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Did you know this about the Cricket Club area?
Cricket Club encompasses the area between Avenue Road and Yonge Blvd. running south from Wilson to Brooke
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most charming family oriented neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “Cricket Club” stems from The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club which opened in 1925 and has been a neighbourhood landmark ever since.
The original homes in this neighbourhood were built during the 1920’s and were a mix of bungalows, Tudor, cottage-style houses and larger Georgian-style homes with spacious centre hall plans.
So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here. Today, The Cricket Club area is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots.
Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes. There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.
Dining in The Cricket Club area
The area boasts numerous options for casual and fine dining with easy access to both Avenue Road and Yonge. Boutique grocery stores such as Bruno's and Pusateri's as well as Loblaws are minutes away for home dining options, as well.
What about medical care in The Cricket Club area?
The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent. World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.
Are there nice parks in The Cricket Club Area?
Samantha and Cheryl will share with you The area is known for leisurely street walking due to its mature feeling. Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course. The Cricket Club itself still remains a main destination for many families from dining to recreational activities
You like to shop?
The Graff Girls say between the offerings of boutique shops on Avenue Road and Yonge street you are in the know! Yorkdale Shopping Mall Is an easy pop on the 401 and only 5 minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.
If you are looking for expert advice on the purchase or sale of a home in The Cricket Club area, the only realtor team to call is The Graff Girls.
Thinking of buying a home at Bayview and York Mills?
The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.
Did you know this about Bayview and York Mills?
Bayview and York Mills encompasses the area between Yonge Street and Leslie Street, running south from Highway 401 to Lawrence Avenue.
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “York Mills” stems from the former Town of “York” and the many saw “Mills” that operated in this valley from 1804 until 1926.York Mills had a distillery, a tannery ,a blacksmith shop, 3 churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern, built in 1857, which still operates today as The Miller Tavern.
The Graff Girls explain that the transition of York Mills from a rural village to a prosperous neighbourhood started in the 1930's on the hill near St. John's Church and Hedgewood Road area, just south of York Mills Road. The highly respected St. Andrew's College owned the land East of Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue in the early 1920's before moving to Aurora. The property was purchased by St. Andrew's Estates which used the land as a championship golf course until the 1950's.
This neighbourhood really began to take off as a suburb of Toronto in the 1950’s. In 1952, E.P. Taylor, the wealthy business man and horse breeder, owned a large property which is now the Canadian Film Centre.
So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here. Today, York Mills is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots. Many of the original homes built, when the area was first developed after the first World War, were in the Tudor and English Cottage design. Then mid-century, many sprawling split-level and ranch bungalows were built.
Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes with a Classical or Georgian style. The infill housing reflects designs mimicking homes in The Bridle Path, one of Toronto’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, located directly south of York Mills. There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.
Dining in Bayview and York Mills?
As for fine dining, Samantha and Cheryl are very familiar with the exquisite Auberge du Pommier restaurant located on the site of what were originally two woodcutter’s homes from the 1860’s. The area now boasts many other family style and finer restaurants.
How are the schools in Bayview and York Mills?
Feel free to ask Cheryl and Samantha about the local schools. There are several schools, public, secondary, Catholic and private, in the area, including Harrison and Owen Public Schools, St. Andrew’s Junior High, York Mills Collegiate, Loretto Abbey, The Crescent School, The Toronto French School, Bayview Glen and Crestwood School.
What about medical care in Bayview and York Mills?
The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent at North York Hospital, located at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street. World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.
Are there nice parks in Bayview and York Mills?
Samantha and Cheryl will tell you that no area in Toronto has better parks than Bayview and York Mills. The area is known for Edwards Gardens, Wilket Creek and their many walking trails. Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.
You like to shop?
The Graff Girls say that Bayview Village is the most upscale mall in the GTA. Then there’s The Shops of Don Mills and Fairview Mall within minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.
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When working with buyers with children, The Graff Girls know the best school districts for top-rated public schools and nearby private schools.
According to realtor.com, 3 out of 4 home buyers said school boundaries are an important consideration. In fact, buyers agree to give up features just to get into a good school district in the following ways:
1) Number of Bedrooms
2) Updated kitchen
3) Outdoor living space
5) Large backyard
What do buyers claim are the hallmarks of a good school?
