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Dec2/2014

 
                                             
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  Monday Wake Up  

 

Reminder - Final Thirsty Thursday Get Together of 2014

 

RSVP to contact@alexjwilson.com


Date: Dec 18, 2014


 

Time:

 6-9pm 


 

Location: 

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.

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Post House Condos Nearing Completion

 

New Development Spotlight - Post House, Alex J Wilson
New Development Spotlight - Post House, Alex J Wilson

In 2015 we will see Post House Condos entering into occupancy. The building is currently sold out. We are already getting calls from end users and investors that are interested in purchasing in this building. People are interested in this building because of its close proximity to both St. Lawrence Market and the Financial Core. We went back into the Alexjwilson.com archives where you see a young Alexjwilson.com and his sidekick Rammy go over the Post House Condos Project.


 

If you are interested in more information in this building we will have access to assignments. Email us.  

 

 

Rental Value at Sherway Gardens  

 

   

 

We have two one bedroom and den units located across from Sherway Gardens. They both include parking. One is available immediately and one is available February 1st. This is your affordable option for $1,450 per month for a larger space and parking. 

 

Amenities Include - Indoor Pool With Whirlpool, Gym, 24 Hr Concierge, Party Room With Kitchen, Theatre, His & Her Sauna + Change Rm, Steambath, Yoga/Aerobics Room, Media Lounge, Sun Room, Guest Room, Treatment Room. 

 

Interesting Reads
Here are some interesting reads of the week: (Click on title Link)
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Around the World

Designer's Corner - With Sarah Broderick

 

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Announcing a new feature in the Monday Wake Up - Designer's Corner by Sarah Broderick

 

 

Pros & Cons of Open Concept Living

 

Open concept floor plans continued to be a huge trend in 2014.  Whether a house, a condo or a loft, many clients pursued this look by demoing walls and opening up their homes. 

 

Despite their many benefits, open concepts do create certain challenges from both a design and practicality perspective.  It is therefore important to discuss how clients intend to use their homes before embarking on this relatively inconvenient and expensive process. 

 

Here are a few pros and cons to consider when deciding whether an open concept floor plan is right for you in 2015:

 

PRO - Larger Kitchen: We spend so much time in our multifunction kitchens its no wonder space is at a premium.  Islands are a wonderful addition for more counter space.  They're also a natural divider between food prep and lounging or dinning areas.   Many clients have gone so far as forgoing a traditional dinning table in lieu of a larger island with counter seating to achieve a more open feel. 

 

PRO - Social Interaction:  Being connected is much easier in an open floor plan.  This aspect is especially appealing for couples and families that love spending time together.  Parents with younger children tend to appreciate this most since it allows them to go about their daily routines while keeping an eye on things from multiple vantage points.

 

PRO - Traffic Flow:  A well-planned open concept space allows us to move more freely from one "room" to the next.  This is appealing to people living in smaller homes or condos and especially anyone who loves to entertain. Guests don't feel cooped up in a tiny living room and hosts can easily interact while multitasking in the kitchen.

 

PRO - Natural Light:  Given the long narrow floor plan of most homes and condos downtown, an open concept floor plan allows more natural light to flow throughout your space.   This is especially nice if you live in a semidetached home where natural light is at a premium.

 

CON - Limited Privacy:  If you value your privacy I recommend you reconsider tearing down walls. As nice as it is to interact with family members day-to-day or guests while entertaining, there is very little relief from said interactions in an open concept home.  Mess containment and ease of clean up are other sacrifices to consider with open concept living. 

 

CON - Minimal Wall Space:  If you're an art or family photography lover removing walls allows fewer opportunities to display your works of art.  This lack of wall space may also mean fewer upper cabinets or storage in the kitchen.  A large island certainly helps minimize the effects but many homeowners often sacrifice much larger pantries.  If planning to hang a large TV from the wall, one must also consider where it will go and how it's location impacts your overall layout.        

