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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:23 pm

Rox:

I'm going to give you 2 choices for locations to look at in Ontario.

The first is the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, which are located about 75 miles to the west of Toronto. The two cities have a combined population of about 200,000 people. The two cities abutt one another, and they have a in integrated bus system, and you can get around well without a car there. There are also a number of daily bus runs to Toronto, and a twice a day train service to Toronto from K/W.

There are two Universities there, Wilfred Laurier U, and University of Waterloo. Here is the web site for the daily newspaper, the K/W Record.

Look at the classified ads for a "furnished one bedroom apartment " to get an idea of the rent costs. You can also look at "real estate agents/ rental agents", who rent apartments on behalf of owners.

Here is the K/W record web site.

therecord.livedeal.ca/...?kbid=2465

Here is the city of Waterloo web site for general information about the city.

www.city.waterloo.on.c...fault.aspx

Here is the city of Kitchener web site.

www.city.kitchener.on.ca/

Here are two rental agent companies that have rental apartments in their listings.

www.rentcanada.com/kitchener/

www.gotransglobe.com/w...partments/


Kitchener Waterloo is a medium sized city area, that is surrouneded by farming communities, and it has a fair amount of industry. The original settlers were from Germany and the area still has many people that have German ancestry. Every year in October they hold the Octoberfest beer festival for 2 weeks to celebrate the harvest of the crops and the end of summer.

Now on to another area to consider.

Ajax and Pickering are two towns that are side by side, just east of Toronto by about 30 miles. They are located on the shore of Lake Ontario, and both are "bedroom communities" for Toronto. That means that many people live in these towns but work in Toronto, so they commute to work either by car or bus or train to the city. Both places have lots of furnished apartments to rent, or you could rent a basement apartment in a house.

By train it takes about 40 minutes to get to downtown Toronto. By bus about an hour. Both towns have lots off shopping, and food stores.

Here is the offcial Ajax web site.

www.townofajax.com/

Here is the Pickering town web site

www.cityofpickering.com/


Both towns are full of new comers to Canada. Both are growing fast and have many new houses and industrial buildings.

Here is a rental agent for that area.

homes.durhamregion.com/index.cfm


OK lots of info to absorb, right?

Let me ask you some questions that may help me to send you to the right place.

Do you want to rent car while you are here in Ontario? How about a rented bicycle instead? Do you like to walk? How about reading? Is it part of your daily life to read the newspapers? Do you watch much TV? Are you interested in art and culture like opera, ballet, or art galleries? How about sporting events like baseball, or auto racing?

Give me some ideas of what you would like to do while you are here?

Let me know if I am giving you the information that you want to know.

Jim B ,

 

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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:45 pm

Jim,

Thank you once again for your reply. I will think about what I would like to do while being in Canada and revert. I will look through the sites provided too.

 

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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:01 pm

Dear Jim,

Once again, thank you for your reply. I will think through and look through again, and revert in due time.

 

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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:55 am

Roxanne:

After talking this subject over with my Wife, Brenda, we have decided to offer some more advice to you.

A furnished apartment does NOT include bedding, such as sheets and pillow cases, and no towels. You would either have to bring them with you, or buy them here in Canada.

An alternative might be to look for " long stay accomodation" in a hotel that has guest rooms with their own kitchen facilities, so that you can cook on your own. The rooms have bedding and towels suppled. These are designed for business people who are in one place for weeks and who want to be able to cook for them selves, rather than eating in a restaurant everyday. These have a full size refrigerator and stove along with a full set of kitchen utensils and plates and knives forks and spoons. They charge by the week.

Try looking on Google for " long stay accomodations " in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Ajax Pickering.

We think that this would be a better way for you to enjoy your time in Canada.

As for what time to come here.......June July and August are the BEST weather months, with warm temps and sunny days, and nice nights too.

Jim B.

 

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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:45 am

Hello to you both,

Just a couple of things to add:

1. Most furnished housing and temporary accommodation providers do include all necessary bedding, towels and all other amenities required for your stay, other than food in the fridge.
(Although, many of them also provide a 'Welcome Basket' with many snacks, water and other items to get you started.)

Jim may be referring to private owners or smaller operations which might not support weekly housekeeping, linens etc. - but the large majority of corporate furnished housing providers will supply everything except the main food stock.

BUT (And here is the catch!)

2. In Ontario, there is legislation that makes it illegal for furnished housing suppliers to rent their units (including condos and townhomes) to customers for LESS THAN 30 days. This is due to International Hotel Chain lobbyists convincing all that the competition would be too fierce and damaging for short-term stay business.

(Apparently the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta were able to fight the legislation, because it is still legal for suppliers there to offer corporate furnished housing for stays less than 30 days...)

Therefore, with the exception of building operators that can have the entire building and all of it's units deemed 'commercial' (and then they are also subject to the hotel taxes accordingly), you cannot stay at Ontario furnished housing providers for less than 30 days.

So this means that Jim is absolutely correct to suggest that Suite-style or Long-term stay Hotel options are your best bet.

(It's a pity, because corporate furnished housing is often cheaper than the Suite-hotels and are often times located in a more residential setting which can add to the value of a short-stay visit...(plus you almost always gain square footage and the more comfortable separation of Sleeping and Living space in a furnished condo or townhome.)

Best of luck Roxanne, and keep those questions coming!

Regards,
Paul-F


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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:58 am

- buntingj

Roxanne:

After talking this subject over with my Wife, Brenda, we have decided to offer some more advice to you.

A furnished apartment does NOT include bedding, such as sheets and pillow cases, and no towels. You would either have to bring them with you, or buy them here in Canada.

An alternative might be to look for " long stay accomodation" in a hotel that has guest rooms with their own kitchen facilities, so that you can cook on your own. The rooms have bedding and towels suppled. These are designed for business people who are in one place for weeks and who want to be able to cook for them selves, rather than eating in a restaurant everyday. These have a full size refrigerator and stove along with a full set of kitchen utensils and plates and knives forks and spoons. They charge by the week.

Try looking on Google for " long stay accomodations " in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Ajax Pickering.

We think that this would be a better way for you to enjoy your time in Canada.

As for what time to come here.......June July and August are the BEST weather months, with warm temps and sunny days, and nice nights too.

Jim B.



Jim,

I would like to thank you, and please reply my thanks to Brenda too for this input. Okay, I will 'Google' through and go from there. Will revert again.

 

Roxanne
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Re: Advice !

Post Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:01 am

Jim, small correction : The word I wanted to use was : relay, and NOT reply. Thus : The meaning should be : Please relay my thanks to Brenda.

Thank you.

 

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