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Mar 14

King West Welcomes iQ Food Co.

By Client Care | Best of King West , Blog , Restaurants , Uncategorized

New on the block is the health pantry, iQ Foods Co.

Located near King and Portland, the new healthy food joint provides clean, light, colourful and most importantly, nourishing meals. The menu shifts with the seasons. Using only whole foods, almost everything is made from scratch and made in-house. All their products are sourced within 100 km of their restaurants, most products being organic.

Though their menu is plant forward, they also serve quality dairy, poultry and fish and emphasis nutritional content over calorie count.

The menu includes salad boxes, oats, chia puddings, smoothies, toast & soups and other delicious items.

Perfect for anyone trying to stay healthy while on the go!


Mar 13

Condo Crush Of The Week | March 12th

By Client Care | Best of King West , Blog , King West Condos , Uncategorized

Here is our latest condo crush for the week ending Friday March 16th, 2018.

1224-629 King St W. | The Thompson Residences | $1,048,888

What does a ‘one-of-a-kind’ suite at The Thompson Residences, with $150 K of upgrades looks like? Take a look!

It offers a highly functional layout of open concept living space, with floor to ceilings windows, flooding the space with tons of natural light.

Includes a fully customized entertainment unit which also serves as an aesthetically pleasing storage space 🙂

The generous dining space makes dinner parties and entertaining guests an absolute breeze.

And the stylish brass chandelier adds a nice touch.

The kitchen is Italian Scavolini inspired, with custom brick wall and ample island space for a breakfast bar.

The stylish master bedroom suite showcases the beautifully painted exposed brick walls and concrete ceilings.

And of course it’s equip with a 3 pc spa-like ensuite.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, this spectacular walk-in closet with organizers is a fashionista’s dream.

Debatable, but this just might be better than Drake’s “views from the 6”.


For additional info or to book your private viewing email Michael Camber at


Mar 12

The Launch Of PLAYGROUND Condos – A New Liberty Village Condo Development

By Client Care | Best of King West , Blog , King West Condos , Uncategorized

The Garrison Point project has just announced their latest offering.  Cityzen and Fernbrookhave launched of PLAYGROUND Condos estimated to go on sale the first or second week of April and we have front line Platinum access

Stunningly designed by architects Hariri Pontarini, Tom Kerwin BKL and Claude Cormier, Playground condominiums will be located in the vibrant King West and Liberty Village neighbourhoods. Conveniently at the corner of Strachan Ave & Ordanance St. and standing at 35 storeys high, it will occupy 432 suites on 7.6-acres of land. Estimated occupancy is 18/24 months.

Originally, Playground Condos was set to be a rental building only, as it’s location is prime for young professionals who work in the downtown core. The Liberty Village and the King West neighbourhoods are also known to rent at a premium, which makes this development a smart move for investors.
The site has 90/100 Walk Score, 100/100 Transit Score & 85/100 Bike Score.
Residents will be pleased to find out that Playground Condos will feature an Olympic sized pool, a 4-acre park and a cycling/pedestrian bridge that connects several of the downtown west parks.
It truly will be the place to live & play, with already so many restaurants, convenient local amenities, grocery and retail stores and membership gyms.
To get in on the front line Platinum access, contact Michael Camber today at
Nov 01

Market Update November 2016

By Michael Camber | Blog , King West Condos , King West Lofts , Mortgages

What to make of the fall 2016 real estate market in downtown Toronto? Let’s have a brief look at what’s happening.

There were rumblings of Ontario implementing a ‘Foreign Buyers’ Tax’ the same way BC had done this past summer. I don’t think it’s going to happen and neither does Premier Kathleen Wynne.

So what has been driving the Toronto real estate market? Some are blaming a different, home-grown source of the surge in demand: investors who are buying houses not as a place to live, but as a place to grow their money.

The craze has thrust many would-be investors into a market with extremely tight housing supply, where they compete with people who want to buy a home to live in, bidding up prices.

We can also look at the current (lack of) condo inventory in downtown Toronto.

Just 1,295 condos for sale on MLS in central Toronto. Down 42% from a year ago. Prices will continue to skyrocket.

