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Stonebrooks new condo offers reasonably priced housing nestled along the shores of Georgian Bay

The GTA’s affordable housing problem is not just affecting first-time buyers. Empty nesters and retirees, as well as those simply looking for an upgrade, are finding it more and more difficult to enjoy the offerings of Toronto’s urban living without breaking the bank.

The good news is that there does seem to be a solution on the horizon.

Homebuyers in growing numbers are looking to the myriad towns that surround the GTA for reasonably priced housing that does not compromise on luxury and lifestyle.

A town like Collingwood, nestled along the shores of Georgian Bay, is just ninety minutes from Toronto’s work and play district. The town itself is enjoying a cultural revitalization, with gourmet restaurants, museums, and boutique stores now dotting the downtown. And with the development of real estate projects like Monaco Condominiums, high-end living is also within reach.

“Sixty per cent of our buyers so far are from the GTA,” says Monaco’s president, Remo Niceforo. “Monaco provides them with the amenities and living space that they desire, but at a real value for their money.”

The six-storey, 127-unit Monaco property is scheduled for occupancy in late 2020, with unit prices ranging from $369,000 to more than $2-million. Monaco offers residents plenty of choice in suite design, with one-, two- and three-bedrooms units.

All suites boast 10-foot ceilings, with detailed Italian cabinetry and engineered hardwood among many other features. And luxury living abounds with the three Signature Penthouse Suites to be exclusively released soon. These stunning boast 13-foot ceilings, private rooftop terraces and pools.

“Imagine being able to overlook Blue Mountain from the comforts of your very own pool,” says Niceforo. “You can have a sophisticated and elegant lifestyle at Monaco and still be steps away from some of Ontario’s best water and leisure activities… all year round!”

Collingwood really is a four-season wonderland, with boating, hiking, fishing, skiing and snowboarding at your doorstep. The options are endless for adults and young kids alike. And parents surely enjoy the small-town feeling that Collingwood has maintained, as last year’s census numbers rank Collingwood as one of the fastest growing communities in Canada.

“We are excited to provide big-city lifestyle and amenities in the heart of downtown Collingwood,” says Niceforo. “But Monaco is committed to upholding the small-town charm that distinguishes this historic area.”

Developments like Monaco Condominiums, in towns like Collingwood may indeed offer the solution for homebuyers hoping for a luxury lifestyle at a fraction of the price.

To that end, Stonebrook brought A. J. Tregebov Architects on board, to design Monaco such that it would fit seamlessly within the town’s surrounding heritage buildings and aesthetic. As a result, Monaco Condominiums is certain to become a downtown Collingwood landmark.

Bylaws regulating development make it nearly impossible to produce another project such as this one, says Niceforo. Monaco Condominiums is located at Hurontario and Hume Streets and is located on the only lands designated for condo development in the town’s Heritage Conservation District.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 25 Huron Street. The Presentation Centre and professionally designed model suite are open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Tuesdays.


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LOCAL FOCUS: Collingwood & Wasaga Beach

LOCAL FOCUS: Collingwood & Wasaga Beach

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LOCAL FOCUS: Collingwood & Wasaga Beach

by Gale Beeby

Four-season playground

HOUSING OPTIONS

With Collingwood’s industrial past and the Wasaga Beach area known as a summer playground, housing stock is generally single-family homes and cottages, although there are now many condo developments catering to seasonal visitors.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale in Collingwood.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale in Wasaga Beach.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Collingwood is home to many events and festivals. One of its most famous is certainly the Elvis Presley Festival, which attracts Elvis impersonators from all over the world.

Other events include the Jazz & Blues Festival, Art on the Street, Culture Days and Art in Town Hall, while Theatre Collingwood produces live performances of plays and musicals. The town is also home to many art galleries and studios, a fabulous farmers’ market and the Collingwood Museum.

If you don’t feel up to strolling the galleries, however, you can simply enjoy lying on the beach, throwing a line into the water at one of the area’s many great fishing spots, or paddle the area in a canoe or kayak. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Wasaga Beach — the world’s longest freshwater beach — awaits.

