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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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



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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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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 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 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.


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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Local Focus: Hamilton

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by Gale Beeby


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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




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Destination Ontario: Hamilton & Burlington

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Destination Ontario: Hamilton & Burlington

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

Golden Horseshoe Port Cities


Founded in 1816, Hamilton has experienced an epoch-making revitalization over the past few years. The city is becoming known for its vibrant arts community, tasty culinary destinations and still affordable housing. An equidistant hour’s drive from Toronto or Niagara Falls, Hamilton is Canada’s ninth largest municipality, and Ontario’s third. With leafy streets and epic architecture, Hamilton offers quirky neighbourhoods and historical charm.


James Street North is at the centre of Hamilton’s developing arts’ scene, along with King William Street, Locke Street and King Street. James Street North has a wide selection of new eateries to choose from, including Jack & Lois, which was mentioned on You Gotta Eat Here, E-Talk and in The Huffington Post, plus Charred, Mesa and the health-conscious Green Bar. Funky boutiques offer everything from party ware to jewellery and fashions from local designers. Nearby Ottawa Street captures Hamilton’s eclectic spirit with dozens and dozens of storefronts that include D.Y.I. shops, fabrics, antiques, collectibles and restaurants.

James Street art crawl

For great shopping and dining, visit Gore Park in the city’s downtown core. Take some time out on a park bench to smell the roses while admiring the stately statues of Queen Victoria and Sir John A. Macdonald.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton has been an epicentre for the arts for more than 100 years, and is Ontario’s third largest public gallery. The McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) was founded in 1967 at McMaster University, and houses more than 7,000 pieces of art.

Hamilton’s live theatre scene offers diverse performances at Theatre Aquarius, and at smaller companies like the Players’ Guild of Hamilton and Hamilton Theatre Inc.


Hamilton’s historical attractions include the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the HMCS Haida National Historic Site (Canada’s most famous Tribal Class warship) and Dundurn – a National Historic Site built in 1835. Now a museum, the castle was the former residence of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, Prime Minister of Upper Canada, 1854 to 1856. The current Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, is the museum’s patron, and is the great, great, great granddaughter of MacNab.

Other noted attractions include the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, (Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons is a member), the African Lion Safari Park and the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Canadian War Plane Museum


Residents and visitors can cycle along Hamilton’s 7.5 kilometres of waterfront trails through the 40-acre Bayfront Park, which includes an outdoor skating rink and soon-tobe- refurbished public marina, and connects to the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Hamilton Escarpment offers spectacular views of the city and of the Hamilton Harbour.

Webster’s Falls

Hamilton, and the surrounding area, boasts more than 100 waterfalls. Webster’s Falls is located in the Spencer George/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area, and is considered Hamilton’s gem. Enjoy a self-guided walk along the well-maintained trails that provide access to a host of waterfalls along the Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail. Trekkers can also hike the King’s Forest Waterfall Walk to Albion Falls, the Devil’s Punchbowl Battlefield Creek Walk and the scenic Iroquoia Walk, among others. Picturesque cycling routes include the Escarpment Rail Trail, Dofasco Trail Loop, the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail and the Chedoke Rail Trail.


The picturesque town of Dundas is located close by, and features 19th century buildings, sophisticated boutiques and food emporiums. Nicknamed the Valley Town because of its location at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment on the western edge of Lake Ontario, Dundas is a short 20-minute drive from Hamilton.


At the centre of the Golden Horseshoe is Burlington. This city is ideally situated between Toronto and Niagara, and offers the best of all worlds. It’s home to 115 parks and 200 annual events. For five years in a row, Burlington was named the best mid-sized city in Canada, as well as Ontario’s second best city to live in by MoneySense, 2017.

Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake


Seasonal changes in Burlington are celebrated with flair. In the early spring, Maple Festivals are popular at the Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Conservation Halton. Tulips and lilacs are the first to bloom at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the return of the cherry blossoms are always a highlight at Spencer Smith Park.

