Thursday, December 12, 2013

City of Toronto Update - Winter 2013 Edition

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City Update

Winter 2013 Edition
The City of Toronto's e-newsletter City Update focuses on the latest services, innovations and accomplishments in Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government. This e-newsletter is for the public, stakeholders, media, City Council and staff. 

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City ready to tackle winter
With the arrival of winter, the City's snow clearing crew is ready for action. As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its salt trucks to the expressways, main roads and local roads. If the City receives 2.5 centimetres of snow, the plows are sent out to the expressways and, if five centimetres of snow falls, the plows head out to clear the main roads. Plowing then takes place for the duration of the storm. When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres, plows will be sent to the local roads. Normally, local road plowing will be completed 14 to 16 hours after the storm has ended.

New articulated TTC buses hit the road
The TTC’s new articulated buses will begin service in December. The first of 153 new accessible articulated buses will run on the 7 Bathurst route by the end of the year. Seven of the city’s busiest routes will be serviced by the new buses in 2014. The 60-foot articulated buses can accommodate 77 passengers (48 seated and 29 standing) – a 45 per cent increase in capacity. Three doors will make for faster boarding and exiting at subway stations and at all stops. This new fleet delivers on a promise made earlier this year in the TTC’s Customer Charter. 

Becoming a candidate – nominations for 2014 Municipal Election
Election Services will accept nominations for the 2014 Municipal Election from January 2 to September 12, 2014. If you are interested in becoming a candidate for mayor, city councillor or school board trustee, visit the website for key information. Topics include qualifications, filing or withdrawing a nomination, fees, and roles of elected officials. To run for mayor or councillor, a person must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age, a resident of the City of Toronto, own or lease property in Toronto, and not legally prohibited from voting or holding municipal office.

Toronto's skating programs
The public can enjoy free leisure skating at 51 locations including three civic centres. New for this year are skate pads located at Dieppe Park and Greenwood Park. Shinny hockey for all ages and levels is available at selected rinks. Check the website for rink information and schedules or call 311. Outdoor rink facilities are open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The regular outdoor skating season ends February 23, with the extended season at some locations ending March 16, weather permitting. For the safety of skaters, the Helmet Policy is enforced at all sites. CSA approved hockey helmets must be worn at all times by children under six years and by all persons including adults while playing hockey.

Hitting the slopes
The public can enjoy skiing and snowboarding this winter at Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation's two convenient locations. Certified instructors offer private and group lessons designed for people of all ages from beginner to advanced. Both locations offer rental equipment including helmets and lift tickets: Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre, Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd., 416-394-8754; Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre, Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St., 416-395-7931.

Toronto EMS hosts community wellness clinics
Paramedic Debbie Wicks is passionate about disease prevention. As a community paramedic, she sees the importance of helping people to understand how to take proactive steps to manage their personal health. Debbie often hosts community wellness clinics including one recently held at the Grandravine Community Recreation Centre. Debbie met with over 45 residents of this North York community and conducted individual wellness assessments including blood pressure readings and pulse checks. Community wellness clinics are an important part of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) public outreach.

Heritage Conservation District blog launched
The City recently launched a new blog to help Torontonians learn more about the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) studies and plans happening throughout the city.The Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto blog is a resource to learn about milestones, events and ways to participate. Each HCD study or plan has a dedicated section in the blog where readers can find background information, boundary maps, community consultation presentations and historic photo galleries. There are currently five HCDs being studied: Historic Yonge Street, Garden District, St. Lawrence, Queen Street East, and King/Spadina.
Long-Term Care Homes & Services – convalescent care
In September, Long-Term Care Homes & Services added True Davidson Acres to its list of homes offering convalescent care. Now, five city-run homes offer specialized care services to residents who need time to recover after a serious illness or surgery. This short-stay program provides 24-hour care in a supportive environment to help residents recover and regain their strength and functioning skills to return to independent living. While in this program, a multi-disciplinary care team, which includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants and dietitians, will work with residents to ensure they get the personalized care services they need.
Toronto Building to accept email submissions
On December 2, the Toronto Building Division began accepting email submissions for customers seeking building permits. This new service option for submitting a service request is part of the division's Electronic Service Delivery Program. The objective of the program is to enhance accessibility to Toronto Building and meet clients' expectations of being able to access municipal services from anywhere at any time. A complete listing of Toronto Building services along with submission requirements is available on the Toronto Building webpage.

