Fitness Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Every Friday we’ll be sharing workouts you can do from home, home equipment picks and more!

Today we are going to share two of the most popular workout challenges circulating on the internet which are incredibly difficult but are effective and only take 10 minutes per day!

The first challenge is the Alexis Ren 10 Minute Ab Workout. Most of the series we’ve seen have been doing the challenge everyday for 30 days and holy definition. If you are looking for an intense ab workout to add on to your regular workout routine this is the video for you. We’ve linked our favourite version which has fun music, beeps and calls out the exercises so you don’t have to look at the screen.

The second challenge is the Chloe Ting Two Week Shred. You can do the ab workout video as a stand alone challenge everyday or follow her full two week plan for a full body workout! This challenge is amazing if you are looking at kickstarting your fitness journey because it’s a full plan you can follow along making it easy to get into the swing of things or can be a great way to shake up your regular fitness routine with something new and challenging for your body..

Both challenges are an amazing way to get your body moving and your heart rate up while being at home and can be done with no equipment!

Let us know if you try one (or both!) of these challenges out!


Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you all luck, prosperity and good fortune as we celebrate the year of the rat!

Don’t forget to bring Red Packets! Red Packets are lucky pouches of money that are given out throughout the New Year for luck and prosperity. The money inside is called “lucky money” or “money to anchor the new year”. By giving out red packets it’s supposed to symbolize the passing of luck on to the receiver of the red packet.

Years of People Born in the Year of the Rat: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924 and 1912


What You Need to Know Before Moving to Oakville

Oakville is one of the best places in Ontario to raise a family. Nestled against Lake Ontario, equidistance between Toronto and Hamilton, Oakville blends historic homes with modern customs builds.

Oakville is great for those needing to commute frequently but want a quiet neighbourhood setting to raise their family. Resting between the 401 and Lake Ontario, Oakville commuters can find themselves living within 5 – 10 minutes of the 401, 403 and/or the QEW.

The town of Oakville can be divided into four main quadrants: South East, South West, North East and North West. Each quadrant can be divided further into neighbourhoods which have their own distinct character. You can read about the different neighbourhoods in our Neighbourhood Guide.

There is a downtown, uptown and midtown core in Oakville. The downtown core is located on Lakeshore just north of Heritage Oakville. The downtown core is full of shops, salons, cafes, restaurants and (weather depending) out door patios. The midtown core located just off of the Trafalgar exit of the 403 is home to Oakville Place, Oakville’s shopping mall which is home to a Sephora, Bay, LL Bean and much more! The uptown core at Dundas is where your can find big box stores at the Oakville Smart Centre as well as stores such as a Canadian Superstore and Canadian tire.

Oakville has a low crime rate which makes it a safe place to raise a family. It’s also full of parks and walking trails to explore year rouund.

For more information about Oakville don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call!

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8 Oakville Property Tips from our Broker of Record

We sat down with our Broker of Record to get her top 8 tips for purchasing a property in Oakville. For 2019 the average selling price in Oakville was just over $1 000 000 according to OMREB (the Oakville Milton Real Estate Board). Based on the average selling price we have tailored our tips to the expectations, guidelines and common features found in a million dollar listing in Oakville. Each family will have their own requirements but these are the general guidelines that our Broker of Record has come across in her 17 years of experience as a Real Estate Agent.

Tip Number 1:

Determine your lifestyle requirements before you begin your property search. Knowing if you need to commute to Toronto frequently on the GO Train, or what school you will be sending your children to will impact where you will be looking.

Tip Number 2:

Choose a style of home and property that appeals to you and your family. Consider factors such; as fronting onto the main thoroughfare or nestled into a quiet cul de sac? A large backyard or ravine backing? Full privacy? Located within a planned community or a custom home neighborhood? Heritage home or new build?

Tip Number 3:

Consider the interior layout of the home. How many en-suite bathrooms are required, is a large media room important or would you prefer an in-home theatre? How many bedrooms? One kitchen or two? Is the home orientation important?

Tip Number 4:

Would in-home amenities be important to your family? A Home Theatre for family movie nights? A swimming pool for the kids? A fenced backyard if you have pets? A finished basement with room for having friends over? A home office for managing your family’s finances.

