Living in Oak Park

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I’m so excited about the ongoing filming of my YouTube webisodes, “Krisztina’s Real Estate 411 (Real Estate Tips for Real People)”. I’m looking at an airdate of late summer, so I’ll keep you all updated. We’ll also be shooting a few extra videos, including “Living in Oak Park”. I love the way it showcases this unique North Oakville neighbourhood that I call home. People who live in Oak Park constantly remark on the close-knit atmosphere of this community. The homes are designed with private backyard areas and front porch sitting areas. And because most Oak Parkers spend time on their front porches, they get to know their neighbours, their neighbours’ kids and their neighbours’ dogs. The Parkette on Roxton is also a go-to spot for everyone – even more so now that the weather is finally getting a little more summer-like! The other thing Oak Parkers like – access. The 403, the 407, the QEW – they’re all just minutes away. A Driving Range and a Tennis Club (with a bubble cover for winter play) are just down the road at Ninth Line and Trafalgar. And speaking of just down the road, downtown Oakville and its charming restaurants and shops is only a short drive away. And closer to home, if you’re looking for a quick lunch, check out The Pita Nutsy behind TD. They say they serve the World’s Best Chicken Shawarma – and after multiple tries, I’m inclined to believe it! (Rumour has it that they’re expanding to 5 locations soon!) And if you’re not in the mood for steak and lobster at The Keg (although, really, when are you not in that kind of mood!), check out The Olive Press on Dundas just west of Trafalgar. Great Italian. Or there’s The Dynasty just across the street on the north side of Dundas. Perfect for those late weekend breakfasts. For Thai I’m inclined to head to The Fork & Spoon. And for Hungarian? Well, for Hungarian we stay in and I cook up my Mom’s recipe for Bean Soup (labour intensive, but well worth the hold it has over my husband’s stomach – and what I get in exchange!!). For the record, I also make a mean Chicken Paprikash. I’m thrilled with the addition of Starsky European Foods just over the Oakville line in Mississauga on Dundas. This store is a gastronomical emporium! I love the sights, the sounds, the smells. I feel like I’m shopping back home in Hungary…and it makes it easier to get the ingredients for my Bean Soup! And of course, while I’m over the ‘line’, I can’t resist a stop at California Sandwiches on the corner of Dundas and Winston Churchill. I have never found a better Italian sandwich! And back to Oak Park for the pets – it’s great to have Ren’s just up Trafalgar. With a background in feed for animals, they have an amazing selection of pet foods as well as pet accessories. And if a little downtime is your thing, again Oak Parkers don’t have to go far. The Oak Park Wellness Centre on Oak Park Blvd. offers massage and physiotherapy. And almost right next door – you can walk in and have your nails done. Then, if you’re feeling a little guilty, head next door again to the Cigar Store and pick up a treat for your husband (if he’s anything like mine!). And for all the Oak Park Moms – if you’ve read my Blog before, you know I am a big supporter of Oak Park Moms and Tots. Their centre on Sixth Line serves all of Oakville and offers fantastic programs for the little ones. (And I’m proud to say that I donate $100 for every home I sell in Oak Park!) So here’s to Oak Park! (PS I’m still looking for the best margarita in Oakville…but more on that later!)

Have you Hugged Your Pet Today?

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my pets. Kata (a 12 year old Keeshond), Szuma (a Bengal cat) and Kira (a rescue cat) share my Oak Park home with me and my husband. The reason they’ve been on my mind is because of Dakota. He was a 15-1/2 year old pup who moved onto the next phase last week. He belonged to a friend of mine and I adored him! He was quirky, neurotic and sometimes, downright psycho. (Please feel free to ask me about a certain July 1st weekend up north…for now I’ll just say: wet sandy dog, fireworks and my bed!) He was also incredibly energetic, loving, sucky and loyal. It was a lot of personality for one dog. He hated thunderstorms, fireworks, cap guns, motorcycles, skateboards, balloons and the ‘Happy Birthday’ song (go figure!). He loved running, swimming, fetching, tug of war, ear rubs and presents. It gave me so much pleasure to buy Dakota a new toy. He would attack the bag with anticipation and then carry it, chew it, sleep on it and parade it around for the next month as if it were the greatest treasure in the world. Meals will never be the same – I was always saving leftovers for him. I can even take credit for teaching Dakota to delicately eat Thai food from chopsticks! He continues to be an amazing presence – somehow he managed to send an email from beyond explaining his next phase of ‘life’ and thanking everyone who touched his life. Little bugger – made me cry…again!! And of course, his loss makes me hug my pets a little tighter and a little longer. They say pets have become part of the family – which is why we’re giving them human names. For the record, Kira is not named for Keira Knightley – but rather it’s a sort of bastardized short form of the Hungarian word for ‘princess’. Szuma was a name made up by my husband, combining the word ‘Puma’ with the Hungarian ‘SZ’ to produce an ‘s’ sound, as in my name. (Indeed, if there is no ‘z’, it would technically be pronounced as a ‘shhh’ sound, as in ‘Budapest’!!) And as for Kata – well, let’s just say my sister’s name is Kata, short for Katalin and she was visiting from Hungary when my beautiful pup became part of my family! Some people say they judge new people based on their pets’ reactions to them. If that’s true, I’m happy to report that all the dogs and cats I meet seem to take a liking to me! I guess that’s a good thing in the Real Estate business!! And speaking of Real Estate (although, I know I wasn’t…), things seem to really be heating up in the Oak Park area and in fact, all of Oakville. I continue to be busier than ever, although I still carve out my time for my pets!

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