Helping the homeless this holiday season
Looking for a way to help someone less fortunate this holiday season? The City's annual Wish List is a one-stop resource for Torontonians wanting to bring cheer to those experiencing homelessness, either with gifts or by volunteering. The City asked agencies that run shelters, drop-ins and other services for homeless people what items their clients need. The most common items needed are winter clothing, toiletries, and gift cards for groceries. A complete list of items, volunteer opportunities and holiday fundraisers planned by the agencies is available on the City's website.

2013 United Way Employee Campaign
The Toronto Public Service, along with staff from the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place, raised $1,320,000 for the 2013 City of Toronto United Way Employee Campaign. Staff have now raised more than $1 million annually for the past 13 years. The funds raised support the larger United Way Community Fund that provides core funding to a network of 200 non-profit agencies across the city. These agencies meet urgent needs and provide social services to individuals, families and communities

Monday, December 9, 2013

FREE 2014 Wall Calendars!

Come in to our office during regular business hours and pick up a FREE
2014 Wall Calendar!
(While supplies last.)

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

TREB Housing Market Charts - November 2013

Tighter Market Conditions Drive Strong Price Growth

TORONTO, December 4, 2013 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,391 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in November, representing a 13.9 per cent increase over the sales result for November 2012. Over the same period, new listings on TorontoMLS were down by 4.4 per cent and month-end active listings were down by 12.1 per cent.

"Growth in sales was strong for most home types in the Greater Toronto Area. Sales growth was led by the single-detached market segment followed by condominium apartments. Together, singles and condos accounted for almost three-quarters of total GTA transactions," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

"With National Housing Day having just passed, housing affordability is top of mind in the GTA and indeed nationally. Despite strong price growth and an uptick in borrowing costs this year, monthly mortgage payments on the average priced home remain affordable for a household earning the average GTA income," continued Ms. Usher.

The average selling price for November 2013 TorontoMLS transactions was $538,881 – up by 11.3 per cent in comparison to the average of $484,208 reported for November 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 5.7 per cent over the same period.

"Whether we consider the average TorontoMLS selling price or the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark, annual home price growth remained well-above the rate of inflation in November. This makes sense given the fact that competition between buyers increased last month. Transactions were up strongly year-over-year while the number of homes available for sale was down," said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dollhouse "Renovations" Are Complete!

As many of you know, when we renovated our office earlier this year, we also sent our much loved Dollhouse out for refurbishing.

Rob, over at The Little Dollhouse Company worked tirelessly to complete the project which included: exterior painting, replacing some windows, rewiring the electrical system, installing new light fixtures, putting down new "broadloom" and installing new wallpaper, baseboards and crown moulding.

The house is finally back home in our window at 1536 Bayview Avenue, proudly on display for everyone to view.  Here are some photos of the new look.  Be sure to have a look in the seems that some new "residents" moved in over the summer!  ;-)

Come by our office over the next few days as we will be getting our holiday decor out of storage and placing all those itty-bitty presents under the itty-bitty Christmas tree!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Peace is Possible benefit concert November 24, 2013

Peace is Possible benefit concert for CISV Toronto featuring the Common Thread Chorus

Common Thread Chorus has chosen to collaborate with CISV in what promises to be a very special afternoon. Like CISV, this 80-voice choir believes that we should focus on the things we have in common, rather than the differences that may divide us. This concert will feature performances by their children’s choir, as well as their adult choir, performing music that reflects Toronto’s diversity. CISV Toronto youth who have experienced firsthand the unique magic of an international CISV program will make a brief presentation.

