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The Toronto Fall Home Show 2018

The Toronto Fall Home Show 2018 – ReCap

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The Toronto Fall Home Show 2018 – ReCap

RENO & DECOR Magazine presented:“Design Intervention”

Kristiina Roosimaa – RENO & DECOR booth designer

I am grateful for Reno&Decor, who gave me a great opportunity to design their 2018 Fall Home Show booth.

In my perspective the booth was an absolute pearl at the show this year with its Scandinavian aesthetics and feel. I had a wonderful chance to work with a Danish furniture company Bo Concept Toronto and their team who sponsored the interior setting with furniture and accessories.

To my pleasant surprise the walls for the created room settings all came pre-prepped with my specific instructions for painting which was sponsored by Benjamin Moore. In my opinion it is a great platform for the designers and sponsors who make this happen a great opportunity to be seen.

Thank You again for the opportunity.

Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:

RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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Hollace Cluny

Hollace Cluny has moved

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Hollace Cluny has moved

Please note our new address:

245 Davenport Road,
First Floor
Toronto, ON
M5R 1K1


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Madison Group

Madison Group offers contemporary and traditional townhomes in Seaton

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Madison Group offers contemporary and traditional townhomes in Seaton

A collection of contemporary towns and traditional townhomes is coming this fall to the desirable area of Seaton in North Pickering. Madison Group‘s new community will be conveniently located between Highways 407 and 401 on Brock Road and has access to all of Pickering’s amenities, which include natural recreational areas such as the Seaton Hiking Trail, Riverside Golf Course and all of the vibrant amenity-rich shopping centers along the Kingston Road and the Highway 401 corridor. With retailers like Farm Boy grocery, Saks Off Fifth and a range of restaurants, the future NuTowns residents will have plenty to do within a 10-minute radius.

“With the City of Pickering being named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum, we are very excited to bring another project to the Pickering area this fall, in addition to Madison Group’s Frenchman’s Bay on Liverpool Road in South Pickering,” said David Singer, project director, lowrise.

NuTowns Seaton will feature a collection of urban towns, traditional and rear lane townhomes ranging in size from 959 to just over 2,700 square feet. These open-concept homes were designed to maximize living spaces for optical comfort and value.

Choose an urban townhome with either a single-story or two-storey layout, which includes a private garage or a dedicated parking spot. Urban townhomes are ideal for young professionals and families alike as they provide the same benefits of a traditional townhome.

The rear lane townhomes boast the perfect modern living layouts with open-concept kitchens and dedicated office spaces, perfect for those working from home.

Traditional townhome floorplans will feature recreational rooms, separate living and dining rooms, as well as spacious private backyard spaces fit for entertaining guests both indoor and out.

The attention to detail is carried from the interiors to the exteriors, with carefully appointed contemporary exterior finishes that feature large windows, glass entry doors for added natural light and fully bricked exteriors with accent stone and stucco detail.

With priority preview pricing set to start from the high $400,000s, register today to receive exclusive information and an opening event invitation to this highly anticipated sales launch.

Madison Group’s homebuilding expertise and passion are built on a foundation of more than 55 years and three generations commitment to curating exceptional communities throughout the GTA.


Visit Madison Group online to register and receive an invitation to the sales launch, and follow on Instagram for updates on its latest residential developments.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

Treasure Hill’s Trendi Towns in Markham have modern appeal

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Treasure Hill’s Trendi Towns in Markham have modern appeal

A new release of Trendi Towns is on its way to the sought-after town of Markham. Located at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue, this collection of chic and sophisticated townhomes has been thoughtfully designed with the upscale homeowner in mind. This entire community has been expertly crafted to exude quality, style and confidence.

All the homes at Trendi Towns display the same high-quality craftsmanship that Treasure Hill is known for, designed with a modern appeal and perfect for the stylish individual. You can choose from a selection of one-, or two-car garage towns for added convenience. Each home also comes fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, ensuring that everything in your new home runs smoothly and efficiently. Fully furnished models are coming soon so you can be inspired and see the full potential of this stunning development.


Markham has quickly become one of the GTA’s most desirable places to live, with over 355,000 residents currently calling it home. This amazing city is Canada’s most diverse community, exuding character and promoting inclusivity. You will often find a wide range of events hosted here, such as the Markham Fair, organized as a way to bring all members of the community together. Life in Markham is ideal for families; everything you need from shopping to schools are in close proximity to each other.

