lane on Broadway at Bayview. There will be a traffic review after the development is completed and operational. The North York Traffic Department has expressed a readiness to respond earlier if additional measures are required.
· There will be no stopping allowed on Broadway. Private vehicle pickup and drop-off will be shared with the internal taxi area.

SPRA will be involved in discussions to help mitigate the effects of construction (hours, noise, light, sidewalk access, truck queuing) on the neighbourhood.

This would not have been possible without the support of Councillor Jaye Robinson and the willingness to listen to the community’s comments shown by City Planner, Ben DiRaimo.

--------------------------------------------------------------------
The Broadway Residents Working Group.
For more information please contact us at broadwayrwg@hotmail.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

OPEN HOUSE - This weekend!

• OPEN HOUSE •

Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2011
and Sunday Nov. 13th, 2011

2:30 - 4:30 pm

354 Cleveland Street

(Click here to view MLS Listing & Map)

See you there!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NEW LISTING! Delightful Davisville Village Detached!

(Available for sale) Very pretty, light filled detached 3 bedroom! Large windows & skylights provide tonnes of natural light throughout this home! Formal dining room + main floor family room + high basement with rec. room! 2 fireplaces, 4 bathrooms, huge crawl space for storage! Private drive to double car garage (or terrific workshop with hydro)! West facing 'low maintenance' backyard! Steps to Eglinton TTC, great neighbourhood shopping! Maurice Cody P.S. School District! Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mrs. Park's Nursery School 50th Anniversary -Saturday November 12

50 Years in Leaside!

It gives me great pleasure to announce the 50th anniversary of our school.

Founded in 1961 by Joan Park, thousands of children have started their “school” career walking down our stairs.

To celebrate this occasion please join us on

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
1 to 4 p.m.
Decade photos scheduled from 2 – 3
Music, Face painting, Magic, author Susan Hughes

Leaside United Church
822 Millwood Road
Toronto, Ontario
416-424-2135

Watch for updates of the event on our website, http://www.mrs-parksschool.com/
or Facebook page - Mrs. Park’s School Anniversary

Christmas Fair at St. Cuthbert's Church - Nov 12

Christmas Fair at St. Cuthbert's Church
Don't Miss it! Our amazing Christmas Fair!

Saturday, November 12, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Whatever you are looking for, you will surely find it at one of our 17 different booths.

And the best lunch in town for $7.50!

St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church
1399 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4G 3A6
Phone: 416-485-0329
http://www.stcuthbertsleaside.com/

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pace of Home Sales Remains Brisk in October

TORONTO, November 3, 2011 — Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,642 home sales through the TorontoMLS® in October 2011. This represented an increase of 17.5 per cent compared to the 6,504 transactions reported in October 2010.

Monthly sales data follow a recurring seasonal trend that should be removed before comparing monthly results within the same year. After adjusting for seasonality, the annualized rate of sales for October was 97,100, which was above the average of 90,700 for the first three quarters of 2011.

"The pace of October resale home transactions remained brisk in the GTA. This bodes well for a strong finish to 2011," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "Home buyers who found it difficult to make a deal in the spring and summer due to a shortage of listings have benefitted from increased supply in the fall."

The average selling price through the TorontoMLS® in October was $478,137 – up eight per cent compared to October 2010.

"Sellers’ market conditions remain in place in many parts of the GTA. The result has been above-average annual rates of price growth for most home types," said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. "Thanks to low interest rates, strong price growth has not substantially changed the positive affordability picture in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions."

Read more:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1110.pdf

Thursday, October 20, 2011

NEW LISTING! Spacious & Gracious at Bayview/Eglinton!

Two bedroom condo in "Bayview Walk"!  “House-like” living room featuring a gas fireplace and crown mouldings! Updated eat-in kitchen, huge master suite with 4 piece ensuite, walk-out to open balcony and TWO parking spaces! Steps to TTC, 24 hr grocery store & great neighbourhood shopping! 
Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

HALLOWEEN GLOWSTICK GIVE-AWAY!!

Kids, come to our office during regular business hours, between now & October 31st to pick up your FREE Halloween Glowstick!

Quantities are limited, get yours before they run out!

