The newest addition to the city's ice skating trails, the Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail, will stay open until March 22, 2020.
Pete reflects on cycling, books, entrepreneurship, and influencing big change within the City of Toronto.
Money saving tips to help you enjoy Toronto for less!
If you head about 100 km north east from Toronto, you will reach "bright waters and happy lands"— a chain of lakes under the name Kawartha Lakes.
Offering both a quick subway ride to the downtown core and serene nature, High Park is one of Toronto's most popular neighbourhoods.
Sakura trees reach peak bloom in spring. In this time, Toronto’s High Park attracts thousands of people to admire their beauty.
Congrats Robert, you won a $500 gift certificate to Yorkshire Pudding catering!
The books on this list are focused on helping you improve your business strategy and build great relationships with both your colleagues and your clients. So put the kettle on and start reading!
Though there is no winning formula to determine a potential tenant's goodness, there are certain steps a landlord can take to prevent conflicts and unrest and avoid being stuck with an unruly or disruptive tenant.
Forget spending hours in walk-in vintage stores trying to find that special piece. John Baltazar from What The Vintage wants you to buy your next great furniture item online.
The Green Light District that now sits at 365 Roncesvalles Avenue is the second iteration of the Peets' furniture and accessory shop.
Here is a great summary of the recent changes to rules about getting a mortgage in Canada. The changes came into effect February 15th, 2015.
Let’s take a look at some of the most significant changes to Toronto real estate over the last decade.
Toronto is a pet lover's city. Whether you're looking for raw pet food or want to pamper your pooch like royalty, here are two pet shops you need to visit!
Buying a home for the first time has gotten more difficult in Canada. We spoke with Carrie Davidson, AMP, Dominion Lending Centres about what’s changed.
Whether you're a first time homebuyer or an established property owner looking Toronto real estate remains one of the best investment opportunities.
Buying a home can offer a sense of stability for a child who is leaving the nest for the first time and help avoid the stresses that comes with trying to rent a new apartment each school year.
Sometimes, however, the question is whether to buy first, or sell first? That's where the Julie Kinnear Team can help you make those crucial strategic decisions.
Live-work spaces, one of the hottest new housing trends in Toronto these days, might just also be one of the oldest.
It's that time of year, we lose an hour of sleep but gain sunshine at the end of the day which makes us very happy!
Making important financial decisions while grieving the loss of loved ones can be emotionally and physically exhausting.
Owning a home is a dream of the majority of Canadians, and single parents are no exception.
Bidding wars are not a thing of the past, it is just a little bit calmer, and not as crazy, with prices going slightly over, not massively. Which is great news for buyers!
World Film Locations: Toronto mentions so many interesting locations and films that you're sure to be inspired to hunt down films you hadn't thought to watch or go visit a previously unknown location in the city.
Type "Toronto garden maintenance" into Google and you could spend a day just trying to figure out which of the listed companies best suits your needs. It seems the GTA has an abundance of people eager to mow your lawn, build you a patio, prune your plants, weed your garden, and make the snow go away.
Gone are the days when each Hollywood studio prided itself on its collection of prestige films and its stable of talented, marketable Hollywood stars and its bevy of tireless screenwriters. Now, all that's left after the fall of the studio system is a blank space cranking out 3-D film after 3-D film that everyone's seen before and has ultimately grown tired of.
Our choice of the top 3 swimming pool builder companies in Toronto: Solda Pools, Gib-San Pools and Betz Pools.
Although there are many great reasons to move to Toronto, its climate for plants isn't high on that list. For those who aren't blessed with a green thumb, it can be difficult to choose the right plant for home — and disheartening to lose that plant if you aren't too sure how to care for it. Curtis Evoy, who runs the conservatory at Allan Gardens, helped shed some light on the plants best suited to Toronto.
Prices in Toronto keep growing. The average selling price in May 2014 was $585,204, an 8.3 per cent year-over-year increase compared to the average price of $540,544 in May 2013. Despite the higher prices, the sales have also gone up.
There is no such thing as a slam-dunk house sale, even in downtown Toronto. This means that there are opportunities to be had. The most important thing is to prepare the home properly and price it competitively.
Teresa Wiwchar's establishment is small and white, stuffed with little things that sparkle and larger stuff that's, well, white. You can find scarves, cushions, jewellery, and other assorted pretty things along with the furniture.
Investing into your personal residence allows you to built significant long-term equity plus principal residence is only capital gains tax free when sold and never rented.
The average price will probably continue to rise throughout 2014 if interest rates stay low as homeownership demand grows, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go for what you want.
Residents who have on-street parking permits are being asked to delay moving their vehicles to the other side of the street for parking until Tuesday, April 15.
Generally, public transit in downtown Toronto is fantastically convenient. One of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in Canada, Toronto encourages many people to stay active with its welcoming vivacity. Still, many folks choose to drive their own cars.
TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival is back in February and will once again bring some of the best films of the year aimed at teen audiences. The third annual season of the festival, like the previous seasons, was created to educate and share excitement about films and filmmaking among youngsters aged 14 to 18.
