Centre Town – 445 Laurier Avenue, Unit 403

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Centre Town – 445 Laurier Avenue, Unit 403

PROPERTY FEATURES

Exquisite & updated 1bed + 1bath located in the heart of the city.
Open concept living/dining room and kitchen — great for entertaining.
Floor to ceiling window allows for an abundance of natural light to fill the home and illuminate the gleaming hardwood flooring.
Master bedroom offers large closet with organizer.
Convenient in-unit laundry!
Close to shopping, restaurant & entertainment!
Well serviced by OC Transpo.
Easy access to 417.

ROOM DIMENSIONS

Main Floor

Living Room 17.06 x 0.00
Dining Room 0.00 x 10.06
Kitchen 8.10 x 6.11
Master Bedroom 14.00 x 9.10
Full Bathroom
Foyer
Laundry

 

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Ottawa Real Estate Market Update

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,570 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,419 in April 2014, an increase of 10.6 per cent. The five-year average for April sales is 1,531.”Despite the late departure of the cold weather this April, buyers were out in full swing, propelling the Ottawa resale market into a busy spring selling season,” says David Oikle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Sales continued their steady pace upwards since the beginning of the year, with 362 more properties sold this April over March.”

April’s sales included 258 in the condominium property class, and 1,312 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

“The average cumulative days on market has improved even more in April, coming in at 74 days, compared to 83 in March,” says Oikle. “Properties are moving faster and inventory is plentiful, with just under 9,000 residential properties, including condos, available for sale going into May.”

The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in April in the Ottawa area was $403,239, an increase of 0.9 per cent over April 2014. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $265,371, an increase of 2.7 per cent over April 2014. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“Several price ranges this month saw significant increases in units sold; a possible explanation for the residential average sale price entering the $400,000 range,” explains Oikle. “The $400,000 to $450,000 range saw an increase of 37.3 per cent; while the $500,000 to $750,000 range saw a 25.4 per cent increase. Two-storey and bungalow residential properties remain as the top selling property-types in Ottawa. In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB members assisted clients with renting 283 properties in April, and 876 since the beginning of the year.”

Ottawa March Break Activities for Entire Family

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Climbing Day Camp – Clip and climb fun!

Bytown Museum

Learn about Ottawa’s history at the Bytown Museum and stop by the museum’s newly redesigned Youth Activity Area.   Kids can learn about Bytown through the characters of Clara and Henry while also learning what Victorian life was like through historic toys, journal entries and more.

Interactive Scavenger Hunt – This scavenger hunt invites young visitors to find and collect seven different stories hidden on the Bytown Museum’s second and third floors.

Camp Fortune

Spring Break Ski Lessons – Learn how to ski from professionals during spring break with their 3, 4, or 5 day lesson options.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Barnyard Break – From Feb. 28 to March 8, take in a wide variety of demonstrations, make some fascinating food discoveries, and visit the animals in the Museum’s barns.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

24th Annual LEGO Contest – Bring your space-inspired LEGO creation to the museum on March 6 and March 20 for a chance to win great prizes. Pre-registration is required.

Space Mining and Gaming –Discover the museum’s special Space Mining March Break exhibit that looks at the challenges of space mining. This exhibit runs from Feb. 28 to March 8, 2015. Kids from eight to 13 can also participate in a Minecraft Gaming Workshop, where they will team up to dig for materials and build a space shuttle. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required for the workshop.

Canadian Museum of History, Children’s Museum

Tool Trek with Bob the Builder and Wendy – Until March 22, visit the Canadian Children’s Museum (at the Canadian Museum of History) to participate in Bob the Builder activities. In this Tool Trek, look for clues that lead to tools hidden in the Children’s Museum.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Arctic Food Fair – Step in from the cold and savour a special selection of Arctic-themed delicacies such as bannock, Arctic berry tea and much more! Kids can also decorate reindeer-shaped cookies. (Running Feb. 28 to March 8 and March 14 to 22, 2015)

Tiny Giants 3D – Take in this 3D movie that looks at one of our planet’s smallest creatures, the chipmunk. Presentations are available in English and French. (Running daily Feb. 28 to March 8, March 14 to 22, on weekends from March 28 to May 24, 2015 and on certain holidays)

Arctic Floor Map – Enjoy a walk across the Arctic on a large-scale floor map where kids can learn about geography and the natural history of Canada’s Arctic. Map activities will be available at 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. daily throughout March Break.

