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SPACE INVADED

Time to reduce, recycle and enjoy your space again

BY THE MANTEL WITH CARE


Turn your mantelpiece into a gorgeous holiday centerpiece

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING
Crowd pleasing recipes for your holiday get togethers

Prestigious King Glen Estates

Our cover home

Michele Denniston, Broker


The Team that goes Above & Beyond
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from the publisher


Dear Readers, Where did the summer go? Its hard to believe that we are well into the fall and must seriously start thinking about the holiday season. The fall real estate market has been a busy one. There is still a lack of inventory though, which has resulted in multiple offer situations and quite a few disappointment buyers. If you are thinking of selling, now is the perfect time! This edition of the magazine is a special one. What started as a way to keep our community in touch with the real estate market and support our local businesses has quickly grown. Our new website has really taken off and the feedback has been incredible. On behalf of my team, our advertising partners and contributors, I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family all the best this holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year.

the york region properties team


PUBLISHER/EXECUTIVE EDITOR Michele Denniston EDITOR/CREATIVE DIRECTOR Liz Denieuwe DECORATING CONSULTANT/ ADVERTISING MANAGER Debbie Schoffer Contributors Debbie Schoffer Liz Denieuwe Black Forest Garden Centre Lora Zuccato-Melo
www.yorkregionproperties.ca denniston@yorkregionproperties.ca
All content/articles included in this and previous or future editions are the opinions of the writers and as such YorkRegionProperties.ca, its employees, contributors and advertisers cannot accept responsibility or liability for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly from the contents of this publication.

Sincerely,

Michele Denniston
Ltd. Broker eritage Group Century 21 H roperties.ca YorkRegionP Publisher,

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editors notes
In this edition, its time to start thinking about winter and the impending holiday season. Time to get ready for the hectic days ahead. Holiday parties and open houses, school concerts, crowded malls and of course getting your home ready for the season. Inside, well show you how to declutter your home, decorate your mantel and create the perfect home cooked holiday meal. Well also let you know whats happening in the real estate market and take a look at some magnificent feature homes. Thank you to all of our contributors and advertising partners and to all of you, have a happy and healthy holiday season.

The house of your dreams Is only a click away...

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Liz Denieuwe
Managing Editor/Creative Director

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Beautiful 3 Bdrm Semi Located In Desired Aurora Grove Neighbourhood, Over 1600 Sq Ft Plus Fully Finished Basement With Walk Out To Fenced Yard, Huge 16X18 Deck, Large Patio With Terraced Steps, Too Many Upgrades To List, Brand New Wrought Iron Entrance Door & Garage Door, New Carpet, Brand New LG Stainless Steel Fridge & GE Stove, New Roof 2011, Some Rooms Freshly Painted. 2 Fridges, 2 Stoves, 1 Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Electrical Light Fixtures, Great Finished Basement N2222322

Stunning 'Renovated' Executive Home Located In Old Aurora Features Gourmet Kitchen, Hardwood Floors, Main Floor Master Suite Features 3Pce Ensuite & W/O To Deck O/Looking Mature Gardens, Comes Completely Furnished. Available For The Executive Couple, Only Short Or Long Term Rental, Non Smoking, No Pets, References Required 3000.00 Per Month Plus Utilities, Available Immediately. All Furnishings, All Appliances,'Just Move In' N2228314

85 Wellington St. Peaceful west exposed second floor condo with private balcony. Spic and span clean recently decorated. One bedroom plus den with open concept living and dining room, Large eat in kitchen with 3 appliances and lots of counter space. Ensuite laundry with extra room for storage plus a seperate locker, and underground parking. Walking distance to Yonge St .

