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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Arista Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Arista Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Arista Homes

Downtown Bolton Heights boasts amazing views, an amazing location and amazing value

The Arista “A” Team does it again with the upcoming release of the spectacular executive townhomes of Downtown Bolton Heights.

Surrounded by conservation lands and wooded areas nearby, this charming community in downtown Bolton might just be one of the GTA’s best places to call home. With its picture-perfect location in east Caledon, downtown Bolton offers a complete modern lifestyle. It is here, on a picturesque hillside, that Arista Homes is pleased to introduce an all new community of elite executive townhomes nestled within a picturesque hillside —Downtown Bolton Heights.

Downtown Bolton Heights is an intimate enclave of only 60 three- and four-bedroom bedroom executive townhomes sized from 1,790 to 2,450 square feet, designed to provide Bolton’s most remarkable townhome lifestyle. It all starts with the beautiful hillside location and the spectacular views, but that is just the beginning.

These contemporary residences boast open-concept main floor plans that meticulously optimize both space and style. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens and lavish living areas have been thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of today’s modern families.

Upstairs, master suites have been inspired to perfection and provide the ultimate in luxurious sanctuaries. Not to be outdone, there are even designs available that offer potential in-law suites to meet all your family’s needs.

Residents here will also enjoy convenient access to the many wonderful amenities of downtown Bolton. Over 40 shops and restaurants can be found within a five-minute walk. Big box store convenience is right around the corner with Walmart, Home Depot and more close at hand. There’s also a great selection of local restaurants.

Bolton Heights is even about to become an easier place to connect with the rest of the GTA thanks to the all new Highway 427 extension. This new extension will span 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive and will no doubt make commuting just that little bit easier. Bolton is also home to well-regarded public and separate primary and secondary schools, all nearby.

Nature lovers will be amazed at the beauty of Nashville Conservation Area and Albion-Bolton District Park, and golfers will love the wonderful range of challenging courses within easy driving distance.

Bolton Heights is the latest community from Arista Homes. The Arista “A” Team has successfully created dozens of outstanding master-planned communities over the past 23 years and has fulfilled the homeownership dreams of more than 10,000 families. Come buy a home from an award-winning builder today.

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Downtown Bolton Heights

A preview purchasing event is coming soon. Register today and learn more about this exciting new community.

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BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

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BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

Elevate Your Modern Lifestyle in the GTA’s Greatest Pemberton Communities

Pemberton Group has earned a reputation for creating successful residential developments of uncompromising quality in some of the greatest locations across the Greater Toronto Area. Pemberton’s exceptional portfolio of current and upcoming communities at various development stages, offers elevated modern lifestyle opportunities for everyone.

Downtown Toronto

For the downtown urbanite, 543 Richmond will place you in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood, just steps from the Entertainment District. With a Walk Score of 99 and a 100 Transit Score, this 15-storey condominium offers an unbeatable location. Within walking distance to some of Toronto’s best restaurants, lounges and spas, the project will also include ground-level retail and a brand new public park will be built to serve the entire neighbourhood.

Step inside the building, and the fun only continues! Residents will have access to an impressive roster of best-in-class amenities including a lounge with fireplace, study area, fitness room, yoga studio, billiards room, video room, an outdoor terrace with lounge seating and an outdoor pool for the ultimate summer enjoyment.

Register now on Pemberton’s website to be among the first to receive updates about this exciting new release.

Mississauga

Enjoy Erin Square's outdoor pool with cabana-style seating.
Enjoy Erin Square’s outdoor pool with cabana-style seating.

For those seeking the best of Mississauga’s urban life at their doorstep, the newly opened Erin Square is the latest condominium at Pemberton’s vibrant master-planned community in Erin Mills.

Just west of Eglinton Avenue West and Erin Mills Parkway, Erin Square will be well-connected to an abundance of nearby area facilities including Mississauga’s Premium Shopping Destination, Erin Mills Town Centre, name brand restaurants, golf courses, and parks and trails.

The community offers convenient access to highways 403, 401 and 407, and Mississauga Transitway system’s rapid bus station where you can catch the MiWay and GO buses.

The 22-storey Erin Square condominium towers are connected by a podium that will house desirable amenities including a large outdoor pool with lounge chairs and cabana-style seating, a state-of-the-art gym with cardio equipment, yoga/pilates and boxing areas, and change rooms with saunas. Residents will also have access to a spacious party room that includes a bar, caterers’ kitchen, private dining room and lounge, and is connected to two terraces. Additional amenities include a media room, games room, guest suite and a pet wash.

