Great Deal for the wine collector.

 An absolutely amazing wine cabinet being sold .  It is hand-crafted and is temperature and humidity controlled. It cost r $85,000 to have it built. It is gorgeous beyond belief!
Being sold at our upcoming wine auction. The starting bid will be $20,000. For someone with the right house, this will be the deal of the century!
This  sale will  help fund the wide range of young people’s programming at Music and Beyond (a registered charity) – so important at a time when schools continue to cut back on their music programs.
Thank you Natalie Maclean for your donation.of this amazing cabinet.
Part of the wine auction held Sept 29th at City Hall
If  you are either starting or adding to your wine collection then this is a great opportunity for you a custom showplace cabinet for your wine collection..
About the Cabinet
Hand-carved, grape vine patterned
Brazilian mahogany pillars
The curling grape vine took two carvers 1,500 hours to complete, using a 50-tool carver’s palette.
Outside veneer consisting of mahogany and burl of North American madrone tree
Burl is the outgrowth on the madrone tree, and its use creates an effect of spiralling, 3-dimensional clouds.
Interior 300-bottle capacity lattice comprised of 2000-year old California redwood.
California redwood is the best choice of wood for racking wine for several reason. It’s odour-free,does not require staining, and has a high strength to weight ratio. In addition to its functionality,
California redwood is highly com modified due to its protected status. They may not be cut down, only harvested once they have fallen naturally.
5,000 precision-drilled holes and 2,500 3/8-inch maple pins were used to secure the lattice without the use of a single nail.
Glass, hardware, and touch sensor lighting The solid brass door hinges feature touch sensors to modulate the interior lights at three different levels. All hardware was made in Germany or Austria, and feature the finest in European craftsmanship.
Each cabinet boasts an individually-blown pane of art glass which is bevelled and cane leaded. Two additional panes behind it are tempered for strength and safety and treated with argon to increase insulation. Intelligent, non-invasive mechanics
The compressor (made in California) is specially engineered to control temperature and humidity at the ideal conditions for 900lbs of wine and 400lbs of structure. The mechanical system calculates close tolerances of heat transfer between the exterior and interior of the cabinet and maintains noise-free and vibration-free control, avoiding any potential disturbance to the wine or the room.
This one-of-a-kind custom wine cellar has been featured in a 5-page article in Ottawa Life, as well as numerous other print publications and CTV News.
CTV News feature and additional photos:
http://www.nataliemaclean.com/blog/wine-cabinet-custom-built-cellar/

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The days of Wine and Roses: Ottawa Wine Auction

As summer fades and winter approaches why not buy some vintage wine to enjoy with family and friends around the harvest and winter seasons.

Buy some fine and vintage wine and help support the arts and festival of Music and Beyond .

Wine Auction / Enchères de vins

September 29 | 18:30

This is a fun evening and the auction is always interesting as well as exciting.A  fun way to spend a night out and go home with some great wine to open at a special occasion or Christmas or just any old time.

Mark it on your “must go to” list.

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The CAPITAL PRIDE PARADE

DONT FORGET THIS SUNDAYS GRAND PARADE

ottawacapitalpride.ca    for all the week long events

Pride Parade

This year’s most colourful and high-profile annual event promises to be even bigger, better and more inclusive than ever!

More than a hundred businesses, service organizations and allied community groups will set out from Gladstone and Bank and march through this village, showing just how colourful they can be! Line the streets and show your pride! After, be sure to join us at the Community Fair!

 

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COMING SOON- SANDY HILL BEAUTY

Newly Listed

With  thoughtful renovations, this freehold  townhouse provides space and elegance galore. Providing a unique home in  a prime location. Care was taken to preserve the historic character of this beautiful home while incorporating  modern amenities.  Hardwood floors, rich crown tiered moldings , recessed lighting, and 10 high ceilings with period trim throughout this rare heritage residence. Ideally situated in the Sandy Hill Historic District, this picturesque home is convenient to transit and celebrated shopping and dining destinations, including The Byward Market and the renowned Signatures Restaurant just a few minutes walk away . As well walk to work or enjoy an evening at the newly redone National Arts Centre or to the handsome Strathcona Park running along the River.  Also ideal for professors at the U of Ottawa .

Main floor: The main entrance hall and foyer speaks to the heritage of the home with soaring 10 ft high ceilings , archways and the living room has a bay alcove with oversized windows and stained glass panel. A marble faced fireplace warms the room.

The beautifully redone custom eat-in kitchen is truly the heart of the home, openings  to the  attractive decking for al fresco dining. A custom full renovation to the kitchen that provides an abundance of counter and cupboards space with attention to details and quality materials.The 5 foot central island with  sink  and quartz counters counter top offers impressive prep space, There is an eating peninsula and the space is open to the main dining rooms. The high ceilings to the rooms add to the design and drama of the space Stainless steel appliances include AGA Cooker  with 4 ovens, stainless steel refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. Radiant floor heating emanates from the elegant  tile flooring.

