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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.

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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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Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

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Builder Profile: Briarwood Homes

by Catherine Daley

A personal commitment to quality

Sixty years ago, Enzo Di Giovanni’s family immigrated from Italy. With them, they brought hand-crafted construction techniques derived from a long legacy of home building. Di Giovanni’s relatives were masters in masonry and concrete, and those skills were passed down to him at a very young age. “I’ve lived most of my life on a construction site,” says Di Giovanni.

While it may be a slight exaggeration, it isn’t far from the truth. Di Giovanni has an extensive background in a number of trades as a result of being on site since his youth – and he’s learned to master the artistry that goes along with them. His passion is shared with everyone who works on each new home building project – from start to finish.

Briarwood Homes is now in their 28th year in Canada, and they have focused their expertise on the Southern Ontario area. “We’re all about developing, and building, all-encompassing communities,” says Di Giovanni. “They’re built to a master plan that often includes a full range of amenities and retail services, as well.”

Quality features and finishes are evident in every Briarwood home.
Quality features and finishes are evident in every Briarwood home.

It’s this forward-thinking philosophy that continues to put Briarwood on the top rung of the building industry ladder. They are developing more sustainable communities that are also environment-friendly. Green roofs are being incorporated on top of their high rise buildings, and rough-ins are included in garages to accommodate super-charged, electric vehicles. “It’s all about anticipating what our homebuyers are looking for today,” says Di Giovanni. “And what they might possibly need for generations to come.”

Our customers have come to expect hands-on attention and hand-picked options.

Extending from Kingston in the east, to the northern climes of Muskoka, as well as the south/western region of Fort Erie (and everything in between), Briarwood Homes has an extensive portfolio of high-, low- and mid-rise communities in Newmarket, Brampton, Milton, Angus, Sutton and Prince Edward County, to name a few.

The Briarwood team prepares for another new home community.
The Briarwood team prepares for another new home community.

New projects currently in production, or recently finished, include Pretty River in Collingwood, Fletcher’s Meadow in Brampton, Mill Street in Tottenham and Havelock Town Manors in Markham, as well as a limited edition of luxury towns on the water in Jackson’s Point.

An in-house designer is available to assist new home buyers with a selection of finishes and upgrades to best represent their personal style.

When Briarwood is designing a model home or a new condo lobby, they outsource the decorating to the best in the business. Nothing is left to chance.

Homebuyers appreciate the hands-on attention and unparalleled customer service that they’ve come to expect from Briarwood Homes, because they know that nothing will be overlooked. All departmental employees, along with the trades and manufacturers that Di Giovanni deals with, respect this level of commitment. Only the highest quality materials are sourced, and a wide selection of options are hand-picked. “It’s what our customers want,” says Di Giovanni.

While the CEO of Briarwood Homes, Enzo Di Giovanni, may have a bricks and mortar office located at the company’s head office in Richmond Hill, it’s more likely that his car is command central. “I’m completely hands-on,” says Di Giovanni. “I get personally involved – it’s in my DNA.”

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Lindvest

Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

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Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

Making dreams a reality

A home is a place of comfort where you can dream and plan your future. Where do you want to be in 10 years? What’s on your bucket list? What opportunities do you want for your children? A home is the place where stability allows these dreams to become reality.

In the past year, Lindvest has focused on what it does best: build homes. In that process they are helping new homeowners create the foundation on which to build their dreams. This job isn’t taken lightly. It’s the expert, thoughtful touches that Lindvest adds to its homes that set the company apart from the rest. The goal is to create homes that embody the Lindvest tagline: “Life Happens Here.”

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.

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. Now they sit in front of natural gas fireplaces in their open interiors and wonder how they ever lived any other way.

CAPTION: The Brownstones at Westown

The Brownstones at Westown — located at Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue — offer modern stacked townhouse living, easily accessible by Toronto’s major highways. With construction completed on Phase I of the project, homeowners are now living in contemporary interiors of the one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans. Outside, the streets are lined with newly-planted trees — it’s easy to envision future generations playfully climbing them, dreaming of worlds beyond.

Further east, the rarefied dreams of Sonic and SuperSonic, Lindvest’s highrise project, are becoming a reality as ground has broken, making way for the buildings to reach the sky. Across the street, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT station is under construction and will be ready to whisk commuters across the city and beyond soon enough. Imagine experiencing soaring views of the city skyline as you enjoy dinner on a private balcony and discuss the itinerary of your next big vacation.

