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BUILDER PROFILE: Marz Homes

BUILDER PROFILE: Marz Homes

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BUILDER PROFILE: Marz Homes

by Catherine Daley
Photography, courtesy of Marz Homes

Four decades of homebuilding excellence

Historically, the cornerstone (foundation stone) was the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. The entire structure was determined by this stone, as all the other stones would be set in reference to it. Over time, it became a ceremonial stone that was set in a prominent position, and was often inscribed with the construction date, architect or builder. As with any work of art, the creator should be recognized. Marz Homes has made a tradition of signing the completion of each home that they build with a brick bearing their name.

Some 60 years ago, Mike (Marzio) Pompeani started his career as a masonry contractor. In 1968 he built his first single family home in Hamilton – the original residents still reside there today. In 1978 he founded Marz Homes. In keeping with Pompeani’s original vision, little has changed when it comes to an unwavering commitment to build the best, possible, homes.

South Coast Village
South Coast Village

A GUIDING PHILOSOPHY

A generation later, the family has maintained Pompeani’s core philosophy, which is to build every home as if they were building it for themselves. This benchmark has left them in good standing with their customers. The recipients of many local, provincial and and national awards that recognize their designs, communities and community service, the one that stands out is the Homeowner Mark of Excellence, which is a national honour bestowed upon the builder that maintains a high level of customer service in a Canada-wide satisfaction survey. In addition, Marz Homes has been awarded the Hamilton-Halton Homebuilders’ Association Consumer Choice Award for two years in a row. “This is the type of recognition that matters,” says Dan Gabriele, president. “Our customers are the ones that we have to impress.”

You’re only as good as the people that you have working for you, and it’s here that Marz shines. As a builder and developer, Marz is able to maintain a hands-on approach to ensure that every component fits perfectly into the final vision.

A company can say that they are committed to customer service, but how they treat their own employees and contractors speaks volumes. Many trade contractors have been loyal to Marz Homes for as long as the company has been in business. This allows Marz to guide them through the best construction practices, in order to meet their customers’ expectations.

SPECIALIZED NICHE

Marz Homes has witnessed incredible changes over the last four decades, especially as it relates to Hamilton. “Hamilton is great,” says Gabriele. “It offers a bevy of amenities. You have the urban aspect, as well as gorgeous, mature communities on the perimeter, in addition to wonderful natural features, like the escarpment, the lake and farmland. Whatever you want, Hamilton has it – and it’s affordable.”

The Lakewood model at Smithville Station
The Lakewood model at Smithville Station

Focusing on the areas that they’ve come know, Marz Homes recognizes the heightened potential, and popularity, of southwestern Ontario. Their demographic includes those who are starting out, and those who are now looking to downsize, and want less hustle and bustle. Towns, like Grimsby, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Crystal Beach and Cambridge fit the bill.

Dan Gabriele, president (left), presents the Arts Education & Community Arts Award at the Hamilton Arts Awards.
Dan Gabriele, president (left), presents the Arts Education & Community Arts Award at the Hamilton Arts Awards.

COMMUNITY AWARENESS

A sense of loyalty is reinvested back into the communities in which they build, and they feel a strong sense of obligation to give back. As a local employer in Hamilton, Marz supports the Canadian Cancer Society, Mac Kids, An Instrument for Every Child, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and arts-related initiatives. Of particular significance, Marz has helped to raise more than $700,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, and was awarded Corporate Citizen of the year for their continued efforts.

In support of McMaster Children's Hospital
In support of McMaster Children’s Hospital

Along with their long-standing trade and supply partnerships, Marz Homes strives to build the best quality homes. “We develop and build communities,” says Gabriele. “We offer complete neighbourhoods.”

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Editor's Choice: Explore

Editor’s Choice: Explore

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Discover living a life well lived in Hamilton

Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer an adventurous lifestyle to Explore, with a new release of luxurious townhomes and semis nested at the base of Hamilton Mountain.

New homebuyers looking for a higher standard of living in Hamilton’s surging real estate market will enjoy a naturally better neighbourhood for every stage of life.