PARKS & REC

Collingwood and Wasaga Beach are located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, next to Blue Mountain, a promontory of the Niagara Escarpment. The region is a major recreational area, noted for skiing, water sports and incredible beaches. There is large network of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

The Collingwood Arboretum has both paved and natural trails and is a vital botanical park. Collingwood’s Scenic Caves offer a variety of activities, including cave tours, a treetop canopy walk, nature trails, a suspension bridge, a zip line, gemstone mining, a trout pond and mini golf.

And speaking of golf, the area is home to many great championship golf courses, including Cobble Beach, Lora Bay, Monterra at Blue Mountain Resort, Cranberry Golf Resort, Georgian Bay Club, Batteaux Creek, OslerBrook, and Horseshoe Resort’s Valley and Highlands courses.

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park offers a myriad of activities, including canoeing, swimming, boating, fishing, biking, birding, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

RETAIL THERAPY

There are many lovely shopping areas in both Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, offering a fine assortment of boutiques, arts and crafts stores, independent retailers, cafés, restaurants and pubs. The nearest shopping mall is Georgian Mall in Barrie, where you can find many chain stors and big box outlets.

EASY ACCESS

Wasaga Beach and Collingwood are served by Highway 26, which runs along the shore of the Nottawasaga Bay, and County Road 124. The towns are also served by a rail link connecting them to the towns of Owen Sound and Barrie. There is a spur heading north through Collingwood to the large grain elevators at the downtown wharf, where trains would formerly load and unload into lake ships. Collingwood has its own transit service, as does Wasaga Beach. Collingwood also boasts an airport, a medium-sized facility about seven kilometres south of the town.

BY THE NUMBERS

Collingwood Population: 21,800
Wasaga Beach Population: 20,675

Collingwood Walk Score: 46
Wasaga Beach Walk Score: 25

Motto: The Beach is just the beginning

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Luxury development in the heart of Collingwood

Whether it’s a ski weekend near Blue Mountain, or summer days lounging at Wasaga Beach, Collingwood has long been a favourite getaway destination for Torontonians. The area’s four-season resort lifestyle, combined with amazing views and the enticing Georgian Bay, is an alluring draw. However, there is now a new reason to visit Collingwood, according to Remo Niceforo of Monaco’s development team, “It’s the introduction of a luxury residence to downtown Collingwood that is really turning heads,” says Niceforo.

DOWNTOWN’S NEWEST ADDRESS

As the downtown district expands, the need for modern urban accommodation increases. It’s a need that the newest development by Stonebrook Development addresses. Monaco is the first, and only, luxury condominium development in the heart of Collingwood’s burgeoning main streets. With architect firm AJT Architects and interior designers MC2 Designs on the team, Monaco is set to create an iconic downtown landmark.

Located at 1 Hume Street, at the corner of Hurontario, this six-storey building will span a full city block, and make a striking impression with its Beaux-Art inspired architectural facade.

SUITE SENSATIONS

Monaco’s 127 suites are available to buyers in a range of expansive layouts, with one-bedroom, one-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den and three-bedroom designs. Suite sizes range from 645 to more that 2,500 square feet, and are priced from the $300,000s.

An elegantly appointed lobby welcomes residents. Each suite boasts 10-foot ceilings and spectacular views from spacious balconies. Natural light highlights MC2’s inspiring design choices, from the imported Italian kitchens and upgraded appliances, to the spa-like bathrooms with Italian vanities. Residents will also enjoy an expansive view from the rooftop fitness centre and the outdoor terrace – perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining.

A stunning penthouse collection includes premium finishes like 13-foot ceilings and Italian cabinetry, along with breathtaking views of Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay. Only a few units remain.

MONACO’S INFLUENCE

“When we began work on Monaco, the need for luxury downtown residences was clear,” says Niceforo. “But we wanted to do more than simply meet that need. We wanted to build Monaco in a manner that was quintessentially Collingwood, with a design feel inspired by the look and lifestyle of the surrounding area. Monaco embodies that inspiration.”

Monaco will evoke a sense of timelessness and grandeur, while honouring the culture, character and history of the downtown area of Collingwood.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Monaco presentation centre and professionally designed model suite are located at 25 Huron Street.

866.666.2260

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Creating Remarkable Communities

Choose a full-time home in a pastoral setting, with vacation-like amenities close at hand. Georgian Bay and Oro-Medonte are wonderful lifestyle alternatives.