Come summer, there are a plethora of ways to stay active, including hiking on the many trails, cycling along the waterfront, or casting a line and picnicking at one of the many parks in the area. Farmers’ markets are plentiful as are open-air patios for dining al fresco. In June, the Sound of Music Festival kicks off and continues throughout the summer months. Canada’s Largest Ribfest is held on Labour Day weekend at Spencer Smith Park, and is a great way to close out the summer.

Fall into Nature celebrates the changing colours along the escarpment and throughout the region. Autumn festivals include the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail and the Harvest Festival.

Winter activities in Burlington include outdoor skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hiking. Closer to the holidays, long-standing events like Holiday Traditions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Candlelit Stroll and the Festival of Lights in downtown Burlington are delightful destinations.


A National Historic Site of Canada, The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is a four-season experience. The RBG boasts the world’s largest lilac collection, and includes 2,700 acres of gardens, nature sanctuaries, on-site restaurants, a gift shop and yearly festivals.


Each year, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre includes an impressive lineup of music, theatre, dance and comedy. The Art Gallery of Burlington hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including the Soup Bowl and Arts Burlington Christmas Show & Sale. There are many small galleries and studios to explore, and the Art in Action Studio Tour is scheduled for the weekend of November 4th and 5th. To learn more about early life in Burlington, the Ireland House Museum offers a guided tour. Doors Open Burlington is on September 30, 2017.

Owl at Raptor Centre

Photography : Tourism and Culture, City of Hamilton; Webster’s Falls, bigstockphoto.com, Tourism Burlington; (rock climbing and Raptor Centre) Conservation Halton


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Affinity East

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Affinity East

Rosehaven brings the excitement to Burlington with the Grand Opening of new designs and larger suites

The excitement continues in Burlington with the Grand Opening of Affinity East, offering new designs and larger suites, from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room and suites ranging in size from 585 up to 1,272 square feet.

After the overwhelming success of Affinity West — over 90 per cent sold and still going strong, Rosehaven is very proud of this much anticipated release of Affinity East.

Once complete, Affinity Condos will consist of two contemporary mid-rise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room(s) with kitchen, rooftop terrace & more. Exteriors will feature stunning glass walls, black brick with stone and stucco elements and ‘wood’ accents.

The contemporary suite designs will be finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and stunning 12- x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in all bathrooms; quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms; 9-foot smooth ceilings in suites (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.

With Affinity, Rosehaven is bringing condo excitement to Filmandale Road and Plains Road East in Aldershot, a picturesque village within Burlington. This newly rediscovered community along Burlington Bay in Lake Ontario is seeing a new vibrancy and a revitalization following construction of an interchange to divert traffic and retain the charming ‘downtown’ core. The growing interest in the Aldershot area is understandable given the quick access to highways as well as the Aldershot GO station that is conveniently walking distance from Affinity.

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood between Aldershot Park and Teal Greenway Park as well as near Burlington Golf and Country Club, Affinity is surrounded by green space including the Waterfront Trail. Access to Lake Ontario is found at nearby LaSalle Park with Marina, event pavilion, trails, boardwalk, beach, picnic areas, and wading pool, free parking — and an amazing view of Burlington’s Skyway Bridge that leads to Niagara and The Falls. Of course, Aldershot is home to the famed 2,700-acre Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest of its kind in Canada.

Living in Aldershot also means being near a myriad of outdoor escapes. There are parks, bike paths, trails and literally over 100 waterfalls and cascades along the Hamilton/Stoney Creek portion of the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, not far from Affinity. Highways 403 and 407 make travelling anywhere in the GTA fast and easy. Schools, shops, restaurants and services are at the doorstep.

The best of nature and neighbourhood near the pulse of the city? Have it all at Affinity.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 348 Plains Road East in Aldershot/Burlington. Affinity East offers a limited number of suites, a fully decorated model suite and view the scale model showcasing Affinity East and West.


