Collingwood’s Black Box Theatre Opens May 1

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SST-logo-e1425495910986Wikipedia defines a Black Box Theatre as a simple, somewhat unadorned performance space, usually a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. It is a relatively recent innovation in theatre and one opens in Collingwood on May 1st.

Located in the creative centre at 65 Simcoe Street, the Simcoe Street Theatre is located in the space recently vacated by theatre Collingwood. Building owners and visionaries, Anke and Richard Lex have turned the 3,000 square foot space into an intimate 100 seat theatre that will see musicians, actors, lecturers and presentations in the years to come.  I dropped by last week for a sneak peak and can say, the air was electric with the promise of things to come.

The grand opening takes place on May 1st from 4-6 p.m. with author, poet and special guest Harry Posner.  See you there.

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer April 17-23, 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings:  45 (81, 51,64)
Average List Price: $392,417
Range of List Prices:  $164,900 – $2,325,000
Number of Sales:  35 (31, 21, 29)
Range of Sale Prices:  $142,000 – $1,799,000

Condominiums
New Listings:   12 (11, 10, 20)
Average List Price:  $279,300
Range of List Prices: $169,000 –  $609,000
Number of Sales:  11 (15, 1, 13)
Range of Sale Prices:  $75,000 – $425,000

Vacant Land
New Listings:   7 (12, 6, 10)
Number of Sales:  2 (2, 3, 4)
Range of Sale Prices: $32,500 – $107,000

Price Changes  30

Notables this week:

  • 3 single family residences sold for more than their list prices
  • 1 vacant land listing sold for more than it’s list price
  • 2 condo listings sold for more than it’s list price

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

Colourful Characters Have The Best Lines

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window coatingsI recently sold a home in Collingwood that was offered for sale privately by a rather colourful character. I believe there were 32 windows in the house and almost every single one of them had a jacket or coat hanging in the window. When I asked him what the story was, he said, “They are my window coatings.”

The Dornoch Tap and Grill in Nottawa is a Little Gem

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Dornoch1John and I had dinner at the Dornoch Tap and Grill in Nottawa the other night. Wednesday’s are schnitzel night where you buy one ($15.95) and get the second for half price so we couldn’t resist. I’m pleased to report, it was good and this little gem is worth a visit.

A group of us ate there a couple of years ago when it was called Dorrington’s and were not impressed so I never went back and let it fall off my radar. In February 2014, the business was taken over by Leslie Price and Steve Holmes who seem to be making a good go of it.

If you like the vibe of a small neighbourhood tap and grill, then check it out. It’s become a favourite of the locals in Nottawa and us Collingwood-ites are figuring out that it is worth the five minute drive. Really, it’s just five minutes from our house right on County Road 124 in Nottawa. The restaurant currently has just 40 seats with another 30 that will eventually open upstairs and there is plenty of parking in the back. They are licensed and open Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 7 am to 10 pm and Sundays 8 am to 10 pm. They serve breakfast on week-ends plus lunch and dinner every day.

dornoch2Inside, the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable with mostly booths that hold 6 people, a few tables and a small lounge area in front of the fireplace. There is also a bar that seats a few more and, they have free Wi-Fi. Our meal, prepared by Chef Malcolm Muth, featured perfectly done pork schnitzel that was fried to a perfect golden brown without being dry, mashed potatoes and fresh grilled veggies. Our wine, which is not available in the LCBO, was from a winery in Niagara and was surprisingly good. They also carry local beers such as Sidelaunch, Creemore Springs and Collingwood Brewery products.

dornoch bar

Our server was the owner, Leslie, who was of course, knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly. When I asked her what might be their claim to fame, she mentioned the sticky toffee pudding but alas, our tummies were too full to test it ourselves.

The Dornoch features daily specials including pasta on Tuesdays, Schnitzel on Wednesdays, Wing Night on Thursdays, Friday Fish and chips, Steak on Saturdays and Prime Rib on Sundays. They are closed Mondays. I’m looking forward to checking out week-end breakfasts and other special nights. Rumour has it that the steaks are perfection.

