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  Monday Wake Up   


#THIRSTYTHURSDAY Happy Hour This Thursday - Nov 20, 2014


Bar Wellington

First Drink on Alex

RSVP on Facebook will be on the corner of King and Portland


Giving Away Free Coffee

7:00 Am to 9:00 Am 


Wednesday Nov 19th - Friday Nov 21st. 


Come Say Hello and Learn About The New Minto Westside Project



Want to make $50,000 on November 22nd?


We Already Sold 30 Units - Even I Bought One


This past weekend we sold 30 Units at Minto Westside - even I bought one.


We have another opportunity Saturday November 22nd.


The units are selling at $50,000 below market value. If you buy today you will already have $50,000 of equity built in based on current re-sale units in the area.


One bedroom units are priced between $265,000 - $290,000 - rental rates of $1,600.


Two bedroom units are priced between $375,000 - $450,000 - rental rates of $2,100.


There are also larger units available that are ideal for end users.



When we compared to 75 Portland a building around the corner similar one bedroom units have sold for between $315,000 to $330,000. These units were:


- Courtyard units with no views and no natural light.

- The building has no amenities.



Once complete this building will be a landmark building in the area. Here are some of the reasons why:


- High quality - Minto awarded #1 Home Builder of the Year in 2012 and 2014 from the Ontario Home Builders Association.

- Best amenities in the area including outdoor roof top pool and 8000 sq. ft. gym.

- Proposed Whole Foods going in on main level.



The building is expected to start occupying in December 2017. The deposit structure is attractive:


$5,000 on signing  - 5% in 30 days - 5% in 6 Months - 5% in 1 Year - 5% in 2 Years - 1% on Occupancy


If you have equity built up in your current home you can use a Home Line Equity Credit to put down the deposits. Now you are using OPM (Other people's money) to make a $50,000 return.


Email or call 416 996 5181 before November 22nd for more information on the project and to learn how you can participate.


Retire Early and Build Generation Wealth,



Featured Listing:


Move Into The Coolest Building in The Second Coolest Neighbourhood in the World


1+ Den With Parking at Art Condos $409,900.00


Sitting At 664 Sq. Ft. With 9 Ft. Ceilings  This 1 + Den Layout Sold Out The First Day The Project Was Released. An 11 Storey Boutique Bldg Art Condo's Reflects The Artistic Culture Of Area And Is Not Another Soulless Condo. Interior Design Of Building Done By Same Designers As Drake Hotel. Located In West Queen West Which Was Voted 2nd Coolest Neighbourhood In The World By Vogue Magazine. Enjoy All The Hippest And Trendiest Restaurants, Lounges And Shops Along Queen Street.


Amenities Include: Fully Equipped Business/Meeting Room, Theatre Room, Concierge, Bbq, Built-In Banquettes, Hot Tub And Spacious Roof Top Terrace On 6th With Bar And Firepit Is Can't Miss.


Unique features of building - Units Comes With Projectors To Project Images Onto The Wall Of The Suite, Sunset Light Show In Loading Bay And Revolving Art Shows on Each Floor.


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

Designer's Corner - With Sarah Broderick


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

Design Element 101 - Texture


As the weather outside inevitably gets cooler and the warmth of the summer becomes a far too distant memory, I'd like to focus today's article on my favourite design element.   Texture is defined as, "the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface."  It's the "way a surface feels or is perceived to feel."


What makes texture my favourite of the five design elements is its ability to transform how a space feels.  By adding texture we add warmth - a sensation we can all benefit from this cold November.   


All surfaces have texture be they matt or shiny, coarse or fine, rough or smooth and mixing all these different types of textures is a bit of an art. 

Here are the two main categories of texture to consider when designing a space:


Visual - when an object appears to have texture from a distance, but upon closer inspection, often via touch, is in actuality flat.  Shiny, smooth or matt surface like glass, mirror or wood are all textures.  They reflect more light and are therefore considered more modern.  Patterns, on the other hand, can also give the illusion of texture.  They do so by regularly repeating the same motif - be it more natural to look like stone or geometric in terms of a man made rug or fabric.   


Physical - this form of texture tends to be more obvious.   It's when an object feels multi dimensional and tactile.  Objects with physical texture tend to reflect less light and therefore feel warmer.  The more tactile an object the more weight it has within a space.  Just think of a rustic wood beam.  Whether solid or not it appears heavy. 


