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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

For variety and location, Mattamy is right in your neighbourhood

Spring is a time of renewal. Nature is blooming. The sun is shining more often. The days are longer and warmer so it’s a perfect time to go searching for a new home. Where to begin?

Mattamy Homes is a great place to start. Whether you are searching for your very first home, or you need a larger home for a growing family, Mattamy can make the search very rewarding.

Since Mattamy built their first home in 1978, they have continuously brought innovation and architectural excellence to every home they build. Many of their communities are master-planned so families always have places to gather, playgrounds to visit and schools to attend within walking distance. Some communities also feature community centres, retail stores, ponds in the summer and skating rinks in the winter. Mattamy believes the community and your home should all be connected to create an enjoyable living experience.

A Mattamy community looks and feels different than other places. There are fewer homes per street so you don’t feel like you’re living in a cookie cutter environment. And the homes are offered in a variety of styles so each street has distinct character. Mattamy has always been an innovator in home design creating environments that simply make you feel right at home the instant you move in. They understand that open space allows for more fluid, free-flowing interaction.

Mattamy offers more choice in both exterior and interior finishes, so you can ensure the home you are buying is the home you always dreamed of. To personalize your home, Mattamy offers Architect’s Choice Options, which give homeowners an opportunity to make pre-approved structural changes before construction begins. These options are fully integrated into the home while under construction so you have the satisfaction of knowing that the home will be completely finished the way you want before you move in.

Mattamy’s state-of-the art Design Studios give their homeowners the choice to select every interior finish in your home. From granite countertops, backsplashes to trend-setting light fixtures, you will not be disappointed.

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately-owned homebuilder in North America with a 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps 7,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 10 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh- Durham, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. And in Canada, those communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mattamy has won numerous awards for community planning and home design including an unprecedented seven-time winner of the Homebuilder of the Year Award in the GTA.

No matter what you want from a new home, Mattamy has what you’re looking for from a stylish condo or townhome to a luxury detached home. A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime.

You’ll find a Mattamy community anywhere you want to live throughout the GTA.

Have a great spring and happy home hunting.

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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.

UPPER VALLEYLANDS

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.

VALLEYLANDS

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.

COBBLESTONES SOUTH

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.

RICHLANDS

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

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.

BLUE SKY

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!

IMPRESSIONS

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.

FIELDGATE HOMES

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: Mattamy Homes

Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Find a perfectly balanced lifestyle at Queen’s Common in Whitby

Life is all about balance. Nature bursts to life in spring and goes out in a burst of colour in autumn. People seek balance between work and play and between activity and relaxation. And for families seeking a balanced lifestyle between the natural and the urban, Mattamy Homes presents Queen’s Common in Whitby.

Queen’s Common is situated on land that has an interesting history. Back in the 19th century, the grounds were the setting for the running of the 11th Queen’s Plate thoroughbred horse race.

Whitby itself is a thriving community that offers everything you need for balanced family living: shopping, entertainment, recreation with 114 parks on 900 acres including 60 kilometres of serene trails and the Iroquois Park Sports Centre with lots of organized activities for adults and kids. Cultural life is bountiful, including the Whitby Public Library and Celebration Square for arts, special cultural events and concerts, all in a unique outdoor setting. Big city living with a small town vibe.

Right in Mattamy’s community of Queen’s Common, you’ll find an assortment of green spaces and a variety of home styles on gently winding streets that keep traffic calm. There will also be fewer homes per street, creating a sense of openness as well as distinctive colour palettes, which will give each street its own identity. Families who live in Mattamy communities enjoy strolling through the neighbourhood and gathering at the local parks. Many homes have front porches so the interaction between neighbours is as easy as saying “Hello.”

The homes in Queen’s Common keep all of the smart touches that have become part of the Mattamy style. Homes incorporate more windows for natural light, open-concept design so the space flows organically, and through a wide variety of Architect’s Choice Options you can personalize your family home to suit your specific needs. All the features you choose will be worked into the home as it’s being built and you’ll know what everything costs and have the assurance that all is being built to Mattamy’s exacting standards.

The personal touches that make your house a home also includes Mattamy’s Design Studio where you will work with a professional Design Consultant to add all the interior design elements that reflect your family’s personality.

Queen’s Common is close to Highways 401, 412 and 407 so you have easy access to major routes into the city. The community offers a complete selection of freehold townhomes and detached designs that will allow you to find the perfect place to call “home.”

Queen’s Common is an uncommon, modern neighbourhood.

Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest new homebuilder with over 90,000 homes across Canada and the United States.

MATTAMY HOMES
Queen’s Common

Located at 1075 Taunton Road, Pickering, the Sales Centre and Model Homes are open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Model Homes will close 30 minutes prior to the Sales Centre closing.

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Local Focus: GTA East

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Local Focus: GTA East

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Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa all have historic downtowns with the requisite collection of century homes, but new subdivisions are quickly changing the landscape. Developers have also responded to the need for more affordable housing and the condo boom has arrived.