Suite configurations will include one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den open-concept layouts from 655 to 945 square feet. Suites start from the low $500,000s and included in the price is one parking space and locker. For more information, call 905.997.7090, register online, or visit the newly-open Presentation Centre, located at 4635 Metcalfe Avenue in Mississauga.

Stouffville

9th & Main offers luxurious suite designs and upscale finishes.
9th & Main offers luxurious suite designs and upscale finishes.

If you want the best of both worlds, 9th & Main in Stouffville will allow you to enjoy a mix of urban amenities and lush nature overlooking a stunning ravine.

This luxury community is close to restaurants and bistros, cafes, art galleries, and just a short drive to Markham, Canada’s high-tech capital. Commuting is made easy with the nearby GO Train and Bus Station with easy connections to York Region Transit and minutes from Highways 404 and 407.

9th & Main is comprised of two eight-storey condominiums and two-storey lofts and townhomes. Amenities are aplenty with a gym, yoga-Pilates studio, men’s and women’s change rooms with steam rooms, theatre, library/lounge with fireplace, media lounge with gaming console, virtual golf, children’s play room, two boardrooms, two guest suites and a pet wash. Also included is a large party room with fireplace, bar, pool table, caterer’s kitchen that opens up onto a beautifully-landscaped outdoor terrace.

Prices start from the $400,000s up to $1 Million, and suites include one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom plus two-storey lofts and two-bedroom townhomes.

For a limited time, purchasers can take advantage of a 10 per cent deposit program within six months. See a sales representative to find out more. Call 289.380.3451 or visit the Presentation Centre, located at 11750 Ninth Line in Stouffville.

Maple

Entertain in style on the GO.2 Outdoor Terrace.
Entertain in style on the GO.2 Outdoor Terrace.

Those desiring a community with a rich history will appreciate GO.2 Condominiums in the Village of Maple at Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street.

This family-friendly neighbourhood is close to schools, parks, shops and dining. Residents will also have easy access to the Maple GO Station allowing them to be at Union Station in approximately half-an-hour, and the GO Transit Barrie rail line, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission. Highways 400 and 407 are also easily accessible.

Construction will commence soon, and available suites include large two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den layouts starting from the mid $500,000s, and townhomes from $640,900. Call 905.553.1430 or visit the Presentation Centre, loated at 1860 Major Mackenzie Drive West, #7/8.

From Toronto, to Mississauga, to Stouffville, to Maple, Pemberton’s diverse communities are specifically designed to befit your preferred lifestyle. To discover more about these incredible offerings, and to be among the first to learn about those coming soon, register today at PembertonGroup.com. You can also follow Pemberton Group’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.


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Odyssey

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Rosehaven Homes introduces an icon of modern style on the waterfront

Welcome to forever views of water and sky, white sails and the iconic Toronto skyline across the bay. Welcome to Ontario’s world-renowned wine region and the picturesque town of Grimsby, brimming with local goodness, the Niagara Escarpment and a future GO Train Station that will get you to Union in just over an hour. This is Odyssey, a fresh new community of modern condos and towns by award-winning Rosehaven Homes. Your journey leads here.

“Odyssey will be a first of its kind on this section of the Grimsby waterfront. It will be iconic, full of light and life, reflecting not only the water and sky, but a dynamic sense of community.” – Kirkor Architects

Rising high above the waterfront, Odyssey will feature a brilliant glass façade, wrapping each residence in natural light. Its purposeful, stepped back design and rooftop social spaces will give residents spectacular views of Lake Ontario. It will be one of the tallest condominiums in Grimsby, highlighted by a circle of exclusive, street level townhomes with retail shops and patios.

Reflective. Vibrant. Welcoming. Home

“Our inspiration was to create interiors that harmonize with the architecture and waterfront. The lobby and welcome lounge were designed to be not only grand in size, but also in volume, allowing for creative lighting details.” – Patton Design Studio

Inside, Odyssey will be highlighted by its entertainment spaces, particularly its rooftop Sky Lounge, Sunset Boulevard and Lakeview Terrace. Equipped with ample seating, both inside and out, a chef’s kitchen and prep station, plus two terraces with fireplaces, a barbecue, private alcoves and brilliant views of the lake and escarpment, this will be the ultimate space for hosting dinner parties, celebrating family or simply enjoying an evening to yourself.