BE SAFE, BE SEEN, this Halloween!



http://www.bonniebyford.com/

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Downspout disconnection becomes mandatory for most of Ward 26 on 20 November

News update courtesy of John Parker | Toronto City Councillor | Ward 26

October 13th, 2011 - As part of the City’s efforts to limit basement flooding and protect our waterways from pollution, City Council has voted to make it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts from the sewer system. The majority of Ward 26 falls under Phase 1 of this program. Residences east of the Don River West Branch and south of Kilgour Rd must disconnect their downspouts by 20 November 2011.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.johnparker.ca/subfeature/downspout-disconnection-becomes-mandatory-for-most-of-ward-26-on-20-november/

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NEW LISTING! Seaton Village Detached!

(Available for sale) Bloor/Clinton - Just a few steps north of Bloor! Super detached 3 bedroom awaiting your final touches! Large master with ensuite (whirlpool tub); main floor library, separate dining room, over-sized living room + front porch converted to sunroom; walk-out to covered deck overlooking delightful urban oasis; lane access to double car garage! Act now!
Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Meet Me at the Market"

Meet Me at the Market
October 22, 2011 - February 25, 2012

An exhibition of photographs, maps, art and artefacts highlighting the history of the St. Lawrence Market and neighbourhood which has been a food and shopping destination for over 200 years. Other topics including food production, Victory Gardens and community gardening will be featured.

Free Admission • toronto.ca/culture

The Market Gallery, South St. Lawrence Market
95 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C2
416-392-7604 • marketgallery@toronto.ca

Friday, October 7, 2011

GARAGE SALE Saturday, October 15th!

LEASIDE LADIES' GARAGE SALE!

38 Crofton Road
Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:30am - 2:00pm
View Map

The Gifts of the Season Year 2 - Saturday October 15, 2011

The GIFTS of the SEASON
SHOW & SALE

Saturday, October 15th
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leaside Public Library – 165 McRae Drive

Gifts to Give – gift items and fabulous food from the diverse cultures of Thorncliffe & Flemingdon Parks

• Beautiful and unusual
• Personal and memorable
• Trendy and tasty
• Affordable!

Gifts of Opportunity - The event is a gift of opportunity for the exhibitors. They are participating to develop Canadian work and opportunity skills.

Networking Tea at 3!

Everyone is invited from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. to be inspired by best-selling author Nellie Jacobs talking about her latest book: Making Opportunity Knock.

Gift for You

Silent Auction featuring a glorious autumn arrangement by Bruce McArthur Designs

Project of The Learning Support Council
Coordinated by Alliance for Cultural Equity
Please call 647-930-4300 for details
With thanks to Kathleen Wynn and Mohamed Dhanani and HighPrint.ca

Thursday, October 6, 2011

AWESOME SALE!

Mark Your Calendars! 

AWESOME SALE!

Leaside United Church 822 Millwood (at McRae)

Friday, October 14th
     @ 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 15th
     @ 10 a.m. – noon

• 1000s OF PRE-SORTED, QUALITY ITEMS

• 15 DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING:

TREASURES AND TRINKETS, BOOKS, CLOTHING, LINENS, TOYS, FURNITURE, SMALL APPLIANCES, HOUSEWARES, JEWELLERY and OTHERS…

• Snack Bar

Re-cycled Bargains !!!!!

PROCEEDS TO FUND BOTH CHURCH AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

September Rounds Out a Strong Third Quarter

TORONTO, October 5, 2011 – Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,658 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system in September – a 25 per cent increase over September 2010. Sales during the first three quarters of 2011 amounted to 70,588, representing a 2.6 per cent increase compared to the first nine months of 2010.

“We have experienced strong growth in sales so far this year, with a much more active summer compared to 2010. However, while sales have been strong, we have continued to experience a shortage of listings, resulting in more competition between home buyers,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. “Over the past few months, the listing situation has started to improve, so we expect home buyers will have more homes to choose from in the months ahead.”

Read more:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1109.pdf

TREB Housing Market Charts - September 2011

URGENT: Tuesday October 11, 2011 - Northlea Blood Donor Clinic

Message from the Northlea Community Blood Donor Clinic Committee

Be part of Northlea Community's 18th Blood Donor Clinic

A Leaside mother, neighbour and friend is fighting cancer.

