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[PHOTO] Looking shoreward

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As I was returning last evening from the Toronto Islands ahead of the storm, I saw the skyline of the Toronto waterfront contrast nicely with the steel-blue stormclouds. Photos were necessary.

Shoreward, 1 #toronto #torontoislands #torontoharbour #ferry #condos

Shoreward, 2 #toronto #torontoharbour #ferry #condos #torontostar #westin

Shoreward, 3 #toronto #torontostar #torontoharbour #ferry #westin #condos

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

[PHOTO] Against the condo

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Against the condo #toronto #graffiti #condos

Written by Randy McDonald

July 25, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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[PHOTO] Towers, from Yonge and Wellesley

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Towers #toronto #condos #skyscraper #yongestreet #yongeandbloor

Written by Randy McDonald

July 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • James Bow, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in southwestern Ontario, reports on what the recession looks like in his part of the world. So far things aren’t too bad.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study on exoplanets looking for binary star companions.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas bids farewell to his blog for now.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw describes the competitive portrait scene in Australia.
  • pollotenchegg looks to the 1926 Soviet census to see what it has to say on ethnicity in Ukraine’s mixed Donbas region.
  • Torontoist looks at the city’s floating houseboats.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy analyzes to death the false allegations of a positive link between immigration and crime.
  • Window on Eurasia notes nationality policy in Russia’s regions.

[URBAN NOTE] “Queens Condos Set Record as Manhattan Buyers Priced Out”

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Bloomberg’s Oshrat Carmiel reports on soaring condo prices in New York City’s Queens.

Condominium prices in New York’s Queens jumped to a record in the second quarter as soaring values in Manhattan sent buyers fanning out across the city’s boroughs in search of properties they could afford.

The average price of a Queens condo sold was $575,339, up 20 percent from a year earlier, according to a report Thursday from appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate. In Long Island City, a neighborhood just across the East River from Manhattan better known for its rental towers, the average price rose 28 percent to $1.06 million.

Demand to own homes in the outer boroughs is climbing as Manhattan apartments reach their own new highs, further shutting out cost-sensitive buyers. In Brooklyn, the average sales price climbed 0.7 percent to a record $788,529 in the second quarter, extending a surge in values amid the area’s growing appeal as a hip place to live.

“This is the search for affordability,” said Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel and a Bloomberg View contributor. “Queens is benefiting from Brooklyn’s success, Brooklyn is benefiting from Manhattan’s success. Next is the Bronx.”

The average sales price of all homes in Queens climbed 9.1 percent from a year earlier to $452,304, while the number of transactions increased 5.6 percent to 2,539. In Brooklyn, sales fell 17 percent from a year earlier to 1,735 properties, hampered by inventory below historical averages.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

[PHOTO] Condo in the evening sun, Kensington Market

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Condo in the evening sun #toronto #collegestreet #kensingtonmarket #condos

While walking to the second Fringe show I was to review last week, I saw this condo under construction on College just west of Spadina. I looked through my archives and I found that I had photos of the site a year before preserved in this blog post assembling photos from last year’s Fringe. Back then, there was nothing but a deep hole where once a Buddhist temple stood.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

[PHOTO] Ziggurat on Bathurst Street

Condos in the evening

Approaching the BStreets condo complex on Bathurst just south of Bloor Street West from the south, the tiered white levels evoked for me the structure of the Mesopotamian ziggurat.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 3, 2015 at 6:23 am

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