Nautically-Inspired Suites

“We kept the palette light and white so it pairs naturally with flashes of blue from the lake to create a modern, yet relaxed ambience.” – Patton Design Studio

Welcome to the heart of Odyssey. Where great design intuitively complements your lifestyle and the quality of finishes enhances not just the look, but also the feel of each suite. This is where the unison of design and detail creates comfort in every setting.

Contemporary Towns

Odyssey will feature two collections of townhomes. The Winston Collection will feature a contemporary, streamlined design, beautiful rooftop terraces, the benefit and convenience of private underground parking and, most notably, an active, energetic vibe from its street-level shops and services. The Windward Collection will offer a more private and intimate feel by overlooking the central courtyard and tower’s roundabout entrance. Each one will be highlighted by four floors of modern living, spacious rooftop terraces, plus parking for two cars in a private garage and driveway.

Ready, Set, Go

Everything begins at the shores of Lake Ontario. Walk, bike or run the waterfront trail system, then explore the Niagara Escarpment’s Bruce Trail, caves and lookouts. For your urban endeavours, take the future Grimsby GO Train to downtown Toronto in just over an hour or stay local in Grimsby to shop, eat and workout. Let’s not forget that this is world-renowned wine country with award-winning favourites from Magnotta, Inniskillin and Vineland just down the QE.

REGISTER NOW FOR PRIORITY ACCESS

Rosehaven is excited to announce that the launch of Odyssey is slated for this fall 2018. Register now at OdysseyLife.ca for project updates and an invitation to preview.


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Dunpar Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Dunpar Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Dunpar Homes

Streetsville Centre is like a village within a village

Canada’s sixth largest city has a long and varied history starting with Mississauga First Nations who lived in the Credit River valley — about 2,000 sites have so far been excavated in the area. Europeans came as early as the 1600s, but settlement didn’t start until 1805, when the British government entered trade talks with the Mississaugas. Through the 1800s, settlers took up residence along the major water systems – especially at the wide Credit River where it was relatively easy to transport essential goods such as lumber – and established the settlements of Clarkson, Cooksville, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale, Port Credit and Streetsville.

Like Toronto with its neighbourhoods, Mississauga has distinct areas; the 13-kilometre Lake Ontario shoreline, bustling shopping centres and thriving commercial areas, highrise condo towers, dense lowrise neighbourhoods and quaint historic villages like Streetsville, with intact main streets and charming heritage storefronts.

The population of Streetsville has grown from 5,000 in the 1960s to about 50,000, with over half holding university or college degrees, 85 per cent owning their homes and an average household income of $124,255. And it’s young – the average age is 38, with a third of the population between 25 and 44.

Thanks to its thriving facilities – shops and restaurants, community facilities, entertainment, schools, parks and great housing – Streetsville is known as a community node within the city of Mississauga, which means it will be a focus of infrastructure growth in future.

Nestled on the Credit River, with parks and hiking trails, this hidden gem has excellent elementary and high schools in walking distance, community centres, and the village’s main street has all the services you need. Major shopping is a few minutes drive away at Erin Mills Town Centre, Square One, Dixie Outlet Mall and Sherway Gardens.

An integrated community with this kind of access is the foundation of quality living. According to Jay Walljasper, author of The Great Neighbourhood Book, one of the worst trends after World War II was to segregate houses from retail shops and places of work, leading to greater reliance on cars, which isolated people from each other. But modernism seemed to pass Streetsville by, and its charming main street vibe remains. Neighbourhoods like this are sought after because they’re more enjoyable and tend to encourage community building.

That sentiment resonates with John Zanini, president of Dunpar Homes, who actively seeks out land in existing neighbourhoods. He lives in a Dunpar home himself, appreciating the advantages of being close to coffee shops, bookstores and local parks where people tend to meet and gather.

The 201-unit development of Streetsville Centre is like a village within a village; streets are closed off from main thoroughfares, making it safe for children to play and go in and out of each other’s homes. People are comfortable being out and about, walking to the store, or strolling through the park, making it a safe place to live, and fostering a sense of community spirit.

Steps to the GO Transit station, it’s the perfect location for a commute to Toronto, and a five-minute walk will get you to the main street for retail shopping, dining and entertainment.

