About Donna Bacher, Broker

Connecting people and families to the place they're going to call home is what I do best! For investors, having a keen business sense and the ability to analyze their needs and to know where to look for the answers to their investment questions helps them stay one step ahead of the game. For me, Real Estate is a way of life, and when you do business with me....you are my number one priority! 2020 marks my 37th year as a full-time Realtor in the Hamilton area and I find it just as exciting today as I did back in 1983. I'm always aiming to provide all of my clients with the ultimate in Real Estate service!

2 Story For Sale in Dundas

110 Huntingwood Ave, Dundas

Great Location!

•  3 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story$589,900.

– Fantastic 4 bedroom in premium Dundas location looking out onto beautiful Veterans Park. This home boasts everything for the active family.

Wonderful eat-in kitchen with loads of counter space & cabinetry, stainless appliances, separate formal dining room and living room with beautiful hardwood floors. Gorgeous bay windows in living room. Sliding glass doors off of kitchen to newer deck and private rear yard.

Open concept from kitchen to family room – with wood burning fireplace.(WETT Certified March31/16). Updates include Roof-2012, A/C-2010.

Great Value! No offers until 6pm on April 11/16.

Property information

2 Story Townhouse For Sale in East Hamilton

9-34 Bow Valley

•  2 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story – $220,000.
MLS® #H3178490

Beautiful 3 Bedroom condo in small private complex backing onto picturesque ravine. Large principal rooms, private drive and garage. Close to everything! Very well maintained unit with neutral decor, walk out from living room to second level deck, patio doors from family room to fenced rear yard. A definite must see!

SOLD

Spring and Home Garden Show

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Spring and Home Garden Show

April 01, 2016 to April 03, 2016
Presented By: Continuum Productions Inc.
The Hamilton Spring Home and Garden Show presented by RE/MAX Escarpment Realty is the Premier Regional Home & Garden Show in Canada with the widest selection of the provinces most trusted exhibitors & brands. Come get inspired, get informed, be entertained and most importantly be ready to take advantage of great Home Show Specials and Deals.

Conveniently located, you can find us easily from any direction or major highway. And when you arrive – you can park your car for free!

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Friday April 1 12pm – 8pm
Saturday April 2 10am – 7pm
Sunday April 3 10am – 5pm

Adults (18+): $12.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Youths (13-17): $10.00
Kids 12 and under Free

Special Offer:
Save up to 30% off admission tickets when you buy online.

See more at: http://www.ontariohomeshows.com

Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Website: www.ontariohomeshows.com

When/Where: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – April 01, 2016 to April 03, 2016

Countertops add value

the value of quality countertops

Quality countertops are definitely not a fad

For well over a decade, homebuyers have been showing their love for high end countertops.  When you consider that many homeowners don’t start thinking about spending money on updates and upgrades until it’s time to put up a “For Sale” sign, it shouldn’t be a surprise that one question homeowners frequently ask is  “should we put in granite countertops?”

Can a countertop add value?

That depends on the material. Standard ones, the kind you’ll find in cookie cutter new home construction and on the shelves at your local Home Depot or Lowes are laminate- a composite material covered in a decorative paper and melamine coating. They’re definitely at their prime during the first 5 years of their life (or until someone forgets what a cutting board is for) and are prone to nicks, cuts and burns by regular use or accident. With careful use, they can look great for decades but very few make it through a growing family without taking a hit or two. Even a new laminate counter many not add the value you would expect since it’s the bare minimum that buyers expect. Solid surface and stone countertop options are considered to be definite upgrades and tend to add value because their function and lifespan are so appealing to Buyers.

An alternative to a full kitchen reno

Most homeowners dread tackling kitchen renovations. The thoughts of spending tens of thousands of dollars and living without a functioning kitchen for a week or two can be overwhelming-emotionally and financially. The good news is that it may take you longer to select a new countertop than it will take to have it installed. Just like other renovation projects, the more prepared you are the better. Perhaps that new granite counter will be best served with a new under mount sink and that sink will probably be best served with a new faucet and maybe, that faucet is going to need new plumbing. You may want to accent your new countertop with new back splash and perhaps even a new slide-in range. The key is to make a plan and set a budget, keeping in mind that the end result will be well worth it.

Buyers love quality countertops

There’s absolutely no doubt in this Realtors® mind that decor and staging definitely helps sell a home, but one of the most fascinating trends I’ve seen over the past decade in the Hamilton real estate market, is Buyer attraction to quality countertops like quartz, granite and brand names like Corian and Caesarstone. And, it doesn’t matter what the price range of the home is, buyers seem to be willing to look past other issues when the kitchen and baths have awesome countertops. At first I thought it was a whole kitchen thing happening, but I don’t believe that’s the case. Seems like refurbished, painted or even original cabinetry take on a whole new life once they’re capped with a high quality counter.

