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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.

 

AURORA

Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.

 

BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.

 

BURLINGTON

Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.

 

CALEDON

Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.

 

EAST GWILLIMBURY

Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.

 

HALTON HILLS

Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.

 

KING CITY

Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.

 

MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.

 

NEWMARKET

John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.

 

OAKVILLE

Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.

 

OSHAWA

Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.

 

RICHMOND HILL

Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.

 

TORONTO

John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.

 

UXBRIDGE

Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.

 

VAUGHAN

Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.

 

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.

 

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Lock-and-leave lifestyles

Home buyers are thrilled with the carefree condo, lock-and-leave lifestyle at two popular communities by Rosehaven Homes. It’s a straightforward concept – one that allows residents to lock their door, knowing that the upkeep of their property will be well looked after. Responsibilities, like cutting the grass, raking the leaves, and shovelling the snow are all taken care of, so that travel becomes a care-free pastime.

WATERFRONT LIVING IN GRIMSBY

Odyssey in Grimsby, artist's concept.
Odyssey in Grimsby, artist’s concept.

Scheduled to open this fall is Odyssey – a luxurious 20-storey condominium residence, along with an exclusive collection of condominium townhomes. Located in Grimsby and surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment, Odyssey offers a picture-perfect lifestyle that’s modern and maintenance-free.

From the high rise condominium building, residents can enjoy expansive views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Spacious, open-concept interiors, in both the condos and townhomes, feature contemporary finishes that complement a range of personal styles.

Grimsby was recently named the best place to live in Niagara by MoneySense magazine. This town has a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, spas, recreation centres, art galleries and more. They have recently revitalized their waterfront, and residents of Odyssey have access to the Waterfront Trail. Natural attributes include tree-lined trails and waterfalls along the Niagara Escarpment and Centennial Park. And, close by is Niagara-on-the-Lake with renowned wineries, restaurants and the Shaw Festival.

Here, residents have easy access to the QEW. And come 2021, GO trains are expected to be running from Grimsby to Toronto’s Union Station.

AFFINITY IN BURLINGTON

Affinity in Burlington, artist's concept.
Affinity in Burlington, artist’s concept.

Construction is well underway at Affinity Condos, but there’s still time to secure your condominium in these popular mid rise buildings. A wide selection of one- and two-bedroom suites, plus those with a formal dining room, remain. Sizes range from 575 to 1,272 square feet.

Affinity consists of two six-storey, mid rise buildings, and each includes a fitness/yoga room, a party room with kitchen and a rooftop terrace.

Contemporary suites include wide-plank, laminate flooring throughout, as well as 12- x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in the bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and in the bathrooms, and nine-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state-of-the-art roller blinds, in addition to an underground parking space and a storage unit, are also included.

Affinity is situated in an established residential neighbourhood in Burlington, close to waterfront parks and trails, as well as the GO train, Highway 403 and the QEW.

For those who are on the go, as well as empty-nesters, Affinity condominiums are especially appealing. Simply lock-and-leave for a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

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For Odyssey, register online. odysseylife.ca

Affinity’s Presentation Centre is located at 516 Plains Road East in Burlington. affinitycondo.com


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Rosehaven is making a big splash in condos

Rosehaven Homes is proud to offer inspired midrise and highrise condominiums to complement their vast selection of singles, semis and townhomes available at communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

Building on their success at Affinity Condos in Burlington, Rosehaven is poised to launch Odyssey waterfront condos in Grimsby.

Affinity Condos
Affinity Condos

Construction Underway at Affinity Condos in Burlington

Affinity Condos is under construction but it’s not too late to buy at this successful midrise condominium.

There’s a great selection of suites available from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room, ranging in size from 575 up to 1,272 square feet. Affinity consists of two six-storey midrise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen and rooftop terrace.

The contemporary suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, 9-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state of the art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit are included.

The Terrace at Affinity Condos
The Terrace at Affinity Condos

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood with easy access to the GO Train as well as the 403 & QEW, Affinity is ideal for a wide range of buyers from empty-nesters to first time buyers, commuters and young professionals.