Victorian Charm & Penthouse Luxury Come Together In This Cozy, Affordable Suite! Towering 10' Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, Granite Countertops, Extra Deep Soaker Tub, Potlights, Skylight, Subway, Tile Backsplash And More! Functional Layout For Singles, Couples Or A Small Family. You'll Love This Homey Suite, Conveniently Located On Yonge, But Close To Parks & Family Neighbourhoods, West Exposure, Pop Open The Bubbly To Celebrate This Gem. N2213175

Upgraded Open Concept Home Ready For Family Living. 3 Bedrooms Converted To 2, Lrg Master With 2 Closets, Renovated Baths, Flooring, Windows, Gourmet Kitchen Open To Family Rm With Eating Area. Large Fenced Lot With Deck At Walk Out From Kitchen, Large Principal Rooms, Home With Living Space For All To Enjoy. Inc: Elf's & 4 Fans, Blinds, Built Dishwasher, Fridge, Stove, Closet Organizers, Gas Firplace, California Shutters, Alarm System, Pool & Equipment, N228628

Rosehaven Home-Freehold Townhouse Close To Schools, Shops and Transportation. Great Home With Fenced Yard, Garage Entry To Family Sized Eat-In Kitchen with 3 Appliances. Great Rm For Entertaining And Large Second Floor Foyer. Clean Bright Home With Basement Unfinished. Front Porch & Back Patio, Just Move In And Enjoy Home Ownership Before Christmas, Flexible Closing N2224688

R-2000- Steel Construction Home In Sharon Hills With Fenced Private Yard Featuring Salt Water Pool And Cabana. Interlocking Walks+Patio, Front Porch. Open Concept Bungalow, 2480Sqft, Basement 90% Finished, Luxury Living With Kitchen O/L Dining Op To Great Room With Gas Fireplace. 9-10' Ceilings, Cornice Plaster Mouldings, Intercom System, Sound System To Grt, Din Kit,Mbed. Heated Flooring In Ensuite. A Must See Too Much To Describe. N2179935

Charming Bungalow On A 66' X 200' Property. Mature Trees Provide Privacy In Front Yard. Quaint Kitchen With Breakfast Room Addition With Walkout To Large Deck, Fenced Yard, 2 Storage Sheds. Long Driveway With Gate To Backyard To Store Large Vehicles And Parking For 6 Cars. Living Room Is Large With Bay Window, Cornice Molding, Deep Baseboards, Built-Ins And Archway Leading To Dining Room. !! Prime Location For Investors !! All Window Coverings, Blinds, Rods, All ELFs N2165914

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Stunning! Custom Built 3300Sq/Ft, Home On Cul De Sac, Next To Quiet Parkette, Beautifully Landscaped Front & Back, 9 Ft Ceilings On Main Level, Hardwood Floors With Oak Staircase, Pot Lights Throughout, Sunny Spacious Family Room,Above Ground Pool,Marble Gas F.P,Br W/Ensuite Bath&Lrg W/I Closet,Main Floor Laundry,Freshly Painted(2010) Stove,Fridge,D/Washer,Maytag Washer&Dryer,Cvac,Wind Blinds,Sunken Lr W/12Ft.Ceiling,Cedar Deck/Stone Patio N2213313

Family home, original owners, built in 1979, approx 2222 sq feet, 5 level side split, the Oakwood Model, built by Burnwood Investments Ltd. in the Beaufort Gardens area of Oak Ridges in upper Richmond Hill. Fabulous, estate lot, backing onto a park, 85 x 177 (approx acre) mature, nestled on a quiet crescent is just waiting for a new owner. Lots of potential here.impressive from the street with its large, deep, rectangular front windows with shutters

**Gorgeous Brand New 'Delpark' Stone & Stucco**, On A Small Private Court In Fabulous Oak Ridges. Steps From Lake Wilcox, Fish, Wildlife Sanctuary, Open Concept With 9'Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances, Oak Railing Pickets Stairs, Double Door Entrance & Soaring 2 Storey Foyer! Second Floor Laundry! Rough In Bath In Basement, Above Grade Windows & Cold Room, Rough In Central Vacuum. 2580 Sq Ft As Per Builder's Plan. N2229016

Stunning North Richmond Hill 4 Bedroom Detached Quiet Cul-De Sac Backing On Ravine. Smart Wired With Tasteful Architectural Details Throughout. Freshly Painted, Professionally Finished Basement With Glamour Kitchen And Fireplace,Move In Condition,Bring Your Fussiest Clients. Marble Fireplace,All Elf''s, Top Of The Line Stainless Steel Appliances. N2150373

