Category Archives: luxury homes

Conrad Black selling $21.8-million, nine-bedroom family mansion in Toronto

Conrad Black is putting his Toronto estate up for sale.

TORONTO — Former press baron Conrad Black is looking to sell his 23,000-square-foot home in Toronto’s exclusive Bridle Path neighbourhood.

Nestled on a 6.6-acre lot, the nine-bedroom property that includes a caretaker suite and a converted coach house will hit the auction block on March 8.

It has an estimated value of $21.8 million, according to an online listing.

Black’s house was built and renovated by New York architect Thierry Despont, who has also designed and built homes for Calvin Klein, Bill Gates and the late Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos.

The building features two, two-storey libraries, an indoor swimming pool with skylight, a carved granite Jacuzzi and a copper-domed chapel consecrated by two cardinals.

Toronto real estate agent Barry Cohen is handling the sale in partnership with New York-based Concierge Auctions.

Source: The Canadian Press | February 4, 2016

Conrad Black is putting his Toronto estate up for sale.

 

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Buying a Home in the Winter

Spring and summer are the high season for home sales, but winter can be a buyer’s market. If you don’t mind a smaller pool of homes for sale or moving around the holidays, winter might be a good time for you to house shop.

Less Competition, More Leverage
Since spring and summer are the most active real estate seasons, many home sellers wait until then to list their homes. That means there are fewer homes for sale in the winter, but the sellers often have strong reasons to sell their homes soon, such as job relocation. These motivated sellers can be a boon to the home buyer.

While there are fewer homes to choose among, the smaller selection can save you a lot of time. Do you really want to traipse through 50 houses? It may be simpler to view the handful of homes for sale in the winter and choose the one that best suits your needs.

Just as there are fewer homes for sale during the winter, there are fewer buyers, too. That means less competition and sellers who are more willing to accommodate potential buyers. Use this knowledge to your advantage. Offer a relatively low (but not insultingly low) bid for the home you’ve selected, or ask for perks such as the living room furniture or the chandelier that you admire.

The low number of potential buyers also means you have more time to make your decision. In the spring, you often need to choose a home and act quickly, but in winter you may be able to take your time.

Assessing a Home’s Winter Fitness
Viewing homes in the winter lets you see how it holds up to the weather. Did you feel cold while looking through the house? Is there a functioning heating system and hot water? Are the windows letting in drafts?

Availability of Agents and Others
Another advantage of buying a home in the off-season is the greater availability of industry professionals. Real estate agents will have fewer clients and more time to focus on your home search. Lenders will be more accessible for questions and assistance. Some lenders even waive fees during the off-season to encourage borrowers to use their services. Likewise, movers tend to lower their costs during the winter months.

Gray Gardens or Winter Wonderland?
Home buyers can be turned off by the bleak look of prospective homes in winter. Bare trees and lawns covered in gray snow aren’t the most picturesque. However, you’ll be able to see how well neighbors tend driveways and sidewalks, whether the town plows or salts icy streets, and whether kids come out to play in the snow. Around the holidays, you might even see the neighborhood decorated in its winter finest.

Source: Realtor.com By Dini Harris October 3, 2013

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Toronto’s priciest condos are at Bay and Avenue, real estate brokerage says

Toronto’s priciest condos are at Bay Street and Avenue Road, according to real estate brokerage The Red Pin.

An average one-bedroom condo in the area is $570,198, and an average two-bedroom is nearly $1.5 million (actually, the average price is $1,497,679).

There are a few reasons for this, The Red Pin says, but they all boil down to the age-old real estate truism: location, location, location.

The downtown core location means it ranks among the highest rates of foot traffic in the city. It’s also close to subways and the intersection serves as an “anchor” for Toronto’s urban development, The Red Pin says.

Owning there is more expensive than owning just one block east: condos on Bay sold for an average of $40,000 more than units along Yonge Street, the brokerage found.

The Red Pin looked at 28 intersections in the city, 24 of which have “the highest daily pedestrian traffic in the city – each with a pedestrian count of at least 17,000.”

The brokerage also found that condos located a short walk (five minutes) from these intersections sold for an average of $537,702. That’s nearly $150,000 more than the city-wide average of $398,858 during the same period.

