Toronto architecture

Toronto Real Estate Hits New Record For May 2016

Toronto SitesJune 3, 2016- Home sales increased 10.6% in May 2016 from May 2015. Listing inventory is down even further. Average sale prices are up 15.7% in Toronto- detached houses are now $1,285,693 and $2,013,470 in Central Toronto. Review the latest Market Watch Report from the Toronto Real Estate Board and visit for personal real estate advice from Andrea Stark, Sales Representative, Royal LePage R.E.Svcs., Ltd, J&D Division, Brokerage 416-489-2121


Stunning New Exclusive Listing In Lawrence Park North

149RoeDining2WJanuary 2, 2016- An architectural showpiece, thoughtfully designed with high ceilings and attention to detail. Entertaining spaces on main and lower levels with walk-outs to private garden with hot tub. Rich marble bathrooms in natural earth shades will remain classic luxe for years to come. The details in the millwork and ceilings are exceptional. Walk to John Wanless PS, Lawrence Park Collegiate, and Avenue Road shops and restaurants. City living at its best. Offered for sale at $1,595,000. For more details and to view, visit Andrea Stark, Sales Representative, Royal LePage/ J&D Division, Brokerage- 416-489-2121


Modern Midtown Reinvention

web-res-154_Cottingham_St-Nightback-017April 14, 2015- Beneath the façade of a classic century home an unexpected revolution in time and design is revealed. A striking three storey addition with walls of glass and Juliet balconies offer an abundance of sunshine and nearly 4700 square feet of bright, modern living space. Custom Douglas fir cabinetry, Carrara marble counters, and high performance appliances of the open entertaining kitchen combine with the main floor family room to create an event space which flows outdoors to the expansive private deck. The fully excavated lower level suite with high ceilings and polished concrete floors and atrium add to the zen-like feel of this architecturally designed masterpiece. Completed in 2007, this show home is part of a quiet, leafy neighborhood, close to all the best schools including coveted Cottingham School. 154 Cottingham Street is walking distance to exciting Summerhill shops and eateries, Yonge subway, and steps to Yorkville. See virtual tour and floor plans or contact Andrea Stark, Sales Representative, Royal LePage RE Svcs. Ltd., J&D Division, Brokerage 416-489-2121

PUG Event-Toronto People’s Choice Awards for Public Architecture Announced

June 17th, 2012- Last week’s 8th Annual Pug Awards, (which are apparently chosen by the public), for the best and worst public architecture in Toronto, were held at last year’s winner for best commercial building: the Bell Tiff Lightbox. The evening was moderated by Anna Simone, of Cecconi Simone Interiors and Gary Berman, a developer, (Tricon Capital). There was an enlightening discussion by the panel of Kyle Rae, former City Councillor, Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star, and John Bentley Mays of the Globe and Mail. They tackled questions like: Is Toronto living up to its design potential? Does Toronto deserve world class status? The winner of the best residential building was 83 Redpath, which isn’t bad architecturally, but personally, I don’t find the interiors well designed at all. The winner of the best commercial building was the Evergreen Brick Works, which was a fine choice. There was also an honourable mention for the Five Thieves Shops of Summerhill, developed by the late Paul Oberman. It’s a great idea to allow Torontonians to offer their opinions on the buildings around us. Unfortunately, so far, no one discusses the interior layouts of these buildings, workmanship, or the quality of materials used. What do you think about this year’s winners?

Make a statement! Vote Today For The Toronto Architecture You Love & Hate!

May 3rd, 2012- I love that we can critique our public architecture in Toronto.
Voting is Now Open for the Anual Pug Awards- Power to the People.
The annual Pug Awards debuted in 2004 and celebrate the best in Toronto architecture and planning. Founded by Anna Simone, principal of design firm Cecconi Simone, and Gary Berman, president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group, the awards invite the public to vote on the best, the middling and worst of Toronto’s newest real estate developments. The goal is to inform the public about design excellence and ultimately contribute to the growth and prosperity of Toronto.