The scale of an object can also be played with using texture by either attracting or detracting interest in an object.  The same sofa in a subtle texture like linen will appear smaller, streamlined and more formal than a heavily patterned, more textured version that also contrasts more within the space.


As a designer it's important to consider how your client wants to feel in their home.  A room that lacks texture can feel cold and sterile while a room with too much may appear busy or cluttered. 


I often receive requests to create modern, contemporary spaces that still feel homey and inviting.  Many designers feel this is an oxy moron but I tend to disagree.  The answer is quite simply texture!  Even the most minimalist designs can look and feel more inviting, dare I say even comfortable, by strategically adding texture and therefore warmth into an otherwise cool space. 


As with other design elements one must always think in terms of the bigger picture and be strategic as to where and how texture is, or isn't, added.  This is especially true when mixing different textures to create contrast or achieve balance.


When completing a space I often review what textures and materials are present thus far.  If a particular texture is lacking, that's what I seek out in its various forms to complete the appropriate spectrum and increase visual interest.


Texture has the ability to add a subtle yet powerful dimension to any room and a good design should appeal to all our sense including touch.  I know I've designed a beautiful, livable space that suits my homeowner's needs when they love the look but especially the feel of their newly designed home. 


Feel free to send in questions or images to


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


Happy Hour Monthly Social
The Thirsty Thursday
Date: Nov 20, 2014






Bar Wellington, 520 Wellington St W. 


It seems the older we get the busier we get - therefore wanted to dedicate 1 night a month that people can circle in their calendars and make it a priority to come. 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.  



New  Development

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


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 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 to get on the list. 


Alex Wilson's Listing
Alex Wilson's Listings
#608 - 8 Dovercourt Rd
1 +1 Bedroom, 1 Washroom
For Sale $409,000 


Sitting At 664 Sq. Ft. This 1 + Den Layout Sold Out The First Day The Project Was Released. An 11 Storey Boutique Bldg Art Condo's Reflects The Artistic Culture Of Area And Is Not Another Soulless Condo. Interior Design Of Building Done By Same Designers As Drake Hotel. Located In West Queen West Which Was Voted 2nd Coolest Neighbourhood In The World By Vogue Magazine. Enjoy All The Hippest And Trendiest Restaurants, Lounges And Shops Along Queen Street.



Unit Features 9 Ft. Ceilings. Amenities Include: Fully Equipped Business/Meeting Room, Theater Room, Concierge, BBQ, Built-In Banquettes, Hot Tub And Spacious Roof Top Terrace On 6th With Bar And Fire-pitIs Can't Miss.

Link for the Listing Here.
260 Queens Quay W #1504
1 Bedroom + Den, 1 washroom
For Sale $315,000

Best Value In Downtown With Forever South Views Directly Of The Lake. At 790 Sq. Ft. This One Bedroom And Solarium Is Under $400 A Sq. Ft. New Buildings With This View Would Be Over $700 A Sq. Ft. Renovate Your Unit To Your Tastes. Streetcar Stop At Your Door Step Brings You Downtown. Queens Quay Beautification Will Be Complete Next Year Which Will Make Area A Pedestrian And Biker Paradise. Rental Parking Available In Building.

All Appliances, Window Coverings And Fixtures (Excluding Those Owned By Tenant). Amenities In Building Include Roof Top Garden, Hot Tub, Exercise And Party Rooms, Sauna, And 24 Hour Concierge.

Link for Listing Here.
215 Sherway Gardens Rd #1208
1 Bedroom Plus Den, 1 Bathroom
For Lease $1,500

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

Link for Listing Here.
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom
For Lease $1,790 Monthly

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.
1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bathroom
For Sale $369,900


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.


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.


Link for Listing Here.


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.
3+1 Bedroom, 3 Washrooms
For Lease $10,000 Monthly Furnished, $7,500 Unfurnished


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.



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.




Alexander J. Wilson B.A.
Team Lead:

#1 Agent At RE/MAX Condos Plus 2013
TOP 1% Condo Sales in Toronto 2009-2013 
Platinum Club 2010-2013
RE/MAX Hall of Fame

45 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5J 2G4


Sales Representative
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corp. Brokerage
Office: (647) 352-5181
Mobile: (416) 996-5181