Wed, 15th May, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
Wonderfully updated 3 bed-2 bath home on quiet street in south Burlington. Renovated kitchen with maple cabinets, granite countertops and island, bamboo floors and stainless steel appliances. Lower level with large family room with fireplace. Hardwood throughout. Most windows replaced, new furnace, air conditioner and water heater. Thousands spent on landscaping. Entertain all your guests on the 25’x16’ stone patio! Yard is perfect for those who love spending time outside.
The kitchen is a great place to entertain and this kitchen is perfect for that. If you have children, you can keep an eye on them through the greenhouse window in front of the sink and let them run around in the fenced in backyard. Loads of storage in the maple cabinets and in the pot drawers in the island. the bamboo flooring really completes the kitchen.
We are holding an open house this Sunday May 19 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. If you can’t make the open house, please feel free to call or write to book your own private tour of the home.
Tue, 7th May, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
With 2 kids under 4 at home, date nights are few and far between. So, when “Grandma” offered to come down and look after the boys so we could have a night out, we jumped on the opportunity. Sunday date nights are also sooooo underrated!
However, when it comes to picking restaurants in Burlington, our dilemma is always the same. We want to try new places, but you run the risk of choosing wrong and then you have to wait 2 months for your next date night! OR, you go to some of the tried, tested and true restaurants as you always know what you are going to get. After a few cocktails on the patio at the Beaver and Bulldog, checking out the ongoing construction of the pier, we decided to just take a walk around downtown and see what peaked out interest. We walked past the Rude native and were impressed with the different menu options. I was even more impressed when I saw the sign indicating that Sundays was 1/2 price entree night!
We walked in and was greeted by a couple of friendly staff members (wish I had remembered their names as they were fantastic). Looked at the menu and finally decided on spicy mussels in curry sauce as a started, BBQ Short Ribs and their Tandoori Butter Chicken. The mussels were spicy and full of flavour. They brought out some freshly baked bread (in house) to soak up the delicious sauce. Both entrees were fantastic!
I always like to ask the server for wine recommendations. I like to inquire about a few options and ask which one they would suggest. Often you can tell the server has tried none of the options you have suggested but recommends the most expensive option. To my delight, the Rude Native server (damn, I wish I could remember her name) went the other way. I asked her about her Shiraz selections of which there were $40, $37 and $30 options. She said the Hunt from Australia ($30 option) was her favourite Shiraz and that we wouldn’t be disappointed…..and we weren’t.
For a complete dining experience, the Rude Native is a fantastic option for downtown dining. We don’t often go out and don’t like to go to the same places twice, but we will definitely be going back to the Rude Native.
Specials run throughout the week and I can’t wait to try out each of the other nights of the week!
Mondays – 1/2 priced Wine
Tuesdays – All You Can Eat Mussels
Wednesday – 1/2 priced appetizers
Thursdays – 1/2 priced Noodles and Curries
Sunday – 1/2 priced Entrees
Looking for a realtor who produces results? Read this!
“Sean ‘rescued’ me when my house in Burlington was being unsuccessfully listed for sale through another agent. I was having a poor and stressful experience with this Burlington agent and called Sean for help. Within 24 hours paperwork was signed, he immediately produced coloured brochures, photos, had it on MLS and he even created a website for the property. Within 48 hours he had sold my house with no stress and exceptionally close to the price in which I had expected to sell at. Sean remained calm, professional, polite, knowledgeable and explained everything thoroughly with none of the superficiality that I had experienced with the previous realtor – I would not hesitate for a moment in recommending him – thanks Sean”.
I met Vanessa at a community event I was sponsoring. She told me that she was selling her home and was using the realtor that found her the property and which she had a previous relationship with. Weeks after, she had called me and explained that she had dissolved her relationship with the previous realtor for several reasons, but the main reason being the house just wasn’t selling. She was emotionally upset at how she was treated and was on the verge of tears as she explained her experience with the other agent. I told her I was willing to help and get her home sold. Within 24 hours we had it re-listed with a professional marketing strategy in place and ended up selling it 2 days later for 99% of the asking price.
If you are looking for results, give me a call and I will be happy to explain how I market homes and get them sold.
Burlington housing stats are in for April and it seems that the activity is similar to last year, but the housing prices have risen.
