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3 07, 2020


Staged and sold over asking in 6 days! Congratulations to our seller client and to the new buyer!

Situated in a delightful boutique condo complex, this spacious one bedroom residence features an updated kitchen and open concept living and dining rooms. The private south facing patio adds abundant natural light to the main living space. Ensuite laundry, parking and a large locker included! Easy TTC access and excellent shops and restaurants within walking distance!

24 06, 2020

JUST LISTED! 716 Kingston Road #101

Situated in a delightful boutique condo complex that is meticulously maintained, unit 101 is a spacious one bedroom condo with an updated kitchen and stylish finishes. Located on the main level it is ideal for those wishing to avoid elevators and stairs. The south facing patio is perfect for plants and adds abundant natural light to the main living area. There is also ensuite laundry, private parking, plenty of visitor parking, a large locker and a nicely maintained entranceway to the complex.

The added conveniences in the area are outstanding with easy TTC access, excellent shopping close at hand including The Big Carrot, an easy walk to a multitude of shops and restaurants along Kingston Road and a 15-minute walk to Queen Street East and the Boardwalk. The Glen Stewart Ravine is close at hand for a leisurely stroll and the new YMCA which is set to open later this year is conveniently located a few blocks away.

A cozy home in a perfect location.
1 Bedroom
1 Washroom
1 Parking Space & 1 Locker
598 sq ft
$ 379,000
More Photos & Info: www.716Kingston.com

22 06, 2020


Congratulations to our buyer clients who just bought this newly renovated home in Whitby!

Gorgeous 4-level backsplit! This home has just undergone a complete renovation from front to back in 2020! Located on a quiet court in sought after West Lynde. Huge 50 X 166 foot lot. 5 minutes from the 401, Go Train & shopping.

19 06, 2020


Congratulations to our buyer clients who just purchased this beautiful Victorian home on one of the best streets in Leslieville!

Tons of character with a sun drenched main floor featuring hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown moulding and a main floor family room. Two and a half storeys with three spacious bedrooms, a professionally landscaped garden and two car parking! Steps to Queen Street East and all the best that Lesieville has to offer!

9 06, 2020

THE “NEW NORMAL” – How Our Team Is Adapting To The Pandemic

As restrictions are being lifted and the city of Toronto continues to reopen, we wanted to share some details about how our team is operating during the pandemic.

We recognize that it’s not “back to normal” but rather the beginning of the “new normal”. Since the pandemic began, we’ve been making changes to the way that we sell real estate. One of those changes involves a commitment to providing Personal Protective Equipment to all of our clients as well as other Realtors and their clients who are viewing our listings.

All of our listings are stocked with individually packaged masks and disposable gloves and there is always hand sanitizer available at the property.

Our convenient online booking system also includes a mandatory disclaimer to ensure that no one viewing your home:
1) Has recently travelled outside of Canada.
2) Is displaying symptoms including: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
3) Has come in contact with anyone with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 test in the last 14 days.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve noticed that the majority of our buyer clients are wearing their own masks and gloves during showings which is great! In the event that a buyer client doesn’t have their own PPE or has forgotten to bring it, we have individually packaged gloves and masks as well as hand sanitizer in our vehicles at all times.

Whether you’re buying or selling, we are here to help and we’re committed to doing our part to make sure that we operate in a safe manner.

9 06, 2020

SOLD IN 1 DAY! 51 Trolley Crescent #805

Congrats to our sellers on the quick sale of this awesome Corktown loft!

For more information on this recent sale, please visit www.51Trolley.com

21 05, 2020


Congratulations to our amazing buyer clients who will soon be calling this incredible place home! We’re so happy for you guys!

California-casual inspired renovation in Old Oakville just steps to downtown. Open concept floor plan with a stunning kitchen featuring a large centre island, Statuario quartz counters, two sinks and brass fixtures. White painted brick fireplace. Oak hardwood flooring throughout. 3 bedrooms and 3 washrooms. Private garden and patio. Detached 2 car coach house garage.

28 04, 2020

9 Simple Ways to Start Living a More Minimal Lifestyle

A minimalist lifestyle is not for everyone. But in this hectic world, many of us are feeling that call — the yearning to have less, to spend less, to do less, to need less.

You read about those folks who make huge, dramatic leaps into extreme minimalist lifestyles, giving away everything they own, moving to an all-white room with just a mattress and a notepad. You can certainly get on the path to minimalism with a similarly grand gesture, or you can work on seeking simplicity more gradually.