When: Sunday, November 24, 3 pm
Where: Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School
1515 Bloor St. West
M6P 1A3
(Dundas West subway station)
Free underground parking – entrance on east side of school, off Bloor St.
Advance sales ticket prices:
Adults: $15
Seniors/students: $10
Group of 5 or less: $40
Children under 10 free


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

LPOA Annual General Meeting November 26, 2013

The Leaside Property Owners’ Association Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. in the William Lea Room at Leaside Memorial Gardens.

Special guest Toronto Star columnist Royson James will speak about “The Mayor We Want; The Mayor We Need”.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NEW LISTING! Prime Leaside Office Space!

Leaside 2nd floor office space for lease. Bright south facing windows plus skylights! Large reception area + 4 private offices + boardroom + 2 private bathrooms! Located in the busy South Bayview Shopping District (LCBO, Shoppers DrugMart, Valu-Mart, Dollarama, Restaurants, Bakeries, Gelato Bars, Clothing Boutiques & Coffee Shops! Two "Green P" parking lots across the street. TTC at the door!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Investigation of Flooding - Leaside

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Notice of Public Information Centre #1

Please join us at our First Public Information Centre to learn about the causes of flooding and the options that will be considered to address the problem in the sudy area.  You will have an opportunity to view information display boards and speak one-on-one with project staff.  Details are as follows:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


6:30pm to 8:30pm


Leaside High School - Cafeteria
200 Hanna Road
(Eglinton and Bayview Avenue)

Public consultation is an important part of this study.  Visit the project website for more information or contact us if you would like to be placed on our mailing list for updates.

Mae Lee (Rigmea)
Public Consultation Unit, City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Fl., 55 John Street
Toronto, ON M4V 3C6
Tel:  416-392-8210  Fax:  416-392-2974
TTY:  416-338-0889

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

TorontoMLS Home Sales Up Annually in October

TORONTO, November 6, 2013 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,000 home sales through the TorontoMLS system in October 2013 - up from 6,713 transactions reported in October 2012. Over the same period, new listings on the TorontoMLS system were down.

"The GTA home ownership market has been broadly characterized by a rebound in sales since the summer. Market conditions have been tighter in some market segments more so than others. Ground-oriented homes listed for below one million dollars in some areas of the GTA have been especially popular with buyers, while listings for these home types have been constrained," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

"The supply of listings for many home types and price points has either been down yearover- year or at least not up by the same annual rate as sales. The additional Land Transfer Tax in the City of Toronto and the removal of the government guarantee on high ratio mortgages for home purchases over one million dollars have arguably led many homeowners not to list," continued Ms. Usher.

The average selling price for TorontoMLS sales in October 2013 was $539,058- up by more than seven per cent in comparison to the average price of $502,127 in October 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 4.5 per cent year-overyear.

"Growth in the average selling price and the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark will continue through 2014. Inventory levels for ground-oriented home types will be low from a historic perspective and home ownership demand will stay strong as affordability remains in check due to the continuation of accommodative borrowing costs," said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit:  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fundraiser Car Rally Saturday November 9 for the Children at El Hogar

Start your engines on Saturday November 9 at 2.00pm for a fun-fuelled time!

Meet Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road
Entry fee: $50/person, 4 person teams
Includes car rally, dinner, prizes, silent auction and entertainment
Funds raised go to El Hogar orphanage in Honduras
For tickets call Margo at 416 421-4379
Please register by Thursday November 7

Eglinton Crosstown - Station Design Update Meetings

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Rapid and reliable transit is coming to the centre of Toronto. The Crosstown will move Torontonians to work, school and play faster than ever before – reducing travel times and enhancing our economy and our environment. The Crosstown will run along Eglinton, with more than 10 kilometres underground, making transit travel up to 60 per cent faster than today.

Metrolinx invites you to attend meetings for information on preliminary station and stop designs for the Eglinton Crosstown project.

The first meeting on November 6, 2013 will cover preliminary station and stop designs from Laird Drive to Wynford Drive, as well as information on the future construction of a tunnel boring machine launch shaft that will be located east of Brentcliffe Road.

Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Noor Cultural Centre
123 Wynford Dr, North York, ON

The second meeting on November 7, 2013 will cover the preliminary station designs from Avenue Road to Bayview Avenue.

