Oakville, ON Real Estate News

By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The neighbourhood of Wedgewood Creek began growing in North East Oakville in the mid 1980's right in the midst of the new home building boom.  Farmer's fields and riding stables became subdivisions of mostly two storey, detached brick homes with double car garages. The Queen Elizabeth Highway is a natural division between north and south Oakville.  By the 1980's there was nowhere left for Oakville to grow south of the QEW. so buyers discovered what North Oakville had to offer.  Some areas such as Falgarwood and College Park were already established but north of Upper Middle Road was open to new growth.  Wedgewood Creek has matured like fine wine and it is a much sought after area due to the accessibility of all major highways for commuters who work in Toronto and beyond.  Popular school...
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Oakville Children's Choir Holding a Concert to Raise Money for Afghan Women and ChildrenOakville Children's Choir is holding a concert called  an 'Evening of Music' on Friday, April 9 at 7:30pm.The concert is being held at St' John's United Church at 263 Randall Street and the proceeds will go towards helping Afghan women and children.Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Starting off the evening will be a photo display following a concert and video presentation by Canadians in Support of Afghan Women (CSAW).Contact Lorraine at 905-827-8079 for more information. In addition to the admission costs, donations will be gladly accepted. Come out an help support the Oakville Children's Choir as they raise their voices to help Afghan Women and Children. It will be an evening to reme...
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Oakville Master Gardeners to Hold a 'Garden Design Workshop'   The Oakville Master Gardeners group will be hosting a 'Garden Design Workshop' on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.Sean James, owner of Fern Ridge Landscaping and Design Company, will be guiding the workshop from 10am-3pm at the Chartwell Classic Centre, 180 Oak Park Blvd.Enrolment for the course is limited to the first 20 registrants so reserve your spot today by calling Edel Schmidt at 416-953-1031.The cost is $75 and lunch is included.Students will be learning how to create a design of their own using ideas they've seen in books, magazines or thought about in their own imaginations.Since they will be designing a garden for their own yards, particpants are advised to bring photos of their property, paper, ruler. pencils and eras...
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Bronte Homes For Sale, Real Estate Market Report For March 2010 - Oakville, OntarioThe historical Village of Bronte, located in Oakville's southwest corner, is one of Oakville's most desirable communities. As one of Oakville's oldest inhabited regions, homes for sale in Bronte are in high demand and this is reflected in the short number of days the average home for sale in Bronte stayed on the market for the month of March 2010. Beginning as a village on the mouth of 12 Mile Creek in 1834, Bronte has grown to becomea thriving lakeside community boasting beautiful lakefront estates, residential neighbourhoods, high-rise condos, marinas, schools and thriving businesses. Although the Village of Bronte has amalgamated to become a part of the City of Oakville, it's small village atmosphere a...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
When someone mentions the words Coronation Park in Oakville they are talking about one of two things.  The park itself, located on Lakeshore Road along the shores of Lake Ontario in the western part of Oakville; or the community that surrounds the park.  Homes in the area that surrounds this popular park are situated on large, mature treed properties.  Most of the homes in the area were built in the 1960's and 1970's.  The majority of the homes were built of brick and consist mostly of bungalows, split-levels and two storey designs. Being within walking distance of the lake has always made this part of Oakville highly desirable.  Most of the properties boast quarter acre lots.  Of course because the area is highly sought after by builders, many of the original homes have been demolished...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Coming soon: Oakville's newest neighbourhood will be developed north of Dundas Street (highway 5) stretching up to Highway 407  with Tremaine Road as the western boundary and Ninth Line the boundary to the east. Town plans call for a population of 50,000 residents in this area with employment opportunities for nearly 35,000 people.  This will be an addition to the current population of over 170,000. Running through this area is the Natural Heritage System, 900 hectares of protected land, made up of woodlots, open fields, valleys and watercourses.  The Town of Oakville hopes to preserve the natural resources in this area and balance that with sustainable, community-conscious development initiatives.  Similar to Oakville's Oak Park subdivision by Tribute Communities, the plans for these n...