 

Second Floor: Enter up the spindle rail staircase to the spacious second floor , with charming moldings and ceilings soaring over 8 ft  in height. The front family room is the ideal relaxing area with walls of custom built ins cabinets and shelving , a bay are with oversized windows and hardwood floors.There are two good sized bedrooms and a fully renovated bathroom on this level . Conveniently located laundry closet .

Third Floor: Take the  the graceful skylight  staircase to the serene third floor and  master bedroom , with its own roof terrace. Two spacious rooms allow a choice for use  as bedrooms/dressing rooms or dens and lounge . There is full bath room on this level. .

Basement: Accessible via the staircase off the dining and kitchen area , this level accommodates , building mechanical s, and extensive storage space , hobby /workshop area and access to the oversized garage. Garage is dry walled and insulated with an automatic garage door .

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Getting the house ready.

As a home owner it is always after a snow storm I ask myself  why I would be here in the winter! Why do I live in a home with rooms I visit occasionally! I also always seem to find that in the winter months that there appears to be so much more junk in my home. Where does it all come from! Winter blues? Maybe!  However, as part of the baby boom generation I spend a lot of time with clients of my generation and most at some point ask themselves the same questions . Sitting on  homes that are usually your largest tax free asset may not make sense.

Ottawa’s housing market has been on a terrific run, helped by low interest rates, low supply of good homes l have pushed up home values.  This may be a good time as any for the downsizing baby boomers to  look to add to their nest egg by cashing out on the real estate market. Financial advisers say the decision to sell the family home isn’t one that can be rushed and requires careful planning before you list your home for sale

As experienced real estate agents we can certainly do that . In some cases planning can take months , others mere weeks but hiring an agent who is skilled at helping you through the process of getting a home ready is hugely important not only in obtaining the price you desire but in the minimizing the stress sometimes around getting a home ready for sale. We focus in on the important items and provide guidance.

 

So here we go!  a series of  5 articles about getting your house ready.

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Part 4 Rooms, funiture and bathrooms

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media   and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Don’t crowd the Room: Rearrange the furniture. Walk through the house as if you were seeing it for the first time. Can you easily move around the rooms? Can you move from room to room without having to go around furniture? Can you get to and look out windows without furniture blocking the access.  Symmetrical arrangements usually work well in main rooms- create a conversation area and remove oversized furniture from the spaces.

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Think Hotel: When sprucing up a bathroom stay with neutral with color and accents – for a pop of color, a piece of artwork and a small vase of fresh flowers works well. Bathrooms should be spotless with lots of fresh white towels. This includes the master bedroom which should be gender neutral in color so that it appeals to everyone and again free of personal items. Crisp Linens, a nice piece of art work and organized linen closet will appeal to everyone.

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Part 3 Paint colours and Outdoor spaces

5.Tone it down:

Our personal tastes in décor vary greatly however when photos are taken of a home and you have strong colors on the walls what you see is the colors and not the house or room. Highly recommended is choosing to repaint rooms that are richly or boldly colored (especially main rooms) to a more stylish neutral tone and that is not necessarily white.

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Earthy tones and rich mid tone neutrals create a backdrop that makes the rooms look large and inviting without being stark. Even a deep earthy tone can be lovely as long as there is little else in the room to clash with the colour and a good piece of art work to set off the room.

 6. Outdoor spaces:

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Whether you have a yard or a small balcony you want to create an atmosphere that invites a buyer to enjoy the spaces. Decks should be cleaned and stained, Flower pots placed as accents on patios and decks, grass cut and gardens weeded (you don’t want it to look like it is high maintenance ). Play up small spaces with a café table and chairs ( even a place setting) so a buyer sees that  it is a lovely place to have a coffee or a glass of wine”

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Many times a garden extends the indoor space – if you are selling in the summer have the door open so it is easy to walk right out into the terrace or garden.

An easy fix to privacy issues or to disguise items that are not as visually appealing the use of potted cedars , grasses or trees works wonderfully with out spending a fortune.

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Part 2 Cleaning and Closets

HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS!!

4.Cleaning: This is something that is so important.  Most people do not think it is that much fun to do and I found found they are correct in this. Even though we think our homes are clean using a cleaning company just before you go to market or the photo shoot is worthwhile. Photos and video’s take close-ups of such things as taps and flooring so everything should sparkle. Even if a kitchen or bathroom is dated, if it is clean it makes a huge difference in the eyes of a buyer.