Date: Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Northern Secondary School
851 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto

The meetings will be open house format, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity to view displays and speak one-on-one with staff.

- See more at:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Look what has returned to our window!

The dollhouse is back!  Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

St. Cuthbert's Fabulous Christmas Fair!

St. Cuthbert's Fabulous Christmas Fair!

Saturday, November 9, 2013
11am - 2pm

Great shopping with treasures, jewellery, baking, toys etc. and a yummy lunch!

The Silent Auction with contributions from local merchants is a big draw.

St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church
1399 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4G 3A6

[Look for Bonnie Byford Real Estate's donations of a "$50 Shopping Spree at Scholar's Choice", a Die Cast Corvette Model Car & a Playmobil Transport Truck in the Silent Auction!]

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carving your Halloween Jack-o'-lantern

Looking for design ideas for your jack-o'-lantern?

Have a look at our Facebook Album of Pumpkin Stencils.  Download your favourite & have fun!

Happy Halloween!!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Leaside Centennial Productions call for participants!

We are proud Leaside residents who want to document Leaside’s past and present and share our collective stories with the community we love.


You may have already heard about our Leaside centennial project to create an educational and entertaining video chronicling our community’s storied history and vibrant present. The final production will be extensively available online and in a compact DVD timed to celebrate our centennial year.  


We know you have a special connection and interest in the Leaside story and we would like to invite you to share your experiences with us. We will be filming interviews every Saturday from 2:00pm - 5:00pm until the end of October.

Here are questions to be asked 

What are your oldest memories of Leaside?
What do you recall about the development of the "Town/Neighbourhood?"
What are your family memories in Leaside?
What are your fondest memories?
Who is your "hero" of the community?

As a proud Leaside resident, it is my privilege to share a glimpse of a very special Video Production in progress. 

We are looking for individuals with a connection to Leaside's Community History in support of our research, Leaside Centennial Productions, "100 Years Inside Leaside" Documentary.

We want this documentary to serve as a bridge to the past, to uphold the legacy and rich sense of history that is Leaside. Please note, we are booking final interviews for October and early November 2013.

On behalf of the producers of this rare video, I am appealing to you for any "gateway to the past" or referral to resources that would assist. 

Andrew Flanagan
Leaside Centennial Productions
If you are willing to help, would you please contact:
Barry H. Samuel at 416 849-7325
Anthony Regan at 416 422-0543

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's Time For Our Annual Halloween Glowstick GIVE-AWAY!

BE SAFE, BE SEEN, this Halloween!

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!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mark your calendars....The Awesome Sale is coming up!

Leaside United Church
822 Millwood (at McRae)

Fri Oct 18th 2013 --> 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat Oct 19th 2013 --> 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...+ Baking & Snack Bar too!
Bargains galore !!!

Proceeds to fund both church and outreach programs!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

TREB Housing Market Charts - September 2013

Strong Sales and Price Growth in September

October 3, 2013, TORONTO -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,411 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in September 2013, representing a 30 per cent increase compared to 5,687 transactions reported in September 2012. Year-to-date, total residential sales reported through TorontoMLS amounted to 68,907 during the first nine months of 2013 – down by one per cent compared to the same period in 2012.

“It’s great news that households have found that the costs of home ownership, including mortgage payments, remain affordable. This is why the third quarter was characterized by renewed growth in home sales in the GTA. We expect to see sales up for the remainder of 2013, as the pent-up demand that resulted from stricter mortgage lending guidelines continues to be satisfied,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

The average selling price for September transactions was $533,797 – up by 6.5 per cent year-over-year. Through the first three quarters of 2013, the average selling price was $520,118 – up by over four per cent compared to the first nine months of 2012.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark for September was up by four per cent year-over-year. The annual rate of growth for the composite benchmark has been accelerating since the spring of 2013.

“The price growth story in September continued to be about strong demand for low-rise home types, coupled with a short supply of listings. Even with slower price growth and month-to-month volatility in the condo apartment market, overall annual price growth has been well above the rate of inflation this year. This scenario will continue to play out through the remainder of 2013,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Open House & First Skate at Leaside's New Rink!