A note from her husband - "Cathy is a 44 year old Leaside resident and mother of three children, who was suddenly diagnosed with a life threatening leukemia in February 2011. Her only chance at a cure was intensive chemotherapy followed by a Stem Cell Transplant. Cathy did find a donor match through Onematch in July, after numerous stem cell swabbing events held in her honour, one held here at Northlea. At present, we do not know from where, but are very grateful to that generous anonymous person out there. Cathy is scheduled for transplant this October. During this procedure Cathy will again require constant transfusions of blood products as she did during her previous three rounds of chemotherapy in order to survive. To date Cathy has received well over 30 units of blood and 25 units of platelets. Without these generous donations, people like Cathy would have no chance at survival."

In November of 2002, two Leaside area students were diagnosed with leukemia in the same week. They required blood transfusions to save their lives and help them fight the disease. The Leaside community began running blood donor clinics twice a year to support them in their battle.

Cathy and her her family need our support and encouragement. Your presence and donation at the clinic will give her that, and save lives at the same time.

Where? Northlea School (North Gym) 305 Rumsey Road

When? Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P. by calling the Canadian Blood Services appointment number at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) NOW! The criteria for donating can be found at http://www.bloodservices.ca/. Refreshments are available.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NEW LISTING! Davisville Village Opportunity!

(Available for sale) Spacious 3 bedroom stripped to the core! Ready for drywall & finishing! Extra deep 177 foot lot!! Basement floor lowered! Maurice Cody school district! Walk to Bayview’s excellent boutiques & restaurants! Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

ALL CANDIDATES MEETING - For Residents of Leaside

ALL CANDIDATES MEETING -
For Residents of Leaside
Provincial Election -
Don Valley West

Sponsored By:  Leaside Property Owners' Association

TUES., SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2011
Commencing at 7:30 pm

William Lea Room
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
1073 Millwood Road. (at Laird Dr.)
(Parking on site)

Khalid Ahmed, New Democratic Party
Louis Fliss, Green Party

Andrea Mandel-Campbell, Conservative Party
Kathleen Wynne, Liberal Party


http://www.lpoa.ca/

11th Annual Bayview Art Tour & Sale

11th Annual Bayview Art Tour & Sale

FREE ADMISSION!


Saturday, October 1 &
Sunday, October 2


Noon - 5pm

This is the 11th annual Bayview Art Tour and Sale!  On the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, you have the opportunity to visit the studios of talented artists and artisans in the Bayview / Mt. Pleasant / Eglinton / Leaside areas.  This year's tour includes 26 artists in 15 venues.

Meet the artists and see a variety of work:  paintings, pottery, jewellery, photography, glass work, fibre arts and printmaking. 

Plan to visit as many venues as you can - look for the yellow balloons!

http://www.bayviewarttourandsale.com/

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

1860 Bayview Ave - COMMUNITY MEETING – September 19, 2011 7:00 PM

A Message from The Broadway Residents Working Group:

Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues

Your Neighbourhood. Your Community.

Dear Residents,

It has been a while since we have last sent out an update on the proposed redevelopment at 1860 Bayview. We have arranged the following meeting to inform the neighbourhood of the latest updates:

COMMUNITY MEETING – SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 7:00 pm
St. Augustine Canterbury Anglican Church,
1847 Bayview Avenue (NE corner of Broadway and Bayview)

During this meeting, Ben Daube, president of The Sherwood Park Residents’ Association (SPRA), will give an update on the negotiation process and the settlement agreement. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and provide your feedback.

We have received a number of questions regarding the settlement between the City and the developer that was reported in the September issue of the North Toronto Post:

http://www.postcity.com/Post-City-Magazines/September-2011/Deal-in-the-works-for-controversial-Leaside-site/

Essentially the Toronto City Council has voted to instruct the city staff to reach a settlement with the developer. Councillor Jaye Robinson proposed several amendments one of which would ensure that the city staff involved other parties in negotiating the settlement including the SPRA. Here is a link to the City Council decision:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2011.CC10.3

For the last few months the SPRA has been negotiating and attending meetings which have culminated in an agreement between the developer, the City and the area residents. Details of the settlement and the process by which it has been arrived at will be explained at the public meeting on Monday, September 19th at 7:00 PM.

The Broadway Residents Working Group.