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Homes For Sale in the Community of Bronte, Oakville, Ontario, Canada The Community of Bronte, in the southwest corner of Oakville, Ontario, began as a small fishing village in 1834 at the junction of 12 Mile Creek and Lake Ontario. The first non-aboriginal setters of Bronte were the United Empire Loyalists who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution.The first harbour in Bronte was completed by 1856. Beginning as a small harbour town and fishing village, the Community of Bronte in Oakville, Ontario now has approximately 10,000 residents.The majority of Bronte was originally farmland and forest before major housing development began to take place in the 60s and 70s. Housing developments continued to be built up until this year.The homes for sale in Bronte range ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Neighbourhood Watch - Oakville Ontario - Old Oakville When you mention the words Old Oakville, it conjures up thoughts of heritage homes,  a vibrant downtown core, rich history, Lake Ontario and the 16 Mile Creek and harbour.  This area closest to the downtown boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops is one of the most sought after for high end real estate.  Stately homes on large lots are mixed with small quaint cottage style homes.  Luxury townhomes are popping up as infill projects.  You pay the price to walk to town and the lake.  This is not a haven for starter homes, however small some homes may be. Old Oakville, or Olde Oakville as it is often called boasts mature tree lined streets with names like Pine, Maple, Spruce, and Douglas.  Builders have been buying up properties in this ...
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Downtown Oakville - Historic, Unique and Waiting For YouOakville's main downtown runs along Lakeshore, one of the oldest roads in Ontario.Traveling along you can't help but notice the rich history and beautiful architecture of the buildings, many of which have been preserved for over a century.Culture and adventure await you in Oakville's downtown with 450 wonderful shops to search for treasures in or experience one of the finest restaurants that Ontario has to offer.Within walking distance of Downtown Oakville is the Oakville Heritage District, which abounds with heritage homes that still look the same today as they did when they were first built by many of Oakville's original inhabitants.Downtown Oakville is not far from Lake Ontario and the maritime history of the area can be found t...
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Bronte Creek Provincial Park Easter Egg Hunt....Going to the DogsOn Good Friday, April 2nd, the National Serice Dog team will be at Bronte Creek Provincial Park to take part in the 13th annual 'Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs'.The event is being held to raise $15,000 for programs and services that will help children with autism and their families in the Oakville region.Dogs and their owners will be able to hunt for over 3,000 plastic eggs filled with dog treats. There will also be a sticker in each egg with a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes.All registrants will have the opportunity of finding up to 24 eggs, as they work towards filling their two egg cartons.Those registrants who have collected donations will be able to collect more eggs.Sporting their 'hunt' bandanas, the dogs and the ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Thinking of moving to Oakville?  Not sure what neighbourhood would be the best for your family?  Oakville has a neighbourhood that is right for you. Falgarwood is a mature subdivision also known as Iroquois Ridge South.  Its' popularity stems from the fact that it is a mature neighbourhood with leafy treed crescents and cul de sacs, schools, parks, shops, ravines and trails.  Easy highway access make this a great spot to live if you commute to Toronto.  The GO train station is a short bus ride away.  Upper Oakville Shopping Centre serves the area and the larger Oakville Place Mall is just minutes away.  The types of homes in Falgarwood are a mix between detached, semi-detached, links, freehold townhomes, condo townhomes and condo apartments.  Detached home styles consist of two storey, ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
It was very evident when I stopped to take the following photos,  what was in store for the  old farm home sitting in the middle of a large open field in north Oakville.  All I could think of at the time was that the home had seen better days.  But it did exude character and I always find it sad to see these homes disappear forever.  With a population of over 170,000 residents there is now only one direction for Oakville to grow and that is to the north.  This week, I noticed the following article in the Toronto Star. Historic Home Razed In North Oakville. The home had a name.  The Emily Biggar farmhouse.  It was 150 years old and built in a salt box style.  Apparently the farmhouse had been on the Oakville Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest, but it had been r...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The calendar tells us that spring has arrived in Oakville.  We were very fortunate to have had a mild winter with not much snow to speak of.  Not even a school or business closure day. That's not to say that we won't experience a final flurry or two as we usually do in late March and early April.  But thinking ahead, it's time to have a look at our yards and gardens to see how they have fared over the winter. Whether you are thinking of selling your home this spring or not here are a few outdoor household tips to create some spring curb appeal for your property. Time to rake up all those leftover leaves from the fall. Pick up all the branches that the wind has brought down. Check the roof for missing shingles Clean your bird feeders and bring out the bird bath Dispose of old dead flower...
