Issue: #43
Aug 25/2014

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  Monday Wake Up  - Pet Peeves - Dead Trees


AJW's Pet Peeves - Dead Trees, Alex J Wilson
AJW's Pet Peeves - Dead Trees,
Alex J Wilson


Everyday I walk out of my condo onto Queen Street and I am greeted with dead trees. I know the life of a sidewalk tree is not an easy one but we need a better system than setting these trees for failure. I am reaching out to the City, Developers and Residents to make this a bigger issue. Robust lively trees along streets increase the livability of a city and the property values.




Featured Listing- 1 Bedroom + Study - Ice Condos: Presents - ICE Condos 1 Bedroom + Study - Toronto Condos Presents - ICE Condos 1 Bedroom + Study - Toronto Condos


Occupancy is Oct 2014 and this is an assignment sale - below market value in SOLD OUT Ice Condos at Bremner and York in the South Financial District. West Exposure With Balcony. Ice Condos Will Be Directly Connected To The Path System. This Will Connect Ice Condos To The Financial Corridor, Union Station And Maple Leaf Square Which Has A 40,000 Sq. Ft. Longos Grocery Store, Lcbo, Hotel, And Real Sport Bar.


Building Features Include: Ice Spa Include A Dry Sauna And Steam Room Cold Water Dip Pool, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub Relaxing Lounge, Fitness Centre, 24 Hr Concierge Outdoor Terrace With Bbq And More - Includes Stainless Steel Appliances.





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

Toronto, ON

This weekend went to Chicago to watch the Chicago Cubs play at the famous Wrigley Field.



Wrigley Field is beautiful but we are spoiled in Toronto because we have a 'DOME' and the game suffered a rain delay:



This notice was also posted in the Hotel - something we do not see in Canada:





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




Your Closet as Inspiration for Decor


While enjoying the past weekend in the city I was reminded that inspiration is truly everywhere but did you ever think of looking within? In addition to asking all the right questions and getting to know my clients personally, one of my favourite ways to understand their style is to look at their closets. I've always felt if you can put an outfit together you can design a great room. Even if you struggle with both your closet says a lot about who you are and what you like. Here are nine cues you can take from your closet when in need of inspiration for your home:


STYLE - Do you have a go to outfit?  Something that's uniquely you or that you always feel great in?  If not, pick some of your favourite items and put them together. What materials, colours, textures and patterns are common or repeated? Just as you would with an outfit, it's important to stay away from trends for your main investment pieces - think of designer jeans as your sofa in that they're neutral and one of the more expensive elements of your outfit or room.   Feel free to inject trends in other small ways. Your ties, jewellery and shoes are a great way to inspire less expensive items like textiles and accessories in your d�cor.


LAYERING - This is a huge trend for 2014 into 2015 - the main difference being that more is more when it comes to layering next year. The best outfits and rooms tend to layer a lot of different textures, colours, patterns and materials. Think of mixing metals with organic woods and solid leather with patterned textiles. Mixing different time periods like modern with vintage can also add a distinctive layered look with additional character. 


QUALITY - Stick to a few high quality, high impact pieces and you'll never fall out of love with your wardrobe or your home.  Less is definitely more in this regard.  Personally, I tend to like a mix of designer and value items when it comes to my wardrobe and my designs. For instance I'm a big fan of pairing a designer bag or shoes with an outfit from Joe Fresh or H&M. The right high quality items can elevate a look without breaking the bank on an overly extravagant outfit or home. 


PRINTS - Are you drawn to prints or solids? In my experience I've found people usually tend towards one or the other. If you look in my closet you'll see there are very few prints but as a designer, I've learned when and how to incorporate them more. The important thing to remember is balance. Similar to an outfit, prints can help accentuate your favourite aspects of a space, pull a room together or detract from other less aesthetically pleasing areas when used with balance in mind. 


COLOUR - What's the most prevalent colour in your wardrobe? Chances are it's your favourite and one you wear most often. Contrary to what you might expect, I rarely recommend predominantly decorating in this colour family. Instead, I suggest goggling basic colour theory and finding its complimentary or analogous colour(s) to ensure you always look and feel fabulous in your home. If you're one of many people who gravitate towards black, grey or tan in your wardrobe be sure to inject colour in small ways or better yet, mix in texture and pattern for a truly sophisticated look & feel.


FUNCTION - No matter how many designer pieces you own or invest in, very little beats blue jeans and a white tee - a personal favourite and classic looks for both men and women in terms of comfort and style. Unless you're going for a very formal space, it's equally as important to remember comfort and function when designing your home. Like the uncomfortable shoes you grin and bear wearing for purely aesthetic reasons, you want to limit uncomfortable minimalist or overly modern pieces that look great but you inevitably regret buying long term. 


TAILORING - Do you gravitate towards architectural and streamlined clothing or more lose fitting, blowsy pieces? What you like to wear often reflects the kind of space you feel most comfortable in. If you're one of those people that like both, mix and match the two for a more eclectic, unique look.


