FRANK GEHRY <in the foreground>, who was born in Toronto and is based in Los Angeles, has since developed a second-to-none international career. Now he’s planning to erect 298-metre-high and 267-metre-high skyscrapers in the heart of Toronto’s Financial and Theatre Districts.FRANK GEHRY – “I wanted to create an ensemble of buildings that were respectful to the city and referential to the Toronto that I once knew. I want the two towers to each have their own personality, but I also want them to talk to each other, creating a dynamic and changing addition to the skyline depending from where you were viewing them,” added Gehry, who will be 92 at the end of February/2021.Initially the project plan was three towers, but this all changed and the Princes of Wales Theatre was saved. The former plan was undertaken by well-known Torontonian, David Mirvish, who sold the project in 2017 to developer Great Gulf. That company is now working on the scheme with Westdale Properties and Dream Unlimited.Frank Gehry is coming home to help create a new skyline for the city he loves. — “He is the heart and soul of the project,” said Westdale Properties COO Mitchell Cohen.
“There’s a ski trail in our back fields – the snow is quite deep in places and it looks like this little ‘porkie’ came out of the woods to check out the trail . It then turned around and headed back into the woods. The tracks were made by a porcupine. We googled them as we hadn’t seen this before. Once we had another porcupine in our front field and it was as big as a bear cub.” – Sharon Smith, Amherst Head, Nova Scotia
STEVEN EVANS wrote: “(Our plan was) to walk the links at the Rosedale Golf Club. When we left the house it was bright and sunny. By the time we arrived, snow squalls swept over us. The lake effect snow provided some wonderful texture to photograph.” <Photo above> – that’s Cyndi making most of the day. To see more of Steven’s work go to this address – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/
According to CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association) both cities remain Canada’s most expensive housing markets. In Greater Toronto the average seasonal price of a home was $941,100. In Greater Vancouver – just over $1-million.Single family home prices rose 2.6% month-over-month and 17.4% year-over-year. Apartment prices advanced by a smaller 0.2% month-over-month and decreased 3.3% year-over-year, TD Economics said in a statement after CREA released its report. Sales activity for the month were up 35.2% from January 2020.Rentals – The median price for a two-bedroom apartment in Toronto is currently $2,340 and in Vancouver it’s $2,630, which is down 21.5% and 12% over last year.
The Globe and Mail has delivered three solid pages of what’s happening in Canada’s real estate market. The market has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachelle Younglai did the reporting. Some highlights below . . . .
ATLANTIC CANADA is a big winner. People are flocking to the East Coast. Average selling price of a home in Nova Scotia $331,429; Halifax $400,000; New Brunswick about $200,000, including Saint John and Fredericton; Newfoundland and Labrador – bigger properties with ocean views; Prince Edward Island above $300,000.TORONTO – average selling price – nearly $930,000.HAMILTON, Ontario – house prices topping $700,000 – not so affordable any more. 63 months to save a down payment on a Hamilton house.DOWNTOWN MONTREAL – apartment vacancy 10.2%; metropolitan area 2.7%CITY OF TORONTO – 7.3%; metropolitan area 3.4%VANCOUVER – 6.3%; versus 2.6%IMMIGRATION – plunged 46% to 184,370; lowest level of permanent new residents in more than two decades.
<One-of-a-kind, introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1949. It recently sold at auction for around $5-million US.>
They’re found in more than 30 countries, and we have them too. Little Free Libraries are decorative wooden boxes about the size of a large birdcage mounted on poles, filled with books free for borrowing, open 24/7. The idea germinated in WISCONSIN 10 years ago, and TORONTO’s first Free Library appeared in the Beach neighbourhood in 2011, thanks to 80-year-old Bill Wrigley. <PHOTOS – above>There’s a website, complete with plans for building a Little Library of your own – http://www.littlefreelibrary.org