Tip Number 5:

How would you see your family using the backyard? Is your husband the king of the grill and wants an outdoor barbecue area? Is a big backyard appealing or would you rather not worry about the grass? Do you need room for a patio set and some sun loungers? Is an outdoor kitchen something your family would enjoy?

Tip Number 6:

What size garage fits your family’s lifestyle? Do you need storage space for your ski/snowboard equipment? Space to air out the hockey equipment so it’s not in the house? How many cars does your family own and do you want to keep them all in the garage? Do you want to keep your gardening equipment in the garage or will you have a separate garden shed? The same can be asked for pool equipment, do you plan to keep it in your garage or a pool house?

Tip Number 7:

Is there sufficient storage to fit your family’s lifestyle. Do you collect wine? If so having a wine cellar or room to build a wine cellar is an important consideration. Is there a place to keep your Christmas decorations? Will your luggage have a home? Is there enough closet space for all your coats? How about your guest’s coats?

Tip Number 8:

Would you need to renovate the house? If so, what would need renovations? Perhaps the kitchen isn’t to your liking, or you need to install custom built-in closets? Do the bathrooms need an update? Bear in mind these renovations would add to your cost and it’s important to identify them at the outset so you have a clear picture of how much capital you will be investing into your home.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s the end of 2019, with the year ending and a new decade approaching it’s time to take a look back at the highs and lows of the year so we can reflect and grow.

We wanted to take today to share some of our resolutions for the year ahead and thank you all for just over 1 year of WestEnd Realty!



What’s Happening in Toronto: December Weekend 4

Friday December 20th

12 Beers of the Holidays @ Gladstone Hotel 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Addams Family Christmas Bazar @ See Scape 2pm – 9pm

Bentway Skate Trail Opening @ The Bentway 12pm – 9pm

Loud Luxury @ Rebel 10pm – 3am

Saturday December 21st

DJ Skate Night @ Natrel Rink 8pm – 11pm

Kensington Market Winter Solstice @ Kensington Market 6:30pm – 10pm

Sunday December 22nd

The Nutcracker @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 11:30am – 1:55pm


What’s Happening in Toronto: December Weekend 3

Friday December 13th

Hollerado @ Danforth Music Hall 7pm

Long Winter @ Habourfront Centre 7pm – 2am

Lumina @ Toronto Zoo 6:30pm – has 8:45pm

Star Wars Pop-up Toronto @ 277 Queen Street West 1pm – 7pm

Breakfast with Santa @ Pusateri’s 6am – 12pm

Saturday December 14th

Cheeky Santa Speedo Run @ Hemmingway’s 12pm

The Queen V Collective – Holiday Market @ MAKE GOOD Studios coworking space 12pm – 8pm

Toronto Vegan Christmas Market @ Ontario Heritage Centre 11am – 5pm

6th Annual Lesliville Christmas Pop-Up Market @ 240 Logan Ave 10am – 5pm

Sunday December 15th

December Pug Grumble @ Trinity Bellwoods 2pm – 4pm

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea Market – Holiday 2019 @ The Great Hall 10am – 5pm

A Chorus Christmas: Celestial Celebrations @ Roy Thomson Hall 2pm – 4pm

Toronto Philharmonic Christmas Concert @ Columbus Centre 3pm – 5pm

Holiday Brunch @ Biff’s Bistro 10am – 3pm

Magic Brunch @ Luma 11am – 3pm


What’s Happening in Toronto: December Weekend 2

Friday December 6th

2019 JAYU Human Rights Film Festival @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Union Beats on Ice @ Union Station 5pm – 9pm

Christmas Exhibition @ Botte Gallery 1pm – 7pm

Detoxifying Through the Holidays @ The Orenda Clinic and Apothecary 6:30pm – 8pm

Saturday December 7th

Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical @ St. Lawrence Centre for Performing Arts 5pm- 8pm

Fan Expo Holiday Market @ The Metro Toronto Convention Centre 11am – 5pm

Holiday Fair in the Square @ Nathan Phillips Square 12pm – 7pm

Krampus Ball @ The Opera House 9pm – 2:30am

Brows and Bubbly @ Tina Davis Studio 1pm – 3pm

Sunday December 8th

The Annex x Citizens Collective Holiday Market @ The Annex Hotel 11am – 5pm

Holiday Brunch @ Auberge du Pommier 11:45 – 2:45pm