The type of condos available in the area are being built for a specific buyer: There are an estimated 40% more one bedroom condos versus two bedrooms units around Toronto’s major intersections, Red Pin found.

All prices are an average and taken from The Red Pin.com

Yonge and Eglinton
One bedroom: $402, 924
Two bedroom: $629,644

St. Clair and Yonge
One bedroom: $439, 064
Two bedroom: $868,537

Bloor and Avenue
One bedroom: $570,198
Two bedroom: $1,497,679

Bay and Bloor
One bedroom: $439,453
Two bedroom: $1,174,562

Yonge and Bloor
One bedroom: $416,968
Two bedroom: $964, 813

Yonge and Wellesley
One bedroom: $414,351
Two bedroom: $601,952

Bay and College
One bedroom: $428, 826
Two bedroom: $611,950

Yonge and Collge
One bedroom: $422,928
Two bedroom: $602,081

Yonge and Gerrard
One bedroom: $425,658
Two bedroom: $611,381

Yonge and Dundas
One bedroom: $423,121
Two bedroom: $616, 219

Dundas and Bay
One bedroom: $422,088
Two bedroom: $637,589

Dundas and University
One bedroom: $382,148
Two bedroom: $531, 307

Yonge and Queen
One bedroom: $368,638
Two bedroom: $512,033

King and Spadina
one bedroom: $389,231
Two bedroom: $609,180

Front and John
One bedroom: $376,099
Two bedroom: $609,344

York and University
One bedroom: $421,202
Two bedroom: $753,164

Bay and Queen
One bedroom: $383,909
Two bedroom: $697,371

Bay and Adelaide
One bedroom: $393,957
Two bedroom: $688,327

Bay and King
One bedroom: $425,537
Two bedroom: $734,744

Bay and Wellington
One bedroom: $412,172
Two bedroom: $666,601

Yonge and King
One bedroom: $387,813
Two bedroom: $671,844

Yonge and Adelaide
One bedroom: $389,327
Two bedroom: $637,157

King and Jarvis
One bedroom: $369, 562
Two bedroom: $608,184

Richmond and John
One bedroom: $399,888
Two bedroom: $692,911

Front and John
One bedroom: $376,099
Two bedroom: $609,344

York and University
One bedroom: $421,202
Two bedroom: $753,164

Source: 680 News  by ERIN CRIGER Posted Sep 17, 2015 12:50
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Caribbean Home: A $4.2 Million Listing in Anguilla

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Sandcastle Pointe on the market

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

Set upon an acre of seaside land, just a short walk from Shoal Bay East, is Sandcastle Point.

This 7,000 square-foot, four-bedroom property exudes luxury in an environment of privacy, and even features its own putting green, croquet lawn, and billiard and entertainment room.

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The picturesque four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom Anguilla property is listed with Properties in Paradise at $4.2 million.

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Complementing the 7,000-square-foot villa’s grand architecture are its statements of contemporary style, including ceiling-to-floor “windows to the sea” that open at the touch of a button, automatic sliding doors, and a heated infinity pool equipped with a Technopure water purifying system and expansive pool deck.

Bruce Hearn and Elaine Hearn have the listing.

Source: Caribbean Journal September 16th, 2015 | 10:00 am

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The 240-bedroom, 78-bathroom fixer-upper

Buckingham Palace is in such poor condition that buckets have to be set out to catch water dripping from the roof in the gallery where the Queen's priceless art collection is kept.

The Queen and members of the British Parliament live and work in this country’s two most iconic buildings: Buckingham Palace for her, the Palace of Westminster for them. But moisture, mice and moth-eaten heating and electrical systems, among other ills, are turning both structures into something of a nightmare for their illustrious inhabitants.

Conditions inside the 19th-century buildings have become so dire they threaten to achieve what the Blitz could not: force Her Majesty, the noble peers in the House of Lords and the members of the House of Commons to abandon their digs, at least while refurbishment is undertaken.

Surveyors and engineers warn of an urgent need for asbestos removal, better plumbing, pest control, upgraded wiring, improved fire safety and repairs to the crumbling masonry, a large chunk of which came perilously close to nailing Princess Anne’s carafter detaching from a Buckingham Palace parapet in 2007.