 

CON - Flooring Selection:  Flooring is a much more complicated decision in an open concept home.   Continuous flooring brings a sense of unity and spaciousness into the overall design.  Whether you prefer wood, tile, stone or linoleum you ideally want to use one material, which may not be as practical.  If you absolutely must use different materials try and match the colour as closely as possible for a more cohesive look. 

 

CON - Other Design Challenges:  Successful open concept designs tend to feel airy and spacious due to unobstructed views and stylistic coherence.  Open concept living therefore requires more expertise when space planning, choosing a versatile paint colour or colour scheme and also sourcing furniture of an appropriate height, scale and design given longer sightlines.  To promote unity and flow, add textures and colors that visually link areas together. If you have a color on the wall in the living room, try to reflect that color in the kitchen for balance.

 

CON - Sensory Overload:  Our senses are often challenged in an open concept home.  Fewer walls mean fewer sound barriers while an open concept kitchen allows kitchen odors to permeate the rest of your home.  Reading quietly while someone cooks or watches a movie in the same room may or may not always be practical, especially as children grow and become more independent.  Use area rugs and other textiles throughout to help absorb sound. 

 

Although beautifully open from a design perspective, functionality and practicality are most important in an open concept home.  Be sure to consider how you live in your space today and how you'll use it in the future before wielding that sledgehammer.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to send in questions or images to sarah@highstreetdesign.ca

 

Events
Upcoming Events
This section will focus on upcoming events being hosted and sponsored by Alexjwilson.com.

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Happy Hour Monthly Social
The Thirsty Thursday
  
Date: Dec 18, 2014

 

Time:

 6-8pm 

 

Location: 

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.  

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New  Development

Our Top 2 Investment Projects for the FALL - Alexjwilson.com Has Insider Access For Them ALL

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Queen St

 

Minto Westside at Bathurst and Front (King West):

 

We are very excited for this project. With the trusted name of Minto development, the site and the 57,000 sq. ft. of amenity space planned, it will be the new jewel of King West. With roof top pools, luxury fitness facilities, and much more, Minto is looking to replicate its success of Minto Quantum at Yonge and Eglinton by redefininh the standard of a neighborhood. The demographics of King West are 35 years old and a house hold income of $100,000.00.This will be the building they will pay the premium rents for to call home. An added bonus - You can either walk or take the street car to Billy Bishop airport. In what city can you do that? Email us at contact@alexjwilson.com to get on the list.

 

Streetcar Riverside Square (Riverside/Leslieville):

 

This project is my value buy that has the highest upside for appreciation. Streetcar Developments has recently purchased the Broadview Hotel (Jilly's) and the 4 acre development site purchased across the street. They are not just building a condo tower, they are transforming a neighbourhood. This area is currently underserviced for rental inventory and continues to increase in popularity - people will need places to live. With access to the Queen East Street Car, Lake Ontario, Ashbridges Bay only a quick bike ride away, the Don Valley Trail System, the DVP, and all the new shops, lounge and restaurants on Queen, this area can only go UP. Lastly - Streetcar prices their new projects under current market value. You will have built-in profit from day one. Email us at contact@alexjwilson.com to get on the list. 

 

Alex Wilson's Listing
Alex Wilson's Listings
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1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bathroom
For Sale $369,900



 

Description: 

Large one plus den located steps from Yonge and Eglinton. At 738. Sq. Ft., It is $500 A Sq. Ft., Which is some of the best value in area. Large Kitchen space for a small table. The den could be used as an office or converted into a second bedroom. The master suite has a walk-in closet perfect for storing all the clothes you can buy while shopping on Yonge Street. New Loblaws Grocery store opening across the street. Steps to Subway and on the Eglinton LRT line.


 

Extras: 

Indoor pool, Fitness Room, Rec Room, Security System, Guest Suites & Visitor Parking, Upgrades, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Counter Tops, Mirrored Black Splash, W/C, Exclude Dining Room Elf, Parking and Locker included.