For more information please contact us at broadwayrwg@hotmail.com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Strong August Home Sales in the GTA

September 7, 2011, TORONTO -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,542 sales through the TorontoMLS® system in August – a 24 per cent increase over 6,083 sales in August 2010. New listings, at 12,509, were up by 20 per cent compared to August 2010. Market conditions remained tight as sales growth outstripped growth in new listings.

"Home sales in the GTA have stood up well despite a less certain economic outlook," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "Home sales will be bolstered by low mortgage rates moving forward. The Bank of Canada is expected to be on the sidelines until the second half of 2012 or even into 2013. However, home ownership affordability in the City of Toronto could be further improved with the removal of the City's land transfer tax. This tax currently represents a substantial upfront cost for home buyers."

Read more:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1108.pdf

TREB Housing Market Charts - August 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Enough Talk: Let's Walk the Walk (Eglinton 2020)

An invitation to participate in a walk across Eglinton Avenue from Kennedy to Mount Dennis through the middle of the city.

All residents, community organizations and elected officials areinvited to walk with Eglinton 2020 and be part of the future planning and shaping of Eglinton Avenue above-ground as under-ground work begins on the Eglinton CrosstownLRT.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to shape the middle of the city in a sustainable, neighbourhood and business friendly way where pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and people of all ages can live and move on Eglinton.

Help ensure the future of Eglinton is properly planned and sustainable for decades to come.

Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Time: 12 p.m. (or call 416-781-2395 to join along the way)

Location: Kennedy TTC Station (Kennedy and Eglinton) to Mt. Dennis Library (Eglinton & Weston Road)

To R.S.V.P. or join along the way please contact the Office of MPP Mike Colle:
Tel: 416-781-2395

Email: mcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

For more information about Eglinton 2020 visit http://www.eglinton2020.ca/ ...and ‘like’ the Facebook page!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Construction Notice BAYVIEW & MILLWOOD

According to Memorandum delivered to Bayview Merchants today

The following streets are part of the 2011 Council Approved Budget for Local Road Resurfacing program to be delivered by Road Operations:

Bayview Avenue (from Millwood Road to Eglinton Ave E.)
Millwood Road (from Bayview Avenue to Laird Drive)

The above work is scheduled to commence on August 15, 2011 with the anticipated completion date on September 9, 2011, weather permitting.

To view copy of the Construction Notification letter which was (or will be) delivered to the affected local business owners and residents during the week of August 8 to August 12, 2011, please follow this link:
http://www.bonniebyford.com/Construction-Notice_Bayview-2011.pdf

2011 Community Environment Days!

Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items and you will help to:

  • Extend the life of a product by offering it to someone for reuse.
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure that it is properly recycled.
  • Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely.

Thursday, September 15
Hosted by Councillor Stintz
North Toronto Memorial Arena
174 Orchard View Blvd. (off Yonge St., north of Eglinton Ave. W.)

Saturday, September 24
Hosted by Councillor Parker
Leaside Memorial Gardens
1073 Millwood Rd. (at Laird Dr.)

Saturday, October 1
Hosted by Councillor Robinson
York Mills Collegiate Institute
490 York Mills Rd. (east parking lot)

All Saturday and Sunday events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All Thursday events are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Full Schedule: http://www.toronto.ca/environment_days/schedule.htm

*UPDATE*
Residential cooking oil now accepted at Drop-off Depots and Community Environment Days

Cooking oil - from residential homes, apartments and condos - is now accepted as household hazardous waste at Drop-off Depots and Community Environment Days. (Please note the drop-off hours for household hazardous waste are different from the general operating hours.)  Cooking oil should delivered in a sealed container labelled "Used cooking oil."

Cooking oil should never be poured down the sink, drain or toilet because it can negatively impact sewer pipes systems in your home and neighbourhood, causing sewer backups. Small amounts can go in the Green Bin if soaked up with a paper towel or frozen/hardened.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

TREB Housing Market Charts - July 2011

July Sales & Average Price Up Compared to 2010

TORONTO, August 4, 2011 — Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,922 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system in July 2011, representing a 23 per cent increase over July 2010. Total sales through the first seven months of this year amounted to 55,863 –down by 1.3 per cent compared to the same period in 2010. After adjusting for seasonal fluctuations, the July figure continued to point to an annual sales result close to 90,000 –in line with results from the previous six months.