Enjoy your countertop investment

At $60-$90 a square foot, decking your kitchen out with quartz, granite or one of the other materials may seem to be an expensive option especially if you’re going to be moving out of the house in the near future. But then again- why wait until you’re moving? Select the right product and it’ll look just as good 5 years from now as it does the day you have it installed. The true value may be in you getting to enjoy your investment.

Countertops & Technology

If you’re going to start shopping for counters make sure you check out Dupont’s charging stations- one of the solid surface technologies we’re bound to see more of in the future.

Speaking of HGTV- their 13 favourite countertop materials

Check out the difference in countertop materials at Popular Mechanics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Drink Fest

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Food and Drink Fest

Food and Drink Fest
April 22, 2016 to April 24, 2016
Presented By: Beau Monde Productions

Food and Drink Fest is The Region’s Most Fun & Delicious Culinary, Wine, Spirit and Beer Expo!
Come and experience an exciting variety of Ontario VQA and International wines, spirits, craft beers, gourmet local food, specialty coffees, teas, decadent desserts as well as unique spices, sauces and marinades. Created and presented by some of the Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and Niagara Regions’ most popular restaurants, culinary experts, chefs, innovative food trucks, breweries and wineries. Also enjoy exciting live musical entertainment and fun informative cooking demonstrations all in one convenient and central location!

Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, Ontario

Location: Hamilton Convention Centre

Website: www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

When/Where: Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, Ontario

 

A Note To Our Visitors:
Thank you for visiting FoodandDrinkFest.com and your interest in the upcoming Festival! As members of the Food & Drink Fest team, we love creating unique local culinary experiences for foodies and local consumers alike.
While we encourage all to enjoy the event to the full, safety is our first priority. Therefore we ask that, should you choose to partake of alcohol at the show, that you do so in a moderate and safe fashion. Above all, we ask that you do not drink and drive. Please plan ahead, appoint a designated driver, make arrangements for taxi service or take public transit.
After almost two decades of planning live events, we have learned of one constant we can always count on: things change! Because of the nature of events like these, information on this website may be adjusted from time to time during the planning or duration of the Festival. We will try our very best to keep you up to date with the very latest news information as it becomes available.

Spring Tide Bulb Show

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Spring Tide Bulb Show

Spring Tide Bulb Show

March 11, 2016 to March 20, 2016

Spring Tide Bulb Show

Presented By » Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse
The Spring Tide Bulb Show is held each year. Hundreds of spring bulbs will be on display and the greenhouse also has a turtle pond, fish ponds and birds from the aviary. A new theme each year brings the Tropical House to life.

A great way to spend some time during March Break. Bring the family, participate in our scavenger hunt and enjoy the first sights, sounds and smells of Spring!

March 11 – 20, 2016
Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse: Enter the Gage Park parking lot off Lawrence Road, just east of Gage Avenue South. Take the pathway at the north side of the parking lot to the Horticulture Depot.

Admission is free and the show runs daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Donations to Hamilton Food Share are welcome. Donation to Hamilton Food Share would be appreciated.
Wheelchair Accessible & Free Parking.

Location: Gage Park

Phone: 905-546-2424 X 7598

Website: www.hamiltoninbloom.ca

When/Where: Gage Park, Hamilton

 

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

IN HAMILTON

Follow Gage Avenue, south of Main Street East, to Lawrence Road and enter the park at the Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club.

FROM NIAGARA/BUFFALO

Take the QEW to the Red Hill Valley Parkway. Take the King Street exit and continue through the King Street intersection on to Lawrence Road. Continue on Lawrence Road and enter Gage Park at the Roselawn Bowling Club.

FROM TORONTO

Take the QEW to Hwy. 403 and exit at Main Street East. Continue east to Gage Avenue and then south (right) to Lawrence Road. Enter Gage Park at the Roselawn Bowling Club.

FROM GUELPH

Take Hwy. 6 to Hwy. 403 and exit at Main Street East. Continue east to Gage Avenue and then south (right) to Lawrence Road. Enter Gage Park at the Roselawn Bowling Club.

FROM KITCHENER/LONDON

Take Hwy. 403 eastbound and exit at Main Street East. Continue east to Gage Avenue and then south (right) to Lawrence Road. Enter Gage Park at the Roselawn Bowling Club.

March Break at Dundurn

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March Break at Dundurn

Visit Dundurn National Historic Site this March Break to explore Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum. Take a guided tour of more than 40 rooms in Dundurn Castle and discover what it was like to live and play above stairs and work and live as servants below stairs. Sample a variety of historic goodies made in the kitchen and explore the child-friendly craft area located in the Coach House. Visit the neighbouring Hamilton Military Museum for the exhibit “Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape”. The exhibit explores the historical figures that lived around Burlington Heights during the War of 1812. Plan to visit the Coach House Gallery which has an exhibit on the First World War. The newly renovated military museum provides a self-guided experience with dress-up and hands-on activities.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 to Sunday, March 20, 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Adults: $11.50, Seniors/Youth: $9.50, Children: $6.00, Infants: Free, Family: $30.00

Location: 610 York Blvd.

