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Couple Home Buying Survey

Help Friend of Dr. Amy Muise Research The Science Behind Couples That Buy Homes

The Science of Couples Buying Homes - With Dr. Amy Musie - Toronto Condo
The Science of Couples Buying Homes - With Dr. Amy Muise - Toronto Condos brings in Dr. Amy Musie as she studies couples who buy homes together. She is looking for couples who are buying their first home together (one or both could have purchased before but this would be their first home together), we also want to get them BEFORE they move in. If you have any clients, friends or family who are eligible, please let us know and we can send along the survey for the study. 


Your contributions can help save relationships and expensive divorces. 

If you are looking to buy or sell a condo or house in Toronto please reach out to us. We will help you find the perfect home that will hopefully not lead to a divorce. 




Alex and Tyler Freeze at King and Portland

Minto Westside - Serving Coffee To King West Toronto Condos
Minto Westside - Serving Coffee To King West Toronto Condos

Wednesday Through Friday and Tyler Pearson woke up early and served coffee at King and Portland to inform residents about the new Minto Westside Development going up at Bathurst and Front. We still have VIP access to this project so if you are interested please send us an email


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 Presents: 8 Dovercourt Road, 1+1 ART CONDOS Toronto Presents: 8 Dovercourt Road, 1+1 ART CONDOS Toronto


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 Around the World


Toronto Christmas Market:

Christmas Market in The Distillery District, Alex J Wilson
Christmas Market in The Distillery District, Alex J Wilson


Wondering what the Christmas market is all about - We went into the archives and does a tour of the market. 


Designer's Corner - With Sarah Broderick


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

How to Add Texture


Last week we discussed the importance of texture and how it adds life and warmth to our homes.  Perhaps it was the cold weather or copious amounts of snow, but several of you reached out asking for more. 


In response to your questions, here are a few of my favourite ways to add texture and warmth as you decorate your home for the holidays:


Furniture - Whether you thought of it originally or not, every piece of furniture has a certain texture that contributes to the visual interest of your home.  The coolness of leather over the warmth of fabric, the glossiness of lacquer over the roughness of natural wood - everything has its own texture.  So why not add warmth this time of year with a new piece of furniture.  Whether a live edge coffee table or a velvet ottoman with tufting, both add instant warmth no matter how minimalist or contemporary the space.  The same goes for a well-placed antique with a natural patina that helps ground the rest of your d�cor. 


Textiles - November is the perfect time to add more texture and pattern to your home.  Swap your pillows, add cozy throws and blankets, opt for warmer sheets and bedding...  The options are truly endless when it comes to patterns, materials and textures but the warmer and cozier the better.  Think wool like a Hudson Bay blanket or the texture of your favourite, cable nit sweater. 


Dress up your table with warmth as well by adding a linen tablecloth or make your seating more inviting with a few sheepskins from IKEA.  Velvet and faux fur are especially popular this time of year and don't have to break the bank.   By adding a few items you'll improve how you and your guests enjoy your home this holiday season. 


Area Rugs - Rugs ground and tie a space together making them one of my favourite ways to add colour, texture, pattern and warmth to a room.  They also serve the added benefit of defining different areas, which is especially important in an open concept home. 


Investing in a beautiful area rug is like investing in artwork - it can be expensive and you have to love it - but the right rug doesn't have to cost a fortune to add texture and pattern. 


Be sure to keep in mind how a rug feels in addition to how it looks.  Jute and natural fiber rugs are affordable but you may not like how they feel underfoot.  Kilim rugs are also very popular but lack the warmth of a wool or synthetic rug with a higher pile.   


Whether soft or rough, made of natural or manufactured fibers, remember rugs don't have to be on the floor.  Many silk rugs are works of art and look beautiful when hung decoratively on a wall. 


Architectural Elements - If you're fortunate enough to live in an older home or a hard loft chances are you have an abundance of architectural elements that help add texture and visual interest to your home. 


Exposed brick, detailed trim, wood beams, herringbone floors, crown molding and decorative ceilings are all examples of texture that can be highlighted or added to a space.  Even cement pillars, floors or ceilings found in new condos help serve as texture and modern examples of architectural elements.   


Adding decorative molding is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to add texture.  Also consider highlighting existing elements with lighting to draw more attention.  There are several realistic mural products on the market that give you the look of cement, natural wood etc. without the cost or mess of installing the real thing.  Wallpaper is also back in a big way and can be added to any space on the ceiling or the walls to help add pattern and texture in a home lacking other architectural features.


Books and Accessories - We rarely think of books as d�cor but they are a great way to add colour, texture and warmth to a room.  What you add to bookcases, coffee tables and other areas in the way of accessories also add texture and personality to a room.  Beware of adding too much texture in the way of clutter or not enough.  As with any design element, it's important to find a balance that works well and represents you. 


Texture not only gives the sense of depth, comfort and warmth, it also serves to dampen noise and softens how we perceive and appreciate our homes.  It can add contrast - think of a lacquered console against a rough brick wall - or compliment architectural elements in your d�cor.  Remember the more monochromatic and neutral a space the more texture it deserves to ensure visual interest and warmth. 


By playing with the suggestions above you can add pattern, texture and approachability to your home making it more inviting for the holidays and also warmer until spring.  



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


Happy Hour Monthly Social
The Thirsty Thursday
Date: Dec 18, 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