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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Blueprint Workshop revolutionizes new home consumer research

As its slogan “You are the Blueprint” attests, National Homes takes homebuyer feedback seriously when planning its homes and communities.

Always an industry innovator, the company has now revolutionized the concept of traditional focus groups and consumer research with the National Homes Blueprint Workshop, a ground-breaking event that explored how homeowners feel about their homes, how they live in them, and what type of design, features and technology they believe will improve their lives.

The January Blueprint Workshop brought together creative design thinkers with dozens of past and potential future National Homes buyers of varied ages and demographics. They gathered in the IBM Innovation Space at Venture Labs in Markham, along with National Homes staff, designers, architects, engineers and partner leaders for a THINKTANK dedicated to new homes. Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business real estate master’s program also participated.

They broke into four small groups with partner leaders to engage in discussions, presentations and interviews. IBM helped to design and facilitate the workshop.

When IBM’s expertise in human-centred design indicates that the conversation is less about features and functions, and more about users and outcomes, businesses are more successful. It’s about understanding what matters to clients, how they see the world and getting to know them.

“With a typical focus group, people are sitting behind a screen or mirror with a facilitator and it’s structured,” says Deena Pantalone, director of marketing innovation and managing partner for National Homes. “This was more relaxed and comfortable. Rather than asking things such as, ‘Which interior finish do you like,’ we discussed generally how it feels to live in a house.”

The workshop’s purpose was to provide in-depth insight into homebuyers’ needs and desires, to further research and development efforts to position National Homes as a builder that values innovation and is responsive to its customers.

The day delved into the homeowner experience beyond bricks and mortar, explored new technology and time-saving solutions, as well as how to make the homebuying experience unique. It explored the idea of community, looking not just solely at homeowners’ needs, but what their parents and children might need as well.

Participants were selected based on responses to a survey sent to registrants from National Homes’ communities, along with current homeowners.

Partner leaders included Karl Vredenburg, Director IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs and head of IBM Studios Canada; Professor James McKellar, Associate Dean External Relations and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business; Raphael Wong and Matt Lennan of ThoughtWire, a leading Canadian digital intelligence company; Jenna Zaza of The Interactive Abode, a technology company that allows purchasers to virtually decorate their new homes and make finishing selections online; Jason Disher, Logan Stewart, Tyler Balding and Yonnas Tecle of Panasonic, a company that makes state-of-theart home products; and Bob Storey, Andreas C. Leuth and Greg Jefferies of Sto Canada Ltd., a leader in high-performance building cladding options.

“Innovation has always been a staple of our corporate foundation,” says Pantalone. “I’ve travelled to leading international cities where this type of research is being carried out. We want to anticipate homeowner problems and provide solutions by thinking ahead. We want to provide futuristic homes that are affordable.”

Workshop participants got a glimpse into some of the future possibilities. For example, ThoughtWire has changed the way people act with their built environment with its software. It has played a transformative role in digitizing healthcare facilities, speeding up workflow and improving patient experience with automation and real-time interactions between medical staff, systems and devices. For instance, patients can control the temperature in their rooms, medical personnel get real-time patient information on their devices and elevators can be programmed so food carts delivering patient meals won’t be delayed. Some of this technology can be adapted for residential use.

Panasonic might be best known for home entertainment products in Canada, but the company has a comprehensive lineup of home-related products and builds entire new home communities in Japan. Participants learned about the Shimau Principle – the art of space and harmony where everything is in its rightful place. Panasonic offers comprehensive storage and organization solutions. Developed in Japan, where people live in smaller spaces, the solutions are a great fit for condos — or any home — as many homeowners do not utilize space to its best advantage.

Attendees got to see, touch and feel EcoShapes from Sto Canada, a product that has been used in Europe for more than 30 years but is new to Canada. It reduces energy costs, provides a higher R-value and reduces the home’s carbon footprint. Sto’s forward-thinking products contribute to creating a superior energy-efficient home.

Zaza, founder of The Interactive Abode, explained how pop culture, online sites and TV shows inspired development of her interactive software that allows purchasers the time to research and make decisions about their new home selections from the comfort of their own homes. It uses photo-realistic renderings to take the guesswork out of decisions between standard or upgrade options and allows buyers to visualize how colour selections and finishes will look in their new residence. Zaza says in the last five years, sales centres have incorporated software that helps with homebuying, but the process was lacking in the design studio. Zaza brought four laptops for workshop participants to try the online design studio for themselves.