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Bridgewater Residences On The Lake

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Bridgewater Residences On The Lake

Rise above it all at New Horizon’s highly anticipated condo on Burlington’s waterfront

Burlington’s beautiful waterfront will be forever transformed with the on-going development at the greatly awaited Bridgewater Residence on the Lake.

New Horizon Development Group, a proven leader in Southwestern Ontario for building communities with picturesque settings, savvy design and high quality craftsmanship, is offering something truly once-in-a-generation on the Burlington waterfront. Full construction began in Spring 2016 when New Horizon Development Group broke ground at the highly anticipated ground breaking ceremony. What once started as a vision will soon become a reality for those who will call Bridgewater home.

With over 80 per cent of the development sold, those who are looking to call this magnificent waterfront setting home have the opportunity to experience the height of luxury at Burlington’s most prestigious address. Amongst the available suites, only two breathtaking penthouses remain at Bridgewater Residences on the Lake. Each of these units features over 3,000 square feet of space, three bedroom plus den, and four balconies with unobstructed views of the lakefront. It is truly a taste of luxury few have ever seen.

“Luxury in the sky is the best way I can describe this special opportunity to reside in a place that truly has it all,” says New Horizon’s president, Jeff Paikin. “Size, space and uncompromising quality inside, with a view and lifestyle offering unmatched in this marketplace, make this truly a once in a generation opportunity to live on the spectacular downtown Burlington waterfront.”

Nestled along Lake Ontario, in the heart of the city in arguably Southwestern Ontario’s finest location, Bridgewater Residences is a destination community for those seeking luxury and lakeside living at its finest. Bridgewater Residences on the Lake presents a 22-storey residential condominium paired with a 7-storey boutique residential condominium, offering a never-before seen standard of luxury in the City of Burlington. The two landmark buildings will include 11,000 square feet of ground-level convenience commercial space, complimented by a four-star hotel. Residents will have access to limitless amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness centre, entertainment lounge, indoor pool, a 3,000 square foot ballroom, executive boardroom-style meeting rooms, full-service restaurant, concierge services and 24-hour room service.

To further enrich the lifestyle, each element of these luxurious residential condominiums is designed with sophistication and elegance by internationally recognized designer Brian Gluckstein.

Bridgewater Residences provides all the advantages of luxurious and convenient condo living in the finest location, the Lakefront in Canada’s best mid-sized city. Conveniently located within walking distance to an abundance of local amenities, including Spencer Smith Park, the Waterfront Trail and the new and improved Joseph Brant Hospital, Bridgewater truly provides a relaxing and care-free lifestyle. Additional transportation options include easy access to the QEW, 400 series highways, GO Stations, and two international airports within an hour’s drive.

While building continues, suites in Bridgewater Residences continue to sell. The award-winning presentation centre, which was originally situated on development property, was downsized and relocated.

An attractive selection of suites still remain, most with spectacular unobstructed waterfront views. Now is the time to determine that Bridgewater Residences on the Lake is the next place you should call home.

Visit the new Presentation Centre, located at 439 John Street in Burlington. For further information or to book an appointment, contact Sonya or Brad from the Bridgewater sales team or visit the website.

(905) 681-3300


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The West - Condominiums at Stationwest

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The West – Condominiums at Stationwest

The latest phase of Adi Developments’ thoughtfully designed new project is beautifully nestled in Burlington’s scenic green enclave

A rare standout in the GTA, Stationwest is directly connected to Burlington’s full-service Aldershot GO Station, allowing residents a seamless commute to Toronto’s Union Station in under an hour.

Adi Development Group’s major 13-acre master-planned community will consist of 233 traditional, back-to-back and urban townhomes with pedestrian-friendly shared courtyards, as well as a one-acre public park. Adding to this project, The West — Condominiums at Stationwest is the newest phase, offering a bold collection of ultra-modern luxury boutique midrise condos.

There has been incredible demand for the first two phases at Stationwest. After launching in May 2016, Stationwest sold all 93 townhomes in Phase One in a single weekend. Interest continues to grow with the newest phase, The West, which is currently 75 per cent sold after previewing to VIP registrants in the fall.