The exclusive community offers three-bedroom, spacious townhome designs that range from 1,500 to 1,875 square feet. Each one features a 240-square-foot rooftop patio, two-car garages, unmatched landscaping and a ton of standard luxury finishes like gourmet kitchens, luxury appliances, high quality construction, technology conservation and four levels of guarantees including two from Tarion. Prices start at $869,990.

DUNPAR HOMES

Located at 80 Thomas Street, the Sales Centre is open by appointment only.

416.318.9112

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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.

905.839.0038
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NuTowns

Register today to receive the most up-to-date priority information for this highly anticipated project.

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Cornell Rouge

For more information about the upcoming release please register online.

905.472.7667
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Perspectives: Townhomes: Not What They Used To Be

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Perspectives: Townhomes: Not What They Used To Be

There are entry-level units as well as large luxurious townhomes

While looking for inspiration for this month’s article, I found myself first glancing back at the articles that have been written over the years in this publication. I find it interesting how trends evolve and then some return, while others just disappear. I also like to look at how many predictions have come true over time; we have managed a pretty good track record of getting it right so far.

We have seen many design changes over the years and our industry has worked very hard to adapt to the demands of the marketplace, while always trying to deal with the affordable housing question and making sure that the goal of homeownership stays alive and well.

Nowhere is it more evident than in the move of first-time buyers to now start off in condominiums, affording them entry into the housing market. Traditionally, for as long as I can remember, the first purchase was a townhome. Styles did not vary to a huge degree and the biggest difference was usually in square footage. We worked within a parameter that dictated our design philosophy and, after all, it was just a starter home. Fast forward to today and we can see that the townhome is a product with many variations and price points to suit every purchaser’s needs.

Through careful planning and innovation, we have brought to the market stacked, also know as urban towns, back-to-back towns, front-load (garage in the front) and rear-lane townhomes (garage in the back), just to mention a few. Builders offer homes with single- and double-car garages, some homes have underground parking, some with backyards and some without, some with roof decks and balconies to allow for personal entertainment and amenity space. There are entry-level products with just one bedroom right up to larger super-luxury townhomes.

Features and finishes of all levels are also available in the marketplace — if it’s an elevator you need or desire, that can be accommodated. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is something for everyone and in all price levels.

As consultants to the developers and builders throughout the GTA, we are listening to the demands of the buying public and working with amazingly talented architects to develop new plans and products to meet every families needs.

This fall promises to be a busy one with many new sites opening, showcasing some of the newest innovations in townhome design and use of space. We look forward to introducing you to many of these new homes in some of the best locations. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Elliott Taube is the president of International Home Marketing Group (IHMG), a fully integrated sales manage and marketing company. IHMG.ca

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Where Are They Now? Part 5 of 5

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Where Are They Now? Part 5 of 5

Beyond Homes
Location: Calgary
Employees: 7
Annual Revenue: $5 million
Appeared in: November/December 2014

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Do not think for one minute that the downturn in Calgary right now thanks to plummeting oil prices will hinder the ambitions of Alkarim Devani and his innovative inner-city renovation company. Declining budgets have been just one reason Devani is doing a major pivot on his company. “We’ve shifted our focus. Our priority is to get families living in the inner city, but at a more affordable rate.”

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Beyond Homes is currently in the process of changing its name to Rndsqr, and will be out of the single family dwelling market entirely by 2017. Too bad: those modern new builds with lots of green features at the hand of Devani were gorgeous. He’ll bring the same forward-thinking design to the 20 townhomes he plans to build next year.

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These 1,200-sq.-ft. homes will come in rows of four and replace a single-family teardown in the city’s north or south end. He’s got five developments in the planning stage to be executed next year.

To sell these new builds, Devani will run a mobile showroom out of a 1969 Airstream. His slimmed-down employee roster of seven will be focusing on sales, marketing, and design. He’ll be contracting out the building of the townhomes.

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As a newly sprung townhome developer, however, Devani still plans to do things quite differently. “I’m working on exploring the lifestyle component. Instead of just developing where they live, I also want to help them with how they live.” To that end, he’s networking with local companies to build partnerships to support his townhomes.

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That may result in offering parking spaces for a car-sharing services or giving new buyers some free spin classes at a nearby studio. He plans to provide communal bikes for his new homes.

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At a price point of about $550,000, these new builds will help map out the kind of city Devani has always dreamed of. He can’t do much about the price of oil or the local economy, but he can keep building Calgary’s inner city to match his ideals.