The menus are all posted on their website. See you there!

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer – April 10-16, 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings:  81 (51,64, 51)
Average List Price: $460,452
Range of List Prices: $121,000-$3,500,000
Number of Sales:  31 (21, 29, 29)
Range of Sale Prices:  $158,000-$837,500

Condominiums
New Listings:   11 (10, 20, 19)
Average List Price:  $342,926
Range of List Prices: $129,000-$674,500
Number of Sales:  15 (1, 13, 8)
Range of Sale Prices:  $125,000-$536,000

Vacant Land
New Listings:   12 (6, 10, 12)
Number of Sales:  2 (3, 4, 3)
Range of Sale Prices: $74,000 – $200,000

Price Changes  24

Notables this week:

  • 1 single family residence sold for more than it’s list price
  • 1 single family residence sold at it’s list price
  • 1 condo sold for more than it’s list price
  • That’s a nice uptick in the number of new listings!

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer April 3-9, 2015

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings:  51 (64, 51, 69)
Average List Price: $443,476.
Range of List Prices: $114,900 – $1,175,000
Number of Sales:  21 (29, 29, 22)
Range of Sale Prices:  $170,000 – $985,000

Condominiums
New Listings:   10 (20, 19, 17)
Average List Price:  $258,779.
Range of List Prices: $119,900 – $699,900
Number of Sales:  1 (13, 8, 8)
Range of Sale Prices:  $120,000

Vacant Land
New Listings:   6 (10, 12, 21)
Number of Sales:  3 (4, 3, 3)
Range of Sale Prices: $215,000 – $500,000

Price Changes  23

Notables this week:

  • one vacant land listing sold for more than it’s list price
  • 3 single family residences sold for more than their list price

 

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

What Does The Emerald Ash Borer Have To Do With Taxes?

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EABAs the local Collingwood council brings in the 2015 budget, an item came up that I had not thought of before. The potential plague of the Emerald Ash Borer.  The nasty bug has destroyed millions of trees and been found in Meaford. If this deep freeze winter doesn’t kill the pesky destroyers, there is a good chance they arrive in town later this year or next.

The Town of Collingwood has put a little into the budget for this year to deal with the impending menace. I think that is a good decision. If you have an Ash tree on your own property, consider having it inoculated with TreeAzin. Actually, unless you want to lose your tree, just get it done.

The Collingwood and Area Real Estate Market is Revving Its Engines

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The Collingwood and area real estate market continued its record-setting pace in March.

The number of residential, MLS® sales in the six key areas we serve including Collingwood, Clearview Township, Wasaga Beach, Town of the Blue Mountains, Meaford and Grey Highlands, surged by 36% over an already strong, February and were a full 51% higher than in March, 2014. First, here are the year-to-date (YTD) highlights for the full, western region of our real estate board area:

Wstrn Market SummaryThe number of residential sales over $500,000, representing the top 10% of our local market, increased by 66.7% YTD over January – March, 2014, from 39 units to 65 units sold

  • There have been 98 MLS® condo sales in the 6 key areas, YTD in 2015 compared to 63 in in the first three months last year; an increase of 55.6%
  • The number of YTD sales from $350,000 to $500,000 increased by 53.8% over January – March, 2014
  • Looking at the six key areas, these two factors led to an increase in the 12 month average, residential sale price of 10.4% to $390,235 compared to $353,324 at the end of March last year. Note this is an average price and not a median price.
  • The number of new residential listings in these six areas, in the first three months of 2015 are down by 8.9% compared to last year. There were 242 new residential listings in March which was only a marginal increase over the 228 we saw in February.
  • With fewer listings and more sales, we have balanced market conditions in most areas with strong seller’s market conditions in the Town of Collingwood. As we all know, limited supply + high demand = increasing prices.

Here’s how it shakes out by area.Res by areaAs the weather is now warming up, we can expect to see some new listings coming on the market to satisfy buyer demand; especially in the more urban centres such as Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Stayner. My sense is that these will be very quickly absorbed by the many buyers out there who cannot find what they are looking for. Be prepared for continued very strong market in the months ahead.