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Spring Sights Around Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park, OakvilleSpring is in the air in Oakville and residents are coming down to Bronte's waterfront to enjoy the warm weather.Waterfowl are stopping over on their migration north to their breeding grounds and the Canada Geese have arrived back in droves.Fishermen can be seen on Fisherman's Wharf again and in small rowboats near shore.Soon the park will be filled with children running and families having picnics on sultry spring evenings. Boaters will be cleaning their newly launched boats and greeting one another again after many months of not seeing one another. Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park is a peaceful place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of spring returning to the beautiful city of Oakville. ©2010JoSmith    
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March is Nutrition Month and the City of Oakville is celebrating by hosting a 'Healthy Recipe' contest.The 'Make Your Move Healthy Recipe' Contest is open to all residents of Oakville who are 8 yrs and older.There are 3 contest categories: Children 8 - 12 years who are asked to prepare submit a 'snack' recipe Teens 13 -17 years are asked to submit a 'lunch' recipe Adults 18 years + are asked to submit a main course recipe In each category, the top 3 recipes will be invited to a 'cook-off'. Hosted by Whole Foods Market in Oakville, the cook-off will be held on Sunday, May 2nd, 2-4pmThe first, second and third place winners in each category will win gift certificates. The Grand prize champion will have their recipe sold in the Whole Foods Market of Oakville and all proceeds will go to the...
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Oakville Library Card - Your Ticket to Unlimited Potential For Growth, Entertainment and Knowledge A library card is the last, best, free deal still available in most Canadian and American cities. In Oakville you can have an Oakville Public Library Card just by going into the library and providing evidence that you live in Oakville. Other than late fees on books you fail to return on time, there is no cost. The benefits of a library card are limitless! With an Oakville Public Library Card you can:1. Have access to specialized websites that will allow you to                                                                                 -search your family tree                                                                                -find career information                         ...
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The Oakville Horticutural Society has been helping to beautify Oakville's private and public gardens since 1957.Open to all of those who have an appreciation for gardens and gardening, membership in the Oakville Horticultural Society provides the following benefits: Monthly speakers and presentations Flower arranging workshops Monthly newsletter (except July and August) Flower shows where members share their garden produce and flowers Purchase unusual plants and bulbs at some meetings at wholesale cost or lower Annual plant sale Annual garden tour Hands-on workshops Discounts at nurseries and garden shows Monthly draws Gardeners library Junior Garden Club (for children ages 6-9) Potluck dinners and other social events Take part in community gardening projects Meet many fellow gardeners ...
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By David Pylyp
(RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,)
There was a piece recently from the Regional Office at RE/MAX that tweeked a few noses about part time agents in the business. Now we are going a step further; On twitter  I found this profile;   so while you are at work for the employer who pays your full time salary, you are online twittering and trying to gain social media traction as an expert in a local community. You will be ready, instantly available, to list, or advise an owner on where best to live, worship, shop, laugh and play. You are available for home inspections, appraisals, meetings with Lawyers and Clients when they need you to be awake alert and ON THE JOB!. If I was your Employer and found your twitter profile (because it is possible for "them" to check up on you right?)  What should their reaction be? If I was your B...
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Bronte Waterfront Condos For SaleThe Village of Bronte, a beautiful waterfront community in the southwest corner of Oakville, is home to a wonderful variety of waterfront condos. Overlooking Lake Ontario, Bronte waterfront condos provide breathtaking views and are a just a short walk to the sandy beach, peaceful waterfront parks and the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in downtown Bronte.Bronte waterfront condos, currently for sale, range in price from $345,000  to  $690,000. In 2009, waterfront or waterview condos sold in Bronte in the range of $184,000 - $950,000. The beautiful townhouse condos overlooking Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park with their multi-levels and open concept, offer the spacious rooms and amenities couples or small families desire in a home.Highrise condos in B...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Did you know?  Oakville is only a one hour drive from the U.S. borders at Lewiston, Niagara Falls or Buffalo, New York More than half of the population of the U.S.A. and Canada (135 million) are located within 500 miles of Oakville Oakville is located along the shores of Lake Ontario 30 minutes away  from downtown Toronto and 5.3 million residents of the Greater Toronto Area Oakville has chosen to remain a Town although the population of over 171,000 would classify it as a City Oakville boasts over 2400 acres of parkland Over 400 shops, boutiques and restaurants are spread throughout the town Oakville attracts 1.4 million tourists annually The size of Oakville is over 130 Sq. kilometers 58% of Oakville residents have a post secondary school education, 38% greater than the Province of On...
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