Archives for Lifestyle

Ottawa's Most "Luxurious" Neighboourhoods

Ottawa’s neighbourhoods are diverse and most offer something for everyone. If you are looking for luxury, it’s all around us with little pockets throughout the city. Large lot sizes in rural areas and even within the city allow for beautiful large custom homes and these opportunities are popping up everywhere! Below you will find a list of some of Ottawa’s most “luxurious” neighbourhoods but it’s also important to remember that just like there are luxury homes all over, there are more moderately priced opportunities to own in these neighbourhoods as well. Each of these neighbourhoods offer unique opportunities and homes.
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Coolest Luxury Upgrades (and what they cost!)

Luxury homes offer just that – luxury – and many of them feature a variety of amenities to make life easier and add convenience. Here are the top 10 sought-after amenities for luxury homes compiled from interviews with Royal LePage agents across the country. Just in case you’re interested in upgrading your current home, estimated costs for each item is also included. Car Lifts and Indoor Car Washes Estimated Cost – Car Lift – $2,500 to $6,000 Indoor Car Wash – $30,000+ If you have a luxury home, it only makes sense to have space to park your luxury cars.
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#TenYearChallenge

Recently social media has been filled with people taking the #TenYearChallenge. The premise is simple, share your profile picture from 10 years ago side by side with your current one. It’s a fun way to look back at the past and see how much we have all changed. We thought it would be fun to take our own #TenYearChallenge and see how things stack up in Ottawa Real Estate  compared to ten years ago. Setting the Stage: Ottawa in 2009 2009 in Ottawa had its highs and its lows. Larry O’Brien was mayor and some of the highlights for the
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Holidays on a Budget: A Financially Friendly Guide to “Decking the Halls”

The holidays are just around the corner, and we will soon be covered in a blanket of snow, with marching bands leading parades, and Santa’s village bringing long lines to the malls. While the excitement builds up, we are often left wondering how we can possibly save money or limit our spending without compromising the spirit of the season. With just a few practical tips and tricks, embracing the magic and togetherness of the holidays without breaking the bank is not only a practical goal, but attainable as well. Here are a few budget friendly ways to “deck the halls”
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Hidden Gems in Richmond

Hidden Gems in Richmond Richmond, Ontario: an up and coming village just west from downtown Ottawa. Founded in 1818, this quaint community that spans the Jock River is the perfect place for anyone who’s looking to reside a little further away from the hustle and bustle of city life (not to mention ideal for those that favour the historic and economic roots that this town uniquely has to offer). From great restaurants, charming neighbourhoods, and quality schools; to animal farms, parks and wineries, Richmond has it all. And like any small town, the community of Richmond has some really great
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Readying Your Family for an Emergency

Readying Your Family for an Emergency September 21st, 2018 is a day our community won’t soon forget. The stories we’ve heard from those affected by the tornadoes that touched down in the City of Ottawa-Gatineau were nothing short from terrifying; the photos we’ve seen from the storm’s aftermath have been undeniably bone-chilling. It has been a devastating reality that the residents of our nation’s capital weren’t quite ready to face as thousands upon thousands of families were left without power – and, worse – homes. Yet, in the same breath, we have witnessed some incredible acts of heroism and unity
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Hosting: Perfect Housewarming

Hosting: Perfect Housewarming After a long search, you’ve finally moved into your dream home. There’s no better time than the present to start showing off your beautiful new home to family and friends. House warming parties have been a long-standing tradition when you move into a new home, but there are so many different ways to planning a perfect housewarming. The following are some tips and tricks for you to consider during your planning. Type  First, when deciding on your housewarming plan, be sure to consider what type of party you’d like to host. Your housewarming can be anything from
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The Hidden Gems of Barrhaven, Ontario

The Hidden Gems of Barrhaven, Ontario Originally established in the 1960’s by a developer named Mel Barr, Barrhaven is one of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities. Known for its sprawling suburbs, Barrhaven has a population of almost 100,000 people. Although, the Greenbelt separates this suburb from the rest of the city, Barrhaven has its fair share of amenities including parks, schools, recreation, and shopping. It’s a community where the central focus is family and that is apparent everywhere you look!   La Porto a Casa: Ask anyone in Barrhaven where to find the best Italian food, and La Porto a Casa
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Reverse Mortgages: What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage

Reverse Mortgages What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage… Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to use the equity in their home as a loan, it’s a  financial strategy that is getting more common. This may be in part because a large segment of Canadian Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) “is on strong financial footing and on a clear path to being mortgage-free, if not already.”  But what exactly is a reverse mortgage, and how does it work?  Let’s examine the concept of a reverse mortgage, and some of the benefits and downfalls. What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a
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Condos: Investments

Condos: Investments  It’s no surprise when people begin to look for ways that they can invest their money, and enter the real estate market in an easier way, with a good market price point. Condominiums may just be the answer to the search, based on their strong market value, and the minimal responsibility needed when it comes to maintenance. What is classified as a condo? What makes these properties a good investment over houses on the market today? What is a condo? A condo, short for condominium, is a building where one individual owns each unit. It is like homeownership,
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