Pantalone is excited about the possibilities the Blueprint Workshop offered and sees this as the springboard for more collaborative sessions with homeowners and other partners to transform the builder-buyer relationship.

“Our slogan, ‘You Are the Blueprint,’ means something to us as a company,” she said. “This will allow us to take our relationship with our purchasers to a whole new level and create a more meaningful buying and living experience for them.”

National Homes looks forward to offering some of their latest “bright ideas” at upcoming new home communities in 2018 and 2019 including Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.
National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.

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Visit National Homes online for more information and to register for previews before the public openings in communities in Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

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Spoilt for Choice by Rosehaven at Mount Pleasant in Brampton

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Spoilt for Choice by Rosehaven at Mount Pleasant in Brampton

Choose from Traditional Freehold, Courtyard, Terrace & Live/Work Townhomes – and coming later this year, Singles too!

Those looking for a stunning new home in Brampton’s favourite community should mark their calendar to visit The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant in March when Rosehaven Homes will re-open at their new location on Mayfield Road.

Rosehaven has an amazing selection of freehold townhomes available from two-storey Traditional Freehold Towns to the innovative Contemporary TownHaus Collection that consists of three different styles; Courtyard, Terrace and Live/Work.

Rosehaven Traditional Freehold Townhomes offer 1,540 sq.ft to 1,906 sq.ft. of spacious living with eat-in kitchen, family-sized Great Room and direct access from garage to backyard, a convenience that’s rare in townhomes.

Imagine your family in a Courtyard Townhome from 1,674 to 2,151 sq.ft. with a private fenced courtyard, perfect for entertaining and children at play. The home’s unique design offers a convenient direct connection from the 2-car garage through a breezeway into the home.

Also available from the TownHaus Collection are innovative three-storey Terrace Towns up to 2,285 sq.ft. offering open concept living with contemporary design and a 2-car garage. Enjoy your own secluded deck off the spacious kitchen/breakfast/living area – ideal for entertaining!

Lastly, and best for some buyers, the TownHaus Collection offers Live/Work townhomes ranging from 2,137 to 2,703 sq. ft. with spacious ground floor commercial or retail space. Enjoy the ultimate convenience and save on overheads too. Own both a luxurious living space plus main floor for your home business. Perfect for consultants, artist, craftsperson, accountant, bookkeeper and many others.

Coming later this year, Rosehaven will be returning with their detached homes designed for 45’, 41’, 38’ & 30’ lots ranging from 1,627 to 3,725 sq. ft.

Whichever home you choose, each one comes with the outstanding features that buyers have come to expect in a Rosehaven home, such as smooth 9’ main floor ceilings, dramatic oak staircases, master bedroom ensuites, and hardwood flooring, to list just a few.

This highly sought-after established community has it all within walking distance. There are beautiful recreation and sports centres, library, places of worship and more. Residences can pick up a latte from Starbucks and some fresh produce from Longo’s on the way home from the local gym. Mount Pleasant is a pedestrian-friendly community, featuring welcoming boulevards for an evening stroll, extensive parklands, and new elementary and high schools.

This forward-thinking community is committed to protecting the immense natural environment with a major greenbelt, hundreds of acres of woodland trails, parkland, natural wetlands and wildlife – which makes it perfect for active families. There are many beautiful parks, a sports complex offering cricket pitches, baseball, soccer and more.

Getting around is easy with the new Mount Pleasant GO and ZUM hub down the road. The Brampton ZUM is an advanced technology transit system with fast and efficient service offering connections across the GTA. Or, for those who choose to drive, Hwys 407, 410 and the 401 are just minutes down the road.

If your dream for 2018 is a beautiful new home in a setting that offers the ideal blend of family-friendly tranquility and nearby amenities, you’ll love Rosehaven homes at Mount Pleasant. Get ready for March by visiting RosehavenHomes.com.