Located directly beside the Sir Wilfred Laurier Recreation Centre, just off the King Street exit of the Red Hill Valley Parkway, this new home community is unlike any other, offering pathways to everything an active family is looking for. The plentiful natural attributes of the community are perfect for homebuyers looking to “Discover Living” within steps of their front door.

From the existing Red Hill Valley Trails with links to the Bruce Trail and Conservation Lands, to breathtaking scenic vistas, renowned waterfalls, nearby golf courses and large-scale destination sports complexes, this community truly has something for everyone.

“The Explore community is perfect for anyone aspiring to live a quality, outdoor active lifestyle in a highly sought-after, but still affordable location,” says Mark Lawrence, sales and marketing manager for Ballantry Homes. “Explore is unlike any other new home community in the region. It offers attainable new home living in an established community designed around a rare escarpment setting.”

So, if it’s exceptional affordability you are looking for, both Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer a range of townhome and semi-detached options to suit your lifestyle and budget — Explore has plenty to choose from.

Branthaven Homes offers an award-winning lineup of new home designs, with classic-contemporary style on the outside and plenty of upgraded features at no extra cost on the inside. A Branthaven home is a perennial favourite across the Hamilton and Stoney Creek regions.

“With prices starting from the mid $400,000s, these are a great choice for first-time and move-up buyers alike,” says Kristen Bellamy, marketing manager at Branthaven Homes. “We are seeing a lot of people moving west from the GTA to communities like Explore for its extraordinary value.”

At Ballantry Homes, their all-new collection of homes have plenty of naturally-better benefits, too.

“We are finding many single and newly married young professionals are attracted to and investing in Hamilton. These well-designed homes are an attractive and affordable way to get into the housing market,” adds Lawrence.

“They value the convenient location off the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Linc’ Expressway, and the abundance of surrounding trails, parks, schools and shopping are a real bonus,” says Bellamy.

EXPLORE
Ballantry Homes

Located at 50 Albright Road, Hamilton, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Friday.

905.578.9634
explore@ballantryhomes.com
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Editor’s Choice: Explore

Discover living a life well lived in Hamilton

Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer an adventurous lifestyle to Explore, with a new release of luxurious townhomes and semis nested at the base of Hamilton Mountain.

New homebuyers looking for a higher standard of living in Hamilton’s surging real estate market will enjoy a naturally better neighbourhood for every stage of life.

Located directly beside the Sir Wilfred Laurier Recreation Centre, just off the King Street exit of the Red Hill Valley Parkway, this new home community is unlike any other, offering pathways to everything an active family is looking for. The plentiful natural attributes of the community are perfect for homebuyers looking to “Discover Living” within steps of their front door.

From the existing Red Hill Valley Trails with links to the Bruce Trail and Conservation Lands, to breathtaking scenic vistas, renowned waterfalls, nearby golf courses and large-scale destination sports complexes, this community truly has something for everyone.

“The Explore community is perfect for anyone aspiring to live a quality, outdoor active lifestyle in a highly sought-after, but still affordable location,” says Mark Lawrence, sales and marketing manager for Ballantry Homes. “Explore is unlike any other new home community in the region. It offers attainable new home living in an established community designed around a rare escarpment setting.”

So, if it’s exceptional affordability you are looking for, both Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer a range of townhome and semi-detached options to suit your lifestyle and budget — Explore has plenty to choose from.

Branthaven Homes offers an award-winning lineup of new home designs, with classic-contemporary style on the outside and plenty of upgraded features at no extra cost on the inside. A Branthaven home is a perennial favourite across the Hamilton and Stoney Creek regions.

“With prices starting from the mid $400,000s, these are a great choice for first-time and move-up buyers alike,” says Kristen Bellamy, marketing manager at Branthaven Homes. “We are seeing a lot of people moving west from the GTA to communities like Explore for its extraordinary value.”

At Ballantry Homes, their all-new collection of homes have plenty of naturally-better benefits, too.

“We are finding many single and newly married young professionals are attracted to and investing in Hamilton. These well-designed homes are an attractive and affordable way to get into the housing market,” adds Lawrence.

“They value the convenient location off the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Linc’ Expressway, and the abundance of surrounding trails, parks, schools and shopping are a real bonus,” says Bellamy.