“This will be the absolute last opportunity to own in a transit-connected, lowrise community in Burlington, and it won’t last,” says Tariq Adi, CEO of Adi Development Group. “Buyers snapped up the units so quickly in the community. Everybody loves the project. There’s nothing else like it in the GTA.”

Unlike most other midrise projects built with wood, The West is built with concrete construction for durability and comfort. Offering a variety of layouts, ranging from studios at 340 square feet starting from the $190,000s to two-bedroom plus den suites at 865 square feet starting in the $400,000s, the two buildings will be connected with a shared amenity space designed by award-winning interior designers U31. Some of the outstanding features include a show-stopping lobby with warm wood paneling and stone features and a welcoming concierge to attend to your needs, a cozy party room with fireplace and outdoor terrace, a convenient fitness centre, and the west building will have a rooftop terrace so you can enjoy warm summer nights with friends.

Each suite was thoughtfully designed using Adi’s IntelliSpace philosophy, which maximizes living space and embraces natural light through a modern style aesthetic. The layouts ensure that each room is bright and open with natural light spilling in, encouraging flow from one room to the next, creating an immediate sense of space as soon as you walk in the front door.

“Stationwest offers a rare balance of comfort and convenience. It’s an ideal family neighbourhood that’s beautifully nestled in Burlington’s scenic green enclave, while still cleverly situated on transit,” says Saud Adi, COO of Adi Development Group. “Highquality, luxe features and finishes are key elements that make each home feel comfortable without sacrificing design or space.”

Removed from the loud and bustling downtown core of Toronto but connected by a quick train ride, Stationwest offers residents room to grow in a mature residential enclave close to nature. From the Village of Waterdown’s quaint downtown, to the shopping areas along Aldershot’s Plains Road, Stationwest offers urban accessibility while being immersed in celebrated parkland. The world famous Royal Botanical Gardens, the waterfront trails at LaSalle Park, and the Lasalle Park Marina for the avid boaters and sailors are just three of the surrounding natural sites that can be enjoyed year-round.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 101 Masonry Court in Burlington. The Presentation Centre is open:
from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; and
from noon to 5 p.m. weekends;
Friday by appointment.

(905) 681-7743


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Local Focus – Burlington

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Living History

The area, which was covered by the primeval forest that stretched between the provincial capital of York and the town of Hamilton, was home to various First Nations peoples. The first permanent settlements in Burlington were made beginning in the 1780s by United Empire Loyalists, who sought escape from prejudice and political pressure in the United States.

In 1792, John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, named the western end of Lake Ontario Burlington Bay. By the time land beside the bay was deeded to Captain Joseph at the turn of the 19th century, the name Burlington was already in common use.

With the completion of the local survey after the War of 1812, the land was opened for settlement. Early farmers prospered in the area because of the fertile soil and moderate temperatures and the lumber business boomed. In the latter half of the 19th century, increased wheat production from Western Canada convinced local farmers to switch to fruit and vegetable production.

In 1874, Wellington Square and Port Nelson were incorporated into the Village of Burlington. However, the arrival of large steamships on the Great Lakes made the small docks of the local ports obsolete and the increased use of railway to ship goods marked the end of the commercial wharves.

In the 1800s, the area witnessed an influx of immigrants, mainly from Scotland, Ireland, and England, but it also welcomed escaped slaves from the United States arriving on the Underground Railroad.

Farming still thrived and by 1906 the town boasted its own newspaper as well as a town library and a local rail line that connected Burlington to Hamilton. In 1915, Burlington was incorporated into a town.

As more settlers arrived and cleared the land, cash crops replaced subsistence farming. Gradually, mixed farming and market gardens became the dominant form of agriculture, and in the early 20th century the area was declared the Garden of Canada. The first peaches grown in Canada were cultivated in the Grindstone Creek watershed, which is located in the southwest part of the city. The farming tradition has passed down through the generations. Today, over 40 per cent of the Grindstone Creek watershed is still devoted to farms, orchards and nurseries.

