Welcome to my October email newsletter!

The fall market has certainly been a busy one - sales in September were up by 22% across the GTA, compared to September 2018, which is a big jump. Scroll to the bottom to get the full market report.

I am also excited to be sharing four new listings which you'll find below. They are a wide range of properties with something for everyone: a Distillery District, one bedroom loft-style condo with parking, a sun-soaked, one bedroom Church Wellesley village condo, a 2 bedroom, south facing suite at Church and Carlton... and finally, a gorgeous Dufferin Grove home with two suites and renovated with exacting precision.

OK, so is it just me or does it feel like cookies are the new cupcakes? There's even a cookie shop opening on Church Street shortly! Depending on who you ask, nothing compares to Le Gourmand's chocolate chip cookies, but there are some other spots worth trying. Scroll down for the city's best cookies!

Also noteworthy below, there are some terrific events coming our way in November and just for fun, some photos of Microsoft founder Paul Allen's mansion, listed for $41M US.

As always, I thank you for your past and future business and any referrals you may have are greatly appreciated.

Check out www.be-at-home.com for exciting real estate opportunities!

Brian

Brian Elder
Sales Representative,
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. 
416 921 1112
The Best Cookies in Toronto
The best cookies in Toronto are way beyond what you used to make as a toddler. Chewy, crispy, chocolatey and sweet, little is more delightful than one of these round baked goods served warm.
Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen's Former Estate Is Listed for $41 Million
Nearly one year has passed since Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65, but the multibillionaire's many holdings are only just starting to pop up for sale. Most recently, one of his 10 sprawling estates—specifically, a seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom, 21,030-square-foot property in Atherton, California—hit the market for $41.488 million.
Brian's Blog: Toronto Events for November
As the weather starts to transition into colder temperatures, it might be tempting to stay indoors with a blanket and a cup of tea. However, there are plenty of great events taking place in Toronto that are worth leaving the house for! The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place from November 1-10, the One of a Kind Show begins on November 21 and runs until December 1, and of course there's the Toronto Christmas Market happening from November 21 to December 22.
September home sales up 22% in September, Toronto Real Estate Board says
The Toronto Real Estate Board says home sales in the Greater Toronto Area in September were up 22 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of buying a house also pushed higher. The board says there were 7,825 sales through its MLS System last month compared with 6,414 sales reported in September 2018.
One Home: Two Self-Contained Suites!
138 Hepbourne Street: $1.599M
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday & Sunday, October 26th & 27th, 2-4pm
This solid brick semi-detached with two super-sized, extra wide, self-contained suites has been renovated with exacting precision. It includes an upper level 3-bedroom owner's suite and a luxurious main floor with lower level 2 bedroom retreat. Voted one of the coolest neighbourhoods, Dufferin Grove offers coveted schools, a 4-season park, the ease of boutique shopping by foot and minutes to transit and some of the city’s best restaurants.
Welcome To The Alexus
#905 - 70 Alexander Street: $549,000
This super-sized one bedroom suite with 9' ceilings, premium parking includes a gigantic locker that could honestly fit a car! The generous master bedroom easily fits a king. This is a sun-soaked, west facing suite that offers a 645 square foot interior and a 45 square foot balcony. Upgraded flooring throughout, freshly painted and top of the line appliances will put this condo at the top of your list!
Modern, Completely Renovated 2 Bedroom Suite
#607 - 77 Carlton Street: $1.039M
This 2 bedroom suite offers only the highest quality finishes. It features an enviable chef's dream kitchen with white oak cabinetry and an oversized quartz breakfast bar with storage. The luxe master suite includes a walk-in closet and ensuite. Over $250k was spent creating the perfect urban getaway. Steps to transit, the Village, restaurants, Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws, parks, theatres and more!
Distillery District Loft-Style One Bedroom
#539 - 33 Mill Street: $619,000
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday & Sunday, October 26th & 27th, 2-4pm
Pure Spirit Condos! This loft-style one bedroom suite offers voluminous 10' high ceilings throughout, modern, open concept kitchen with tons of storage, party-perfect island for entertaining, and parking! 5-star amenities seal the deal along with a stellar location in the heart of distillery district; steps to transit, the market, financial core, restaurants, boutique shops, theatres, the lake and more.
Toronto Real Estate Board Market News
Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,825 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in September 2019. This result represented strong year-over-year sales growth of 22 per cent compared to 6,414 sales reported in September 2018. It is important to note, however, that sales remain well-below the record September 2016 peak of more than 9,800 sales.
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