Canadian War Museum

Strategy board games – Luck and skill play a role as you try to defeat your opponent and claim victory. With a variety of classic games available, there is something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned players!

Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum

The Art of Espionage and Spy Camp – Take part in a massive, spy-themed training program with other kids.

Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush

Maple activities – Make maple taffy in the snow, go on a horse drawn carriage ride, go on a family hike and try some maple-flavoured cotton candy. The Fulton’s maple season goes from Feb. 14 to April 19, 2015.

Haunted Walk of Ottawa

Jail Tours – Families can take a spooky guided tour though Ottawa, which is a unique way to see the city. Tour the Old Carleton County Jail and learn about why Ottawa was once considered ‘the most dangerous town in North America’. Learn about early prison life, as you see the jail cells, death row and the last working gallows in Canada.

Mount Pakenham

March Break Ski Camp – From March 16 to 20, kids aged six to 12 can participate in a 3, 4 or 5 day ski camp that offers four hours of instruction per day, lunch and other activities such as snowshoeing, skating, and movies.

National Gallery of Canada

Artissimo – This weekend series of hands-on workshops has kids making their own creative artworks in the museum.

Shenkman Arts Centre

March Break camps – From March 16 to 20, kids can participate in various March Break programs that explore digital arts, theatre, smartphone video-making, drawing, cartooning and more. Registration begins Jan. 14, 2015.

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm

Spring season events – Bring the family to an all-you-can-eat homemade pancake brunch and enjoy the petting zoo and sugar shacking while you’re there. The Stanley’s Maple Lane Farm maple season goes from Feb. 28 to April 12, 2015 (Weekends only). Stanley’s will also be open daily during the Ontario March Break (March 17-20) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Source: Ottawa Tourism

Family Day Long Weekend Activities in Ottawa

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  • Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Championships

    Feb 13, 2015 – Feb 14, 2015
    Along the Rideau Canal
    Four-on-four hockey on the world’s largest skating rink.
    www.beavercuppondhockey.ca

  • Elizabeth Manley & Friends

    Feb 13, 2015 – Feb 14, 2015
    TD Place at Lansdowne Park
    What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than this skating extravaganza featuring some of the world’s top figure skaters, extreme skaters, aerial acts and live music. Part of the proceeds will go to D.I.F.D. courtesy of The Ottawa Senators Foundation.
    www.tdplace.ca

  • Gatineau Loppet

    Feb 13, 2015 – Feb 14, 2015
    Gatineau Park
    Join Canada’s biggest cross-country ski event in Gatineau Park: more than 3,000 skiers—experts and amateurs, coming from 20 different countries—will take part.
    www.gatineauloppet.com

  • Hockey Day in Ottawa 2015

    Outdoor skating rinks
    Feb 14, 2015
    People of all ages, abilities, and skill levels can take to the city’s 250+ outdoor rinks for an afternoon of pick-up hockey, skating, community and physical fitness.
    http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/other-activities-and-events/sun-hockey-day-ottawa-2014

  • Snowflake Ball

    Hilton Lac-Leamy
    Feb 14, 2015
    Celebrate the beauty and romance of springtime in Paris while raising funds for Crohn’s, colitis and colorectal cancer.
    www.snowflakeball.com

  • Winter Brewfest

    Feb 13, 2015 – Feb 14, 2015
    Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
    For the first time, Gatineau’s Festibière is expanding into Ontario. Sample a tasty range of hand-crafted beers from microbreweries along with beer-inspired local cuisine.
    www.brewfest.ca

  • 7th Annual Winterman

    Feb 15, 2015
    Canadian War Museum
    Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and 3K run courses along the Ottawa River, which offer scenic views of Ottawa’s skyline. Run solo or participate in the marathon relays.
    www.somersault.ca/eventwinterman.htm

Enjoy These Winter Activities in Ottawa This Weekend!