CAPTION: The Grove

Richmond Hill is home to a new community full of charm and sophistication: The Grove. Now sold out, this community is a perfect blend of thoughtful layouts and high-end detail — the pinnacle of style. These single-detached homes are what dreams are made of.

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. From the outside, stylized details create a sense of depth making for impressive exteriors, the essence of curb appeal. Most units of the Grand Cornell Brownstones feature private patios, balconies or rooftop terraces that provide a personal experience with the outdoors. Dreaming big is simple when you have your own space to do it. The Grand Cornell Brownstones remind you — ain’t life grand?

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. These bungalow to two-storey homes help families plant roots and lay the foundation for the future. Plus, the recently added community of Gracefields North means the spirit of Newcastle will be elevated even more. Just off Highway 401 but seemingly miles from the hustle and bustle, Newcastle is a gem in the country.

CAPTION: North Oakville

What’s happening in North Oakville? A lot. At Lindvest’s upcoming release, aptly called North Oakville, the future is looking towards contemporary and traditional elevations of 36-, 38-, 41-, 43- and 45-foot single-detached homes. The surrounding area is rife with new builds, making this growing community destined to be the next hotspot in Oakville. North Oakville will be located on the east side of Sixth Line, between Dundas and Burnhamthorpe.

CAPTION: Aurora Glen

The future will also see the final release of the Aurora Glen Townhomes, a project that continues to garner attention from near and far. 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. As the last major release for this project, the Aurora Glen Townhomes have the benefit of being surrounded by already-completed homes — the foundation of an existing community at your doorstep.

Want to know a secret? Aurora Glen has been keeping something close to its chest. 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. Talk about dream homes!

Keep your ears to the ground as the official announcement of Lindvest’s next community is soon to come. This single family 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.

No dream is too big. You just need support and stability — and that’s where Lindvest comes in. So let your imagination run wild. Dream bold. Dream big. Let Lindvest take care of the rest.

LINDVEST

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Editor's Choice: Andrin Homes

Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across Southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).

PANORAMA

Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is also preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of the Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

GLENWAY

Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018.

An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

COUNTRY LANE

Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes, all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation.

TOWER TWO CONDOMINIUMS

Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

ANDRIN HOMES

Go online to get more information and to register for any of these communities.

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Editor's Choice: Lindvest

Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

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Exciting times ahead

Lindvest has had an incredibly productive year doing what they do best: building homes. Seven of their projects are busily under construction all across the GTA: Aurora, Brampton, Markham, Newcastle, Toronto, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. From detached homes, elegant townhomes, and highrise condos, the Lindvest projects come in all shapes and sizes. But Lindvest certainly isn’t a company that rests on its laurels. Several exciting new projects are on the horizon.

NORTH OAKVILLE

The first comes to the wonderful town of Oakville. Traditional and contemporary lines will fill the streets of the project called North Oakville, an elegant collection of detached homes in this desirable neighbourhood. Generous lot sizes range from 36, 38, 41, 43 and 45 feet, meaning there is something for every size of family and every homeowner’s desire. Plans range from 2500 to over 4000 square feet with elevations that cater to all tastes, whether traditional or more contemporary. Destined to be a beautiful community, North Oakville is tentatively set to launch its first phase in the summer of 2017.

GRACEFIELDS

The Lindvest community Gracefields in Newcastle has been growing for several years now and the builder is proud to announce a new addition to the family: The Towns at Gracefields. An enclave of just 37 townhomes, these sought-after residences range in size from just under 1,500 to just over 2,000 square feet, offering space to start, grow and expand. It’s an exciting time in Newcastle as the community is prospering. Be sure to be part of the excitement when The Towns at Gracefields are released in the fall of 2017.

AURORA GLEN

Lindvest continues to build in another of its favourite communities: Aurora. Beginning a few years ago with the incredibly successful launch of Aurora Glen, the momentum continues with an exclusive collection of 11 condominium townhomes known as The Enclave at Aurora Glen. These stunning townhomes are slated for release in late fall 2017. One only needs to take a look at the construction of the first two phases of Aurora Glen to know the excitement of owning in this incredible town. Don’t miss your chance to own in Aurora — these townhomes will be highly coveted.

It is a momentous time for Lindvest, to have so much construction underway. Watching their communities grow and seeing families move into their new homes is a feeling unlike any other. As the Lindvest motto says, “Life Happens Here.”

LINDVEST

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

Flato Developments’ president has perfected the art of the condo.

Everybody has a story to tell — some are pretty interesting — and Shakir Rehmatullah has one that spans three countries and two continents, and all before he was 20.