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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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This 25 year old is just getting started

As 2017 winds down, Rosehaven Homes’ 25th Anniversary celebration may seem complete — but they are just getting started. This year has been full of non-stop excitement with several successful new releases in Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Aldershot, and Brampton.

In addition, Rosehaven’s first foray into the midrise condo market is a best seller. And the company’s brand new website launched this year, providing busy customers with a more mobile-friendly interface.

TIFFANY HILL

Rosehaven returned this fall to upscale Ancaster with an exciting and much awaited new release of 45- and 40-foot singles with contemporary as well as classic elevations, plus the return of their traditional freehold townhomes. These homes boast stunning finishes such as hardwood and imported ceramic tile throughout the ground floor, oak stairs, spectacular kitchens, large family/great rooms and more.

AFFINITY CONDOS

With construction starting soon at Burlington’s favourite midrise condo, those who are interested should be aware that the Sales Office will be relocating soon, so hurry in for a tour of our designer model suite. In an established neighbourhood, Affinity is walking distance to shopping, schools, lakefront parks, trails and the Aldershot GO Transit train station. A good selection of contemporary suites remain, ranging from 575 to 1,272 square feet. Visit soon to take advantage of pre-construction pricing.

MOUNT PLEASANT

Imagine your family in a courtyard townhome up to 2,151 square feet in Brampton, each with a private fenced courtyard and double-car garage. This inspired design is the ultimate low-maintenance 24/7 outdoor oasis, with direct access from the garage into the home. The courtyard home design has classic roots for its ability to offer privacy and providing scenic views from indoors in all seasons and a protected “outdoor room” for kids to play, for barbecues and entertaining. Also available at Mount Pleasant are stunning freehold traditional townhomes as well as our contemporary terrace towns that are perfect for entertaining, and live/work townhomes offering ground floor commercial or retail space. For a limited time, Rosehaven is offering $20,000 (inclusive of HST) in Decor Dollars on all new townhome sales, so act swiftly and get a dream home decor budget.

COMING SOON

On The Ridge in Stoney Creek: Spring 2018 will be beautiful in Stoney Creek when Rosehaven launches a brand new release of 40- and 36-foot singles, semis and freehold townhomes. The homes will range from 1,398 to 3,303 square feet and will offer open-concept living with nine-foot smooth main floor ceilings, oak stairs, hardwood flooring and imported ceramic tile. Register now at LiveOnTheRidge.ca.

Tiffany Hill: Innovative freehold/condo lane townhomes are coming to Tiffany Hill in spring 2018. Register at TiffanyHill.ca.

This anniversary year might be drawing to a close, but great things are coming for the New Year with more design innovations and new releases at Rosehaven communities. We are ever evolving with new designs, partnerships and bold innovations. Here’s to our next 25 years!

ROSEHAVEN HOMES

Go online to find out more about these and Rosehaven’s other great communities.

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Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

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by Catherine Daley

A personal commitment to quality

Sixty years ago, Enzo Di Giovanni’s family immigrated from Italy. With them, they brought hand-crafted construction techniques derived from a long legacy of home building. Di Giovanni’s relatives were masters in masonry and concrete, and those skills were passed down to him at a very young age. “I’ve lived most of my life on a construction site,” says Di Giovanni.

While it may be a slight exaggeration, it isn’t far from the truth. Di Giovanni has an extensive background in a number of trades as a result of being on site since his youth – and he’s learned to master the artistry that goes along with them. His passion is shared with everyone who works on each new home building project – from start to finish.

Briarwood Homes is now in their 28th year in Canada, and they have focused their expertise on the Southern Ontario area. “We’re all about developing, and building, all-encompassing communities,” says Di Giovanni. “They’re built to a master plan that often includes a full range of amenities and retail services, as well.”

Quality features and finishes are evident in every Briarwood home.
Quality features and finishes are evident in every Briarwood home.

It’s this forward-thinking philosophy that continues to put Briarwood on the top rung of the building industry ladder. They are developing more sustainable communities that are also environment-friendly. Green roofs are being incorporated on top of their high rise buildings, and rough-ins are included in garages to accommodate super-charged, electric vehicles. “It’s all about anticipating what our homebuyers are looking for today,” says Di Giovanni. “And what they might possibly need for generations to come.”

