Rental: Stunning 1-Bedroom + 1-Den at Bloor (110 Charles St E)

At this stunning 1-Bedroom + 1-Den condo, you’ll be shouting, “I’m king of the world!” when you see the view. The open-concept kitchen/dining/living space is ideal for entertaining. The balcony is large enough to enjoy your view with friends and a glass (or 3) of wine. Located next to Bloor St and uber convenient to anything you’d need; groceries, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. Best part is taking a plunge in the building’s pool after a hard day at work. Dive into X.

Stainless steel fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer. Parking included. Water and heat included, hydro extra. Small pets permitted.

Showings with 2 hours notice. Offers accepted anytime with 48 Hrs Irrev. Please include Bank Draft, Rental Application, Employment Letter, Proof Of Employment, Photo ID, Landlord Interview Req’d. Upon closing: Proof Of Insurance.

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Rental: Brand New 2-Bedroom Condo (138 Saint Helens Ave)

Never been lived-in new urban 2-bedroom condo with open-brick wall, Premium built-in appliances, Including a gas stove, and open-concept kitchen/dining/living space which is ideal for entertaining. Viewing the Toronto skyline with a cocktail is a given with this Southeast facing balcony. Located close to the UP Express for your quick getaways and uber close to the new MOCA, galleries, coffee shops and trendy Dundas restaurants. Built-in fridge, gas stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer. **Parking and locker included. ** Water, Hydro and Heat Extra.

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Bright 2-Bedroom Townhouse at Yonge/Eglinton (28 – 98 Redpath Ave)

Located at Yonge and Eglinton. This bright, two-storey corner townhouse has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an upper terrace to view the stars from. Open-concept kitchen, living and dining space is ideal for entertaining. LCBO, Loblaws, gyms, movie theatre, restaurants and coffee shops are right around the corner. Steps to Eglinton subway station and the new LRT. Close to Yonge St., Mt. Pleasant and Bayview.

Includes parking and locker.

All the hottest restaurants have come to Midtown. Enjoy Buca, Prohibition, Byblos, CIBO and the new Terroni.

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What’s the 2017/2018 difference of a Toronto house along each subway station?

We measured the house price differences between the years 2017 and 2018 along each TTC subway station within a 0.5km radius. Check it out!

What’s the 2017/2018 difference of a Toronto Condo along each subway station?

We measured the condo price differences between the years 2017 and 2018 along each TTC subway station within a 0.3km radius. Check it out!

Why we need more secondary suites in Toronto

I was at the Toronto City Council with the Planning and Housing Committee and this is what I had to say.

I think we can all agree that housing is a necessity and not a luxury. In a city like Toronto, creating more housing has become incredibly imperative. Making secondary suites easily attainable would go a long way to ease the housing crisis that our city faces. Secondary suites can help make an expensive home more affordable for someone to buy. It also creates a more affordable space for someone else to live.

As a real estate agent, home owner and landlord, I see it as a win-win. I do feel that it’s important to remove as many road blocks as possible so that more secondary suites can be created quickly. Requiring a secondary suite to have parking is unnecessary as many people don’t have cars. They live close to transit so I’m glad to hear that the parking requirements have been reduced. It’s important to choose people over cars.

Making the creation of secondary suites easy to implement is an inexpensive way for the City of Toronto to increase its housing supply. Secondary suites can also help homeowners qualify for mortgages given the high price of houses in the city.

The front wall restriction

I also wanted to mention the front wall restriction that states that an entrance can’t be created if the main wall faces the street. So entrances to secondary suites can only be at the back? If someone wants to create a secondary suite badly enough, they are forced to demolish the entire house and start from scratch. Which doesn’t allow for the character of the neighbourhood to remain. It’s difficult for home owners to create side entrances as the city currently. There needs to be a 1 meter easement between the house and the neighbouring property line. Something that a few properties in Toronto have.

If the city is going to truly simplify the process of creating secondary suites, they need to look at the building permit process and its requirements. If the city doesn’t do this, home owners will continue to create apartments illegally which have the potential to be unsafe. Increasing secondary suites is not just about increasing housing supply, it’s about creating safer places to live.

Currently, the building permit department requires a separate heating source. So one of my clients was forced to add in electrical baseboard heaters because her basement wasn’t large enough for a second furnace. Baseboard electrical heating will drive up the heating costs for her tenant. Another client was forced to create a more expensive entrance to her basement apartment as she was told that the easement between her property and her property line had to be a meter. Even though there was a meter between her property and the next house.

I’ve personally experienced inspectors making exorbitant requests in plumbing. Only to return to the house a few weeks later to change their minds. Meanwhile, the home-owner has spent more money than necessary, and the basement apartment has taken longer to build. All of these factors add up to creating delays and more expensive housing for tenants. This happens as home-owners try to recoup their costs to create secondary suites.

In conclusion

Allowing secondary suites for homes in Toronto should definitely be allowed by the planning department, however, unless it comes with an overhaul of the building permit department, these changes could be all for not.

I think it’s also important to note that household sizes are
changing. According to Statscan, there are now more single households than
households that have couples with kids. These secondary suites are ideal for
our growing single population.

Allowing secondary suites to have a fast and easy
implementation is extremely important for the future of housing in our city.

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