Markville Mall and some of the GTA’s most popular dining and entertainment spots are found here. You will also have plenty of opportunity to explore the city’s heritage at Main Street Unionville and Main Street Markham, home to many historic buildings and boutiques.


As always, Treasure Hill is dedicated to creating high-quality, desirable living spaces for all. The expert tam at Treasure Hill comes together time after time to develop only the finest quality homes in a perfect location. All of its homes are constructed with the upmost attention to detail given to each and every inch, resulting in a gorgeous new home, crafted to perfection. Treasure Hill combines impressive floorplans, quality construction and great value, providing you with a home you’re sure to treasure for years to come.

Trendi Towns

Go online to register and also find out more about Treasure Hills’ current and upcoming communities.


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BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

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BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

Newest Addition to the GTA Skyline

For decades, Pemberton Group has been a major player in the evolution of the Greater Toronto Area, creating successful residential developments in some of the best locations including downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Maple and Stouffville.

Rising 15 storeys, 543 Richmond is Pemberton's newest addition to the Toronto skyline.
Rising 15 storeys, 543 Richmond is Pemberton’s newest addition to the Toronto skyline.

416, meet 543

Pemberton’s newest residential opportunity, 543 Richmond, will launch a new standard of refined urban living in one of Toronto’s most acclaimed neighbourhoods – King West.

Rising 15 storeys above Richmond and Portland, this modern condominium will include over 18,000 square feet of ground-level retail and a beautifully-landscaped parkette offering residents a tranquil retreat just outside their doorstep.

543 Richmond is steps away from the countless attractions in the Entertainment District. Recognized as the best culinary neighbourhood in Canada, residents will be in the epicenter of dining out, with some of the city’s hottest restaurants like Alo, Terroni and Buca. Two of Toronto’s trendiest rooftop venues, Lavelle and Thompson Toronto, are also within walking distance.

Enjoy al fresco dining with stunning city views at 543 Richmond's outdoor terrace.
Enjoy al fresco dining with stunning city views at 543 Richmond’s outdoor terrace.

This perfectly located residence will connect those living here to all of life’s everyday conveniences including Loblaws, Toronto Western Hospital, leading post-secondary institutions U of T and Ryerson University, and local shopping destinations like the Eaton Centre and Saks Fifth Avenue. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate being within close proximity to SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp as well as Clarence Square Park and Trinity Bellwoods – one of Toronto’s largest parks.

Getting around is a breeze with convenient access to public transit, including the 501 Queen and 504 King streetcars, both of which offer 24-hour service. The nearby PATH walkway will connect residents to 1,200 stores and more than 50 office towers!

543 Richmond residents can indulge in a wealth of elevated hotel-inspired amenities, offering them their own personal urban oasis, including a striking and welcoming lobby. On the second floor, approximately 9,000 square feet of premium amenities will include a private outdoor pool, a stunning outdoor terrace with lounge seating, alfresco dining and an outdoor yoga area. Inside, a state-of-the art gym will consist of a yoga studio and cardio and free weights equipment.

Entertaining guests will be made simple with access to three elegant party rooms, a bar with a catering kitchen, games room and theatre room. There will also be a private boardroom available for meetings and small gatherings.

Soak up the sun, relax and rejuvenate at 543 Richmond's outdoor pool.
Soak up the sun, relax and rejuvenate at 543 Richmond’s outdoor pool.

And that’s not all! The eighth-floor amenities will offer residents their own personal retreat with just under 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor features that include an outdoor terrace, study area and work space.

Each thoughtfully-considered suite has been designed to feel like a tailor-made haven. Living areas are inviting and spacious, offering 9-foot floor-to-ceiling heights. The kitchens are stunning with custom-style cabinetry, quartz countertops and glass tile backsplashes. The bathrooms are elegant, with porcelain floor tiles, and a soaker tub as per plan.

Prices at 543 Richmond start in the high $400,000s. Available suites range from 370 to 1,045 square feet and configurations include one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom and three-bedroom plus den layouts. Register now for this exciting new downtown Toronto opportunity at

Pemberton Across the GTA

In Mississauga, Pemberton recently launched Erin Square, located just west of Eglinton Avenue West and Erin Mills Parkway, close to Mississauga’s Premium Shopping Destination, Erin Mills Town Centre. The 22-storey condominium towers will include one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den open-concept layouts from 655 to 945 square feet. Suites start from the low $500,000s and included in the price is one parking space and locker. For more information, call: 905.997.7090, register online, or visit the Presentation Centre located at 4635 Metcalfe Avenue in Mississauga.

