Curb Appeal Halton/Peel Region ISSUE 03 2021

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Chris P. Richie Broker of Record/Owner


1685 Chester Drive, Caledon

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM Raised on a hobby farm in Caledon East from the age of 4, Carmela attended elementary school at Herb Campbell Public School and high school at Mayfield Secondary School (it became the School of the Arts when she was in grade 10). Her background in the community is a very interesting one. In 1995 while attending York University her family opened Mayfield Garden Centre on Mayfield Road which they ran until 2014. After working at the garden centre until 2003 Carmela decided it was time to venture out on her own and practice her entrepreneur skills that she learned from her family. She opened up a flower shop in Caledon East on Airport Road happily named Hummingbird Flowers and Gifts. After getting married to a local Palgrave boy in 1999, whose family has run Scoles Septic in Caledon since 1970, they had 3 wonderful children (John, Joseph and Micaela). In 2015 Carmela decided it was time to hang up her florist apron and move on to something new, that is when real estate came knocking at her door in the form of Chris P. Richie. He had heard that she was looking for something new and he offered her a job at Re/Max In The Hills Inc. She happily accepted the part-time offer because she had always been interested in real estate as her parents had purchased many properties over the years and she herself dabbled in real estate investing. In 2017 she became a full-time employee and in September 2020, she completed her Real Estate Program and is now a registered Sales Representative at Re/Max In The Hills Inc. Carmela is a people person who can have a conversation with anyone while making them feel completely comfortable around her. Since people are her passion, she decided to focus on a real estate career which enables her to interact constantly with local people, friends and her former flower shop customers. She is thrilled to be working for The Richie Group—RE/MAX In The Hills Inc. She is especially thrilled to be working in the area she has always called her home town!



Looking for an investment or maybe a live work opportunity! High Exposure Village Commercial Building with Retail at the front and existing massage therapy tenant at the back, 2 separate large residential units on the second level! Great central location, parking, with loads of charm!



98 ACRE ESTATE FARM WITH MOST CAPTIVATING VIEWS. 2 road frontages in the middle of the hills of Mono! Gated entry leads past riding arena and multiple agri-buildings that were once home to vet clinic. Great flat pasture for paddocks. Trails through forest to the lower lying lands. Board and Batten bungaloft features post and beam interior with soaring ceilings, open flow, warm fireplace, finished walkout basement with heated floors and views. Very versatile property like this with buildings, land and views doesn’t come along very often! Mono $2,799,000

SOLD FEB 2021 - 34 ACRES ON FRINGE OF CALDEON VILLAGE Open concept energy efficient bungaloft offers easy commute. Rehabilitated gravel pit is now your private space for rural recreation with endless possibilities for the future. Home built to R-2000 standards and features geothermal heating/cooling system, coupled with tracker solar system. Natural elements offer total privacy, great for overnight guests with upper loft, finished basement/rec room and more bedrooms. Above ground swim spa with hot tub. Close to everything but like you’re in your own beautiful world! Caledon.

WELCOME TO YOUR RIVERFRONT RESORT! 2 bedroom plus den, bungalow set on banks of Nottawasaga River, 200 ft of frontage. From huge deck or hot tub-watch salmon as they leap over the cascading falls. At foot of the Hockley Valley, world class golf and fine dining mins away or cruise down the river and visit “Schitts Creek” motel just around the bend. 45 minutes to airport, yet in your own slice of natural heaven. Double lot on private road, newer flooring and all new appliances in the last 3 years. Modified kitchen, renovated 4 piece bath with integrated laundry! Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing and most importantly relaxing is all right here! Mono. $749,000




SOLD JAN 2021 - LUXURIOUS LIVING IN PATHWAYS OF CALEDON EAST 5 bedrooms and 5 baths with over 4,000 sq ft of custom features & elegant upgrades on premium lot! Modern kitchen with quartz counters, high-end built-in appliances, gas grill top, more counter space in servery area as well as walk-in pantry. Most sought after floor plan with main floor office and 2 master suite options. Superior light fixtures, high-end baseboards, crown moulding & designer window coverings. Separate side door entry to basement via main level laundry. To date this home has the highest resale price on MLS in Pathways of Caledon East ever!


ISSUE 03 • 2021



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DOES THIS REALLY MEAN “SOLD OVER VALUE”. How true is the current real estate market being represented or is this just another marketing gimmick to make both the Sellers and Realtors look and feel good because sold over asking doesnʼt mean sold over a market value. Before judging, lets look at the facts over the past year to understand the context of todayʼs real estate market.

According to the local MLS system, January sales are up 35 per cent compared with a year earlier. However, COVID 19 shutdowns and restrictions did not seem to stop record number of families from desiring a rural lifestyle and taking advantage of record low interest rates. Coupled with not being tethered to fixed office spaces drove more buyers out of the cities into smaller rural areas. The reality of supply and demand of real estate continues to drive up market values.

