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Editor's Choice: Regal Crest Homes

Editor’s Choice: Regal Crest Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Regal Crest Homes

Celebrating 53 years of successful homebuilding

Regal Crest Homes is a builder that is proud to be celebrating over 53 years of successful homebuilding throughout the GTA. Today, when new homebuyers choose Regal Crest, they can be totally confident about two things: a new home they will be proud to own, and lasting value that will appreciate in years to come.

With new communities now open, and more to come, Regal Crest Homes has an opportunity for everyone.


Regal Crest is proud to introduce an out-of-this-world community in one of Richmond Hill’s most sought-after locations. Observatory Hill is a beautiful established community with over 30 years of history. This spectacular neighbourhood is located on Bayview Avenue just north of 16th Avenue, offering a prestigious address, convenient amenities and luxurious designs in a collection of towns, semis and 36-, 45- and 50-foot singles. Nestled within the protected green space around the world-famous David Dunlop Observatory, this truly is a remarkable and desirable development.


A collection of elegantly crafted single detached homes awaits you in a stunning location at McVean Drive and Countryside Drive in Brampton. Here you can expect what Regal Crest is known for – brilliant designs and unwavering quality.

After an incredibly successful first phase, this new release offers a collection of 50- and 60-foot luxury singles appointed with breathtaking interiors showcasing lavish design and features.


Coming in the spring, Upper West Side in Vaughan offers executive townhomes located at Major Mackenzie Drive and Bathurst Street, where you can enjoy luxury at its best.


Coming this spring, Anchor Woods will be offering a selection of amazing new towns, semis, and singles located at Doane Road and Second Concession Road at a fantastic location in Holland Landing.


At Mayfield Village you will find an assortment of towns, semis and singles. These will be situated in an ideal neighbourhood at Mayfield and Dixie Roads in Brampton and will launch this spring.


Regal Crest boasts a selection of single homes on 38-, 47-, 52- & 60-foots lots on Mississauga Road, just north of Queen Street in Brampton, which will exemplify true elegance. Coming this fall.


Here you will find luxury townhomes and semis in a beautiful neighbourhood at St. John Sideroad and Yonge Street nestled between the border of Aurora and Newmarket. Live brighter at Shining Hill. Launching in the fall.


For more information or to register, make sure to visit the Regal Crest website.


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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Fieldgate Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Editor’s Choice: Acorn Homes

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At Limerick Point in Richmond Hill, extraordinary homes inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright will leave you speechless

The natural beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine serve as the backdrop for distinctive luxury living at Limerick Point. The moraine is a unique ecological treasure with woodlands, wetlands and kettle lakes across its landscape. Many parts of the moraine are now recognized as protected green belt, so residents of Limerick Point can enjoy this setting for generations to come.

The homes of Limerick Point complement these remarkable natural surroundings. Residences are situated on expansive 60-foot lots with large backyards. Each home combines the intelligence of modernism with warm materials and colour palettes that blend perfectly with the natural surroundings. With most lots backing on to forest and ravine, you can enjoy a life of luxurious tranquillity here.

Homes are inspired by visionary 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s quintessentially contemporary look and feel.

They’re also enhanced by new materials and technology for leading-edge design. LongBoard panelling achieves all the beauty of wood without the maintenance. Shadow Stone and Ledgestone are quality materials that offer a striking exterior effect. Finally, cedar wood planks are a tasteful element to blend architecture with nature.

The interiors optimize flow and comfort. Each home at Limerick Point incorporates elite home features. Contemporary kitchens from Neff, Energy Star-qualified designs, Caesarstone quartz or granite countertops, Sub Zero and Wolf appliance packages and 10-foot ceilings on the ground floor are just some of the highlights found here.

Pictured here are designs from The Robie House, which brings together all the best elements of contemporary and traditional design, creating a space that is both comfortable and functional.

The open-concept main floor is the heart of this home. Large contemporary casement windows and considered sightlines invite the surrounding nature into your space. Large kitchen islands and built-in pantries help to create a space that is a gourmet chef’s dream. Tucked away behind the stairs, the intimate study is ideal for quiet reflection or unwinding with a good book.

The second floor includes a media room, four large bedrooms and an upstairs laundry room. The master suite is everything you’d want it to be and more. A large wardrobe with built-in NEFF shelving provides ample space for all your fashions. There’s also an exquisite master ensuite bathroom, an intimate spa-like escape from your busy daily life, featuring his-and-her sinks, frameless glass shower with seat and soaker tub.

One of the greatest luxuries at Limerick Point is the community’s incredible location. Richmond Hill is a place currently enjoying a renaissance of culture and convenience. The homes at Limerick Point are available starting from mid $2 million.

