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173 Willis Drive
A Note from the Owners: 173 Willis Drive

173 Willis Drive is for Sale in Aurora

173 Willis Drive in Aurora is one of the most sought after streets.The homes are beautiful, the neighbourhood is safe, and its close to some great schools. Here are the basics about this great piece of real estate:

Bedrooms: 4+1

Washrooms: 4

Price: $1,588,000

173 Willis Drive won’t last too long on the market given the demand for homes like this. You’ll need to move quickly if its of interest to you.

 

However, hearing from us may not be as appealing as hearing directly from the current owners of 173 Willis Drive. Here’s our brief interview with the owners.

Why did you buy this home?

We liked the area, the neighbourhood schools and a great place to raise a family.

What will you miss the most?

My garden, the light that fills the entire house at any given time of the day.

What are the Top 3 Benefits of living in your neighbourhood?

Safe neighbourhood, with a great selection of schools and great neighbours.

What would you like to say to whoever buys your home?

I hope you enjoy this house for as long as we have or even longer.

 

 

Would you like more information about 173 Willis Drive or to book a showing? You can reach out to us directly at either info@northofthecityhomes.com or 905.841.6300.

 

Happy House Hunting!

257 Warner Crescent
A Note from the Owners: 257 Warner Crescent

For Sale in Newmarket: 257 Warner Crescent

257 Warner Crescent in Newmarket is a well cared for home that is just waiting for the right family. It’s been lovingly maintained by the same family for over 20 years. Now its time for the next owners to make their own story here.

Bedrooms: 3

Washrooms: 3

Asking Price: $768,888

You can read all about a home you want but sometimes its nice to hear directly from the current owners themselves. They are the ones living there and especially when its been the same family for 20 years its great to hear directly. So without further ado, here are some questions we’ve asked them so you can see why they loved the it so much!

 

Why did you buy this home?

We liked the location, interior design and the builders reputation.

What will you miss the most?

All the upgrades we put into the house and that fact that it was our first house.

What are the Top 3 Benefits of living in your neighbourhood?

Proximity to essential services such as doctors, hospitals, grocery stores and Toronto. It is situated in a quiet friendly neighbourhood that has matured nicely. Newmarket is a growing vibrant community!

What would you like to say to whoever buys this home?

We brought up our family in this house, it has been our home for the past 20 plus years…we love it and hope that you will love it the way we have.

 

If you’d like to book a showing or request more information about 257 Warner Crescent here in Newmarket then you can reach out to us directly at info@northofthecityhomes.com or contact Barb Blaser directly by calling/texting 905.841.6300.

The Top 5 Golf Courses in Aurora

The Top 5 Golf Courses in Aurora

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For many people, hitting the greens for a few rounds of golf during the weekend is the perfect way to relax. Whether you are a golf enthusiast or a casual player of the sport, you’ll be glad to know that there are many excellent golf courses in the Aurora area. The following are five of the most popular golf courses in Aurora that you should be sure to check out:

  1. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club. The St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club strikes a great balance between challenging and fun. This means that playing here is a great way to enjoy yourself while still improving your skills. You’ll also be treated with a magnificent view, compliments of the 200 acres boasting bent grass fairways and USGA spec greens. This makes it one of the most regarded golf courses in the country. The club also provides beginner lessons as well as leagues for more experienced players.
  2. Beacon Hall. Beacon Hall is an incredibly scenic and exclusive golf club. Although the course is designed to be enjoyed by every level of player, membership is limited. . Golf Digest ranked Beacon Hall as one of the best golf clubs in the world outside the USA. It is the third best course built after 1960 in Canada by U.S. Magazine Golfweek.
  3. Magna Golf Club. In addition to its impeccably cared for course, the Magna Golf Club is also known for its social membership. This means that in addition to enjoying the 7,300 yard course that was named Canada’s Best New Golf Course in 2001, you could also take part in various social events throughout the year.
  4. Lebovic Golf Club. The breathtaking course at the Lebovic Golf Club features 150 acres of rolling hills. Golf Digest ranked Lebovic the third best new golf course in 2016.
  5. Cardinal Golf Club. Technically, the Cardinal Golf Club is located in King City; however it is a short and easy commute. What makes the Cardinal Golf Club such a popular golfing destination is that it offers four different courses, each offering a different degree of skill. This means you’ll be able to play 18 holes whether you’re an expert or beginner player. Cardinal Golf Club also boasts a double-ended driving range and an 18-hole mini-putt course.

