515 St Laurent Blvd # 344 | Stunning 2 storey condo with terrace!


515 St Laurent Blvd # 344, Viscount Alexander Park

This stunning 2 storey unit features expansive windows that flood the living area and two bedrooms with natural lighting.

The fully renovated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry with loads of storage space and eat up breakfast bar with dining room. An over-sized terrace opens up from the spacious living room which is perfect for enjoying the summer months.

Parquet flooring leads up to the spacious master bedroom and second bedroom which would be great as a guest room or home office. Stackable laundry unit with storage is also on this floor.

The unit features secure heated underground parking, gorgeously maintained grounds and an outdoor pool! Amenities include gym, sauna, party room, work shop, indoor and outdoor pools and a club house!

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Schools Near 515 St Laurent Blvd # 344

Elementary Schools:

  • Queen Elizabeth Public School
  • Manor Park Public School
  • Ecole Elementaire Catholique Montfort
  • Robert E. Wilson Public School
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School
  • Assumption Elementary School

Secondary Schools:

  • Rideau High School
  • Ecole Secondaire Catholique Centre Professionnel Et Technique Minto
  • Ecole Secondaire Catholique College Samuel – Genest
  • Ottawa Technical Secondary School
  • Ecole Secondair Publique L’Alternative
  • Ecole Secondaire Publique De La Salle

About Viscount Alexander Park

Viscount Alexander Park is a neighborhood in Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward in the east end of Ottawa. The neighborhood includes the Rockcliffe Airport, CFB Ottawa and Montfort Hospital.

Part of the the neighborhood, east of Codd’s Road is also know as Finter. It was named after Harold, Viscount Alexander of Tunis, Governor General of Canada from 1946-1952.

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Ottawa’s Best Dog Parks

Are you looking for that perfect dog park for your four legged friend? There are many factors you want to consider when finding the right park; is it off leash? Busy area?Which park is closest to your home? We have the top 3 dog parks in Ottawa that may be perfect for your dog!

Jack Purcell Park is located in downtown Ottawa off of Bank St. It is conveniently located behind Pure Gelato and other close by coffee shops. This off leash dog park is fenced in and has a fountain that is at a dog friendly height.  This park is perfect for anyone who lives in the downtown area and is looking for a larger space for their dog to roam and play.

Conroy Pit is located in the South End of Ottawa that is located off Huntclub Road. This park is a large piece of land that is not fenced in but offers multiple trails and fields for dogs to play and roam. Great for a family outing on a Fall day or a snowy weekend.

Bruce Pit is located in the West end of Ottawa off Cedarview Road. This park is also on a large piece of land that is not fenced in but has tons of trails and fields. This park hosts lots of dog breed meet ups where owners with the same breed meet up once a month for a giant dog play group. Great for socializing for both owners and pets.

New Rules Regarding Purchasing Power for Homes and Home Refinancing


B-20 Rule Changes from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)

New rules in effect January 1st 2018 will reduce purchasing power for homes and home refinancing.

The new qualifying rules will come into effect January 1st 2018 requiring all conventional mortgages to qualify at the greater of; a rate 2% higher than the contact rate, or the qualifying rate (currently 4.89%). The new rules will impact mortgage affordability by approximately 20%.

What does that mean for the average Canadian?

If you are considering purchasing a home with 20% down payment, start looking more seriously and purchase prior to January 1st 2018. Your purchase agreement must be in place prior to January 1, 2018 to qualify under the existing rules; however, you do not have to have closed on a home prior to January 1st.

People looking to refinance their existing home for debt consolidation, home renovations, purchasing a cottage, or other major financial goals, should strongly consider refinancing prior to the qualifying rules changing on January 1st 2018!

Thinking about moving? Click on the contact link next to this post to get started!

National Remembrance Day 2017

Ottawa is a home to the National Remembrance Day ceremony every year, to honour Canadian veterans and those currently serving.

The ceremony will being at the National Military on Beechwood at 10:55 AM and then continues at the National War Memorial.

Be advised that the ceremony will mean that some roads downtown will be closed! From 7:30am to 1:00pm, the following roads will be closed:

  • Rideau and Wellington Street between Sussex and Colonel By Drive and Bank Street
  • Queen Street between O’Connor and Elgin Street
  • Elgin Street between Wellington and Albert Street
  • Metcalfe Street between Wellington and Albert Street
  • O’Connor Street between Wellington and Queen Street

OC Transpo

OC Transpo and Para Transpo will operate on a regular weekend schedule. If it is safe to do so, buses will pull over to the side of the road at 11 a.m. to observe two minutes of silence. The Last Post will be played over the radio of OC Transpo Buses.