TRAVEL - As an avid traveller, I always pick up clothing, accessories, antiques, artwork and other items while exploring the world to remind me of my travels when I'm home. These items reflect our adventures, memories, romances and the stories of our lives.  As such, I always try to incorporate clients travel finds in small ways when finishing a space to reflect who they are.

CUSTOMIZATION - This is an area I plan to spend more time on in the future. When willing to think outside the box and customize upholstery, furniture, rugs etc. you truly open up the realm of possibilities. The trade off is often cost, since these items tend to be more expensive, so it's important to prioritize accordingly and be choosy in how and where you customize. Be sure to also incorporate favourite fashion items in unique, unexpected ways. If you love patent leather, think of it as a lacquered paint colour instead of shiny hardwood floors. 


The most important thing to remember when putting together a standout outfit or room is to take risks but never over complicate things. What works in your closet can absolutely work in your home making it a fantastic jumping off point to inspire your decor.  



**Please send all design dilemmas, questions or inquiries to as I look forward to including the answers in a future edition of the Monday Wake-Up**



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


Happy Hour Monthly Social
The Thirsty Thursday
Date: Every third Thursday of the month 
(Sept 18 this month)






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

Riverside Square By Streetcar Developments


Queen St


It is with great anticipation we await the launch of Riverside Square By Streetcar Developments.


Over the years has sold over 20 Streetcar Development Units to End Users and Investors. We will have first access to this project. Streetcar always prices their new developments below market value making it a win for purchasers in their projects.


Riverside Square along with Streetcars' purchase of Broadview Hotel (Jillys) will continue to help transform this neighbourhood. This will be the new 'hip' spot to be in Toronto in years to come. To get on the list to make sure you can participate in this project please email


Here is the proposed site plan for the development:


There are a total of 4 buildings that vary in height. The massing is arranged to focus density and height away from Queen Street to the south and west in favour of a mid-rise form along Queen that is in keeping with the existing built form (4 stories along Queen stepping back and up to 7).


In the middle of the site there are 12 and 13 story heights and at the south end along Eastern we propose 8 story heights and a 24 story point tower (small 750m2 floor plate). The 8 story building heights surrounding the tower allow for sunlight to penetrate the middle of the site and to continue reaching our existing neighbours to the east at 90 and 68 Broadview.




In total, there are 894 units proposed of which 46% are 2 bedroom or larger.  The resulting site density is in keeping with densities existing in the immediate area at 5.21 times the lot area. In comparison, the existing building at 90 Broadview has a site density of 5.83 times the lot area and the building at 630 Queen East has a site density of 5.12.


536 residential parking spaces (including visitor) and a public parking lot containing 160 spaces are proposed. A further 61 spaces are dedicated to support non-residential uses for a project for a total of 722 parking spaces.  Equally as important are the 851 bike parking spaces which will be accessed via a dedicated bike ramp.


Alex Wilson's Listing
Alex Wilson's Listings

3 Navy Wharf Court, Unit 2602

2 +1 Bedrooms, 2 Washrooms,

For Sale $525,000



High Floor with unobstructed south (views of water) and west (views of sunset). Floor to ceiling Windows and 9 ft ceilings. Corner unit at nearly 1100 sq. ft. All rooms offer views of water. Den has been converted into a walk in closet - could also be converted to 3rd bedroom. Hardwood Flooring throughout. Granite counters in kitchen. South financial core next door with 1.3 million sq. ft office space under construction + 4.6 million more planned = jobs



Parking and locker included - best amenities in city - 30,000 sq. ft 3 level "Superclub" - ultimate fitness/ pool/ basketball court/ bowling/ indoor running track & more, 100 Mbps internet access - 24 Hr concierge and recreation coordinator


Link for Video Tour Here.

1+1 Bedroom, 1 Washroom
For Sale $399,900

Unit Details:

Suite: 2505

Stockholm Model
1 Bedroom and Study
534 Sq. Ft.
Unobstructed West Exposure With Balcony.

Occupancy Oct 2014

Building Features:

  • Ice Spa include a dry sauna and steam room
  • Cold water dip pool, swimming pool, hot tub
  • Relaxing lounge, fitness centre, aerobics room and more
  • 24 Hr Conceirge
  • Outdoor Terrace with BBQ
  • Ice will be a candidate for LEED certification and will use environmentally sensitive energy sources.
Link for the Listing Here.
3865 Lake Shore Blvd, Unit 1001
1 +1 Bedroom, 2 Washrooms
For Sale $329,000


Amazing South View Of Lake Ontario And Marie Curtis Park, Both Only Steps From Your Door. Your Cottage In The City. 9 Ft, And Floor To Ceiling Windows, This Unit Is Flooded With Natural Light. Sitting At 814 Sq Ft, This 1+1 Has 2 Full Washrooms. Quiet Building, Ideal For Down Sizers. For The Professional Working Downtown, It Is Steps To The Long Branch Go Station. Parking Is Included



Five New Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Counters, Customized Walk-In Closets. Building Has A Fitness Centre, Roof Top Terrace With Bbqs And Hot Tub, Visitor Parking, 24 Hr Concierge Service, Buses To Subway At The Door.


Link for the Listing Here.

3+1 Bedroom, 3 Washrooms
For Lease $10,000 Monthly 


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