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COVER STORY: EDITOR'S CHOICE: Lindvest

COVER STORY: EDITOR’S CHOICE: Lindvest

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COVER STORY: EDITOR’S CHOICE: Lindvest

Emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality-crafted homes

Lindvest is a Toronto-based real estate development group with deep roots, spanning six decades in the award-winning, highly-respected H&R family of companies. Their signature emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality-crafted homes, has made them a popular choice among homebuyers who are looking for a little more than the ordinary fare.

Lindvest builds well-planned, innovative communities in areas that fuse nature with convenience. Whether it’s a charming subdivision in a pristine setting or an iconic highrise in the city, Lindvest’s award-winning communities are as vibrant and unique as the people who live in them. From convenient locations and beautiful settings to innovative designs and luxurious finishes, every detail of a Lindvest neighbourhood is rooted in the company’s deep passion to help better the lives of their homebuyers.

Presently, Lindvest has communities coming soon in Vaughan, Oakville and Aurora. Each is singularly unique and offers an incredible variety of options.

KLEIN ESTATES

The beauty of nearby Kleinburg Village will soon be celebrated in a master-planned community of impressive estate homes. Here, Lindvest, with its long history of fine building in the GTA, is bringing its signature style to Klein Estates at Pine Valley and Teston Roads. This spectacular collection of traditional and contemporary homes on 42- and 50-foot lots will be polished to perfection with upscale refinements hand-selected for their beauty, functionality and quality.

A decidedly rural ambiance but far from isolated, Klein Estates offers the peace and tranquility of the countryside with fast connections to its urban neighbours. Downtown Mississauga is just 20 minutes away by car, Thornhill a mere 10 minutes, while Toronto’s Union Station is a fast 45-minute commute by GO Transit train from the Maple station just 10 kilometres away. Served by Highways 400, 401, 27, 407 and 427, Klein Estates is easily accessible for commuters.

Life in this lovely community is imbued with charm and art. Marketed as “The Art of Time Well Spent,” the Village of Kleinburg reflects the quaint ambiance of a turn-of-the-century town with modern accoutrements like a delightful Starbucks that attracts cyclists from around the GTA. Kleinburg is chock-a-block with one-off restaurants like Avenue Cibi e Vini, Avlyn Gardens Ristorante, Bellsito Trattoria, Chartreuse, Cookie Crumble Eatery and The Longchamp Pub. Wander the quaint village streets and discover its many unique shops and boutiques all in a lush forested setting where rolling hills and magnificent scenery forms the backdrop to life at a more relaxed pace.

Not far away, the famous Kortright Centre offers a tribute to conservation helping people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment with a vision to create The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. Close by, the well-loved McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home to Canada’s treasured Group of Seven masterpieces, offers programs and events for adults and children alike.

Kleinburg is home to the Binder Twine Festival, held yearly in the month of September. The tradition of the Binder Twine Festival originated with Charles Shaw Jr. who, in the 1890s, began selling binder twine to the local farmers. Binder twine was used to tie together sheaves of wheat. In appreciation for their business, Shaw gave his customers a modest dinner that eventually became a large community festival complete with games, refreshments and entertainment.

Like the community around it, Klein Estates is unique, with its own personality and style. Considered a bright beacon of creativity in a sea of architectural conformity, Klein Estates’ homes will blossom into beautiful streetscapes traversing delightful forests and rolling hills. This is a family neighbourhood where kids can experience a safe and happy childhood, where parents can enjoy all the trappings of a privileged lifestyle, where neighbours become friends and where life is good.

Klein Estates will be one not to be missed.

NORTH OAKVILLE

As one of three prestigious builders, Lindvest is shaping a stunning community of single-family homes called North Oakville. Located a short distance from the city’s Uptown Core, North Oakville is a one-of-a-kind community within a city that has been named the best place to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine. MoneySense gathered data on 415 cities across the country and ranked how they measure up in 10 categories – wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to healthcare, amenities and culture. In an article published July 31, 2018 in MacLeans, Oakville was not only the best place to live overall, but “the best place for new Canadians, the third best place to retire and the fifth best place to raise a family.” Oakville placed in the top 25 per cent of all cities in six out of 10 categories.

