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What kind of apartment does $10K get you in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / February 5, 2016

luxury apartment TorontoApartment rentals in Toronto that come in at $10,000 a month or more are reserved for a very small class of people. You have to have deep pockets but also a good reason for not buying a place given how quickly rent costs add up. What's perhaps most surprising about this category of apartments is that they're not that amazing. For that price, I'd want an experience shower at least.

Find out what kind of an apartment $10K or more gets you in Toronto.

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Conrad Black is selling his Toronto mansion

Posted by Derek Flack / February 5, 2016

Conrad Black toronto house saleConrad Black's sprawling Bridle Path mansion is for sale. The beleaguered media mogul and his wife Barbara Amiel are downsizing on account of their extensive time in Europe and because they claim to rarely entertain.

Located at 26 Park Lane Circle, the house features nine bedrooms across 23,000 square feet of space. There's an eye-popping library, indoor pool, and tasteful kitchen to go along with a rather busy dining room space.





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25 ways the TTC promises to improve in 2016

Posted by Derek Flack / February 4, 2016

TTC improvementsThe TTC has released its Customer Service Charter for 2016, and it includes a number of ways the transit provider promises to improve the passenger experience this year. The promises range from increased subway and bus service to the addition of bike parking at subway stations to the installation of additional information screens on train and bus platforms.

Of the many highlights, I suspect the most exciting of the bunch are plans to fully rollout PRESTO, implement Apple Pay at subway stations, start the subway an hour earlier on Sundays, extend the rollout of subway station WiFi, and to introduce a new streetcar route on Cherry St.

Here are 25 improvements to look forward to on the TTC this year.

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5 miniature versions of Toronto that'll blow your mind

Posted by Derek Flack / February 4, 2016

miniature torontoMiniature versions of Toronto have an allure that's difficult to explain. The act of recreating the city to scale is certainly a geeky pursuit, and yet few would argue against the idea that these models are remarkably "cool." There's just something about being able to hover over Toronto like a god that gives a sense of excitement.

Here are five mini versions of Toronto that'll blow your mind.

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The top 35 buildings in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / February 4, 2016

top buildings torontoThe top buildings in Toronto must be divided into two groups: those which came before the construction of New City Hall in 1965 and those which came after. Comparing churches to condos is a mug's game, so this list concerns itself with the latter period.

Besides, everything changed in Toronto when Viljo Revell brought the future to Queen and Bay streets. This spaceship-like civic hub put Toronto on the global architecture map, and we've made good on the promise of this spectacular building by continuing to add to the urban fabric with bold and often beautiful structures that we should all take pride in.

These are my picks for the top buildings in Toronto.
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New Toronto condo designed to be a forest in the sky

Posted by Derek Flack / February 3, 2016

33 Avenue Road condoIf there's one thing that Toronto condos tend to lack, it's obvious signs of greenery. Even as the city slowly outgrows the glass-box phase that defined the construction of these buildings through much of the 2000s, it's rare to see an architecture firm dream up what some refer to as a vertical forest.

Perhaps the reasons for this are obvious. Toronto experiences cold winters, weather that's unkind to a facade that's meant to be a living and breathing entity. That's what makes the new designs for 33 Avenue Road exciting. As Urban Toronto reports, the city might get a mini version of Stefano Boeri's Bosco Verticale.

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