Three Bedroom End Unit Townhouse Backing Onto Ravine.Great Location Close To Public And Separate Schools,Walk To Hillcrest Mall And Community Centre.Quiet Desirable Neighbourhood.Small Parkette Going In Across The Road From The House. Master Bedroom Presently Used As An Upstairs Sitting Room. Fridge,Stove,Built-In Dishwasher,Dryer,Window Coverings, Excludes: Dining Room Light Fixtures And Washing Machine N2217496

Built by Aspen Ridge Homes, this bright 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhome has 9' ceilings as well as california shutters through out the main floor. Wonderfull layout, it has direct entry into the house and backyard from garage.The large eat in kitchen has plenty of cupboard space, a breakfast bar and walk out to a two tired deck. It overlooks the great room which has a gas fireplace. The spacious masterbedroom has ensuite with soaker tub, separate shower and walk-in closet with build -ins. N2080625

3 Bedroom Open Concept Town Home In Sought After Thornberry Woods Neighbourhood. Hardwood Thru Out Main Floor And Stair Case, Stainless Steel Appliances, Large Master With Ensuite And Walk In Closet, Entrance From Garage. Don't Miss Out! Won't Last Long. Stainless Steel - Fridge, Stove, B/I Dishwasher And Hood Fan. White Washer And Dryer, All Elf's, All Window Coverings. N2228488

Beautifully Kept Bungalow In Prime Area Of Maple! Amazing Size Kitchen With Loads Of Cupboards, Centre Island, Ceramics, California Shutters & W/O To Deck/Gardens; Gracious Size Foyer With High Ceilings & Direct Entry Into Garage. Gr8 Curb Appeal, No Sidewalk, Lot's Of Landscaping & Gorgeous Gardens In The Backyard, Very Private!, Fabulous Street With Only Large Detached Homes! Den On The Main Floor Could Be Converted Back To Bedroom 3. N2209925

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This stunning, stone, King Glen estate home sits on 2.75 acres of breathtaking scenery. Located minutes to Kings finest private schools (Country Day, St. Thomas of Villa Nova, St. Andrews College), Highway 400 and all amenities. From the moment you enter this grand estate, youll be impressed. From the spectacular 20 ceilings, to the modern open concept, to the fabulous designer decor, this home has it all! The spacious living area boasts cathedral ceiling, hardwood flooring, a cozy fireplace and palatial floor to ceiling windows. The dining room is open yet formal and is ideal for hosting an intimate dinner party. The gourmet kitchen is a chefs dream offering built in stainless steel appliances, centre island with cooktop, granite counter, ceramic flooring, custom cabinetry with glass door inserts, a wine rack and double pantry. Approximately 2.75 acres of tranquil surroundings. With multiple walk outs to the yard and deck, you can enjoy panoramic, breathtaking views of the King countryside all year round. Offered at $1,249,000. Call today for your private viewing. www.50KingswoodDr.info

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OUR COVER HOME
Prestigious Carrying Place. On 2 premium acres backing onto the golf course and surrounded by stunning panoramic views.

feature homes
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202 Carrying Place 15335 Jane Street 340 Juliana Road 14170 7th Concession 8490 19th Avenue 18 Walmer Road

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SPACE INVADED
Its time to reduce and recycle your clutter, find out what to do with it all!

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS


From decorative urns to the perfect Christmas tree, Black Forest Garden Centre is the perfect place for all of your holiday needs.

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From the Publisher/Editors Notes For Sale Aurora-Newmarket For Sale Richmond Hill-Vaughan Market Update For Sale King-Schomberg

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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING
Resident foodie, Lora Zuccato-Melo shares some favourite recipes perfect for your holiday entertaining.

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BY THE MANTEL WITH CARE


Debbie Schoffer shows you how to transform your boring mantelpiece into a holiday centerpiece.