EXPLORE
Ballantry Homes

Located at 50 Albright Road, Hamilton, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Friday.

905.578.9634
explore@ballantryhomes.com
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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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Discover living a life well lived in Hamilton

Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer an adventurous lifestyle to Explore, with a new release of luxurious townhomes and semis nested at the base of Hamilton Mountain.

New homebuyers looking for a higher standard of living in Hamilton’s surging real estate market will enjoy a naturally better neighbourhood for every stage of life.

Located directly beside the Sir Wilfred Laurier Recreation Centre, just off the King Street exit of the Red Hill Valley Parkway, this new home community is unlike any other, offering pathways to everything an active family is looking for. The plentiful natural attributes of the community are perfect for homebuyers looking to “Discover Living” within steps of their front door.

From the existing Red Hill Valley Trails with links to the Bruce Trail and Conservation Lands, to breathtaking scenic vistas, renowned waterfalls, nearby golf courses and large-scale destination sports complexes, this community truly has something for everyone.

“The Explore community is perfect for anyone aspiring to live a quality, outdoor active lifestyle in a highly sought-after, but still affordable location,” says Mark Lawrence, sales and marketing manager for Ballantry Homes. “Explore is unlike any other new home community in the region. It offers attainable new home living in an established community designed around a rare escarpment setting.”

So, if it’s exceptional affordability you are looking for, both Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer a range of townhome and semi-detached options to suit your lifestyle and budget — Explore has plenty to choose from.

Branthaven Homes offers an award-winning lineup of new home designs, with classic-contemporary style on the outside and plenty of upgraded features at no extra cost on the inside. A Branthaven home is a perennial favourite across the Hamilton and Stoney Creek regions.

“With prices starting from the upper $400,000s, these are a great choice for first-time and move-up buyers alike,” says Kristen Bellamy, marketing manager at Branthaven Homes. “We are seeing a lot of people moving west from the GTA to communities like Explore for its extraordinary value.”

At Ballantry Homes, their all-new collection of homes have plenty of naturally-better benefits, too.

“We are finding many single and newly married young professionals are attracted to and investing in Hamilton. These well-designed homes are an attractive and affordable way to get into the housing market,” adds Lawrence.

Both Branthaven and Ballantry agree that the pre-registrants for Explore share the same excitement and anticipation for many built-in community features.

“They value the convenient location off the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Linc’ Expressway, and the abundance of surrounding trails, parks, schools and shopping are a real bonus,” says Bellamy.

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Local Focus: Hamilton

Local Focus: Hamilton

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Local Focus: Hamilton

by Gale Beeby

HOUSING OPTIONS

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

THE WORKPLACE

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

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

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

SCHOOL DAYS

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

McMaster University Medical Centre
McMaster University Medical Centre

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

LEISURE PURSUITS

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

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

Dundurn Castle
Dundurn Castle

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

Albion Falls
Albion Falls

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

PARKS & REC

Gage Park
Gage Park

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

Webster's Falls
Webster’s Falls

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

RETAIL THERAPY

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

EASY ACCESS

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

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 536,917

Founded: 1816

Known as: The Waterfall Capital of the World

Walk Scores:

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

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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

Hamilton

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.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

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.

DAY-TRIPPING

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

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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.

VALLEY TOWN

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.

Burlington

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

YEAR-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS

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.

BLOOMIN’ GORGEOUS

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.

CREATIVELY SPEAKING

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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The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills - A Zest For Life

The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills – A Zest For Life

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The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills – A Zest For Life

A themed lifestyle resort is part of an imaginative master plan.

The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills in Hamilton will offer an active, fun and socially connected way of life – redefining a 55-plus lifestyle. The transformation of this 114-acre site into a themed, active-adult resort is part of an imaginative master plan, which will include a town square, restaurants and shops, as well as ponds and lush landscaping.

Designed by renowned Forrec Ltd. and developed by ZEST Communities, the 800-plus, million-dollar redevelopment will set a new standard for the future of 55-plus living.

The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is expected to accommodate more than 3,000 residents, with the goal of turning what is currently a typical, adult-living complex into a themed lifestyle resort. The Village will be an ongoing project that will grow as the population grows, without any interruption for the existing residents.

