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Oben Flats Inc.

160 Pears Avenue,
Suite 418
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 3P8

Tel: 416-633-6236

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June 15th, 2016

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Oben Flats on CBC Toronto News

As the price of homes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continues to rise, many people are looking to rent rather than buy. In the last month, the average price of a detached home in the GTA rose to $1.28 million and the average home price is now $782, 051. As the number of sales rise nearly 11% from the same time last year, many people are left wondering if buying a home in Toronto is worth it.

CBC Toronto investigates what Julian Battiston, President of Oben Flats, calls a “growing trend of people entering the rental sector largely because of affordability.” Renters are often left choosing between rental buildings that are over forty years old or new build condos that don’t offer the benefits of property management to tenants the way they should. Oben Flats aims to fill the niche market of people looking for a purpose built rental building with sophisticated design and the uncompromising freedom that renting affords in terms of lifestyle. 

Home ownership, “at least in Toronto, is no longer the sole objective in life,” says Battiston. Balancing your personal finances doesn’t have to come at the expense of lifestyle if you decide to rent rather than buy.

Recently, Rob Carrick, from The Globe and Mail, explained that a young couple should be saving between 15-20% of their income for retirement – a feat that may be impossible if also planning on diving head first into the GTA’s hot real estate market. Carrick says, “you may need to rent in order to save what you need to save.”

As Oben Flats on CBC Toronto News shows, renting no longer means compromise. Register now for Oben Flats in Leslieville!

June 2nd, 2016

3 ways to naturally clean your flat

3 Ways to Clean your Flat Naturally

Many people want their flat to be spic and span without the use of harsh chemicals. Clean your flat naturally using ingredients you can actually pronounce! The greatest thing about all of these natural ways to clean, is you will probably have most of the ingredients already laying around. Natural cleaning solutions don’t have to break the bank. From white vinegar to baking soda, none of these home cleaning essentials are costly. Here are three ways to clean your flat naturally:

All Natural Glass Cleaner

Say goodbye to that electric blue window cleaner! Mix equal parts white vinegar and good old fashioned tap water in a spray bottle and you’re good to go. This recipe doesn’t include alcohol so you’ll notice that it may take longer for you to wipe away the cleaning solution. Try using old newspapers instead of paper towel and you’ll be on your way to streak free windows and mirrors in no time.

Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Most new flats or condos offer stylish stainless steel appliances. You may find that stainless steel lends itself quite well to sticky fingerprints and can lose it’s fresh looking sheen. Our recommendation is to first put undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz your appliances with the vinegar and wipe down thoroughly using a soft microfiber cloth. The vinegar will cut through any fingerprints or grime. To get that new appliance glow, use mineral oil or olive oil to buff your stainless steel appliance. Watch any remaining spots disappear!

Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner

Bathroom cleaners can often be the most harsh and the most toxic. Here’s a great recipe that works well on any surface! Cut through tough, calcified shower grime with a few simple ingredients and a little elbow grease. Mix 1 ⅔ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of your choice of liquid soap. Dilute using a fork to mix with ½ cup of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Apply to any surface that needs to be cleaned using a sponge and wash away with water. You’ll be surprised how good this non-toxic bathroom cleaner works!

May 25th, 2016

Tommy Thompson Park

What to do in Leslieville

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer so let’s shake off the dust and find out what to do in Leslieville! Our newest property in Leslieville is located at 1075 Queen Street East, right in the heart of the neighbourhood and just steps from the action. Whether you’re looking for a great new boutique, tasty treats or an adventure, Leslieville has something for everyone.

The Leslieville Farmer’s Market

Open every Sunday from May 22nd to October 30th, The Leslieville Farmer’s Market has delectable treats ranging from fresh fruit and veggies, meat and fish, and baked goods and prepared foods. You’ll find the market running from 9am to 2pm in Jonathan Ashbridge Park just a 15 minute walk from Oben Flats on Queen. Expect fresh local food, good vibes and live music.

Leslie Street Spit Trail

Looking for a wilderness adventure without ever leaving Toronto’s east end? The Leslie Street Spit Trail, also known as Tommy Thompson Park, is a diverse wilderness retreat in an urban setting. Built by lake filling and originally meant to be a breakwater for Toronto’s harbour expansion, the plan was abandoned and when shipping in the Great Lakes declined. The spit hosts a vast amount of wildlife including plants, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. For this reason, dogs are strictly prohibited and it is recommended that you stay on the 23.2 kilometers of trails. Guided walks are also available. Visit for more information.

Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

Music is in the air! Presented by Beaches International Jazz Festival, Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside takes place from July 8-10th at Jimmie Simpson Park. Take a stroll down Queen Street East and enjoy the sweet jazz notes on a balmy summer’s eve. This event is free for the whole family.

Leslieville Tree Festival

Go green at the Leslieville Tree Festival happening on Saturday June 18th from 12-4pm at Leslie Grove Park. Located at 1158 Queen Street East, this event is just blocks from Oben Flats Leslieville. Explore the green vendors and exhibitor displays, local food and ceremonial tree planting. Hosted by LEAF, learn about the protection and enhancement of the urban forest.

May 12th, 2016

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Best Design Stores in Leslieville

It’s no secret that we love sophisticated, smart design. Thankfully, our new property is located near an exciting variety of decor and design stores. If you’re looking to decorate your new rental suite with a timeless modern sensibility there are some great local options just blocks away.  