Prestigious Carrying Place Loaded with curb appeal, this elegant estate sits on a 2 acre premium lot backing onto the golf course. Boasts 9 ceilings, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, large 5th bedroom loft or second floor family room. Formal living/dining features double sided gas fireplace. Magnificent long private drive, mature landscapingDrive,Mature Lan, interlock walk and patio, multiple walk-outs. Surrounded by breathtaking view. Located minutes to Kings finest private schools (CDS, St. Thomas, SAC) Offered at $1,195,000 Call today for a private viewing

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GTA REALTORS Report Monthly Resale Housing Figures


TORONTO, October, 2011 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS reported 3,477 transactions through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of October 2011. This total represented a 20 per cent increase over 2,890 sales reported during the first two weeks of October 2010. Year-over-year growth in new listings for the same period was slightly stronger than that recorded for sales up 21 per cent to 6,249. "The first two weeks of October seem to be pointing towards more balanced market conditions as we move toward 2012. Growth in new listings outstripped growth in sales, meaning more choice for buyers," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "A growing number of home owners are reacting to the above average price growth reported this year and have decided to list their home for sale. They are confident they will receive timely offers in line with their asking Summary of October Sales and Average Price prices."
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market update

The average selling price during the first two weeks of October was $475,743 up 7.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2010. "The average resale home price is expected to grow at a slower pace in the months ahead because the market is becoming better supplied. There will be less competition between home buyers as we move through the fall and winter." said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board's Senior Manager of Market Analysis. "With a more balanced market in 2012, the average rate of annual price growth is expected to be in the mid single digits.

City of Toronto ("416") Rest of GTA ("905") GTA October 1-14 Detached Yr./Yr. % Change Semi-Detached Yr./Yr. % Change Townhouse Yr./Yr.% Change Condo Apartment 416 450 2% 183 33% 151 23% 609

2010 Sales 1,408 2,069 3,477 905 1,143 24% 245 41% 372 18% 251

Average Price $524,553 $442,527 $475,743 Total 1,593 17% 428 37% 523 20% 860

2011 Sales 1,237 1,653 2,890

Average Price $499,740 $400,088 $442,742

Summary of October Sales and Average Price


416 754,240 3% 545,995 11% 461,112 16% 369,528 905 Total __ 530,339 593,588 10% 6% 364,649 442,188 7% 9 343,510 377,464 12% 13% 272,190 341,119

A Professional Home Inspection is a unique and valuable service for prospective home buyers. It is a snapshot of a house on the day of the inspection and it will educate you about the condition of your home and reduce the risk of unexpected repairs. Its basic purpose is to detect major, visible problems or defects and unsafe conditions. Call and book some peace of mind today!

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SPACE INVADED
matter of knowing how to get rid of it all.

There comes a time when every homeowner realizes that they have accumulated a daunting amount of stuff. Overflowing closets. Sheds and garages packed full. Sometimes its just a

OUT WITH THE OLD


Every home has a collection of items that have been relegated to the basement, closet or garage. We dont use them, they have been replaced, or they just dont fit us anymore. Yet its very hard for us to part with our possessions, no matter how little they are used. Outgrown clothing, old furniture, small household appliances and gadgets that seemed like a great idea at the time, now gather dust at the back of our closets. Its incredible how many of our possessions dont make their way into our lives for months or even years at a time. We know we cant keep it all, its taking up valuable space in our homes. Its time to purge your home of these items and reclaim the space that they have taken, but what do we do with it all? You have some options. Go through each area and separate items into three categories: Throw away, give away and sell. Youll be surprised at the things youve been keeping that really should have been thrown out years ago. If you need to, rent a mini bin. Remember that old paint, cleaners, pesticides, etc. should not be thrown in the garbage. They should be disposed of properly at your local hazardous waste facility. Gently used clothing, shoes and especially hats, gloves, boots and winter coats, can be donated to a not for profit organization such as Goodwill or Value Village. There are organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Society or Recycling Matters that will pick these items up right from your front door. Your collection of hardcover books can be donated to your local library. For items that you feel still hold some value, consider having a garage sale. As they say, one mans garbage is another mans gold. Valuable items like furniture, jewellery, glassware, china or antiques can be sold to a consignment or second hand store. They will buy items directly from you or some can sell them on your behalf. Alternatively you can try to sell your items online. Youll be amazed at the transformation in your home when you make room for the things that you actually need and use.