Developed by the multi-faceted company, Georgian International, and recognized as the Best New Home Community in Canada (2016) by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, as well as a CHBA award-winning sales centre, Braestone Estates continues to gain recognition for the down-home, up-country lifestyle community that they promote.

Located in Oro-Medonte, within the beautiful Horseshoe Valley, the 229 homes at Braestone are situated on 566 acres of aesthetically appealing landscape. Braestone is well-known for its distinctive architecture, which is a modern interpretation of the country style dwellings of the Oro-Medonte region. Born of the land, Braestone’s Remarkables’ collection features timeless designs that are a natural reflection of the magnificent landscape surrounding the community. Remarkable experiences that all homeowners can enjoy, include horseback riding and Nordic skiing, as well as picking seasonal fruit, tapping maple sugar trees, playing baseball and hiking on the private trail system.

WINDFALL AT BLUE MOUNTAIN

In addition to the award-winning community of Braestone, Georgian International is building a lifestyle community at the base of Blue Mountain. The Windfall at Blue Mountain encompasses 148 acres, one-third of which will be dedicated to parks, ponds and trails, as well as wildlife and nature preservation areas. Winner of Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association’s Project of the Year (2017), the community of Windfall includes a wonderful selection of mountain-chalet-inspired detached, and semi-detached, designs.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE

The newest project by Georgian International is Mountain House at Windfall. Released in January 2018, this project has been well-received. Construction has begun on the 230-unit Mountain House low rise development, which is positioned in an idyllic setting. Two-, three-, and four-storey buildings feature chalet-style terrace suites, complemented by a community building and a bike repair station, in addition to a sauna and relaxation room, as well as hot and cold pools.

ACTIVE PURSUITS

Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach are all easily accessible from Windfall and Mountain House. There’s no shortage of things to do. Nearby activities include boating and fishing on Georgian Bay, as well as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, water parks, golfing and hiking.

CREATING DIVERSITY

In addition to their residential real estate projects, Georgian International acquired the former Orillia Golf & Country Club in 2017. Since then, the course has been renamed Braestone Club, and is a stone’s throw away from the development that shares its name. The company has begun to revitalize the course, and has plans to include a multipurpose club house and events venue.

Georgian International has been carving their own path for more than 30 years. In addition to real estate development, company divisions include Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC and Air Georgian, which operates as an Air Canada Express partner, carrying more than one million passengers on an annual basis.

Real estate prices continue to rise in Toronto, and Hamilton is experiencing major growth, making home ownership out of reach for many. New home purchasers are now looking at making their full-time home in a more pastoral setting, with vacation-like amenities close at hand. Georgian Bay and Oro-Medonte are wonderful lifestyle alternatives. Georgian International’s tagline is; live remarkably. At any one of their three new developments, you can do just that.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Georgian International

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Georgian International

Live Remarkably by choosing a home in a pastoral setting with vacation-like amenities close at hand

Developed by the multi-faceted company Georgian International and recognized as the Best New Home Community in Canada (2016) by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), as well as its award-winning sales centre, Braestone Estates continues to gain recognition for the down-home, up-country lifestyle community that it promotes.

Located in Oro-Medonte, within the beautiful Horseshoe Valley, the 229 homes at Braestone are situated on 566 acres of aesthetically appealing landscape. Braestone is well-known for its distinctive architecture, which is a modern interpretation of the country-style dwellings of the Oro-Medonte region.

Born of the land, Braestone’s Remarkables feature timeless designs that are a natural reflection of the magnificent landscape surrounding the community. Remarkable experiences that all homeowners can enjoy include horseback riding and Nordic skiing, as well as picking seasonal fruit, tapping maple sugar trees, playing baseball and hiking on the private trail system.

WINDFALL

In addition to the award-winning community of Braestone, Georgian International is building a lifestyle community at the base of Blue Mountain. The Windfall at Blue Mountain encompasses 148 acres, one-third of which will be dedicated to parks, ponds and trails, as well as wildlife and nature preservation areas.

Winner of Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association’s Project of the Year (2017), the community of Windfall includes a wonderful selection of mountain-chalet-inspired detached and semi-detached designs.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE

The newest project by Georgian International is Mountain House at Windfall. Released in January, this project has been well-received. Construction has begun on the 230-unit Mountain House lowrise development, which is positioned in an idyllic setting.

