Alexjwilson.com goes back into the archives and gives his thoughts on the Harbour Views Estates. These buildings offer some of the best value in the downtown core - some units under $500.00 per sq. ft. It also offers the rare opportunity to have a forever south view of the water. It also happens to be where this week's featured listing is located.
3 Navy Wharf Unit 2602
1100 Sq. ft 2 Bedroom and Den - Downtown Toronto - Only $525,000
Alexjwilson.com Presents: 3 Navy Wharf Unit 2602 - Toronto Condos
High Floor With Unobstructed South (Views Of Water) And West (Views Of Sunset). Floor To Ceiling Windows And 9 Ft Ceilings. Corner Unit At Nearly 1100 Sq. Ft. All Rooms Offer Views Of Water. Den Has Been Converted Into A Walk In Closet - Could Also Be Converted To 3rd Sleeping Area. Hardwood Flooring Throughout. Granite Counters In Kitchen. South Financial Core Next Door With 1.3 Million Sq. Ft Office Space Under Construction + 4.6 Million More Planned = Jobs.
Announcing a new feature in the Monday Wake Up - Designer's Corner by Sarah Broderick
When to Hire an Interior Designer
If there's a common thread among all my clients it's that they value having a home they're proud of. A space in which they look forward to spending their downtime and love to entertain in. Where clients differ is in their reasoning to hire a designer.
Here are a few of the most common reasons people seek our expertise as well as how designers can help:
New Home - Moving is an exciting time but can also be stressful and daunting, especially if you're reusing existing furniture in new ways, looking to incorporate all or some new pieces, need to repaint, renovate etc. A designer can alleviate this stress so you can enjoy the process and ensure your new house becomes a home as quickly as possible.
Limited Budget - This may seem counter-intuitive but having a limited budget usually means you can't afford to make mistakes, risk delays etc. Leveraging the knowledge and expertise of a designer ensures an efficient project that's both on time and on budget. A designer can also help squeeze more into your budget by leveraging their partnerships and trade discounts.
Lack of Time - As a designer, I'm happy to do as much or as little as my clients need. Most people I work with are busy professionals. They don't have the time required to be overly involved in the process and want their home to be completed as quickly as possible so they can enjoy it. Managing everything from start to finish, with the home-owners input throughout, allows for the most efficient use of time while still ensuring a custom finished product.
Lack of Patience - Over the years I've come to realize not everyone loves the design process as much as I do. Although they may have time, they'd rather spend their evenings and weekends doing anything else. This requires complete faith and trust between the home-owner and the designer. Although some may argue riskier, what's true in life is also true in design. As long as you establish a similar vision from the beginning, taking the risk to trust your designer often guarantees the most reward or "wow" factor.
Renovating, Building or Updating - Working with a designer allows you to not only leverage their expertise but also their contacts. Most designers have a long list of partners - architects, contractors, plumbers, painters, electricians etc. - they work with and can ensure will do a good job for a fair price. Knowing the proper order of things can also help minimize mistakes or changes later. You'll be thrilled when it comes time to furnish your space and all the electrical outlets are exactly where you need them! A designer can also act as a liaison between you and your contractors alleviating some of the stress that comes from building or renovating.
Merging Styles - Moving in together for the first time is exciting but not without it's challenges. Many of my clients have found it helpful to have an unbiased third party or liaison when it comes to deciding what stays and what goes. A designer can also help you fill in the gaps with new pieces that pull both your styles together for a cohesive, unique home that reflects you as a couple.
Looking to Sell - It's amazing how a few simple design and decorating changes can improve your homes appeal to potential buyers. Working with a designer can not only add value to your home but also decrease its time on the market.
Option Paralysis - Many of my clients like a little bit of everything when it comes to different styles and simply don't know how to pull everything together. Clients often have lots of great ideas but also aren't sure how or where to begin. In some cases they've tried going it alone and now wish they hadn't. A good designer can help you create a plan as well as execute so everything happens in the right order and under budget. They can also establish what works well together for an eclectic mix of styles, time periods etc, thus ensuring a curated look that doesn't appear to have been purchased all at once or from the same store.
Extra Set of Eyes - A professional designer has encountered and overcame every design challenge imaginable. In fact, they welcome and appreciate a good challenge because it forces them to think further outside the box and be even more creative. Upon seeing a space for the first time, they can provide several options to make your home more beautiful but also functional. In my opinion function is the most important element a designer should contribute to your home!
For a space to truly feel unique it should tell a visual story of who you are and who you aspire to be.
If you fall into any of the reasons above, you too may benefit from the expertise of a professional designer to help create and achieve your ideal home.
This section will focus on upcoming events being hosted and sponsored by Alexjwilson.com.
Happy Hour Monthly Social
The Thirsty Thursday
Date: Every third Thursday of the month
(Aug 21 this month)
Bar Wellington, 520 Wellington St W.
It seems the older we get the busier we get - therefore Alexjwilson.com wanted to dedicate 1 night a month that people can circle in their calendars and make it a priority to come. Alexjwilson.com is all about community so come out and re-connect with old friends - make some new ones - and share what is new in our lives.
New Development Sneak Peak - Minto West Side
Coming This Fall Alexjwilson.com will have access to the new Minto West Side development going up at Front and Bathurst. We believe this will be the premier property of King West.
King West is the Playground of Young Professionals
-Average age is 35 years old
-Average income is $98,000
-Premium rents are paid to live in this area
-Height restrictions on the buildings limit development in the area (high demand - low supply).