"On behalf of the Board of Management of Leaside Memorial Community Gardens, I invite you to join me on Saturday, October 5th for an Open House & First Skate on our new rink!
As I have mentioned previously, some items like painting, signage and landscaping will not be completed by October 5th.  Our priority has always been to get the ice surface ready and available to our user groups at the earliest possible date.  The new rink will open for programming on Sunday, October 6th.  We will thank our generous community donors more formally and appropriately when the Donor Recognition Wall is completed later this fall.
Thank you!  And I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 5th at 10 a.m.  BBQ to follow.  Bring your skates!
I encourage you to forward the attached invitation to your friends -- anyone who might like to join us as we celebrate this milestone event.
Ray White,
Arena Board Chair
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lemonade & conversation with St. Cuthbert's church parishioners

A message from Leaside resident, Lorna Krawchuk:

Don't try to walk by Bonnie Byford Real Estate too quickly on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 between 11 am and 1 pm.  You'll miss a chance for a free glass of cooling lemonade being given out by parishioners from St. Cuthbert's Church.  

Why are they here? 

To raise awareness of a world-wide effort by a number of churches, called Back to Church Sunday - which will be Sunday, September 29. Pick up an information pamphlet along with your lemonade. Hope to see you in church. 

Lorna Krawchuk

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Help Plan Eglinton!

A message from EGLINTONconnects:

Learn about recommended changes. 
Work with us to get them right.

In May and June 2013, we asked you to give us feedback on some options and ideas for Eglinton’s future. We’ve taken what we heard and developed recommendations for Travelling, Greening and Building Eglinton, including:

• Four general traffic lanes for the majority of Eglinton, with on street parking similar to what exists today
• For Avenue Road to Mt. Pleasant Road, where the volume of traffic is lower, two general traffic lanes plus a left turn lane, with dedicated on-street parking in lay-by spaces
• A continuous protected bike lane along Eglinton, from Black Creek to Brentcliffe (standard bike lanes are already approved east to Kennedy)
• Wider sidewalks, plus room for big trees, benches and patios
• New public spaces, including parks, plazas and forecourts
• Permitting mid-rise buildings along Eglinton, and taller than mid-rise in certain Focus Areas

To learn more and help us refine these draft recommendations, join us at any of three public meetings or visit

West Meeting
Monday, October 7
George Harvey Collegiate Institute
1700 Keele St, just south of Eglinton

Central Meeting
Tuesday, October 8
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W, near Chaplin

East Meeting
Wednesday, October 9
Jean Vanier Secondary School
959 Midland Ave, just north of Eglinton

All meetings:
6:30 - 9:00 pm - Information on display and staff available to answer questions
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Overview presentation, and facilitated discussion

To view full size .pdf, follow this link:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Make a date to donate -- Northlea Blood Clinic October 8, 2013

Notice from Geoff Kettel, Community Connector, Advocate and Consultant

In November of 2002, two Leaside children were diagnosed with leukemia in the same week.  When 10 year old Noah learned that the life-saving blood he received as part of his treatment came from people, not factories, he was amazed. 

When people asked how they could help, both Emmy and Noah suggested they donate blood. A group of 10 mothers joined together to make that happen.

On Tuesday October 8, from 2-8 p.m. Leaside will celebrate our 22nd clinic of giving. 

The need for blood never ends. 

Please join us in the North Gym at Northlea Elementary and Middle School, 305 Rumsey Road 

Make an appointment today 1-8882-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) 

(walk-ins welcome, refreshments provided)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

TREB Housing Market Charts - August 2013

August 2013 Sales and Average Price Up Over 2012

TORONTO, September 5, 2013 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,569 residential transactions through the TorontoMLS system in August 2013. This represented a 21 per cent increase compared to 6,249 sales in August 2012. "Sales were up strongly this past August for all major home types compared to last year. Many households have accounted for the added costs brought on by stricter mortgage lending guidelines and have reactivated their search for a home. These households have found that a diversity of affordable ownership options exist throughout the GTA," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

The average selling price for August 2013 was $503,094 - up by almost 5.5 per cent compared to the average of $477,170 in August 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark was up by 3.7 per cent over the same period.