 

Although there are many golf courses located in the Aurora area, these are five of the most popular.

 

The Benefits of Moving North of the City

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The Benefits of Moving North of the City

If you’re looking for a new place to move to, you may want to consider heading north of Toronto. Toronto has a lot to offer in term of arts, culture, amenities and opportunities, as most large cities do. However, there are distinct advantages to moving to a smaller community, such as Barrie or Aurora. The following are a few of the benefits of moving north of the city that you can enjoy:

  1. A more affordable cost of living. Toronto boasts plenty of entertainment and job opportunities. Keep in mind though that all comes with a high cost of living. It’s much easier to invest in a home in a smaller community like Barrie or Aurora than it is to do in Toronto. In fact, for many residents of Toronto, renting is the only option, which can still be expensive.
  1. A more family-friendly environment. The lower cost of living makes it much easier to raise a family. Also the environment of a smaller city tends to be much more family-friendly. There are lower crime rates, making it an ideal environment to raise your children in.
  1. Less traffic jams. You can expect to spend a large amount of your time stuck in traffic in a large city due to population density. This is not something that’s unique to Toronto – all big cities deal with bad traffic. This is generally not as big of a problem in smaller cities where roads are not as congested.
  1. More exposure to nature. While Toronto boasts a beautiful waterfront, it is still somewhat of a concrete jungle. The suburbs offer easier access to natural surroundings, like parks and forests.
  1. Stronger community bond. People living in the city often go years without saying a word to their neighbours. In some cases, this is because there is a high turnover rate for apartments when compared to homes. In other cases, it’s because people in the city are often caught up in the hustle and bustle. Small town life allows you to take your foot off the pedal and gives you a chance to get to know the people around you.

 

These are just some of the reasons why you might want to consider moving north of the city. Many communities north of the city offer plenty of amenities and interesting things to do.

 

7 Entertainment Hot Spots in Aurora

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The town of Aurora, Ontario has a lot going for it, especially when it comes to entertainment. If you’re new to Aurora and are looking for things to do, check out the following 7 entertainment hot spots.

  1. Shoeless Joe’s. Whether you’re a Maple Leafs or a Toronto Raptors fan, there’s no better place to catch the game than at Shoeless Joe’s. The most popular sports bar and grill in Aurora! In addition to enjoying some great food and beverages you can also showcase your skills on their pool tables.
  2. Ah Shucks Seafood Bar & Bistro. If you want to dance the night away, then Ah Shucks is the premier place to be in Aurora. They hold special events throughout the week, and host some of the best live music acts in the area.
  3. The Aurora Cultural Centre. The Aurora Cultural Centre plays host to all kinds of concerts, event, and workshops. The centre also showcases a wide variety of artwork in a regular series of exhibitions.
  4. The Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas. Residents come here regularly to see Hollywood blockbusters as well as independent features. It’s large and comfortable theatres offer optimal viewing for the latest movies.
  5. Marquee Theatrical Productions. If you enjoy the visual arts, then you might want to catch a performance at the Marquee Theatrical Productions. The community theater has put on all kinds of productions since it was established back in 2013. Past productions have included The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, The Music Man and Oklahoma! To name a few.
  6. The Aurora Farmer’s Market. The Aurora Farmer’s Market runs from May 1st all the way through October 8th every Saturday. It’s a great way to mingle with the community and pick up fresh produce and artisanal foods.
  7. Concerts and Movies in the Park. Aurora holds two different series every summer – Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Park. Both are fantastic ways to enjoy live music or movies with the community. Movies in the Park will be held at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex on the jumbo screen, making the final of 7 entertainment hot spots in Aurora.

If you’re new to Aurora, you will quickly learn there are plenty of things around town to keep you entertained. These are just seven entertainment hot spots that local residents regularly enjoy.