HELPFUL RESOURCES
Goodwill: 416-362-4711 Clothing, Shoes, Boots, Jewellery, Hats, Gloves, Mittens, Scarves, Winter Coats, Books, Records, CDs, DVDs, Games, Toys, Housewares, Dishes, Glassware, Pots and Pans, Furniture, Electronics (not older then 10 yrs) 20 Davis Drive, Newmarket 1 Industrial Parkway S., Aurora Value Village: Clothing and Household Items 130 Davis Drive, Newmarket 905-953-1344 10620 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill 905-737-7444 101 Northview Blvd., Vaughan 905-850-8535 Canadian Diabetes Centre: 1-800-505-5525 Will pick up clothing and household items Recycling Matters: 1-866-424-4484 Will pick up clothing and household items Once Upon a Child Used baby furniture, strollers, baby and childrens clothing 130 Davis Drive N., Newmarket 905-895-7355 Still in Style Resale Boutique Womens and Mens Clothing, Shoes, Furs 235 Main St. S. 905-863-2609 Online: www.kijiji.com www.craigslist.com www.ebay.ca Hazardous Waste Centres: Household cleaners and detergents, paint and solvents, motor oil and windshield washer fluid, batteries, prescription medicine, needles and syringes (in puncture resistant containers), Glues and adhesives, Pesticides and insecticides, Aerosol cans, Flourescent tubes and energy efficient bulbs

Habitat for Humanity: 905-868-8722 130 McCleary Court, Vaughan 449 Eagle Street N., Newmarket Reusable building materials, windows, doors, hardware, lumber, tools, light fixtures, 2840 Rutherford Rd., Vaughan 1124 Elgin Mills Road, Richmond Hill sinks Rodick Road north of 14th Avenue, Markham IConsign 225 Garfield Wright Blvd. East Gwillimbury Furniture, Antiques, Jewellery and Glasswear 1344 Wellington St. W., King 905-841-1999 For information on other recycling programs such as large appliances: www.yorkregion.com Store It and Sell It 1172 Davis Drive N., Newmarket 905-895-7355

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Home for Christmas...


HO, HO, HO MG! ALREADY? IS IT THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN Yes theres no denying it any longer. The summer has come and gone and pretty soon the autumn will also come to an end. The kids have just finished tricking and treating their way through town and the pumpkins, which have been adorning many a doorstoop, veranda and entrance way, will soon make way for the Christmas dcor. Nothing introduces the onset of a new season like seasonal decorations around the houses. Many like to dress up their entrances with urns, wreathes, swags or garlands. Add a couple of LEDs or some bling et voila youre the envy of town. Nobody has to know from where you got your urn, but youll soon notice that the Black Forest Garden Centre urns cannot belie from whence they came. For close to 15 years now Black Forest Garden Centre seasonal urns have been beautifying homes throughout the York Region. And over the past few years the containers have even made it to the far reaches of many a northern country cottage. Black Forest Garden Centre takes pride in offering one of a kind designs ranging from traditional Christmas to contemporary Holiday. They even do custom! Give them a call or drop them a line at info@blackforestgardencentre.com. Of course soon afterwards it will be time to go out and find your perfect Christmas tree. Will you once again battle old man winter, the blistering cold and deep snow and cut your own? Or will you take a trip to the Bla ck Fore st Ga rden Centres unique indoor Christmas tree forest - a roofed woodland of locally grown, non-needling Fraser firs. Imagine the comfort of such an outing no snow, no blistering winds, and certainly no schlepping the tree half a mile back to the parking lot only to discover youve forgotten the straps to tie the tree to your car. All this is a thing of the past at BFGs indoor forest. Here you have the best of both worlds and as far as getting that tree

with Black Forest Garden Centre

in/under or on top of your car the BFG staff will be more than happy to give you a hand. Dont worry, theres no mistaking who the staff is theyre the jovial guys in the red shirts and Santa hats greeting everyone with a smile and a candy cane. A Christmas outing to the Black Forest Garden Centre once experienced, never forgotten, and for many a family this has become their special Christmas tradition. And while Santas little helpers are working that tree into or onto your car, you suddenly remember that you still need that special little something for that very special someone. No problem, Black Forest Garden Centre has a beautiful selection of unique gifts for both home and garden from handcrafted wall dcor to gargoyles, BFG has it all. So come in and fell that perfect tree, do a bit of Christmas shopping and share a few stories with the Kohnen family. And if this is your very first trip to the Forest, it wont be long before it too will become a part of your family Christmas tradition. Merry Christmas!