But spending billions in taxpayer money on nicer accommodation for politicians and the Royal Family is a tough sell at a time when the government is promising the deepest cuts in welfare and other social spending in at least a generation. Plenty of Brits believe their elected representatives have dipped their hands liberally enough into the public purse.

To Dickie Arbiter, that’s a shortsighted view.

“All these are government buildings,” said Arbiter, who worked in Buckingham Palace as Elizabeth’s press secretary before retiring. “Our children and grandchildren and their children won’t thank us if we allow these buildings to fall into a state of disrepair.”

He scoffs at suggestions that his former boss, one of the world’s richest women, ought to fund her own home improvements. The Queen does not actually own Buckingham Palace; it’s held “in trust” for use by the reigning monarch.

“There are those cynics who say, ‘Well, the Queen lives there, she should pay for it,’ which is a bit like saying, ‘Obama lives at the White House, let him take care of it,’” Arbiter said.

Regardless of who foots the bill (and it won’t be the footman), the price tag would be enormous.

Buckingham Palace is basically a 240-bedroom, 78-bathroom fixer-upper (great location!) that would cost the equivalent of an estimated $300 million to bring up to modern standards. Some redecorating is definitely in order: The last time the interiors were spruced up was around the time of the Queen’s coronation. That was 62 years ago.

The boiler hasn’t been overhauled in about as long. Royal minions have had to set out buckets to catch water dripping from the roof in the gallery where Elizabeth’s priceless art collection is kept.

Across St. James’s Park, a makeover for the Gothic revival Palace of Westminster would cost significantly more. According to an independent appraisal released in June, the project could cost the equivalent of between $7 billion and $11.6 billion Cdn.

Mark Tami, a member of Parliament from the Liverpool area, said a “major intervention” is clearly necessary.

“You’re talking about a building which is in the centre of London, which is exposed to the elements and pollution,” he said. “There comes a point where just the odd patching here and there won’t suffice.”

The roof leaks, the pipes are corroding and much of the communication cabling is inadequate for the demands of the digital age. It took “quite a time” to install broadband and Wi-Fi, Tami said; connection speeds remain erratic.

Tami sits on a “restoration and renewal” parliamentary committee that is expected to decide early next year whether to embrace one of the renovation plans outlined in the June report.

The least expensive option would require Parliament to move out of the Palace of Westminster for six years. The most expensive option would allow the 650 members of the House of Commons and assorted scarlet-robed lords and ladies mostly to stay put, with partial closures of the building on a rolling basis over 32 years.

The Royal Family probably would be less inconvenienced than lawmakers by a move. Elizabeth, who is in good health at 89, already spends weekends and summers at Windsor Castle outside London and Balmoral Castle in Scotland, respectively. She could live comfortably in either place, or at her privately owned country retreat in Sandringham, in eastern England.

Buckingham Palace is where she mostly conducts state business on weekdays — “a bit like living above a shop when you’re on duty in London,” Arbiter said.

The Queen has never openly complained about the condition of Buckingham Palace. But no doubt she’d like to see her principal pad since childhood, with its 775 rooms, kept in better shape.

“She certainly wouldn’t utter anything like that in public,” Arbiter said. “It’s really for the officials in that department to browbeat the powers that be to dish out the money, to say this building is going to fall to pieces unless something is done about it.”

Source: Toronto Star Henry Chu Los Angeles Times, Published on Sun Sep 13 2015

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Got $1 million? You might score a tear-down home in a hot market

This three-bedroom uninhabitable Toronto home in "extremely poor condition" just sold for $1.05 million. The selling agent says it's the "new normal" for the neighbourhood.

Got $1 million to buy a house? If you’re looking to spend it in a hot neighbourhood in Toronto or Vancouver, brace yourself. You might end up with a dilapidated home in desperate need of major repairs, or even a tear-down.

A Toronto house in the coveted Beaches area went on the market last week with a hole in the roof, peeling paint, and musty plywood flooring throughout. It had no running water because no one has been living there for years.

It was advertised as “in extremely poor condition” and “currently not livable.”