In 1996, Rehmatullah came to Canada with his parents from their home in Karachi, Pakistan, where both his father and grandfather were in the building industry.

As soon as the family landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport, the family drove to Markham and checked into a hotel, which, incidentally, is right beside Flato’s new head office.

The senior Rehmatullah then rented a car and started looking for property he could buy and found a piece of land.

Rehmatullah was studying architectural engineering at the University of Miami before his family relocated to Canada, which is why he named his company Flato — Fla is the abbreviation for Florida and TO is for Toronto.

The energetic father of four has a passion other than building — the arts. It’s why Flato is the naming sponsor for the Markham Theatre and why Rehmatullah is a patron of the theatre. He also sponsors Markham’s Varley Art Gallery, named for Group of Seven painter Frederick Varley, and helps young artists market their work through The Original Artwork Collection at his home decor website, FlatoHome.com.

“I love the arts,” Rehmatullah says. “It’s important to me to support the communities where we build — whether it be sponsoring their community theatre, art galleries, or recreation centres. It’s not just about building houses; it’s about building communities.”

Q: What separates Flato from other homebuilders?

A: My passion and the pride I have in what I build. I learned from my father and grandfather that building homes isn’t just about creating shelter, but about creating vibrant communities. I live in the community I built because it’s important to me and I have nothing to hide. I have a long-term commitment to each project I build. I work in the community for the same reason.

Every community needs schools, parks, theatres, arenas, libraries, hospitals, art galleries … we all need them. To help create those amenities, and to support those amenities, is going above and beyond what is required. I don’t want to leave a ditch behind when I finish building. I’ll turn that ditch into a park.

I’m also really blessed to have a really great team working with me who shares my vision.

Q:You are a lowrise homebuilder that recently took on a condominium project, ArtHouse.

A: We have built many lowrise communities acorss the GTA; in Vaughan, Mississauga, Oakville, Markham, Richmond Hill and Brampton. And yes, our first condo, ArtHouse in Markham, a 14-storey building with 173 units, which has been completed. The project is completely inspired by the arts, right down to the amenities, which includes an artist’s studio, gallery space, a digital arts centre and a culinary arts studio. It’s also built to LEED Silver requirements and will include retail at grade.

Q:What’s on the drawing board?

A: I’m really excited about our upcoming communities. In Dundalk, we’ve got Phase 3 of Edgewood Greens about to be released. It’s a master-planned community of fully detached homes, ranging in size from about 1,800 to over 3,000 square feet. And in New Tecumseth — Beeton actually — we’re in the planning stages for another master-planned community.

I’m finding that we can build high-quality homes outside the GTA and offer a more affordable price point. Beeton is right off Highway 400 and just a short drive to Alliston and Barrie, making the commute into the GTA fairly easy. But I’m really hoping the government will do more to promote public transit, which would make it so much easier for people to move around and find affordable housing outside of the GTA.

We’ll soon be releasing our final phase of Alloa Greens in Brampton. And another upcoming community we have is Palgrave Estates, a luxury estate home community in Caledon, situated on one- to seven-acre lots.

Q: Do you have someone you would consider a mentor?

A: My father, absolutely; I learned a lot from him while he was a builder in Pakistan and after we moved to Canada.

Q:What makes you proud?

A: My kids. I have four children — aged 11, 9, 5 and 2 — and I love to spend time with them. I take them to school every day and we really enjoy each other.

I’m also very proud of my team here at Flato. It sounds cliché, but we really are a family. What we do is what we believe.

Q: Flato has a reputation for giving back to the community. Why is that important to you?

A: What I do is not about the money for me. It’s personal satisfaction. It gives me pleasure to give from my heart. I want Flato to be more than just the homes we build.

Q:What do you do for fun?

A: I love to spend time with my kids. But, of course, having lived in Miami, I enjoy golf. I used to be quite good but don’t have the time anymore, so when I do play, I really enjoy it.

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Mattamy Homes

Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime

It’s no accident that Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest homebuilder. They’ve spent nearly 40 years carefully planning communities and creating spaces that people love. The precedent for quality was set early, with the first Mattamy home ever built housing the same family for over 25 years. Since then, Mattamy has gone on to build over 90,000 more homes in hundreds of communities across Canada and the United States.