Our customers have come to expect hands-on attention and hand-picked options.

Extending from Kingston in the east, to the northern climes of Muskoka, as well as the south/western region of Fort Erie (and everything in between), Briarwood Homes has an extensive portfolio of high-, low- and mid-rise communities in Newmarket, Brampton, Milton, Angus, Sutton and Prince Edward County, to name a few.

The Briarwood team prepares for another new home community.
The Briarwood team prepares for another new home community.

New projects currently in production, or recently finished, include Pretty River in Collingwood, Fletcher’s Meadow in Brampton, Mill Street in Tottenham and Havelock Town Manors in Markham, as well as a limited edition of luxury towns on the water in Jackson’s Point.

An in-house designer is available to assist new home buyers with a selection of finishes and upgrades to best represent their personal style.

When Briarwood is designing a model home or a new condo lobby, they outsource the decorating to the best in the business. Nothing is left to chance.

Homebuyers appreciate the hands-on attention and unparalleled customer service that they’ve come to expect from Briarwood Homes, because they know that nothing will be overlooked. All departmental employees, along with the trades and manufacturers that Di Giovanni deals with, respect this level of commitment. Only the highest quality materials are sourced, and a wide selection of options are hand-picked. “It’s what our customers want,” says Di Giovanni.

While the CEO of Briarwood Homes, Enzo Di Giovanni, may have a bricks and mortar office located at the company’s head office in Richmond Hill, it’s more likely that his car is command central. “I’m completely hands-on,” says Di Giovanni. “I get personally involved – it’s in my DNA.”

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Editor’s Choice: Kaneff Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Kaneff Homes

Step into elegant living at Forest Gate

Forest Gate is poised to open and taking registrations now. This inspired new community of exquisite homes by renowned Kaneff Homes will offer an impressive collection of upscale town manors set across the street from the prestigious Lionhead Golf Club and Conference Centre.

A wide selection of beautiful two- and three-storey upscale town manors up to 2,389 square feet will be available, offering three- and four-bedroom designs, even optional finished basements for family-sized recreational space along with an extra bedroom and bathroom. A fabulous choice of contemporary open-concept and traditional floorplans offer something for every buyer.

There are gourmet kitchens, some with islands and breakfast areas, impressive dining rooms with optional coffered ceilings, even a walk-in pantry/wine room on some plans. There are fabulous great rooms with fireplaces and huge windows overlooking the rear, and rear decks accessed by French doors or sliders off either the breakfast room or great room — and that’s only the main floor.

On the second floor, look for double doors opening to lavish master bedrooms featuring an optional corner fireplace, a huge walk-in closet and spa-inspired ensuite with frameless glass shower enclosures and double sink vanities. Also, two or three bedrooms featuring raised or cathedral ceilings, complete with a main bathroom and linen closet. Some designs feature a second floor laundry room, essential for family convenience.

Located near Mississauga Road and Financial Drive, the community is nestled between a park and protected woodlots with surrounding trails that lead all the way to Eldorado Park. Surrounded by Credit Valley lands, a 30- acre community park with playground and trails is steps away. Families will be pleased that the proposed public and Catholic elementary and high schools are just blocks away, as well as places of worship, making this neighbourhood the ideal place to live, grow and play.

Residents will live close to nature and will soon have all the conveniences nearby. With the future Lionhead Marketplace, a new 200,000-squarefoot neighbourhood shopping centre currently under construction, they will find a major chain grocery store, three financial institutions, a drugstore and other brand name retailers with extensive free parking.

Living across from exclusive Lionhead Golf Club and Conference Centre means enjoying the country club lifestyle whenever the whim takes you. For golfers, there is a course for every skill level, including Lionhead’s Legends and Masters courses. Dining is delicious at Iggy’s Grill, Bar and Patio at Lionhead, a year-round licensed restaurant catering to contemporary tastes. The new renovated clubhouse and conference centre is perfect for hosting special celebrations and occasions.

With both Highways 401 and 407 only minutes south on Mississauga Road, getting into Toronto and anywhere in the GTA is easy.

Upscale town manors at Forest Gate are priced starting from the upper $800,000s.