GO.2 Condominiums is located in the desirable Village of Maple, at Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street. With easy access to the Maple GO Station, residents can be at Union Station in approximately half-an-hour! Those interested in available suites, which range from large two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den can call 905.553.1430, or visit the Presentation Centre at 1860 Major Mackenzie Drive West, #7/8. Prices for condominium suites start from the mid $500,000s, and townhomes from $640,900.

In Stouffville, the 9th & Main community is comprised of two eight-storey condominiums and two-storey lofts and townhomes. Available suites include one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom plus two-storey lofts and two-bedroom townhomes. Prices start from the $400,000s up to $1 million. For a limited time, purchasers can take advantage of a 10 per cent deposit program within six months. See a Sales Representative to find out more. Call: 289.380.3451 or visit the Presentation Centre, located at 11750 Ninth Line in Stouffville.

Discover more about Pemberton Group and its latest GTA communities by registering at You can also follow Pemberton Group’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.


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LOCAL FOCUS: Whitby & Oshawa

LOCAL FOCUS: Whitby & Oshawa

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LOCAL FOCUS: Whitby & Oshawa

by Gale Beeby

The eastern anchors of the Greater Toronto Area


Both the City of Oshawa and the Town of Whitby have historic downtowns with the requisite collection of century homes, but new subdivisions are quickly changing the landscape.

Click here for a fill list of new homes for sale in Oshawa.

Click here for a full list of new homes for sale in Whitby.


Oshawa is a hockey town and it’s not the Maple Leafs that residents are cheering for, it’s the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The team has many successful alumni, including Bobby Orr, Eric Lindros and Rick Middleton, to name but a few.

For those seeking more genteel pursuits, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the largest in Durham Region and features a collection of more than 4,000 works of art.

The Whitby Public Library is a state-of-the-art building that offers an extensive array of collections and programs as well as the Whitby archives. The Whitby History Museum and Children’s Centre has a unique collection of artifacts that tell the story of early life in Southern Ontario. One of Whitby’s best-known historic sites is the infamous Camp X, which was a secret spy training facility during World War II. Established by Sir William Stephenson, the “Man Called Intrepid,” British and allied forces also used the camp as a communications link between Britain and the United States with overseas information passing secretly between allied nations.


The Oshawa Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis that is home to North America’s largest contemporary peony collection. Oshawa also boasts beautiful and pristine wildlife preserves, including the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. On Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline you will find Lakeview Park with many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

There are over 100 parks maintained by Whitby and over 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area, together with the adjacent Cranberry West Tract, is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.


The Oshawa Centre is the largest shopping complex in Durham Region and is home to over 230 establishments that include retail, food outlets and a variety of services. In downtown Oshawa, you’ll find a variety of unique shops and restaurants and its here you will find the annual Original Downtown Sidewalk Sale, and the Festival of Murals.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafés and services.


Public transit is provided by Durham Region Transit, which connects it with the other cities in the region, including Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. Highway 401 runs through the south of region and Highway 7 runs across its northern edge. Highway 407 ETR is being extended to Highways 35 and 115 and will cross the top of Durham Region.


Whitby population: 128,400

Oshawa population: 159,500

Whitby slogan: Community of Choice … for Business

Oshawa slogan: Prepared to be Amazed

Walk Scores:

Whitby: 43 average

Oshawa: 51 average


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DESIGN/BUILD EXPERT: The Kid's Convenience

DESIGN/BUILD EXPERT: The Kid’s Convenience

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DESIGN/BUILD EXPERT: The Kid’s Convenience

by Brendan Charters
Photography: Peter Sellar

Tips for designing the perfect second bathroom

In tight urban homes, it is not uncommon that the entire family shares a single washroom in the home. While many homes have been retrofitted to accommodate a main-floor powder room, or a dungeon-style, three-piece washroom for the men to occasionally use, the main bathroom has been the historical serve-all of the home.