Real estate agents bringing clients for a look were advised to pack a flashlight and “go at your own risk.”

No matter. The decrepit three-bedroom detached house garnered multiple offers and sold in three days for $1.05 million, more than $150,000 over asking.

‘It’s scary looking’

“It’s scary looking,” comments Kate MacDougall, who lives across the street from the million-dollar mess. She says during her two years in the neighbourhood, “We’ve seen people come and like look in the windows, police and stuff, wondering what’s going on.”

Nonetheless, she’s not startled by the selling price. “Obviously the properties here, people just want them. The beach is right there, it’s a beautiful place.”

“It’s not a big surprise to us,” chimes in selling agent Lindsay Wright. “It’s the new normal for south of Queen [Street East],” she says, referring to the house’s desirable neighbourhood.

It also appears to be the new normal in other sought-after locations where prices are soaring.

In August, the benchmark or typical price for a detached property in Metro Vancouver jumped 17.5 per cent from the year before, to nearly $1.16 million. In Toronto, the typical price for a detached home climbed 12.9 per cent to just over a million dollars.

Million-dollar Vancouver wreck

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This six-bedroom Vancouver home “fully in need of a complete restoration” just sold for $1.1 million. (CBC)

Two weeks ago, Vancouver real estate agent Shaun Gregory sold a 110-year-old detached house that is “fully in need of a complete restoration. There’s no kitchen, it’s been vacant for the last 10 years,” he explains about the six-bedroom home that borders the city’s Downtown Eastside, known for its high rates of drug use, crime, and prostitution.

The selling price: $1.1 million.

Gregory says the new owner plans to restore the home, and he finds nothing astounding about the sale. “It’s a great emerging area of Vancouver, a lot of development happening around, so I’m not really that surprised.”

The agent with Stonehouse Team Real Estate explains that the lure of cheap mortgages and a lack of supply are driving up prices, even for houses in disrepair.

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An interior shot of the Vancouver house which hasn’t been lived in for 10 years and has no kitchen. (CBC)

“What we’ve got going on in Vancouver is historically low interest rates and a real lack of inventory, especially in the detached housing market,” he says.

While prices are skyrocketing in strong markets, supply is shrinking. In Vancouver in August, the total number of listed homes declined by a jarring 26.2 per cent compared to the previous year. In Toronto, active listings declined by 10.5 per cent.

The high price of limited land

Ian Lee, a Carleton University business professor, explains that in lower demand regions like rural areas, “the value of the residential property is principally in the value of the house, as land is relatively less expensive.”

But, he says, the opposite is true in urban centres where demand is soaring and there’s a shortage of ready land to build more homes.

The consequence: “The lot is typically much more valuable than the building sitting on the lot,” he says. “This results in a perfectly logical situation where a dump of a home can be worth a large amount.”

Lee says, for example, in Ottawa’s desirable Glebe neighbourhood, a lot is worth on average well over $500,000 while an older, non-renovated house on that land may be worth just $100,000.

‘Perfectly rational’

The business expert concludes that for a developer to pay big bucks for a crappy house on pricey land and then demolish it is “perfectly rational.”

Toronto agent Wright explains that the uninhabitable home she sold sits on a quality lot with a private driveway and a backyard that backs onto a park — all assets that helped command a good price. She won’t reveal the buyer’s plans.

MacDougall believes she has a good idea what will unfold: “I think they’ll just tear it down and build something new.”

Tear-down homes selling for more than $1 million may not be encouraging news for buyers still trying to get into the market. But, for MacDougall, it’s something to look forward to.

Referring to the dismal looking, neglected house, she comments, “Nobody wants to live across from that.”

Source; CBC By Sophia Harris, CBC News Posted: Sep 04, 2015 5:00 AM ET

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Pools are becoming an important element for condo buyers, with ‘beautiful form, desirable function’

A rendering of the indoor/outdoor pool to come at 11 Wellesley.

Not so long ago, in the sweltering dog days of summer, the most popular kid on the block was always the one who had a pool. But, like central air conditioning, what was once considered a luxury is now pretty much a given — at least for condo developers. When it comes to pools nowadays, the question is really whether to build it within the building or outside, usually on the roof.