Following the Second World War, cheap electricity from nearby Niagara Falls and better transportation access due to the new (1939) Queen Elizabeth encouraged both light industry and families to move to Burlington. The population skyrocketed as new homes were built, encouraging developers to build even more new homes.

On January 1, 1958, Burlington officially annexed most of the Township of Nelson, as well as Aldershot. By 1967, the last cash crop farm within the city had been replaced by the Burlington Mall.

In 1974, Burlington was incorporated as a city. Continued high rates of growth are forecast as farmland north of Dundas Street and south of Highway 407 is developed into more suburban housing.

Brant Street in Downtown Burlington

Housing Options

The city has historically been a destination with a high quality of life and in 2011 was named by MoneySense magazine as the 2nd best city in Canada in which to live. Lakeshore Road along Burlington’s waterfront is chock-a-block with stately historic homes on large properties overlooking Lake Ontario. As the city continues to grow, there are many new housing developments and condos going up.

Leisure Pursuits

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 Royal Botanical Gardens

The Art Gallery of Burlington houses the largest collection of Canadian ceramics. The gallery’s exhibition spaces, which feature new exhibitions every eight to 10 weeks, are fully accessible and are free of charge to visitors.

The Joseph Brant Museum has ongoing exhibits on the history of Burlington, Captain Joseph Brant and the Eileen Collard Costume Collection, as well as featuring a visible storage gallery.

Ireland House at Oakridge Farm is a history museum depicting family life from the 1850s to the 1920s.

The Performing Arts Centre is a 750-seat facility that hosts a number of performances of varying styles and offers many children’s activities.

In Spencer Smith Park, the sculpture “Royal Canadian Naval Association Naval Memorial (1995)” by Andre Gauthier is a cast bronze statue of a WWII Canadian sailor in the position of attention saluting his lost shipmates. A monument commemorating the Korean War was erected in the summer of 2014 to mark the 61st anniversary of the armistice to end the war.

Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park is also home to Canada’s Largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day celebrations, Taste of Burlington and the Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Brant Street Pier at Spencer Smith Park.

The Brant Street Pier, opened in 2013, is a destination attraction at the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington. The pier extends 137 metres over lake Ontario and provides views of Burlington’s shoreline.

Parks & Rec

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.

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.

Paletta Lakefront Beach

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.

Burlington has 115 parks with 580 hectares of parkland in the city. On the shore of Lake Ontario, Spencer Smith Park has been renovated with an observatory, outdoors pond, water jet play area and restaurant.

School Days

Public elementary and secondary schools are part of the Halton District School Board and the Catholic elementary and secondary schools are part of the Halton Catholic District School Board. French public elementary and secondary schools are part of the Conseil scolaire Viamonde and French Catholic schools are part of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Several private schools are also available in the city. Burlington is home to the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business, Ron Joyce Centre, which offers MBA and executive management programs. Burlington has a campus of Trillium College.

Sound of Music Festival

Essential Service

Joseph Brant Hospital provides health care in Burlington while policing is provided by the Halton Regional Police Service. The city runs its own fire department.

Retail Therapy

Burlington has a lovely downtown with a large selection of boutiques, restaurants, cafés and salons. The Mapleview Centre and Burlington Mall are the destination shopping centres and Appleby Mall has recently been renovated as an outdoor box store centre.

The 1958 decommissioned roadside lighthouse once guided mariners into Hamilton Harbour through the Burlington Canal.

Easy Access

Transit is a clear option. Burlington Transit connects with Hamilton and the city has several GO Transit stations, including Aldershot, Appleyby and Burlington. There are also GO bus connections at the 407 Carpool Lot. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 403, 6, 8 and 20, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple.


Royal Canadian Naval Association Naval Memorial


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Rosehaven Homes

Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Is there anything better than being 25?