The architectural firm handling the master plan for The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is better known for roller coasters and waterslides than shuffleboard courts. Toronto-based Forrec Ltd. has designed theme parks around the world, including Universal Studios Florida and Canada’s Wonderland. They’ve designed three themed retirement Villages in central Florida that were inspired by small-town U.S.A. This concept was perfectly aligned with ZEST’s vision for The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills. The community will be fashioned into a pastoral mill town, complete with a spinning water wheel and an old-time windmill – reminiscent of a simpler, more relaxed way of life.

This aesthetic will be carried throughout to augment the site’s natural beauty, which includes ponds, mature landscaping and wide open spaces. Village residents can dine, picnic, shop, and enjoy live music and theatre, as well as stroll along the boardwalk, paths and trails, and partake in hundreds of activities, clubs and groups.

Plans are currently underway for the launch of Upper Mill Pond, a smart collection of more than 100 market-value, life-lease suites that were meticulously planned for convenience and elegance. These well-designed layouts maximize space and light, and include appointments like wider doorways and accessible, contemporary styled bathrooms. ZEST Communities is now accepting registrations for Upper Mill Pond.

In the meantime, the Town Square is being designed. The nostalgia of small-town Ontario will be at the heart of the community, and reflected in a collection of restaurants, services and store fronts.

It’s all about attitude and the infusion of fun at The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills. It’s a different approach – one that’s out of a storybook – but it’s one that makes the Village unique unto itself.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Presentation Centre is located at 1 Yates Gate in Hamilton, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

(905) 574-8178
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Ballantry and Branthaven offer an adventurous lifestyle to Explore in Hamilton

Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes are pleased to announce an all-new, amenity-rich community nestled at the base of the Hamilton Mountain, opening for sale this spring. New homebuyers looking for a higher standard of living in Hamilton’s surging real estate market will enjoy a naturally better neighbourhood for every stage of life.

Located directly beside the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Recreation Centre, just off the King Street exit of the Red Hill Valley Parkway, this new home community is unlike any other.

Ballantry Homes
Ballantry Homes

The plentiful natural attributes of the community are perfect for homebuyers looking to “Discover Living” within steps of their front door. From the existing Red Hill Valley Trails with links to the Bruce Trail and Conservation Lands, to breathtaking scenic vistas, renowned waterfalls, nearby golf courses and large-scale destination sports complexes, this community truly has something for everyone.

“The Explore community is perfect for everyone aspiring to live a quality, outdoor active lifestyle in a highly sought-after, but still affordable location,” says Mark Lawrence, sales and marketing manager for Ballantry Homes. “Explore is unlike any other new home community in the region. It offers attainable new home living in an established community designed around a rare escarpment setting.”

So, if it’s exceptional affordability you are looking for, both Ballantry Homes and Branthaven Homes offer a range of townhome and semi-detached options to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Branthaven Homes offers an award-winning lineup of new home designs with classic-contemporary style on the outside and plenty of upgraded features at no extra cost on the inside. A Branthaven home is a perennial favourite across the Hamilton and Stoney Creek regions.

“With prices starting from the $300,000s, these are a great choice for first-time and move-up buyers alike,” says Kristen Bellamy, marketing manager at Branthaven. “We are seeing a lot of people moving west from the GTA to communities like Explore for its extraordinary value.”

At Ballantry Homes, their all-new collection of homes has plenty of naturally better benefits too. “We are finding many single and newly married young professionals are attracted to and investing in Hamilton. These well-designed homes are an attractive and affordable way to get into the housing market,” adds Lawrence.

EXPLORE
Ballantry Homes
Branthaven Homes

Go online to pre-register and stay informed of opening dates and exclusive, limited-time offers from both Branthaven and Ballantry.

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Local Focus – Hamilton

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Living History

Before European settlers arrived to the area, the Neutral Indians used much of the land for agriculture, but were drive out by the Iroquois, who were allied with the British against the Huron and their French allies.

In about 1784, about 10,000 United Empire Loyalists settled in Upper Canada (Southern Ontario), chiefly in Niagara, the Bay of Quinte and along the St. Lawrence River. They were soon followed by more Americans, some of them attracted by the availability of arable land. At the same time, large numbers of Iroquois loyal to Britain arrived from the U.S. and were settled on reserves west of Lake Ontario (Six Nations).

