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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

Treasure Hill’s Trendi Towns in Markham have modern appeal

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Treasure Hill’s Trendi Towns in Markham have modern appeal

A new release of Trendi Towns is on its way to the sought-after town of Markham. Located at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue, this collection of chic and sophisticated townhomes has been thoughtfully designed with the upscale homeowner in mind. This entire community has been expertly crafted to exude quality, style and confidence.

All the homes at Trendi Towns display the same high-quality craftsmanship that Treasure Hill is known for, designed with a modern appeal and perfect for the stylish individual. You can choose from a selection of one-, or two-car garage towns for added convenience. Each home also comes fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, ensuring that everything in your new home runs smoothly and efficiently. Fully furnished models are coming soon so you can be inspired and see the full potential of this stunning development.

EXPERIENCE MARKHAM

Markham has quickly become one of the GTA’s most desirable places to live, with over 355,000 residents currently calling it home. This amazing city is Canada’s most diverse community, exuding character and promoting inclusivity. You will often find a wide range of events hosted here, such as the Markham Fair, organized as a way to bring all members of the community together. Life in Markham is ideal for families; everything you need from shopping to schools are in close proximity to each other.

Markville Mall and some of the GTA’s most popular dining and entertainment spots are found here. You will also have plenty of opportunity to explore the city’s heritage at Main Street Unionville and Main Street Markham, home to many historic buildings and boutiques.

CHOOSE TREASURE HILL

As always, Treasure Hill is dedicated to creating high-quality, desirable living spaces for all. The expert tam at Treasure Hill comes together time after time to develop only the finest quality homes in a perfect location. All of its homes are constructed with the upmost attention to detail given to each and every inch, resulting in a gorgeous new home, crafted to perfection. Treasure Hill combines impressive floorplans, quality construction and great value, providing you with a home you’re sure to treasure for years to come.

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Markham Theatre Awards

Markham Performing Arts Awards names winners

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Markham Performing Arts Awards names winners

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Sharon Mehaffey and The Dance Institute receive Community Group of the Year Award from Mayor Scarpitti and theatre GM Eric Lariviere

The fourth annual Markham Performing Arts Awards took centre stage at Flato Markham Theatre recently, honouring homegrown artistic achievements. Special performances included Markham born and raised singer-songwriter, Julia Gartha, winner of the City’s 2017 Star Search, sneak-peak musical excerpts from the upcoming November show Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, and a special guest appearance by the legendary accapella group The Nylons.

The spotlight shone on the real stars of the evening Community Group/Artist of the Year, Sharon Mahaffey; Professional Artist of the Year, Maestro Kerry Stratton; and Partner of the Year, Weins Canada Inc.

Sharon Mehaffey and her studio, The Dance Institute, have held student competitions and recitals at Flato Markham Theatre for 25 years and regularly participate in the theatre’s Discovery Program. Trained at the Nester Brooking School in London, England and at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Mehaffey established The Dance Institute in 1993. This year marks the studio’s quarter-century anniversary.

Maestro Kerry Stratton is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Artistic Director/Conductor for Wish Opera, and internationally renowned guest conductor. He has led some of the world’s great chamber orchestras, including the George Solti Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, and the Vienna Konzertverein.

A premier automotive group with 13 car dealerships across the GTA, Weins Canada isFlato Markham Theatre’s largest Diamond Season sponsor. Because of the company’s patronage the theatre has grown to offer the largest and most diverse multi-disciplinary performing arts series in York Region, and among GTA municipal venues.

All of this would not be possible without the generosity and “rock-solid support of Weins Canada – a partnership that’s represented in the award itself – Two Pines, one supporting the other,” MayorFrank Scarpitti said, when presenting a custom-sculpture to Weins’ vice-president of operations, Amin Tejani.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Treasure Hill

High quality homes in perfect locations

Treasure Hill is dedicated to providing every single client with the highest quality home, in the perfect location. It’s expert team has successfully constructed countless stunning communities, breathing new life into many cities and towns.