Two-, three-, and four-storey buildings feature chalet-style terrace suites, complemented by a community building and a bike repair station, in addition to a sauna, relaxation room, as well as hot and cold pools.

Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach are all easily accessible from Windfall and Mountain House. There’s no shortage of things to do. Nearby activities include boating and fishing on Georgian Bay, as well as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, water parks, golfing and hiking.

CREATING DIVERSITY

In addition to their residential real estate projects, Georgian International acquired the former Orillia Golf & Country Club in 2017. Since then, the course has been renamed Braestone Club and is a stone’s throw away from the development that shares its name. The company has begun to revitalize the course, and has plans to include a multipurpose club house and events venue.

Real estate prices continue to rise in Toronto, and Hamilton is experiencing major growth, making home ownership out of reach for many. New home purchasers are now looking to make their full-time home in a more pastoral setting with vacation-like amenities close at hand. Georgian Bay and Oro-Mendonte are wonderful lifestyle alternatives. Georgian International’s tagline is “Live Remarkably.” At any one of its three new developments, you can do just that.

GEORGIAN INTERNATIONAL

Go online for more about Braestone, Windfall and Mountain House.

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The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

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The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

by Ben Myers

The next hot areas

Demand for new housing in the GTA has never been higher. According to Altus Group data, the benchmark price for available new single-family homes was $1,225,774 in December, a 23.2 per cent annual increase. The benchmark price for available new condominium apartments was $716,772 at the end of 2017, 41.3 per cent above the average value from December 2016. And for the second consecutive year, new condo sales set a record high. So the industry must be building more homes than ever, right?

Actually, no. Housing starts in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (TCMA) reached 38,700 in 2017 according to CMHC, only slightly above the 10-year average of 36,800, but down 1 per cent from last year. There is a massive backlog of projects that have experienced strong absorption, but have yet to break ground due to a shortage of construction companies. The average single-detached home took 11 months to complete in 2017, the highest total ever tracked by CMHC, and it took 13.5 months to complete a semi and 14 months to complete a townhouse, both record highs. It took over two and a half years to finish construction on the average apartment (condo and rental) in the Toronto CMA last year, the second highest annual result to date.

Some buyers tired of waiting for new home deliveries are looking outside the region. According to Bullpen’s Residential Real Estate Round Up Report, the most popular destinations in December for prospective new homebuyers outside the GTA were Hamilton and Guelph. New homes are delivered much quicker in both of those markets. In fact, CMHC reports that it took just six months on average to build a single-detached home in Guelph last year. However, the prices are not as inexpensive as they used to be. Our report shows that the average new project in Hamilton has new single-family units starting from about $1,600 a square foot for about $570,000, while Guelph projects have lowrise product starting from $1,700/sf for $625,000.

GTA buyers are taking notice of these more affordable markets. Ryan Waller of Home Group Realty Group in Guelph estimates that a quarter of all resale transactions in Guelph were to GTA buyers based on the fact that 25.5 per cent of buyers were represented by GTA real estate agents in 2017.

With the new mortgage stress test in place, and GTA new home price growth through the roof, the next hot area for new homes will probably be outside the region. Based on our numbers, look for strength in the Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood new home markets in 2018.

Ben Myers is President of Bullpen Research & Consulting.

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Destination Ontario: The Natural Wonders of Collingwood

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Destination Ontario: The Natural Wonders of Collingwood

By Cece M. Scott www.cecescott.com

Incorporated as a town in 1858, Collingwood became a shipping hub for products that were destined for the upper Great Lakes ports of Chicago and Thunder Bay. For more than a century, shipbuilding was the town’s main industry. In 1986 the shipyards were closed, and the waterfront is now a revered leisure destination.

BRING IT ON

Located on the southern end of Georgian Bay, Collingwood is the gateway to the Blue Mountains, where skiing, snowboarding, shopping and fine dining off er the best that winter has to offer.

Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest village resort, just 90 minutes north of Toronto and 11 kilometres west of Collingwood. There are 43 ski and snowboard trails, 365 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 720 feet. At the base of the mountain, The Village features more than 45 distinctive restaurants, bars and retail shops. Along with the popular Scandinave Spa, visitors can also enjoy the village’s two onsite spas.