"Despite an increase in borrowing costs during the spring and summer, an average priced home in the GTA has remained affordable for a household earning an average income. With this in mind, tight market conditions are expected to promote continued price growth through the remainder of 2013," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit:  

Monday, August 19, 2013

NEW LISTING! 1 Bedroom Suite in "Leaside Gate"!

(Available for Lease)  South Leaside's much admired "Leaside Gate"! Beautifully maintained 1 bedroom suite! Private and secluded balcony at the tree line! Ensuite laundry! Walk-in closet in master bedroom! Includes use of one locker and one parking spot! Minimum one year lease -- longer preferred. Terrific amenities in the building include: indoor exercise pool, wood shop, games & billiard rooms and library & party room with patio! Prefer no smoking and no pets (dogs are not allowed in the building). TTC at door!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NEW LISTING! Retail Storefront - For Lease on South Bayview!

(Available for lease) Very active & eclectic shopping district bordering Leaside & Davisville Village! Approx. 1000sf store on main floor + full height basement. Rear door access to 2X2 tandem parking spaces; vehicle access from service lane. Davisville Bus; public parking; LCBO; Dollarama; Starbucks +++ Just Steps Away!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!

TREB Housing Market Charts - July 2013

Strong Sales and Price Growth in July

TORONTO, August 2, 2013 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,544 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in July 2013. Total sales were up by 16 per cent compared to July 2012. Over the same period, new listings added to TorontoMLS and active listings at the end of the month were up, but by a substantially smaller rate of increase compared to sales.

"Last month’s sales represented the best July result since 2009 and was the third best July result on record. Despite recent increases in average borrowing costs, home buyers are still finding affordable home ownership options in the GTA," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

"We are a year removed from the onset of stricter mortgage lending guidelines and many households who put their decision to purchase a home on hold have reactivated their search. An increasing number of these households are getting deals done," continued Ms. Usher.

Reflecting tighter market conditions, the average selling price for July sales was up on a year-over-year basis by eight per cent to $513,246. The low-rise market segment continued to be the driver of overall price growth. It should be noted, however, that the average condominium apartment price was also up by more than the rate of inflation on an annual basis. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) was also up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types.

"We are forecasting continued average price growth for the remainder of 2013 and through 2014 as well. Months of inventory for low-rise homes remains near record lows, suggesting that sellers’ market conditions will remain in place in the second half of 2013. An increase in listings in 2014 would lead to more balanced market conditions and a slower pace of price growth next year, albeit still above the rate of inflation," said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit:  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NEW LISTING! Superb Opportunity in Davisville Village!

(Available for sale)  3+ bedroom semi with main floor family room ready to be upgraded to your own taste and style! Extra sound insulation installed in living room/dining room party wall! 3-tier deck overlooks secluded garden oasis! Steps to very popular Maurice Cody P.S. and Community Centre! Short walk to Bayview's wonderful shopping and fine dining, plus Davisville bus to the subway! Rated a "Walker's Paradise" by Walk Score! Don't miss this opportunity!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Our Office Renovation -- Update!

We're back!!!

We have finally moved back into our old space at 1536 Bayview!

Some finishing touches still need to be attended to before all of our furniture can be moved out of storage, so we are working in a bit of a "construction zone".  But we have some chairs and our desks, so business continues as usual.

For those of you who are familiar with our office, make sure you visit our photo album on Facebook to see what's been happening over the last few months --> "Renovation Photo Album" on Facebook

You will also notice that the famous dollhouse that sits in our window is still missing in action.  It is out being renovated too!  The fine people at The Little Dollhouse Company on Mt. Pleasant are doing some touch-ups to our 30+ year old house to make it look fresh again.

It's great to be back....Come by & say hi! 

(Read previous "Renovation Post" here)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

NEW LISTING! 2nd Floor Office Space For Lease on South Bayview!