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215 Sherway Gardens Rd #1208
1 Bedroom Plus Den, 1 Bathroom
For Lease $1,450 - Available Immediately 


Description: 
One Sherway Condos New Building, One Bedroom Plus Den. Next Door To One Of Canada's Most Luxurious Malls, Sherway Gardens. Indoor Pool With Whirlpool, Gym, 24 Hr Concierge, Party Room With Kitchen, Theatre, His & Her Sauna + Change Rm, Steambath, Yoga/Aerobics Rm, Media Lounge, Sun Rm, Guest Rm, Treatment Rm
Fridge, Stove, Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Window Coverings
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215 Sherway Gardens Rd #511
1 Bedroom Plus Den, 1 Bathroom
For Lease $1,450 - Available Feb 1st 



Description: 
One Sherway Condos New Building, One Bedroom Plus Den. Next Door To One Of Canada's Most Luxurious Malls, Sherway Gardens. Indoor Pool With Whirlpool, Gym, 24 Hr Concierge, Party Room With Kitchen, Theatre, His & Her Sauna + Change Rm, Steambath, Yoga/Aerobics Rm, Media Lounge, Sun Rm, Guest Rm, Treatment Rm
Extras:
Fridge, Stove, Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Window Coverings
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3 Everson #611
2 Bedroom Plus Den, 2 Bathroom
For Lease $2,200 - Available Immediately 



Description: 
Large 2 Bedroom And Den Unit In Family Friendly Everson Townhomes. Natural Light Fills This Unit. Hardwood Flooring Found Throughout. Lots Of Storage. Huge Rooftop With Gas Bbq Hookup And Downtown Views Of Cn Tower. Just Steps From The Subway, Ttc, 401, Shops Etc. Parking Garage And Visitor's Parking Close To Unit. Hydro Also Included In Rent. Kids Can Play In Park/Green Space Across The Street. Check Out The New Whole Foods At Yonge And Sheppard.
Extras:
Updates Include: New Kitchen Cabinets, Quartz Couter Tops, Backsplash & Stainless Steel Appliances (All 2014).

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom
For Lease $1,750  Monthly

Description:
Brand New Never Lived In 1 Bedroom Unit At The Landmark L-Tower Building At Front And Yonge. 9 Ft. Smooth Ceilings. Beautiful East View With Plenty Of Natural Light. Bedroom Includes A Window. Luxury Kitchen. When Complete Building Will Be Attached To The Path System And Union Station. St. Lawrence Market Is Around The Corner And When You Want To Eat Out There Are Plenty Of Restaurants At Your Door Step. Only Steps Away From The Financial Distinct.
AAA Clients Only - Includes All Appliances, Stacking Washer & Dryer. Hydro Is Extra. New Blinds Installed. Includes 1 Locker Space

Link for Listing Here.
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126 Simcoe St, Unit 612

1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom
For Sale $328,900

Description: 'Boutique Phase 2' A Luxury Condo Building In The Heard Of Downtown Core. Steps To Osgood Subway, Financial District, King West. Excellent One Bedroom Layout, Floor-To-Ceiling, Wall-To-Wall Windows, Sunny & Bright South Facing. Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances, Granite Counter Top, High Standard Roller Window Blinds. Exercise Room, Guest Suits, Party Room, Rooftop Deck, 24 Hrs Concierge And More. Perfect For 1st Time Home Buyer Or Investors.

Extras: Stainless Steel Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Microwave, Stacked Washer & Dryer. All Existing Light Fixtures. Professionally Installed Roller Solar Blinds. 1 Storage Locker Included.

Link for the Listing Here.
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3+1 Bedroom, 3 Washrooms
For Lease $10,000 Monthly Furnished, $7,500 Unfurnished

Description:

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.

  

Extras:

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.

  

Link for the Listing Here.

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Sincerely,
  

Alexander J. Wilson B.A.
Team Lead: Alexjwilson.com
 

#1 Agent At RE/MAX Condos Plus 2013

 

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