KANEFF HOMES
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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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Fall is looking amazing

With autumn approaching, the respected builder is heading into the final quarter of its anniversary year, and like any 25-year-old, they’re full of vitality and just getting started.

TIFFANY HILL

Tiffany Hill returns to Ancaster this fall with a new release of exceptional singles and townhomes. Large four bedroom 45- and 40-foot singles, traditional freehold townhomes and new freehold/condo lane townhomes will be offered.

Interest is incredible and these stunning homes are expected to sell very quickly so be sure to register your interest now. This established community of winding avenues, abundant amenities, schools and natural spaces is highly sought-after in prestigious Ancaster. Be sure to register online at TiffanyHill.ca and stay in the loop.

AFFINITY

Affinity Condominiums, the best-selling midrise condo in Burlington, offers two contemporary buildings.

Seeing is believing but you’d better hurry to tour the gorgeous designer Model Suite and see the finishes and features for yourself. Construction will be starting soon and the Sales Centre is moving to a new location in the fall.

The suites range from 575 to 1,272 square feet with a choice of floorplans from one bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room. Contemporary finishes include wide plank laminate flooring, quartz countertops, nine-foot smooth ceilings and five appliances.

Rosehaven’s first foray into the Burlington condo market is a triumph. Imagine living the carefree condo lifestyle in an established neighbourhood near parks, trails and the waterfront. Plus, enjoy transit at your doorstep that will whisk you away to your desired location.

Those interested in this exciting project, located walking distance to the Aldershot GO Transit station, should visit soon for a tour. The Sales Centre is currently located at 348 Plains Road East, Aldershot.

MOUNT PLEASANT

Offering contemporary freehold Townhaus collection of terrace towns and live/work towns plus traditional freehold townhomes and a few singles, Mount Pleasant in Brampton has something for everyone.

Those looking for a townhome will be pleased with all the choices. There are beautiful two-storey traditional freehold townhomes that are ideal for growing families, with eat-in kitchen, spacious family-sized great rooms, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms including a master ensuite.

Entertaining is easy in the contemporary freehold Townhaus terrace towns that offer up to 2,286 square feet of open-concept living, including large great rooms with sliders that open onto an outdoor terrace. Busy residents will be pleased to have a two-car garage and there’s also a ground floor space with a private bath that can be used as a den or extra bedroom.

If your dream includes working from home, a contemporary freehold Townhaus live/work unit is for you, with its ground level work space including a half bath. Imagine being able to cut your commute to only one staircase while impressing your clients with the sleek modern styling and expansive windows. The living space on the two floors above is just as elegant and includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms, an outdoor terrace and one or two-car garage.

Mount Pleasant also has four magnificent detached homes to choose from. Visit the Sales Centre and see the stunning 41- and 45-foot singles available now.

Come to the Sales Office today at 308 Buick Boulevard off Mississauga Road.

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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Remington Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

It’s all about choice

Homebuyers can choose from an endless list of builders and developers, communities and home styles. So why do so many choose Remington Homes? What is it about this homegrown Canadian company that makes it stand out from the pack?

As Canada celebrates its milestone birthday, Remington Homes is celebrating another year of providing homeowners with outstanding homes in the GTA’s most desirable communities. In almost three decades, Remington has build more than 10,000 homes and with vast land holdings the company will continue to build exceptional communities well into the future.

This true-blue Canadian company has roots deep in the Canadian soil. As part of the Remington Group, Remington Homes has built distinctive and dynamic communities from Oakville to Markham and throughout the GTA.

Remington communities share innovative home designs, superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service. This is why so many new home purchasers consider Remington Homes to be among the very best homebuilders in the GTA.

What distinguishes Remington is their commitment to functional home designs and their reputation for constructing exceptional communities in amenity-rich locations. These two factors have been the hallmark of their success from the very beginning. But this is not the only thing that makes Remington Homes the builder of choice for so many. The company provides award-winning customer service that gives homeowners extra peace of mind from purchase to move-in and beyond. Remington recognizes that happy homeowners build great communities. Perhaps this attitude is one of the reasons that Remington Homes has consistently earned a rating of Excellence from Tarion.

Remington Homes is committed to balancing design and construction with environmentally friendly considerations to create greener living environments. The company is deeply committed to reducing its impact on the environment. They have been at the forefront of building Energy Star qualified homes that offer healthier and more comfortable living environments while reducing both energy consumption and household carrying costs.

