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Top 10 Things to Know About Torontonians | DelSuites

August 15, 2014

TorontoToronto is Canada’s largest city and the 4th largest in North America. With an estimated 2.8 million people living in Toronto, and 6 million people estimated to live in the Greater Toronto area, putting a finger on the habits of an average Torontonian is a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. Fortunately, Torontonians have some unique characteristics. Here are some things to know about Torontonians…some may surprise you!

1. Torontonians don’t always agree that the best view of the city is from the CN Tower, a great tourist attraction. Most Torontonians haven’t visited the CN tower since grade school. If they want to show off the city to someone who is on an extended stay in Toronto, they take their visitors to Centre Island, which has the best view of the Toronto skyline.

things to know about torontonians

Toronto – Chinatown

2. Torontonians are fixated on the weather. Don’t be surprised if during your extended stay in Toronto that you hear a different complaint each day. The weather in Toronto changes a lot and locals comment on every single change.

3. Toronto’s multicultural neighbourhoods are the pride and joy of Torontonians. With other 200 different ethnicities and 140 dialects and languages spoken, the city’s diversity translates into neighbourhoods that have the look and feel of different parts of the world. Toronto has four major geographic areas each with a number of different neighborhoods and Torontonians identify with the neighborhoods they are from, live in and shop or eat out in.

4. You would be hard pressed to find a Torontonian who isn’t proud of their food scene and love being foodies. The food scene in Toronto reflects the city’s diverse ethnic background. From fine dining to street fare, Torontonians love to eat out. Need a good recommendation? Torontonians truly in the know are the taxi drivers.

5. Torontonians might love to share diversity, but not their personal space. They don’t like people speaking too closely to them, or sitting next to or close to them trains or streetcars. As is true of any major city, public transit isn’t the best setting to try and strike up a conversation.

Downtown Toronto

Downtown Toronto – Front and John St.

6. Torontonians walk around the city as if they are in a hurry, and they tend to drive that way too. Not to worry, if you are visiting on an extended in stay Toronto, they will stop and speak to you, and people are more than happy to take a picture for you!

7. Even though Torontonians do not like their space invaded and move quite quickly, they are exceptionally friendly, good listeners, who will answer all of your questions with a smile, if you ask.

Check out a Leaf Game when on your Extended Stay in Toronto!

Go Leafs Go!

8. While you’re bound to see some luxury cars during your extended stay in Toronto, every Torontonian has a tale about the TTC, the local transit network (many of them less than glowing). However, public transit is fairly efficient in the city, and an inexpensive way for visitors to get around.

9. No matter how well or poorly their local sports teams are playing, Torontonians support them vehemently. Even if the team rarely makes the playoffs (*cough* Toronto Maple Leafs, *cough*) Torontonians will get their hopes up, buy tickets to the game and cheer.

10. Torontonians love their city. They support vibrant arts and music communities including the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival and the Royal Ontario Museum. With a host of world class concert venues, sports facilities, shopping, restaurants, and gorgeous public parks and beaches, Torontonians will tell you theirs is a truly great city in which to live, or to visit.

Keep these characteristics about Torontonians in mind during your extended stay in Toronto, and you will enjoy everything the city has to offer that much more than the next visitor.

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Top 10 Things to do Before Leaving on Vacation

June 5, 2014

Organization is the key to travel success. When your schedule involves frequent business trips, having a set plan will ease the frantic pace that can be an unwelcome part of the journey. While you know that a short term rental has been the secret to a smooth and seamless stay during your travels, it’s sometimes a little more challenging to have peace of mind that you’ve left everything at home in working order. Here are 10 quick and easy things to do before leaving on vacation that will help keep you on track the next time you head out the door. By using this checklist as a starting point, you won’t have the feeling as though you’ve left something (or someone) behind.

1)     Keep an emergency folder. Include a copy of your flight or train itinerary, the address and contact information of the furnished apartment at your destination and personal information such as your credit card and passport. Having these resources available at your office and home not only ensures that your colleagues and family members will be able to reach you if needed, but that you’ll be able to have access to the information you need should you lose something during your travels.

2)     Home sweet home. Ensure that one or two of your closest neighbours are aware of your departure dates as well as when you’ll be returning. Keeping neighbours in the loop means they’ll have a watchful eye on your home should any unusual activity occur. Arrange to have a close friend or family member check in on your home while you’re away, collecting any mail and double checking that your home is in order – just be sure your neighbours are aware that someone will be stopping by.

3)     Phone home. Have your home phone number forwarded to your mobile device. This will ensure that you’ll be available, and give the impression that you’re in the area to prevent your home from being compromised.