We’ve got the beginner’s road map for getting on a path to living a more simple, minimal lifestyle at home (and in life). No one single thing will magically make you into a minimalist tomorrow, but these ideas are a good place to start you on your journey.

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1. Give yourself a clear, personal goal (and a timeline)

What is your personal definition of a more minimal home and life? Is it to have only the bare minimum of objects? Is it to declutter a whole room of stuff you haven’t looked at in months? Is it to learn to live with less or stop buying things you don’t need? There’s no “right” way to be a minimalist; we can all have our own definitions of simple and stress-free. Just take the time to define it for yourself. Not sure where to start defining what you don’t want in your life? Focus on what you do want — what makes you feel alive, what you’re passionate about — and then begin to strip away the things (physical and otherwise) that are getting in the way of you doing more of what you really want to be doing.

Give yourself a clear goal, with broken-down steps to attain (and remember to write down the things you need to complete those steps). And then give yourself a time frame to achieve each step (not just the final goal). Consider making alerts on your calendar so you are held accountable. And don’t just write down what the goal is — write down why you want to live more minimally (less stress, more money, less stuff to haul on your next move — it can be anything that means something to you).

2. Decide how your home can help you live a more minimalist lifestyle

Your quest for a more minimal lifestyle might point you in the direction of a smaller or simplified home. This is a big step for folks who own or rent homes, but not impossible. Again, start with a goal of what you want — be specific. Not sure what you want? Do some traveling — and look to stay in homes in the size range you’re thinking about. You’ll be able to visualize your future life easier if it’s a size you can downsize to. Or perhaps the size and type of your home is okay but it’s what’s in it…

3. Declutter

This seems pretty obvious, but it can be the most painful step for folks who have a real attachment to many of their items. Start slow and intentionally. Throw out or donate everything you obviously don’t need first. Then take and hide everything you think you could do without for a few months, to give yourself distance to be able to give them away. Then use that motivation to gather the courage to take decluttering as extreme as works for your dream, minimal lifestyle. Keep reminding yourself that stripping away as much stuff from your life will make it easier to achieve a more simple life and allow you to have more freedom. You don’t have to only live with a bed and a laptop; again, you get to decide what living more minimally means to you.

4. Train yourself to live with less

If you’ve been used to creature comforts for a long time, you might not be ready to take a minimal plunge all at once. Consider having comfort-free weekends or months, slowly eliminating comforts and luxuries (even as simple as pricey haircuts or weekly movie dates) and seeing what feels okay to lose, and what things are too valuable to your happiness to give up.

5. Ask yourself “do I really need this?” all the time

Before you swipe your credit card, ask yourself “Do I really need this?” And ask yourself all the time. At first you may easily justify purchases out of habit, but as the question sinks in, you might find yourself realizing you don’t need many of the items you impulsively buy.

6. Be a re-user

Another great habit to explore on the path to a more minimal way of living is learning to be a great re-user. Save packaging to reuse for other things. Learn to repair and fix things rather than replace. Use old clothing for scrap fabric for DIY projects. Be open to being creative to find ways you can reuse something you already have rather than buy something new.

7. Invest in high-quality items

When you do have (or want) to buy something new, splurge on high-quality items that are meaningful for you. Remember that it might be nicer to have a sparse home filled with dreamy designs you adore versus full of things you just sort of like. But also remember that, again, you define what minimal means.

8. Be clear about why you want to be more minimal (and remind yourself often)

Go back to the first step above regularly, especially when things get tough, so you can remember why you’re trying to live more minimally in the first place.

9. Forgive yourself and keep trying

As someone who has given away everything they owned one and a half times now, I can assure you, we manage to acquire stuff at impressive speeds. And also sign up for a lot of work obligations, too. This is just human nature. But don’t give up on your quest to simplicity if you wake up one day and notice you’ve let a lot of unneeded stuff clutter up your home or schedule. Just start over at the top, breathe in, and keep trying.

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com

23 04, 2020

State Of The Market With Steve Tabrizi

Interested in the latest real estate trends and outlook in Ontario after COVID-19? Here is a fantastic video presentation from April 21, 2020 by Steve Tabrizi – C.O.O Hallmark Group of Companies, Broker/Owner.


If you have any questions about the real estate market, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re here to help and we would be happy to jump on a phone call or video chat. Connect with us by emailing us at info@thurstonolsen.com

Stay Safe!

22 04, 2020

SOLD! 81 Scarboro Beach Boulevard

Congratulations to our buyer clients who just purchased this beautiful beach home!

Immaculately maintained 3 bedroom home south of Queen! Living this close to the beach, boardwalk and lake is going to make for some fun summers!