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Winterlude

During January 30 – February 16, 2015, Canada’s capital enjoys Winterlude, an annual celebration of winter. A special highlight for children of all ages is SnowFlake Kingdom located in Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau with its collection of huge snow slides. Not to be missed either is the International Ice Carving competition where carvers from around the world descend on Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa to transform blocks of ice into spectacular works of art. Visit during the day and again at night when the sculptures are lit up, for two very different perspectives.

Ice Skating

Skating on the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world is a ‘must-do’ on many visitors’ bucket lists. The Rideau Canal Skateway is open to skaters daily from January to March, weather permitting, at no charge and there are change huts, skate rental shacks and snack stations all along its 7.8km (4.8 miles) length. Check ice conditions before you head out.

If ice conditions don’t allow for skating on the canal, you can head to Ottawa City Hall where the Rink of Dreams, a refrigerated outdoor skating rink, is open November to March from 8am to 11pm complete with LED lighting, a heated change hut and picnic tables and benches.

Cross-Country Skiing

Ottawa offers cross-country trails right in the heart of the city and there are over 150km (93 miles) of cross-country ski trails in the Greenbelt area encircling Ottawa. You can use the trails for free and all are suitable for beginner and family outings.

Just across the Ottawa River from downtown, Gatineau Park is a mecca for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, with over 200km (124 miles) of groomed trails and heated shelters. Pick up a ski pass (daily or seasonal) at the Visitor Centre in Chelsea, Québec.

The Gatineau Loppet takes place February 13-15, 2015 and is Canada’s largest cross-country ski event, bringing some of the very best distance racers from Canada and the world to the Ottawa-Gatineau area. There are a variety of distance races in the classic and freestyle categories open for registration in addition to the Gatineau Loppet Challenge.

For super endurance, consider the Canadian Ski Marathon on February 7-8, 2015. This two-day, 160km (99 miles) event is open to skier participants of all ages. The trail for this marathon is only groomed once per year between Lachute and Gatineau, Québec.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

For downhill enthusiasts, Ottawa is like an urban resort, with challenging hills within easy driving distance of downtown, including Camp Fortune and Mount Pakenham.

Snowshoeing

Gatineau Park has trails reserved especially for snowshoeing so strap on your snowshoes and go! Pick up a Snowshoe pass (daily or seasonal) at the Visitor Centre in Chelsea, Québec.

Dog-Sledding

Come enjoy a memorable dog sledding experience at Escapade Eskimo in the scenic Outaouais region only 75 minutes from Ottawa.

Hiking

Gatineau Park offers three groomed trails for winter hiking and is a lovely place for a walk in a snow covered forest.

Winter Camping and Cabins

Gatineau Park also provides adventurers with campsites, cabins, yurts and four-season tents accessible via ski and snowshoe trails. Reservations are required so be sure and book ahead!

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Santa Clause Parades in Ottawa & Area…

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Ottawa – Help Santa Toy Parade
November 22, 2014
11:00am start
The parade will head East on Wellington then south on Bank and then East onto Laurier.
613-526-2706
*** Don’t forget that they will be collecting new toys and donations for the less fortunate children in Ottawa
www.toyparade.org (this website is the official website but we have noticed that it doesn’t always work)

Almonte Holiday Night Parade
Sunday, December 7, 2014
5pm

Barrhaven Lions Light Up the Night
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Along Strandherd Drive

Carleton Place
2014 BIA Santa Claus Parade
Date and time for 2014 to be announced
Beginning at 5pm

Carp – Santa Claus Parade
Date and time for 2014 to be announced
12:00pm

Clarence-Rockland Parade of Lights
Date and time for 2014 to be announced
Along Laurier Street, starting at the Your Independent Grocer. Ends with a visit with Santa at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Constance & Buckham’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
December 6, 2014
1:00 – 5:00pm
Floats gather on Baillie Ave for a 1:00pm start. Parade runs along Bayview to Len Purcell and winds up at the community centre for hots dogs, Santa, and hot chocolate. Be sure to check out the Christmas Craft Fair.
Please bring your non-perishable food item for the West Carleton Food Bank.