Despite a growing population (recent census pegs Oakville at 200,000), it still retains its small-town charm. Which is a compelling reason for people looking for a detached home in a prestigious community to consider Lindvest’s North Oakville — opening later this fall.

AURORA GLEN TOWNHOMES

Seventy-two beautiful townhomes ranging in size from 1,725 to 2,362 square feet are well on their way to completion in Lindvest’s Aurora Glen community. Priced from the mid $900,000s, these homes are conveniently located close to all of the amenities of Aurora.

This is a great place to live and raise a family. Aurora has been ranked in the top 10 of wealthiest towns in Canada. With four secondary schools and numerous elementary schools Aurora has outstanding choices. The highly prestigious St. Andrews College, a private independent school for boys, is also located in Aurora.

Aurora has a long history of theatre, with its own community theatre group, Theatre Aurora. The group currently produces five shows each year as well as two youth shows.

With only 23 homes available for purchase, be sure to watch for the model home unveiling set to take place this fall.

FUTURE COMMUNITIES

Lindvest will be offering new communities in Oakville and in Brantford.

LINDVEST

Go online to register for all of Lindvest’s projects.

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COVER STORY: EDITOR'S CHOICE - Lucchetta Homes

COVER STORY: EDITOR’S CHOICE – Lucchetta Homes

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COVER STORY: EDITOR’S CHOICE – Lucchetta Homes

Life your best life in Niagara

The principals of Lucchetta Homes know a good thing when they see it. As a result, purchasers benefit from their keen eye and their appreciation for only the finest locations in Niagara.

Bottom line – buying a home in Niagara is a fraction of the cost of those in the GTA, and the quality of life is far superior, according to Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes.

Last year alone, Lucchetta Homes won, or were nominated for, more than 20 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. It’s this recognition, that inspires them to keep upping the bar, and it’s what new homebuyers desire when seeking out the best in quality.

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITIES

Due to be released this July, Lucchetta is touting Davis Heights as Niagara’s finest new address. This luxury development will feature a limited release of bungalows and bungaloft towns, overlooking a ravine and the Niagara escarpment. In respect for a rare chestnut tree, Lucchetta will be building around those trees, in order to preserve them. This type of care is also evident in the attention to detail that they invest in each, and every, home.

At Davis Heights, the LUXE Collection will be custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. Two gorgeous model homes (opening in July), will feature a glass-encased wine cellar in the staircase filled with local wines. Homes will be priced from the $800,000s for floorplans that range from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet. The VIP Grand Opening for Davis Heights will be July 28 and 29, 2018 from noon to 5 p.m.

Riverside at Hunters Pointe has just launched in June 2018. There are two new stunning Model Homes to view. The Net Zero-ready Model Home features chic accents, contemporary architecture and sumptuous great rooms with 12-foot ceilings where Lucchetta’s signature luxurious quality is eminent. For a limited time, there is $25,000 off for any new purchase.

Riverside, features luxury bungalow towns and single detached luxury, custom homes. Homes are priced from $499,900. This limited release includes private waterfront, water-view canal lots.

To accommodate current needs and trends, Lucchetta Homes offers an array of newly designed exterior elevations. “We wanted to give our homeowners more choice. We listened to their needs and provided three different exterior elevations for every floorplan. There are contemporary, transitional and traditional plans to choose from,” says Kopyl.

When they’re not busy building homes, Lucchetta is involved in strengthening the neighbourhood.

“As we develop the area, giving back to the community is very important to us,” says Rob Lucchetta. “We are actively involved with many charities in the Niagara region.”

NIAGARA AT ITS BEST

While all homes are built to superior standards, it’s the Niagara area that fuels their passion. Kopyl, an industry expert, can attest to that. She is quick to mention all of the advantages of living in the area, which includes lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, worldclass wineries, beaches, designer outlet shopping, casinos and the Shaw Festival, as well as its proximity to a plethora of other attractions and amenities.

