The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

I recently had a conversation about this with my brother, who is a landscape architect. We're working together on a project right now, and we were looking at a house called "The Millbrook House" trying to figure out if we should set up a visit for inspiration. It almost felt out of place to be … Continue reading The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

Being half-Swiss, I spent a lot of time in Switzerland, as a military conscript there. I was captivated by the mountains every moment I was there. My Omi (grandmother), a Swiss immigrant to Canada, seems to be similarly emotive towards the large bodies of water we have here. This fascinated me, and has always given … Continue reading A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

One of the easily ignorable differences in the future analysis of the Shores of Lake Simcoe is the differences in urban planning and settlement patterns over the course of the histories of these municipalities. Both municipalities have their historic cores, with a couple of 190X homes densely put together to capitalize on some random enterprise … Continue reading A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

A tale of two shores – How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil & Georgina

Investment capital is moving further and further away from the core. We've already seen it East & West along the 401. As a result, I find myself often providing detailed market analysis and planning reviews for clients in smaller and smaller municipalities. I have a lot of groups looking for high-margin infill sites, and a … Continue reading A tale of two shores – How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil & Georgina

How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

Stuck on the Highway It's just a cultural norm in the GTA that you can send a text and just say "stuck on the highway" and you're automatically excused from being late. In the GTA, it seems that housing capital migration is "stuck on the highway", too. I had to spit out my conclusion quickly … Continue reading How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

York Region Real Estate Market Report – December 2015

York Region, Ontario had a total dollar volume of $660,347,405 worth of real estate traded so far in 2015. The average price of a home is $778,712 and the median price of a home is $710,000 The average sale to list ratio this year is 100% and properties are on market for an average of 23 days. There have been 753 new listings so far this year in YORK REGION Currently, there are 2807 active listings in the area.

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2015’s Top 10 Streets in Georgina – Number 2: Wolford Court

Number 2 - Wolford Court (Eastbourne Estates) The centerpiece of the stunning new Eastbourne Estates development features large estate lots boasting sprawling bungalow and bungaloft homes with quality finishes, rich materials, vaulted ceilings, and large, lofted 2, 3, and 4 car detached garages. Just within walking distance to the beaches on Lake Simcoe, and a … Continue reading 2015’s Top 10 Streets in Georgina – Number 2: Wolford Court

2015’s Top 10 Most Expensive Streets in Georgina – Number 3: Land’s End

Land's End is an exclusive, luxury locale just off of Lake Drive East, with a beautiful view overlooking both the private Franklin Beach Area and Public De La Salle Beach Area. Lakefront properties on Land's End offer stunning year-round views of Lake Simcoe's gorgeous, world-class sunsets, along with fast access and nautical travel to beautiful … Continue reading 2015’s Top 10 Most Expensive Streets in Georgina – Number 3: Land’s End

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2015’s 10 Most Expensive Streets in Georgina – Number 4: Hedge Road

Number 4 - Hedge Road (Jackson's Point) Hedge Road is a historic landmark of wealth & upscale lifestyle, featuring beautiful lakefront walking, lots and trails lined with hedges, large frontages on some of Lake Simcoe's most beautiful water, and within walking distance from The Briars, one of Georgina's most prestigious golf & country clubs.  Many … Continue reading 2015’s 10 Most Expensive Streets in Georgina – Number 4: Hedge Road

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2015’s 10 Most Expensive Streets in Georgina – Number 5: Westwind Circle

Number 5 -  Westwind Circle (Historic Lakeshore Communities) Westwind Circle epitomizes exclusivity in Georgina. With a vast portion of the locale owned by a handful of high net worth individuals, these properties seldom come on the market, and when they do, they move quickly and command high prices. Westwind Circle features a private residents' waterfront … Continue reading 2015’s 10 Most Expensive Streets in Georgina – Number 5: Westwind Circle