“In recent years, the sophistication and space allotment of amenities in general has increased exponentially,” observes Lanterra Developments’  Mark Mandelbaum. This includes the level of amenities, and the elaborateness of the design, of the pool. “Canada has such a short summer that there are pros and cons to pools, especially outdoor ones. But especially in larger buildings, they’ve become very popular, so most condos built today will have one.”

“In today’s competitive condo marketplace, offering an amazing amenity program is a key differentiator,” says Barry Fenton, Lanterra president and CEO. “Pools that offer both beautiful form and desirable function are among the distinctive features that often help close the deal for many of our prospective buyers.”

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Peter J. Thompson / National PostThe pool at Lanterra’s One Bedford condominium.

That being the case, what goes into deciding whether to build an indoor pool or an outdoor one? The short answer is that an indoor one can be used all year round, given Canada’s short and meteorologically uncertain summers, while an outdoor pool makes the most of what summer we’ve got. But there’s actually a lot more to the decision than that.

“Generally speaking,” Mandelbaum explains, “if it’s a younger building, we might expect an outdoor pool might be more attractive. We find younger people might be inclined to use the building’s fitness amenities for their workouts, and see the pool as more of a place for lounging and relaxing. But with an older crowd, they might prefer an indoor pool for fitness, so they want to be able to use it year-round.”

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LanterraTreviso II’s pool will have windows overlooking the courtyard.

This was certainly the case with Zoltan and Eily Bartfai, who recently purchased a unit at Lanterra’s Treviso II condominium (trevisocondos.com), which will have an indoor pool at the mezzanine level. “I’m from Switzerland, and we have a saying we tell people, which is, ‘We didn’t come here for the weather!’,” Zoltan laughs. “But I love to swim, and in fact the indoor pool was a large reason we chose this building.”

He says he intends to use the pool for a few laps every morning before breakfast, and while Eily isn’t quite as much of a swimmer as her husband, she could see just puttering around in the shallow end for enjoyment, or possibly enrolling in aquafit classes if the condo community organizes some. But at least part of their decision, Eily adds, was aesthetic. “When we looked at the renderings, it has a beautiful window overlooking the courtyard, so we’re looking forward to that.”

Indoor pools tend to be more attractive to families, since they tend to be smaller and young children can be supervised more effectively. ICE, another Lanterra development, has an indoor pool that was partly designed with children in mind. “It came out of a discussion with our local councillor,” Mandelbaum recalls. “One end of the pool is very shallow, and includes a dedicated child play area.”

From a design standpoint, though, indoor pools have certain drawbacks, which is why for the most part they tend to be comparatively utilitarian in design. According to designer Johnson Chou, who has created a number of attractive outdoor pool environments for Freed Developments, “There are certain technical issues, such as condensation and the limitations of the programming itself. But there are some very attractive public indoor pools in Toronto, so there’s always the possibility of creating an interesting environment.”

But for most developers, outdoor pools open up a wealth of lifestyle possibilities that go beyond just swimming as a fitness regimen, especially for younger buyers. A well-appointed rooftop pool area can be the main attraction, and sales clincher, of a new building — offering residents both the condo equivalent of a town square, and a resort-like experience, without ever leaving home. You could do laps in these pools, but with so much else on offer, fitness is decidedly a secondary attraction.

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Freed DevelopmentsThe rooftop pool at 150 Redpath: The idea of a pool area as a mini-vacation.

One of Freed’s newest projects, 150 Redpath (done in collaboration with CD Capital; redpathcondos.com), takes the idea of the pool area as mini-vacation to its logical extreme. The building’s rooftop lounge, designed by Chou and landscaped by NAK Design, features a variety of both open and secluded spaces, of which the pool only forms a part.

“It’s very much coming from Peter Freed himself,” Chou says, “who is a strong proponent of modernism and the lifestyle that goes along with it. He loves this minimalist ethic of purity of form.”

The pool, naturally, is the most dramatic of the various elements. Flush with the upper deck on one side, it features an infinity edge over a white acrylic wall on the other; for its outer third, the walls turn to glass, creating a transparent cube. On the opposite end, an oversized whirlpool within the pool features its own mini-infinity edge. Water flowing over the various edges creates a constant, soothing trickle that effectively blocks the sound of traffic far below.