But it’s not just the number of homes that illustrates Mattamy’s success; it’s the amount of research, planning, and design that truly sets them apart. Mattamy is rigorous about every single aspect of community planning. Mattamy assesses the landscape and determines what natural elements can be preserved, then, anticipating how people want to live and play in their community, they introduce amenities like parks, trails and other features that deliver anything families might enjoy. The result is a plethora of well-planned, distinctive communities that are fully integrated into their natural surroundings.

Also unique to Mattamy is the remarkable amount of thoughtful design that goes into every square foot of each home. This approach has become Mattamy’s signature, giving homes distinctive architectural characteristics that make the spaces completely functional and aesthetically brilliant. Features like breakfast bars in spacious kitchens, perfect for a Sunday brunch with the whole family; open concept rooms with high ceilings and large windows, keeping rooms bright and inviting; or Mattamy’s famous Stop & Drops, coat hooks and cubbies that make coming home fast and easy. These are hallmarks of Mattamy’s commitment to designing and building functional homes for real people.

Mattamy’s exclusive Architect’s Choice Options gives homeowners an abundance of options in designing their home to suit their specific needs and wants by offering them the option to make pre-approved structural changes before construction even begins.

Additionally, Mattamy’s extraordinary Design Studio offers a magnificent array of finishes and features that let purchasers create a home that better reflects their personal tastes. Known for their attention to superior customer service, Mattamy thoughtfully assigns everyone their own Design Studio consultant to provide expert guidance through the wealth colours, textures, and style options.

Whether you’re looking for a live/work Townhome in an established master-planned community, or an upscale 60-foot luxury home in a prestigious neighbourhood — or anything in between —Mattamy has a home that’s just right for you. Mattamy makes homes you’ll value for a lifetime.

MATTAMY HOMES
More communities coming soon:

VITA TWO in Etobicoke
Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg
Richmond Green in Richmond Hill
Condominiums of Cornell in Markham
Topper Woods in Kitchener
River Mill in Cambridge
White Pines in Bracebridge

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Lindvest

Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

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Exciting times ahead

Lindvest has had an incredibly productive year doing what they do best: building homes. Seven of their projects are busily under construction all across the GTA: Aurora, Brampton, Markham, Newcastle, Toronto, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. From detached homes, elegant townhomes, and highrise condos, the Lindvest projects come in all shapes and sizes. But Lindvest certainly isn’t a company that rests on its laurels. Several exciting new projects are on the horizon.

NORTH OAKVILLE

The first comes to the wonderful town of Oakville. Traditional and contemporary lines will fill the streets of the project called North Oakville, an elegant collection of detached homes in this desirable neighbourhood. Generous lot sizes range from 36, 38, 41, 43 and 45 feet, meaning there is something for every size of family and every homeowner’s desire. Plans range from 2500 to over 4000 square feet with elevations that cater to all tastes, whether traditional or more contemporary. Destined to be a beautiful community, North Oakville is tentatively set to launch its first phase in the summer of 2017.

GRACEFIELDS

The Lindvest community Gracefields in Newcastle has been growing for several years now and the builder is proud to announce a new addition to the family: The Towns at Gracefields. An enclave of just 37 townhomes, these sought-after residences range in size from just under 1,500 to just over 2,000 square feet, offering space to start, grow and expand. It’s an exciting time in Newcastle as the community is prospering. Be sure to be part of the excitement when The Towns at Gracefields are released in the fall of 2017.

AURORA GLEN

Lindvest continues to build in another of its favourite communities: Aurora. Beginning a few years ago with the incredibly successful launch of Aurora Glen, the momentum continues with an exclusive collection of 11 condominium townhomes known as The Enclave at Aurora Glen. These stunning townhomes are slated for release in late fall 2017. One only needs to take a look at the construction of the first two phases of Aurora Glen to know the excitement of owning in this incredible town. Don’t miss your chance to own in Aurora — these townhomes will be highly coveted.

It is a momentous time for Lindvest, to have so much construction underway. Watching their communities grow and seeing families move into their new homes is a feeling unlike any other. As the Lindvest motto says, “Life Happens Here.”

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Marlin Spring

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Marlin Spring

Marlin Spring is going places

With one of the GTA’s biggest success stories of 2016 under their belt, Marlin Spring, developers of The Mack in Vaughan, is by all standards of measurement a very different development company.

Founded by past executives from well known H&R Developments and Lanterra Developments, Marlin Spring brings a refreshing energy to the world of residential development.

With Marlin Spring, inspired architectural design, forward-thinking amenities and best-in-class finishing details separate them from other builder/developers. But where this company really excels is in customer service. Marlin Spring offers their purchasers a uniquely dignified experience that begins and ends with the best customer service in the industry.