—By Diane Peters

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Life is an Odyssey in Grimsby

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Life is an Odyssey in Grimsby

Waterfront condominium and townhome community coming soon from Rosehaven

Each of us has our own individual style and views, but the water calls us home. Rosehaven is poised to bring luxury waterfront living with Odyssey. A brilliant 20-storey condominium complemented by 2 and 3-storey condo townhomes launching this summer by the shores of Lake Ontario in Grimsby.

Known as the gateway to Niagara, the gorgeous Grimsby waterfront is no longer the neighbourhood’s own secret. New home buyers have discovered the wonderful lifestyle and beautiful surroundings of this charming historic town. Set amidst everything that makes the Niagara Region appealing, Grimsby is a vibrant and growing town with a lively arts-and-culture scene, shopping, dining and more.

Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas, with miles of tree-lined trails to explore. The Lookout Trail in the Beamer Conservation Area offers panoramic view of Grimsby and the lake and leads to Upper Beamer Falls. Coronation Park has the Lions Community Pool with a playground and splash pad as well as the Forty Mile Creek Trail, and a fun summer festival event called Happening at the Forty. The Bruce Trail runs through Beamer Valley, over the Forty Mile Creek and up to the escarpment where it has four lookouts offering an excellent lake views. Odyssey residents will love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

Odyssey’s 20-storey high-rise condominium residence will feature amazing views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Condo suites offer a choice of lakeview or Escarpment views overlooking this spectacular neighbourhood where the Escarpment meets the Lake.

Residents can enjoy the carefree ‘lock-and-leave condo lifestyle with brand new amenities, and no upkeep or maintenance chores. Feel comfortable going away on vacation without worrying about your home.

Because Rosehaven knows that everyone’s life story is unique, the innovative builder is creating a wide selection of condo suite designs, with spacious open concept interiors with contemporary finishes to complement your personal style.

The condo townhomes at Odyssey are fresh and contemporary both inside and out – Rosehaven designs not see before. Three-storey townhomes will feature rooftop patios with views of the Escarpment. Two-storey townhomes are set on the second and third floor above ground floor retail and will have views of the lake.

Living in Grimsby with the lake right across the street feels like another world. It’s hard to believe that it’s only 30 minutes to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines.

A few minutes away are world famous wineries to tour, beautiful Niagara On The Lake and all the attractions of Niagara. The new Grimsby GO Station opening soon will connect to the Lakeshore West line that runs all the way from Niagara to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty are urged to register online for Odyssey right away. For more information, visit www.myodysseylife.com

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Record October 2017 for new condo sales

Record October 2017 for new condo sales

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Record October 2017 for new condo sales

Average price for available new detached homes rises to $1,548,888

New construction home sales soared in the GTA in the month of October, primarily driven by sales of multi-family homes, condo apartments in highrise and midrise buildings and stacked townhomes, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced November 24.

There were 5,377 new homes sold in October, according to Altus Group, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence. About 91 per cent of them (4,884 units) were multi-family homes and only 9 per cent (493) were lowrise single-family homes such as detached and semi-detached houses and townhomes. Condo sales for October were 81 per cent above the 10-year average of 2,697, and the highest October yet recorded, while lowrise sales were 64 per cent below the 10-year average of 1,388.

As of the end of October, 39,476 new homes have been sold in the GTA in 2017, 82 per cent of them condo apartments in highrise and midrise buildings and stacked townhomes.

“October data shows that the new homebuyer is left with very little choice when it comes to purchasing a new home,” said BILD president and CEO Bryan Tuckey.

“Provincial intensification policy has our members building more high and midrise dwellings making housing choices a challenge. The cost of a single-family home is out of reach for many consumers pushing them to buy a condo over a house. As a result we are seeing record-breaking condo sales and higher prices this year for new lowrise homes.”

While supply of new housing increased again in October and reached 12,500 units, it is still well below what is considered a healthy level. Supply of new housing is typically measured by the number of new homes available for purchase in builders’ inventories at the end of the month. At the end of October, there were 9,308 multi-family homes and 3,192 single-family homes available in the GTA.

“Demand for newly-built condominium apartments is being fueled by three key buyer groups – small investors who have become the de facto providers of new rental housing supply in the GTA; end user buyers who might prefer a single-family home but are seeking out more affordable options; and the more traditional end users who value the lifestyle and amenities of well-located projects,” said Patricia Arsenault, Altus Group’s executive vice president of research consulting services.