Just 1,112 condos for rent on MLS in central Toronto. Down 30% from a year ago. Rents will continue to skyrocket.

So, in a nutshell, unless we see a significant increase in inventory in available condo, loft, townhouse and freehold listings, we can expect a significant increase in pricing – even with the federal government’s recently implemented changes to mortgage qualifications (which I still think was a prudent move by the Feds).

I will keep you posted as usual.

Oct 28

Condo Crush of the Week | Oct 28th

By Michael Camber | Best of King West , Blog , King West Condos

Every once in a while a condo hits the market in King West that takes our breath away. Here is our latest condo crush for the week ending Friday October 28th, 2016.

560 King St W Penthouse 01 | Fashion House Condo | $2,488,000PH01-560 King St W

Penthouse 01 at 560 King St W (Fashion House Condos) is a gorgeous example of what luxury condo living can look like.

PH01-560 King St WDetails: Contemporary & Elegant this premium and ultra rare 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,091sqft. open concept. 10ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. A beautiful entrance with custom lattice work, mirrors and custom built-in Closets.
PH01-560 King St WThis luxury suite is an entertainer’s dream, offering a chef’s kitchen with an 11ft Caesarstone kitchen island, marble backsplash, a kitchenette with a 2nd oven, wine fridge and plenty of extra storage. The home has a fully automated audio/video and blinds system.
PH01-560 King St WPrivate 982 Sf. Terrace, Accessible From Every Room
Extras: stainless steel appliances: Dacor 6 Gas Burner, 48″ Liebherr Fridge, wine fridge, 2nd oven, microwave, dishwasher, Maytag washer and dryer, fully automated custom blinds and electric light fixture.
Parking: 2 car parking spots              Storage: 1 storage locker          Virtual tour here
For additional info or to book your private viewing email Michael Camber at


Oct 20

Best Dry Cleaners in King West

By Michael Camber | Best of King West , Blog

Our pick for the best dry cleaner in King West is favorued for not only their ability to get our shirts and delicates spotlessly clean, but also for their A-1 top-notch customer service.

Sure, there are plenty of very capable dry cleaners in the area. Some honourable mentions include Mr Lees Dry Cleaning (725 King St W), Charlotte Dry Cleaning & Alterations (36 Charlotte St) and Sun King Cleaners (35 Bathurst St).

kingwestvillagecleaners-toronto-onWould you believe that our #1 pick will remember your name after only one visit? For those of you who know Wayne at King West Village Cleaners at 1000 King St W (at Shaw) – you know exactly what I am talking about. His customer service and friendliness are legendary in the area.

So much so that loyal customers who have since moved away from the neighbourhood STILL come back to Wayne. Sure, they do a good job of cleaning your clothes and taking care of needed alterations – but it’s their customer service that makes King West Village Cleaners our #1 pick.

Oct 18

Mortgage Changes Update | Foreign Buyers

By Michael Camber | Blog , King West Condos , Mortgages

I would like to let you know as of today, October 18th, 2016 there is one less Mortgage financing option for Non resident buyers.

As of today we lose the ability to fund non residents with 35% down and NO income or credit.

There are now 2 options for Non resident buyers:

Option 1) 50% down payment required

documents needed or not needed:
– Proof of down payment in a Canadian Bank account no later than 30 days prior to closing
– Primary residence only (no rentals)
– NO INCOME docs required
– NO CREDIT required
– Max Mortgage $750,000
– Max Amortization 25 years

Option 2) 35% down payment required 

documents needed or not needed:
– Full proof of income required (letter of employment, pay stubs and income tax returns)
– Full proof of down payment required (last 90 days bank statements)
– Letter of reference from a bank outside of Canada
– International Credit Bureau required or last 6 months bank statements
– Max Amortization 25 years
– No max Mortgage
– Rentals welcome (max. 2 properties in Canada)

***Also – Regaring the new Stress Test***

The NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA (NBC) WILL NOW APPLY THIS TO ALL MORTGAGES – EVEN THOSE WITH 20% OR MORE DOWN – as of now only the National Bank does this but others could soon follow.