Actually, it’s just the beginning! This year Rosehaven celebrates its 25th Anniversary and they are going to make it one of the best years ever. Rosehaven has built homes for over 6,000 families so far and has won lots of awards doing it. But, at 25, they are just hitting their stride. So wait until you see what Rosehaven has planned for this year. And the year after. And the year after . . .

The team at Rosehaven is passionate about architecture and design. Great architecture inspires them. Superior construction drives them. At the forefront of innovative design and construction since its inception, Rosehaven Homes has received a long list of rewards for excellence on local, national and world-class levels. Most recently, Rosehaven was happy to be the recipient of the 2016 HERS Award, Home Energy Efficiency Canadian President’s Award for Most Homes Rated HERS 53 or Lower.

You’d expect a 25 year old to be tech savvy. That’s why you’ll see Rosehaven’s online presence moving front and centre with evolving content, including Facebook contests and activities. Never satisfied with riding on the success of the past, Rosehaven is always thinking about how to improve the homebuying experience. The new year will see the launch of their redesigned website with a fresh new look and loads of connectivity so homebuyers can share their dreams and ideas directly with Rosehaven.

After years of planning, Rosehaven will have a number of superb new home communities available for buyers seeking chic designs, enviable amenities and convenient locations in 2017 and beyond.


Rosehaven is very excited to be bringing its first ever highrise condo to Grimsby, steps from the lake and Casablanca Beach, and a new midrise condominium to Hamilton’s downtown.


At On The Ridge, a new release of freehold townhomes is poised a touch above, located high on the Niagara Escarpment where nature is spectacular. Executive singles that are walking distance to the waterfront and next to the Fifty Point Conservation Area and marina, are also coming soon to Lake Pointe at Stoney Creek.


Rosehaven returns to Tiffany Hill in 2017. Buyers will find new singles, semis and freehold townhomes in this established neighbourhood of elegant detached houses on winding streets and quiet crescents.


Rosehaven recently debuted Affinity Condominium in Burlington’s Aldershot neighbourhood, consisting of two contemporary midrise buildings, each with fitness/yoga, party room, rooftop terrace and more.


The Randall Residences, the luxury condominium that was inspired by the timeless elegance of Beaux Arts architecture in Paris, is over 70 per cent sold. These luxury and penthouse suites range in size from 1,807 to over 2,928 square feet and include either private rooftop terraces or access to a common terrace for outdoor entertaining.

Also coming to Oakville in 2017 is a stunning selection of singles and towns at Woodland Trails, located at 6th Line and Burnhamthorpe Road.


Brampton’s Townhaus Collection is almost sold out (only three remain). These stylish, contemporary freehold townhomes are located in Mount Pleasant. Buyers will also find another phase of singles and towns coming to the successful community of Mount Pleasant in 2017.

Just recently released in this sought-after community are three singles, two of Rosehaven’s 45-foot decorated model homes, the Treeline and the Valley Creek, plus its popular 41-foot design the Rollingwood, located on a gorgeous ravine lot with a 69-foot frontage.


Dreamfields in Bradford returns with Phase 4. This fabulous collection of singles and townhomes exudes charm and heritage. With Dreamfields you will find Rosehaven’s exceptional design elements in a dream community, surrounded by incredible golf courses, shopping, parks and more.


The first launch of Anchor Woods was an overwhelming success and Rosehaven is working hard to expedite the next phase in late 2017, which will feature detached, semis and townhomes.


For the past 25 years, Rosehaven has shown a commitment to both timeless architectural elements and luxurious contemporary amenities with attention to detail both inside and out of every property it builds.

Ensuring that homebuyers have an exceptional experience putting their personal touches on their new home is essential. Rosehaven’s Decor Studio in Oakville shows this commitment to style by offering over 3,000 square feet of cutting-edge finishes, gleaming faucets and fixtures, carpets, fireplaces, fine hardwood, gourmet kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms to inspire homeowners. Rosehaven Decor Consultants guide the process of choosing fixtures and finishes to help all homeowners make their Rosehaven home express their unique style.

