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EDITOR'S CHOICE: High Street Courtice

Find your outstanding townhouse living at The Uplands in Courtice

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Find your outstanding townhouse living at The Uplands in Courtice

An exceptional townhome lifestyle that blends the tranquility of nature with the convenience of suburban living comes to the vibrant community of Courtice in January, with The Uplands.

Long-awaited, The Uplands in Courtice puts homeowners in a unique setting adjacent to wooded conservation land and Farewell Creek with the Millennium Trail and walking paths just steps from their backyards. A trail links The Uplands Courtice to picturesque Tooley’s Mill Park with its gazebo, site for many community events and connection to a trail for walking or cycling.

The community is set between Highways 2 and 401, at King Street and Darlington Boulevard, with many day-to-day amenities within walking distance, including a bakery, pubs, coffee shop and LCBO, with everything else one needs just a short drive away.

In addition to this one-of-a-kind setting, The Uplands offers buyers the choice of three different home collections. The contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom towns feature beautifully landscaped streetscapes, superb design and quality craftsmanship.

Starting in the $500,000s, the architecturally inspired elevations include brick, stone and stucco facades with large front and back windows to bring the outdoors in. The Ravine Collection overlooks the wooded ravine, with stunning backyard views. Ranging in size from 2,230 to 3,265 square feet, the townhomes are available in two- or three-bedroom designs, all have terraces and decks and finished basements that can be customized. Many plans have walkouts to the backyards and most have double-car garages.

The Wood Collection offers three-storey townhomes, 1,816 to 2,007 square feet, with two or three bedrooms. Main levels include walkouts to spacious decks and lower levels have finished recreation rooms with a full bathroom and walkouts to the rear yard. The Park Collection is a series of spacious two- and three-bedroom bungalofts ranging from 1,387 to 1,827 square feet with the master bedroom on the main level, a third bathroom on the second level and a third bedroom that can convert into an office. The Urban Collection offers layouts not previously available outside central Toronto. The two- or three-bedroom models, 2,095 to 2,106 square feet, offer three storeys of beautiful living space accessible by stairs or private elevator with two underground parking spaces.

Interior finishes include airy nine-foot four-inch ceilings on the main floor and nine-foot ceilings on the second floor, smooth finished ceilings, contemporary flush panel doors, lever-style interior door handles, stained oak handrail and pickets and stained oak veneer stringers and solid oak risers on the main staircase.

Kitchens feature contemporary cabinetry in a variety of colours and finishes, stainless steel appliances, combination microwave/range hood, double basin undermount sink and granite countertops and islands (as per plan).

The Uplands Courtice provides an ideal lifestyle and an ideal location. Residents will find everything from farmers’ markets to boutique shops to eateries right in Courtice. Just to the west is the bustling city of Oshawa with prime shopping at the Oshawa Centre, the region’s largest hospital, Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a Trent University satellite campus. Just to the east is the charming Bowmanville with its picturesque downtown with unique shops and restaurants.

Highways 401 and 407 are five minutes away and the GO Transit train and VIA station less than 15 minutes away. It’s easy to enjoy an evening out in Toronto or to head east for a weekend in Ottawa or Montreal or for some relaxation in Prince Edward County wine country.

Developer Alan Hirschfield of High Street Courtice has made protecting and enhancing the environment a top priority for The Uplands. He has been inspired by condo projects in Seattle that place as much, or more, emphasis on ecological and neighbourhood benefits as they do on architecture and design. High Street Courtice brings over four decades of architectural design and building experience to the project.

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LOCAL FOCUS: Clarington

LOCAL FOCUS: Clarington

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LOCAL FOCUS: Clarington

by Gale Beeby

Bowmanville, Courtice & Newcastle


Clarington is the most easterly municipality in the GTA, located along the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is the amalgamation of the former townships of Darlington, Clarke, Bowmanville, the Village of Newcastle and the Village of Orono, as well as a number of rural villages, some of which are Bond Head, Enniskillen, Hampton, Kendal, Maple Grove, Mitchell Corners, New Park, Newtonville, Port Darlington, Port Granby, Salem, Starkville, Taunton and Wilmot Creek.

There are heritage buildings and structures scattered throughout the rural countryside and in clusters of heritage homes within the towns and hamlets. But Clarington is full of new housing tracts and condominium buildings in the denser areas.

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The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway) in Bowmanville hosts both minor grand prix races and major racing events. Clarington is home to five Christmas parades, more than any other municipality in Canada. The parades are held in Bowmanville, Newcastle, Courtice, Orono, and Enniskillen/Tyrone. Docville Wild West Park is a mock Wild West town that offers tours and is also used as a film set. Bowmanville is also home to Camp 30, a POW camp for German troops during the Second World War and the last surviving POW camp in Canada.


The largest park in the area is the Darlington Provincial Park, located south of Highway 401 near Courtice. The park borders the shore of Lake Ontario and McLaughlin Bay, which is shallow and was closed off from the lake sometime in the 1990s by natural wave action. It offers lots of recreational activities, including camping, picnic facilities, nature trails and a long strip of sandy beach.

The Samuel Wilmot Nature Area in Newcastle is a 77-hectare park that contains trails, viewing platforms and interpretive signs. The Port of Newcastle Park offers spectacular view of the lake from its kilometre of paved trail located on the top of a bluff.

Clarington also offers a large range of recreational facilities at its many parks. There are a host of country-style fairs in many of the rural communities that make up Clarington including AppleFest in Bowmanville, the annual Orono Fair — one of the oldest fairs in Ontario — every September, the BluesBERRY Festival in Bowmanville, which celebrates the best of blues music and fresh berries, and the Wooden Boat Festival at the Port of Newcastle Marina.


The small towns and hamlets that make up Clarington are full of lovely boutiques, cafés, bistros, gift and craft shops and, of course, there are plenty of farmers’ markets. Although the area doesn’t have a large indoor shopping mall, you don’t have to go far to fulfill your need to shop until you drop; there are great indoor malls and big box stores in Oshawa and, a little further afield, Peterborough.


Highway 401 runs throughout the region, with Highway 35 and Highway 115 bisecting Newcastle and taking commuters north into cottage country. Durham Region Transit offers some bus routes throughout Clarington, taking commuters west, and GO Transit offers train and bus service in and out of the region.


Population: 92,100

Walk Score: 9

Motto: Wisdom Knowledge and Trust



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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Blueprint Workshop revolutionizes new home consumer research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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