Gananoque Santa Claus Parade
November 29, 2014
4:30 – 6:00pm
The parade will depart from the High School on Elizabeth St and will turn onto King St to the Town Park. Santa and a couple of his reindeer will be in the park following the parade to meet with children and to hand out some presents! There will also be a couple of the bands staying to entertain us so get your caroling voices tuned up for a fun evening to set the holiday spirit!

Kanata – Hazeldean Mall/Lions Club Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00am

Merrickville Santa Claus Parade
December 6, 2014
5:30pm

Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade and Food Drive
Date and time for 2014 to be announced

Orleans – Santa’s Parade of Lights
November 29, 2014
6pm
Route along St. Joseph Blvd.
613-526-2625
http://www.paradeoflights.org/

Pakenham Santa Claus Parade and Celebration
December 6, 2014
1:00pm

Perth Santa Claus Parade
Date and time for 2014 to be announced

Richmond – Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, December 6, 2014
4:00 – 5:00pm

Russell Santa Claus Parade
Date and time for 2014 to be announced
613-445-4537

Stittsville – Parade of Lights
Date and time for 2014 to be announced
Starting at Carp Road, running along Main Street and ending at Carleton-Cathcart
They will be lighting the lights at Village Square Park when the parade is over

Fall is Here! Check out These Energy Saving Tips

Fall is here, and that means it’s time to think about how to save energy as the thermometer drops.  Here is a link to some tips that will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint:

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Ottawa Real Estate Market Update for September

Average sales for Ottawa in August        

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,203 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,216 in August 2013, a decrease of 1.1 per cent. The five-year average for August is 1,199.

“As usual, we are seeing a typical end-of-summer slowdown, especially in comparison to July’s record sales,” says Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Although sales numbers are down slightly since last year, August’s sales are slightly higher than the five-year average, and continue to be on par with year-to-date sales compared to last year.”

August’s sales included 219 in the condominium property class, and 984 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in August in the Ottawa area was $360,214, an increase of 3.4 per cent over August 2013. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $263,996, an increase of 2.7 per cent over August 2013. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $381,628, an increase of 1.9 per cent over August 2013. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“Units sold in the residential property class alone, excluding condos, are up four per cent year-over-year. And average sale price has increased for both the residential and condo class,” says Oickle. “If you are planning on buying or selling a home, we encourage you to consult one of our member REALTORS® to get in depth advice on prices in your neighbourhood. The $300,000 to $399,999 price range continues to have the highest concentration of properties sold, followed by the $500,000 to $749,999 range – the later range up by 27.4 per cent from last year,” explains Oickle. “This increase may possibly be the contributing factor in the average house price increases this month.”

 

Source: OREB

Ottawa Real Estate Update

Second highest July sales on record         

Ottawa, August 7, 2014 Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,445 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,336 in July 2013, an increase of 8.2 per cent. The five-year average for July is 1,317.

“Sales from this past month are the second best on record for July, only comparable to the 1,578 sales in July 2009,” indicated Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Also, strong sales in the past few months have brought year-to-date sales right on par with 2013. This year is shaping up to be another strong and stable year for the Ottawa market, despite the lackluster sales in the first few months of 2014.”

July’s sales included 262 in the condominium property class, and 1,183 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in July in the Ottawa area was $356,735, a decrease of 0.8 per cent over July 2013. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $261,663, a decrease of 5.3 per cent over July 2013. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $377,791, a decrease of 0.8 per cent over July 2013. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

“The average sale price is down slightly since last year, partially because there were six fewer properties sold in the over $1 million range this July compared to July 2013,” says Oickle. “The price range of $300,000 to $349,999 had the highest concentration of properties sold, followed by $350,000 to $399,999 range, then the $400,000 to $449,999 range. These numbers are indicative of first-time homebuyers still coming into the market, taking advantage of the continuing low interest rates. Buying or selling is always a very personal decision and we encourage consumers to contact one of our member REALTORS® for professional advice.”

For detailed information call The Ray Otten Team at 613-288-0090.

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