It is more common to see Realtors and sellers list homes under market value and hold offers to present a sense of affordability. In doing so they can be assured a flock of buyers flood the sellersʼ doors in hopes of generating bidding wars. Personally, I cringe hearing a specific seller and Realtors boast they had line ups of families going through their home during COVID resulting in the property being sold for over the asking price in a matter of mere days. But a property priced accurately will likely get the same or even a better price as only serious Buyers knowing market value will make an offer. The strategy of quality over quantity will potentially have more qualified buyers and better controlled viewings. Eliminating buyersʼ who may think the property will sell at the low asking price. So apparently low asking prices with

a limited supply of properties and a growing demand for housing does not take a lot of skill to generate a “Sold over Asking” in an overheated real estate market. Although, I will never profess to have a crystal ball, but there should be more properties available balancing the supply of housing to stabilise market values in the Spring. If you need a skilled Realtor to help you navigate todayʼs real estate market, please let me know how I can help you. Call Denise directly at 416-919-9802 or email

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GEORGIAN BAY This absolutely stunning property offers a building envelope on top of the hillside for views of mature trees, magnificent sunrises and breathtaking sunsets over Georgian Bay. This 2.844 acre building lot features a ravine with a meandering river. Pictures cannot express the abundance of wildlife, steep slope and development opportunity. Paved road. $399,000

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HALTON HILLS This local landmark is nestled on a 6 + acre site, straddling the Credit River. The main buildingʼs unique design offers a main stage for live entertainment, main dance floor, bars and outdoor patios catering to +/- 900 loyal patrons. The detached 900+ sq. ft garage provides storage. 200+ car parking, septic, town water and natural gas. CVC restrictions. $3,600,000

SHOWS CREEK This approximately 2,000 square foot custom built masterpiece offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to finish. The striking design and outstanding construction provide the foundation for an impressive residence surrounded by Caledonʼs gorgeous countryside. The 1 bedroom apartment above the 2 car garage is ready for extended family. $1,750,000 *Not intended to solicit buyers and sellers currently under contract.



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DIRECTIONS STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 375°

INGREDIENTS • 1 200g package of Pillsbury wiener wraps • 125g cream cheese • 75g shredded cheddar cheese • 1 green onion chopped • 2 whole fresh jalapenos roughly chopped (seeds removed) • 1 clove garlic finely chopped • 1/4 cup everything bagel seasoning • Salsa for dipping


STEP T WO: Keep the wraps in the fridge until ready to use. Meanwhile combine the cheeses, onion, jalapenos and garlic in a medium bowl. Put the everything bagel seasoning mix in a shallow bowl. STEP THREE: Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the wraps out of fridge and arrange them individually on the counter for filling. Spoon out 1 heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture into the centre of each of the wraps. Bring the ends of the wrap to the top and centre of the cheese ball, and pinch the dough together to seal the dough around the mixture. Once in a ball shape, roll each ball in the everything bagel seasoning. Place each dough ball seam side down on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. STEP FOUR: Serve on a platter with a small bowl of salsa for dipping. ◆

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Enjoy panoramic views of the Nottawasaga River from this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home featuring a finished walkout basement, heated inground pool and prime boating access to Georgian Bay. Approx 3,000 sq ft of finished living space with hardwood flooring throughout, an entertainer’s kitchen with granite counters, breakfast bar and walkout. Master has 5 piece ensuite, gas fireplace and sitting area. Finished basement has a gas fireplace and a walkout to the pool with river access. Unique turret design makes for many intimate nooks. Nestled on a quiet cul de sac and close $1,798,900 to trails, skiing and beach. Only 1 hour and 45 minutes to Toronto.


A wonderful opportunity! Minutes to Orangeville on a paved road, and situated on 48 acres is this beautiful brick 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath century home with newer hardwood and ceramic flooring, a gorgeous kitchen with S/S appliances, large centre island, corian counters and spacious living and dining rooms. Newer wraparound exterior composite deck. Low taxes with farm designation in prime agricultural area. Large outbuilding has 2 piece bathroom with rough-in for shower and in-floor radiant propane heat. The second outbuilding has a separate driveway, hydro, and water. Perfect for in-home business with farming capabilities. Fabulous location! $2,600,000


Close to all amenities this cozy 3 bedroom family townhouse has a large foyer with garage access which leads to an open concept living space. A large working kitchen and dining area has a walkout to private, fenced yard. Stay tuned!