ADENA VIEWS

The town of Aurora is known for its welcoming environment and its abundance of popular amenities. Treasure Hill is proud to be making Aurora home to our next breathtaking community, Adena Views, opening this fall. This community will feature a selection of 36-, 40-, 45- and 60-foot luxury singles backing onto Magna Golf Club. Each home in this community has been expertly planned to provide you and your family with the highest quality living experience imaginable.

Located at Leslie Street and Wellington Street in Aurora, Adena Views is in close proximity to some of the most outstanding schools, shopping centres, dining options and grocery stores the town has to offer. Longo’s, Canadian Tire, Goodlife Fitness and so much more are just minutes away.

Your commute is sure to be quick and easy with Highway 404 as well as the Aurora GO Transit station just minutes from your new home. You can also take advantage of YRT busses in the area, making for an effortless commute!

TRENDI TOWNS

Another remarkable Treasure Hill community is on its way, giving you the opportunity to experience the difference of a Treasure Hill home in the thriving city of Markham. The second phase of Trendi Towns, opening this fall, will feature a collection of townhomes, some with two-car garages. Fully furnished models will be coming soon, showcasing the full potential of these stunning homes. This development has been precisely planned to exude a stylish, modern feel that everyone is sure to love.

Situated at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue, Trendi Towns is in one of the most sought-after areas to live in Markham. Go shopping in Markville Mall or spend time walking the quaint streets of nearby Main Street Markham or Main Street Unionville. You will also have the beautiful sights of several nearby parks, as well as some of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment spots.

Both of these upcoming communities continue to reflect Treasure Hill’s dedication to quality craftsmanship and superior location, giving you a place you’ll be proud to call home.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Madison Group

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Madison Group

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Madison Group

Specialists in lowrise, highrise, hospitality and retirement

Over the past five decades, Madison Group has evolved from a successful family business into a multi-faceted company that owns, develops, and manages landmark residential and commercial properties. Madison’s extensive portfolio includes lowrise master-planned communities, mixed-use highrise projects, office, retail, prestige industrial, rental, and retirement properties throughout the GTA and New York City.

Recognizing the need for ongoing change and growth, in 2017 Madison Group went through a company-wide rebrand as well as the addition of a hospitality division by bringing the first-ever Nobu Hotel and Restaurant to Canada. With its new outlook, Madison remains committed to creating vibrant, integrated communities rooted in highly desirable locations that elevate the lifestyle of their residents.

FRENCHMAN’S BAY

With GO Transit offering a short 28-minute train commute from Pickering to Union Station, and a four-minute walk to the lake, Frenchman’s Bay is set to attract anyone looking for affordable lakeside living with all of the area’s conveniences, including quick access to Highway 401, great restaurants and shops in Nautical Village along Liverpool Road.

Breaking ground at Frenchman's Bay in Pickering.
Breaking ground at Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering.

Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of single-detached two-storey homes of approximately 2,700 square feet with double-car garages, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and ample room for families to cook, live and relax in style at a starting price of $1.5 million.

The townhome collection ranges from 1,910 to 2,215 square feet and will offer single-car garages at grade, generous three- or four-bedroom floorplans on three levels, plus a basement. The interiors include designer selected natural oak engineered flooring throughout the second floor and smooth ceilings on both the first and second levels. The carefully appointed kitchens include a wide range of kitchen cabinet choices and a great selection of granite or quartz countertops. Townhome prices start in the high $800,000s.

Frenchman's Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.
Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.

It is the spectacular natural landscape and abounding recreational opportunities that make Frenchman’s Bay a coastal haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You cannot miss Frenchman’s Bay Marina and the significant presence of boaters and sailing activity in the surrounding waters during the summer months.