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An Architectual Masterpiece... Modern & stunning, this beautiful home features soaring vaulted ceilings, large pallatial windows and exotic Jatoba flooring. The gourmet kitchen boasts custom cherry cabinetry, breakfast island, granite counters and backsplash and a bright walk-out basement. Stocked spring fed pond, magnificent views, professionally landscaped with natural stone steps, walkway and patio. Located minutes Hwy. 400, amenities and Kings finest private schools (CDS, St. Thomas Villanova, SAC). Custom built all to code, Garage with separate electrical panel, stainless steel appliances, phantom screens, sold maple doors. Call today for your private viewing. Offered at $1,099,000 www.15335JaneSt.info

Live and Work from Homes 1.5 Acres + Fantastic 6040 Sq Ft Shop, 17 Ft Ceilings, 2X14 Ft Doors, Office Space, Zoned 'Industrial' Gas & 3 Phase Available Also Includes Completely Renovated 3 Bedroom Bungalow Featuring Hardwood Floors, Built In Custom Cabinetry Throughout, Family Size Kitchen With Built In S/S Appliances, Large Inviting Solarium With Walk Out To Inground Pool Offers Breathtaking Views All Year Round, Easy Access To Hwy 400,Green Lane. Industrial Shop M1 Zoning, Pool Shed, All Built In Cabinets, All Built In Appliances, Fantastic Workmanship! Offered at $939,000 Call today for your private viewing www.340JulianaRd.info

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You Can Have It All... For those who have a passion for quality & design. From the Gleaming Maple Hardwood Floors to the Handmade Fired Earth Tile, only the best has been used to finish this incredible Board & Batten Bungalow. The Downsview Gourmet style kitchen with a Dry Brushed Antique Finish, Granite Counters and a Walnut ensconced Sub Zero Fridge & Freezer with matching built in Pantry. Top of the line Red Aga Stove, Aga Wine Fridge and built in Miele Le Perla Dishwasher. Numerous Skylights, soaring Cathedral Ceilings and potlights. Bang and Olufsen 8 speaker surround sound television and stereo system, Wine Cellar, Library, Fireplace and much more. Meticulously Landscaped. Truly Spectacular in every way, this home has it all. Offered at $1,599,999. www.14170-thconcession.com

10 Acre Equestrian Estate Prime King Location!' 10 Acres must be sold Attention Contractors/Renovators. Private Picturesque Approximate 10 Acre Parcel Located In Desirable King Township, Minutes To Hwy 27,Hwy 9,And Kings Finest Schools (Cds, St Thomas Of Villa Nova, 3 A.C) Features Solid 3 Plus 1 Raised Brick Bungalow, Some Renovations Include Newer Hardwood Floors, Updated Bath, Doors + Trim. Priced To Sell, No Representations Or Warranties, As Is Condition. Contact Listing Agent For Inclusions And Exclusions Offered at $749,900 Call today for your private viewing www.849019thAve.info

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The Team that goes Above & Beyond


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The Property With So Much! From Gated Entrance Down Winding Drive Pass, Dbl Garage With Greenhouse To 3 Car Garage & 2 Attached But Sep Residence. Bungalow With W/O Basement! 2 Storey With Heated Floors! W/O To Pool Boasting Waterfall Spa Area, Cabana Bar, Interlocking & Landscaping Overlooking Volleyball Crt & Bal Of Prop. Top Quality Finishings & Extensive Upgrades. Even Has Its Own Theatre And Equip. The Perfect Place To Call Home! N2115566

For those who have a passion for quality & design. From the Gleaming Maple Hardwood Floors to the Handmade Fired Earth Tile, only the best has been used to finish this incredible Board & Batten Bungalow. The Downsview Gourmet style kitchen with a Dry Brushed Antique Finish, Granite Counters and a Walnut ensconced Sub Zero Fridge & Freezer with matching built in Pantry. Top of the line Red Aga Stove, Aga Wine Fridge and built in Miele Le Perla DishwasherWine Cellar, Library, Fireplace and much more..