"Strong home sales continued in July, with a substantial rebound over last summer’s slow-down brought about by higher mortgage rates, new lending guidelines and misconceptions about the HST. The greatest rebound was seen in the condominium apartment segment in the City of Toronto," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "If the current pace of sales holds up, we could see the second best year on record under the current TREB market area."

The average selling price in July was $459,122 –up by almost ten per cent compared to the July 2010 average of $418,675.

“Tight market conditions have boosted the annual rate of price growth this year. However, the listings situation is starting to improve. A better supplied market later this year and into 2012 would lead to a more sustainable rate of price growth,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Full Report:    http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1107.pdf

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Beating the heat!!!!

Need some relief during our heatwave here in Toronto?

The Toronto Star shows you how to make an "air conditioner" for under $20.

Might be a fun project with the kids...or something to do indoors if you already have A/C ;-)



Stay cool everyone!

Monday, July 18, 2011

NEW LISTING! South Leaside Gem!

(Available for Lease) Superb eleven year old 3+1 bedroom home with cathedral ceilings and skylights! Modern kitchen with family room! Spacious master with his/her walk-in closets & 3 piece ensuite! Finished basement & inground pool! Steps to Rolph Road P.S. & St. Clair Bus!  Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

TorontoMLS® Sales and Average Price Up in June

TORONTO, July 6, 2011 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 10,230 home sales through the TorontoMLS® system in June 2011 – up 21 per cent compared to June 2010. This number represented the third best June result on record behind 2007 and 2009. The number of transactions during the first six months of 2011 amounted to 48,189 – down by 4.5 per cent compared to the first half of 2010.

"The strong June result capped off an interesting first half of 2011," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "The pace of sales was a bit sluggish at the beginning of the year, but rebounded in May and June. Because of the positive affordability picture, home buyers remained confident in their ability to purchase and pay for a home over the long term."

The average price for June transactions was $476,371 – a 9.5 per cent increase over June 2010. Through the first six months of the year, the average selling price was $467,169 – almost an eight per cent increase compared to the same period in 2010.

Read more:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1106.pdf

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Balloon Twisters....Photos!

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 was South Bayview's Summer Sale Event.  We decided to invite the lovely Leela to our office to create balloon animals to give out to the lucky kids strolling along Bayview that day. 

Many kids left with big smiles on their faces & cute balloon twisters in the shapes of bumble bees, dragon flies, swords, dinosaurs and even a couple dogs with a leash!

Here are some photos from Saturday:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First 'Eglinton 2020' Forum to be held on July 5th, 2011

An invitation to community leaders and stakeholders interested in participating in planning and shaping Eglinton Avenue above ground as under ground work begins on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

City councilors, MPPs and residents are all invited to participate in a discussion about shaping of the middle of the city – Eglinton Avenue – in a sustainable, neighbourhood and business friendly way where pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and people of all ages can live and move on the street.

Agenda
◦Introductions by MPP Mike Colle and Michael Wheeler
◦Presentation by 8-80 Cities (an organization dedicated to creating vibrant cities and healthy communities)
◦Input and comments by local city councilors and MPPs
◦Questions, comments and sharing of ideas
◦Next Steps…

Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hill United Church. 2 Wembley Road. (Off Bathurst, 1 block North of Eglinton Avenue West)

*Seating is limited. RSVP is required*
To R.S.V.P. please contact the Office of MPP Mike Colle:
Tel: 416-781-2395
Email: mcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Visit Eglinton 2020 on the web:  http://eglinton2020.wordpress.com/

Walk for the Flemingdon Community Food Bank - July 10, 2011

A message from Mohamed Dhanani

Dear Friends

The Flemingdon Community Food Bank is one of the largest food banks in the City of Toronto. It provides 3000 pounds of food a week and serves over 2000 families a month, including 1000 children. The Flemingdon Community Food Bank is run by volunteers within the community for the community. They work with all of their clients to meet many basic needs, starting with food, while working to raise consciousness and to empower them to make healthy food choices. The community is a diverse multi-faith and multi-cultural group of 27,000 people who speak 90 different first languages and represent 130 ethnic groups.

Last year we launched a Fundraising Walk to support the Food Bank. This is our second year. Our goal is to raise $24,000 so we can pay the rent for the Food Bank for 1 year. Our guest of honour will be the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation.