HOLLAND LANDING - BACKS ONTO HOLLAND RIVER & CONSERVATION Minutes north of Newmarket, this 3 bedroom bungalow on 2 mature acres features open concept living/dining rooms, newer rear deck plus finished rec room. LISTED PRICE $948,900


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MONO - BUNGALOW ON 2.22 ACRES WITH SCENIC VIEWS Near skiing, golfing, hiking trails and more is this 3 plus 3 bedroom bungalow with a finished walkout basement having gorgeous views of the rolling countryside. LISTED PRICE $1,308,000



CHANGE MY LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE? Article by Domenic Amodeo | Insurance Broker

In most cases, a viable solution when a change is needed, would be to add a policy, especially if your existing policy is more than five years old. In some cases, it may be possible to adjust your existing policy. Some types of life insurance policies allow for adjustments to the death benefit amounts or even the premium payments. You may also be able to add policy riders that can increase your protection. In all cases, it is strongly suggested that you review your existing policy with a life insurance professional who can tell you precisely what options are available to you.


THE ONE THING OF WHICH WE CAN ALL BE CERTAIN OF, IS CHANGE. LIFE HAPPENS EVERY DAY AND, AS A RESULT, WE ARE CONSTANTLY ASSESSING OUR SITUATION AND CHANGING OUR COURSE, USUALLY BY MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS. A life insurance purchase is one of the few decisions we make with a more long-term perspective. But, over time, as life unfolds, we may find that even our life insurance coverage no longer provides the protection it once did. As with any core element of our financial portfolio, a change in life insurance coverage should only be considered after a thorough review of your current and future financial needs. The question of, “Should I change my life insurance coverage?” comes up for many people who have either let life pass them by without periodically reassessing their financial situation, or because they experienced a major life change for which their current coverage may no longer be adequate. Ideally, life insurance coverage should be reviewed regularly, as often as annually. In doing so, it is more likely that only smaller changes in coverage will be necessary.


But, for most people, life can change in big ways, sometimes abruptly – a birth, a death, a marriage, a new home, a divorce, a new job, a lost job; all of these changes should prompt an immediate review of your current and future financial planning inclusive of your life insurance coverage.

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP Most life insurance professionals would agree that it is almost never a good idea to simply change one life insurance policy for another on a whim. Life insurance costs are always going up, so the policy that you bought some years ago, would cost more if purchased today, especially if there have been any negative changes in your health condition. Also, when you exchange one life insurance policy for another, the contestability period of the coverage starts all over again.

When planning your financial future, you should expect things to change, and with that, you should review your financial plan to ensure your future needs will be met. The need for life insurance rarely goes away completely. In fact, for most people, the need for additional, permanent protection often increases. Life insurance is a long-term commitment that should be revisited regularly, but certainly in anticipation of, or as a result of, major life events. It is rare that the first life insurance policy that one purchases will suffice in the long run. The issue as to whether or not your life insurance plan needs an addition, an adjustment, or even a wholesale change, can only be addressed after a thorough analysis of your current policies and your long-term needs. ◆

Domenic is Founder/Principal of AMCO Insurance & Financial Services. He collaborates with your professional advisory team to achieve your desired outcomes. He gets you organized, so you and your family can rest easy. 416 850 2158 *This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information provided is not written or intended as tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for purposes of avoiding any Federal or Provincial tax penalties. Individuals are encouraged to seek advice from their own tax or legal counsel. Individuals involved in the estate planning process should work with an estate planning team, including their own personal legal or tax counsel. Neither the information presented, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a representation by us of a specific investment or the purchase or sale of any securities. Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. This material was developed and produced for AMCO Financial to provide information on a topic that may be of interest.

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$1,275,000 This family home was 4 bedrooms, now with large dressing room in master that could easily convert back and 3 piece ensuite which could be extended into adjoining closet if desired. Hardwood floors just installed recently throughout most of the home. The kitchen is open to large breakfast area/living room combo. Separate drive, private family room with fireplace and walkout to massive recent deck. Basement mostly unspoiled. Generator, Forced air/ gas 2005, roof 7 years with 30 year shingle. 51 x 203 foot lot, attached 3 car garage with parking in the driveway for 6, municipal water and central air. Easy commute to Highway 10 and 410, close to wonderful elementary school and recreation centre. What a great place to call home.


x e n An COACH HOUSE By Taylor Smyth Architects | Photography by Doublespace Photography Inc.

Tucked discretely down a quiet urban laneway, the original building was part of Moore’s Hearse Livery and used as a vehicle depot. Altered and added to overtime, it was converted into a residence in the 1980s. The only thing left from the livery is the brick walls in the courtyards.

Taylor Smyth Architects, working with William Fulghum Design Associates, gutted the two-storey structure down to the bare studs and enhanced the key features of the residence with a contemporary light-filled interior that incorporates a rich material palette of wood, stone, bronze, and leather. New furniture was selected for all spaces to complement the design. Distinctive wall and ceiling light fixtures throughout the house combine vintage 1960’s pieces with modern ones.


