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In Conversation With: Patrick O’Hanlon

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In Conversation With: Patrick O’Hanlon

Kylemore Communities is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Eight years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the indomitable Patrick O’Hanlon for the first time over lunch at Auberge du Pommier, a sophisticated restaurant that specializes in fine French cuisine. He ordered the “grilled cheese sandwich.”

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

O’Hanlon is never one to mince words; he speaks his mind and that is a quality that I — although not all — appreciate. It’s the Irish in him.

Born in Dublin and raised in Toronto, O’Hanlon has a degree in urban planning from Ryerson University. Following school he went to work for the Region of Peel and then moved on to Bramalea Ltd., which at the time was one of the largest building and developments companies in the GTA.

“Working at Bramalea was a good training ground,” O’Hanlon told me. “I didn’t speak for the first five years. Yes, really,” he assured while acknowledging my scepticism. “I was a human sponge and I just listened and learned.”

From there, O’Hanlon joined Gordon Stollery in Angus Glen Development, and then founded Kylemore Communities with Stollery and Frank Spaziani.

“It’s that word ‘quality’ again,” said O’Hanlon. “I couldn’t have done better for partners than Gordon and Frank.”

The Angus Glen master-planned community, which follows new urbanism planning principles and which began in 1997 with highend homes around the 36-hole championship golf course of the same name, has now expanded to over 1,400 residences, including The Brownstones, a collection of townhomes along the south course, and The 6th, a midrise condo building also overlooking the south course, home to the 2015 Pan Am Games golf tournament.

Today, O’Hanlon and Spaziani work alongside the next generation of the Stollery family, represented by Cailey and Lindsay, to bring Gordon Stollery’s vision for Angus Glen to fruition.

Angus Glen Community, which includes The Shoppes of Angus Glen within walking distance of most of the homes and where Kylemore is now headquartered, won the prestigious Places to Grow Community of the Year award from the Building Industry and Land Development Association in 2013.

Q: Who would you consider a mentor?

A: David Ptak, who was vice president of Bramalea’s Residential Group when I worked there. Working for Bramalea gave me a strong foundation. What I learned most from David were the words “quality, quality, quality” — not just in the context of building materials or workmanship but also the quality of the people you work with and the people you count as friends and business partners. I couldn’t have done better for partners than Gordon and Frank.

Q: What’s on the drawing board for the future?

A: We’ve got two really big exciting projects coming: the redevelopment of the York Downs Golf and Country Club and Langstaff Gateway, which is a huge mixed-use development.

York Downs

Q: Let’s talk about York Downs first. What is the plan and the timeline?

A: It’s still currently being used as a golf course, but we purchased the 400 acres for $412 million. Our initial plan submitted to the City of Markham has 2,400 homes in a new urbanism style like Angus Glen. This is a joint venture partnership with Angus Glen, Kylemore, and Minto Communities.

The new parks, green spaces and schools will be positioned so that they can be conveniently accessed by the wider community.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can bring the full plan forward.

Q: Now, Langstaff Gateway. I remember you talking about this the first day I met you, eight years ago.

A: Oh yea, it’s really exciting! And I’m very enthusiastic about working with Peter Calthorpe, an urban planner who is a champion of new urbanism and walkable cities.

Langstaff Gateway — located south of Highway 407 and east of Yonge Street — is just industrial land now, but the vision is to build a massive live/work/play master-planned community designed by Calthorpe. He calls it the most transit-oriented site he has ever worked on.

Actually, it really is a literal gateway to everywhere in the GTA and beyond. It’s at the intersection of three main public transit lines: GO, the TTC subway, York Region transit and VIVA rapid transit services. As well, Highway 407 and Highway 7 are right there and the new 407 Transitway will move people quickly to Pearson airport.

Transit is just one of the key principles of new urbanism that are being applied to the 47-hectare site. Peter’s preliminary plan also calls for all residential, business and retail building to be within walking distance of each other and we’ll probably integrate “people movers” into the site. It will be the densest new project in North America.

We’re proposing to build stacked townhomes, six- to eight-storey midrise buildings, and residential towers up to 50 storeys.

Q: Tell me about how Kylemore gives back to the communities it builds.

A: I believe in the importance of strong communities, where people can live and work and grow together. As a company, we have a policy of social responsibility and are involved in a number of initiatives that create positive impacts on our local residents.

To that end, we created Kylemore Kares and we host several events throughout the year to raise money for local charities. These include our annual Kylemore Kares Charity Golf tournament, the Kylmore Hockey With Heart tournament and our annual holiday toy drive, to name a few.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I become a real Canadian, lace up some skates and play hockey. My position is goon. I’m the nicest guy in the world until I step out on the ice. Then I become Patrick O’Hooligan. I also golf — I’m pretty good — and can often be found kicking a soccer ball.

