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$380,000 in Scarborough, $690,000 at CityPlace: What these condos got

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SCARBOROUGH

Location: 238 Bonis Ave., Unit 2126,

Kennedy Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E.

Asking price: $389,000

Selling price: $380,000

Previous selling price: $210,000 (2011)

Size: about 650 sq. ft.

Parking: one owned underground space, one owned locker

Maintenance fees: $453.69 per month

Taxes: $1,611 (2018)

Sold: August 20/18. Closed: September 06/18.

Selling for 98 per cent of the listing price in 21 days on the market, this one-bedroom condo unit features a separate den which could be used as a second bedroom.

“This is a Tridel-built building overlooking Tam O’Shanter Golf Course. The unit features a spacious kitchen with a breakfast bar as well as unobstructed northeast views,” says listing agent Isaac Quan.

The building is a short walk to Agincourt Mall. It is also walking distance to a library and a GO station, with easy access to Hwy. 401.

Amenities in the building include an exercise room, an indoor pool, a party/meeting room, a sauna, a security guard and visitor parking.

Unit has: living room with laminate floor and walkout to balcony; dining room with laminate floor; kitchen with ceramic tile floor, breakfast bar and double sink; master bedroom with broadloom on floor and large closet; den with laminate floor; four-piece bathroom.

Listing agent: Isaac Quan, Living Realty Inc., Brokerage, 647-298-7826; Isaacquan.livingrealty.com

CITYPLACE

Location: 4 K Spadina Ave., Unit 226

Front St. W. and Spadina Ave.

Asking price: $698,000

Selling price: $690,000

Previous selling price: $360,000 (2011)

Size: about 755 sq. ft.

Parking: one owned underground space, one owned locker

Maintenance fees: $455.57 per month

Taxes: $2,278 (2018)

Bedrooms: 1 plus 1

Bathrooms: 2

Sold: October 01/18. Closed: December 20/18.

This one-bedroom condo unit, steps from the Rogers Centre, was on the market for 25 days before it sold for 99 per cent of the asking price.

“This is a bright and stylish west-facing condo that has been tastefully upgraded with quality laminate floors and custom window coverings. It features a 95-sq.-ft. deck and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, pot lights and granite counters,” says listing agent Andrew Ipekian.

The building is a short walk to the TTC, restaurants, stores, Toronto’s Entertainment District, the Fashion District and the waterfront.

Building amenities include a concierge, a pool, a gym and a party room.

Unit has: living room with laminate floor, California shutters and walkout to deck; dining room with laminate floor; kitchen with laminate floor; master bedroom with built-in closet, broadloom on floor and four-piece bathroom; second bedroom with broadloom on floor and Murphy bed; den with laminate floor; three-piece bathroom.

Listing agent: Andrew Ipekian, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage, 416-572-1016; www.ipekian.ca.

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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Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre reopens for Mooseheads’ season opener

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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.

Fans and attendees will be required to wear a non-medical mask at all times, except when they are consuming food or beverages, the Scotiabank Centre said.

Tickets will also be mobile-only in order to minimize close contact between individuals.

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The slate of candidates for the Halifax Regional Municipality’s upcoming election has been finalized and it’s now officially a three-horse race for the municipality’s mayoral seat.

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.

On his campaign’s Facebook page, the 22-year-old says his platform is “simple”

“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.

He’s built a following of more than 600,000 people on the platform and his videos have generated more than 20.6 million likes.

What that will do for his candidacy is up in the air, but he’s sure to bring a youthful energy to the process.

 

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Here’s what Toronto’s new 57-storey skyscraper will look like

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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.

Nicknamed “The T”, the historic building was sold to Oxford in 2017 for $96 million. Fun fact: The T is also reportedly haunted by the ghost of a janitor.

It’s not entirely clear how the interior of the old Commission Building will play into The Hub’s commercial workspace, but the design of the 57-storey building shows the strategic use of four columns to allow for distance between the main building and The T.

The two buildings will be connected by a “finely detailed glazed atrium.”

Windows will stretch from floor to ceiling in the four-storey lobby, which will be home to restaurants, retail spaces, meeting and event spaces, and maybe a fitness facility.

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

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