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10 ACRE PRIVATE MANOR 4+1 bedrooms, 4 baths and upgraded throughout. Updated kitchen, hardwood floors, custom hardwood staircase, separate walk-up entry to professionally finished basement with trace ceiling, custom bar, wine rack and built-in surround sound.Master 5 piece ensuite with marble tops and 2 sinks. California shutters throughout, Geothermal heat, steel roof and new windows on 2nd level. Caledon. $1,699,900
ENJOY 25 GENTLY ROLLING ACRES Bungalow with 4+1 bedrooms and 5 baths. Gated home with soaring ceilings, travertine floors, Jacuzzi tub and full finished walkout basement with separate entry. Master has hardwood floors, 7 piece ensuite and his/hers closets. Family room with hardwood floors, stone fireplace and walkout. Kitchen has granite tops and walkout. Detached workshop, 2 car garage, trails and a pond. Caledon. $1,999,999
25 ACRE SUMPTUOUS RETREAT Bungalow with 3+2 bedrooms and 4 baths. One of a kind estate blending modern design with charm and elegance of a historic villa. Filled with understated upscale and custom finishes. Breathtaking views, extensive stone, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, walnut features, finished basement, sauna, pool, ponds and heated workshop. Rare and comprehensive package. Caledon. $2,499,999
YOUR FULL TIME 18 ACRE GETAWAY Multi level passive solar home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. 3rd level loft, 3 car attached garage and 3 car detached shop with storage loft. Hot tub, inground saltwater pool with cabana. Kitchen has hardwood floors, island and pantry closet. Family room with fireplace is open to kitchen. Solarium, main floor laundry, generator hook up and cedar shake roof. Caledon. $1,849,000
COUNTRY BUNGALOW ON 2.2 ACRES 4+1 bedrooms, 3 baths and main floor in-law suite with kitchen, 3 piece bath and living room. Main home has vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, new kitchen with state of the art appliances and finished basement. 2 furnaces, detached insulated oversize 2 car garage with office and loft. Large deck has 2020 above ground pool, hot tub and awning. Repaved drive with large parking area. Mono. $1,299,000
88 ACRES AND 2 HOMES Original log home built in 1954 with 3 additions over the years. 2nd home built in 2004 offers living space for extended family with 2 bedrooms, walkout basement and pretty views. 2 road frontages and close proximity to Shelburne for shopping. Very unique opportunity with enormous potential on a beautiful piece of land with 2 barns and antique drive shed. Mono. $1,399,000
14.2 ACRES AND WORLD CLASS VIEWS Bungalow with 3+1 bedrooms and 4 baths. Sleek interior with multiple windows and walkouts, finished walkout basement, gourmet kitchen open to sunroom, master has wood floors, 4 piece ensuite and his/hers closets and living room with gas fireplace and vaulted ceiling. Sensational multi level water fall cascading to gazebo, massive deck and outbuilding for storage. Mono. $1,999,000
28.8 ACRES OF ROLLING HILLS Picture sitting in your great room, feet up, fire on, watching the sunset. Rolling meadow and mixed bush as far as the eye can see, paradise. This can be yours to build your dream home like you’ve always wanted. 2 road frontages near golf, ski hills, biking, hiking, horse riding, all you would expect from a country retreat. Mulmur. $519,000
23.6 ACRES OF NATURAL BEAUTY Diverse acreage just north of Highway 9. Pretty treed property with a mixture of natural forest, reforested sections and pond. This would make an exceptional building site for your custom home, workshop, pool, tennis court, etc. and is an ideal nature lover’s paradise. Use your imagination and consider the possibilities. Mono. $679,000
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$1,749,000 One floor living in Roseland. Over 4,200 square feet of living space, 3 plus 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom with two lower level units, one with one bedroom, one with two bedrooms, both with kitchens, living areas, 3 piece baths and shared laundry, perfect for caregivers or in laws.
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$1,499,900 Backing onto Glen Abbey Golf Course and Sixteen Mile Creek, 2,940 square feet, 4 plus 2 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, with large principle rooms, 2 gas fireplaces, walk outs from all three levels, private back yard with a pond, lower level kitchen and so much more!
$674,999 Fantastic 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,705 square foot home with a double car garage on an over 75 ft wide lot. Lovingly maintained by the same family since it was built and close to the Red Hill, The Linc, trails, parks, and schools.
$549,900 Fantastic building lot ready for your dream home located within the historic gates of beautiful Indian Point. Close to the QEW and 403 highways, Spencer Smith Park, shops and restaurants and downtown Burlington and all it has to offer.
A MAGICAL HOME LIKE THIS RARELY COMES TO MARKET! This lovely brick Century home on a mature street, in the quiet community of Hillsburgh (part of the Town of Erin) has been thoroughly updated with its original charm and character preserved throughout. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a sun-filled front porch, stylish comfortable living spaces and a professionally landscaped garden oasis with patio and pergola. This home has it all! Don’t wait, it won’t last long!!