Here are some of the sneak peak features
-4 phases of the development
-Over 1000 units (it's own community)
-Top Amenities in the area - including a significant gym
With the new 'Well' development that will continue to transform the area as Yorkville South, the "Well" will bring in high end retail to the King West area. Minto West Side will be right new door to this.
Here is a video of Alexjwilson.com exploring what you could do in King West on a Thursday night:
Urban Adventure #5: King West Neighbourhood, Alex J Wilson
Alex Wilson's Listing
Alex Wilson's Listings
3 Navy Wharf Court, Unit 2602
2 +1 Bedrooms, 2 Washrooms,
For Sale $525,000
High Floor with unobstructed south (views of water) and west (views of sunset). Floor to ceiling Windows and 9 ft ceilings. Corner unit at nearly 1100 sq. ft. All rooms offer views of water. Den has been converted into a walk in closet - could also be converted to 3rd bedroom. Hardwood Flooring throughout. Granite counters in kitchen. South financial core next door with 1.3 million sq. ft office space under construction + 4.6 million more planned = jobs
Parking and locker included - best amenities in city - 30,000 sq. ft 3 level "Superclub" - ultimate fitness/ pool/ basketball court/ bowling/ indoor running track & more, 100 Mbps internet access - 24 Hr concierge and recreation coordinator
Luxury Yorkville Living. Large Upgraded 2 Bedroom corner unit at nearly 1000 Sq Ft. Art Deco inspired building. $30k of upgrade throughout unit. Ideal for second home, investment for children or downsizers. Convenience of parking and large locker in same stall. Makes loading into car easy. The most fashionable shopping and best dinning area in the city. Three subway lines - Bloor, Yonge and University all walking distance away. U of T only minutes away.
S/S Bosch Fridge with ice maker and water dispencer, B/I Oven, Bosch S/S Dishwasher, Bosch B/I Microwave, W/D. Amenities Include: Lounge with outdoor terrace, Fitness center, Steam Room, Media/Lounge, 24 Hour Concierge, Golf Simulator
At 718 Sq Ft. This 1 +1 Bed Sun-Filled unit offers a South view which floors the unit with Natural Light and Unobstructed Lake Views. Plenty of room for Dining and Outdoor couch on your Over-sized Balcony. The unit features Modern Kitchen with Granite Counters, Dual Sink, Stainless Steel Appliances, Back-splash, and Soft-close Drawers. 65,000 Sq. Ft of Retail being built next door to feature Metro Grocery Store, A Shopper drug mart, A TD, cafe and much more
Amenities include: 24 Hr Concierge, Visitors Parking, Rooftop Lounge with BBQ & Cabanas, Indoor Pool, Yoga Studio, Exercise Room, His/Her Change room with Sauna, Party Room, Wine Tasting Room, Include S/S App, W/D, W/C, Elf's (Exclude Den Elf)
Amazing South View Of Lake Ontario And Marie Curtis Park, Both Only Steps From Your Door. Your Cottage In The City. 9 Ft, And Floor To Ceiling Windows, This Unit Is Flooded With Natural Light. Sitting At 814 Sq Ft, This 1+1 Has 2 Full Washrooms. Quiet Building, Ideal For Down Sizers. For The Professional Working Downtown, It Is Steps To The Long Branch Go Station. Parking Is Included
Five New Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Counters, Customized Walk-In Closets. Building Has A Fitness Centre, Roof Top Terrace With Bbqs And Hot Tub, Visitor Parking, 24 Hr Concierge Service, Buses To Subway At The Door.
Luxury Living In Brand New Cinema Towers. This Fully Furnished 1 Plus Den Unit Is Available For Short Term Rentals. Landlord Will Add Additional Furnished. Enjoy Breath Taking Views Of The The Water And Sunsets Front Your Large Balcony And Western Exposure . Mins. Away From Shopping & Upscale Restaurants.
Fantastic Open Concept Layout With Granite Counters In Kitchen, Laminate Flooring In Lr/Dr, Brdlm In Bedroom With Built-In Closets, Ensuite Laundry, 5 Appliances. Parking And Locker Included. Wilson Subway Station Across The Street - Yorkdale Mall A 2 Minute Drive - Easy Access To 401.
Amenities Include - Pool, Concierge, Visitor Parking, Gym, Indoor Pool, Party Room, Guest Suites. Unit Includes - Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Light Fixtures And Parking Space
Rare 3 Bedroom 3100 Sq. Ft Fully Furnished Penthouse Condo Available To Rent In Toronto. Ideal For Sports Figure, Corporate Executive, Or Movie Industry That Requires Space For Their Family. With 4 Terraces, Over 810 Square Feet Of Outdoor Living Space, The Sprawling, Sun Drenched Residence Is Located On The 27th Floor; With North, East, West And South Views Of Lake Ontario. Atop One Of Toronto's Premier Waterfront. This Is A Turn Key Solution.
2 Parking Spots And Locker Room With Unit. Walking Distance To Billy Bishop Airport Which Can Easily Take You To New York Or Chicago - Avoid The Lines Of Pearson. Be In The Porter Lounge In 15 Minutes From Leaving Your Unit. Roof Top Pool.
In Demand Boutique Condos - This unit is all about Location - Situated at Simcoe and Nelson, this building is only a black away from Queen & University Subway - A 5 min walk to Financial District - 5 min walk to theatre district, restaurants and nightlife - You basically have it all at your door step. High End finishes throughout - Ideal for parents looking for UofT or people working in Financial District. Great community feel - especially the roof.
Amenities in building include - community BBQs, meeting room, business centre, gym, guest suites, steam room, outdoor pool, games room, party room and 24 hr concierge.