Freehold Units in Burlington
New Listings 313
Average Price $514,481
Days on Market 27
New Listings 310
Average Price $558,310
Days on Market 30
All Properties Sold In Burlington in April
New Listings 447
Average Price $449,986
Days on Market 29
New Listings 444
Average Price $482,301
Days on Market 31
It is clear to see that we still have a healthy market in Burlington and housing prices continue to rise. Freehold units have increased in value 8.5% from April 2012 to 2013 while the number of new listings and sales have stayed about the same.
If you would like to learn more about what is happening in the real estate market, please feel free to call or send me an email and I would be happy to discuss the market activity in your neighbourhood.
I found this great little video on YouTube that showcases the beauty of our Burlington waterfront. Enjoy!
Wed, 1st May, 2013 - Posted by (2) Comment-
This stunning Burlington home loaded with custom finishes. Newly renovated kitchen including high end stainless steel appliances, new flooring, custom island, fireplace and walkout to outside eating area. Adjacent to the kitchen is the butler’s pantry with dining area, plenty of storage, extra counter space and second oven. Spacious master suite with sitting area, gas fireplace and 4 piece ensuite. Lower level boasts entertaining area, family room, laundry and cold cellar. Backyard is an entertainer’s paradise. Cabana equipped with built-in seating, running water, BBQ area, electricity and cable hook ups. Interlock stonework, outdoor dining area, Insulated storage room, greenhouse and utility sheds. Your own little oasis in the backyard!
Tue, 23rd April, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
Luxury living in this stunning custom 5 bedroom/5 bathroom home with over 5000ft2 of total living space on desirable family friendly court. 10 foot ceilings on main floor, chef’s kitchen, new hardwood, and freshly painted. Spacious master suite with 5 piece ensuite and walk-in closet. Upper level includes 3 additional bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an office nook. Basement is an entertainer’s paradise with media area with built-in sound system wiring, custom bar with fridge, wine rack and shelving units and exercise room.
Tue, 23rd April, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
Fantastic opportunity to live in one of the area’s best neighbourhoods. Great Investment potential. Prestigious quiet and family friendly crescent surrounded by luxury new builds! Across from Glen Park, close to great schools, subway and major highways. 10 Minutes to the Airport. Register offers by 5:00pm on May 1, 2013.
If you are interested in visiting this great investment opportunity, drop by the open house.
Sunday April 28, 2013
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Sun, 21st April, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
Stunning South facing panoramic city views from the 600 square foot private terrace . 1280 Square foot 2 bedroom 3 bathroom unit one floor below the penthouse! 3 Parking spots and one locker included. Ensuite laundry facility. Excellent Building Facilities: Gym, Party Room, 24Hr security/concierge. Close to Subway, 401, and many other local amenities. Move in and enjoy Luxury Living overlooking the city!
Thu, 18th April, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
Tastefully renovated 3 bed/2 full bath home on a quiet street in south east Burlington. New kitchen (2013) with new stainless steel appliances. Updated lower level w/large family room, full bathroom with oversized shower stall and laundry with high end appliances. Enjoy the heated inground pool with new child safety fence, gate and cover, Finnish sauna and area to entertain all of your guests! Pool liner 2010, Heater 2012.
Fri, 12th April, 2013 - Posted by (0) Comment-
As I was showing a house last night in the middle of a rain storm, my clients asked me about the hairline cracks in the foundation we saw. I said, if you aren’t seeing water in the basement on a day like today, you may not have to worry about those cracks…right now. I say ‘Right Now’ because you have to keep an eye on your basement situation and review the following items annually to prevent problems in the future.
The good folks at ACISS Home Inspections have gladly provided you with a list of items to review and are the main causes of basement leaks.
• Improper grading. Ensure that all grounds slope away from the foundation.
• Patios and walkways require slope away from the house.
• Grading should always be 4 to 6 ” below siding and brick
• Clean gutters/eves troughs twice a year and ensure proper drainage.
• Downspouts should extend 4 to 6 feet away from the house.
• Disconnect and extend all downpipes that enter into the ground. Below grade can be collapsed or clogged.
• Monitor all cracks or faults in the foundation walls.
• Window wells should be installed where window sills are not 4 – 6″ above the ground.
• Seal all through-wall penetrations or wall flashings.
• Large trees close to the house could cause damage below grade to the foundation.
• Raised flower beds should be sloped away from the house.
• Driveway should slope away from the house.
• Neighbor’s properties should not drain onto your property.
• Underground sprinkler system outlets should be positioned and directed away from the house.
• Clean all drains or catch basins annually.
If these issues are present in your property, please call me and I will be able to help direct you to the right people to help rectify the issues.