Again this negatively affects the buyers max purchase power by approximately 20% (having to qualify based on the posted rate of 4.64% and a max amortization of 25 years)

If you have any clients working with National Bank and they have 20% down… please note they can still get normal financing at many ofther lenders with NO stress test.

Questions? Write to me at

Oct 18

Best Sushi in King West

By Michael Camber | Blog , Restaurants

Sushi fans rejoice at the sheer number of sushi options in Toronto. King West has plenty of them and many of them are quite good, regardless of budget or dress code.

Some honourable mentions for a quick cheap sushi lunch include Ichiban Sushi (750 King St W), Sushi & Bento (579 King St W) and my personal favourite cheap lunch take away, CJ Lunchbox (409 Richmond St W).

For something trendier (and pricier) there’s Blowfish at 668 King St W, for some truly interesting flavour profiles.

But our hands-down favourite sushi joint in King West has to be Sushi 930 at 930 King St W. Owner/chef Tomo and his apprentice chefs are dedicated to serving some of the highest quality and freshest sushi around. Seriously.

sushi-930Sushi 930 is easy to miss, on a quiet stretch of King St W near Strachan, it is mainly a takeout counter but do’t let it’s unassuming look fool you. This sushi is the real deal. Tomo sources his seafood from the same suppliers as the most expensive sushi restaurants in Toronto – at a fraction of the price.

Some could argue that Sushi 930 is pricey for a take-out joint but quality this good won’t be found at the cheaper sushi places in the city. For the quality, Sushi 930 offers excellent value and a truly authentic sushi experience.

Oct 17

Best Burrito in King West

By Michael Camber | Blog , Restaurants

Toronto was over-run with burrito joints of all types and in many ways, King West felt like ground-zero. When Burrito Boyz opened in 2004, it quickly became the go-to spot for overstuffed burritos for the hungry lunch, dinner and after-drinking crowd.

Since then, a number of other options have opened up including Fat Bastard and Wilbur Mexicana. The latter is our pick for the best burrito in King West.

Wilbur Mexicana is a newish Mexican quick service spot at the foot of Fashion House Condos at 560 King St W. Wilbur Mexicana takes its name from Wilbur Scoville, the chemist responsible for creating the Scoville scale, the measure of heat used to gauge the “hotness: of hot peppers. Evidence of their dedication to the hot pepper can also be seen in their hot sauce wall.Wilbur Hot Sauce Wall

A great combination of a quick place to grab a taco or burrito for lunch OR a nice spot to grab a meal and beer after work. Another favourite thing about Wilbur Mexicana is their open kitchen where all of their fresh salsas are prepped fresh for their awesome salsa bar, featuring 60 or so different hot sauces.

Now to the burritos: there are 3 main burritos to choose from including the “Wilbur-ito” (Rice, beans (black or refried), jack & Oaxaca cheese, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, lettuce), the Cali Burrito (Carne Asada, rice, sweet potato, jack & Oaxaca cheese, guacamole, sour cream, salsa suave) and finally the S&T (Brisket, shrimp, rice, beans (black or refried), fajita pepper & onion, pickled jalapeno, jack & Oaxaca cheese, sour cream, Asada salsa, lettuce). The latter being our favourite.

Give Wilbur Mexicana a try – it’s a great space and some great Mexican nosh.

Oct 13

Best Steak in King West

By Michael Camber | Blog , Restaurants

With recent arrivals like The Keg Steakhouse, the playing field for a great steak has gotten a little crowded. However, our vote for the best steak in King West goes to Jacob’s Steakhouse, hands down.

Jacob’s Steakhouse (12 Brant St) was opened in 2007 by the King Street Food Company and quickly became one of the most distinguished steakhouses in Toronto. Popular with Bay Street Bankers and professional athletes, Jacob’s sets the bar for ultra-high quality steak and top-notch professional service.

Chef Danny McCallum and General Manager/Sommelier Rob Gravelle run one of the tightest front and back of houses in King West.

jacobs steakhouseOur top picks: Everything from the rotating selection of in-house dry-aged steaks sourced from Canada, the US, Australia and Japan (they offer authentic certified Kobe) to the epic caesar salads made table-side (you must!) to the scratch-made desserts. You really can’t go wrong at Jacob’s Steakhouse.jacobs steakhouse