2) Accelerated programs
3) Music programs
If you are looking to make a move based on a school district or proximity to a private school,
call The Graff Girls...we have been working with families and placing them within the best school districts since 1995.
For Sale By (Divorcing) Owner: Hiring the right realtor will make a huge difference
Once upon a time, when a couple separated, one spouse kept the home and the other one was bought out. However, in Toronto, rising real estate values have made this practice an impossibility. With the average price of homes in Toronto exceeding $1 million, and with the stringent lending rules in place for mortgage approval, it has become extremely difficult for one spouse to buy the other one out at the time of divorce. As a result, divorce usually triggers the sale of the matrimonial home. This then results in the need to select a realtor to represent both spouses through the sale process.
Just like no two lawyers are the same, likewise, no two realtors are the same. This is especially the case when it comes to divorce. For spouses going through divorce, matters of trust, honesty and cooperation are more challenging then before.
Realtors who assist separating couples with the sale of the matrimonial home must have unique skills to be able to handle the circumstances of sale.
The Graff Girls are an award winning mother/daughter team who have been serving divorcing couples with their real estate needs since 1995. Cheryl and Samantha have established close relationships with some of Toronto's top divorce lawyers, financial planners, therapists and coaches.
Cheryl and Samantha know that the matrimonial home is the family's largest asset and, because of divorce, the spouses are extremely concerned with maximizing their sale price and net profit. More importantly, the spouses require ongoing communications and complete transparency with respect to the sale process. In fact, Samantha and Cheryl have been so successful in establishing their integrity and trustworthiness that their clients have chosen to subsequently retain them to purchase new homes.
The Graff Girls have developed a plan of action for the sale of matrimonial homes during divorce that ensures a speedy sale, maximum sale price, preferred closing dates, least inconvenience to the spouses and the children and, most importantly, the removal of any communications between the spouses with respect to the sale. Cheryl and Samantha regularly report to the spouses’ lawyers, mediator and therapists on the status of the sale, as part of the group of professionals assisting the spouses.
Cheryl and Samantha have impressed hundreds of clients with their expertise, experience and skills. Their reputation has preceded their names. A recent divorcing spouse admitted: "The only thing I think we agreed on was to call you ladies in!"
If you are divorcing, or a professional helping a couple with their divorce, contact THE GRAFF GIRLS for a consultation.
Many people struggle with the decision of whether to buy a condo. The stage of your life has a lot to do with the answer to this question. For those in their 20’s and 30’s, the only property that they can afford to own is a condominium. For empty-nesters, it makes most sense to sell the family home and move to a condo. There are many lifestyle considerations that guide this decision.
The following is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a condo.
Amenities: Condos come with underground parking, concierge service, mail service, pools, exercise rooms, party rooms, libraries, computer rooms, business centres, etc. How nice would it be to have a pool for your friends, kids or grandkids to swim in? How about walking into a warm car in the middle of the winter?
Community: In condo living, you get to know your neighbours. Many condos hold social events, classes, card games and shows where you get to meet your neighbours.
No more maintenance: The days of mowing the lawn, shovelling the driveway or fixing the shingles on your roof are over. This is especially ideal if you travel for business or pleasure. You just lock your door and leave all your worries regarding your property to the condo managers.
Location: Although condos are available everywhere, many people are motivated to purchase condos to move into the city and enjoy city life. Very few people can afford to live at the most prestigious locations such as Avenue Road and St. Clair, Yonge and Bloor, King and Bathurst, or Yorkville. There are fabulous condos throughout the city and new ones under development.
Security: Entry into condos is very secure. Guests need to be authorized to enter. Anyone else is unable to enter without the approval of a condo owner. Almost all condos employ lobby security guards.
Comfort: Young or old, healthy or compromised, condo living is for everybody. Parking is underground. Access to all floors is by elevator. The entire space is on one floor. No more stairs, floors or basements.
