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A History of Excellence

Johnston and Daniel was established in 1950, and became a division of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. in 1994.

Over the years, Johnston & Daniel has served generations of Toronto’s most respected families well. By offering caring, intuitive service and building long-term relationships with our clients, we’ve become the most trusted name in Toronto real estate.

A Forward-Thinking Approach

In the early 1950s, founders Robert Johnston and Eggerton Daniel had an interesting idea: hire women to sell homes. It was a revolutionary approach in the post-war era, when real estate was a predominantly male bastion and women stayed at home.

But they weren’t looking to work with just any women; their unique approach was to hire the elegant ladies who lived in the very areas in which Johnston & Daniel were most interested in selling homes. And why not? These were the smart, often well-educated women who moved in Toronto’s “society” circles, were looking for a meaningful way to occupy their time, and had the right connections to make the Johnston & Daniel Real Estate company a success.

This initiative was immediately accepted by a number of female sales representatives who lived in Rosedale, Moore Park, Forest Hill, and Lawrence Park. As a result, the Johnston & Daniel name quickly became the most sought-after real estate brand for the best homes in Toronto’s premiere neighborhoods – and has remained so to this day. Our name, our distinctive shield-shaped sign, and our Globe & Mail classified advertisements continue to confer elegance and prestige.

Jaime Gairdner, took over the helm of J&D from his Uncle in the 1970s. Jaime successfully ran and expanded the firm until its merger with Royal LePage in 1994. With the merger, two very powerful brands were combined to form the powerhouse Johnston & Daniel Division, Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd, Brokerage. Currently, Ahmed Helmi and Christine Mitchell, lead the dynamic, high profile divisions as they continue to be a destination company for proven and successful real estate professionals dedicated to a culture of excellence.

A Family Tradition

The Johnston & Daniel Division has continued to serve generations of Toronto families with professionalism, integrity and a dedication to excellent service that is unrivalled in the real estate industry. This standard reflects the ethics that govern the Johnston & Daniel Division and builds lasting loyalty with clients.


You Expect More, and We Deliver. You’re not the average buyer or seller and we’re not your average sales team. Our commitment to service excellence sets us apart; at Johnston & Daniel, our clients always come first.

Services. In addition to helping you with your real estate transaction, we offer a number of additional services to make your life simpler.

Current Market Information. Our agents have information about market trends and comparative neighborhood prices at their fingertips.

In-House Mortgage Broker. You have easy access to current interest rates, financial strategies and preapproved mortgages.

Legal Counsel. Our legal advisor is readily available to assist with complex legal issues which may be related to a particular transaction.

In-House Print & design department. Excellent design and layout represent your home in the most attractive possible way on your promotional material.

Relocation Services. Whether you need assistance with a corporate or individual relocation, we can help you feel at home anywhere in the world.

Premium Advertising. The best way to sell your home at the right price is to make sure the right people know about it. At Johnston & Daniel, we tailor our marketing efforts to find the ideal buyer for each property. We advertise in the Globe & Mail newspaper to give your property exposure to a wide audience of qualified buyers, and complement that advertising with local, national and international ads where appropriate.

Real Estate Board Services. As a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association, the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Toronto Real Estate Board, Johnston & Daniel can offer our clients access to multiple listing services.

Unique Facilities. Five warm, elegant client rooms including a stately boardroom are available for client meetings.


The Art of Service Excellence.
So what makes a Johnston & Daniel agent different from other real estate sales representatives? Experience. Service. Unparalleled professionalism. When a Johnston & Daniel agent works with you to buy or sell a home, it’s not just a sale – it’s an ongoing relationship. We will work with you for as long as it takes to find you the home that best suits your needs.