To the southeast is Beachfront Park with its elevated boardwalk and beautiful views across Lake Ontario. If you’re in the mood to exercise or explore, then head into the Waterfront Trail system that encircles Frenchman’s Bay and runs east and west alongside the Lake’s shoreline. Three major trails – perfect for cycling, running or walking – traverse protected wetlands and woodlots, bluffs, beaches and expansive conservation areas.

“There are various natural, recreational, heritage, arts and cultural attractions within a one-kilometre range of the site, especially the boardwalk, beaches and marina,” said project director lowrise, David Singer in an interview with the Globe and Mail.

NUTOWNS

NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.
NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.

A collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes is coming this fall to the Seaton area of Pickering. The project is conveniently located between Highways 407 and 401 and has access to all of Pickering’s amenities, which include natural recreational areas such as the Seaton Hiking Trail, Riverside Golf Course and all of the vibrant amenity-rich shopping along the Kingston Road and Highway 401 corridor.

“With the City of Pickering being named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum, we are very excited to bring another project to the Pickering area this fall,” said Singer.

With retailers like Farm Boy grocery, Saks Off Fifth and a range of restaurants, future NuTowns residents will have plenty to do within a 10-minute radius. Townhome pricing is set to start from the high $400,000s.

CORNELL ROUGE

Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.
Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.

Markham’s greenest corner is about to launch its newest look and home designs. For over 15 years, Madison Group has been a big part of this successful master-planned community of Cornell Rouge. Bounded by 16th Avenue to the north and Highway 7 to the south and located east of Cornell Centre Boulevard, Cornell Rouge is nestled next to the natural splendor of the Rouge Valley, one of North America’s largest urban parks.

In the upcoming release, future residents will have a wide variety of newly redesigned plans and exteriors to choose from, all of which relate to the overall rebrand of the Cornell Rouge project. With a fresh perspective on design and functionality, the project will continue on attracting families who are looking for the perfect home with accessibility to the area amenities, schools and recreational facilities — all located just steps from their homes.

The newly designed detached homes will range in size from approximately 2,000 to 3,300 square feet and 1,800 to 2,400 square feet for the townhome product.

MADISON HIGHRISE

Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.
Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

Madison’s dynamic highrise division recently launched and sold 660 suites in its two-tower project, Nobu Residences Toronto. The highly anticipated project will feature the world’s first-ever fully integrated Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

“We are very excited about building the world’s first-ever Nobu Residences and bringing this incredible brand to Canada,” said Josh Zagdanski, vice president highrise. “Nobu Toronto has done exceptionally well, and we are looking forward to making this project come to life.”

Madison Group’s future plans are as ambitious with numerous highrise projects in the works with emphasis in the midtown and downtown neighbourhoods.

UPARK

uPark is the most recent addition to the Madison Group portfolio, an innovative and growth-oriented city parking company that changes the way you park by providing quick and easy access to parking lots throughout the city. For more information and to find the nearest parking lot location, visit uParkCorp.com or follow uPark @uparkto.

ART

Madison’s commitment to curated lifestyles goes beyond designing and developing value rich properties. Community revitalization and involvement is a major focus for Madison. Collaborations with various local and international artists will soon take corporate responsibility to a new level, adding value and interest to neighbourhoods. For instant access to information on upcoming events and developments follow @madisonhomes or visit the website.

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Frenchman’s Bay

Located at 1635 Bayly Street, Pickering, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday by appointment, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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LOCAL FOCUS: Markham

LOCAL FOCUS: Markham

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LOCAL FOCUS: Markham

by Gale Beeby

Canada’s high-tech capital

HOUSING OPTIONS

What was once considered a suburb of Toronto, Markham’s housing options were primarily single-family detached homes, both in new subdivisions and heritage villages. But the city has grown up and is now offering any number of condominium and townhouse developments. The revitalization of Downtown Markham includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The Markham Museum offers a variety of buildings representing the continued growth of the city, including mills, businesses and family homes. There are 30 buildings on the 25-acre site.