The company has grown to include extensive residential, retail, commercial and condominium developments. Presently, the company has many fine communities at various stages of sales and construction.

THE BRIGHTSIDE

Remington Homes is getting ready to launch its newest community, The Brightside in Brampton. The Brightside is a family community within the beautiful Mayfield Village neighbourhood. Here Remington is building a spectacular collection of towns, semis and singles on 32-, 38- and 43-foot lots.

This perfect setting, located at Countryside Drive and Bramalea Road, is surrounded by glorious nature and is close to all of the conveniences of Brampton. Here homeowners will enjoy beautiful parks, fabulous places to hike, bike, skate, swim and explore as well as shop and dine. Excellent schools and a wonderful selection of cultural amenities make The Brightside in Brampton the perfect new community. The Brightside joins an illustrious group of prime communities developed by Remington Homes.

DOWNTOWN MARKHAM

Located in the heart of Markham Centre, Remington’s Downtown Markham is expected to be the largest collection of LEED-certified buildings in North America. When completed, the community will include 15,000 residents, 3.4 million square feet of premium office space and 2 million square feet of retail.

Part of this incredible community is a $25 million public art program spearheaded by The Remington Group. The signature piece of the collection is the Pride of Canada Carousel, which features 44 rideable sculptures made by Canadian artist Patrick Amiot. Each piece is cleverly crafted from reclaimed materials as a tribute to Canada and a nod to sustainability.

CAPTAIN’S COVE

Remington Homes’ Captain’s Cove in Midland is a community of 50- and 75-foot bungalows along the shores of Georgian Bay. Here residents can escape the hustle and bustle of big city life filled with traffic and noise.

Captain’s Cove offers a relaxed, serene vacation lifestyle with four seasons of stimulating activity. From boating, swimming, walking and birding in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and community sports in the winter. Captain’s Cove’s will soon be releasing a new phase of charming bungalows in this picturesque waterside community.

THE PRESERVE

Remington will soon be releasing an outstanding collection of 45- and 50-foot detached home lots in Oakville’s highly sought-after Preserve community. When Remington Homes started developing plans for The Preserve, it was an opportunity to take decades of insight and create new home designs that would not only be functional and liveable but also offer 360 degrees of beautiful design. The results reflect the superior quality that defines the Remington brand. The finishes at The Preserve provide a level of luxury that sets these homes apart.

HELLO GEORGETOWN

Hello Georgetown, Remington Homes’ family-friendly community in Georgetown builds on the company’ long history of home building in this ever-growing neighbourhood.

Remington is getting ready to release their next collection of 40-foot detached homes this fall. The first two phases of this popular community sold out quickly and given the continued demand, this next release will undoubtedly follow suit.

WIGSTON GREEN ESTATES

At Wigston Green Estates in Thornhill, Remington Homes has a limited selection of beautifully crafted homes remaining on 60-and 80-foot lots, priced from $3.2 million. This magnificent community of estate homes is located in Thornhill’s most desirable neighbourhood off Bathurst Street south of Highway 7.

One of the remarkable things about Remington Homes is the variety of residential communities it offers. From estate lots to charming townhomes and a wide variety of home and condo styles in between, Remington truly offers something for every life stage and lifestyle.

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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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At 25, Rosehaven is just getting started

At the beginning of Rosehaven Homes’ 25th anniversary year, they vowed this would be its best year yet. With the year only halfway through, the trusted builder looks like it is on track to achieve just that.

Rosehaven could have looked back in pride. After all, since their first community opened in Waterdown in 1992, Rosehaven has built over 6,000 homes in many inspired new home communities all over Southern Ontario. They’ve received numerous awards and been recognized for excellence at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. With one of the highest repeat buyer rates, the builder has proven they build customer satisfaction.

But resting on past achievements is simply not the Rosehaven way. Continually striving for excellence, Rosehaven Homes offers something for everyone. This year’s incredibly successful new releases in Stoney Creek, Ancaster and Brampton are proof that at 25, Rosehaven is just getting started.

