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Kitchen stoves are no longer essential for many, thanks to food apps and meal services

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For many of us, the kitchen has always been a sacred place in our homes, often referred to as the heart of the home.

But it seems kitchens are losing their lustre. An increasing number of condos and apartments are being sold and rented without a stove. In pricey Yorkville, one of Toronto's most expensive districts, you can now rent a 600-square-foot unit that comes without a full kitchen for a little more than $3,200. It's also happening in the United States and Europe.

For a growing number of households, the kitchen is more of a simple quasi-closet where you store food instead of a gathering place for family and friends.

Since the last great recession occurred a decade ago, access to home ownership has been a challenge, particularly for the younger generations. With rock-bottom interest rates, real estate prices have skyrocketed, making it difficult for new workers to settle and purchase a home. As such, builders are shrinking condos to keep prices at affordable levels — and the one thing that appears to be shrinking faster than ice cubes in hot soup is the kitchen. Builders know that potential buyers or renters are not........

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