Affordability: Condos are available in all sizes, neighbourhoods and levels. There are high-rises and low-rises. There are adults-only condos and family-friendly condos. There are condos that permit pets and those that don’t. There are condos on the subway and condos outside of the city. Maintenance fees vary from building to building depending on the number of units and the amenities offered. Condos usually cost considerably less than a home. Choosing the right condo requires careful investigation and research. That is why most people find the right match by using realtors who are most familiar with the condo, the condo manager and the original condo builder. Realtors like The Graff Girls are extremely knowledgable and familiar with condos in Toronto so that your particular lifestyle and economic needs are met by the right condo.
Condo Fees: All condos levy a monthly charge on its owners for services such as maintenance, services, security, garbage removal and landscaping. Condos with lots of amenities have high condo costs. There can also be special assessment for unforeseen expenses. Condos with many units spread the expenses amongst many owners and can be lower. It is critical to seek advice on the quality and quantity of the particular condo’s services when considering options.
Parking: Parking is generally limited. Normally each owner is granted 1 or 2 parking spots. Although there is guest parking, some condos charge for guest parking and prohibit overnight parking.
Elevator: In some condos, the wait for the elevator can be long and frustrating. Moving furniture or large items can be challenging. The elevator always needs to be reserved in advance.
Less Privacy: In condos, walls, ceilings and floors are all shared with your neighbours. Although most condos are constructed with noise prevention, there are cases where the noise from the neighbour is heard. For some, this could be distracting and frustrating.
Rules & Bylaws: Condos have lots of rules. Condos have rules for guest parking, barbecues, door hangings, balcony use, etc. Most of the rules are created in order to ensure a consistent and uniform appearance, as well as the safety and security of the occupants. But for some, the rules could be annoying.
In conclusion, condo living can be amazing, exciting and comfortable. However, in a city like Toronto, with so many options for condo living, it is critical to be guided and advised by a realtor who has the experience, familiarity and expertise in condominiums. The Graff Girls have represented buyers and sellers of condos for the last 25 years and are able to ensure that you make the right choice, to buy the right condo, in the right place, from the right builder, at the right time.
So, you have decided to sell your home. Now, you have to do your research to hire the best realtor for you. Here are the various ways to find the best realtor:
A word of mouth recommendation for a realtor is the most effective form of referral. This is the case for one main reason. Trust. We trust our family, friends and colleagues more than we trust advertising. They will tell it to us straight. They will tell us if the realtor is an expert, professional, easy to work with and good at what they do.
Realtors specialize. The realtor you hire should demonstrate the areas they specialize in. Specialization is not limited to an area or neighbourhood but also form of housing such as homes, tear-downs, new builds, condominiums, rentals and land development and also in stages of life such as first time buyers, divorcees, empty nesters, downsizing and estate sales. So when searching the web on Google, use key words to help you find the realtor that meets your specific needs. Be aware of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as many businesses, including realtors, will pay large sums for a high ranking for such keyword searches even though they are not truly the right match for you. So be cautious and carefully review the realtor’s credentials, reputation and experience. Scroll past the paid ads through to pages 2,3 and 4 will bring you to the realtors who match your search request based on their genuine qualifications.
WEBSITES & BLOGS
Read the realtor’s website and blog posts. They will provide helpful information about real estate in general, your specific needs and about the credentials and personality of the realtor.
You need to find a realtor who is the RIGHT FIT for you! Meet and interview a few realtors. Ask lots of questions. Go with your gut. The purchase or sale of your home is a critical life decision. Choose smartly.
Cheryl and Samantha Graff have over 50 years of combined experience in real estate sales in Toronto. THE GRAFF GIRLS are Award Winning realtors with Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd, Brokerage.
Divorce raises many emotional, financial, legal and housing questions. At a time of separation, the spouses have many questions swirling around. It is at this very difficult time that homeowners need neutral, objective and expert advice.
Do I stay in our home?
Can I afford to buy out my spouse?
What can I get if I sell?
THE GRAFF GIRLS are real estate experts who have helped hundreds of divorcing couples make the right decisions.
Some of their clients decided to stay put. Samantha and Cheryl have helped them set the buy-out price and helped the other spouse relocate nearby.
Some of their clients decided to sell. In which case, Samantha and Cheryl have helped them maximize their sale price and found them new homes close by.
THE GRAFF GIRLS have a preferred list of professionals that we trust and regularly rely upon for our valued clients. Samantha and Cheryl work closely with other experts such as stagers, mortgage lenders, financial planners, family lawyers, divorce mediators, therapists and movers.