The Waterfront Trail and LaSalle Park are nearby with trails, beach and more. Shopping, schools, and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores minutes away by car or transit. Visit the Presentation Centre soon, located at 516 Plains Road East, or AffinityCondo.com.

Odyssey, Waterfront Living in Grimsby

Coming soon, Rosehaven is bringing waterfront living to Grimsby with Odyssey, a brilliant 20-storey condominium and townhomes launching this winter by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Odyssey’s highrise condominium residence will feature amazing views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Spacious open concept interiors with contemporary finishes will complement your personal style whether it’s in a condo or a spacious townhome.

The gorgeous Grimsby waterfront is no longer the neighbourhood’s own secret. Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas. Along the Niagara Escarpment are numerous waterfalls as well as miles of tree-lined trails to explore. Odyssey residents will also love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

With the lake right across the street, it’s hard to believe that it’s only 30 minutes to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines. There are renowned wineries to tour, beautiful Niagara On The Lake and Niagara’s many attractions. A new Grimsby GO Station is slated to open in 2021 with trains to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty should register online for Odyssey right away at OdysseyLife.ca.


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Building on Affinity’s success in Burlington, Rosehaven is poised to launch Odyssey in Grimsby

Rosehaven Homes is proud to offer inspired condominium residences to complement their vast selection of singles and townhomes currently available at communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

From the eager response to date, it is clear that this home type satisfies a growing number of buyers’ needs. Besides giving many first-time buyers the opportunity to own, contemporary suites have many attractive features. Residents enjoy carefree condo living with lifestyle amenities, and no maintenance or chores like snow shoveling. Owners also discover that a condo is a “lock-and-leave” home so they can go away on vacation without worry.

AFFINITY

With construction underway at Affinity, the doors are open on the new Presentation Centre just down the street at 516 Plains Road East in Burlington.

There’s a great selection of suites available from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom-plus-formal-dining-room, from 575 up to 1,272 square feet. Affinity consists of two contemporary six-storey midrise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen and rooftop terrace.

Suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch-by-24-inch imported porcelain floor tiles in bathrooms, quartz countertops and nine-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state-of-the-art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit are included.

Set in an established neighbourhood, Affinity is surrounded by green space with Lake Ontario’s picturesque Burlington Bay, the Waterfront Trail and LaSalle Park on the doorstep. Shopping, schools and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores just minutes away by car or transit.

Close to Aldershot GO Transit station, and with easy access to the QEW, this inspired condo answers the needs of a wide range of buyers from empty nesters to first-time buyers, commuters and young professionals. Visit the new Presentation Centre or AffinityCondo.ca for more.

ODYSSEY

Rosehaven is bringing refined waterfront living to Grimsby with Odyssey, a brilliant 20-storey condominium launching this summer by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Odyssey’s highrise condominium residence will feature spacious open-concept interiors with contemporary finishes to complement your personal style. And there’s a choice of lake views or escarpment views.

Set amidst everything that makes the Niagara Region appealing, Grimsby is a vibrant and growing town with a lively arts scene, shopping, dining and more. Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas with miles of tree-lined trails to explore. Odyssey residents will love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

It’s only a 30-minute drive to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines. There are renowned wineries to tour, the beautiful village Niagara-on-the-Lake to visit and all the attractions of Niagara. A new Grimsby GO Transit station opens soon on the Lakeshore West line that runs from Niagara to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty are urged to register online for Odyssey right away.

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Rosehaven has something for everyone, whether a condominium, townhome or detached home.

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Local focus: Oakville & Burlington

by Gale Beeby

HOUSING OPTIONS

Oakville and Burlington are comprised of a number of traditional neighbourhoods. The old town of Oakville, which is along the waterfront, is chock-a-block with historical century homes and grand mansions, which spread the entire length of the township from the Mississauga border in the east to the Burlington border in the west. The stately homes continue along Burlington‘s waterfront. Click on the links above for a list of developments for sale in the area.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts holds performances by many international artists and is also the venue for the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Children’s Choir and the Oakville Ballet company. The Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is an annual summer event that features a number of stages along Lakeshore Road East. The Waterfront Festival takes place in Coronation Park and includes amusement park rides, arts and crafts, food and drinks, concerns and nightly fireworks displays.