Note: All of these statistics are compiled from data from the MLS® system of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®

Collingwood and Area Real Estate Barometer Mar.27-Apr.2.15

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This market summary includes data for Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, Grey Highlands and Meaford. The information was obtained from the MLS® statistics provided by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. Previous week(s) in brackets.

Single Family ResidentialMarket Report Icon
New Listings:  64 (51, 69, 59)
Average List Price: $386,638
Range of List Prices: $167,900-$995,000
Number of Sales:  29 (29, 22, 27)
Range of Sale Prices:  $170,000-$970,000

Condominiums
New Listings:   20 (19, 17, 14)
Average List Price:  $346,720
Range of List Prices: $121,600 – $1,695,000
Number of Sales:  13 ( 8, 8, 9)
Range of Sale Prices:  $117,500 – $858,500

 

Vacant Land
New Listings:   10 (12, 21, 7)
Number of Sales:  4 (3, 3, 1)
Range of Sale Prices: $75,000 – $275,000

Price Changes  22

Notables this week:

  • one condo sold at it’s list price
  • one condo sold for more than it’s list price
  • 3 single family residences sold at their list price
  • 3 single family residences sold for more than their list price

 

Note: All statistics obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Board

Red Maple New Homes Development Now Open In Collingwood

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red maple model (1280x960)Red Maple is a new home subdivision under development in Collingwood on the 10th Line, just north of Georgian Meadows and, across the street from the Blue Mountain Golf and Country Club. They officially opened their on-site sales office on March 22, 2015 and are beginning presales of homes on the 42 acre site. Upon completion, there will be about 278 housing units including 91 condo units in later phases.

Red Maple is now selling the first phase which includes 81 units with prices for freehold townhomes starting in the high $200’s and climbing to the high $500’s for a large detached home. First occupancies are slated for October 2016.

site planThe site plan shows that townhomes are mixed into areas of detached homes which is more appealing to most than separating the two. The townhomes will range in size from 1086 sq ft to 1800 sq ft and include both bungalow and 2 storey designs with basements and garages. Detached homes are being offered on either 36 foot or 50 foot lots. The smaller lots feature home designs that range from 1179 sq ft bungalows to 2057 sq ft, 2 storey homes while homes on the larger 50 foot lots, range from 1470 sq ft to 3663 sq ft. Some of these premium, 50 foot lots back onto the trees and trail parkland between Red Maple and Georgian Meadows.

proximity to GM (1280x960)The project is being developed in a joint effort between Consar Developments owned by Tammy and Ken Michaud and, Shenzhen Hengyingyifeng Investment Group which manufactures steel frame building components. Although not mentioned in their marketing material to date, previous news articles suggest steel frame construction may be the basis for the Red Maple homes. The finishing schedule I viewed just says “light gauge steel frame or wood wall construction” so I guess the details are not finalized. From anything I have read online to date, steel frame construction has many benefits so I look forward to learning more about this. The actual builder of the homes will be Alliance Homes who interestingly, have not yet put the Red Maple development on their website for some reason. A search on the TARION website shows 315 possessions and just one chargeable conciliation.

model lr2There are many things I like about this project. The Craftsman designs are attractive with steep roof pitches, covered porches and columns. They feel like Collingwood as opposed to GTA North. The views from the site are to the west and to the escarpment right over the golf course so not easily blocked and, the site backs onto the trail system. Inside, 9’ ceilings are standard on the main floor and most of the lay-outs are intelligent. As usual, the best features are all upgrades at extra cost and the model home is highly upgraded as viewed.

model kitchenThe challenges I see are that there is no well defined playground on the site plan and, the site is just south of industrial lands.  I suspect these issues will be addressed over time as the developers hear those concerns raised.

The model home is well done and shows attention to detail as one would expect. Hopefully this will carry over into all of the homes they build. My guess is that the freehold townhomes will prove to be quite popular but the long wait for occupancies will make it challenging to sell these homes to end users.  If the economy holds and the quality is evident, then this subdivision should do well over time.

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