4)     Pet Care - KennelOrganize pet care. Whether you’re having someone come into your home to pet sit or bringing your pup to a kennel, it’s important to have the arrangements made well in advance. Along with keeping additional pet food and treats available, you may want to purchase a new toy or two for the caregiver to give to your pet. During the first few days you’re away it may be a difficult adjustment period for your pet and a surprise may be a good distraction.

5)     Rearrange plants. Keep your plants in a sink during the time you’re traveling will not only make it easier for the person who is watching your home to water, but it will also ensure they don’t forget to keep plants well hydrated.

6)     Electric reduction. Turn off any electronics and unplug small appliances such as your blender or coffee maker to help reduce your home energy consumption.

7)     Clean your kitchen. From the fridge to the compost to the dishwasher, clean your culinary space from top to bottom. Freeze any leftovers, pitch the perishables and make a list of what you’ll need when you return. While it may be a bit of a chore to do before you leave, you’ll be happy you did once you’ve returned from your travels.

8)     Refill prescriptions. Even if you’re mid-way through your current prescriptions, having refills in your carry on is essential. You’ll be happy you did if your luggage containing medication gets delayed, or worse – lost.

9) Landscape    Hire outdoor maintenance help. Keeping freshly cut grass or a shovelled driveway is a good indication that people are home. Hiring someone to do your yard work while you’re away will help you keep up the appearance and illusion that the house isn’t vacant.

    10)  Contact your credit card company. Keeping your credit card company aware of your travels will help prevent any potential fraud that can happen while you’re traveling.

Keep DelSuites’ top ten things to do before leaving on vacation in mind and we know you’ll have a stress and worry free trip. Happy travels!

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Turn Your Income Property into a Stress-Free, Short Term Rental Investment

March 24, 2014

Between shoveling snow in the winter and mowing the lawn the rest of the year, if you own a rental property and your own home – finding the time to maintain it can be a tough call. And when tenants give their notice (yet again), well, let’s not even think about how exhausting it can be to find replacements. But what if there was a low-maintenance way to guarantee your property would be leased for several years? Does this sound like a dream? Well, as it turns out, DelSuites can make it a reality.

3d home with key on Pile of gold coinsThrough the DelSuites Guaranteed Lease Program, homeowners will benefit from the ease and convenience of having a fixed term lease including a secure income stream. Homeowners are given the option for customizing a lease agreement with DelSuites that is set for either a three, five or 10 year term. Providing both short and long term rentals, DelSuites’ clients are reliable individuals and families, many of whom are business travelers regularly staying at one of DelSuites’ condominium suites or home rental properties.

By partnering with DelSuites, homeowners have the benefit of a dedicated team of staff with more than 15 years of expertise which not only ensures that the property provides a consistent source of income, but that it’s also exceptionally maintained and inspected professionally throughout the duration of the lease agreement. As part of the agreement, DelSuites will fully furnish the home according to the company’s branded design standards – an added benefit that means homeowners aren’t responsible for maintaining warranties on furnishing or the home’s electronic features. Along with this stress-free lease agreement, homeowners are also able to take advantage of a five percent discount on all DelSuites rental properties. This means that accommodating your spouse’s family or your college roommates just got little easier. Find out how you can make your long-term investment a hassle-free experience by signing up here.

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Family Living In Scarborough

February 20, 2014

Finding the right long-term housing solution for your family can be a challenge, but there’s no doubt that you’ll find the comforts of a quiet residential community within the heart of the city right here in Scarborough. Nestled among this natural setting yet close to major transit and highways systems, the Metrogate community will help you strike a balance for family living in Scarborough and your career. From the scenic Scarborough Bluffs to the Metro Toronto Zoo, you’ll be happy to discover that DelSuites now offers a family-friendly dwelling that will allow you to call Scarborough home.

With more than 30 years of experience developing communities in the Scarborough area, DelSuites’ parent company Tridel established the Metrogate Community because of their long-standing commitment to developing communities within this growing suburban area.

Families living in Scarborough will enjoy the added features of this three-bedroom furnished townhome, including a private garden area, Dining Room-Kitchenwhich offers a stylish alternative to downtown living. Along with the park setting, this property’s close proximity to the Scarborough Bluffs – a natural wonder that overlooks Lake Ontario – offers families the opportunity to hike and explore while outdoor recreationists will also enjoy exploring Canada’s largest urban park, Rouge Park. During the spring, summer and fall, guests need not travel far to enjoy a round of golf, as Tam O’Shanter Golf Club is only a short drive north of this community.

Bedroom 2 (3)As with all of DelSuites’ properties, this town-home is fully furnished in a neutral colour palate that embodies a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Families with multiple children can enjoy the added space while couples may choose to create a home office in one of the home’s three bedrooms. Wherever you live, there’s no place quite like home, but this long-term furnished rental will give you and your family the opportunity to enjoy home-style comforts while exploring your new neighbourhood.