Burlington is home to the award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens, which has the world’s largest lilac collection. It features over 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, including four outdoor display gardens, the Mediterranean Garden under glass, three on-site restaurants, the Gardens’ Gift Shop, and festivals.

The Art Gallery of Burlington houses the largest collection of Canadian ceramics. Ireland House at Oakridge Farm is a history museum depicting family life from the 1850s to the 1920s. Burlington’s Performing Arts Centre is a 750-seat facility that hosts a number of performances of varying styles and offers many children’s activities.

PARKS & REC

Oakville has 3,500 acres of parkland, over 300 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks. Burlington has 115 parks with 1,430 acres of parkland in the city. On the shore of Lake Ontario, Spencer Smith Park has been renovated with an observatory, outdoor pond, water jet play area and restaurant.

Several conservation areas feature year-round activities. Mount Nemo Conservation Area has paths that lead to the Bruce Trail and rock climbing areas. Bronte Creek Provincial Park features a campground and recreational activities and event throughout the year.

The Bruce Trail also runs through Kerncliff Park and at many points runs along the edge of cliffs, providing a clear view of Burlington, the Burlington Skyway Bridge, Hamilton and Oakville.

RETAIL THERAPY

There are great boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bistros along the main streets of the villages that make up Oakville and Burlington. The largest mall is Oakville Place, which has a famous clock as its centrepiece. The Mapleview Centre in Burlington and Burlington Mall are the destination shopping centres and Appleby Mall has recently been renovated as an outdoor box store centre.

EASY ACCESS

Oakville Transit provides local bus service and Burlington Transit connects with Hamilton. GO Transit runs train and bus service regularly from the area. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 407, 403, 6, 8 and 20, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple.

BY THE NUMBERS

Oakville population: 193,800

Oakville average annual income: $163,752

Oakville walk scores: 51

Oakville.ca

Burlington population: 183,400

Burlington average annual income: $88,085

Burlington walk scores: 54

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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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With construction underway on new Rosehaven condominium in Burlington’s Aldershot, you can feel the excitement coming to life

Affinity consists of two contemporary six-storey midrise condo buildings. Exteriors will feature stunning glass walls, black brick with stone and stucco elements and ‘wood’ accents. Each building will offer its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen, rooftop terrace, lobby and mail room.

This inspired condo community is minutes to the Aldershot GO Station, with quick highway access, making it popular among a wide range of buyers, from empty-nesters to young professionals. Residents will enjoy the carefree lock-and-leave condo lifestyle, with numerous amenities in an established neighbourhood that is close to waterfront parks and trails.

The response among condo buyers to Affinity has been incredible. If you’re concerned that you’ve missed out on a real opportunity, don’t worry. There’s still a great selection of suites remaining, ranging from 575-square-foot one-bedrooms up to 1,272-square-foot two-bedrooms plus formal dining room.

The contemporary designs are stunning and bright with plenty of windows to let the outdoors in. The suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, 9-foot smooth ceilings (10-foot ceilings on 6th floor suites). Suites include five appliances, state of the art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit.

Step into either building at Affinity and be welcomed in style in lobbies crafted with sleek finishes and marble accents. The building’s designer lounge provides a sophisticated setting for residents to greet guests and chat with neighbours. Sure to be a favourite, the rooftop terrace of each building features barbecues, outdoor fireplaces and seating perfect for conversation. Entertaining even a large crowd will be a breeze in the Party Room. with kitchen area, dining table, TV, billiards and conversation area with stylish contemporary decor.

Residents will discover the convenience of having a gym an elevator ride away; no more gym fees or cold winter morning workouts. Both buildings offer their own spacious fitness area and yoga room, complete with state-of-the-art equipment.

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood between Aldershot Park and Teal Greenway Park, Affinity is surrounded by green spaces. From Affinity it’s only a 20-minute walk to the Waterfront Trail or a four-minute car ride. Recreational access to Lake Ontario is found at nearby LaSalle Park, with marina, event pavilion, trails, boardwalk, beach, picnic areas, and wading pool, and an amazing view of Burlington’s Skyway Bridge that leads to Niagara and The Falls.