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Kylemore Communities’ annual toy drive

Kylemore Communities’ annual toy drive helps 200 families

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Kylemore Communities’ annual toy drive helps 200 families

Once again, Kylemore’s Annual Holiday Party for trades, consultants and colleagues has kicked-off the season in high style! The Markham-based luxury homebuilder and developer hosts the get-together to thank its building partners for their contribution to another successful year. Guests are asked to bring a new toy to help brighten the holidays for Markham families.

The entire Kylemore team with, in front from left, Frank Spaziani, Cailey Stollery and Patrick O’Hanlon.
The entire Kylemore team with, in front from left, Frank Spaziani, Cailey Stollery and Patrick O’Hanlon.

For a fifth consecutive year, the toys collected were donated to the Christmas Food and Toy Drive organized by Unionville Alliance Church (UAC) and partner churches, which in turn distribute hampers to area families.

Russell Foy, UAC, Hampers of Hope volunteer, was on hand to receive the toys.

“We are extremely grateful to Kylemore and their many partners for the wonderful boost our annual toy drive receives. With their support we will be able to help 200 families this year,” he said.

From left, Frank Spaziani, UAC volunteer Klaus Meyer, Cailey Stollery, Patrick O’Hanlon, Mariam Aboutaam and UAC volunteer Russell Foy.
From left, Frank Spaziani, UAC volunteer Klaus Meyer, Cailey Stollery, Patrick O’Hanlon, Mariam Aboutaam and UAC volunteer Russell Foy.

“Helping others is what unites a community and strengthens our ties to each other,” said Kylemore president Patrick O’Hanlon, who is well-known for his philanthropy and charitable work. “It is part of our DNA to give generously, and it’s heartwarming to know that the Christmas season will be brighter for many children because of the generous donations our guests made to the toy drive.”

In the past nine years, the Annual Kylemore Kares Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $1 million for charity. With funds from this event, Kylemore Communities assists charities and non-profit organizations throughout the year.

Since 1997, Kylemore has been developing and building the master-planned Angus Glen Community in Markham. A neighbourhood of almost 1,100 homes, parks, two 18-hole championship golf courses, shops and restaurants, Angus Glen is the recipient of a prestigious 2014 Markham Design Excellence Award and Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) pinnacle 2013 Places to Grow Community of the Year Award.

The Presentation Centre and Model Suite is at 4500 Major Mackenzie Drive (just west of Kennedy Road) in Markham. Call 905.887.9950. For more information or visit kylemorecommunities.com

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The 6th Angus Glen

The 6th Angus Glen

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The 6th Angus Glen

Experience Kylemore’s Award-winning Model Suite

Recently the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) presented the Best Interior Decorating Award to Kylemore Communities’ sumptuous Model Suite for The 6th Angus Glen condominium in Markham.

It was created in collaboration with renowned Mike Niven Interior Design to showcase the elegant lifestyle awaiting residents at The 6th and to highlight the impeccable design and superior finishes available to buyers.

The 6th is an idyllic resort-style condominium of two buildings connected by a dramatic two-storey lobby and adjoining private amenities, overlooking the prestigious south course of Angus Glen Golf Club. Here, alongside multi-million dollar homes, Kylemore Communities is in the final stage of construction. Owners in Building A started to move in to their suites this past summer, and Building B is under construction with occupancy offered in 2017.

Kylemore and Niven also received an OHBA award and the 2016 Award of Merit from the Association of Registered Interior designers of Ontario (ARIDO) for the Presentation Centre, within which the Model Suite has been built to scale.

Visitors to the model are enthralled by the deft blending of traditional styling with modern appointments, designed to achieve an appearance that is reminiscent of century-old apartments in Paris or London. “It’s the ceiling heights, moulding details, and trimmed archways that provide us with the bones to build this look,” explains Niven.

Deluxe finishing materials include wood flooring installed in a stylish chevron pattern, marble tile in the master bathroom, and simple and unadorned cabinetry paired with a beautiful stone countertop in the kitchen.

Niven’s soothing colour scheme of warm white, rich gold and tones of grey is derived from a custom art piece which hangs in the living area. The overall impression is one of richness, high-style and comfort – everything you desire in a home. An excellent selection of suite layouts – from one-bedroom to two-bedroom plus den and family room – are still available for purchase. Suites range in size from 770 to 2,198 square feet, and prices start from $790,000.