The upcoming quarter century is sure to bring a future filled with new ideas and bold inspirations for Rosehaven, which is always at the forefront of community building. As Rosehaven looks ahead, it will continue developing new innovations so tomorrow’s families can be proud of what they have accomplished in their Rosehaven home. No matter whether it’s a townhome, semi, single or condo, buyers can always be assured that it is a quality Rosehaven Home.

Seek haven from the ordinary

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Bridgewater Residences

Cover Story: Bridgewater Residences on the Lake

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New Horizon Development Group offers luxury lakeside living at its finest

With winter on the rise, construction at Burlington’s most anticipated community, Bridgewater Residences on the Lake, is well underway.

New Horizon Development Group, a proven leader in Southwestern Ontario for building communities with picturesque settings, savvy design and high quality craftsmanship, is offering something truly once-in-a-generation on the Burlington waterfront.

Full construction began earlier this year when New Horizon Development Group broke ground at the highly anticipated ceremony in the spring. Cranes are elevated and construction continues full steam ahead as shoring and excavation are complete on four levels of underground parking. What once started as a vision is quickly becoming a reality for those who have purchased or for those looking to call this magnificent waterfront setting home.

Recognized as the best mid-sized city in Canada for the third consecutive year in a row, Burlington has truly become among the most desirable places to live. New Horizon Development Group brings Burlington waterfront living to life with Bridgewater Residences, which offers two alluring residential condominium towers.

As the first of its kind in over 20 years, Bridgewater Residences on the Lake presents a 22-storey residential condominium, paired with a 7-storey residential condominium, offering a lavish and convenient condo lifestyle.

These luxurious buildings will offer 11,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space complete with a four-star hotel, allowing residents V.I.P. access to rich amenities.

Residents can live without limits, having access to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, entertainment lounge, an indoor pool, an 11,000- square-foot ballroom, executive boardroom-style meeting rooms, full-service restaurant, concierge, and 24-hour room service. All hotel amenities will be available a la carte to condo owners, included maid services to all suites. Unobstructed water views come standard.

To further enrich the lifestyle, each element of these luxurious residential condominiums are designed with sophistication and elegance by internationally recognized designer Brian Gluckstein. Gluckstein often appears as guest expert on CityLine, and displays samples of his impeccable work at the Bridgewater Presentation Centre.

Nestled along Lake Ontario, in the heart of the city, Bridgewater Residences offers more than just luxurious design, convenient amenities and a tranquil backdrop for an extravagant life. Complete with its $51 million planned improvement, the Burlington waterfront is home to Spencer Smith Park, the Waterfront Trail, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Burlington, Joseph Brant Hospital and Joseph Brant Museum — some of the city’s most renowned attractions.

Just steps away from the downtown core, residents can enjoy exceptional dining at local restaurants, shopping at independently-owned boutiques, recreational areas and a variety of free activities and festivals throughout the year. Every year, Burlington is host to a variety of free festivals and activities, such as Canada’s largest free music festival, Sound of Music Festival, as well as Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Burlington Beerfest, Taste of Burlington, Movies under the Stars, Saturdays in the Street and Fit in the Core.

With its exclusive location, residents have easy access to public transit, the QEW, 400 series highways, GO stations and two international airports within an hour’s drive. Bridgewater Residences combines luxury with convenience without the drawbacks and congestion of big-city living.

In an incessantly thriving city, there is no finer setting to experience an upscale, luxurious and elegant lifestyle than Bridgewater Residences on the Lake.

While building continues, suites in Bridgewater Residences continue to sell. With over 80 per cent already sold, this is still a great opportunity to take advantage of the great selection available. The award-winning Presentation Centre, which was originally situated on development property, was downsized and relocated.

An attractive selection of suites still remain, most with spectacular unobstructed waterfront views. Now is the time to determine that Bridgewater Residences on the Lake is the next place you should call home. Seeing is believing!

Visit the new Presentation Centre and model suite, located at 439 John Street in Burlington. For further information or to make an appointment, call or visit the website.



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