This stunning, stone, King Glen estate home sits on 2.75 acres of breathtaking scenery. Located minutes to Kings finest private schools (Country Day, St. Thomas of Villa Nova, St. Andrews College), Highway 400 and all amenities. From the moment you enter this grand estate, youll be impressed. From the spectacular 20 ceilings, to the modern open concept, to the fabulous designer decor, this home has it all!

Modern & stunning, this beautiful home features soaring vaulted ceilings, large pallatial windows and exotic Jatoba flooring. The gourmet kitchen boasts custom cherry cabinetry, breakfast island, granite counters and backsplash and a bright walk-out basement. Stocked spring fed pond, magnificent views, professionally landscaped with natural stone steps, walkway and patio. Located minutes Hwy. 400, amenities and Kings finest private schools (CDS, St. Thomas Villanova, SAC). Custom built all to code, Stainless steel appliances, solid maple doors.

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Ideal, Beautiful And Rare Detached Home On Large 1.52 Acre Property In King City. Three Bedroom, 2 Washroom, Eat-In Kitchen, Living And Dining Room With Hardwood Floors, Side Walk Out To Yard. New Upgrades In Kitchen And Washrooms, Detached Two Car Garage. Fenced Front Lot. Easy Access To Main Roads And Other Amenities. Potential To Build Your Dream Home. Surrounded By Upcoming New Subdivisions. N2178704

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Author of Food & Memories a Collection of Loved Recipes We are always trying to find a "quiet moment" for ourselves. Create an atmosphere of you time in the kitchen. Set up your area so its comfortable and convenient. Im not talking about the quality or location of your appliances I am talking about a comfortable, cozy place. When you are ready to get to work, clean out all counter clutter so you have a good workspace, prepare yourself a good cocktail (or two.), put on some good music, an apron and feel good about what you are doing. Create a fun atmosphere and enjoy your time in the kitchen.

Lora Zuccato-Melo

French Onion Soup


This is a lighter version of the traditional French onion soup recipe. The onions are cooked directly in the broth as opposed to frying and caramelizing. Delicious on a cold winters night! 4 large Spanish onions, thinly sliced 7 cups beef broth 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste 6 - 8 slices of French bread toasted 1 cup grated swiss cheese 1 cup parmesan cheese Chopped parsley for garnish

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In a large soup pot add onions, broth, bay leaf and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and partially cover. Simmer until onions are very tender this will take about 30 minutes. In the mean time combine the parmesan and swiss cheese in a bowl. Once the onions are soft, turn oven on to high broil. Ladle the hot soup into oven proof bowls. Float a slice of bread on top of each bowl and top with cheeses. Broil 5-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Top each bowl with fresh chopped parsley. Serves 6 - 8

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Cheese Fondu with Fresh Bread and Veggies


This is a delicious, savory dish that is perfect for a large crowd. Serve it with bread cubes, flavored focaccia or an assortment of veggies.
8 shallots, diced 1 tbsp butter 1 tsp granulated sugar 1 cups white wine 1 cup Gruyere, shredded 1 cup Emmenthal , shredded cup Oka, shredded 2 tbsp flour 1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated 1 garlic clove, peeled Salt and pepper to taste In a large bowl mix the shredded cheeses and flour together until combined (use your fingers to incorporate the flour into the cheese). Melt butter in a sauce pan and add shallots, cook until tender. Add sugar and continue cooking until shallots begin to caramelize. Add the white wine scraping the bottom bits of onion from the pan and cook for another minute or two. Add cup of cheese at a time to the wine while continuing to stir. Continue doing this until all the cheese is used. Add salt and pepper to taste. Rub a piece of garlic all over the fondu pot for flavor just before pouring in the cheese. Serves 10 or more.

