VIEWS OF THE WATER

A past commodore of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, Kim undertook to connect her property to the lake through a renovation that had as its centrepiece a landscaped link between her home and the lakeshore it sits on. The first step was restoring the mid-20th-century, 5,000-square-foot house.

SHORT MOVE, BIG CHANGE

Once upon a time, a tiny guesthouse built in the late 1890s sat in the corner of a wooded backyard in St. Lambert, behind a larger, brick-clad family home. The 600-square-foot shack was in such terrible condition that in 2008, when Jean-Luc Gagnon and Marie-Hélène Larouche bought the property it sat on, the deed of sale included a demolition permit, courtesy of the city.

MAKE THE MOST OF THIS FEVERED MARKET

For more than a year, headlines have been drawing attention to the heated real estate markets in Vancouver and Toronto. With prices climbing at a fast clip and foreign investors driving them even higher, provincial lawmakers in both British Columbia and Ontario have introduced new rules to curb spiking prices in an attempt to keep the cost of home-ownership within reach of more than just the ultra-rich.

AN UNUSUAL BLEND

For most people, having an in-house artist means tacking a few children’s drawings onto the fridge. But this east-end condominium has become a showcase for work by the owner’s spouse, an artist from Miami who has brought those South Beach-inspired hues north to Montreal.