Marlin Spring is poised for growth into the real estate market today.

“The future of homebuilding in the GTA will sway towards the more creative developers that can not only obtain land but can maximize the density and the functionality of the products,” says Zev Mandelbaum, Marlin Spring COO. “Gone are the days of wide shallow lots with large single detached homes and inefficient layouts.”

THE MACK

The Mack is a prime example of Marlin Spring’s creative brand of development. Its success has been nothing short of exceptional – virtually selling out the first phase within a couple of weeks of opening.

The Mack is a sophisticated collection of contemporary townhomes located at Major Mackenzie Drive and Highway 400.

The site is adjacent to GO Transit and just minutes from shops, restaurants, golf courses, a future hospital and offices. It is located within one of the most exciting areas of Vaughan – close to Canada’s Wonderland and Vaughan Mills Mall. As part of the extension of Toronto’s Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station will soon be completed, connecting the city of Vaughan to downtown Toronto within minutes. Residents at The Mack will have easy transit options to the GTA and beyond.

The Mack offers two basic home styles: homes that offer two-car garages located at the rear lane as well as traditional front-load townhomes with a garage and driveway in the front. Features include 10-foot ceiling heights on the main floors and 9-foot on second floors. Gourmet kitchens offer extended height cabinetry, extended breakfast bars, quartz countertops and extended depth refrigerators.

Purchasers can choose from a designer-selected collection of ceramic tiles and natural finish laminate flooring as well as lush carpeting for bedroom areas.

Master bathrooms at The Mack really separate this townhome project from the ordinary. Featuring five-foot-deep soaker tubs, laminate countertops, rich ceramic tiles and gleaming fixtures, these islands of relaxation will pamper for years to come.

Only a few units remain at The Mack and interested purchasers are encouraged to book a personal appointment by calling 905-303-7643 or emailing sales@liveatthemack.com.

CANVAS CONDOMINIUM

Townhomes are just part of the Marlin Spring story. The company has also released an intimate condominium building surrounded by the exciting urban culture of Danforth Village.

Canvas Condominium is a stunning eight-storey glass and brick building that combines cutting-edge urban design with the very latest designer finishes and modern amenities in one of Toronto’s most vibrant, evolving neighbourhoods. Suites feature intelligent layouts, spacious glass balconies or terraces, beautiful contemporary kitchens and bathrooms and incredible city and lake views.

Located just a five-minute walk from the Woodbine or Main subway stations and the Danforth GO Transit station, Canvas Condominium is the perfect location for people on the move.

The area surrounding Canvas Condominium is a “Walker’s Paradise,” with a WalkScore of 95 out of 100. This means your daily errands don’t require a car. The neighbourhood is full of restaurants, cafés and shops. You can even walk to get your weekly groceries because Sobeys is only a three-minute walk away. Plus, with Greektown just down the street, and The Beach and Don Valley Parklands just steps away, there’s never a shortage of fun.

Canvas Condominium is a great opportunity for first-time buyers to get into home ownership. With prices starting in the mid $200,000s, the cost of carrying a mortgage could be less than renting an equivalent space. Register now at canvascondos.ca.

COMING SOON

In other news, Marlin Spring is currently working on two exciting soon-to-be-released residential projects: WestBeach in Toronto’s popular Beach community and Tazzo Townes in Markham.

Currently in the registration phase, WestBeach is located on Queen Street East between Coxwell and Woodbine Avenues in Toronto’s highly sought-after Beach neighbourhood. Imagine the excitement of living on Queen Street within the Woodbine entertainment district and close to the Beach and all of its eclectic offerings!

This intimate building is designed by Graziani + Corraza with landscaping by Nak Design and Interiors by U31. This powerful team, handpicked by Marlin Spring will bring an unprecedented urban vibe to a location that is second to none. Potential purchasers can register at westbeachcondos.ca.

Also in the registration phase, Tazzo Townes, in the coveted Town of Markham on McCowan Road, offers close proximity to a variety of parks as well as award-winning schools.

The area offers fabulous neighbourhood amenities and convenient access to major highways and transit. Plans for the site include a mix of luxury, contemporary townhomes designed by leading architect Hunt Design. The homes will feature luxurious interiors by renowned interior designers U31. Register now at TazzoTownes.com.

Marlin Spring brings a refreshing new perspective to Toronto and GTA development. Keep your eyes on this exciting group . . . better yet, check them out for yourself.

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