Here’s a short list of some of the best design stores in Leslieville:

Arts Market

Located close to our Leslieville property, Arts Market currently hosts over 65 local artisans offering a wide array of handmade design pieces. Looking for a quirky gift or want your rental suite to have a one of a kind vibe? Look no further than Arts Market just steps from your door.

Dark Tools

Want your lighting scheme to be as sophisticated as you are? Dark Tools has a fantastic array of sleek modern and minimalist wall surface lighting. The lighting options at Dark Tools will make you swoon.

Green Tea Design

In business for over 15 years, this east end gem can help you decorate any room with hand-crafted, solid wood pieces. Specializing in custom made furniture, Green Tea Design has experts on staff ready to help.

Machine Age Modern

Specializing in modern vintage furniture, lighting, and accessories, Machine Age Modern has been open for nearly two decades. If you’re looking for affordable and functional mid-century modern furniture, visit this store! Expect all your fave 20th-century designers to be represented at Machine Age Modern.

Up To You

Up to You is a destination for those in the know. This concept store allows you to enter the curated world of a busy young professional offering a unique alternative to the usual customer experience. The brother and sister duo behind Up to You have been featured in NOW Magazine, Azure Designlines and Apartment Therapy.  

April 30th, 2016

Brunch in Toronto

5 Places for Brunch in Toronto’s East End

With so many great options within walking distance, Oben Flats in Leslieville is truly in a great part of the city. Toronto’s east end offers everything from classic eggs and bacon to Egyptian street food fare and Parisian standards. Get out and explore the neighbourhood!

Here are our picks for best brunch places:

Lady Marmalade

With gluten free and vegetarian options, there’s something for everyone at Lady Marmalade. This restaurant features an eclectic range of brunch standards from around the world from a savoury Crepe Croque Monsieur and Moroccan Scramble to Crunch Thai Slaw and Mexican Meatball Soup. Lady Marmalade is sure to offer a vibrant dining experience.

Mad Dog Cafe

A quick walk up to Gerrard Street and you’ll find all your favourite weekend brunch standards available at Mad Dog Cafe. Expect the usual line up of bacon, omelettes, pancakes and eggs benedict to help kick start your weekend. This independent cafe specializes in craft coffee and tea and offers free wi-fi to patrons.


Also nearby on Gerrard Street, you’ll find Maha’s Brunch. This always busy Egyptian establishment, offers a truly original experience. Be prepared to wait in line but grab one of their signature honey cardamom lattes while you do. From Turkish coffee, date grilled cheese sandwiches and the Pharaoh’s Po’ Boy, to the fresh mint tea, cumin home fries and fresh hummus, Maha’s is an experience worth the wait.

Bonjour Brioche

If Paris isn’t in your upcoming travel plans, be sure to visit Bonjour Brioche for your French pastry fix close to home. Enjoy the all day sandwich and patisserie menu and bask in the scent of fresh baked good. Want something other than a sandwich? Don’t worry all entrees are served with fresh baguette! All your Parisian cafe usuals are available and service is quick and courteous.

This local takeaway counter is a meat lover’s dream. Offering the prototypical British Bacon Butty, you’ll also be able to order Toronto’s favourite – peameal on a bun. Rasher’s namesake refers to the cut of pork that includes both back bacon and the belly. American style strip bacon

April 27th, 2016

How to Hire a Mover

MovingGetting ready to move can be stressful but the Oben Flats team wants to help make it as easy as possible! If you decide to hire movers, there’s a few things you should take into consideration before selecting a moving company.

Get Estimates

Reputable moving companies will be able to provide you with a detailed estimate including a clear breakdown of charges. A big mistake many people make is not giving an accurate representation of how much stuff there is to move. Be sure to provide the moving company with correct information. Ontario’s  Consumer Protection Act (CPA) states, “the mover cannot charge you more than 10% above the estimated cost” once the estimate is part of the contract.” A reputable moving company will want to inspect your items to ensure the estimate is as accurate as possible. Remember, all moving contracts worth more than $50 must be in writing.

Check References

Friends, colleagues and family are always a good place to start when looking for moving company referrals. Don’t assume that the biggest moving companies in your area are the best without checking with the Better Business Bureau and online forums. If things go south, the Consumer Protection Act lists your rights and offers a mediated complaints process. A moving company cannot legally hold your belongings to demand extra payment. Always ask for references and don’t be afraid to call them.

Confirm the Company is Insured

The standard for moving companies when it comes to liability insurance is Replacement Value Protection (RVP) and coverage is usually only up to 60 cents per pound of any article destroyed or lost. Consider purchasing additional insurance and ask your mover what they suggest. An expensive item, such as your television or laptop, would not be replaceable with only 60 cents per pound RVP coverage. If you’re uncomfortable with this level of protection, the moving company should be able to provide you with a detailed breakdown of coverage and other insurance options.

Don’t Forget…

  • Ask your friends and trusted colleagues for referrals
  • Always make sure the company is insured
  • Get at least three estimates

The only thing left to do is ensure you’ve reserved the elevator for moving day with your Oben Flats property manager or using the online tool. Happy moving day and welcome home!

October 28th, 2015

We moved!

You can now find us at 160 Pears Avenue, in the Annex.

Oben Flats Head Office

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