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Rolling With The Reids; A visit to their Tiny Home

Jul 11, 2019
The tiny house movement has taken a firm hold in recent years as people seek to simplify their lives, reduce costs, reduce their ecological footprint and find new lifestyles that may offer more freedom. Here in the Collingwood area, we are often aske ...
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Some Houses May Be TOO Nice

Aug 22, 2018
The other day, I was showing some really gorgeous homes in Collingwood and Blue Mountain the $1.5 million to $3 million dollar range and it hit me – birds of a feather really do flock together.  Except when they don’t. The most stunning home I showed ...
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Do You Own an Historically Significant or Older Home in Collingwood?

Feb 25, 2018
Are you one of the folks who’ve purchased a charming older home in Collingwood this year or do you hope to in the future? If so, you may not be aware of some of the programs and benefits available to you. It’s Heritage Week in Ontario.  It’s a time t ...
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Collingwood Heritage Walk

Oct 03, 2017
Collingwood has had a colourful history shaped by the railways, shipbuilding and agriculture.  More than 50 different buildings in and around downtown Collingwood capture many of the historical highlights defined by the many intriguing characters who ...
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New Affordable Housing Units in Collingwood

May 10, 2017
When you see something every day in the landscape, you don’t even notice it anymore until something changes. This happened at the corner of High and Second Streets, opposite the Metro store.  All of a sudden, people are asking what’s going on with th ...
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2017 Home Design Trends

Jan 19, 2017
According to INMAN – one of the Real Estate Industry’s leading source of real estate information, the following are the home design trends of 2017 to watch for: KITCHENS: Traditional Kitchens, but with a twist: built-in bars, contrasting islands, col ...
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My Visit To An Off-The-Grid, Straw Bale Home – Part 2

Mar 13, 2014
This post is part 2 in a series.  Read Part 1 here  which describes the site and construction of the property I visited. I asked the owners how life is different from living in a conventionally built, on-grid home and one thing in particular that str ...
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The Collingwood Federal Building

May 10, 2012
This remarkable marble building in downtown Collingwood was built between 1913 and 1915 at a cost of $140,000.  The architect was Philip C. Palin and it was reportedly modeled after the Government House in Havana, Cuba paying tribute to the Greek Tem ...
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Will Admiral Collingwood Place Be An Icon or A Monster?

Nov 27, 2011
Emotions are running high in Collingwood, AGAIN, in regard to the Admiral Collingwood Place development slated for the corner of Hurontario and St. Marie Streets in the downtown core.  The site is located at the southern gateway into the Heritage Con ...
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From Fixer Upper to Dream Home

Aug 25, 2011
There is a new show airing this fall on W Network that I can’t wait to see. For the real estate and renovation junkies out there, we already have Colin, Justin, Sara and Candace.  Now comes Sibling Rivalry, a new show featuring twin brother and siste ...
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10 Free Planning Tools for Your Home

Mar 17, 2011
When people look at potential homes to buy, they often stand for some time trying to envision how their furniture may fit into the space.  After making a home purchase, I find that almost everyone begins the process of dreaming what their new-to-them ...
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