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The downtown core of Toronto contains two distinctive districts. The Downtown Toronto area contains massive skyscrapers, modern buildings, and a huge underground shopping district. It features Harbourfront, the Eaton Centre, City Hall, and the Entertainment district. There are a large number of comdominiums, but virtually no houses and few rental buildings. In contrast, the Old Town Toronto area has thousands of historic buildings that were constructed during the 19th century, including the St Lawrence Market, which has been in continuous operation for more than 200 years. Victorian homes stand beside modern condominiums and rental buildings. The Sony Centre, FlatIron Building, and St James Cathedral are all part of Old Town.

Throughout both of these areas are an enormous variety of restaurants, stores, and services. Each area is unique, and many communities have formed into distinct neighbourhoods and environments. Walk around the streets and step into the businesses to view their information, book a reservation, read their dining menus, and view their interiors. Use this website to find a rental apartment, look for a new home, get a real estate rep, shop local stores and services, locate fine dining, and find entertainment. It's all available here - for the best in hospitality has been served in Downtown Toronto and Old Town Toronto since 1793 !!


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Just click on the photo below to be placed on the sidewalk at Yonge and King in the heart of Our Town Toronto. Turn left to walk into Old Town. Turn right to walk into Downtown. Or go straight and walk down the famous Yonge Street Strip to Harbourfront. While you walk, click or tap on any Floating Sign you see above you to enter a building or business.
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Maple Leaf Quay

Maple Leaf Quay

Maple Leaf Quay is one of the prime upscale rental complexes in downtown Toronto. Situated right on the lake in the heart of the Harbourfront tourist district, it consists of two modern towers that have floor to ceiling windows in every suite. The views from most of these suites are stunning, with many having an unobstructed view of the lake. If you want a change of view, just head to the roof. There you will find a complete panaroma of the city from the open rooftop, where you can BBQ or soak or up the sun in summer, or peek into the SkyDome during a game. Other amenities include a high tech business centre, guest suites, a full gym with the latest equipment, a beautiful hot tub, party room with bar, and a billiards room. Inside each rental suite is a modern open concept kitchen with ceramic tiled floors, fridge, stove, microwave oven, and your own dishwasher.

For complete information on this complex please view the Mmicrosite® on Toronto Vacancies for 390 Queens Quay.
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The Residences at Pier 27

Located right along the Toronto Waterfront at the foot of Yonge Street, the Residences of Pier 27 will consist of two spectacular all-glass buildings. These two buildings are 14 and 12 storeys respectively, and will be connected by a three storey bridge section on the top levels that will unite the penthouse suites. The amenities at Pier 27 wil include a private dining room with fireplace, theatre for private screenings, fitness room, outdoor swimming pool, indoor lap pool, a concierge, steam room, sauna, and guest suites. Pier 27 is the first condo construction site located in the new East Bayfront community, which runs along Lake Ontario from Yonge Street east to Parliament Street.

For further information on this exciting condominium project that is now under construction, please contact Yvan D'Addario, a real estate sales representative for Royal LePage Your Community Realty. To view many Downtown Toronto Condo reports at once, please review the photos and descriptions found in our Toronto Condo Building Library.
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Goodbye Halogen, Hello CFLs
Many of us back in the 90s jumped on the then-new halogen bandwagon when we purchased a torchiere lamp for our office, den, or dorm room. A torchiere is one of those floor lamps that have a lamp shade that appears to be upside down, because the light is thrown up to the ceiling, where it bounces off the white paint and fills a room with soft, diffused light. Back in the 90s someone invented an inexpensive torchiere that used a 300 watt halogen bulb. The natural white light emitted by the halogen bulb was a real relief from the incandescent bulb, which always shaded to yellow. As a result, millions of these lamps were sold to households throughout North America.

Well, it wasn’t long before people began to realize that there was a downside to 300 watts of pure halogen. At full power, the heat from the bulb was high enough to fry your favorite food. People put their shirt over the lamp and it would catch on fire. Ditto with curtains that got too close to the bulb. Knock the lamp over and you were liable to burn down your house - and some people did. Over time, many municipalities began banning the sale of the 300 watt halogen lamps as a fire hazard; then the price of electricity began to rise, the environmental issues came into play, and in time it made no sense at all to pump 300 watts of power into a floor lamp because for what you got it was a huge waste of power.

Well, happy days are here again. Flash forward to 2012, and today we now have the equivalent of a 300 watt halogen bulb in a new General Electric CFL bulb called the 2D55. The bulbs ship with the torchiere lamps in many circumstances, so you just buy the torchiere, take it home and plug it in. This new lamp is a compact fluorescent, or CFL, that gives 10,000 hours of life – that’s about 7 years of use at 4 hours per day. What’s more, is that unlike most CFLs, this CFL can be used with a dimmer switch, so most new torchieres come with a full range dimmer on the stem of the lamp. Unlike the halogen, this new CFL bulb does not hum when you turn down the dimmer, and the bulb never gets hot enough to set anything on fire.

The new 2D55 bulb is great for the environment and much safer than the halogen it replaces. It can be used with dimmers, timers, and photocells, consumes only 55 watts of power while delivering 270 watts of equivalent incandescent light, produces almost pure white light (3000 kelvins) up to a really high brightness (3900 lumens) and can run for up to 10,000 hours at full power without producing any noise or hum even when its dimmed. I just threw out my last halogen light and couldn’t be happier! Goodbye halogen, hello CFL.

What is really amazing is that in Toronto you can pick up a torchiere lamp with a dimmer switch and GE bulb included for less than $60 (plus tax). A company called Good Earth Lighting produces excellent high quality six foot high lamps that are Energy Star rated, CUL approved, and easy to assemble. You can find them in local lighting stores, or just go to any Toronto Lowes outlet where there are several models to choose from. You will save money on the hydro bill and you will be helping the environment by switching to the new technology. Some things really do get better!

Gary Loftus

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