Since the latter half of the 20th century, homes have grown in size and many of those older homes have been expanded to allow for a proper master suite. Today, virtually every new home built has multiple bathrooms serving the bedrooms. Not all of them function as best as they could, as they rarely receive the bulk of a designer’s attention, nor homeowners’ budgets. Since bathrooms are such critical spaces in homes and can be directly linked to how comfortable a space is, we will outline some of the key elements to create a space the kids will love, which may also impact longer-term resale value.


Firstly, define who the space is serving. Is it for only one bedroom, two or more? Would it serve guests coming from other areas of the home? This will help answer the critical question of how best to access the bathroom. If serving one bedroom, creating ensuite access only (from the bedroom) is best. If serving two bedrooms, a door to a main hall helps save internal space for fixtures, but a Jack-and-Jill-style bath creates the feel of an ensuite-style. If people will be using it from a third bedroom, or any other areas of the home (say if there is no powder room for example), then you will need to ensure a door from a main hall is provided, to avoid having to walk through a bedroom to get to a bathroom.


Secondly, layout is key. Think first impressions. When the door swings open, or is left open, one does not want to stare at a toilet. This is an architectural atrocity for any bathroom. We routinely try to conceal the ‘House of Lords’ behind a door that swings, or tucked beside a vanity, tub or shower…or if space will allow, within its own separate room, also termed a water closet. This allows for more than one person to use the bathroom at a time, which can be valuable on busy school mornings. Likewise, if the main room is tied in with a tub and/or shower, it becomes a pro shared-gender use, allowing for makeup or toothbrushing to happen at the same time, as more private activities are behind a closed door.


Space allocations come next. While a double-vanity is a dream, if you have less than four to five feet to provide for it, a single trough-style sink with two faucets can provide the feeling of more space. For a toilet, if a three-foot-wide water closet cannot fit, we recommend at least a 30″ width be reserved, with absolute minimum being 27″, or else it will be cramped. If adjacent to a vanity, the space will feel more open than if tucked in beside a full-height obstruction. For the tub, shower or tub/shower combination, think of the size of the children (and their parents). Will a five-foot tub be enough? When thinking resale, think of potential buyers with babies. While a shower may feel more convenient to you, those new parents will need a tub somewhere to bathe kids so we recommend a combined tub/shower. Standard tubs are easier to get in and out of versus a soaker tub, but it depends on lifestyle if a deeper tub is preferred. If the kids are over the age of 5, a shower only may suffice, as it can save on space and may be more comfortable for them to use, but we recommend not selling within the next 10 years. Storage of ‘stuff’ is also of utmost importance, so planning hidden cubbies for toiletries, benches, recessed medicine cabinets at the start can go a long way at hiding the inevitable onslaught of products that will be tossed about this room on a daily basis.


Kids are rough, they tend to avoid manual labour associated with cleaning and will be relatively hard on the space. Durable and functional is what we recommend for the fixtures. Toilets that flush well and have a fully glazed trapway will reduce clogs and mess inside the bowl. Vanities with solid-surface counters like Cambria Quartz and undermount or integrated sinks reduce damages from splashing water as well as bacteria. Faucets and shower valves will take a lot of punishment, so go for durability and thermostatic adjustability of the mixing valves, ensuring long-term comfort is managed. Frameless glass for shower and tub surrounds with mould-resistant caulkings and a squeegee on-hand can reduce soap scum and mould growth. For tile, ceramic or porcelain, large-format tiles with thin grout lines is best for the main floors and tub/shower walls. Avoid the use of natural stone as they can require regular maintenance since they stain more easily. Fusion Pro premixed grout is stain- and mould-resistant and offers great protection in this regard. Even the accessories need to be thought out.

Have some fun, and if this space is predominantly for the kids, we recommend involving them in the design and selection process. The pride of space may start here and help in their desire to keep it clean and nice, which would be a bonus. Select finishes with the goal of them lasting at least 10 years, and also finishes that reflect their personalities and age ranges.

Brendan Charters is Partner at Toronto Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc. – 2017 OHBA Renovator of the Year.


(416) 782-5690


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

Fall in love with Fieldgate

Discover the GTA’s most spectacular residences when you visit Fieldgate’s many fine current communities.

For over 60 years, Fieldgate has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. This year we’re offering families an exceptional selection of new homes to choose from at our many fine community locations. We truly believe that this is the GTA’s best selection of family residences. Read on to discover where you can find your dream home with Fieldgate Homes.