Spinach Risotto
The Veneto region of Italy is known for its different variations of risottos. This is one of the risotto recipes my mom would often make. It is creamy and very satisfying.
2 tablespoons olive oil 2 table spoons butter 1 large onion (or 2 shallots), finely, chopped 1/2 tsp minced garlic 1 cup Arborio or long grain rice 1/2 cup dry white wine 4 cups of chick broth (or more according to rice tenderness) cup grated parmesan cheese 10 oz bag of spinach, wilted and chopped fine Salt and pepper to taste Bring the chicken broth to a low simmer. Heat oil and butter in a separate sauce pan until butter foams. Add the onion and saut using a medium high heat stirring frequently until they are softened and starting to caramelize (about 15 minutes). If the bottom of the pot starts to brown and darken add a splash of white wine and stir. Once the onions are brown add the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about one minute. Adjust heat to medium. Add the rice and continue stirring for about 2 -3 minutes until the rice begins to toast. Turn the heat to medium low and add the white wine. Stir briskly until it is fully absorbed. Add one third of the chicken broth and continue stirring frequently until it is absorbed, about five minutes. Repeat with the remaining broth, stirring frequently.When the last of the broth has been added add the spinach. Once the rice is cooked (should be firm and slightly chewy) add the spinach, cheese and season to taste. Serve immediately with more parmesan cheese on top. Serves 4-6

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By the mantel with care...

by Debbie Schoffer

A row of stockings neatly hung. The scent of fresh pine boughs. Candles glittering and ornaments sparkling. What better place to start your holiday decorating than your fireplace mantel. Your fireplace is usually found in that cozy room where friends and family gather for the holidays. Why not adorn it this year with a unique and personal display that will set the tone for your holiday celebrations. There are so many ways to transform your mantel into a focal point. Why not set up that miniature Christmas village on the mantel, lights twinkling, on a fluffy batting of snow? Antique decorations passed down from parents or grandparents may be too fragile for the tree. Display these ornaments lovingly on the mantel to rekindle memories of Christmas past. You may want to start by hanging a painting or print of a winter or holiday scene, a tin star or a mirror above your fireplace and build from there. Dress the mantel with a garland of assorted greenery, and tuck in your treasures. You can also fill apothecary jars with old fashioned tree ornaments or use assorted sizes of antique Mason jars filled with sugared fruit, cinnamon sticks or assorted Christmas candies. Consider purchasing new stockings this season. Imagine a row of red velvet stockings personalized with a name tag, initial or small framed picture of the family member attached to the stocking. Dont forget about the dog and cat. Keeping a one color stocking theme always creates a big impact. There are a wide variety of stocking hangers available in home dcor stores and specialty shops. Reindeer, snowmen or letters that spell out the joy of the season are available in assorted finishes to complement your chosen color scheme. Remember that your mantel dcor should flow with the rest of your decorating arrangement, so incorporate the same colours and textures throughout the room for a harmonious appearance. Whether your decorating scheme is traditional or contemporary, consistency is the key. If you prefer a modern look, fill clear glass vases with colored ornaments to complement your dcor. Include some silver pillar candlesticks in varying sizes and mercury glass or crystal votive holders for that shimmering sparkle. Add sprigs of pine or cedar to soften the look. Remember, never use lit candles close to greenery or walls. Alternatively, there are some wonderful battery operated candles on the market, some including a remote control feature, that mimic the look of a flickering flame and there is no danger of fire. For those who love nature, bring the outdoors in with boughs of cedar and pine, glass cylinders or sap buckets filled with birch sticks of various sizes, large pinecones and holly branches. Add miniature Christmas trees in assorted sizes with the root balls covered in burlap and tied with a tartan ribbon or use a clear vase, fill the bottom with pinecones or imitation snow and add a few simple branches. Incorporate large old-fashioned jingle bells or antique cow bells for rustic charm. Wrap boxes of graduated sizes with colorful gift wrap and coordinating ribbon in your favorite colors. Display them in small groups on your mantel. Looking for a place to display that family of snowmen, or your collection of Santas? Incorporate them into a whimsical decorating plan. Dont be afraid to experiment. Let your personality shine through and most of all, have fun! If you have children or grandchildren, invite them to join in. Youll be surprised at how inventive they can be. Use your imagination, share your creativity and build memories they will never forget. Wishing you all the best this holiday season,

Debbie Schoffer
Debbie Schoffer works as a professional home stager. Her work can be seen throughout the magazine in each of our feature homes. Debbie also enjoys a busy career as a decorating consultant. If you would like to book a consultation, please call Debbie at (905) 713-1688

What better place to start your holiday decorating than your fireplace mantel
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