Urban Living : Before, During and After COVID

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It’s almost certain that life as we knew it before Covid will not return anytime soon if ever. We unknowingly took for granted the everyday rites of living in Toronto – going to a Leafs or Raptors game at the ACC, enjoying the National Ballet at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, strolling the midway at the CNE on a late summer evening and bringing the toddlers to see the century old Santa Clause Parade at this time of year.

As I drive around the city I see more For Lease signs on storefronts than I’ve ever seen before. The list of cherished restaurants that are now permanently closed is longer than I care to mention. Covid testing facilities are set up in many downtown locations and we’re now in our second lockdown with curbside pickup as the only means of shopping for the holidays apart from the internet.

There was something to be said for the hustle and bustle of shopping at this time of year, of donning our finest attire to attend annual holiday parties with friends and co-workers and of enjoying more than a few calorie laden holiday meals at family gatherings.

We’ve seen an exodus to cottage country – the Kawartha’s, Muskoka, and to Toronto’s outer burbs not just for a weekend but to live – permanently.

That said, the real estate market in many of Toronto’s downtown core neighbourhoods has been particularly resilient and prices have risen dramatically even through Covid. I’ve witnessed first hand the dismay of yet another client losing out on the house they’d hoped to call home in more than a few frenzied bidding wars.

As we slowly emerge from this ravaging time, hopefully in the coming year and beyond just what will Toronto and other large cities look like?

Urban analysts, doctors, sociologists, government officials and real estate experts have been chiming in and here is a list of what we could come to know as the new reality.

1) A proliferation of green space, bike paths and European style pedestrian walkways and boulevards will emerge.

2) The reimagining of public transit and upcoming expansion plans will focus on community with transit hubs in close proximity to affordable housing.

3) Integrated digital home care will ease the burden on hospitals and reduce the spread of disease.

4) Overpriced internet plans will give way to high speed internet for everyone.

5) The massive restructuring of global aviation will see an increase in family focused leisure travel as business travel diminishes.

6) Antequated zoning will relax to grant allowances for mixed income housing throughout the city similar to the Regent Park Revitalization Project.

7) Intimate micro restaurants will deliver a creative fine dining experience without the stifling costs associated with the existing fine dining model.

8) Retail stores will morph into curated high tech showrooms eliminating the need to carry large inventories.

9) Warehouse style long term care homes will be replaced by smaller homes – each person will have their own bedroom and bathroom while the group shares the living and dining areas.

10) Online grocery shopping and delivery will become mainstream and large box grocery stores will be replaced with smaller community based food emporiums.

Sources: Urbanation, Canadian Urban Institute, Toronto Life

Kimmé Myles

Matching her knowledge of Toronto’s eclectic mix of central core neighbourhoods and impassioned by her diverse mix of buyers and sellers, Kimmé is naturally motivated to create a positive and professional experience. Kimmé does her homework and knows her inventory. She is genuine, honest and a straight shooter. Nor is she afraid to think “outside the box” as she employs creative strategies to make dreams become reality.

Born and raised in Toronto and coming from a successful fashion background in design and management, Kimmé could not have met a better match for her entrepreneurial skills than by working in Real Estate. Inspired by her father, well known Toronto clothier to the stars, “Lou Myles”, she learned from a very young age to work hard and strive for excellence.

Licensed since 2005 as a full time Sales Representative and a Broker since 2016, she continues to be proud to be affiliated with the Toronto office of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada and to be part of the highly respected world renowned global luxury brokerage, Sotheby’s International Realty.

Kimmé has received numerous sales awards throughout her career including the prestigious Gairdner, Diamond and President’s Awards. She has completed extensive negotiation training and is among a select group of realtors in Canada to hold the Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) Designation and the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) Designation. In addition, she is a member of the prestigious U.S. based Institute of Luxury Home Marketing and also carries the Luxe – Luxury Listing Specialist Designation. She holds the SRS Designation – Seller Representation Specialist and the SRES Designation –Senior Real Estate Specialist – both accredited programs through NAR – The National Association of Realtors, USA.

Entrusted with the life choices of her clients, Kimmé is truly honoured to have the opportunity to serve and assist others and does so with integrity, commitment and enthusiasm.

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