GOOD NEWS FOR CONDO INVESTORS

Real estate statistics for 2015 are now being released, and condominium investors in the GTA can continue to rely on substantial rental prospects for the foreseeable future. Although according to Urbanation, the number of purpose-built rental construction increased to 3,476 units (a 25-year high) in 2015, the number of condo apartments rented through MLS rose 19 per cent, to 27,166. The year went out with a bang, as total lease volume in the fourth quarter increased 26 per cent over the previous year, to 5,628 units.

Looking at the bigger picture, Toronto welcomes a continuous influx of immigrants each year, and they all need places to live. With 23,000 jobs added in Ontario in December, the prospect looks even brighter. Condominiums in the GTA are a viable, tangible, profitable investment. NOW is the time to consider a condo in your financial portfolio, while interest rates are still amazingly low!

CANADA SECOND IN WORLD RANKING FOR BEST PLACES TO LIVE

We are through only part of January, and already Canada has begun collecting international accolades. This month, our country came in second in a ranking of the best countries in the world!

The World Economic Forum released the survey of 60 countries that covered 24 categories such as business, economy and quality of life. Canada shone in many, including our attitude toward welcoming immigrants, celebrating diversity, nurturing the arts and offering a high standard of living. We were praised for our trade policies and for being a high-tech society. Did you know that Canada ranks third in proven oil reserves and we are the fifth-largest oil producer in the world?

In this survey, we lost out to Germany overall, but captured first place for quality of life. Interestingly, the United States ranked fourth overall.

This news comes hot on the heels of Toronto being named one of the NY Times’ top travel destinations in the world and referred to us as Canada’s premier city.

No wonder so many people choose to immigrate to Canada and the GTA. We truly have it all, by anyone’s standards!

WATCH FOR SKYWATCH CONDOS COMING TO THE ROSEDALE ON BLOOR!

Rolex Ladies and gentlemen, now and then an opportunity comes along that is just too phenomenal to pass up – and if you count extraordinary views among your condominium must-haves, have I got news for you!

Hot on the heels of the incredible sold-out first phase at The Rosedale on Bloor, the second phase, SkyWatch Condos, will soon be launched. In the sleek, modern Page+Steele/IBI Group Architects-designed tower anchored by Canada’s first 4-Star Canopy by Hilton Hotel, the SkyWatch suites will be located on floors 26 through 48. Just imagine the unobstructed vistas in every direction, from Toronto’s dynamic urban skyline to the lush greenery of Rosedale. Prices will begin from the mid-$200,000s for sizes from 307 to 871 square feet – astounding for this incredible location at Bloor, just east of Yonge. It’s steps to TTC and all of the wonderful shops, restaurants and galleries in prestigious Bloor/Yorkville.

NOW is the time to register for this outstanding opportunity, because for a limited time, every suite purchase will include a free Rolex watch!

Rosedale AerialThe chance to live in sophistication in midtown Toronto is irresistible. Interiors are by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, including a chef’s kitchen and dining room, fitness centre, yoga and stretching room, theatre room and lounge area. The condominium amenities also include a rooftop terrace. The suite features are exquisite, from engineered quartz kitchen countertops to beautiful laminate flooring throughout.

What will The Gupta Group think of next? A spectacular location, superb condominium above an excellent hotel, and a Rolex watch with each suite purchase (limited time only)! Isn’t it time you register at www.skywatchcondos.com or call 416-928-9997.

CONSTRUCTION A “GO” AT THE LINK IN BURLINGTON

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Things are hopping in Burlington, where ADI Development Group has officially started construction on Phase 2 at The Link Condos + Towns. To make way for progress, the presentation centre has been removed, and sales are now by appointment in ADI’s Nautique sales centre in Burlington. With a Dundas Street-Sutton Drive address, The Link condominium community is literally linked to Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Bronte creek. What a glorious natural setting for these in-demand residences!

RAW Design is behind the design of the contemporary exteriors, and luxurious interiors include a fabulous two-storey amenity centre.

Luxury reigns throughout these well-appointed residences and the two-storey amenity centre that will encompass fitness facilities, a party room with a kitchen, lounge and dining room, plunge pools, sauna and terrace. Purchasers hail from diverse backgrounds and ages, thrilled to be able to enjoy carefree living in the city they know and love.  Prices begin from just the mid-$200,000s

If you would like to be part of this incredible condominium community, act now. For more information, visit www.adidevelopments.com.

NOVEMBER 2015 HOUSING MARKET A RECORD-BREAKER!

