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City of Ottawa reveals Lansdowne finalists
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The five proposals for a new urban park at Lansdowne Park unveiled:

The team for submission A says that if the Lansdowne Live part of the project is made denser, they can increase the area of the park from 13.7 hectares to 17.3 hectares. They can accomplish this by not moving the historic Horticulture Building. (The City of Ottawa has recently decided moving the building is a requirement.)

The Aberdeen Pavilion becomes the centre of the park with a broad avenue leading to it from Bank Street.

This is a multi-use space, which the designers say would be ideal for the farmer’s market. On the other side of the Aberdeen Pavilion, they bring the canal in to form a large bay.

Submission B also proposes to increase the amount of park, but this team does it by extending the park through the commercial portion of the site, introducing rows of trees and plantings. “It counters the negative perceptions of (the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s) appropriation of public space by allowing the park to counter-colonize the commercial development — a win-win for all,” they write. The designers widen the canal, which allows them to form an island where there was once a spit where boats docked. They propose a dramatic curving footbridge that would span the canal and touch down on the island.

Submission C proposes a series of different landscapes that radiate out in bands from the Aberdeen Pavilion to the canal. A curving boardwalk ventures out into the canal. There is a big emphasis on plants along both sides of Queen Elizabeth Driveway, which is moved so there’s room for planting between it and the canal.

Submission D’s strategy to integrate with Lansdowne Live is a common and attractive paving that runs from Bank Street through to the canal. Their proposal features broad areas of walkable surface, a mix of wood, stone and concrete, envisioned as a place for events, walking and benches. Another band runs southward from Aberdeen Pavilion to the canal.

Between these two bands of paving they make a lake. A curvy pathway goes around the lake and becomes a footbridge across the canal, touching down on an existing little island called Pig Island.

Submission E is inspired by the 19th-century type of park. It features multiple curving paths, planted areas and gardens. A long water channel becomes a major part of the park with green space on both sides and links up with Brown’s Inlet.


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Ottawas Condos Team Clothing drive
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Thank you to all of our wonderful family and friends who donated over a smartCar size worth of clothing to the Mission and Harmony House Women's Shelter.

 

Ottawa the best place to live in Canada
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According to CTV and MoneySense Magazine, Ottawa is the best place to live in Canada.

Certain factors which effect the rankings:

How much money can you make?
What kind of job can you get?
How much does it cost to buy a house?
How many doctors are available?
What kind of infrastructure is there?
How much pollution is there?
All the things that affect your day-to-day standard of living if you live there 365 days a year.

The top ten included:

1.Ottawa-Gatineau
2.Kingston, Ont.
3.Burlington, Ont.
4.Fredericton, N.B.
5.Moncton, N.B.
6.Repentigny, Que.
7.Brandon, Man.
8.Victoria, B.C.
9.Winnipeg, Man.
10.Levis, Que.

 

Source:http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100429/best-cities-100429/20100429?hub=TopStoriesV2

Learn more about the Sparks Street new Re Hotel & Residences
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Check out our informative website:

www.SparksStreetCondos.com

and the official website for the re Hotel & Residences

www.ReHotelAndResidences.com

 

Ottawa Home and Garden Show Presented by Remax THIS WEEK
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Renovate.Decorate.Landscape.
#1 Ottawa Home & Garden Show for 30 Years

Where? Landsdowne Park- Ottawa,ON
When? March 25-28
Who? Presented by RE/MAX
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Décor Stage presented by our friends at Custom Home Interiors and Rogers Television

Celebrity Guests Include:

  • Bryan Baeumler
  • Lori Mitchell
  • Luc & Jamie founders of Crawford Alexander Interior Design
  • Penny Southam
  • Heidi Helm
  • Susan Victoria Phillips
  • Vic Tessolin
  • Marie-Judith Jean-Louis
  • Jacquie Bushell
  • Dawn Simpson
  • Margaret Dickenson
  • Jason Duffy
  • Caroline Ishii

Schedule
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Thurs & Fri 12pm-9pm
Sat.10am-7pm
Sun.10am-5pm

Admission
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Adults 11.00
Online: 8.00
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Seniors 9.00
Online 8.00
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Youth 13-17 9.00
Under 12- FREE

Quick Update on Ottawa Housing Market
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March 5, 2010 : A Great Start to 2010 for Ottawa’s Housing Market

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,118 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 787 in February 2009, an increase of 42.1 per cent.

Of those sales, 323 were in the condominium property class, while 795 were in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.) which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

“Last month’s sales were near the top of the usual range for this time of year, as opposed to February of 2009, which was the end of the brief slowdown we saw in Ottawa’s resale housing market due to global economic conditions,” said Board President Pierre de Varennes. “So far in 2010, OREB Members have sold 1,838 properties, putting us well ahead of the 1,316 properties sold in the first two months of 2009. Inventory remains low and the homes that are listed are selling quickly, keeping Ottawa in a seller’s market for the moment,” he added.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in February in the Ottawa area was $317,030, an increase of 15.8 per cent over February 2009. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $265,938, an increase of 30.3 per cent over February 2009. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $337,788, an increase of 15.6 per cent over February 2009. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

The Ottawa Real Estate Board is an industry association of 2,540 sales representatives and brokers in the Ottawa area. Members of the Board are also members of the Canadian Real Estate Association and thus are entitled to use the term REALTOR®.

Source: OREB

The Mondrian located at 324 Laurier Ave.W featured in Toronto Sun
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Check out The Mondrian featured in the Toronto Sun, article "Canada's Coolest Condos"

http://search.torontosun.com/?sen=site&dom=torontosun&lang=en&ie=UTF-8&q=mondrian

Condominiums perfect choice for retirees.
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Why should retirees choose a condo?

First off, retirees and seniors should obtain financial advice to determine their monthly cash flow. To ensure their monthly cash flow is appropriate for the condo they are willing to purchase.

  • A single-family home can sometimes be too large, in regards to cost,care and maintenance.
  • Active retirees with plans for travelling will generally feel safer in a complex.
  • Older homes quite frequently have stairs and are difficult to renovate when trying to accomodate walkers and wheelchairs.
  • Condo fees are approx 35-65% less than retirement homes.

 Source: Ottawa Citizen

 

Prepare your condo or house for sale
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Disassociate Yourself With Your Home. Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

  • De-Personalize.
    Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! 
     
  • De-Clutter!
    People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.
    • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
    • Remove all books from bookcases.
    • Pack up those knickknacks.
    • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
    • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
    • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
  • Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
    Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
    • Alphabetize spice jars.
    • Neatly stack dishes.
    • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
    • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
    • Line up shoes.
  • Rent a Storage Unit.
    Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"
  • Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
    If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
  • Source: about.com

    A Great Start to 2010 for Ottawa’s Housing Market
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    Ottawa Real Estate Board
    News Release

    February 3, 2010 : A Great Start to 2010 for Ottawa’s Housing Market

    Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 713 residential properties in January through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 529 in January 2009, an increase of 34.8 per cent.

    Of those sales, 156 were in the condominium property class, while 557 were in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.) which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

    “These numbers are more in line with what we might expect for a typical January, whereas 2009 started off abnormally slow due to uncertain financial and market conditions worldwide,” said Board President Pierre de Varennes. “Although listing inventory remains low, we expect that will change as we head into the spring market and interest rates remain low,” he added.

    The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in January in the Ottawa area was $320,966, an increase of 11.4 per cent over January 2009. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $259,273, an increase of 22.5 per cent over January 2009. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $338,244, an increase of 8.2 per cent over January 2009. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

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