Most businesses downtown will be closed until 12:30pm, including the businesses in the Byward Market, Rideau Centre, and Sparks Street Mall.

Businesses that are exceptions to the bylaw include:

  • Food/grocery, tobacco, antique and handcraft stores with less than 2,400 square feet used for serving or selling to the public.

  • Pharmacies with less than 7,500 square feet in total area used for serving/selling to the public (those in larger stores must close).

  • Book/newspaper dealers with less than 2,400 square feet used for serving/selling to the public.

  • Convenience stores.

  • Nurseries, gardening supply stores, florists.

  • Gas stations or businesses selling propane, diesel, natural gas and other fuel products.

  • Vehicle/boat rental and repair businesses, including those as part of a larger store (Canadian Tire).

Businesses that are not affected by the bylaw include:

  • Hotels/motels.

  • Restaurants.

  • Recreational facilities including fitness centres

  • Doctor/dentist/optometrist offices and medical centres.

  • Funeral homes.

  • Hair salons and spas.

  • Pet groomers.

  • Repair services for computers, furnaces, air conditioners, pools.

  • Pay-day loan services.


  • Dry cleaners.

  • Vendors at outdoor markets.

Choose The Right Paint Finish

It can be intimidating to stand in front of the paint swatches at the paint or hardware store and try to make a decision. Picking a color can be difficult enough—and then you have to choose the finish. Choosing the color is up to you, but here’s a simple guide to choosing the correct finish for your project.

High Gloss
High gloss paint has the most sheen, and will be the most durable. That durability is best suited for the kitchen, on surfaces like cabinets, door frames, and window trim. It’s best to avoid using high gloss on walls, because it will be too reflective.

It’s not as shiny as high gloss, but it’s still great for kitchens and bathrooms, because the sheen protects from drips, splatters, and other moisture.

Satin has a velvet-like look, but is still a durable finish, and works best in high-traffic areas. Be careful when applying, because satin paint will reveal sloppy brush strokes.

Eggshell and flat
These finishes have the least amount of sheen, and are the least durable. They’re great for hiding imperfections in your walls, but the low durability means they should be avoided if the room is subject to wear and tear from kids or pets. Use these paints in dining rooms, bedrooms, and other low-traffic rooms.

Is it worthwhile to improve your property, or is moving a better choice?

Unless you built a custom home, you probably have a long list of things you’d like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to a new home, or you might be thinking about renovating your current home after binging on HGTV. The answer to renovation vs. relocation depends greatly on what you’re trying to fix.

Thinking about a new kitchen?
If you’re dreaming of a chef’s kitchen with new appliances and beautiful cabinets, renovating your own kitchen gives you incredible ROI and is less costly than moving. You’ll increase the value of your own home if you ever decide to sell, and there’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a custom renovation.

Need more space?
If you’re running low on bedrooms, there may not be a lot of options. Converting an existing room to a bedroom doesn’t create any new space. If you’re in a condo, an addition is probably impossible. And additions can be expensive even if it’s a possibility. Moving is usually the best option.

If the neighborhood isn’t ideal
You may have seen some potential for your neighborhood when you first moved there, but perhaps it still isn’t welcoming the shops and restaurants you expected. If that’s the case, consider moving. There’s no sense in waiting years for the neighborhood to improve, especially if you can move to a house in the same price range in a more preferred part of the city.

2247 Braeside Ave | Fully updated 4 bedroom Bungalow in Alta Vista

2247 Braeside Ave, Alta Vista

This beautiful bungalow has been fully updated from top to bottom with new hardwood and tile flooring, windows and more!

Modern, open concept layout features a brand new kitchen with custom cabinetry, island with eat-up breakfast bar, brand new stainless steel appliances, and sparkling white quartz counters; floor-to-ceiling pantry/storage space; main floor laundry; spacious living room, and dining area with recessed shelving.

Master retreat features ensuite with walk-in rainfall shower.

Two additional bedrooms complete the main level.

Fully finished basement includes family room, den, storage room with extra laundry hookups, 4th bedroom, and 3pc bath! Pack your bags, because this home is move-in ready!

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Schools Near 2247 Braeside Ave

Elementary Schools

  • Alta Vista Public School
  • St Patrick’s Intermediate School
  • Charles H. Hulse Public School
  • Featherston Drive Public School
  • McMaster Catholic Elementary School
  • Pleasent Park Public School

Secondary Schools

  • St Patrick’s High School
  • Ridgemont High School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Ecole Secondaire Catholique Franco-Cite
  • Brookfield High School
  • Canterbury High School

About Alta Vista

Alta Vista is a highly residential neighborhood with a strong community, several schools, churches, and community centres. It also has a vast amount of greenspace and parks, much of which is part of the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor Environmental Assessment.

