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Matt Shapiro: Humewood-Cedarvale 

I love my neighbourhood, but I won’t lie, it is getting expensive to buy a home here. A two-storey home will set you back and it will never really be what you expected you would get when spending a million bucks or more. But there is a way to get what you want:

Humewood-Cedarvale and Oakwood-Vaughan have many of Toronto’s seventy thousand pre and post war bungalows still “cheap” enough to buy and top up into your dream two-story home. These pockets are close to the downtown core and in fantastic neighbourhoods where your kids can bike to school. I know, I live here! Take this bungalow for example, that I sold last summer for $399,000 at 517 Northcliffe, a small 1 bedroom pre-war bungalow:

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Up size that with $300K or more and BOOM! You have your dream home!



Or this lovely home bought for just under $400K on Winona Drive across the street from my house:

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If you like the thought of this, we can help you get this done from start to move-in day. #getwhatyouwantsupersizemybungalow

Kristin Shensel: Birchcliffe-Cliffside

Think you can’t afford to buy a house in Toronto? That the market is too crazy for you to even dream about your next dream house?

Well, let me help you out. There is an awesome neighbourhood that you should be thinking about. It is close to the Beach – almost within walking distance, or at least a good bike ride away. It has it’s own spectacular water views and the main street is undergoing it’s own revitalization with new businesses opening up.Full disclosure? I grew up in Birchcliffe-Cliffside and can’t say enough good things about this ‘hood.

Think a solid brick house with a driveway for under $450,000 is a fantasy? Well, it isn’t. How about a newly renovated beauty on a huge lot? Think living close to the water’s edge with your own pool is totally out of reach? Nope. It isn’t. But you’ve got to hurry up – the awesomeness of this neighbourhood isn’t going unnoticed.

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