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GRAND VALLEY This is not a residential home but a house of worship. The brick and siding exterior and paved parking welcome you into this more than 3,400 sq ft of usable finished space for any size congregation. The spacious main floor is equipped with an exterior ramp to a large assembly hall capable of accommodating 130 seating and an accessible bathroom. The finished basement offers meeting rooms, 2 sets of designated bathrooms and a cloak room. Natural gas furnace and central air conditioning provide comfort for meetings year-round. Paved parking lot with designated accessible parking and up to 20+ parking spaces. Recent upgrades include HVAC (2008), shingles and windows. This property is commercial in nature therefore residential financing is not applicable. $449,000
HALTON HILLS A Norval landmark since the 1960s, this legendary club venue dominated Southern Ontarioʼs nightlife. The complex 17,000+ sq ft structure hosted receptions, luncheons and live concerts on a 6.67 acre site straddling the Credit River. The main buildingʼs unique design is still viewed as a local landmark. Inside, the Nashville North main stage featured live music propelling it to the rank of being one of the top entertainment night clubs throughout the GTAH. Combined with the main dance hall, the “Annex” catered to beach volleyball fans, indoor pool enthusiasts and 3 walkout bars and patios offering quenching refreshments and meals to +/- 900 loyal patrons. The detached 900+ sq ft shop provided heated storage. The site is estimated $3,900,000 to provide 200+ car parking. Servicedw/septic, town water and natural gas. CVC restrictions apply.
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ERIN Come play for an hour and you will want to stay a lifetime. Surrounded by mother nature, private and peaceful are the backdrop to this all-season 41 acre parcel of land offering stunning, flat 20+/- acres of cash crops, plus 20+/- acres of forest with stream connecting to the Speed River. CLTIP and OFA credits to reduce property taxes. Survey available. GRCA restrictions. Close to town. $699,000
FLESHERTON This newly renovated 4,400 square feet building offers multi- purpose uses included motor vehicle sales, servicing, repair along with others under C2/C4 zoning. Serviced with natural gas and A/C. 113' x 30' open concept warehouse area with 13' ceiling, R40 insulation, 200 amp hydro and drive-in 13 ft bay door. The office area offers ample workspace and 3 piece bathroom. Paved parking. $525,000
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HALTON HILLS Sugar and spice with everything nice remind us of all the love served in grandmotherʼs house. This wonderful brick bungalow is nestled on a 67 ft x 120 ft lot in Rockwood. A large covered porch is ideal for inclement weather with an open concept hallway entry. The bright kitchen features an eat-in area under a vaulted ceiling, a breakfast bar and pantry. The open concept living and dining rooms are ideal for celebrating family gatherings with the ambiance of a gas fireplace and a walkout to the yard. Generous-sized ensuite bathroom featuring a walk-in shower/tub. A separate entry from the garage leads to the part-finished basement area and 3 piece bathroom. Many updates include gas furnace, shingles, eaves and skylight. Great MLS LISTED AT $649,000 walk-score close to shopping, schools, trails and GO bus service.
PIGEON LAKE This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom bungalow is a meticulously crafted sanctuary. The open concept design with soaring vaulted ceilings and windows that cascade natural light make this the perfect place to live, work and play! This home is unmatched in design and quality! Backing onto greenlands and views of Pigeon Lake adds to this amazing tranquil property with waterfront access and trails. MLS LISTED AT $1,347,000
GEORGETOWN Conduct business on your own terms with various sized store front unitsand suites available for office, commercial and retail uses from 600 square feet to 2,080 square feet. All units are equipped with natural gas and HVAC system. GO bus transit and lots of parking. Net and additional rent lease rates. We also have a second floor unit set up already for a dentist or spa. Restrictions apply. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION
ACTON This carpet-free 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom end unit townhouse lets you move in and enjoy the recent upgrades! A new modern kitchen offers lots of natural light. An open concept living and dining room has a walkout to a private fenced yard ideal for your children and fur babies. Lots of upgrades including a posh 4 piece bathroom. Finished basement for more space. Close to GO station, shops, parks, schools and Fairy Lake. $425,000
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Today, many homeowners are looking to creating a contemporary style kitchen with streamlined surfaces and well-honed finishes. Yet, without the high functionality of smart storage, your contemporary kitchen would soon turn into a cluttered, frustrating mess. Here are some tips for creating storage in the busiest space in the house.
LIGHT & AIRY WITH MA XIMIZED STOR AGE Clean and simple is the cornerstone for contemporary design, which is why we encourage our clients to consider simple
cabinetry with clean lines and then add texture and warmth with hits of colour. To achieve this, we often use contrasting coloured materials under the kitchen island. Not only does a large island function as a major storage component in a kitchen, but it also acts as a focal point for the space. Appliance garages are also a great way to store small, yet bulky, appliances like mixers, blenders and food processors. Tucked away, they remain accessible, yet out of sight. Be sure to finish interior cabinets by adding multiple electrical outlets prior to final cabinet installation.