Quality interior finishes (all as per plan) include: 9-foot or 10-foot ceiling heights; smooth ceilings throughout; natural stone flooring in foyer and powder room; choice of porcelain tile in kitchen and bathroom(s); 5″ x ¾” engineered hand scraped oak hardwood flooring; quality kitchen cabinets with extended uppers, light valance and crown moulding, quartzstone countertops with undermount sink; Sub-Zero & Wolf stainless steel-finish kitchen appliances including undercounter wine fridge; master ensuite with frameless glass shower enclosure; quality vanity cabinetry with quartzstone countertop and undermount sink in master ensuite; individually controlled energy efficient heating and cooling on demand; heat recovery ventilator for improved indoor air quality. The 6th is a LEED Silver Candidate registered with the Canada Green Building Council.

The 6th offers unparalleled resort-style amenities including attentive concierge service housed within the double height lobby. A fabulous party room with bar and kitchen, billiards room, and a private dining room are all appointed by Mike Niven Interior Design. Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy the building’s exercise room, yoga studio, tranquility whirlpool and saunas. Stepping outside, residents will delight in the beautiful infinity swimming pool surrounded by cabanas and al fresco dining areas set amid garden beds.

Situated south of Major Mackenzie Drive, west of Kennedy Road, The 6th location is within a short walk to the spectacular Angus Glen Community Centre and to The Shoppes of Angus Glen for conveniences, banking and dining. Parks, walking and cycling trails are also nearby. Minutes away, Unionville’s historic Main Street provides an eclectic selection of fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes and the Varley Art Gallery. Travel is easy with Highways 404 and 407 just a few minutes’ drive, and the neighbourhood is close to Unionville GO Station.

Kylemore Communities is the recipient of the 2014 Markham Design Excellence Award for Angus Glen Community, which was also awarded the Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Association’s 2013 “Places to Grow” Community of the Year Award.

For more information about Kylemore Communities visit the Presentation Centre, located at 4500 Major Mackenzie Drive (northwest corner of Major Mackenzie Drive and Kennedy Road) in Markham. To register for upcoming new home opportunities visit the website.

(905) 887-9950

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Editor’s Choice: Kylemore Communities

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Satisfying growing demand for luxury homes

Kylemore Communities is familiar with the expectations of luxury homebuyers and has for more than 18 years offered exceptional choices at its award-winning master-planned Angus Glen Community in Markham. Now selling, Brownstones at Angus Glen will be an enclave neighbourhood of exquisite townhomes bordered by mature trees and overlooking the south course of prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club.

Situated along Major Mackenzie Drive, west of Kennedy Road, the location is a short walk to the spectacular Angus Glen Community Centre and to The Shoppes of Angus Glen for conveniences, banking and dining. Schools, parks and trails are also nearby. Minutes away, Unionville’s historic Main Street provides an eclectic selection of fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafés and the Varley Art Gallery.

Travel is easy with Highways 404 and 407 within a short drive and the neighbourhood is a few minutes from the Unionville GO Transit station. Brownstones is perfect for luxury-lovers who appreciate the convenient location and area amenities close to this community.

Kylemore’s distinctive architecture is featured at Brownstones.

Kylemore’s distinctive architecture is featured at Brownstones.

Brownstones collection of new urbanism rear-lane 15-foot-wide and 19-foot-wide towns, as well as 23-foot-wide traditional townhomes, have the distinctive architecture Kylemore is renowned for in all its homes: steeply pitched rooflines, oversized windows, exteriors of brick, stone and stucco with covered front porches and architectural embellishments.

Townhome layouts have three levels of finished living space with bright open-concept main floors and three or four bedrooms on the upper level, including a deluxe master retreat. Larger homes offer a fourth or fifth bedroom on the lower floor. Available sizes range from 2,448 to 3,100 square feet priced from $1.3 million.

Brownstones feature deluxe interior layouts and superb finishes.

Brownstones feature deluxe interior layouts and superb finishes.

A superb selection of interior features and finishes include (all as per plan) 10-foot main floor ceiling heights and 9-foot on the second level. Engineered hardwood flooring is provided on main floors with oak stairs. Kitchens have granite countertops, elegant cabinetry plus a SubZero/Wolf stainless steel appliance package. Decorative cornice mouldings adorn the dining and formal rooms.

Kylemore Communities is the recipient of the 2014 Markham Design Excellence Award for Angus Glen Community, which was also awarded the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) 2013 Places to Grow Community of the Year Award.

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Brownstones at Angus Glen

Located at 4500 Major Mackenzie Drive at Kennedy Road, Markham, the Sales Centre is open:
Monday to Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m.;
Friday by appointment; and
Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(905) 887-9950
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