 

Schools in Aurora – The Beginner’s Guide

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What is the purpose of this guide?

A beginner’s guide to schools in Aurora or your area is a fantastic tool as it is an important factor for families to consider when moving to a new home. They neighbourhood’s safety is a wise thing to consider, and the convenience of its locations.  Also, it helps to look into whether the schools in the area are well regarded.  Options for schools in Aurora are particularly important to anyone with children. Fortunately, if you’re thinking about investing in a new home in the Aurora area, you’ll have access to a number of great schools. The following is a brief beginner’s guide to the schools in Aurora, Ontario:

 

Hartman Public School

Hartman Public School is a K-6 elementary school that has received impressive scores by the Fraser Institute (FI). As of last year, the Hartman Public School has a 7.9 out of 10 FI rating with an overall ranking of 309 out of 2,900.

 

Wellington Public School

The Wellington Public School serves students through grade 6. The school ranked very similarly to the Hartman Public School and so earning an 8.0 FI rating, while ranking 269 out of 2,900.

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School

The Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School, which focuses on “knowledge, peace and excellence,” serves grades JK-8 and has an enrollment of 376 students. Of the schools in Aurora, it boasts of very strong FI scores with an FI rating of 7.6 and a ranking of 460 out of 2,900.

 

Aurora Heights Public School

Aurora Heights Public School serves grades JK-8 and has an enrollment of 386 students. The school has scored well with FI as evidenced by their 7.2 FI rating and their ranking of 713 out of 2,900.

 

Aurora Montessori School

The Aurora Montessori School was first established back in 1989. The school focuses on not just education but also on helping students develop a “sense of self.” The school serves children aged 18 months through grade 8.

 

Aurora Grove Public School

The Aurora Grove Public School serves grades JK-8 and has an enrollment of 423 students. The school was recently ranked number 985 out of 2,900 and earned an FI rating of 6.8.

 

Devins Drive Public School

The Devins Drive Public School is a JK-8 grade school that serves 326 students. They received an FI rating of 5 and a ranking of 2,155 out of 2,900.

 

St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School

The St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 21st, 2017. The school serves grades JK-8 and has an enrollment of 277 students and boasts an FI rating of 9.8

 

St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School

St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School serves grades K-8 and has a student enrollment of 640. The school has a 5.8 FI rating and was most recently ranked 1,887 out of 2,990.

 

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School

The Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School focuses on both educating its students as well as building a school community. They currently have an FI rating of 6.6 and a ranking of 1,123 out of 2,900.

 

Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School

The Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School opened back in 1888 and was renamed in 1961 in honor of Dr. David Garnet Wolsley Williams, a former trustee and local medical doctor at that time. Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School has a very respectable FI score of 7.6 with an overall ranking of 118 out of 740.

 

Aurora High School

Aurora High School is known for the strength of its French immersion program. It functions as a feeder school for many of the French immersion public schools in Aurora and boasts a very high 8.3 FI rating and overall ranking of 42 out of 740.

 

Cardinal Carter Catholic High School

The Cardinal Carter Catholic High School was founded back in 1989. It has a number of elementary feeder schools in Aurora, including St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School. The school received an FI rating of 7.2 and ranked 187th out of 740.

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School serves students from grades 9-12 and has an enrollment of 865 students, as well as boasts a solid 7.1 FI rating and was ranked 201 out of 740.

 

Researching all the schools in Aurora is wise before deciding to move to a certain neighbourhood, and luckily, Aurora offers a wide range of highly regarded schools. Do your homework to make make sure your kids are set for the future!

Exclusively Offered for Sale: 28 Hill Drive, Aurora

This home at 28 Hill Drive is not on MLS/Realtor.ca until March 30th, 2017. We are currently getting professional photos done and they will be ready soon. Until then it is listed exclusively with us here at RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty Ltd., Brokerage.

28 Hill Drive is absolutely gorgeous. It’s been renovated from top to bottom. The only thing that isn’t brand new is the roof which was done just a couple years ago so it didn’t need it!