Aldershot is also home to the famed 2,700-acre Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest of its kind in Canada and a favourite destination. But don’t be fooled by all the natural splendour; the neighbourhood is well served with convenient amenities. Shopping, schools, and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores just minutes away by car or transit.

New Presentation Centre to open February 3rd, 2018 at 516 Plains Road, Unit 13, in Burlington. For further information or to book an appointment, visit the website.

1.888.410.0175

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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!

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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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.

ROSEHAVEN HOMES

Go online to find out about these and all of Rosehaven’s communities.

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Local Focus: Hamilton

Local Focus: Hamilton

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Local Focus: Hamilton

by Gale Beeby

HOUSING OPTIONS

Hamilton is no stranger to historic housing or large estates, but also has a large selection of housing at any price, including an influx of new condominiums. There are many new housing developments. Click here to see a full list of homes for sale.

THE WORKPLACE

Hamilton is the centre of industry in the Golden Horseshoe. The Hamilton airport has grown to be the leading facility in the country for courier, cargo and freight shipments. The Port of Hamilton is the busiest port on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes.

Hamilton also has a busy agricultural industry, which generates more than $1 billion in trade annually. It is also becoming a leader in brownfield redevelopment and has recently begun an initiative to revitalize its downtown core.

Numerous TV and film productions have been filmed in Hamilton and a growing arts and culture community anchors the many local art galleries, recording studios and independent film production companies.

SCHOOL DAYS

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board administer schools in Hamilton. The Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest operates one elementary and one secondary school in Hamilton and there are a number of private schools in the area.

McMaster University Medical Centre
McMaster University Medical Centre

Hamilton is home to several post-secondary institutions, including the renowned McMaster University, which has over 22,000 students. Brock University in St. Catharines has a satellite campus in Hamilton used primarily for teacher education. Other schools include McMaster Divinity College, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

The award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens is a 2,422-acre nature sanctuary considered the plant biodiversity hotspot of Canada. It is also a part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum houses over 40 historical aircraft and an extensive aviation gift shop and gallery.

Dundurn Castle
Dundurn Castle

Also located in Hamilton is the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Hamilton Military Museum, the Museum of Steam and Technology, and the Whitehern Historic House and Gardens. Dundurn Castle is an 18,000-square-foot neoclassical mansion that was completed in 1835 by architect Robert Charles Wetherell. Built for Sir Allan Napier MacNab, the City of Hamilton has carefully restored the rooms to illustrate life in the 1850s.

Albion Falls
Albion Falls

Hamilton is also home to the Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and the Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League; their main rivals are the Toronto Marlies.

PARKS & REC

Gage Park
Gage Park

If you are an active hiker, this is the area for you. The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, runs 890 kilometres along the Escarpment from Tobermory in the north to Niagara in the south. The section of the trail from Milton to Grimsby runs along the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois.

Webster's Falls
Webster’s Falls

The Hamilton Conservation Authority operates several parks, including Westfield Heritage Village, Dundas Valley (home to the Hermitage Ruins), Fifty Point on Lake Ontario, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Confederation Park, Eramosa Karst (filled with underground caves and streams) and Valens Lake campground.

RETAIL THERAPY

Hamilton has a lively downtown with a large selection of boutiques, restaurants, cafés and salons. Jackson Square is Hamilton’s largest downtown shopping mall, which is also connected to FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum). The City Centre Mall and Lime Ridge Mall, Hamilton’s largest shopping destination with over 200 shops and services, round out the large shopping districts. And, of course, big box outlets are handily located.

EASY ACCESS

Transit is a viable option in Hamilton. The HSR (Hamilton Street Railway) runs throughout the city and connects with Burlington. Its name is a legacy of the days when most of public transit vehicles were streetcars. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 403, 6, 8 and 20, the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple. GO Transit also goes in and out of Hamilton daily.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 536,917

Founded: 1816

Known as: The Waterfall Capital of the World

Walk Scores:

  • Westdale Hamilton: 90
  • West Hamilton: 88
  • Dundas: 83
  • Hamilton Mountain: 82
  • Ancaster: 75
  • Upper Wentworth: 73
  • Stoney Creek Downtown: 75

Hamilton.ca

 



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