The Flato Markham Theatre offers over 300 live performances each year, showcasing the wide cultural diversity of the city. The Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay house (1840), which was the home of Group of Seven member Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Now measuring 15,000 square feet, the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

PARKS & REC

Markham has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and childrens’ play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts over 22 kilometres of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in Markham is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle. The park is a stop-off point for many migratory birds. Mount Joy Park is over 16 acres and has an outdoor ice skating rink adjacent to a community centre.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh. The pond recently underwent revitalization, including sediment removal, restoration of the shoreline and the planting of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

RETAIL THERAPY

Downtown Markham offers some of the best shopping in the GTA, with great little restaurants, cafés and boutique stores. Markville Shopping Centre features over 160 shops and services. But the Pacific Mall – the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America – is a must for anybody looking for a bargain with over 500 shops and services.

EASY ACCESS

Public transit in Markham is provided by York Region Transit/Viva, which connects with all nine York Region municipalities, as well as connecting with transit services in Toronto and the Region of Peel. GO Transit also serves Markham with train and bus service, taking riders to a variety of locations in the GTA and beyond. The city also has easy access to Highways 404 and 407 and the DVP.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 328,900

Walk Score: 47

Nickname: Canada’s High-Tech Capital

Partner City: Eabametoong First Nation, Ojibway, Kenora, Ont.

Sister Cities: Cary, N.C.; Las Piñas City, Philippines; Nördlingen, Germany; Pearland, Texas; Huadu, China; Wuhan, China

Motto: Leading While Remembering

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Editor's Choice: Lindvest

Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

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Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

Moving on up

Across the GTA and beyond, Lindvest has been busy building single detached homes, townhomes and highrise living spaces, offering something for everyone whether they are just entering the market or looking to move to a larger home.

North Oakville
North Oakville

For instance, the single detached homes of Spring Valley Junction have enabled new connections in Brampton, where this new community aimed to create the harmony of home, family and community. The fusion of traditional brick, combination brick and stone, and eye-catching contemporary designs are now the homes of families who saw their dream homes go from rendering to reality.

Ground has broken on Lindvest’s highrise projects, Sonic and SuperSonic, making way for the buildings to reach the sky. Across the street, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is under construction and will soon be ready to whisk commuters across the city and beyond.

Brownstones at Westown
Brownstones at Westown

Over in Markham, the first phase of the Grand Cornell Brownstones are nearly completed. These unique “stacked” units use space to the maximum, where sleek, stylish interiors make a statement that is modern and sophisticated. Most units of the Grand Cornell Brownstones feature private patios, balconies or rooftop terraces that provide a personal experience with the outdoors.

For anyone with visions of living in the country, the community of Gracefields is a modern addition to the pastoral charm of the town of Newcastle. The recently added community of Gracefields North means the area will be elevated even more. Just off Highway 401 but seemingly miles from the hustle and bustle, Newcastle is a gem in the country.

At Lindvest’s upcoming release, North Oakville, the future is looking towards contemporary and traditional elevations of 36-, 38-, 41-, 43- and 45-foot single detached homes. North Oakville will be located on the east side of 6th Line, between Dundas Street and Burnhamthorpe Road.

The future will also see the final release of the Aurora Glen Townhomes take shape as these homes are already under construction. As with the previous releases of Aurora Glen, these townhomes have the advantage of coming with a smart thermostat, intelligent locks and LED lighting that is not only budget-conscious but is safe on artwork.

There is something else Aurora Glen has been keeping something close to the vest. It will be releasing 11 exclusive townhomes in a very special area of the Aurora Glen project, surrounded by nature. Known as The Enclave, this cache of best-in-class townhomes will spare no expense. Be sure to visit Lindvest.com to show your interest.

Keep your ears to the ground as the official announcement of Lindvest’s next community is soon to come. This single detached home community is located at Teston Road and Pine Valley Drive in Vaughan. Beautiful homes in a beautiful location — yet again, Lindvest is helping to make dreams a reality.

