Issue: #45
Sept 8/2014

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Investing In Real Estate - The 3 Rules of Transit Test:

Investing in Real Estate - The 3 Rules of Transit
Investing in Real Estate - The 3 Rules of Transit and Tyler Pearson discuss the 3 important transit rules for investing in Real Estate.

1) The City is investing in public transit infrastructure

2) How fast can public transit get you to Point A to Point B

3) The Investment property should be 800 meters (half mile) or less away from a public transit stop.


When looking at purchasing an investment property, you should use this transit test to determine if the property is a worthwhile investment and has the potential to appreciate in value.


To start to build your real estate portfolio, learn more about investing in real estate please, and "retire early" email us or call us at 416 996 5181.




Featured Listing 

Speaking Of Transit - This Condo Building Has Direct Access To Union Station

12 York Street Unit 2505 - $399,900 - In SOLD OUT Ice Condos: Presents - ICE Condos 1 Bedroom + Study - Toronto Condos Presents - ICE Condos 1 Bedroom + Study - Toronto Condos


 This 1 Bedroom and Media is 534 Sq. Feet with a West Exposure. It maximizes your return on this unit. It would be an ideal furnished rental for executives as it 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. Longo Grocery Store, LCBO, Hotel, and Real Sport Bar. It is also close to Air Canada Centre, CN Tower, and the Entertainment District.


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

Toronto was able to get a little TIFF action in over the weekend. Courtesy of friend to Jen McLeod we were able to take in a conversation at the Princess of Wales Theatre featuring an interview of John Stewart and

Maziar Bahari by Jian Ghomeshi.


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





Design Dilemma: Finding the Perfect Sofa


I tend to work with a lot of new homeowners and one of the most common requests for their space is almost always a new sofa.  Finding the perfect sofa is a bit like finding the perfect partner and can be equally as daunting a task.  What fits one person doesn't necessarily fit another, so it's important to consider as many options as possible before making your selection.  Not to mention sofas have a way of becoming permanent fixtures in our lives.  What began as a temporary fix can eventually become primary seating in your den or basement.  If your relationship works out as well as your sofa purchase, it may even end up in your child's first home or dorm room. 


Here are a few important tips to avoid buyers' remorse when committing to your perfect sofa:


QUALITY - Although not always synonymous, the cost of your sofa - not unlike the cost of a good mattress - does tend to reflect its quality.  This isn't to say you need to spend a small fortune at Montauk etc.  Good value is available at many stores across the GTA and the best way to find it requires a simple investigation of the sofas construction.  Quality sofas should feel solid and heavy!  A good way to test this is by lifting the corner of said sofa and shaking it to ensure it isn't flimsy or poorly built.  I also highly recommend sitting, lying down etc. before purchasing as what feels good to one person may not to the next.  Look for hardwood frames, solid joints, hand tied springs, dense foam - ideally wrapped in batting and/or down - and a solid base.  Although not as common in higher end furnishings, removable feet do make for easier maneuverability when moving.  Rule of thumb - always buy the best sofa you can afford and can't live without - it's almost always cheaper to reupholster later than buy a new one of similar quality!


STYLE - If your style is more traditional, look for a sofa with rolled arms and a tufted back or cushions.  If you prefer something more sleek and modern, choose a sofa with clean lines and understated upholstery.  Most sofas come with either a tight back or detached cushions - the latter of which tends to be more casual and inviting.  This isn't to say all styles of sofas can't still be fussy.  Personally, I tend to prefer sleek sectionals or tuxedo sofas for both their style and comfort.  When in doubt stay classic as your sofa should stand the test of time given its inevitable staying power and upfront cost. 


SCALE - Are you a tall or short person?  Do you like to sit up or lay back on a sofa?  Furniture tends to come in different sizes, depths and angles to meet the needs of different rooms and people.  I always recommend drafting a quick floor plan to test your furniture's depth and width.  That said, height is the most commonly over looked element when purchasing furniture and the most unforgiving given its huge impact on your space.  When working with less square footage, I always recommend regular furniture over condo size options.  Instead of shrinking the scale, consider low back sofas without arms to make better use of your limited space. 


FUNCTION - Comfort is of utmost importance when buying a new sofa.  If it isn't a place you want to sit most of the time, chances are you'll regret buying it.  If you plan to lie on the sofa or host out of town guests, make sure it has enough space between the arms to lie comfortably.  A hid abed is another great alternative although it can increase the cost of your sofa by 20 to 50%.  Another important question to ask is how many people you want or need to sit comfortably?  The number of seat cushions tends to reflect the number of people a sofa will accommodate while the height of its back has the most impact on its overall comfort. 


TEXTURE - Whether you prefer leather or fabric, solid or patterned, it's important to choose a neutral colour that can stand the test of time, passing trends and the natural evolution of your own personal style.  As a rule, manufactured fabrics tend to be more durable than natural fibers.  As does higher grade fabric and leather.  Try to avoid high maintenance fabrics like velvet, satin or linen unless you like the natural patina that occurs over time.  Contrary to what many people believe white or light coloured sofas can be practical even if you have or are planning to have kids.  This is especially true if they are slip covered and can be machine-washed.  Whatever your preference, always ask for a sample of the fabric or leather to try in your space. Not unlike choosing a paint colour, fabrics can look different depending on a room's surroundings and natural light.


A sofa is an extremely important investment and complicated purchase given the level of commitment required.  Keep in mind it can also take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks from down payment to delivery so be sure to order early and follow the tips above to ensure "the one" you choose is right! 



**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

Our Top 3 Investment Projects for the FALL - Has Insider Access For Them ALL


Queen St



VOX Condo's at Wellesley and Yonge:


Launching in the next two weeks Vox Condo's building by Cresford Developments is starting at the incredibly low $199,900. and his team have first access to this project. Located beside Wellesley Subway station on Yonge and only steps to both U of T and Yorkville, this project will be in high demand. Other developments that launched earlier in the year (YC Condo's by Canderel and Lanterra Wellesley on the Park) sold out at a record PACE - this project will too. Email us at to get on the list.



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

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