The Toronto housing market shows signs of cooling as it enters 2014 with the lowest sales number since January 2009. January isn't the best month of the year for selling homes, and the freezing weather didn't help either. Sales were dragged down by a shortage of inventory, which spurred bidding wars and fuelled rising prices.
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival was established in 2001 by the artistic directors of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to celebrate excellence in the field of Canadian cinema. TIFF has always been committed to promoting Canadian filmmakers and their work and its creative team put together this annual event to showcase unique Canadian films, their directors, and their casts.
Humber Bay Park consists of over 300 acres of human-made peninsulas, ponds, and islands along the mouth of Etobicoke’s Mimico Creek (despite the park’s name, the mouth of the Humber River is a little to the east).
This weekend, November 2 at 2:00 a.m. turn your clocks back one hour and check your smoke alarms!
Wondering what to do in Toronto during the upcoming month? November will be packed with great events you shouldn’t miss. From the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the BabyTime Show to the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo and Planet in Focus film festival to kick off events of the festive season — such as the traditional Santa Claus Parade and One of a Kind Christmas Show.
Check out the story of Kurt Cobain’s home in Seattle, a lake house that belonged to Johnny Cash, young Pink Floyd members’ North London home, and the cottage of 25-year-old Bruce Springsteen as well as Elvis Presley’s legendary mansion, Graceland.
Toronto homeowners continue to change keys fast. A total of 7,411 homes sold through the Toronto MLS system in September — a 30 per cent increase from last year, when tighter mortgage rules were introduced.
Halloween is coming, which means there's a lot of scary events such as the Zombie Walk or Toronto After Dark Film Festival. October in Toronto also offers lots of sweet and comforting events like the Toronto Chocolate Festival. Traditionally, there's an abundance of art events and festivals, so you should keep your eyes open if you don’t want to miss them. Here are our picks for the top October events in Toronto.
Placed precariously on the very edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, the Rosetta McClain garden is fairly small by Toronto garden park standards, with only 23 acres. Formerly the property of Rosetta and Robert McClain, the land was donated to the city by Robert after Rosetta’s death in 1940. Although lacking the vastness and floral variety of such places as Edwards Gardens, Rosetta McClain compensates for its lack of bulk with a grand view of the lake and a surprising diversity of birds.
FanExpo Canada is an annual four-day convention dedicated to fans that takes place in Toronto at the end of August. It has been running since 1994. Divided into the categories of comics, sci-fi, horror, and gaming, this expo is committed to bringing the best of each genre for fans to indulge in.
The most famous movie stars, producers, directors, and critics plus a wide base of fans are heading to Toronto to celebrate the power of film and kick off the Oscar season at one of the most prestigious film events in the world.
Have you ever wondered where the water you drink, cook with, or shower in comes from? Well, if you're living in Toronto, you should know that you're drinking from Lake Ontario.
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) announced that last month was the third highest July on record for house prices in Toronto and highlighted an 8 per cent year-over-year increase in the average selling price, which rose to $513,246.
Thai Basil is a trendy and authentic restaurant with locations in Downtown Toronto and a second in Richmond Hill. A perfect combination of contemporary and exquisite decor, with delicious food at very reasonable prices makes Thai Basil a stand-out restaurant.
You won’t be disappointed by the choice of August events in Toronto. Our city offers something for everyone — from music fans through tennis enthusiasts to foodies.
As a slightly belated celebration of summer, I’m going out to explore some of Toronto’s larger, odder, and more spectacular parks, starting with one of the newest additions to their ranks — a park that has the distinction of being mostly paved. It also has a roof. With cars on it.
The JKT Neighbourhood of the Month!If you look up you will see that The Junction is hi-lited in red. Click on that and check out the latest sales stats for this happening neighbourhood.
Looking for something to do this July in Toronto? Search no more, and check out our list of the top ten events in the city for a bit of inspiration!
The real estate market in Toronto has been through hard times, and even though May 2013 may not be viewed as very positive, given the circumstances, the 3.4 per cent drop in sales and the 5.4 per cent rise in the average price are relatively favourable results.
Spending June in Toronto? Sounds like an amazing idea! Just take a look at some of the top events that will brighten our city over the upcoming month — and keep in mind that we only picked the cherries on top and there’s plenty more going on.
Perhaps it’s true that the first place to look for your glasses when you lose them is your nose. I was sitting in my house, wondering what galleries I should present to you next, and then it hit me. I have covered quite a lot of exhibition art spaces that I love in Toronto except for the most obvious, so I decided to change the orientation of my “Galleries of Toronto” series just a touch.
Cars can take us anywhere we want, any time we want, comfortably, quickly, and reliably. It’s easy to get in and go, and travelling with luggage is also very convenient. A working mass transit system must figure out how to bring these mentioned qualities to trains, subways, and buses — and they are one step closer to closing the deal with drivers. Park-and-ride schemes are a great way to solve the alarming traffic problems in big cities like Toronto.
