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Welcome to our December 2015 e-Newsletter.

Toronto is such a large city that it's hard to keep on top of everything there is to see and do - below is an article from the Post detailing some lesser known classes, overlooked parks and secret spaces in the city. I also have a link to the city's Christmas Markets - there seem to be more every year!

The turnstiles and transit gates in use at most subway stations date back to the 1950s! With the Presto card being introduced and the TTC hoping to phase out tokens by the end of 2017, take a look at how they plan to modernize the system.

More records were set in the Toronto housing market in November - you'll find full market news below along with a piece on Mayor John Tory's proposed property tax increase.

Although the end of the year is approaching, the market isn't taking a holiday! I have two listings this month - a completely updated, two level, two Bedroom Sky Pad and a spacious penthouse at the Art Condos on Dovercourt.

As always, I thank you for your past and future business and any referrals you may have are greatly appreciated.

Warm wishes for a happy holiday season!

Brian Elder
Sales Representative
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.  
416 921 1112
Hidden Toronto: Classes, overlooked parks and secret spaces
   
We continue our Hidden Toronto series (last week was hidden eats) with a roundup of the city's best overlooked parks, unusual classes and secret spaces.

You're never too old to head back to the classroom, be it for meditation or, um, eye fluttering  

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Eight irresistibly festive holiday markets to hit up this season
   
This city is suddenly overrun with twee Christmas markets selling handcrafted trinkets and artisanal everything. Not that we're complaining. After all, searching for the perfect artist-designed card, hand-loomed throw blanket or locally made necklace can be supremely satisfying. Here, eight holiday markets that make it easy to scoop up lots of special gifts in one go.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory proposes new property tax increase

Toronto Mayor John Tory is proposing a new .5 per cent annual tax to help raise money for the city's ambitious transit and housing plans.

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New fare gates coming to the TTC this February
   
The days of the old school turnstile are numbered at the TTC. With plans to roll out PRESTO across the system, the Commission and Metrolinx (who is managing PRESTO implementation) has been seriously investigating modern fare gates since 2014 and finally awarded a contract to Scheidt & Bachmann (S&B) for the instalment of the first wave of this infrastructure in February.

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Reduced! One of a Kind Two Level Skypad 
86 Gerrard St. E #12E 
$519,000

A Spectacular Reno And One-Of-A-Kind Find! Completely Updated, 2 Level, 2 Bedroom Sky Pad With Stellar Unobstructed City Skyline & Lake Views From Private Oversized Terrace. Floor To Ceiling Windows, Cook's Kit W/Custom Cabs, Heated Flr In Bath & Kit. Open Concept Living/Dining W/Highgrade Wood Flr Thru'out. Tons Of Storage & Parking Included. Steps To Ttc, Shopping, Eaton Centre, Financial District, Ryerson & More!
 
Click here for the full listing
 
 
Art Condos!
8 Dovercourt Rd #1106 
$749,000

Rarely Available 2 Bdrm + Den Penthouse Suite, Approx 1124 Sf, North West Urban Sunset Views From Balcony & Large Terr. W/Gas Line/Water/Electric, Richly-Styled Scavalini Kitchen And Open Concept Living With Wrap-Around Flr To Ceiling Windows, Lux Master With Ensuite Bath & Walk-In Closet, 2nd Bdrm With Priv Ensuite. In The Heart Of Queen West And Steps To Some Of Toronto's Best Restos, Bars & Parks.
 
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Market News

TORONTO, December 3, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,385 home sales through TREB's MLS® System in November 2015 - up by 14 per cent compared to November 2014.  This result also represented the best result on record for the month of November.  Sales through the first eleven months of 2015 amounted to 96,401.

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