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Editor's Choice: National Homes

Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Two exciting new home communities appeal to two different lifestyles

Whether you crave a lifestyle away from the city bustle, steeped in small-town charm and rural landscapes, or living in a dynamic, diverse city, National Homes can meet your needs.

The award-winning builder will launch two new communities this spring, including single-detached homes in Phase 2 of The Forest in picturesque Bradford West Gwillimbury and Station Town in desirable Markham.

STATION TOWN

Station Town will bring 85 townhouses to a prime location at Castlemore Avenue and Markham Road (Highway 48), just a five minute walk from the Mount Joy GO Transit train station and close to big box retailers such as Home Depot and The Brick, parks and schools. On weekends, it’s an easy stroll to historic Downtown Markham with its quaint cobblestone streets, boutique shops and restaurants. Enjoy farmers’ markets, trails and parks, sports facilities, theatres and art galleries.

Markham, with a population of more than 350,000, is Canada’s high-tech capital and 10,400 companies and 400 head offices are located there. The city is a leader in sustainability and protection of the environment is a priority.

The townhouses provide the opportunity to experience all this thriving community has to offer and will give homeowners the option to work from home with live/work floorplans.

THE FOREST

Looking for a quieter setting close to nature? The Forest Phase 2 in Bradford West Gwillimbury, just north of Newmarket in Simcoe County, offers homebuyers the opportunity to experience life in a charming community that honours its rural roots while embracing a modern lifestyle.

Bradford West Gwillimbury was the second-fastest growing municipality in Ontario, according to the 2016 census, speaking to its desirability as a place to live. It remains more affordable than other municipalities to the south, yet its access to Highway 400 makes travelling to either the GTA or cottage country easy.

A new model home has been decorated by Pottery Barn, the popular home decor retailer. The Forest buyers will receive a discount for Pottery Barn and can participate in a Pottery Barn decor workshop.

Phase 2 will include 49 detached homes on 36- and 40-foot lots with double-car garages and up to five bedrooms, with some backing onto the forest. True to its slogan, “You are the Blueprint.” National Homes has incorporated features in Phase 2 based on feedback from a workshop where a number of purchasers and prospective purchasers gave their input on their ideal home. Those features on buyers’ wish lists included open-concept main floorplans, serveries, and benches in the mudroom.

Founded in 1992, National Homes has grown into one of the GTA’s most successful and respected homebuilders with more than 5,000 homes in its portfolio. The company designs its homes from the inside out based on the needs of buyers and feedback gathered from customers and focus groups.

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Station Town
The Forest

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Editor's Choice: Treasure Hill

Editor’s Choice: Treasure Hill

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Editor’s Choice: Treasure Hill

Discover what living really means by owning a Treasure Hill home

As a highly regarded builder, Treasure Hill prides itself on building quality homes where craftsmanship, functionality and beautiful finishes become the foundation of comfortable living. It recognizes that every house it builds becomes a home — a place where treasured moments and memories are created giving life meaning and purpose. The perfect new home awaits you. Discover Living with Treasure Hill.

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Orchard West in Bowmanville: Treasure Hill proudly presents Orchard West, offering a selection of the finest 37-, 40-, 45- and 50-foot singles located between Liberty Street and Regional 57 Road at Middle Road and Concession Road 3. With quick access to Highway 401 and a proposed extension of Highway 407, your commuting worries are over. A relaxing lifestyle is yours to discover living in Bowmanville.

Trendi Towns in Markham: Trendi Towns in Markham offers convenient living in a location with established amenities. Located at McCowan Road and 16th Avenue, this enclave of townhomes is indicative of Treasures Hill’s commitment to stunning interiors and meticulous designs. Living life never looked so good.