Alta Vista Drive is a major street running through the neighborhood, and shares its name. Both are named for their relative height, as the neighborhood is generally higher than most of the city.

The General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO are located on the north side of Smyth Road, in Riverview, one of the mentioned sub-neighborhoods.

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Easy upgrades: Tackle these projects in a single day

It’s easy to get stressed out just hearing the word “renovation.” You’re instantly thinking of having your home life disrupted by construction debris, cluttered rooms, and loud noises.

But you don’t have to spend a ton of money and brace yourself for months of inconvenience to upgrade your home. Here are a few projects that you can knock out in a single day, and they’ll greatly improve the look and enjoyment of your home.

Paint or replace an exterior door: If you know the correct dimensions and specifications for a replacement door, replacing an exterior door is a quick and easy job. That’s even more true if you’re repainting it. Preparation and a few coats of paint will only take a few hours.

Plant some low-maintenance trees: Young evergreen trees are relatively simple to plant, and after some heavy watering in the first few weeks, they’re very easy to maintain. They’ll add some color and texture to your landscaping, instantly improving curb appeal.

New light fixtures: Whether they’re on the interior or exterior of your home, something as subtle as light textures can have a dramatic effect. Swapping out traditional fixtures for something modern or industrial can completely transform a room.

New hardware: Drawer pulls and door knobs are easy to change out, and like light fixtures, they have a big impact. You’d be amazed how your kitchen or bathroom could look with new hardware.

1249 Woodside Dr | Stunning 2 storey home in Copeland Park


1249 Woodside Dr, Copeland Park


Located on an oversized lot on a quiet street surrounded by mature trees in Copeland Park.

Perennial gardens&front entrance veranda welcomes you into the home.Gleaming hardwood floors can be found
throughout both the main & 2nd level,including the stairs.

The family room is centered around the beautiful granite wood burning fireplace, flooded w/natural light.Invite all the family over for dinner in the adjacent dining room,easily fitting an oversized table for all to enjoy.The bright eat in kitchen features granite counter tops&rich refinished cabinetry, overlooking backyard.

The 2nd level boasts 4 great sized bedrooms,including a master suite w/ his & hers closets.

The lower level is fully finished, adding all the extra living space you could possibly need, w/ a large recroom, oversized cold storage or wine cellar, & full three piece bath.Imagine all the entertaining you could do in this extra deep backyard!

Oversized garage can provide enough space for any hobbyist or enthusiast.

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Schools Near 1249 Woodside Dr:

Elementary Schools:

  • Agincourt Road Public School
  • J.H. Putman Public School
  • Ecole Elementaire Publique Charlotte Lemieux
  • St Daniel Elementary School
  • D. Roy Kennedy Public School
  • Ecole Elementaire Catholique Terre Des Jeunes

Secondary Schools:

  • Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Sir Guy Carleton Secondy School
  • Woodroffe High School
  • Nepean High School
  • Merivale High School

About Copeland Park

Copeland Park is a neighborhood located in College Ward in the west end of Ottawa. The community was built in the 1950s and 1960s. Copeland Park consists of primarily single-detached houses, as well as some semi-detached homes, and condos.

  • Algonquin College
  • College Square
  • Experimental Farm

Residents of Copeland Park have easy access to park land, tennis courts, bike routes, and numerous outdoor recreation facilities.

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What to avoid before you buy

Even with the help of a trusted real estate professional, it’s easy to fall into some common traps when you’re buying a home. Here are some of the most common regrets from home buyers—make sure to consider them before you make similar decisions.

Using all of your savings
It can be tempting to throw all the cash you have into your down payment so that you can have a lower monthly payment. But keep in mind that there are several other costs on the horizon—closing costs, inspection, and more. There will also be surprise repairs, taxes, and home maintenance. It’s a good idea to keep some cash in reserve for hidden or unexpected costs.

Borrowing the full amount offered
Banks will often offer a bigger loan than you can comfortably afford. You may be able to pay the mortgage, but it’ll really tighten your budget. A good rule of thumb is to only take 80% of what’s offered. That’ll give you a lot more flexibility in the long term.

Assuming you’ll like the neighbors
Your neighborhood is part of the package when you buy a home, so it’s important to learn about your next door neighbors. Make an effort to do a little homework on the neighbors, and their history with pets, home maintenance, and general behavior. You don’t want to be stuck living next to someone who is rude or inconsiderate.

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