Limerick Point

Located at 13715 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, the Sales Centre is open by appointment only.

(416) 499-4900


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Era at Yonge

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Pemberton Group creating the dawn of a new era in Richmond Hill

Register now for your opportunity to own one of the exquisite suites at Pemberton Group‘s newest Richmond Hill condominium community – Era at Yonge. Coming soon to Richmond Hill’s amenity-rich and transportation-friendly City Centre at Yonge Street and Highway 7, Era residents will live adjacent to the York Region Transit Hub, offering commuters easy GO Train and GO bus service, and will be able to walk to local shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Era will be located in commuter-friendly Richmond Hill City Centre.
Era will be located in commuter-friendly Richmond Hill City Centre.

Encircled by landscaped grounds with tranquil walkways and greenspace including a courtyard garden, Era’s contemporary-designed towers will rise above a majestic podium. A winding driveway leads to the covered porte-cochère entrance that opens onto the sleek lobby with its welcoming 24-hour concierge service.

Highlights of the onsite indoor and outdoor amenities include a landscaped terrace with lounge-style seating, a fireplace, barbecues and dining areas, a well-equipped fitness centre and yoga studio, a sophisticated party room, pool, and games room.

The outdoor terrace features barbecues and dining areas.
The outdoor terrace features barbecues and dining areas.

Suites offer an exceptional standard of craftsmanship and the latest contemporary styles. Features and finishes include – all as per plan: 9-foot-high ceilings in principal rooms (10-feet on penthouse level), smooth ceilings throughout; 7½ inch wide laminate flooring, stylish kitchen with undermount stainless steel sink, and pull-down chrome faucet. Modern cabinetry features under-cabinet lighting, choice of quartz countertop, choice of two-inch x six-inch glass tiles or four-inch x 12-inch porcelain tiles for backsplash. To top it all off, there is a stainless steel finish kitchen appliance package with 17-foot counter depth fridge and bottom mount freezer, 30-inch self-cleaning range with glass top, and 24-inch built-in dishwasher, a stacked white combination washer-dryer, and spa-inspired bathroom(s) featuring a walk-in shower with glass enclosure and frameless door and/or soaker tub (as per plan) plus porcelain flooring.

Entertain in style in the sophisticated party room.
Entertain in style in the sophisticated party room.

For more information about Pemberton’s many fine condominium communities and all those coming soon, visit pembertongroup.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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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.


Go online to learn more about their current and upcoming communities.



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Pemberton Group

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Exciting condominium suites and townhomes in connected, amenity rich locations

Pemberton Group offers a distinctive selection of condominium communities in established neighbourhoods across the Greater Toronto Area.

Each location has been specifically selected because it is close to public transportation and surrounded by established amenities.

Each Pemberton community offers a unique lifestyle with exceptional features and finishes, as well as onsite health and wellness and entertainment facilities that enrich the body and soul. Owning a Pemberton condo suite or townhome also offers the peace-of-mind that comes from buying from a builder with a proven track record of delivering everything a home should be.

Select from these desirable neighbourhoods

GO.2 Condominiums is situated in the historic Village of Maple and offers mid-rise living with an urban flair and spacious townhomes in the growing Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street area. The area boasts excellent schools, parks and many shops, dining and services. From the Maple GO Station to Union Station it’s just a half-hour ride. GO.2 will also be well served by the GO Transit Barrie rail line, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission. Highways 400 and 407 are minutes away. Available suites range from one-bedroom plus den, to two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den layouts priced from mid $300,000s. The two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom and three-bedroom plus den two-storey townhomes are priced from $753,900. Ask about the limited-time-only incentives and extended deposit program. 905.553.1430

Time and Space South Towers is a four-tower community that will transform an entire city block at Front and Sherbourne. Residents can walk to eateries, entertainment and cultural venues. Close by are St. Lawrence Market, The Distillery District, Sony Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, Sugar Beach and the Waterfront trail, and King Subway and Union Station. The Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway are minutes away. Suite choices range from two-bedroom layouts, to three-bedroom and three-bedroom plus dens with spacious terraces, priced from $798,990. 416.419.9553

Pemberton condos and towns offer exceptional features and finishes, as well as onsite health and wellness and entertainment facilities.

