OTTAWA HOME PRICES, A DECADE TO REMEMBER
In 2009, the average price of a freehold home in Ottawa was $325,198. In the past decade that number has grown to $486,590. This $161,392 increase has homeowners happy with their investments.
Those who are looking to jump into the Ottawa market shouldn’t let these numbers discourage you, it’s not too late. Contact PREMIER to map out your needs. It takes just a couple steps in the right direction to begin planning for an even brighter decade ahead!
Still wondering what to do for the March Break? We found some amazing indoor and outdoor activities that you and your children will enjoy!
Funhaven Family Fun Centre is located just minutes west of downtown Ottawa. Funhaven offers a laser tag arena, mini-bowling lanes, indoor roller coaster, bumper cars and arcade!
The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is showcasing the art of espionage, disguises and breaking codes with this months exhibition.Children get to participate in the different activities to become the perfect spy. Just 30 minutes from west of downtown Ottawa in Carp.
The Canadian Museum of Nature has a wonderful exhibit going on right now called Butterflies in Flight where you can walk around with hundreds of fluttering butterflies and feed them! You can also check out the remainder of the museum like the Activity Zone or Amazon 3D movie!
The Museum of Science and Technology has recently opened it’s doors after 3 years of renovations. Head over to explore the locomotives, famous Crazy Kitchen and the Children’s Innovation Zone and Exploratek maker studio.
Little Ray’s Nature Centre is where you can get up close and personal with some of the most famous reptiles in the world! Get hands on experience and education with bats, pythons, alligators, cobras and much more!
Parc Omega is located in Montebello, Quebec and is a large wildlife park that immerses visitors with Canadian wildlife and First Nations’ history. This Canadian safari is a natural habitat to deer, elk, bison, caribou and wolves. There are also demonstrations during the break that includes chainsaw wood carving, wagon rides, and maple taffy pulling!
Camp Fortune is located in Chelsea, Quebec and offers downhill skiing for all ages. During the break the camp is offering two hour lessons,open skiing in the afternoon and a lift ticket is valid for the day.
Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush is west of Ottawa and offers the traditional sugar bush experience, including tours of the syrup making operation, meals in the pancake house and wagon rides. You can also check out the museum as well that is located next to the restaurant.
Mount Pakenham is located 45 minutes west of Ottawa offers a great place to spend the day in the snow. You can go tubing, snowshoeing, skating or skiing!
The Agriculture and Food Museum is celebrating all things Spring with their Barnyward Brreak! There will be demonstrations on how to cook with maple syrup, playing the wood spoons and some tasty treats like maple taffy on the snow!
Looking for some great indoor and outdoor activities for this Family Day weekend?! We have some great suggestions for you!
Winterlude officially ends on Feb 19th so why not check it out this weekend? You can see amazing ice sculptures, grab a beaver tail or go to the Snowflake Kingdom, it’s fun for the whole family!
The Bytown Museum puts on an amazing display of ice carving each year. Each artists starts off with a block of ice and watch them turn it into a masterpiece! While there, head into the museum for some hot chocolate or hot apple cider and see some Ottawa History!
The Museum of Science and Technology is putting on an amazing exhibition this Saturday called Cool Science Saturday. There will be demonstrations, experiments, work shops and cold weather exploration! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the museum while there, the doors re-opened in November after 3 years of renovations!
The Agriculture Museum is having Family Day On The Farm! There are so many activities from learning how to make a bird feeder, make butter and also meet the farm animals! The museum rink is also open so consider bringing your skates with you!
Mount Pakenham is perfect for a long weekend activity! Tubing is so much fun for the whole family. The slope is well maintained, family friends and perfect for kids of all ages! Grab some lunch in the lodge or bring your own and warm up around the fire pit!
Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast fun! Try their well know pancakes and their famous maple syrup. Take advantage of the fresh air and take a walk on their numerous walking trails. If it’s a bit too cold, there is a maple syrup museum that is worth the visit!
Don’t forget that the Canal is open to! Lace up your skates and take a trip down the world’s largest skating rink! Stop by the numerous beaver tail huts to grab a treat and a hot drink!
So go ahead and check out these fun filled activities this long weekend and we hope everyone has a wonderful Family Day!
Did you know there are several amazing events happening in Ottawa during the month of February? There are so many great things that you can with the family or even a night out wit h friends! Here are a few events for you to check out:
Gatineau Festibiere – Feb 2nd and 3rd
The Canadian Museum of History will be hosting the Gatineau Winter Beerfest that includes over 100 beers, 35 local brewers, and some delicious food! Tickets are available for both days, Bilingual Beer and Whiskey Workshop, Bilingual Beer and Oysters Workshop, Beer 101 ( in English and in French) as well as meeting a legendary guest spearker! For further information, check out this link!
Winterlude 40th Anniversary – Feb 2nd Feb 19th
A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, skating and other events that turns Ottawa into a winter wonderland. For further information and events on Winterlude, check out this link!
TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival – Feb 8th, 9th and 10th
TD is hosting the annual Winter Jazz Fest that showcases jazz artist of international acclaim as well as the best local talent that Ottawa has to offer! You can purchase tickets for individual shows or passes for the full fesitival or just the day! Don’t miss out on seeing Fred Hersch, Steve Bourdeau Trio or Dock In Absolute! For further information, check out this link!
Winter Brewfest – Feb 16th and 17th
If you missed Gatineau Festibiere at the beginning of the month, you can catch it at Landsdowne Park on Feb 16th and 17th. Showcasing over 100 beers, 35 local brewers, and some delicious food! Tickets are available for VIP or general admission! For further information, check out this link!
Trying to figure out which rink to head out to this weekend? Wonder what the rink condition is before you lace up your skates?
Ottawa Rinks is a recently launched website that is run by users and community members to bring you the latest updates on rinks all over Ottawa. There are live updates down to the second of when a rink was just opened as well if it was recently closed for shoveling or repairs.
You are able to find on the website which rinks are open and in excellent or good conditions, fair or poor rinks, closed rinks and rinks with no conditions. This is perfect if you are heading out for an evening of skating with friends and family!
Are you an active member of the community and manage the neighborhood rink?
You can sign up for an account and post the conditions of the rink that you manage!
Rideau Canal conditions? The website has that too!
There is also a link to the Rideau Canal to find out what the skating conditions are like before heading downtown!
Happy 2018! The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to de-clutter, re-organize and possibly donate or toss out any unwanted items that are just sitting in your basement or garage!
Here are a few tips to help you reach your 2018 organization goals:
Not everyone reaches for a book when it comes to getting some helpful tips and tricks for the large task of de-cluttering a home. These two books are perfect for when it comes to tidying up ones space they not only focus on the cleaning aspect but also the mental and emotional aspect of having to throw away items in your home that you have been holding on to but have no real need for.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
Wherever you have turned you have seen or heard about this book. Marie Kondo has revolutionized the way of clear the clutter in your home through a process of holding items and seeing if they do or do not bring you joy. If they do not, you are ready to throw them away or donate them. This is especially helpful to those who find sentiment in quiet a few items in their home.
“The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home-and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”
You can fine her book at Chapters or on Amazon.
The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
This book is especially helpful to those who are more visually hands on. This book comes with step-by-step instructions on how to organize certain areas of your home i.e under the bathroom sink, as well as detailed illustrations of before and afters of reorganized areas and handy checklists to help you power through your difficult tasks. The Complete Book of Home Organization helps you out with everything you need to de-clutter your house, store your belongings, and keep your home in tip top shape!
You can find her book at Chapters or on Amazon.
Blogs are a perfect go to if you are not fully committed to purchasing a book, or if you don’t want that book to add to your currently book clutter issue. They are full of information, visuals and links to resources that the authors included so you don’t have to go looking for them yourself. Here are two blogs to help you organize:
A Bowl Full of Lemons – Toni Hammersley
A great blog to read about how to organize, clean and decorate your home is A Bowl Full of Lemons. This blog is full of amazing information from getting your home organized with weekly cleaning challenges, budget management, as well as connecting with other people inspiring to tidy up their life and home. This blog was also created by the author of The Complete Book of Home Organization!
Here is where you can enjoy A Bowl Full of Lemons.
If you are looking for visual inspiration to help you get into the de-clutter and organizing spirit, iheart Organization is a great blog for that! The author of the blog has gone up and beyond to show you exactly what she talks about on each blog post, she has even included a personal home tour, project portfolio and printables that include calendars, future dates to remember, and homemade cleaning recipes!
Get organized with iheart Organizing!
Pinterest is a great platform place to find de-cluttering and organization tips and tricks! Not only are you able to get directed right to the source of the pin to get further information but you can visualize from the pin what you want that specific area of your home to look like! Here a few Pinterest finds to give you some inspiration:
Organizing your kitchen cupboards is a tedious job but once you do it you don’t have to again! A trip to the dollar store to get plastic containers and a couple of markers will have your cupboards looking picture perfect!
Everyone has that one closet in their home that no one wants to clean or even go near… With the proper shelving, storage containers and an afternoon, you can achieve the perfect closet that will always be organized!
Basement and Garage
Whether you have a fully finished basement, unfinished or just a garage, there is always that one area that is always cluttered with seasonal items, out grown toys and everything else. With some simple shelving, totes and a creative flare with labeling, you can organize your garage and basement in no time!
We hope that these 3 tips will help jump start the re-organizing and de-cluttering new year’s resolution that you have for 2018!
We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.
But if you don’t pay attention to the details, your mortgage can end up dragging down the enjoyment of your new home and cause some major regrets. Here are a few mistakes to avoid to ensure that you love your mortgage terms as much as your hew home.
Don’t find your home first: Shopping around for the best mortgage rate should be the first step in the home buying process. You may even want to talk to a mortgage broker a full year before you plan to buy. It’ll give you time to get your affairs in order to qualify for the best rate, could save you thousands of dollars in the long run, and you won’t feel rushed to accept an unattractive loan because you’re worried you’ll miss out on your dream home.
