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$350,000 in Mississauga, $950,000 at Harbourfront: What these condos got

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MISSISSAUGA

Location: 50 Absolute Ave., Unit 2904,

Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. and Hurontario St.

Asking price: $350,000

Selling price: $350,000

Previous selling price: $256,000 (2014)

Size: about 590 sq. ft.

Parking: one owned underground space, one owned locker

Maintenance fees: $568.71 per month

Taxes: $2,166 (2018)

Sold: October 16/18. Closed: November 05/18.

In only four days on the market, this Mississauga condo in a highrise building sold for the full asking price.

“This unit has south-facing views of downtown and Lake Ontario. It features three walkouts to an oversized balcony and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. As well, there is plenty of space in the dining room for a small home office,” says listing agent Donna Bulika.

The building is a short walk to Square One Shopping Centre, and close to the Living Arts Centre, a library, a movie cinema and an art gallery.

Amenities in the building are a concierge, a gym, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a party/meeting room, and a security guard.

Unit has: living room with laminate floor and walkout to balcony; dining room with laminate floor and walkout to balcony; kitchen with laminate floor and stainless steel appliances; bedroom with broadloom on floor and walkout to balcony; laundry room; four-piece bathroom.

Listing agent: Donna Bulika, sales representative, Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc., Brokerage, 416-762-4200; www.DonnaBulika.com

HARBOURFRONT

Location: 228 Queens Quay W., Unit 2007

Lower Simcoe St. and Queen Quay W.

Asking price: $949,000

Selling price: $950,000

Previous selling price: $594,000 (2011)

Size: about 950 sq. ft.

Parking: one owned underground space, no locker

Maintenance fees: $733 per month

Taxes: $3,425 (2018)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Sold: October 18/18. Closed: December 07/18.

Steps from Lake Ontario, this two-bedroom unit sold in one day for $1,000 over the asking price

“This unit has unobstructed views of the Toronto Islands. It has been updated and well cared for, with a floorplan that has no wasted space. It features a large living area and two balconies,” says listing agent Gaelen Patrick.

The building is a short walk to parks, restaurants, cafes, a Sobey’s grocery store, Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Island Ferry. It is close to Union Station, The Rogers Centre, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Billy Bishop Airport.

Building amenities include a concierge, a gym, an indoor pool, visitor parking, bike storage and guest suites.

Unit has: living room with hardwood floor; dining room with hardwood floor; kitchen with breakfast bar, pot lights and stainless steel appliances; master bedroom with four-piece ensuite and closet organizers; second bedroom with picture window and closet organizers; four-piece bathroom.

Listing agent: Gaelen Patrick, sales representative, Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc., Brokerage, 416-762-4200; www.GaelenPatrick.com.

What They Got: Condos is compiled by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer, from information that is publicly available. Send recent homes sales to soldhome@rogers.com. Not all submissions can be used.

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The home of the Halifax Mooseheads will reopen next month to host the team’s season home opener, although the experience will be different as a result of COVID-19.

The Scotiabank Centre will reopen on Oct. 3, after its reopening framework was reviewed by Nova Scotia’s public health and occupational health and safety departments, the company operating the centre and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) team announced on Tuesday.

“We’re thrilled to be reopening and welcoming our fans back to Scotiabank Centre,” said Carrie Cussons, the president and CEO of Scotiabank Centre.

The centre will be following all standard health and safety guidelines related to the wearing of non-medical masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing and contact tracing, the company said.

But there will be additional protections put in place as well in order to limit any possible spread of the novel coronavirus.

Scotiabank Centre will be divided into separate zones of up to 200 people with set washrooms, concessions and entrance/exit points for each zone.

The organization also announced that tickets will be sold in groups of up to 10 within the same bubble, respecting the province’s guidelines on gatherings.

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Incumbent mayor Mike Savage will face off against Coun. Matt Whitman, the current representative for the Hammonds Plains–St. Margarets, and political newcomer Max Taylor.

Whitman and Savage have previously announced their plans to run but Taylor’s inclusion in the race was a last minute surprise.

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“Get out and vote. I don’t care who you vote for, I care that you vote,” he writes.

One of the more notable aspects of Taylor’s presence in the race is his status on social media platform Tik Tok.

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The corner of Bay and Harbour may be getting a new 57-storey office tower perched atop the heritage Toronto Harbour Commission Building.

Updated plans for The Hub — a skyscraper from multinational corporation Oxford Properties — have been submitted, and if approved, will see a building designed by London-based firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to 30 Bay Street.

The project near Toronto’s waterfront which was initially proposed in 2018 will add around 1.4 million square feet of office space to the neighbourhood. The building’s west side will also be directly connected to The PATH network.

The Hub will also sit overtop (but only lightly touching) its next door neighbour: the six-storey Toronto Harbour Commission Building, which was built in 1917.

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Floors five to eight of the podium will see larger office floors.

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