Final opportunity to own

YongeParc2 in the vibrant Yonge Street and Hwy. 7 area in Richmond Hill City Centre. Residents will live steps from GO Transit, VIVA, YRT, and a short drive to highways 407 and the 404. The area has existing schools, parks, recreation centres, plus entertainment and shopping venues. Two-bedroom plus den suites are priced from the mid $600,000s. Prices include a parking space and locker. 905.709.5700

Mills Square will rise at Erin Mills Parkway and Erin Centre Boulevard, across from Erin Mills Town Centre. Residents will enjoy a two-storey onsite Rec Centre, totalling over 17,000 square feet. The large two-bedroom plus den suites are priced from the mid $500,000s. By appointment only. 905.326.4100

The Urban Townhome Collection at U Condominiums is an exclusive enclave of executive homes along Bay Street, minutes from Bloor-Yorkville. The final ultra luxury townhome is priced from $2.5 million, and offers 15-day closings. By appointment only. 416.419.9553

New communities coming soon

New Pemberton communities are in development. Be sure to subscribe online in order to receive up-to-date information, as soon as it becomes available. Prices and specifications are correct at press time. See a sales representative for full details.

To register and subscribe to learn more about all of Pemberton’s many fine condominium communities, visit pembertongroup.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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Pemberton Group - Across the GTA

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Pemberton Group – Across the GTA

Amenities offer unique lifestyles and everything a home should be

Pemberton Group takes pride in designing and building homes that have their own unique appeal — inside and out.

Pemberton’s condominium communities can be found across the Great Toronto Area and have several significant things in common. Each location has been selected to ensure that residents have easy access to nearby public transportation, schools, parks, shopping, and restaurants. By including exciting health and wellness and entertainment amenities, purchasers have all the amenities they want at their doorstep.

Time and Space

Time and Space will encompass four towers adjacent to the 1.6-hectare David Crombie Park, where the South Towers offer a new release of townhomes and spacious suites. This successful community will transform an entire city block at Front and Sherbourne, and is nestled between the St. Lawrence Market and The Distillery District.

Amenities begin with 24-hour concierge from within the modern marble-clad lobbies, a club-inspired party room, theatre, fitness centre, and games rooms. Landscaped outdoor spaces include a terrace ideal as a yoga retreat, a multi-use courtyard, a lounge with barbeques, and an infinity pool with cabanas.

The new release of two-storey townhomes with two or three bedrooms is priced from $949,990. The South Towers’ suite choices range from one-bedroom to two-bedroom layouts, plus three-bedroom and three-bedroom plus dens with spacious terraces. Available suites begin from the mid $600s. Ask about the limited-time-only extended deposit program. 416.419.9553

GO.2 Condominiums

In the historic Village of Maple, GO.2 Condominiums is adjacent to the Maple GO station, in the growing Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street area.

Within a three-kilometre radius are 10 schools ranging from elementary to high school (both public and Catholic), specialty grocery stores, countless restaurants and coffee shops, and all major banks. GO.2 will be surrounded by numerous parks and greenspace, and is close to emergency services and health care — such as the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

From the Maple GO Station to Union Station it’s just a half-hour ride, and residents can access the GO Transit Barrie rail line, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission. Highways 400 and 407 are only minutes away.

Residents will enjoy 24-hour concierge service in the stylish lobby, an indoor/outdoor fitness centre with men’s and women’s change rooms, a yoga studio, an indoor/outdoor party room with a catering kitchen and a bar, a landscaped rooftop terrace with lounge and barbecues, a ground floor patio with barbecues, and a dog wash.

Available suites range from one-bedroom, to two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den layouts priced from mid $300,000s. Two-storey townhomes are priced from the low $600,000s. Ask about the limited-time-only extended deposit program. 905.553.1430

Yonge Parc 2

YongeParc2 is in the vibrant Yonge Street and Hwy. 7 area, steps from GO Transit, VIVA, YRT, and a short drive to highways 407 and the 404. Richmond Hill City Centre boasts existing schools, parks, recreation centres, plus entertainment and shopping venues. Within less than a 10-minute drive is every amenity you can think of.

Rising to 19 storeys and set amid lush landscaping, YongeParc2 will have a wide array of onsite amenities designed to energize, entertain and inspire. Residents and guests will be welcomed into the sleek lobby complete with concierge service. There will be a party room with a lounge area and kitchenette, and an outdoor area with seating and barbecues. Living here, you won’t need a gym membership as you can take advantage of the on-site state-of-the-art Fitness Studio with weights, the separate yoga space, men’s/women’s saunas, and an outdoor area with seating.

Choose from one-bedroom to two-bedroom condos, from the $500,000s. Ask about the new release of two-bedroom plus den suites. Prices include a parking space and locker. 905.709.5700

Prices and specifications are correct at press time. See a sales representative for full details.

To register and subscribe to learn more about all of Pemberton’s many fine condominium communities and those coming soon, visit pembertongroup.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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Editor's Choice: Lindvest

Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

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Editor’s Choice: Lindvest

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.


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.


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.


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.”


Go online to find out more about these great communities.



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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

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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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