But the most valuable advice that Samantha and Cheryl give their clients is a careful and balanced review of the emotional, lifestyle, financial and legal considerations for each options.
Do I stay in our home?
THE GRAFF GIRLS have advised divorcing spouses for decades and have helped them navigate this change of lifestyle with ease, speed and integrity. The decision to remain or vacate the family home is a heavy question to answer. Cheryl and Samantha will help you consider all of the reasons to stay, and all of the reasons to sell, so that you have carefully considered all your options. Most importantly, Samantha and Cheryl are familiar with the schools, programs and services in the different parts of Toronto to assist you in considering the consequences on the children.
Can I afford to buy out my spouse?
THE GRAFF GIRLS are award winning realtors who have established their reputation at securing sellers the maximum sale price, but also the very best terms of sale (eg. closing date). This is no small matter. Samantha and Cheryl encourage and are happy to introduce you to well respected, experienced financial advisors and/or accountant sto help determine your situation.
What can I get if I sell?
THE GRAFF GIRLS will study the sale prices of all nearby properties sold and then analyze the differences to arrive at the fair market value of your home. They will also help you understand what your net proceeds will be after the sale of the property. That way, you make an educated decision to buyout your spouse.
Before you make any decision regarding the sale of your home, be sure to speak with THE GRAFF GIRLS. Cheryl and Samantha will ensure you consider all your options, and understand the ramifications of each choice. With this information, you are sure to make the right decision that is in your (and your children’s) best interests.
Since 1995, THE GRAFF GIRLS have helped over 1,000 families buy and sell their homes in the GTA. Year after year, they have maintained a high standing across the board of TREB. They were recognized in 2017 as being in the top 1.2% in sales. Source: IMS
The Graff Girls have consistently been Award Winning realtors in Toronto for over 35 years. Their achievements are a reflection of their expertise, diligence, discretion and strong negotiation skills.
Both Cheryl and Samantha are greatly respected by their clients and peers alike, as is evident by their high level of repeat business and ongoing referrals.
The Graff Girls marketing strategy goes beyond the local market of Toronto via online and print advertising through exclusive Harvey Kalles affiliations.
Toronto's real estate market has had some recent interesting comparable statistics between April 2018 and May 2018.
*Sales are up
*Active listings are up
*Average price is up
*Days on market are down
The Graff Girls have well qualified clients to purchase homes in a variety of neighbourhoods. They would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in the strictest of confidence to provide a free market evaluation of your home.
Having grown up in the Bayview and York Mills area, my visits to Bayview Village started over 30 years ago. Hence, I have witnessed quite the transformation of this mall.
One visit that has remained consistent is one to The Village Spa. Having a mother in Real Estate it was important that her nail polish was all on or all off! I think that rule was really made by my father but anyways...it was a learned behaviour for me. Presenting, writing up listing agreements, offers and yes, they were hand written with carbon paper for copies back then! So, your hands were seen! You also met with clients face to face, aka as LIVE at all hours!
The first time I went for a real manicure not a polish change, I was a bit nervous as I was not sure what to expect. I didn't love scissors in other people's hands. I had super long hair always and scissors were not a friend to me. The woman who did my manicure was so nice and complimentary she put me at ease right away. Of course, I got red nail polish which I still wear to this day and felt like a princess!
Just before my bat mitzvah, we went for a blow-dry with no haircut. This was a little new to me and I didn't really get it but I tried. Lots of fussing but I figured it's what women do and for those that don't know a bat mitzvah is a right of passage to womanhood. All the girls at school were going to get their hair done or "oh boy", facials at this stage. For me these facials weren't so much fun as they were necessary at this age but they did help make me feel better about myself and I still do them today to keep everything clean and fresh. Adult breakouts stink!
The Village Spa is celebrating 30 years of business at Bayview Village! I thought it was fitting to write and wish them a very Happy Anniversary! How few relationships last 30 years!
Furthermore, being close to Mother's Day and since I obviously can't give my mom a sammyg gift.... Mother's Day Special Packages are now available and you get an awesome BONUS gift with each package purchased!
Mother's Day is next Sunday May 11th!
Enjoy your time with family! Your mom is always with you even if simply in your heart or memory!