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What’s On in Toronto This June

Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but Torontonians know that June 1 kicks off the three hottest months (literally and figuratively) of the year in their fair city. Don’t miss a single second … or these four events.

Did you miss Yayoi Kusama’s sold-out Infinity Mirrors exhibition in 2018? You’re in luck. The AGO is now home to a permanent Kusama infinity room, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER. Filled with mirrored spheres hanging from the ceiling and arranged on the floor, it’s fun for older kids, too. June marks the first full month of public viewing. More: Yayoi Kusama’s

Summer in the city is all about street festivals, and family-friendly Dundas West Fest starts off the season right. On June 7 and 8, the street will be closed from Ossington to Lansdowne for food, live music, kids’ activities, beer gardens, comedy performances, and other fun festivities. More: Dundas West Fest

The 2019 edition of Luminato, one of the city’s foremost arts festivals, returns from June 7 to 23. Venues across the city will host a variety of free and ticketed theatre, music and dance performances by artists from around the world. More: Luminato

For 10 days, the North by Northeast (NXNE) music festival will be rocking Toronto at venues throughout the city. Check out emerging artists and major headliners alike, June 7 to 16. Enjoy a festival within a festival June 15 to 18 at Yonge Dundas Square, featuring food, art, interviews and comedy. More: North by Northeast (NXNE)

What’s Unique About the City of Toronto?

Drive into Toronto from any direction and you are immediately struck by the city’s amazing architectural diversity. From stately and traditional to modernistic and futuristic, Toronto’s architectural variety is a visual pleasure for locals who love their city and visitors who delight in it.

While the names of the architects behind some of the city’s stately stone buildings may be long forgotten, in the past 75 years Toronto has attracted the finest architects of our time, resulting in a splendid mix of shape, substance, and structure.

Opened in 1965, Toronto’s City Hall captures the city’s heart. With its curved towers, massive Moore sculpture and futuristic arches in the public square, it was an architectural experiment that worked. There, Torontonians gather to celebrate, protest, or simply enjoy.

Mies van der Rohe designed the gorgeous dark and glassy towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre, a stunning building that quickly prompted the construction of other inspired towers and continues to reap international praise. Will Alsop designed the show-stopping cube in the sky for the Ontario College of Art and Design. It’s an audacious structure befitting both an art college and a flourishing city.

Daniel Libeskind is the creative genius behind the fabulous crystal addition to the city’s imperial Royal Ontario Museum. Unexpected and unique, the tilted crystal pyramid creates a stunning architectural contradiction that demands attention.

Of course, there’s Casa Loma, an enormous midtown castle, and old Osgoode Hall, with cow gates around the perimeter, and much more.

Architecturally unique, the city of Toronto is wonderfully distinctive from any angle.

5 Things You Need to Know about Your Future Neighbourhood

Are you currently on the home hunt? You probably have a list of needs and wants. Have you included anything about the neighbourhood?

In addition to bedrooms, baths, and interior upgrades, it’s a good rule of thumb to ask a few questions about the potential neighbourhood you may want to call home. When you’re thinking about buying, here are some questions you can ask to help determine if the neighbourhood will be a good fit for you.

1. Is the area well-maintained? Take a walk around the block. Drive through the neighbourhood. Are properties well-maintained? Are roads in good condition? The appearance of the lawns, homes, and public spaces can reveal a lot about the area.

2. Are there any rules and regulations you need to be aware of before you commit? Do you mind if your renovations and landscaping are restricted by homeowner association bylaws? Find out if the neighbourhood has any rules and regulations, and what they are.

3. What is the reputation of the school district? Even if you don’t have children, the school district’s status can affect property values. Get the scoop on the district’s rankings in academics and financial stability.

4. What’s the crime rate? Oftentimes you can find maps provided by the city that show what crimes occur in the area and how often. The FBI may also have reports available for the area. Do a little research to make sure you’ll feel safe in your new home.

5. What amenities are nearby? For some homebuyers, access to public transportation is important. Others want to live near parks, shops, or restaurants. Find out what amenities the area offers to ensure that you choose a neighbourhood that suits your lifestyle.

Ask an Expert a.k.a. Us!

What can make my offer stronger?

To get the best response from a seller, you want to put your best foot forward.

This starts with a preapproval. Before you make an offer on a home (and before you even begin to look at homes), you should meet with a lender and get preapproved for a loan. Having this preapproval in hand to submit with an offer lets the sellers know you are a serious buyer who can afford their home. We have lenders that we work with regularly if you ever need a referral.

And, of course, price is important. In a hot market, you may be competing with multiple offers and need to come in at full price. In other situations, you may have more negotiating power. We will help determine a reasonable offer. We provide valuable insight to help you make the best offer.

Flexibility and a willingness to close whenever is most convenient to them are also nice perks that could put the cherry on top for the seller.

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