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3.Open those closets and cupboards:  Buyers will look in your closets and pull out built in drawers. Closet space is a big selling point for buyers so show your closets off to full advantage  aim to have around a quarter of the space open for the impression of spaciousness.  Not every one has huge closets or California closets but even a small closet can be made to look spacious and useful.

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Part 1 – all the world is a stage!

ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE: part 1- a  series of 10  points for getting ready to go to market .

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

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The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media  and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Sometimes it can overwhelm a homeowner when starting the process but some simple points can help de stress the process.

I am going to mention only  10 points a few at a time that always have remained true with buyers and sellers through the years.

  1. Curb appeal: this is something you always hear but it is amazing how many of us neglect our front entrance. Buyers may do a drive by, you want a good impression. So, paint or stain the front steps, rail, and porches, paint the front door a colour that accents the home, replace old house numbers and mailbox.  A planter of flowers or seasonal decoration is always nice.  A new doormat is nice, It all says “welcome home” to  a buyer and shows pride of ownership.

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2. Clear away Clutter:  “Remember Less is More”:  Counters, tops of furniture, tables, desktops, closets, bookcases should be purged of anything you no longer want and personal items such as family photos and personal collectables should be put away or stored. You can bring all those things back once the house has sold, the idea of space is important in the eyes of a buyer. Furniture can be rearranged to make rooms look larger and pieces removed, or new ones added.

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Sometimes you may have to rent a storage locker for a while but it is worth it. I know that it is “your taste and style’ however you are trying to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible so a clean palette is important for them to see the house properly with their things.  To be continued….

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Part 5 The Basement and Lighting

Part 5 of a 5 part series about getting your home ready for sale

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media   and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

9. The Basement: Purge, Purge, Purge.1. Get rid of anything you no longer want or use.2. Organize the remaining in one area so that the basement walls and floors are visible. Try to have shelving units to organize the items ( they do not have to be fancy – Ikeas /Rona /Home Depot have lots of good items that are very affordable .3.  Make sure that around the electrical, plumbing stack and furnace is easily accessible and visual. 4. Broom clean /vacuum the floor and also highly recommended is to paint the concrete if the area is not finished. 5. Make sure the stairs are solid and easy to access- handrail a must. 6. Get rid of those spider webs from the ceilings and walls of unfinished parts and clean the top of the furnace and hot water tank.  If you have a finished basement remember that if you are /marketing it as a living space then make sure it shows like the rest of the house. The basement is usually the last place a buyer goes and it leaves a lasting impression. Make it a good one._MG_5085images (8)images (7)

10. Lighting:  1. Take advantage of your windows by having them cleaned and keep the drapes or blinds open. 2. Outdated and broken light fixtures can easily and cheaply be replaced and remaining ones should be dusted and cleaned- including exterior lights. 3. Add lamps and supplementary lighting to dark areas or rooms. 4.Make sure the basement is well lit as well . 5.  For showings  have the blinds and drapes open as well as having the lighting on. 6. Kitchen , bathrooms , basement and main hallways should be lit, it makes a big difference. 7. Table lamps  on for the darker spaces. In the summer of course the lights can make the house warm so  air out the house and have the air conditioning  on to keep it fresh .

You are looking to sell a valuable asset and the time spent on getting your home ”Fit to Sell” is worth it.

Stay tuned for “where’s my stuff “and the Life Box to survive selling your home .

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Domiciles Desireable Davenport Model in the Radcliffe

 COMING SOON THE WEEK OF MAY 3RD  photos and pictures to follow

Great Urban Condo that is Spacious, Modern

and  is Pet Friendly

Close to everything – it’s a tremendously desirable location, being near the Arboretum and Dow’s Lake., LRT down that street .Little Italy- Carling Ave etc….

 

1220 sq ft plus large terrace on 5th floor of Low rise by Dows Lake and in the thriving West Centertown Hood. Asking $539,900.

Summer nights strolling the streets of Little Italy stopping at the cafes and gelato shops that line the main street you are transformed to a charming European lifestyle

A few minutes walk from your spacious 1220 sq ft Suite in Domiciles Radcliffe thru the rapidly developing area of West Centre town. The apartment has so much to offer, whether it be the oversized “loft style’ windows, the quality  wood floors, the gas fireplace,  the 9.4 high ceilings or the versatile floor plan that allows for either a separate dining room or a den . Two bedroom   suites  with lots of  storage as well as 2 full bathrooms . Designed with bedrooms that provide privacy from the main rooms. The richly appointed kitchen  with eating island overlooks the main living area and open to the terrace.

The private terrace overlooks the town homes and the cityscape. Located at the rear north east corner allows a quiet lifestyle away from noise of traffic.

