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Condominiums are on the rise in Oakville

One of Oakville's latest condominium projects

One of Oakville's latest condominium projects

Oakville is enjoying a balanced real estate market so far this year unlike some of our neighbours in Mississauga who are still in the midst of a sellers market with multiple offers still occuring on a regular basis. Historically, Oakville has been a family-friendly community that has carefully balanced growth with maintaining proper infrastructure, green spaces and protection of heritage sites. As a result most residential development tended to focus on detached, semi and townhouse type developments. However of late, condominiums are playing a much bigger role in Oakville’s growth with new developments such as Rain Condos, The Shores & Edgemere Estate beginning to take form.

Condos are more popular in Oakville than ever. With Oakville’s geographical boundaries having stretched out pretty well as far as they can, real estate developers and town planners are looking for innovative ways to find more space to accomodate growth.

Some of the most popular condos in Oakville if you are looking to downsize or are looking for a more convenient, maintenance-free lifestyle are;

1. Emporium Condominiums – New condos in north Oakville’s Joshua Creek

2. The Granary Condos – 100 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

3. Ennisclare 1 Condos – 2175 & 2185 Marine Drive, Oakville

4. One Eleven Forsythe – 111 Forsythe St, Oakville | Luxury Downtown Oakville Condos

5. Edgemere Estate – Oakville Lakefront Luxury Condominium Residences

6. Bronte Harbour Club – 2511 Lakeshore Rd West, Oakville

7. Wyndham Place – New condos coming to downtown Oakville

8. The Shores – New luxury waterfront condos coming to Oakville’s Bronte Harbour

9. Oakridge Heights Condos – 40, 50, 60 Old Mill Road, Oakville

10. Rain Condos – New Condos coming to Oakville’s Kerr Village

Which is your favourite condo development? Do you believe that Oakville should continue to encourage condo construction or does it ruin the quaint, charming character of Canada’s most livable town. I look forward to your thoughts.

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A Flat White at Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville

Flat White with Latte Art

Flat White with Latte Art

 

Have you ever had a “flat white”?

Our first experience was at the newly opened Kerr Street Cafe in  Kerr Village.

Eggs Benedict on Corn Fritter

Eggs Benedict on Corn Fritter

Saturday morning, after showing  a property just up the street, Wayne and I had breakfast at this new eatery which opened in July.  We ordered eggs benedict on corn fritters, with spinach.  It was  delicious AND nutritious, a winning combination in my book!

And of course a flat white.  

A flat white hails from  Australia and New Zealand.  It is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk from the bottom of a pitcher) over a single (30ml) or double shot (60ml) of  espresso.   It is similar to a latte or cafe au lait, with latte art.

Mark, co-owner of Kerr Street Cafe, Oakville

Mark, co-owner of Kerr Street Cafe, Oakville

Brothers Mark and Shawn Waitzer are “Kiwis” from New Zealand, who joined forces with Alex Flye to create this informal cafe serving the public fresh, high quality food in the up and coming trendy area of Kerr Village.  The decor is reminiscent of Greenwhich Village or Soho in New York City, unpretentious and edgy.

You can find this cafe at 298 Kerr Street in Oakville. 

Love the way Kerr Street is evolving, look out for a fabulous new yoga studio “Some Like it Hot” on Kerr.   More on that later…..

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New Restaurant in Downtown Oakville – The Crepe Kitchen

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No Oakville power plant! Victory party at Julia’s in downtown Oakville!

 
 
No Oakville power plant: Mayor Rob Burton, Hilary Shantz, Karen Khoury celebrate.

No Oakville power plant: Mayor Rob Burton, Hilary Shantz, Karen Khoury celebrate.

The mood was JUBILANT as C4CA (Citizens for Clean Air) members and  locals streamed into Julia’s last night!!   

For me it was still sinking in:  How AMAZING a victory this is for Oakville, and for those of us who live in South East Oakville! 

The possiblity of this dangerous and environmentally hazardous 900 megawatt power plant had certainly cast an ominous cloud over the area, and impacted property values. 

Folks, not only is this a victory for Oakville, but for all the GTA, as the Premier has said there will not be a plant of this kind in the GTA area.

Wayne and I chatted with Mayor Rob Burton as we walked into the party together.  Astute legislation on the municipal level by Mr. Burton along with intense and unrelenting lobby efforts by C4CA made all the difference!

This one-year long fight has been like David going up against Goliath.