Statue of United Empire Loyalists in Courthouse Square.

The town of Hamilton was founded by George Hamilton, shortly after the War of 1812, when he purchased the farm holdings of James Durand. Nathaniel Hughson, a property owner to the north, worked with Hamilton to build a courthouse and jail on Hamilton’s property. The town’s first jail was constructed in 1832 at Prince’s Square, one of two in the town. The first police board and town limits were established in Feburary, 1833, and the town received official city status on June 9, 1846.

In 1877-78, the first commercial telephone service in Canada, and the second telephone exchange in all of North America, was established.

Hamilton’s population doubled between 1900 and 1914 and two steel manufacturing companies, Stelco and Dofasco, were opened in 1910 and 1912, respectively. Procter & Gamble (1914) and the Beech-Nut Packing Company (1922) opened, their first plants outside of the U.S.

The economic growth continued until the 1960s, with the 1929 construction of the city’s first highrise building, the Piggott Building, the move of McMaster University from Toronto, the airport in 1940, a Studebaker assembly plant in 1948 and the Burlington Skyway in 1958. Tim Hortons opened its first store in Hamilton in 1964.

Since then, many of the large plants have shut down and the economy has moved toward the service sector, including transportation, education and health services.

On January 1, 2001, the new City of Hamilton was formed from the amalgamation of Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek, making it the 10th largest city in Canada with a population over 500,000.

Housing Options

Hamilton is no stranger to historic housing or large estates, but also has a large selection of housing at any price, including an influx of new condominiums. There are many new housing developments

The Workplace

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

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

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

Hamilton City Hall

School Days

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholid 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, including the Dundas Valley School of Art.

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.

Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

Leisure Pursuits

The award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens is a 2,422-acre nature sanctuary considered the plant biodiversity hotspot of Canada. It is also an important bird area, according to Bird Stuies Canada, and is part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. the RBG has more then 1,100 species of plant, including the Bashful Bulrush and the Red Mulberry, both of which are listed as endangered in Canada under the Species at Risk Act.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum houses over 40 aircraft, including a Lockheed CF-104 Starfighter, Avro Lancaster, de Havilland Canada Chipmunk Supermarine Seafire, Corsair, Harvard and Tiger Moth, and an extensive aviation gift shop and gallery. In the summer of 2014, the museum undertook one of its biggest ventures, flying the Lancaster across the Atlantic to England to join the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster for a two-month tour. The trip was filmed for a documentary, Reunion of Giants.

Hermitage Estate ruins at Dundas Valley Park.

Also located in Hamilton is the he Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Hamilton Military Museum, the Museum of Steam and Technology, and the Whitehern Historic House and Gardens.

The Scottish Rite Castle/Masonic Centre, onetime home of Hamilton’s 27th mayor, is one of Hamilton’s most magnificent structures.

Scottish Rite Castle

Dundurn Castle is an 18,000-square-foot neoclassical mansion that was completed in 1835 by architect Robert Charles Wetherell. It took three years to build at cost $175,000. The 40-room castle featured all the latest conveniences of the times, including gas lighting and running water. Built for Sir Allan Napier MacNab, the City of Hamilton has carefully restored the rooms to illustrated life in the 1850s. The grounds and its associated green spaces are home to many gardens and open spaces that are open to residents.

Dundurn Castle

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

Albion Falls

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.

One of Hamilton’s waterfront parks.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority operates several parks, including Westfield Heritage Village, Dundas Valley (home to the Hermitage Ruins), Fifty Point on Lake Ontario with marina facilities, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Confederation Park (with a go-kart facility, batting cages, mind golf and Wild Waterworks, Eramosa Karst (filled with underground caves and streams) and Valens Lake campground.

The view of downtown Hamilton from Sam Lawrence Park.

Essential Services

Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of seven hospitals, which includes Hamilton General Hospital, Chedoke Hospital, the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre and Children’s Hospital and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Police and fire service in Hamilton is provided by the city.

Retail Therapy

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

Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Easy Access

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

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