(Available for lease) Leaside 2nd floor office space. Bright corner office overlooks busy South Bayview shopping district. Large open office/reception area + private office with french doors. Lunch room, private bathroom, 2 skylights! Two "Green P" Parking lots across the street. Bus stop at the door! Located in heart of busy pedestrian friendly area with LCBO, Dollarama, restaurants, bakeries, gelato bars, clothing boutiques & coffee shops!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Friday, July 5, 2013

TREB Housing Market Charts - June 2013

Low-Rise Market Conditions Remain Tight in June

TORONTO, July 4, 2013 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,061 sales through the TorontoMLS system in June 2013 - down by less than one per cent compared to June 2012. Over the same period, new listings were down by a greater rate than sales, suggesting market conditions became tighter.

"The sales picture in the GTA improved markedly in the second quarter of 2013. While the number of transactions was still down compared to 2012, rates of decline were substantially improved compared to the first quarter," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

"As a growing number of homebuyers, many of whom put their purchase on hold due to stricter lending guidelines, now reactivate their search, the expectation is for renewed growth in home sales in the second half of 2013," added Ms. Usher The average selling price in June was up by 4.7 per cent year-over-year to $531,374. In line with the 2013 norm, June price growth was driven by the single-detached and semi-detached market segments, particularly in the City of Toronto. Over the same time period, average condominium apartment selling prices remained in line with 2012 levels.

"The short supply of low-rise home types in many parts of the GTA relative to the number of households looking to buy continued to prompt strong upward pressure on selling prices of singles and semis," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis. "We have also seen enough buyers in the better-supplied condo apartment market to provide support for selling prices at current levels.”

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

TODAY! Open House & Bits and Bites on Bayview!

It's a busy day for the Byfords!

Come visit Susan on Bayview this afternoon!  "Bits & Bites on Bayview"'s travelling Balloon Twister makes her stop outside our office at 1536 Bayview this afternoon.  We are a sponsor of "Bits & Bites" which is running today until 7:30 pm.  See you there!  (More info:

Visit Richard at his Open House at 1 LeMay Road between 2:30 - 4:30 pm today.  Come and see this solid 3 bedroom, detached Davisville Village home, ready for you to add your personal touch.  A fantastic opportunity!  (Click here for more info!)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NEW LISTING! Davisville Village Detached 3 Bedroom!

Loved by the same family for 55+ years! Your opportunity to re-create and renovate! Private drive to single detached garage! Beautiful garden! Located in the popular Maurice Cody Public School District! Steps to Davisville bus and minutes to subway! Short walk to South Bayview's wonderful shopping and fine dining! 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Garden Court Apartments Public Meeting Thursday June 20 at 7.00pm


Thursday June 20, 2013 - 7:00 pm

St. Cuthbert's Church, 1399 Bayview Avenue

We Need Your Support - Please Join Us!!!

Community Consultation Meeting on Rental Housing Condo Conversion and Demolition Application

For Garden Court Apartments Located At
1477 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Help Tenants Keep Their Homes By Preserving Affordable Rental Housing In Leaside!

Garden Court Tenants Association

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Price Growth Across All Major Home Types in May

TORONTO, June 5, 2013 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,811 sales through the TorontoMLS system in April 2013, representing a dip of two per cent in comparison to 10,021 transactions in April 2012. Both new listings during the month and active listings at the end of April were up on a year-over-year basis.

“Despite the headwinds we have experienced in the housing market this year, April sales came in quite strong in comparison to last year. As we move through the spring and into the second half of 2013, the demand for home ownership should continue to firm-up relative to last year,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Ann Hannah.

“It has been almost a year since the federal government enacted stricter mortgage lending guidelines. It is realistic to surmise that some households, who originally put their decision to purchase on hold, are once again looking to buy,” continued Ms. Hannah.

The average selling price for April 2013 transactions was $526,335 – up by two per cent in comparison to April 2012. The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark Price was up by 2.9 per cent.

“The condominium apartment segment in the City of Toronto was a key driver of price growth in April, with both the average selling price and the MLS HPI apartment index up on a year-over-year basis. The improved condo sales picture, with Toronto sales down by only one per cent compared to last year, suggests that interest in condo ownership may be improving," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

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