Prices of available new homes in October increased slightly for both single-family lowrise homes and multi-family homes. The average for available new single-family homes was $1,217,428 up from $1,204,829 in September, and 29.8 per cent above last October’s average price of $937,689. The average price for available new detached homes was $1,548,888 and the average for available new townhomes was $995,571.

Meanwhile the average price of available new condo apartments in highrise and midrise buildings and stacked townhomes was $677,456 in October, up from September’s $661,188. The average price per square foot was $791 and the average unit size was 857 square feet.

October 2017

Highrise

Lowrise

Total

Region

2017

2016

2015

2017

2016

2015

2017

2016

2015

Durham

15

97

26

209

329

325

224

426

351

Halton

158

375

199

75

514

246

233

889

445

Peel

89

203

174

62

178

486

151

381

660

Toronto

3,994

1,509

2,307

2

22

66

3,996

1,531

2,373

York

628

687

573

145

625

695

773

1,312

1,268

GTA

4,884

2,871

3,279

493

1,668

1,818

5,377

4,537

5,097

Source: Altus Group



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Home Realty: Townhomes Are A Popular House Alternative

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Home Realty: Townhomes Are A Popular House Alternative

They’re spacious and private, but cheaper than detached

As the prospect of purchasing a detached home gets farther out of reach for most GTA homebuyers, townhouses are becoming an increasingly popular ownership option.

Townhouses tend to be more affordable than detached homes and they represent a more palatable alternative for those who don’t fancy the idea of living in a highrise or midrise condo. Townhomes offer the space and privacy of detached homes, but at a relatively lower price point.

Traditionally, townhouses have been two- or three-storey structures, some with basements and some without, with at least three housing units per building that share sidewalls with their neighbouring homes. These townhouses usually have a frontyard and backyard.

But as affordability has become more of a concern for buyers across the spectrum, other forms of townhomes have emerged that enable owners to still live in ground-oriented homes but not have to pay the higher prices that traditional towns command these days.

Enter the stacked townhouse, a housing type that’s been expanding exponentially of late across the GTA. These units are stacked vertically, with two to four units per structure. They may have a front or backyard, a patio or a rooftop terrace.

There are also back-to-back towns, which share rear walls and a sidewall with other units. These units have exterior spaces only in the front or on the rooftop. Then there are stacked back-to-back townhouses: stacked units that share a sidewall as well as a rear wall, with a front or rooftop exterior space.

Parking at townhouse complexes can vary and include above-grade, underground or private garages that are attached or detached from the homes.

Towns are built on a variety of lots, whether it’s infill urban developments in the heart of established neighbourhoods, at the base of condo complexes, or projects in locations that might have in years past been earmarked for detached home communities (builders are developing townhomes in order to hit density targets set out in the provincial growth plan).

Townhouse projects offer different types of ownership options: freehold and condo. With a freehold home, the buyer owns the home itself and the plot of land it sits on. With a condo townhome, the purchaser only owns the interior of the unit and the lot that the structure sits on is owned collectively by all of the unit owners.

With freehold ownership, owners may not have to pay a monthly maintenance fee — although some have fees that cover basic grounds maintenance — and there are often no rules dictating how the property should be maintained. If so, owners can add elements like decks or gardens and paint their home without requiring approval from the condo corporation. The flip side to not contributing to a reserve fund is that the owners must bear the full cost of any repairs that may be required, big or small.

With condo towns, all maintenance work (landscaping, snow removal, exterior repairs) is taken care of via maintenance fees and there is consistency in how the units in the complex are maintained, keeping property values at more or less the same level. The drawback with condos is that owners might end up paying fees for amenities they don’t use, such as a pool or gym.

Regardless of the ownership structure, townhouses are generally regarded as a good investment. Not only is the rent cheaper than it would be with a detached home, but the townhouse comes with many of the same benefits of a traditional house (privacy, outdoor space, ground-oriented living and fewer neighbours), making it far easier to secure tenants.

Debbie Cosic, CEO and founder of In2ition Realty, has worked in all facets of the real estate industry for over 25 years. She has sold and overseen the sale of over $15 billion worth of real estate and, with Debbie at the helm, In2ition has become one of the fastest-growing and most innovative new home and condo sales companies. In2ition has received numerous awards from the Building Industry and Land Development Association and the National Association of Home Builders.

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