Phone: 905-546-2872

Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca

Website: www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

When/Where: 610 York Blvd, Hamilton

 

Dundurn Castle – Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab. The Kitchen Garden at Dundurn – William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore his lovingly restored kitchen garden, where we use 1850’s tools and varieties to grow food for Dundurn Castle’s historic kitchen. Stop by the garden gate for the sights and scents of the 19th century. The Hamilton Military Museum – The tranquil landscape around the Hamilton Military Museum known as Burlington Heights was a centre of defense from 1813 to 1815. This was home to men, women and children connected to the British army and First Nations allies who came together during the conflict known as the War of 1812. The new exhibit Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape tells the stories of people who lived here by connecting artifacts, personalities and modern-day descendants. Step back in time and meet the people tied by blood to this gentle landscape. The Coach House at Dundurn – Housed in an 1870’s Coach House, this unique, meeting and reception facility can accommodate groups up to 88 people. The Coach House is also home to The Castle Shop, featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts.

Landscaping tips with Sherry Hayes

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Landscaping
Landscaping tips with Sherry Hayes

Our Meet and Greet with coffee, tea and delicious treats begins at 7:00 p.m on March 14th 2016.; followed by our guest speaker at 7:30 . Guests are $2.00. Draw & 50/50!

Sherry is the founding owner and lead designer of Landscaping With Style. You will, certainly, recognize her name and face! Sherry’s accomplishments include writing landscaping and design articles for the Hamilton Spectator, and hosting a weekly landscaping and gardening show on Hamilton’s Cable 14.

Sherry is, also, an accomplished landscape artist and will have artwork available for purchase. “My exclusive ‘Photo-Painting’ On Canvas is now part of my Artscapes By Sherry Hayes Series. Through a technique that I developed I bring photography and art to life on canvas. When personalized, it is the perfect way to capture a special moment; place or subject in an extraordinary form.”

When/Where: Royal Canadian Legion – March 14th 2016

 

http://www.landscapingwithstyle.on.ca/about_sherry.htm

RBG Reptile Rendezvous

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reptiles

RBG Reptile Rendezvous

RBG Reptile Rendezvous runs from Jan.23 to April 17 Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington. Engage with the wild and wonderful world of turtles, lizards, snakes and more.
Admission Rates apply.

Reptile Rendezvous features many of the world’s most recognized reptiles—vipers, cobras, pythons, alligators, turtles–as well as many species native to Ontario. What is a Reptile? a Turtle? a Crocodilian? a Lizard? This interactive exhibit brings you face to face with these fascinating animals while debunking common myths and fostering a basic understanding of how reptiles fit into the history of life and the fabric of their native environments.

 

Please Visit https://www.rbg.ca/reptiles for more information and rates.

When/Where: 680 Plains Rd – Expires April 17th 2016

 

Royal Botanical Gardens – Mission and Vision

We dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education – together with our unique gardens, facilities and natural lands – to inspire and nurture society’s commitment to the environment.

Royal Botanical Gardens is a global leader in how we use plants and the natural world to connect people, place and sustainable behaviors.

About Us

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.

Charitable donations help us to:

  • Protect and restore 2450 acres of nature sanctuaries containing environmentally sensitive habitats, where approx. 50 listed species- at-risk have made their home;
  • Teach the public and educate school children about the importance of plants and nature, and how to be environmental stewards in their community;
  • Create display gardens which beautify our region landscape and teach people how to transfer best practices into their own backyard;
  • Host events that celebrate our landscape and highlight our conservation activities (Fishway demonstrations, nature sanctuary guided tours, children’s winter exhibits); and
  • Engage in research projects and networks to pursue environmental sustainability;

Did you know that RBG?

  • Leads a province-wide “Back to Nature” Network to help kids reconnect with the outdoors;
  • Manages one of the largest freshwater marshland restoration projects of its kind in North America;
  • Since 2006, has been appointed Canada’s ‘National Focal Point for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), part of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity;

These and other leadership initiatives could not be undertaken without the support of our members, donors and volunteers.

Maple Syrup Festival

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Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Presented By » Westfield Heritage Village
Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and tasty traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods. Families can purchase and enjoy a delicious, reasonably-priced pancake breakfast.

Date: March 6, 13, 20, & 27 & Good Friday March 25 and Easter Sunday, March 27; Wednesday, March 18, Thursday, March 19 of March Break
At: Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton, On
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission Special Event required.

Location: 1049 Regional Road 552 (Kirkwall Road)

Phone: 519-621-8851

Email: westfield@speedway.ca

Website: www.conservationhamilton.ca

When/Where: Check times and dates – Westfield Heritage Village – 1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton, On