Located in West Brampton at the corner of Mayfield and Chinguacousy Roads, Upper Valleylands brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate Homes’ celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Join Fieldgate Homes at the new release on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m to discover a beautiful selection of freehold townhomes and semi-detached homes from the upper $500,000s, as well as 30-, 38- and 41-foot detached homes from the low $700,000s. The Presentation Centre is located at 8676 Chinguacousy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue West.


Since it opened, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location, this is a place where the valleys surrounding the Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland, with major urban conveniences all just moments away. Luxurious family homes up to 3,192 square feet with finished basements are now available for early move in. From the mid $900,000s.


Fieldgate Homes is proud to announce an all-new continuation of their award-winning Impressions community. New Kleinburg is a new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the new Highway 427 extension coming soon and just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. Offering luxurious detached homes on 30-, 38- and 44-foot lots, you can renew your love of the good life at New Kleinburg. Register today on our website.


Whitby Meadows is a master-planned community that offers West Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional selection of 30- and 36-foot single detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. Visit the Presentation Centre located on the north side of Taunton Road just west of Coronation Road to find your new dream home today.


At Cobblestones South, just south of Steeles Avenue West, you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-foot designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to over 3,400 square feet. With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here.

Enjoy West Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Highways 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.


Visit Fieldgate online for more information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers and floorplans, or to register for upcoming communities.


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Edenshaw’s beautiful and unique new condominium offers a lakeside lifestyle like no other

Craft artistry and earth consciousness is the inspiration behind a new and uniquely beautiful condominium residence. TANU by Edenshaw is located in the Port Credit Village, where the harbour, river and nature combine with charming restaurants, cafes and shops to offer a lakeside lifestyle like no other. For people who yearn for life by the water, the elegant and beautiful spirit of TANU at the heart of Port Credit is a life-changing opportunity.

Imagine leaving your condo for a walk along the pier, or a coffee in a waterside café. Run along several lakeside trails that are accessible just outside your door. TANU has a picture-perfect location in Mississauga’s most desirable waterfront neighbourhood. Just steps from the Port Credit Village, a one-minute walk to the Port Credit GO Station (downtown Toronto is just 22 minutes away via GO), a four-minute drive to the QEW and fast connections to Toronto and the GTA, you can live here, play here and work anywhere in the city.

What a thrill to come home to a peaceful waterfront condominium in a community that has been labelled “Always On. Always Electric.” An oxymoron? Hardly. Port Credit Village is Mississauga’s playground where restaurants, bars and community events abound at your doorstep. Yet, its soft side as a lakefront community gives residents the best of both worlds.

Aside from lovely architecture that fits seamlessly into the existing community, TANU has building amenities that extend the living space beyond your own residence. A Fitness Centre that includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment as well as a private Yoga Studio. A Private Dining Room equipped with a bar and a catering kitchen. A beautiful outdoor Terrace with barbecues and alfresco dining area. A Theatre. A Billiards Room. A Guest Suite. WiFi in all amenity areas, as well as a loaded Business Centre, convenient Pet Spa and a Car Washing Stall are just some of the offerings you’ll discover at TANU. In addition, residents will enjoy access to a 24-hour concierge, the security and peace of mind of smart home technology, a dedicated delivery/parcel drop off area and other features that make life at TANU easy and convenient.

The suites at TANU have been designed to maximize space, light and outside area. The Park Collection showcases nine-foot ceiling heights, the Upper Park Collection boasts ten-foot ceilings, while the Penthouse Collection ceiling height soars to twelve feet! Large windows showcase their stunning views, making these suites absolutely magnificent. All suites are elegantly appointed with wide plank engineered hardwood flooring, modern Euro-style kitchens with two-tone cabinetry, pantries with pull-out drawers or linen cabinets, pot lighting, and gorgeous quartz countertops. European integrated refrigerator and dishwasher, as well as an Italian electric cooktop and wall oven, with an over the cooktop microwave, ensure that TANU’s kitchens are as functional and convenient as they are beautiful. Choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom designs, some with dens.

TANU is developed by renowned Edenshaw Developments, a company with a mandate to deliver mindful, responsible building. The company’s ability to envision and develop major urban communities combined with a grassroots commitment to the environment is setting a new standard in ethical building.

TANU will be open for sale later this fall offering a very rare lakeside lifestyle. Register now on the website to receive priority access.


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