We ask for your support in getting this message out so that we can have more people participate as Walkers and Donors. Please find attached a flyer for the event, as well as a Support Letter. We are also in need of raffle prizes for walk day. If you have any questions or feedback please email me.

Warm wishes and thank you in advance!

Mohamed

For More Information:  http://www.flemingdonfoodbank.com/
Link to Support Letter:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/FlemingdonSupportLetter-2011.doc

Monday, June 27, 2011

South Bayview's Summer Sale Event

Thank you Leela!

There were balloon bumble bees & butterflies...and of course lots of SMILES in front of our office on Saturday.

More pictures coming soon!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NEW LISTING! 2 Bedroom Condo, "The Bayview"!

All the conveniences of Bayview & Eglinton without the traffic! Beautifully maintained, smart and spacious 2 bedroom (split layout) plus den! Amazing secluded balcony nestled in the treetops! Open kitchen with breakfast bar! Parking & locker included! What a fantastic opportunity, don’t miss this one!  Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

FREE BALLOON TWISTERS!

Visit Bonnie Byford Real Estate Ltd.
at
South Bayview's Summer Sale Event!
Saturday, June 25th, 2011

There will be
FREE BALLOON TWISTERS
for the kids!!

between 12pm - 2pm!

1536 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, M4G 3B6

See You On Bayview!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Update re: Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues

A Message from the Broadway Residents Working Group:

Update re Proposed Redevelopment at Broadway & Bayview Avenues

Your Neighbourhood. Your Community. Act Now.

Dear Residents:

We are pleased that many residents attended the OMB pre-hearing. Your continued show of support is so very important – thank you!

Below is an update about the pre-hearing and a reminder that we are in a key phase of establishing a strategic position. We have connected with professionals for expert advice but cannot continue engaging their services without your financial support. Visit our website at www.broadway.ca to learn how to donate.

update: omb pre-hearing

The pre-hearing took place on May 19th, 2011 at the Ontario Municipal Board.

The attendees included Mr. Terry Mills of Sherwood Park Residents’ Association (SPRA); counsel for the developer; Sarah O’Connor (Legal) and Ben DiRaimo (Planning) of the City of Toronto and approximately two dozen area residents. As previously advised SPRA are representing the community.

The OMB hearing has been scheduled for October 18th, 2011 and at this point is expected to last 5 business days. Mediation prior to the hearing date is being considered by all parties.

have you donated YET?
funds urgently needed

Thank you if you have already donated; please chat with your neighbours and encourage them to do the same.

We continue to have an urgent need to raise more funds to pay for professional services of a municipal lawyer, traffic consultant and planner. These professionals will help us to form a viable position at the OMB hearing on October 18, 2011. Any amount your budget will allow is appreciated. We suggest a minimum of $100 and hope that some of you will consider an amount in the range of $200 to $500 to help us help you.

Cheques can be made payable to Broadway Area Residents Association.
Mail to:
c/o Linda Lokk
54 Rowley Avenue, Toronto, M4P 2T4

Remember, this developer is seeking to build on 88% of the site versus the allowable 33%. This is going to have a significant negative impact on our entire neighbourhood.

The current proposal for two-storey retail with underground parking will allow a building mass with inadequate transition to the adjacent neighbourhood with no set-backs and a lack of streetscaping and landscaping. It promises to significantly increase the volume of trailers, trucks and cars on our streets. Streets that you use. Streets that your children use.

Our community deserves a better plan than the one the developer proposes.

We cannot sit back and hope for the best. We Must Act.

Please donate to our fund and stay engaged on this important community issue.

You can now visit us on Facebook at Save Broadway – Stop Big Box Retail.

For more information please contact us at broadwayrwg@hotmail.com

June Update 2011
http://www.broadwayrwg.ca/Documents/Residents%20Update%20-%20June%202011.pdf

Friday, June 10, 2011

NEW LISTING! South Leaside Detached!

OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND!
683 Eglinton Avenue East
Sat & Sun 2:30 - 4:30


Wonderful opportunity to own an upgraded 3 bedroom home in Leaside with private drive! Open plan main floor; updated kitchen with island & granite countertops; renovated bathroom with Jacuzzi tub; walkout to sunny south garden; in-law suite potential! Walk to Leaside High School, great shopping & Eglinton TTC!  Visit our Properties Page for more info!