Having Erin Brokovich come to Oakville last week (read Toronto Star article on her visit), along with the appointment of a full-time executive director, showed that Oakville residents were redoubling their efforts, AND NOT BACKING DOWN!

No Oakville power plant! Wendy Burton (wife of Mayor) Wayne Shantz

No Oakville power plant! Wendy Burton (wife of Mayor) Wayne Shantz

A huge big thank you to all those who gave time and resources to this fight. 

Karen Khoury, Brenda Potter-Phelan, Nancy Robertson:  as busy professionals and mothers, you sacrificed a great deal of personal time.   We appreciate your hard work.

Rob Burton, thanks for your excellent leadership in fighting this. 

My question is :  When they make a movie about this, who will play the key roles? :)

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New restaurant in downtown Oakville: The Crepe Kitchen

Ana Maria Siles makes scrumptious crepes in downtown Oakville

Since the closing of Cafe Los Libros, my husband Wayne and I have been looking for a good breakfast spot in downtown Oakville.

We were glad to find out about The Crepe Kitchen, which had its official opening a couple of months ago. 

I met Eduardo Siles, the owner, a couple of years ago at an Oakville networking event.   Now he and his wife Ana Maria, a chef, have opened this new eatery in Oakville.

The Siles moved from their native Peru six years ago.  The open concept creperie has an old-fashioned open kitchen, and Ana Maria’s sense of style shows in the rustic country decor with Peruvian touches.   “No two pieces of furniture are the same” says the owner.  It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

We’ve sampled the Popeye, Simple and Good, and Mediterranean savoury crepes, so far…all good.  Homemade soups, desserts and salads also on the menu.  I like the French-press brewed coffee served in Bodum individual pots.

Already they seem to be doing a brisk business.  Check out menu and website.  The Crepe Kitchen is located at 88 Dunn Street, just south of Lakeshore in downtown Oakville.

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Need a Family Photograph? New Studio Opens in Downtown Oakville

Heather- PortraitI was sorry to miss the grand opening party, but went by yesterday to see the new photo studio of my friend and neighbour Heather Hogan. 

Nicely renovated and painted in fresh modern colours, with Heather’s beautiful photos of children and families adorning the walls, the studio reflects this Oakville photographer’s fresh, crisp approach to her craft. 

Heather is a talented  photographer and celebrating her sixth year in business by opening her new studio.

You can find her at 115A George Street above the UPS store, or at www.heatherhoganphotograhy.com.

FOR A FRESH APPROACH TO REAL ESTATE, CALL HILARY AT 905–599–3311.

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Moving to Oakville? Compelling Reason #4 – Live, Work, Play in the Community

Oakville yacht club present dayMy husband and I both are fortunate to live and work in Oakville.  Oakville  provides the opportunity for many residents to live, work and play in the community.

Did you know that more than 400 companies have located either their national or international headquarters here in Oakville?

Why are employers attracted to Oakville?  The average household income, was recently estimated at $97,550, about $18,000 higher than the average Greater Toronto Area figures.

Further, Oakville’s workforce is highly educated, more than 40 per cent of residents have a university education.

The benefits of all this economic investment to our local community are seen in everything from employment to public works and services. Since businesses pay double the tax rate or residential property owners, and use fewer sevices, a healthy commercial landscape benefits the town’s economic wealth.

You may have read in earlier posts that 250 acres of land in North Oakville (North of Dundas) are slated to welcome 55,000 new residents and provide some 35,000 jobs, primarily knowledge-based, as new pedestrian-friendly communities are built over the next ten years.

Here are a few of the corporations that provide employment in Oakville:

Ford Motor Company Ltd. – More than 50 years in Oakville, world’s second largest automaker and largest producer of trucks.

General Electric Canada Inc. – One of Canada’s largest technical, service and manufacturing companies.

Mattamy Homes – Mattamy Homes is headquartered in Oakvlle. Mattamy has created more than 80 communities across the Greater Toronto Area and is premiere homebuilder in Canada.Matammy logo in Burlington

MOEN – A quality provider of faucets and fixtures, a number one brand in the minds of consumers, Canadian head office in Oakville. in Oakville.Moen_Logo

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A Little Oakville (Ontario) History Lesson: Understanding Our Roots as a Community

Respecting the Past, Celebrating the Present , Embracing the Future is the Town of Oakville’s motto.

John A. MacDonald bookMy husband Wayne (history major) is currently reading a book entitled John A., the Man who Made Us.  It is a new book about Canada’s first prime minister, by Richard Gwyn, author of The Northern Magus. 

