Toronto Life’s Best Real Estate Stories in 2021


In the midst of another crazy year – including intermittent blockages, rippling case numbers, varying assembly rules, changing travel restrictions, and the late arrival of a new Greek letter – at least one thing has remained. coherent: our collective obsession with the real estate.

In 2021, as Covid lingered and the Toronto market continued to climb, reaching an all-time high last month, with a staggering average selling price of $ 1,163,000, it is perhaps no surprise that our readers are more interested in the stories of people buying properties out from the city.

Cottages in Prince Edward County, seaside slums in Newfoundland, castles in France – if anyone left town and got their dream property back, we were writing here about it.


No. 1
A Burlington waitress won the lottery in 1996 and bought this Muskoka cabin for $ 355,000

Luc Rinaldi | May 19

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No. 2
A Vaughan family listed their home well below market value. After 125 views and 14 offers, it sold for $ 458,000 versus demand

Ali Amad | April 15

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n ° 3
A Toronto family bought a cottage in Prince Edward County for $ 685,000. Then they realized what it could pay for in the rental market

Ethan Rotberg | July 24

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Number 4
A couple from Toronto wanted a home from home. Town was overpriced, but they found this $ 375,000 detached in St. Thomas

Andrea Yu | February 11th

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n ° 5
A Torontonian thought about buying a property in cottage country. Instead, she bought a $ 1.25 million castle in France

Cheryl Bozynski | August 6

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Number 6
A Toronto couple wanted to avoid buying vacation property in cottage country. So they bought this $ 39,000 getaway to Newfoundland

Andrea Yu | June 7

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No. 7
A family from Toronto has moved to a $ 700,000 home in Grimsby. Then they spent $ 140,000 to make it their dream home.

Liza Agrba | June 16

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No. 8
She put her cottage up for sale for $ 399,000 and got 71 offers

Kristen Cripps | May 19

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No. 9
Growing up, she dreamed of owning this Kawartha Lakes mansion. She just bought it for $ 1.9 million

Luc Rinaldi | May 20

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No. 10
Even with a combined income of over $ 200,000, a Toronto couple couldn’t afford a spot in the city. So they bought a $ 900,000 cottage in Bracebridge instead.

Andrea Yu | June 30th

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