Do-it-yourselfers, rejoice! May is upon us, which means that it’s the best time to perform home inspection. If you can afford to hire a professional, there’s no easier way to get the job done and get it done right. However, if you want to save some money for the coming spring season, you can conduct your own inspection. All you have to do is read the following advice and assemble a pen, paper, and a flashlight and your home inspection can begin.
Running for its 20th year, North America’s largest documentary festival is screening over 180 films that deal with a myriad of topics, from environmentalism, poverty, health, to media, LGBT issues, religion, and many more.
You will be helping women and children in our community escape violence! There are pick ups if you live within the boundaries or please drop off goods the morning of the sale, Saturday May 11, 2013 between 7-8:30.
Ottawa has been trying to cool house prices down, and it has managed to slow the condo market. Despite its efforts, GTA house prices continue to rise, and the real estate market in Toronto is as hot as ever — especially for first-time buyers.
Do you sometimes feel a bit lost in your own kitchen? Do all the tools that you need hide from you whenever you need them? Do you find it too dull but still have to spend loads of time there while preparing your food? Maybe it’s high time for you to think about making little adjustments! After all, in most houses, the kitchen is the central area of the house, where every member of the family meets, and it would be a pity not to use its full potential.
This is a great community activity and we have a great deal of fun. Since February 2012 we have collected over $140,000.00 through our activities to operate the High park Zoo, please join us.
Toronto parks are not losing their charm under the thick cover of snow. Inviting people for a nice walk, snowball fights or building snowmen.
Check out the latest stats of what houses have been selling for in the HighPark area!
Please click above on The Beach hi-lighted in red to see what is going on in the Beach! Do you call it The Beach or The Beaches?
Toronto is a vibrant and lovable city. In order to fully soak in all it has to offer, make use of some of these budget-friendly secrets.
We are highlighting Leaside for the month of August. Check out latest house prices and statistics!
Roncesvalles is a hot new neighbourhood that is growing in leaps and bounds
The Bruce is an 80-kilometre limestone protrusion of scenic shorelines and green wetlands that separates Georgian Bay from Lake Huron.
Canada’s high-flying housing market continues to stabilize but Toronto and Vancouver lag behind the rest with their most risky property markets.
Last month, the CBC fell victim to a publicized funding cut from the federal government - $115 million will be cut over the next three years.
SAVE THE HIGH PARK ZOO - VOLUNTEER THIS WEEKEND!!!
Spring Forward this weekend!
One of our wonderful clients, Mary McLorn Valle will be at THE ARTIST PROJECT along with over 200 more artists ranging in 14 different styles of art!
Help Save the High Park Zoo! Council is voting on Monday on the Zoo, we need to do some lobbying!
Memorial Ride for Jenna Morrison wil be on Nov. 14. The ride will begin at Dundas and Sterling at 8 am.
Our friend and client Martin Hering's home is up for an Urban Design Award. His home is Hambly House.
Annette Street strikes me as the overlooked middle child of Toronto's list of hip and happening areas.
Toronto's residential side-streets are about to become the city's new Green P lots. Drivers can now purchase 24- and-48-hour temporary on-street parking permits in residential neighbourhoods online for the first time
Mo needed more room for her small business, and to accommodate the group activities that she has once a month at her home.
We want to wish you and your families a fun and safe Canada Day!
The Julie Kinnear Team can't be everywhere! However, Julie has made a lot of connections and knows some of the best Realtors all over Canada.
Kinnear's Komments March 2010 - awesome client stories, Easter kolouring kontest for kids, and photos from Julie's time at the Olympics too!
Michelle was referred to us by her friend and our client Scott Carscadden. Jen presented her successful offer and helped her buy it.
Annabel was referred to us and is a recent graduate with a great job. The buying process was very new to her, and she wasn’t sure where to start.
To keep your heating system working safely and efficiently, have it serviced regularly by a licensed gas technician or heating contractor.
If you're thinking of buying or selling in 2009 you'll want to attend one of these 3 seminars.
Our friend, client and raving fan Dr. Chris Denny has been named one of the 16 finalists for the 2 astronaut positions with the Canadian Space Agency.
The City of Toronto has made info regarding properties currently licensed for boulevard parking available on its website.
Have you ever thought that Toronto is too hectic, and wished you could get away to a more peaceful town? Find out what our clients Jay & Jen did...
Bullfrog Power is getting more popular in Toronto for green hydro option!
'Tankless' or 'on demand' hot water systems have been used in Europe & Asia since WW2, but are only now coming into common use in North America.
Rustin & Christine were living in Grand Cayman and as they had a baby son, it was important to live close to daycares, great schools and parks.
Looking for insider help and opinion in this turbulent time? Check out Kinnear's Komments in our newsletter.
The answer to rising interest rates if you're renewing a mortgage or buying a home is to fight back using every trick in the book.
The Globe and Mail ran a large artcile on gay neighbourhoods in Toronto and property values today, featuring your realtor Julie Kinnear.