Dividing the space into two levels helps to organize the rooftop loosely into zones: on the upper level, a row of curtained cabanas with bed-sized lounges are set behind poolside lounge chairs, next to an open-air bar complete with bartender. The lower deck is lined with another row of curtained “rooms,” featuring glass roofs, in contrast to the open-topped poolside cabanas. (These could conceivably be a place to escape from a sudden shower, or a chance to enjoy the space even on a rainy day.) This section also includes several semi-private dining areas, divided by low walls of greenery and each with its own barbecue.

One of the key attractions of an elaborately designed common area like this one, as Chou points out, is that by its very nature, it’s designed to make it easy to meet people, foster a sense of community and banish the isolation that’s sometimes a feature of condominium life. For example, the bar has a row of seating that makes it easy to strike up a conversation if a neighbour happens to take a seat beside you. The whirlpool is designed to hold half a dozen people comfortably, and some of the lounge chairs face each other. But if you prefer to read your book and enjoy the sunshine in peace, there are spaces for that too; there’s no pressure. (After all, the model for the rooftop’s design is a vacation.)

“The way we approach many of these designs is that amenity spaces, whether indoor or outdoor, should be evocative, should take you to another place,” Chou says. “They’re really designed to be a series of discrete, memorable experiences.”

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New Condominium Market Snapshot

New Condominium Market Snapshot

Toronto

$619.8/Sqft

+1.39% month/month

 

Montreal

$397.29/Sqft

+0.65% month/month

 

Ottawa

$416.26/Sqft

-0.55 month/month

Source: BuzzBuzzReport September 1, 2015

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3 features Americans want in their dream home

Most Americans have a clear idea of their dream home — and it doesn’t involve living large.

Fewer people think owning their own home is part of the “American Dream” in 2015 than they did five years ago (71% in 2015 versus 77% in 2010), according to a survey of 2,000 adults carried out by Harris Poll on behalf of real estate site Trulia. Homeownership has become as much of a lifestyle choice than an obligatory milestone, says Selma Hepp, chief economist with Trulia; 75% of married people with kids under the age of 18 say they plan to buy a home to be their primary residence versus 69% of single people with no kids.


Yet only 35% of Americans said they’ve already purchased their “dream home.” Only 14% of respondents who plan to buy any home say they will do so within the next year, the survey found, while 69% plan to wait at least two years. And most people gravitate toward modern homes (18%) with newer features that require less work than older homes, followed by ranch-style homes (15%). People chose a dozen types of homes from log cabins (6%) to Colonial style houses (5%). Only 3% chose penthouse apartments as their ideal type of home and 1% picked houseboats.

Here are the three most popular features people want to live in a home happily ever after:

Americans aren’t big fans of mansions like the kind favored by 50 Cent. In fact, they’re more likely to follow the lead of billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Facebook FB, -0.03% co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, whose primary residences are suburban homes fit for a middle class family rather than members of the 1%. In fact, 44% of respondents want an average-sized home between 1,401 and 2,600 square feet — choosing a home that is not too big or too small.
When describing where their dream home is located, most respondents are evenly split between wanting to live in the countryside (27%) and the suburbs (27%) rather than in the heart of a major American city (8%). And this varies, depending on where in the country the respondents were located. Midwesterners and those living in the northeast prefer the suburbs, southerners want to live in the countryside and Westerners were more likely to say they want to live in the mountains.


But most Americans are less modest when it comes to the amenities they desire in their dream home: 59% say they want a backyard deck. Other features they want in their dream home include a balcony with a view (45%), gourmet kitchen (47%), vegetable garden (40%), open floor plan (38%) and swimming pool (38%). “Most people want a mid-sized, modern home in the suburbs with a backyard deck,” Hepp says. “Americans are pretty realistic and practical when it comes to what they want in their dream home.”

Source: Market Watch By QUENTIN FOTTRELL PERSONAL FINANCE

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Top 5 Most Expensive Restaurants in Mississauga

Source: Insauga.com  – by Khaled Iwamura on August 8, 2015

If the company you work for in Mississauga is doing well, the likelihood of having a company dinner, lunch or Christmas party at these places is high.

