Condo Trends 2011

Here you’ll find an archive of Duncan McAllister’s weekly Condo Trends article. From green roofs to choosing a mortgage broker, designer tips and exclusive interviews with the GTA’s top real estate experts, Condo Trends will keep you entertained and informed. Every Thursday in the Metro Homes section.
(Reprints courtesy of Metro News)


Classic finishes for your condo

Classical decorative finishes to convert
your plain condo walls and ceilings

December 22, 2011

The Toronto Condo Network

Monthly Toronto Condo Network meeting
attracts some of city’s top realtors

December 15, 2011

Investing in Condominiums

Brian Persaud talks condos, his new book
and where the Toronto market is headed

December 8, 2011

A new look to the waterfront

Toronto seems set to grow again
with a proposed 75-storey condo

December 1, 2011

Increase your condo’s value

Make your condo stand out from the pack
with these four easy upgrades

November 24, 2011

Redefining the condo community

Can Toronto create sustainable
mixed-income neighbourhoods?

November 17, 2011

Heritage condo conversions

Toronto’s old buildings get
a second life as condos

November 10, 2011

BuzzBuzzHomes.com innovators

Has become the largest online listing
of new construction across Canada

November 3, 2011

Home is where the show is

The International Home Show has
plenty to offer condo owners

October 27, 2011

Condo maintenance fees

Maintenance fees often start out small;
creep up there fast

October 20, 2011

Rent to own your home

Sick of saving for that massive down payment?
Here’s an option to get you started

October 13, 2011

How tall a condo?

Space for new buildings in Toronto a tall order;
Architect Richard Wit talks height, art exhibit

October 6, 2011

King St. designers’ mall

Owners, developers, agents flocking
to Toronto’s King West ‘Soho’ of design

September 29, 2011

The prefab stone age

Toronto’s condominiums go back to
the future with precast concrete

September 22, 2011

New Yorkville era

Neighbourhood that has long been loved
by visiting celebs to get new look

September 15, 2011

A vertical city

New condo developments are melding
existing culture with a new community

September 8, 2011

Bedroom furnishings guide

Fitting a big bed into a small space
doesn’t have to be a nightmare

September 1, 2011

Financing your new home

Credit utilization has an effect on your
credit score; tips from the experts

August 25, 2011

Where ancient meets modern

Historic condos are springing up on top
of Toronto’s older buildings

August 11, 2011

Computers in the condo age

Innovative website offers one-stop shopping
for prospective home buyers

August 4, 2011

Toronto’s new waterfront gem

Mimico on the Lake is an old neighbourhood
about to be reborn

July 28, 2011

Toronto’s green condo retrofit

More condominiums are taking advantage
of renewable energy sources

July 21, 2011

Toronto’s green condo roofs

If applied all over Toronto, green roofs could
result in millions in savings

July 7, 2011

Condos with a twist

New technologies spawn a new
twisty, torso construction trend

June 23, 2011

Toronto’s condo church conversions

Conversions can make for a unique and
classical home for condo buyers

June 16, 2011

Your condo as an investment

Astute investors may need to react to
rising costs, shrinking rental incomes

June 9, 2011

Condos go ultra-modern

laminate or hardwood floors are
the new norm; get that ‘fab’ appeal

June 2, 2011

The greening of condos

Many builders are opting to have
their condos LEED certified

May 26, 2011

Waterfront living in Toronto

Toronto’s central waterfront development
has everyone talking

May 19, 2011

Toronto high-tech wiring guide

If you love your electronics, experts can
help you set things up just right

May 12, 2011

Condos with room service

Hotel condos, like private residences at
the King Eddy, are hot trend

May 5, 2011

(Article reprints appear courtesy of Metro News. Duncan McAllister produced copy and photos for the articles. Metro did the layouts and headlines.)