The den is just to the left of the kitchen  and is an ideal area ( if not needed as a office ) to use as a dining room with a banquet style seating.

While only a few minutes walk to the Dow’s Lake area and parkland . So many choices for a great lifestyle or just enjoy a wonderful no hassle condo lifestyle . Underground parking and bike racks. Grab your bike and go to the Parkdale Market or bike along the Canal to Landsdowne – Its a wonderful life!

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Its a wonderful Life! NEW LISTING

The best of Urban lifestyles and living for the busy executive is offered in this freehold town house right on the canal in the sought after Golden Triangle.

Asking $595,000.00

take a peak at your new home: https://vimeo.com/213171005

Inside and out this freehold town home offers a great urban lifestyle. Canal – Parkland at your doorstep.
The outside is trees and the Canal while the interior spaces take full advantage of the views by the use of 2 walls of windows that flood the open spaces with  warm natural light..

Lovely main entertaining space, accented by hardwood floors , gas fireplace , high ceilings and wonderful parkland views.

Designed with the top floor all masters suite that is large enough for a separate lounge of office with great treetop views.

A lower level family room/ bedroom with full bath room.

Attached Garage. and all appliances included – Move in and enjoy.

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OPPS WE DID IT AGAIN!

WE FOUND ANOTHER GOOD BUY

There are not a lot of homes left that have not been redone and this one has the major items done and leaves you the sexy stuff  like kitchen and bath planning and decorating to do.  Lots of potential and lots of room for growth in value. All the while living in a great “hood”

We have just listed another great opportunity in the Triangle for someone who wants to live in an amazing urban neighborhood that is close to the Canal , downtown, U of O, City hall, the Nac ……

This 2 storey semi- detached  offers good sized rooms with new drywall, wiring, roof, and a  hi e furnace all having recently been done. Now it is up to you to create  the kitchen and bathroom in your own style and taste . Running from Gilmour straight back to Lewis St there is not only good parking but the ability to have a garden.

asking $519,000.00

More info to follow as provided.

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Glebe Grand 3 unit income property

 

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH – exceptional space characteristics with loads of  future potential. 

Once a grand single family home this house has been converted though the years
to an income property. owned by the same family for generations and now part of
the estate. A rare Opportunity.

This is an excellent income generating property for an owner live-in or a Profit
making rental in a sought after neighborhood. also a huge money maker thru
airbnb rentals if desired

Last used as an owner live- in the property provides one apartment per floor
with large rooms and lots of parking. On a 50 x 103 lot . Each unit is two
bedrooms, some with a den. High ceilings, wood floors and large rooms
as well as a good basement.

Cosmetic work on kitchen and bathrooms needed but structurally excellent.
Building inspection on file asking $1,095,000.00

This house is a find for the person who knows how to make this property shine. High ceilings, wood floors, large rooms and two lane ways. Estate conditions prevail, Tenants on second and third floor will be leaving so provides an opportunity to do work and place your own tenants.

No interior pictures for protection of privacy of tenants.

 Asking $1,095,000.00-

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Investment Opportunity -Hard to find 3 unit income building

KNOCK KNOCK- Whose there!- Opportunity Is  Knocking.

This huge 3 unit income property on the corner of Hartington Place and Gilmour St is a property that while requiring some further updating, will only increase in value due to its size and location. Good tenants in place.
With renovated 3 unit buildings selling for over 1.3 million in the area- this will be a good investment for either the pure income investor or the owner live in. Each unit is large and brings in an income of over $50,000 presently.
Main floor apartment is 2 levels with a bedroom and bathroom on the 2nd floor. All units spacious and second floor is fully updated as well as the main floor kitchen. flat roof, windows recently done.
No pictures to respect the tenants privacy. Details to follow showings start April 1st. Call now to book a viewing.

Address: 104 Gilmour St. Priced at $839,000.00

 

 

 

 

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NEW EDINBURGH CONDO- 21 DURHAM PRIVATE

1376 sq.ft at $489.000.00 in the lovely New Edinburgh area near the Governor Generals grounds. 

This low rise condo building is hard to beat for space and location. Part of the exclusive Governors Gate development that is surrounded by mature landscaping and a lovely water pond and waterfall feature .

This main floor garden apartment offers 1347 sq.ft of sun filled  well designed living space. It is the Bedford model and sq. ft does not include terrace sq.ft .

The floor plan allows for a huge entrance way that is an ideal desk or library area . The open living room and dining room has walls of windows , door to the front south facing terrace and good sized for entertaining.

The kitchen while older is 12 x 10 with a window and space for a breakfast table.

A huge master suite with a door to the front terrace a walk in closet and double closet as well as a 6 piece bathroom. There is another bedroom with a 3pc bathroom .

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