Off -hill winter activities include tennis, the aquatic centre, snowshoeing, and new for 2018 – the Woodview Mountaintop Skating Trail at the top of Blue.

With the growing popularity of Winter Fat Biking, mountain bikers can now spin their wheels all year long. Fat bikes use tires that are inflated with less air pressure, which make navigating through snowy terrain a fun way to improve balance and strengthen winter legs.

WHET YOUR WHISTLE

The nine-day Whiskylicious festival, running from February 1st to the 10th, is a whiskey-infused celebration of local food. The outdoor ice bars and culinary pairings are inspired by Collingwood Whiskey – a toasted, Maplewood-finished Canadian blend. Located in the downtown core, the festival is a showcase of signature chef dishes, music, arts and brewers.

This year, the Apple Pie Trail FEEST is on Friday, February 9th, and is sponsored by Red Prince Apple to benefit the Blue Mountain Village Foundation. This magical evening features local food, cider, wine and music, along with moonlit trails with stops at fire-lit cabins. The five-kilometre guided trek takes participants across southern Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge, and through the trails of Scenic Caves Nordic Centre.

SUMMER THRILLS

The distinctive shoreline and blue waters of Georgian Bay, mixed with the area’s rich marine history, are natural highlights for all types of boaters.

The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster (Ontario’s first) is a one kilometre ride through the Niagara Escarpment’s diverse terrain. Drivers can reach an exhilarating 42 kilometres per hour.

Popular golf courses in the area include the 18-hole, par 71 Duntroon Highlands Golf Club, which offers spectacular vistas of Collingwood, Stayner and Blue, as well as the Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club, The Georgian Bay Club and Batteaux Creek Golf Club.

STROLLIN’ ALONG

With 60 kilometres of four-season, well-marked, multi-use trails, touring around Collingwood is perpetually pleasurable. The downtown core is jam-packed with trendy clothing stores, spas, galleries, fine dining, artisan cafes, live music venues, pubs and bars, in addition to dozens of art galleries and studios. Colourful panels and murals are creative reminders of Collingwood’s historical past, spanning more than two centuries.

Visitors and residents are passionate about the The Good Food Stroll – a walking or biking tour that showcases Collingwood’s love affair with food. Much is sourced from local farmers, and includes restaurant pit stops, cafes, specialty food outlets, food markets, cafes and sweet shops.

THE SPIRITS OF COLLINGWOOD

The soil and unique climate associated with this region are key elements in the making of the distinctive wine at Georgian Hills Vineyards. During the winter, visitors can snowshoe through the vineyards and enjoy artisanal cheeses and a glass of wine after their trek.

Collingwood’s craft breweries, include Northwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen, The Collingwood Brewery and Side Launch Brewing Company Inc. (named for the town’s shipbuilding industry).

Meaford is the heart of Ontario’s apple country. Stayner and Thornbury, a short drive from Collingwood, offer eclectic variations of the small town experience, and numerous pick-your own farms en-route.

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Indigo Estates Collingwood Groundbreaking Ceremony

Indigo Estates Collingwood Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Indigo Estates Collingwood Groundbreaking Ceremony

Mayor Sandra Cooper and Romas Kartavicius welcome Indigo Estates into Collingwood with the official groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony.

With the construction site in full swing Indigo Estates is set to launch in Fall 2018, making for a great location to enjoy the many lifestyle activities the area has to offer.



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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Georgian International

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Georgian International

Creating remarkable communities

Gas-fired lanterns. A pumpkin patch. A Christmas tree farm. A baseball diamond encircled by corn stalks à la Field of Dreams. These idyllic features complement the farmhouse-style homes that make up the Braestone estate community, two hours north of the GTA in Horseshoe Valley.

Developed by multi-faceted company Georgian International, the 229 homes sit on 556 acres in the Township of Oro-Medonte where these ingredients, known as “remarkables,” further entice prospective buyers.

Mike Parker, vice president, sales and marketing for Georgian International’s real estate division, says they release homes in phases and, after selling out in the initial first two releases, another 22 properties will be available this fall.