Rosehaven launched Phase 2 at On The Ridge in Stony Creek and sold out of all the townhomes over one weekend. These newly designed freehold townhomes were clearly exactly what buyers wanted; terrific, high-quality homes in a vibrant neighbourhood near shopping, dining, entertainment, parks and trails.

The new release of stunning singles, semis and towns at Tiffany Hill in Ancaster also sold out in under a week. Buyers had been eagerly awaiting this new release in a lovely, established, family-friendly neighbourhood, and homes were quickly snapped up.

And to top that off, a new phase of singles and towns was released at The Neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant. This release was also much anticipated and the singles sold out in just a few days.

Rosehaven Homes’ first foray into the Burlington condo market is another triumph. Released in 2016, Affinity West is already the fastest selling midrise in Burlington’s Aldershot neighbourhood. Affinity West is 90 per cent sold and Affinity East just opened, offering new designs and larger suites from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room, ranging in size from 585 up to 1,272 square feet. The Presentation Centre is located at 348 Plains Road East in Aldershot.

Rosehaven will take a pause to celebrate 25 years of building on July 10. The second half of Rosehaven’s anniversary year gets underway after that and it promises to be equally busy, with a number of new releases coming this fall and late 2017.

Those buyers who missed out on the recent releases will be excited to hear that On The Ridge returns this fall to Stoney Creek. The first launch will be offering freehold towns and semis, and will be followed later in the year with 40- and 35-foot singles.

Tiffany Hill in Ancaster just gets better because everything about this desirable neighborhood has been planned with a sense of community in mind. Rosehaven’s next release will feature 45- and 40-foot singles, freehold towns and condo towns in this “country-chic” community traced with parks and trails, woodlands and waterfalls.

Also coming later this fall is more of what Brampton buyers love at The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant. A new release of singles and towns with stone, brick and stucco exteriors are coming to this popular community of beautiful homes.

With a new highrise condo in the planning stages for Grimsby, new singles and towns coming to North Oakville, a new release coming soon to Anchor Woods in Holland Landing and Dreamfields in Bradford, this is clearly going to be a year to remember for Rosehaven Homes and their delighted new homebuyers.

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To stay up to date on all current and coming communities, register online at RosehavenHomes.com.


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Editor's Choice: Lindvest

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Exciting times ahead

Lindvest has had an incredibly productive year doing what they do best: building homes. Seven of their projects are busily under construction all across the GTA: Aurora, Brampton, Markham, Newcastle, Toronto, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. From detached homes, elegant townhomes, and highrise condos, the Lindvest projects come in all shapes and sizes. But Lindvest certainly isn’t a company that rests on its laurels. Several exciting new projects are on the horizon.

NORTH OAKVILLE

The first comes to the wonderful town of Oakville. Traditional and contemporary lines will fill the streets of the project called North Oakville, an elegant collection of detached homes in this desirable neighbourhood. Generous lot sizes range from 36, 38, 41, 43 and 45 feet, meaning there is something for every size of family and every homeowner’s desire. Plans range from 2500 to over 4000 square feet with elevations that cater to all tastes, whether traditional or more contemporary. Destined to be a beautiful community, North Oakville is tentatively set to launch its first phase in the summer of 2017.

GRACEFIELDS

The Lindvest community Gracefields in Newcastle has been growing for several years now and the builder is proud to announce a new addition to the family: The Towns at Gracefields. An enclave of just 37 townhomes, these sought-after residences range in size from just under 1,500 to just over 2,000 square feet, offering space to start, grow and expand. It’s an exciting time in Newcastle as the community is prospering. Be sure to be part of the excitement when The Towns at Gracefields are released in the fall of 2017.

AURORA GLEN

Lindvest continues to build in another of its favourite communities: Aurora. Beginning a few years ago with the incredibly successful launch of Aurora Glen, the momentum continues with an exclusive collection of 11 condominium townhomes known as The Enclave at Aurora Glen. These stunning townhomes are slated for release in late fall 2017. One only needs to take a look at the construction of the first two phases of Aurora Glen to know the excitement of owning in this incredible town. Don’t miss your chance to own in Aurora — these townhomes will be highly coveted.