The GO Transit train is well on its way to Niagara. There are also fifteen-minute flights from Toronto to Niagara. And for those who like to travel, the Buffalo and Niagara airports are a convenient and inexpensive way to do so.

With an abundance of green space, outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding and golfing.

“Simply put, this is a lovely place to live a very balanced, and fulfilled, life,” says Kopyl.

FAMILY VALUES

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago and it quickly became known for its quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons, Robert and Ed Lucchetta, are now at the helm and they carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing recognition, in addition to the loyalty and word of mouth praise expressed by their customers.

“Our attention to detail, along with our goal to exceed our clients’ expectations, has culminated in luxury homes and resort style communities that exude both class and functionality,” says Ed Lucchetta.

LUCCHETTA HOMES

Go online for more information on any of Lucchetta Homes’ communities.

LucchettaHomes.com


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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Fieldgate Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

Discover the GTA’s most spectacular residences when you visit Fieldgate’s many fine communities

Over the past six decades, Fieldgate has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners across the GTA and beyond. This year we’re offering an exceptional selection of new homes to choose from at our many fine community locations.

UPPER VALLEYLANDS

Located at the southwest corner of Mayfield and Chinguacousy Roads, Upper Valleylands in West Brampton brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate’s celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Discover a beautiful selection of semi-detached, 30-, 38- and 41-foot detached homes and freehold townhomes in a complete master-planned community setting. Register today at Fieldgatehomes.com for your preview purchasing opportunity. The sales centre is located at 8676 Chinguacousy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue West.

VALLEYLANDS

Since it opened, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location on the west side of Chinguacousy Road north of Steeles Avenue West, this is a place where the valleys surrounding the Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland with major urban conveniences all just moments away. With a limited number of homes remaining, this is your chance to own a model home in this picture perfect setting.

Valleylands is also offering a collection of inspired live/work units. Discover an amazing business opportunity plus all the luxury you’d expect with a Fieldgate home. These stunning units provide a beautiful Fieldgate residence on the upper floors and a retail/office unit on the ground level. Start your own business or enjoy added rental income.

COBBLESTONES SOUTH

At Cobblestones South, just south of Steeles Avenue West in West Brampton, you can discover an exquisite selection of new 36-foot designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to over 3,400 square feet! With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here. Enjoy Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Highways 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

RICHLANDS

GTA homebuyers have already fallen in love with this new master-planned community of Richlands at Elgin Mills Road and Leslie Street in Richmond Hill. Fieldgate is excited to be offering 36- and 43-foot singles over 4,600 square feet, semis over 3,000 square feet and freehold townhomes over 3,100 square feet at this spectacular family community. Register today for priority access.

WHITBY MEADOWS

Whitby Meadows is a master-planned community that offers West Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional new selection of 30- and 36-foot singledetached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. This community truly has everything you’ve been looking for.

BLUE SKY

Stouffville’s Blue Sky is the new home community you’ve been waiting for — a refreshing way of life full of old-fashioned charm, set in a dynamic, modern and convenient community of mostly detached homes just five minutes north of Markham. Over 1,300 families already call Blue Sky home, and with this latest release of 30-, 36- and 40-foot singles, there has never been a better time to call Blue Sky your home, too!

IMPRESSIONS

The new release at Impressions will feature an excellent selection of all new home designs, so there’s never been a better time to discover this acclaimed Kleinburg community. Discover an exceptional master-planned community setting that features over 70 acres of greenspace, community parks, ponds and two proposed community schools. Featuring an ideal location minutes from the heart of the historic village of Kleinburg, this is without a doubt one of the finest new home communities in the GTA. The next release at Impressions will feature a collection of 36- and 44-foot detached homes of unparalleled style and distinction. With a number of acclaimed Fieldgate floorplans to choose from, homebuyers will find something that meets their families’ lifestyle and needs.

FIELDGATE HOMES

Go online for more information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers, floorplans, or to register for upcoming communities.

FieldgateHomes.com


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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.

NATIONAL HOMES

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.

NationalHomes.com


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