Bringing a unique approach to Ontario real estate is a hallmark of the company’s mission. “What we’re doing is not what other developers are doing,” says Parker. “In the planning process, we came up with community features that will enhance people’s lives, which will be part of their active lifestyles.”

For example, a toboggan hill is a family-friendly add-on, and a sugar shack can teach residents about the age-old practice of tapping maple trees.

“Braestone buyers are typically nature lovers and enjoy being outdoors,” Parker notes, “and that’s why we created remarkables like a skating pond and a berry patch.”

Parker adds that they are holding events for the community with the intention that the traditions will continue long after the development is built out. Summer corn roasts with live music, a pancake breakfast fundraiser and horse-drawn sleigh rides are just of few of the happenings planned for Braestone.

Besides successful sales, Braestone’s eye-catching offerings and impressive amenities are getting noticed by the industry. It was recognized as Best New Home Community of the Year in 2016 by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), and its Discovery Centre (aka sales HQ) was named 2016 Best Lowrise Homes Sales Office in Canada by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA).

Interior flourishes make the Braestone homes visually appealing, to say the least: floors come complete with tongue-and-groove maple or oak and porcelain tile is found in the bathrooms, foyers and mudrooms. Master bathrooms showcase an island-style soaker tub.

WINDFALL

But Braestone is not the only development Georgian International is known for in Ontario. Windfall, project of the year as recognized by the Simcoe County Home Builder’s Association, is a 609-home project at the base of Blue Mountain, which attracts buyers who want “comfort, character, culture and community with a relaxed way of life,” says Parker.

He notes the “it’s a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance, with community trails, Georgian Bay on one side and the Niagara Escarpment on the other, the beauty of the natural landscape is simply amazing.”

In the heart of the community will be The Shed, a barn-inspired gathering place that will form the hub for residents to network, socialize and relax. Cold-and-hot-water outdoor pools are planned to further promote relaxed living.

The semis and detached homes differ from the look of Braestone units with more mountain-like colours and shades, Parker remarks.

But both will feature a trademark flourish for Georgian International developments: gas-powered lanterns.

“There’s a romantic feel, an ambiance, to lanterns that is special and not done by anyone else,” Parker says.

Buyers can select from well-appointed standard features or upgrade interior design packages that co-ordinate interior finishes, including flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting and other fixtures.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE

Plans are also underway to release the first units of the highly-anticipated Mountain House, adjacent to Windfall. The 230-unit Mountain House will be built in two-, three-, and four-story buildings. The terrace suites will boast a chalet-style and are complemented by a community building, a bike repair station, a sauna and relaxation room, hot and cold pools and an idyllic setting.

“We will be releasing our initial units this year and, like all our projects, the standard features — such as full, glass-walled showers and exterior gas lanterns — go above and beyond expectations,” says Parker.

Huddled close to Windfall and Mountain House are the historic areas of Collingwood, Blue Mountain Resort and Wasaga Beach, as all three regions are “remarkables” onto themselves.

Nearby activities include boating on Georgian Bay, fishing, snowboarding, ATV trail tours, water parks, golfing, sleigh rides and guided snowshoe hikes.

Georgian International is not just carving its own path in the real-estate business, which began in 1985. The diverse company’s divisions include Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC and Air Georgian, which operates as an Air Canada Express partner where it carries upwards of one million passengers annually.

With Toronto home prices continuing to rise and other communities such as Hamilton seeing similar increases, you can imagine why some Ontarians might look at living in pastoral communities such as Georgian Bay or Oro-Medonte. To be closer to nature, and farther from the concrete jungles, can harken us back to a simpler time. And for a company like Georgian International, they want to give people that sense of a home ensconced among mountains, lakes, Christmas tree parks and skating ponds.

And if that isn’t being Canadian at its most grassroots, we don’t know what is.

GEORGIAN HOMES

Braestone

Located at 3288 Line 9 North, Oro-Medonte, the Discover Centre and Model Homes are open Monday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

705.727.5656
Braestone.ca

Windfall

Located at 104 Yellow Birch Crescent, Blue Mountains, the Sales Centre and Model Homes are open Monday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

705.293-0954
WindfallAtBlue.com

Mountain House at Windfall

Go online to register for information.

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Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

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Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

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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