It is a momentous time for Lindvest, to have so much construction underway. Watching their communities grow and seeing families move into their new homes is a feeling unlike any other. As the Lindvest motto says, “Life Happens Here.”

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

Flato Developments’ president has perfected the art of the condo.

Everybody has a story to tell — some are pretty interesting — and Shakir Rehmatullah has one that spans three countries and two continents, and all before he was 20.

In 1996, Rehmatullah came to Canada with his parents from their home in Karachi, Pakistan, where both his father and grandfather were in the building industry.

As soon as the family landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport, the family drove to Markham and checked into a hotel, which, incidentally, is right beside Flato’s new head office.

The senior Rehmatullah then rented a car and started looking for property he could buy and found a piece of land.

Rehmatullah was studying architectural engineering at the University of Miami before his family relocated to Canada, which is why he named his company Flato — Fla is the abbreviation for Florida and TO is for Toronto.

The energetic father of four has a passion other than building — the arts. It’s why Flato is the naming sponsor for the Markham Theatre and why Rehmatullah is a patron of the theatre. He also sponsors Markham’s Varley Art Gallery, named for Group of Seven painter Frederick Varley, and helps young artists market their work through The Original Artwork Collection at his home decor website, FlatoHome.com.

“I love the arts,” Rehmatullah says. “It’s important to me to support the communities where we build — whether it be sponsoring their community theatre, art galleries, or recreation centres. It’s not just about building houses; it’s about building communities.”

Q: What separates Flato from other homebuilders?

A: My passion and the pride I have in what I build. I learned from my father and grandfather that building homes isn’t just about creating shelter, but about creating vibrant communities. I live in the community I built because it’s important to me and I have nothing to hide. I have a long-term commitment to each project I build. I work in the community for the same reason.

Every community needs schools, parks, theatres, arenas, libraries, hospitals, art galleries … we all need them. To help create those amenities, and to support those amenities, is going above and beyond what is required. I don’t want to leave a ditch behind when I finish building. I’ll turn that ditch into a park.

I’m also really blessed to have a really great team working with me who shares my vision.

Q:You are a lowrise homebuilder that recently took on a condominium project, ArtHouse.

A: We have built many lowrise communities acorss the GTA; in Vaughan, Mississauga, Oakville, Markham, Richmond Hill and Brampton. And yes, our first condo, ArtHouse in Markham, a 14-storey building with 173 units, which has been completed. The project is completely inspired by the arts, right down to the amenities, which includes an artist’s studio, gallery space, a digital arts centre and a culinary arts studio. It’s also built to LEED Silver requirements and will include retail at grade.

Q:What’s on the drawing board?

A: I’m really excited about our upcoming communities. In Dundalk, we’ve got Phase 3 of Edgewood Greens about to be released. It’s a master-planned community of fully detached homes, ranging in size from about 1,800 to over 3,000 square feet. And in New Tecumseth — Beeton actually — we’re in the planning stages for another master-planned community.

I’m finding that we can build high-quality homes outside the GTA and offer a more affordable price point. Beeton is right off Highway 400 and just a short drive to Alliston and Barrie, making the commute into the GTA fairly easy. But I’m really hoping the government will do more to promote public transit, which would make it so much easier for people to move around and find affordable housing outside of the GTA.

We’ll soon be releasing our final phase of Alloa Greens in Brampton. And another upcoming community we have is Palgrave Estates, a luxury estate home community in Caledon, situated on one- to seven-acre lots.

Q: Do you have someone you would consider a mentor?

A: My father, absolutely; I learned a lot from him while he was a builder in Pakistan and after we moved to Canada.

Q:What makes you proud?

A: My kids. I have four children — aged 11, 9, 5 and 2 — and I love to spend time with them. I take them to school every day and we really enjoy each other.

I’m also very proud of my team here at Flato. It sounds cliché, but we really are a family. What we do is what we believe.

Q: Flato has a reputation for giving back to the community. Why is that important to you?

A: What I do is not about the money for me. It’s personal satisfaction. It gives me pleasure to give from my heart. I want Flato to be more than just the homes we build.

Q:What do you do for fun?

A: I love to spend time with my kids. But, of course, having lived in Miami, I enjoy golf. I used to be quite good but don’t have the time anymore, so when I do play, I really enjoy it.

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