Upper Thornhill Estates in Vaughan: Upper Thornhill Estates offers well-appointed 50-foot luxurious singles on lots of up to 155 feet deep near Bathurst Street and Major Mackenzie Drive. Close to big city amenities in both Vaughan and Richmond Hill, you can’t go wrong. Quick access to GO Transit, YRT buses and VIVA transportation make getting across the GTA effortless.

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Adena Views in Aurora: Located in the affluent town of Aurora, Adena Views will showcase 36-, 40-, 45- and 60-foot luxury singles backing onto Magna Golf Course. Located at Leslie Street and Wellington Street, just minutes from Highway 404 and a comprehensive transit system, you will be just moments away from outstanding amenities.

Georgina Heights in Keswick: Georgina Heights offers gorgeously appointed 40-foot and 50-foot singles that have all the desired features and finishes. Conveniently located at Church Street and Woodbine Avenue and a five-minute drive away from Cooks Bay, all modern conveniences are at your doorstep.

Kingsview Ridge in Oshawa: Kingsview Ridge is located at Shankel Road and Townline Road, offering 30-, 36- and 40-foot singles with a variety of designs and floorplan options, perfect for families of any size. This impressive location is ideal for commuters, with quick access to Highway 407, Highway 401 and the Oshawa GO Transit station. Discover convenience at your fingertips.

Don’t miss out on these newly open and upcoming communities. Discover Living with Treasure Hill.

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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.

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Local Focus: Markham

Local Focus: Markham

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Local Focus: Markham

by Gale Beeby

Housing Options

What was once considered a suburb of Toronto, Markham’s housing options were primarily single-family detached homes, both in new subdivisions and heritage villages. But the city has grown up and is now offering any number of condominium and townhouse developments.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Click here to see a list of condo developments for sale.

Leisure Pursuits

Want to learn how to fly? Toronto Airways Ltd., which operates Buttonville Municipal Airport, has a very successful flight school and training centre.

The Markham Museum offers a variety of buildings representing the continued growth of the city, including mills, businesses and family homes. There are 30 buildings on the 25-acre site, including the James Maxwell Log Cabin (1850), the Ninth Line Baptist Church (1848), the Wilson Variety Hall (1875), the Locust Hill Train Station (1936), the Acadian Train Car (1921), the Blacksmith Shop (1862) and the Cider Mill and the Saw Mill.

The Flato Markham Theatre offers over 300 live performances each year, showcasing the wide cultural diversity of the city.

The Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay house (1840), which was the home of Group of Seven member Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Now measuring 15,000 square feet, the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

City of Markham

Parks & Rec

Markham has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and childrens’ play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts over 22 kilometres of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in Markham is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle. The park is a stop-off point for many migratory birds. Mount Joy Park is over 16 acres and has an outdoor ice skating rink adjacent to a community centre.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh. The pond recently underwent revitalization, including sediment removal, restoration of the shoreline and the planting of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Retail Therapy

Downtown Markham offers some of the best shopping in the GTA, with great little restaurants, cafés and boutique stores.

Markville Shopping Centre is currently the largest mall in Markham with over 160 shops and services. But the Pacific Mall – the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America — is a must for anybody looking for a bargain with over 500 shops and services. It incorporates a traditional Asian-style market with over 450 mini shops selling everything from herbs, Asian fashions, flowers, accessories, cellphones, eyeglasses and computers.

City of Markham, York Region Transit, VIVA

Easy Access

Public transit in Markham is provided by York Region Transit/Viva, which connects with all nine York Region municipalities, as well as connecting with transit services in Toronto and the Region of Peel. GO Transit also serves Markham with train and bus service, taking riders to a variety of locations in the GTA and beyond.

Markham also has easy access to Highways 404 and 407 and the DVP.

BY THE NUMBERS

 

Population: 330,000

Walk Score: 47

Motto: Leading While Remembering

Interesting Fact: Markham was named after William Markham, the Archbishop of York and friend of John Graves Simcoe, the Lt.-Gov. of Upper Canada

 

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