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By: Real Estate Information  09-12-2011

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Do you still talk to your neighbour over the backyard fence or when getting out of your car after work?


Then you are like the majority of neighbours.  A recent study by Pew Internet, called “Neighbours Online,” discovered just that.  Most neighbours haven’t made the transition to connecting on the social networks like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  Forty-six percent of adults talked to face-to-face with their neighbours about community issues.  Only twenty-two percent signed up to receive alerts about local news.

In fact, only nine percent of us have exchanged e-mails with our neighbours.  Less than five percent of internet users joined an online group that focused on their community issues.  Although, as expected, those under 50 are more likely to get involved with such a group than those over 50.

Overall, connecting the old-fashioned way, belly-to-belly, is the main way that people stay informed:

  • 46% talked face-to-face with neighoburs about community issues
  • 21% discussed community issues over the telephone
  • 11% read a blog dealing wih community issues
  • 9% exchanged e-mails with neighbours about community issues and 5% say they belong to a community e-mail listserv
  • 4% communicated with neighbours by text messaging on cell phones
  • 4% joined a social network site group connected to community issues
  • 2% followed neighbours using Twitter

(source: Http:pewinternet.org/reports/2010/neighbours-online.aspx)

Posted by Steinhausen |

I was walking around enjoying this pocket of Pickering and wanted to share.

Located south of the 401, this community has quite defined boundaries.  There are only 2 ways into this community:  Granite Court, through an business section of Pickering or Rougemount Drive, off Kingston Road.

Isolated from North Pickering by the 401, we are also isolated from other areas by the Rouge River Valley to the west, Lake Ontario to the south and the GO Train tracks and Petticoat Creek Conservation Area to the east.  Therein lies some of the appeal of this neighbourhood.

I can walk to the waterfront trail along Petticoat Creek or over the bridge to the Rouge River beach.  The trees are putting on a vibrant display right now as we look down the valley.

In the summer, we can spend time throwing stones into the lake or wonder up to the cement pond swimming pool at Petticoat Creek.  Or walk up to our neighbourhood plaza for fresh organic produce from Tiano’s, delicious meal planning from Bruno’s and, don’t forget the Tornados, an ice cream treat, from Quickerts (they recently changed their name from Reid’s Dairy).

All of this community fun is at most a 15 minute walk away.

And Toronto is a 15 minute drive away.  I am two minutes from the highway and 15 minutes from the DVP.

There is a public school that services this community, Rosebank Road Public school and Blaisdale Montessori’s main campus is on Toynevale, down the street from it.  The students can walk to Dunbarton High School or step on the city bus to St. Mary Catholic Secondary School.

The price range for homes in this area start in the mid to high $300,000 and end upwards of $1,000,000 for river or lake front property.

Convenience and community.  The Rosebank Road South community is a great place to call home.

Posted by Steinhausen |

As seems to be the tradition for a lot of people on the Victoria long weekend, we spent it catching up on our spring clean up.

Fortunately, I had CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) remind me of all the tasks that I still had left to do:

One of CMHC’s Home Maintenance Tips for Spring is to make sure your sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in, and ensure the discharge pipe allows water to drain away from the foundation.

If you’re like most Canadians, your home is probably your most important investment. It’s also the place where you and your family tend to spend a great deal of time. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can help you protect that investment for years to come, and help keep your home — and your family — healthy, safe and sound all year round.

This spring, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has a short checklist of simple inspections and repairs that can help you put a stop to the most common and costly problems before they occur, in as little as a few minutes a week, including:

  • Check your furnace, air exchanger and air conditioner filters, and clean or replace them if needed.
  • Check and clean your range hood filters on a monthly basis.
  • Make sure all indoor and outdoor air vents (intake, exhaust and forced air) are clear of snow and debris.
  • From the ground or any overlooking windows, check your roof for missing or damaged shingles. Have any damaged ones repaired.
  • Check the condition of caulking around windows and doors. Replace as necessary.
  • Test ground fault circuit interrupter(s) on electrical outlets each month by pushing the test button, which should cause the reset button to pop up.
  • Consult your hot water tank owner’s manual and follow its recommendations for testing the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it isn’t stuck. If you are unsure, consult a plumber.
  • Shut down and clean the furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
  • Have your fireplace or woodstove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.
  • Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.
  • Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace their batteries.
  • Clean all windows, screens and window hardware. Repair any holes in screens or replace them if necessary.
  • Open the valve to the outside hose connection once any danger of frost has passed.
  • Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair them if required.
  • Repair and paint fences as needed.
  • Make sure your sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in, and ensure the discharge pipe allows water to drain away from the foundation.
  • Re-level any exterior steps or decks which may have moved due to frost or settling.
  • Clean any debris from eavestroughs and downspouts, reattach any sections that are loose, and make sure they are securely attached to your home and that the flow of water discharges away from your foundation.
  • Have well water tested for quality, and test for bacteria every six months.
  • Carry out any spring landscaping and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.

I think I need another long weekend.

. For over 60 years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada’s national housing agency, and a source of objective, reliable housing expertise.

Posted by Steinhausen |

I am impressed the city council in Pickering seemed to have made a wise decision.  They listened to their constituents.

After receiving thousands of comments from residents in Pickering, the city council voted unanimously to tell the Region of York to build their sewage odour control facility somewhere else.

It was proposed that the facility would let off stink at Altona and Finch on its way to the sewage treatment facility in south Pickering.

Let York stink up their own backyard, not ours.

Posted by Steinhausen |

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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