Don’t forget your real budget: There’s often a big difference between what a lender says you can afford and what you can actually afford. Your debt-to-income ratio doesn’t include the money you spend on hobbies, or the cost of commuting to work, or maintenance and utility costs.
Really sit down and examine your spending before committing to the loan amount the lender is offering. You won’t enjoy your home nearly as much if it’s eating into your favorite hobbies.
One of our favorite local businesses to work with is Givopoly. This Ottawa-based service has curated over 1000 gifts from over 70 local businesses into an efficient online marketplace. The best thing about Givopoly? They deliver! Not only can you shop for holiday and hostess gifts in the comfort of your own home, you can even have them delivered right to the recipient’s door, 7 days a week!
Here are some of our top favorite gifts under $50 from Givopoly!
1. Local Craft Beer Gratitude Pack – $37.96
This local Craft Beer Gratitude Pack is really fun way to say “cheers”, ” thanks” or ” Sip, Sip Hurray!” this holiday season. A 6 can pack of Kichesippi craft beer is encased in a beautifully locally hand made, walnut-stained carrier that makes it a handy keepsake. It also comes with a chalkboard that you can can personalize your message even more. You also have the option to have half beer or half soda!
2. Urban Gourmet Local Foodie Box – $40.00
A gift box for your favorite foodie! This box is filled with great local preserves, chocolates and food compliments. The contents are always changing because Givopoly is always hunting around for great local food artisans. Social Impact Bonus: The recipient will discover that with every Urban Gourmet Local Gift Cox is ordered, Givopoly will donate $5 to the Ottawa Food Bank!
3. Thyme for Cheese & Crackers – $50.00
This Gourmet Thyme & Again basket of local cheese, crackers, and a compote, is a no-fuss gift that can be served and enjoyed immediately. This delicious gift includes:
Local cheese from producers in Ottawa, Quebec, or Eastern Ontario
Thyme & Again Homemade Savoury Chrisps
Thyme & Again Homemade Spicy Pecans
Thyme & Again Homemade Jam or Compote
4. Coffee Connaiseur – $35.00
Know someone who loves coffee more than anything? This gift from Happy Goat Coffee Company includes 4 1/2 lb bags of whole bean coffee. Including the following varieties:
Babea’s Espresso Blend – Bitter sweet dark chocolate, very rich, crisp, smooth and clean.
Guatemalan Antigua – Bright, smooth, enhanced by its chocolate note
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – Fragrant and flowery citrus note.
The “G” – Spicy, nutty, wine like characteristics.
5. Unrefined Olive Gift Package – $20.00
These lovely gift packages contain four 60ml bottles and give an overview of the olive oils and balsamic vinegars available from the stores most popular offerings. The recipient can mix and match to their hearts delight. The four offerings include:
The Classic – Blood Orange Olive Oil, Eureka Lemon Olive Oil, Fig Balsamic, 18 Year Old Balsamic
The Savory – Organic Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil, Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic, Jalapeno White Balsamic
The Citrus and Bright – Persian Lime Olive Oil, Eureka Leon Olive Oil, Cranberry Pear White Balsamic, Honey Ginger Balsamic.
The Sweet and the Heat – Chipolte Olive Oil, Baklouti Green Olive Oil, Pomegranate Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic
When you are hosting a party you want to make sure your bar is fully equipped with all the tools, glassware, bar-ware, mixers and libations you will need for your perfect party!
Here are the 4 categories to perfectly stock your bar:
Liquors & Recommended Cocktails
Mixers & Garnishes
Not only is it great to have a fully stocked bar cart for all your beverage needs but it also makes for great decor!
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Technology has made it easier than ever to bring your home decor ideas to reality. There are countless smartphone apps that help you plan a space or do some valuable comparative shopping. Here are five apps to use on your next decorating project. Most are available on both iOS and Android devices.
1. Color Capture: Ever see a color that would make for a perfect paint scheme? Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app allows you to take a photo of anything and instantly get a matching paint color.
2. iHandyLevel: Hanging photos and artwork? Rather than searching through your toolbox for a level, you can use something that’s already in your pocket: Your phone. The iHandyLevel app functions just as well as a dedicated level, turning your phone into the ultimate picture-hanging companion.
3. LikeThatDecor: Let’s say you see the perfect Chesterfield sofa in a coffee shop, and you want to see where you could get one of your own. Use the LikeThatDecor app to take a photo of furniture and instantly see similar items from dozens of retailers.
4. IKEA Catalog: Forget about the nightmare of navigating the parking garage, showroom, and warehouse at your nearest IKEA. The IKEA Catalog app allows you to virtually place furniture in a room. If only there was an app for easy IKEA assembly!
5. DesignSponge: DesignSponge is one of the best DIY and home decor websites out there. Now there’s an app that makes it easy to access all of their awesome content on your smartphone.