Montreal Real Estate Blog:  One Good Earth

 

 

My Montreal real estate blog which I call “One Good Earth” was created in honor of mother earth, this glorious earth which so generously and unconditionally nourishes and sustains us on this planet. When I think about the earth, I can’t help but reflect upon the beauty inherent in nature’s design. Nature’s bounty and abundance is evident everywhere we look…..

There’s so much wisdom and knowledge in the perfection of natural systems of which we still have little understanding……All I do know is that the time has come for us to rethink our relationship with nature and our place within the scheme of things. Modern civilization has progressed to the point where our constant expansion is having dire consequences on the planet’s ecosystems. Everything exists in relationship to the other and with the extinction of many species, we don’t yet understand that which we are breaking.

Real Estate makes up a huge portion of the built environment all across the world and sustainability is being discussed from countries to corporations to inspired individuals taking action to implement more sustainable choices. While this is all positive there seems to be this disconnect between our cityscape and the sense of nature that exists all around us. We’ve built our cities on an infrastructural base of concrete and asphalt, both of which are the worst materials in terms of their heat effect.  How insane will the weather disruptions have to get before change is forced upon us. Can we be more proactive in our choices, finding solutions to some of the most plaguing problems on the planet like waste, energy efficiency and food production, conservation, etc….

My intention with this blog is to feature ideas, discussions and thoughts around companies, concepts and people that are attempting to tackle these issues. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed sharing this with you.

To quote Albert Einstein on insanity, “To keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a form of insanity.” So if we’re not happy with the status quo of our planet and climate, it’s time to take action and figure out some solutions.

For more info, read my article on The Six Criteria Upon Which to Measure Your Green Home

For more info on sustainable building, read The Healthy Building Movement

 

 

Montreal Real Estate Blog One Good Earth

 

 

 

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Montreal Real Estate September 2016 Highlights Courtesy of GMREB Montreal Real Estate September 2016:  Sales in the Montréal CMA increased by 4% in September. This was the 18th sales increase in the past 19 months.  The Island of Montréal (+8%), the North Shore (+4%) and the South Shore (+3%) registered sales increases, while Vaudreuil-Soulanges (-5%) and Laval (-7%) posted decreases.  Sales of single-family homes and condominiums grew by 4% and 9%, while plex sales fell by 9% compared to September of last year.  The median price of single-family homes and condominiums rose by 4% and 1% respectively, while that...

The coolest neighbourhood in Montreal without question is Le Plateau! Every week I go to the Mile End section of Le Plateau for yoga class. I'm fortunate to be in this part of Montreal every weekend as there's always something new to discover in this neighborhood! The people and shops are so diverse and eclectic, the streets beam with so much character. Real estate wise, there are such colorful, beautiful brownstone like structures with antique architectural details. There's a fantastic creative energy that lives here, reminding me of the days I lived in Soho New York. A colleague of mine...

Photo © by Bonnie Meisels The Benefits of Living In Le Plateau The benefits about living in Le Plateau were made clear to me this week when I finally had the opportunity to meetup with Judy, a fellow Texan colleague of mine.  She got wise years ago about buying property here in Montreal. The summers in Texas are brutally hot, somewhat in comparison to our winters that are often insanely cold! Thankfully, this past winter here in Montreal, was one of the mildest on record. I'm afraid to think about this winter coming up, all I can say is I hope we...

Rooftop Urban Gardens in Quebec Rooftop urban gardens and sustainable food systems is what began my interest in green real estate. I have been a member of Batiments Durable de Quebec for several years now. Batiment Durable de Quebec is the Montreal  chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. Their events are a fantastic resource for learning about sustainability.  Whether it's about green building practices, permaculture or urbain agriculture, there's always something to be inspired about. My entire journey into green real estate began with my love and obsession with sustainable food systems, permaculture and urban agriculture. Without question, my heart...

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