CN TowerNews from the housing market in the Greater Toronto Area continues to be amazing. Recent stats from the Toronto Real Estate Board show that a new record was set for home sales in November — up 14 per cent over the same month last year! And that’s not all … November saw the average price of homes and condos reach $632,685, which is up 9.6 per cent from the same month in 2014. Plus, the November figures brought sales to date this year to 96,401, which is nothing less than astounding. The closest we had to that number was in 2007, when 93,193 set the previous record.

Robust resale numbers and our healthy new home and condo sales this year tell a promising story of faith in our economy. People buy homes when they feel comfortable about making one of the biggest financial and lifestyle moves of their lives. It is easy to understand why so many people come from around the world to settle in the GTA and buy homes here. Things are on track for another spectacular year in 2016.

HOLIDAY GIFT SUGGESTIONS FOR CONDO-OWNER

Red_Christmas_present_on_white_backgroundIf new condominium suite owners are on your gift-shopping list and you want to get something for their home, think flexibility! Today’s condos are designed to maximize space, but are often compact, so something with multi-functional uses would be great. This can be anything from stacking coffee mugs to an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, seating and/or storage unit.

Perhaps you are looking for stocking stuffer ideas? How about a decorative wall hook or USB drives your loved one can use for digital media storage? Today’s condominium kitchens are gorgeous, and in open-concept spaces become part of the main living area. A great accessory that comes in a kaleidoscope of colours and designs is the ever-important tea towel. Think about the giftee’s taste and décor style and select kitchen towels that will add a pop of colour.

You will find all sorts of ideas online, such as a fabric laundry bag that can hang on the back of a closet door, serving trays that can serve as tiny dining surfaces, edible gifts, a cozy blanket that is beautiful enough to use on the bed or as a throw. Even better, tickets take up very little space – think about an experience gift in the form of tickets to a play, concert or sporting event.

Have fun shopping, and remember that your family and friends who live in condos likely do not have space for a lot of “things.” In keeping with the season, give a gift that results from some careful thought!

WATCH FOR AN INCREDIBLE RESIDENTIAL OPPORTUNITY AT THE ROSEDALE ON BLOOR

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The Rosedale on Bloor

We’re excited about Easton’s Group of Companies’ new condominium coming to Bloor and Sherbourne at Rosedale Valley Road. Aptly named “The Rosedale,” this exquisite residence is already attracting a lot of interest from shoppers looking for superb high-end living. The Rosedale is situated on Bloor just east of Yonge, offering the prestige of midtown Toronto and the energy of downtown. Yorkville and The Annex are only blocks away, and Rosedale itself is home to grand mansions, lush parks and verdant ravines. Both TTC access and the DVP are nearby for getting around the city.

Get ready for something spectacular, as The Rosedale will introduce striking contemporary architecture to this coveted area. Developed by The Gupta Group, which owns Easton’s Group of Companies, this 52-storey mixed-use tower is designed by the renowned team of Page+Steele/IBI Group Architects, interior designer Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge and landscape architect NAK Design Strategies. With a roster like that, you know The Rosedale will be special. Plus, this address will include an exclusive new hotel, Canopy by Hilton – the first Canopy Hotel in Canada.

Those who purchase at The Rosedale on Bloor the weekend of November 28th and 29th will receive a $1,000 shopping spree, and receive a pricing discount of $10,000 off 1 bedroom and 1 bedroom + den units, and $15,000 off all two bedroom suites. The Gupta Group also recently announced a partnership with Rogers, giving residents at The Rosedale on Bloor the added benefit of receiving Rogers Ignite 250 Unlimited Internet installed in suites with download speeds to 250 Mbps, and unlimited internet usage.

And wait until you hear about the amenities available to residents: concierge service, a glass-enclosed pool area, equipped fitness centre, yoga/stretching room, private dining room with a chefs/catering kitchen, theatre, lounge, equipped business centre with meeting rooms, and a rooftop terrace with a fireplace, open fire pits and barbecue. Among the gorgeous suite appointments will be ceiling heights ranging up to 9 feet, engineered quartz countertops, Munge-designed kitchen cabinetry and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

This is a condominium residence like no other in a one-of-a-kind setting. Register now at www.therosedaleonbloor.com or call 416-928-1313.

DUNDAS SQUARE GARDENS A MAIN ATTRACTION IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

Dundas Square Gardens

Dundas Square Gardens

This fall, Easton’s Group of Hotels marked the onset of construction on Dundas Square Gardens with an official ceremony. What an exciting milestone for this highly successful condominium ideally located at Dundas and Jarvis Streets in downtown Toronto. The hotel onsite will be closed right after the holidays to make way for demolition so the building can begin.