Popular butler’s pantries are another great way to add storage, particularly when it extends out of the kitchen and into the hallway. This extra space is ideal for storing additional appliances, drinking glasses and bar stock. Consider tall pantry towers with shelves, pullout baskets and shallow drawers within your kitchen renovation plans.
SMART STOR AGE MEANS LESS BULK AND CLUTTER Smart storage also means that bulky, built-in appliances seamlessly merge with pantry cabinets and other millwork to maximize space. Consider a sleek, built-in oven, microwave, stylish hood and refrigerator to give your kitchen that custom-built look. To maximum space, place all appliances on one wall. Many of our clients want a dedicated coffee area but between appliances, cups and other items, they take up a lot of surface space. Try adding in a smart-storage coffee nook with contemporary, swing-out cabinet doors that fold away to help maintain clean lines throughout the space. Finally, consider where you will have your garbage area. We often move garbage and recycling bins off the kitchen floor and into large lower cabinet drawers to reduce visual clutter. Review if you have enough space to add in additional compost bins into the cabinetry.
EXTEND CABINETS TO THE CEILING Large cabinets not only look stylish in a contemporary kitchen, but also double as extra storage. Consider having tall upper cabinets that extend to the ceiling with no dust collecting gaps between the cabinets and ceiling in your kitchen renovation. Today, we find we design most cabinets all the way to the ceiling which offers loads more extra storage to the average sized kitchen. If you are leery about being able to reach the high cabinets, try adding a modern hook or a sliding ladder to get to those hard to reach places. When it comes to creating a contemporary kitchen with smart storage, having the right design team will assure that all the details are considered and the job is done right. Pure Kitchens Inc. can help every step of the way, starting with helping the client choose a design plan that offers streamlined surfaces, functionality and efficiency. After all, you want your kitchen to not only look stylish but also one that functions. Let’s create a space you want to spend time cooking and entertaining for years to come – the kitchen you’ve always wanted. ◆
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I AM ALWAYS BEING ASKED FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO STYLE A COFFEE TABLE, SO THIS ISSUE I AM SHARING A FEW SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU GET YOUR COFFEE TABLE LOOKING BEAUTIFUL.
Having a bunch of objects floating around a coffee table can often look like a cluttered mess. Having items grouped together on a stack of books or a tray allows your eye to see all elements as one grouping, so it’s less busy and more impactful.
VARY HEIGHTS Having a few things with varying heights creates movement and interest. I like to pair higher floral arrangements or greenery with shorter decorative items like candles and objects.
HAVE CONTR AST Contrast is a wonderful way to add interest to whatever you’re doing. If you have a light coloured coffee table, try adding a dark tray and then lighter items on it. This layering of light, dark, and light will make you look like a pro.
INCLUDE VARIOUS TEXTURES Having natural textures such as flowers and greenery juxtaposed with smooth and shiny decorative objects is a beautiful way to add interest to your grouping. The various textures add layers and make the collection more attractive than if all elements were similar.
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This french chateau in the heart of The Kingsway has 4 plus 1 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms with a double car garage. Walk across to Lambton Kingsway Park, school, swimming, skating, tennis, Humber River and trails and close to all amenities. This home will leave you feeling like you live somewhere in Europe. $2,475,000
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The clients, Jesleen and Jihad, a young professional couple expecting their first child, approached Taylor Smyth to design a new residence, having been impressed by one of their other contemporary houses nearby, winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Ontario Association Design Excellence Awards (“House on the Bluffs”). Both sites feature breathtaking views over Lake Ontario, perched fifty feet above the lake at the edge of the cliff formation known as the Scarborough Bluffs.
Maximizing the views to the lake and embracing the landscape were guiding design inspirations. The house is focused on a two-story great room, skylit along one side, and fully glazed at the back, with large sliding doors that open out to the backyard and swimming pool. An exterior planter extends inside, along with a vertical screen of oak slats, to define the separation between the great room and dining room. An open feature stair winds through the centre of the house up to the 3rd floor roof terrace, specifically requested by the client where they could enjoy spectacular views of the lake above the tree canopy.
PROJECT DETAILS TEAM: Taylor Smyth Architects SIZE: 4,300 Square Feet LOCATION: Scarborough, ON CONTRACTOR: Arthur Ross Ltd.
Outside, the white stucco walls and black metal accent panels are combined with warm oak-look phenolic panels (Trespa) on the garage door and soffits, chosen for their no-maintenance composition, important considerations in Ontario’s widely fluctuating summer and winter climate. The material palette inside features light oak floors throughout, with accents of both white and black large-scale porcelain, the former reproducing the rich patterns of Statuario marble. The second floor contains three bedrooms. The master bedroom features a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, where the white and black porcelain slabs are combined to create a dramatic contrast. ▹
Since moving into the house, the client has welcomed their second child and the house has become a frequent destination for large extended family events. “My daughter loves it here,” Jesleen says. “Every morning she comes down to the living room and says, ‘hello world! She likes to wave out to the birds and the trees.”
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