Wayne has been feeding me tidbits of Ontario history such as:

Did you know that in 1820 the population of the entire province of Ontario was 200,000 people? In a few years the Town of Oakville will surpass that in number!

All this talk of Ontario history this week inspired me to write something on how the Town of Oakville evolved. 

Mississauga Indians

Oakville was originally the home territory of the Mississauga Indian tribe who were hunters and fishers.  The Mississauga sold their land to the Crown in 1805 but retained lands at the mouth of the three major rivers emptying into the lake – the Credit RiverSixteen Mile Creek, and Twelve Mile Creek (now called Bronte Creek).

Oakville early settler's homeEarly Settlers Had Hard Life

As in other parts of Ontario, the New Territory was surveyed into lots.  Lines and Concessions created blocks of 1000 acres each, which divided into five settler lots each of 200 acres.  To acquire title to a piece of land the settler was required to clear and fence at least five acres, build a house about 16 by 20 feet, and also clear the road adjacent to his land; it was hard and laborious work as the area was densely wooded!

Willliam Chisholm Purchased Land

Land with waterways was always in demand, for drinking, fish, and for water power to drive grist mills and sawmills.  By 1820, the Mississauga Indians decided to sell their reserved land at the mouth of the Twelve and Sixteen Mile Creeks. The thousand acres at the mouth of the Sixteen were bought by William Chisholm, a successful businessman and politician, for the sum of $4,116!  It was Chisholm’s vision that a town and harbour at the Sixteen would be a center through which goods could flow and grain be exported from farm lands to the north.  

Oakville Harbour

The mouth of the Sixteen was protected by piers and the harbour dredged; a shipbuilding yard was set up (at the north end of Navy Street); further up, the Sixteen was damned for water power and a grist mill/sawmill was built; and the village was surveyed into streets and building lots for tradesmen, mariners and workmen.

What we now know as Oakville Harbor was built with private funds, and for this William Chisholm was authorized to levy duties and tolls on goods arriving and leaving.

Timber, Wheat, and Barrels

The first “crop” produced from the forests was timber, particularly for making barrels.  Staves were produced from the White Oaks of the forest.  Heavier timbers were used for home building and ship building, and exported.

As settlement developed, wheat became the important export, and wheat rolled down the new ‘plank road”,the Seventh Line, (now Trafalgar Road), for shipping from the harbour. 

First Mayor and Strawberries

Lots of strawberries were grown in Oakville OntarioThe village prospered, and in 1857 it was designated a Town (municipality).  Its first Mayor was George King Chisholm, eldest son of Oakville’s founder William Chisholm, who had died in 1842.

When a number of economic factors resulted in a glut of grain and a depletion of oak trees, farmers in the town also turned to fruit production, with strawberries a principal crop.  Strawberries were introduced by John Cross at his farm located where Cross Avenue now stands.  Oakville became known as the strawberry capital of the Canadas.  (For more on how Oakville’s founding fathers provided  names for Oakville streets click here.)  Besides strawberries, other fruit orchards produced apples, pears, and plums.

Summer Visitors from Toronto, Large Estates Built Along the Lakeshore 

Because of its attractive location, style, and pleasant summer weather, Oakville became the destination of summer visitors, for the most part from Toronto, many arriving by steamship.  One of these, the “White Star,” would bring up to 3000 visitors on a single day, giving the Townsfolk opportunities to sell teas, and to provide overnight accommodation.  It became fashionable to “summer in beautiful Oakville”. Soon the lakefront bristled with a few large estates on the lake and more modest cottages, walking distance to the lake.

Early in the 20th century, wealthy city gentlemen, who could commute to their city employment by train, developed the Lakeshore through the construction of more permanent homes, often with large grounds or estates. 

Cars, Paved Highways and Ford Motor Company

old ford carThe automobile reached Oakville for the first time in 1909 but could not be used for commuting until 1916 when Lakeshore Road between Toronto and Hamilton was paved – with cement – for the first time.  But it was not until the Queen Elizabeth Way was opened in 1939 that “easy” commuting became possible; both ways; into Oakville from the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, and to the cities from Oakville.

An early consequence of this was the settling in Oakville of car manufacturer, The Ford Motor Company, which contributed a great deal to the economic prosperity of the Town. 

Incorporating Neighboring Villages

Oakville continued to grow from a sleepy Town to the large municipality it now encompasses, incorporating neighbouring villages, Bronte, Postville, Palermo, Proudfoot’s Hollow, Merton and Sheridan.

That’s enough history for today!  More History of Oakville in further posts.