PROJECT DETAILS TEAM: Taylor Smyth Architects in collaboration with William Fulghum Design Associates LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Holbrook + Associates Landscape Architects SIZE: 3,200 Square Feet

The entry hall features built-in millwork, combining walnut, lacquered wood, and custom closet doors of leather-trimmed in bronze. From there, the view through the house culminates in the den where a linear gas fireplace is an inset into a dramatic wall of dark veined stone trimmed in bronze. The most remarkable features of the house are the pair of ivy-clad landscaped walled-in courtyards that flank the den, and the extensive rooftop terrace above. ▹



A single ceiling plane unifies the living and dining room, appearing to float away from the walls with the incorporation of soft indirect lighting around its perimeter, and is pierced by two skylights that flood the space with light. The living room features a stone and walnut-clad fireplace.

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The stair to the second floor is surmounted by a skylight and continues up another partial level to a large private landscaped terrace over the living/dining and den, where raised planters and a series of decks define a sequence of seating and entertaining spaces. A custom wood screen, its random vertical slats creating a rich composition of light and shade, conceals the wall of the second floor. The second floor contains the master bedroom, ensuite bathroom and walk-incloset, and a second bedroom and bathroom. The master bathroom is illuminated through a screen of alternating back-painted and acid-etched glass with diffuse natural light from the skylight at the stair. Inside, statuario marble laminam and charcoal coloured porcelain tile create a dramatic contrast of light and dark. ◆


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Me Space

RUNNING OUT OF ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE? As home becomes more and more a comfy place of refuge, many of us are looking for ways to make the most of our property. A backyard shed can be the perfect solution to carve out some space just for you.


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Gaining popularity among homeowners, livable backyard sheds or casitas can be used as cozy getaways that create some “me space.” They’re perfect for parents who want some breathing room away from the kids, those looking for a separate home office or anyone needing a space to call all their own for a hobby, reading or unwinding after a long day.

home office to virtual school hub to craft space.

Make sure your shed is comfortable and cozy so it’s a place you enjoy spending time in. Before you deck out your shed in your chosen décor, install a quality subfloor to keep out cold and moisture. Premium subflooring from Dricore is a great option, as it will keep your floors soft, warm and comfortOne of the top advantages of trans- able. Quick and easy to install, forming a shed into a livable part of you can lay out the panels for your your home is that’s super easy and shed is less than an hour. affordable. Most small sheds don’t Whatever design and materials you need permits and can be easily renchoose, be sure to use textures and ovated yourself but stay informed items that encourage peace, joy about city permit requirements. and relaxation. Whether you hang A backyard casita is also photos of a quiet forest path or undulating waves on a serene beach, fun to decorate and easy to personalize in your style – whether this is a space just for you, so outfit it with your favourite things. Think it’s rustic log cabin, farmhouse souvenirs from your last vacation, chic or bold and modern. You can materials and supplies for your latalso adapt the interior of your est hobby, and blankets and pillows shed quickly to suit your changing in soothing fabrics. ◆ needs, seamlessly switching from


70 GLENWOOD AVENUE, BLOOR WEST VILLAGE Prime Bloor West Village at its Finest! Absolutely stunning, fully gutted and renovated 3+1 bedroom & 3 bathroom home with a rare private driveway and garage. This beautiful home features an open concept main level including a spacious living room with a bay window, fireplace, custom built-in shelves, and French doors, as well as pot lights and newer hardwood floors throughout. Gorgeous and open designer chef’s kitchen with Quartz counters, marble centre island, Bertazzoni gas range, Fisher & Paykel refrigerator and two walk-outs to the large deck and magnificent perennial yard. Fabulous king-sized master retreat with a very spacious walk-in closet and a ‘spa-like’ master ensuite that offers a separate glass shower. Spectacular guest bathroom with a freestanding tub. Underpinned basement with 8’ high ceilings, a family room, bedroom, 3-piece bathroom, and a laundry room. Unique 29 x 135 ft lot. Only a few steps to Runnymede Public School and near Humberside Collegiate Institute and Ursula Franklin Academy. Just one block north of the vibrant Bloor West Village with many shops and restaurants and a short walk to Runnymede subway station. You won’t want to miss this gem!

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Sun-filled Kingsway Beauty! 4+ bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, spacious principal rooms, big eat-in kitchen, family room, basically a room for all in the family! Master suite with walkin closet and luxury bathroom. Lower level separate entrance and sweet separate living quarters with kitchen for in-law or extra income. Many walkouts with sitting areas and pretty gardens. Fully renovated, so lovely and tasteful and only a block to Kingsway shops, pubs, dining, cafés, schools, parks, recreation centre and subway! You can’t help but love it! See more at

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