These are the places you check out once in a blue moon for a very special occasion with your significant other. Or maybe you’re just a baller and can afford to eat at these places on the regular.

Either way, these places are expensive and they pamper and feed you like no other restos in the city.

Here are the top five most expensive restaurants in Mississauga:

5 – Cagneys Restaurant and Winebar

It’s an iconic Mississauga landmark and a Streetsville gem that’s always been known for its signature Caesar salad. Fast-forward 40 years, Alexander Lassos has taken the reins and used his lifetime of experience in the family business to develop a completely new dining concept. Approximately $1.2 million dollars of renos later, Alexander’s dream restaurant is complete: Cagneys Restaurant and Winebar. One of the main features in this 5,500 sq. ft. space is a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar that holds 500 bottles of hand-selected wines. Cagney’s menu focuses on local and seasonal ingredients, and includes a substantial appetizer section that boasts grilled octopus. Diners will also find risottos, pastas, gourmet burgers and healthy, gluten-free and vegetarian options. The chef and his team make the bread, desserts, fresh-cut fries, sauces and stocks in house.

Cagneys Seafood Platter For Two – $145.00
Cuban Lobster Tails, shrimp scampi, Alaskan king crab legs, grilled vegetables & choice of potato or rice. Served with warm drawn garlic butter

4 – Aristotles

Aristotles Fine Dining has been a Mississauga staple for over 20 years, specializing in steak and seafood. It’s the epitome of old-school fine dining with dim lighting, waiters decked out in formal black and white uniforms, Greek-inspired statues and large Greek columns. The resto also boasts a soft instrumental soundtrack.

The menu includes a wide variety of steak and seafood options, including Oysters Rockefeller, scallops, shrimp, lobster tail, crab legs, filet mignon and seafood platters.

We started with complimentary olives and pickles and a basket of crispy, butter soaked garlic bread that I will without a doubt have future cravings for.

We tried the Fisherman’s Plate, which included lobster tail, shrimp scampi, scallops, crab legs, long grain rice, broccoli and carrots. The dish is meant to serve one person, but it can easily serve two. The up-sized version of the Fisherman’s Plate contains the same elements plus filet mignon and is called Aristotle’s Platter for Two. My suggestion is to go hungry. Maybe visit after an intense HIIT workout session or for dinner on a day you skip breakfast and lunch.

Aristotle’s Platter for Two – $145.95 
A combination of filet mignon, crab legs, shrimp scampi, scallops and lobster tails, surrounded by vegetables

3 – Zorro’s

Fresh pickles, olives and garlic bread are always a prelude to your meal. Zorro’s Steakhouse has been around since 1975, making it one of the best and most well known fine dining and steakhouse spots in Mississauga. Located just a few minutes from Pearson, Zorro’s Steakhouse is perfect for a romantic date, old-school business meeting or fabulous baller meal.  The atmosphere is relaxed but elegant, letting you enjoy fine food in an environment that’s chic without being stuffy.

Zorro’s Platter for Two: $145.00
Crab legs, lobster tail, shrimp scampi, scallops, filet mignon and BBQ back ribs. Served with rice and surrounded by fresh vegetables

2 – La Castile

La Castile is located on Dundas East, just footsteps from the Etobicoke border. It’s a massive castle-like restaurant with flaming pots on the outside wall. Once you step in, you see how massive this place is, as it seats 240 people in a triple-tier dining room. The website’s description is most apt: “enormous chandeliers, huge cross beam ceiling timbers, massive wood railings and flowing stairways that lead to all dining levels combine to create a distinctive dining experience steeped in tradition.” You can feast with friends at a round table for eight or dine romantically at an intimate table for two. The food is also on point. For dinner, you can try the steak and lobster plate with broiled and hand-selected sirloin and lobster tails. Bonus: you are almost always guaranteed leftovers, as the portions are massive.

La Castile’s Platter for Two: $145
A combination of filet mignon, crab legs, shrimp scampi, scallops, lobster tails and steamed vegetables

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