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Landmark Oakville Historic Home for Sale

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Landmark Oakville Historic Home for Sale

Exceptional Restored Georgian.  Asking Price $2,695,000.  Ideal for Growing Family or Bed and Breakfast

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Like Being in a Trisha Romance Painting

This home has a wonderful sense of time and place.  ”I feel like I just stepped into a Trisha Romance painting” I tell Francine as she pours me a cup of tea in her sunny kitchen.  The house reflects the owner, who is gracious, warm and passionate about history.

“My husband and I love old houses. We fell in love with this one” says Francine Landry.  ”We loved raising our kids here and entertaining all our family and friends.  Now that the kids are grown, it’s time to pass it on so another family can enjoy it.” 

Francine and her husband undertook a faithful restoration, with uncompromising historical integrity.  They were careful to retain the classic Georgian look and feel, but incorporated new mechanicals, new bathrooms and a modern kitchen, family room and mudroom. 

Oakville Resident Francine LandryUnderstated Elegance, Yet Casual and Comfortable

The house has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, four fireplaces.  I love the layout.  Large well proportioned rooms and an open kitchen with breakfast bar, eat-in area with expansive windows and a “keeping room” with fireplace, create “the great room effect” popular with families today.  The 5400 square feet includes an in-law suite on the third floor. 

Unparalleled Location, Walk to Downtown, the Lake and Oakville Marina

Where else but Oakville can you be in the heart of the downtown core and still enjoy leafy neighborhoods and spectacular lakeviews from your balcony?  

Lakeside Park is only a few feet away.  The shops, boutiques and restaurants of Downtown Oakville, the Oakville Club and the Oakville Marina just a stone’s throw.

Ever Wanted to Have a Parterrre Garden?

This home boasts the finest formal gardens.  Thoughtful planning by renowned landscape architect

oakville Historic property grounds of Glenorchy

Christopher Campbell has created privacy and garden rooms separated by stunning shrubs, mature trees, arbors and trellises.  Several stone walkways and terraces enhance the natural landscape.

A Landmark Home in Old Oakville

Here`s a little bit of Oakville history for you. 

The original home was built in 1839.   In preparation for his marriage to Mary Jane Chisholm, daughter of William Chisholm (founding father of Oakville), Peter MacDougald purchased the original house and two adjoining lots in 1854. 

He named it “Glenorchy” (his parents were Scottish immigrants) and he and Mary raised three children there.

MacDougald later became Mayor of Oakville.  I did a little research into the life and times of Peter MacDougald.  One source said “During his tenure of nine years as Mayor, the Citizen’s Band gave concerts on many occasions on the lawns of Glenorchy to which the townspeople were invited.”

PB080011I can hear the lilting sound of bagpipes somewhere off in the distance, as I finish my “spot of tea”. 

(Did you know I was born in Edinburgh and lived there as a child?)

A few more photos of the living room, formal dining room, great room, original Mayor’s office, garden, renovated bathroom and master bedroom, with original coal-burning fireplace.

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Want to find out more?  There is so much more to say about this home.

Call me, I would be happy to send you more photos or show it to you in person.

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Moving to Oakville? Compelling Reason #2 – Charm of Oakville Downtown Area

 

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This is one of my favorite photos of the main street in Downtown Oakville.  Reminiscent of the colors of Provence, it was taken by my photographer friend Ashley.

  

The Town of Oakville was founded in 1827.  Residents take pride in preserving Oakville’s history and traditions:  Heritage Buildings, Heritage Walkng Trails, Heritage Tours.  Stroll along the Town’s downtown streets and you will see a mix of converted 19th century buildings which accommodate over 400 fine shops and restaurants with a variety of cuisines to suit every palate. 

 

Oakville is proud of its British heritage.   You’ll see a lot of fish and chip shops, English pubs and hear a few British accents as you wander through town.

 

Our family enjoys having Saturday morning brunch at Cafe de los Libros followed by browsing through the adjoining bookstore.

 

Throughout the year there are many festivals, such as the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival in August. Our whole family enjoys this annual event, eating BBQ ribs from the Butchery, having an ice cream cone from Circus and sitting in the Town  square on a folding chair listening to live music. 

 

Royal LePage participates each year in the annual Santa Claus Parade, which is a fun way to celebrate the yuletide season. My colleagues and I are usually in the parade handing out candy canes. 

  

Like what you hear and see so far?  How about giving me a call to give you a real live tour of Oakville neighbourhoods and perhaps see a few Oakville homes for sale?

 

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