You will still find a good selection of suites available if you hurry. Residences are going quickly to professionals and students who appreciate the opportunity to live within walking distance to a wealth of amenities. Ryerson University and University of Toronto are just a stroll away, as are Toronto Eaton Centre, Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square. The city’s world-renowned hospitals are only a few blocks farther, making Dundas Square Gardens the condominium of choice for university students, doctors, nurses, retail and other professionals. Getting around the city is a breeze with subway and transit lines only footsteps away!

Destined to become an iconic landmark, Dundas Square Gardens features a striking exterior by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects. It will rise to 47 storeys with a stunning lantern finial at its top, while its sister tower will include 17 levels. Suite designs defy the ordinary, with efficiency and space usage as important as beauty. Chic interiors by Studio Munge include the Sky Lobby, and amenities extend to a rooftop pool on the 18th floor. The lifestyle offered here is incredible.

Plus, competitive prices make Dundas Square Gardens the perfect choice for first-time buyers, young families just starting out and investors. Now is the time to get in on this remarkable residential opportunity in an area that has been rated among Toronto’s top-10 neighbourhoods for high-return real estate by Toronto Life. For more information and to register for updates, visit www.dundassquaregardens.com

REGISTER NOW FOR YORK CONDOS, THE NEXT RESIDENTIAL MASTERPIECE IN DOWNTOWN MARKHAM

York CondosSoon, The Remington Group will launch sales at York Condos, the newest residential condominium in the incredible Downtown Markham community – the largest planned mixed-use community in Canada. This coveted neighbourhood is already a place to live, work, shop and play; now, residents can learn as well, with York University Markham Centre added as a satellite campus. York Condos will be situated steps to the campus, which will accommodate more than 4,000 students, with the potential to expand.

Statistics bear out the need for this post-secondary educational facility. York is the only region of its size in North America that doesn’t have a university campus, yet 59.7% of students living in York Region go on to attend university – the highest percentage of any region in the province. Also, more people in this region attend York than any other university, so the fit is a natural! Students at York University Markham Centre will have easy access to remarkable amenities, and it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Highly successful Downtown Markham offers everything from transit (Union Station is only half an hour away) to office, retail and cultural venues. It is designed to be pedestrian friendly, with pathways connecting residents with local amenities including green space and trails. Cineplex Odeon is now open, and the community even encompasses a Marriott Hotel, the Atos Markham Centre of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games fame, and the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery.

York Condos will place suite owners in the midst of it all. The building will feature cutting-edge design, sophisticated amenities and modern suites with high-quality features and finishes. Instilling confidence, it’s all brought to you by The Remington Group, which has been building communities for more than 60 years and has a reputation for excellence and integrity.

Condominiums continue to be in demand in this area. Watch for York Condos sales to begin soon. To get in on the ground floor of this amazing residential opportunity, register TODAY at DowntownMarkham.ca.

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON HARMONY VILLAGE!

Harmony Village Condos

Harmony Village Condos

If you hurry, you will still find a wonderful selection of residences available at Harmony Village Sheppard, the amenity-rich community designed by partners Citycore Developments and Fortress Real Developments to accommodate the needs of purchasers of all ages. What a wonderful opportunity to become part of a neighbourhood that features facilities and activities geared to fitness, leisure, health, wellness and green living!

From full-time concierge/security to recreational classes, health and wellness programs, and even an onsite formal dining room/restaurant with room service available, life at Harmony Village feels like a luxurious stay in a fine hotel. Amenities extend to spiritual Zen gardens, party/celebration rooms, a library, fitness centre, salt water pool, spa, hot tub … need I say more?

Actually, I have more to say! With the future in mind, Citycore has also incorporated “Universal Design” and 24-hour emergency response service that make these homes accessible to people of all physical abilities.

On top of all of this, Harmony Village Sheppard is striving to achieve a LEEDTM Gold Standard for environmental efficiency and sustainability. Plus, geothermal technology will be used to heat and cool the building, thereby reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.

The lifestyle opportunity is so exciting that this progressive community is attracting buyers who intend to live there, as well as investors who recognize the incredible value available. Ask about the special two-year leaseback program available with an 18% ROI.

Harmony Village is located at 3260 Sheppard Avenue East, close to a wealth of local amenities. For hours and more information, call 416-493-0123 or visit www.HarmonyVillage.ca

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