Bigger, bolder, higher: Vancouver’s push for density has builders rejigging their plans

Rendering of the original Raphael building.Cape Group When Vancouver developer Zack Ross heard that the Broadway Plan had been approved, he immediately ordered all work stopped at the site of a 95-unit apartment building on East 2nd Avenue, in the False Creek Flats area. Instead of a five-storey building, Mr. Ross now had the potential … Read more

Lakeview two-bedroom condo fetches $820,000

33 Harbor Square, No. 408, Toronto Asking price: $799.999 (August, 2022) selling price: $820,000 (August, 2022) Previous selling prices: $334,900 (May, 2003); $255,000 (June, 1994) Taxes: $4,474 (2022) Days on the market: two Listing agent: Anne Adams, Toronto West Realty Inc. The balcony overlooks the waterfront neighborhood of Toronto.Toronto West Realty Inc. The action It … Read more

Vancouver social housing complex residents face demo-viction over redevelopment plan

Linsea O’Shea sits outside her home where she is facing demo-viction at the three-storey Alma Blackwell housing project in Vancouver on Sept. 4.Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail Linsea O’Shea has lived in a highly affordable three-bedroom rental unit on the east side of Vancouver for almost 20 years. The single mother raised her three kids … Read more

A dustup over height in the low-slung Annex

Development notice on the lawn of 145 St. George Street in Toronto.Dave LeBlanc/The Globe and Mail It’s unlikely we’ll see marchers banging drums and waving banners of protest up and down St. George Street in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. But that doesn’t mean they’re not angry. Annex residents prefer a methodical, by-the-book approach when they protest. … Read more

One of Toronto’s most snapped landmarks just got a little less photographable

When you think of iconic Toronto structures, what first comes to mind? Besides the obvious choices like the CN Tower and Fairmount Royal York, the Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron, is probably one of the top picks. This quintessential landmark is definitely one of the most photographed buildings in the city, but it … Read more

An award-winning laneway home in Summerhill

Carol W Photography/Carol W Photography 40R Shaftesbury Ave., Toronto Asking Price: $1,398,000 Taxes: $7,722.23 (2022) Lot Size: 20-by 42-feet agent: Heather Harris, Lauren Walker and Todd Skinner, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd. The back story In 2006, artist Elena Soni and psychiatrist Jorge Soni purchased a diminutive building in a back lane in Toronto’s historic … Read more

The Ace Hotel brings Toronto architecture to a new level

The Ace Hotel’s main entrance on Camden Street cuts through a facade made up of brick-fronted panels.Younes Bounhar/The Globe and Mail A shimmering slab of brick and glass rises up from the corner of Brant and Camden Streets. Thirteen storeys tall, the structure is easy to overlook – until you notice the long ribbon of … Read more

Expansive plan for new Humber-area development is a recipe for a new city: dense, colourful and messy

Allies & Morrison/Handout A woman walks down a street straight toward the bakery. The nubbly brick and russet-painted railings of an apartment building rise up to her left; another building to the right scatters the sun off white awnings. Two men sit chatting under the shade of a ginkgo tree. And as she walks past … Read more

Tight second bedroom undercuts asking price in Vancouver condo deal

Stilhavn Real Estate Services 405 Skeena St., No. 205, Vancouver Asking price: $699,000 (April 8, 2022) selling price: $670,000 (June 3, 2022) Previous selling prices: $650,000 (2018); $460,000 (2016); $296,900 (2009) Days on market: 52 Monthly maintenance fee: $473.61 Taxes: $1,575.23 (2022) Listing agent: Cheryl Davie, Stilhavn Real Estate Services The action The sellers were … Read more

Supportive housing project in Vancouver up for contentious debate

Karen Finnan, from Kitsilano Coalition, speaking at a rally opposing a proposal for supportive housing to be built in the Kitsilano neighborhood in Vancouver on June 21.Jimmy Jeong/The Globe and Mail A group of residents in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood will try to convince city council this week that housing people with serious mental-health or addiction … Read more