On the outside of 28 Hill Drive you’ll find a gorgeous wrap around deck with doors leading out to it from multiple locations in the house. There’s pot lights, solid hardwood, and the home has had walls removed to make it more open. If you’re familiar with the original model this home was based off of, this has been upgraded quite a lot. All the work was done with the proper permits as well.

28 Hill Drive in Aurora has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom has a big master walk in closet and the ensuite bathroom has a soaker tub and beautiful shower.

If you want more information or to get photos sent to you when the photographer has finished just click the button below. We’ve included a few photos of the property below in the mean time while we’re getting ready to go on Realtor.ca on Thursday with this property.

 

Bully Offer Defined and What to Do If You Encounter One

 

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The term “bully offer” is not one you want to hear when putting in an offer. When you decide it’s time to sell your house, there’s a process you will be advised to follow. Once listed, a date will be chosen signifying to buyers when you will begin to accept offers. This date is usually seven days from the day on which the house is listed. Yet, there are circumstances in which you might receive a bully offer from a potential buyer.

 

What is a Bully Offer?

A bully offer is another term for a preemptive offer. The potential buyer will submit a bid to their agent. It will then be delivered to the seller before the official bid review date.

There has to be good reason for a potential buyer to submit a bully offer. Their real estate agent won’t waste your time by submitting an early offer that’s low. Nor will your agent take any such bids to you before your review date. A potential buyer that is submitting a bully offer is typically willing to pay above the list price to avoid competition. The offer is usually free of any conditions and will be submitted with a bank draft for deposit.

 

Accepting a Bully Offer

If you agree to look at the bully offer, then your official bid review date is void. Your agent will then be obliged to let all the other agents and buyers know that there is no longer a review date. This will also give other buyers a chance to submit competing bids right away.

To avoid competition, bully offers will generally have a short irrevocable date. This gives you only a short amount of time to make a decision. The buyer will do this to try and prevent competing buyers from getting their bids together.

 

You should always discuss the offer with your real estate agent to make sure you make the right decision.

 

 

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Listed for Sale: 23 Reuben Street in Aurora!

Listed for Sale!

Take a look at our beautiful new listing on 23 Reuben Street here in Aurora!

Nestled on a quiet street in the old Aurora Village surrounded by fine multi-million dollar properties sits this magnificent home that has been beautifully restored to resume its stately position. Extensively updated with today’s luxurious finishes, features that include a spectacular kitchen with a copper antibacterial sink and top-of-the-line Italian Bertazzoni & Fhiaba appliances, English hardwood throughout, state of the art bathrooms finished with marble, and stained glass and stone mosaic tiles.

Price: $1,498,900

For more information about this stunning home, contact us at info@northofthecityhomes.com

 

MLS#: N3733858

 

What’s the difference between a closed vs open mortgage?

If you’re planning on investing in buying a new house in Aurora, then odds are that you’re going to have to apply for a mortgage. There are two main types that you’ll have to choose between – a closed and an open mortgage. The following is a brief rundown of the differences between the two.

Closed


One big advantage of choosing a closed mortgage is that they have lower interest rates. There is a lot less flexibility in how you can pay it off. This is because there are penalties in place in the event that you pay your loan off early. Closed mortgages generally allow for accelerated payments. In some cases, a lender might allow you to pay an annual lump sum or double up on your scheduled mortgage payments.


The fees for paying off your loan before the term ends can be a bit stiff. These fees are known as break fees. They can amount to either the sum of three months of interest or the interest rate differential. If you end up having to sell your home before the loan term ends you could end up with less money because of the break fees.


Open


An open mortgage allows for way more flexibility than a closed. There are no break fees, which mean that you can pay it off in its entirety any time without any penalties. This can be beneficial if you want more freedom or if you plan on moving to a new house within a few years.

Yet, there is a drawback. In return for this flexibility, you will most likely have to pay variable interest rates that can be high. But, an open mortgage does allow you to switch to a regular fixed rate.


Both open mortgages and closed mortgages have their pros and cons. Deciding which is best for you depends on what your personal needs are. If you plan on staying in your new home and want to save money on interest, a closed mortgage may is your best option. If you want the flexibility to pay off your mortgage, an open mortgage may be better suited to your needs