City is an organism that is constantly growing and changing by neighbourhoods. For different reasons, old homes are replaced with new or larger redevelopments. Infill projects directly impacts an already developed neighbourhood. Issues can arise from adjacent neighbours objecting to new infill redevelopments from tree removal, dust and contruction noise . Therefore, as a courtesy, it is important to keep local residents informed throughout the project's planning stages . Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind: Make sure all required approvals and permits are in place Keep the communication chain open to the neighbours. Update them on progress as each stage of the project moves forwar
"House behind a house." I have often been approached by home buyers who want to construct laneway dwellings. However very few understands the complexity of the process and the hurdles they have to face. From the sellers of point of view, sometimes these unserviced infill lots or structures become unsellable due to Planning restrictions by the City. Before the purchaser can commit to buy the property, it's recommended that the buyer make the offer conditional on consulting various City Departments before proceeding with the purchase. Toronto Public Works has often opposed the idea of constructing housing on existing, future or proposed laneway, with the exception that there is no privacy issu
Corner stores have become an old phenomenon. There is something about the corner variety stores that creates an intimacy in Toronto's inner city neighbourhoods. Often family owned, they are well stocked with convenience items from toiletries, non perishables, staple foods, eggs, milk, bread, soft drinks, the kit kat candy bars to local newspapers. This is the hub of where the community comes together to chit chat about the latest news and minutiae of life.
With rising Toronto real estate prices, urbanization and competition from big box stores, grocery chains and drug stores, these commercial properties nestled in the heart of the neighbourhood side streets have become rare typologies. Ins
With the steep rise in freehold house prices in Toronto, and the lack of inventory of quality modern turn key homes for sale, it may make more sense to hire an architect to build your own home. For home buyers who are interested to undertake a home building project, the process for applying "progress advance" construction financing and the loan product offerings can differ greatly from lender to lender. First it needs to be mentioned that the typical Buyer who should be entering into these projects are individuals who have.... established credit histories with a decent rating Income that can be fully documented (no equity lending “stated income” programs) Sufficient financial resources beyo
There are a number of communities undergoing master planned redevelopment in Downtown Toronto, from pre-existing neighbourhoods such as Regent Park and Alexander Park, to newly created neighbourhoods like West Don Lands, Canary District and Bayside. There are many benefits in buying, living and investing in a master planned community.
My top 5 reasons are: 1. Beyond the concrete jungle with less homogeneity The design and planning begins with a vision from micro to macro level, from treed walkways, parks and open space, schools and amenities, zoning density and building heights, roadways, to overall transit and city infrastructure planning. These are usually areas that fall in the downtow