Leisure Pursuits

In Pickering, The Nautical Village is a fabulous day away from the hectic grind of modern life. There are many quaint shops, cafés, bakeries and restaurants, as well as a splash pad and park for the kids and beach volleyball courts. Pickering Museum Village is a unique experience brought to life by “live” pioneers in 18 heritage buildings.

The Whitby Public Library is a state-ofthe- art building that offers an extensive array of collections and programs as well as the Whitby archives. One of Whitby’s bestknown historic sites is the infamous Camp X, which was a secret spy training facility during World War II. Established by Sir William Stephenson, the “Man Called Intrepid,” British and allied forces also used the camp as a communications link between Britain and the United States with overseas information passing secretly between allied nations.

In Oshawa, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the largest in Durham Region and features a collection of more than 4,000 works of art. The Military Museum has Canada’s largest collection of operational military vehicles, and the Canadian Automotive museum is housed in a 1920s car dealership and has 60 vehicles on display.

Parks & Rec

There are great recreational areas along the Lake Ontario waterfront in all four of the municipalities. In Pickering, Frenchman’s Bay offers canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing and sailing. Conservation areas include Petticoat Creek, the Claremont Conservation Area and the Greenwood Conservation Area.

In Ajax, you can enjoy nature at the Greenwood Conservation Area and the town’s expansive system of cycling and walking trails, which totals 74 kilometres.

There are over 100 parks maintained by Whitby and over 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area, together with the adjacent Cranberry West Tract, is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

Oshawa also boasts beautiful and pristine wildlife preserves, including the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. On Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline you will find Lakeview Park with many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

Retail Therapy

The Oshawa Centre is the largest shopping complex in Durham Region and is home to over 230 establishments that include retail, food outlets and a variety of services. In each of the municipalities’ downtowns you’ll find a variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafés and services. Pickering Village — an old Quaker Village — is filled with numerous shops, specialty boutiques and gourmet restaurants provide a wide selection of goods and services.

Easy Access

Public transit is provided by Durham Region Transit, which connects with the other cities in Durham Region, including Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. Highway 401 runs through the south of the region and Highway 7 runs across its northern edge. Highway 407 ETR is being extended to Highways 35 and 115 and will cross the top of Durham Region.

BY THE NUMBERS
Pickering population: .96,000
Ajax population: . . . .120,000
Whitby population: …134,900
Oshawa population: .168,000
WALK SCORES
Pickering: . . . . . .50 average
Ajax: . . . . . . . . . .47 average
Whitby: . . . . . . . .43 average
Oshawa: . . . . . . .51 average

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Andrin Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

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Cover Story: 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).

MILTON

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.

This collection of detached homes and townhomes in Milton is for families who thrive on access to breathtaking natural spaces. Located within walking distance from Kelso Park, families will be able to enjoy year-round recreation including swimming, camping, skiing and tobogganing within the neighbourhood borders.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is 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 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.

Homebuyers will also have easy access to the new Highway 404 extension and the East Gwillimbury GO Transit station with direct access to downtown Toronto.

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.

Glenway is easily connected to the 400 series of highways including the Highway 404 extension and Highways 401 and the 407. Homeowners are also steps away from the Viva transit line, GO Transit trains and buses, as well as the rapid transit lanes on Yonge Street.

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. Minutes from GO Transit and Highways 401 and 407, homebuyers are just 30 minutes away from Toronto — close enough to the big city, yet far enough away to offer a clean, small-town style family community.

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.

Mere steps from transit, Tower Two is situated in a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood with well-established shopping, dining, entertainment and employment opportunities.

ANDRIN HOMES

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Whitby Meadows

Editor’s Choice: Whitby Meadows

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Editor’s Choice: Whitby Meadows

Offering the largest new home selection of its kind in Whitby

This October 2017, six of the GTA’s most respected homebuilders will be holding the much-anticipated Grand Opening of Whitby Meadows, the GTA’s most sought-after master-planned community.

In one of the greatest Canadian powerhouse collaborations, Paradise Developments, Arista Homes, Fieldgate Homes, Great Gulf, OPUS Homes and DECO Homes will be offering the largest choice of new homes ever introduced in Whitby. Whitby Meadows offers an extraordinary selection of single detached homes, semis and freehold townhomes on lots up to 42-feet wide. Freehold townhomes will be priced from the $600,000s.

Offering unprecedented selection, service and convenience, Whitby Meadows brings together the expertise and resources of the most talented architects and professionals in the province.

Built around an inviting 10-plus-acre park, the family-focused master-planned community will feature both traditional and contemporary architectural details, absorbing the region’s small-town flavour and historic character.

Layouts at Whitby Meadows offer the maximum in style and comfort. The exquisite interiors will vary by builder. Some will include nine-foot ceilings heights, pre-finished natural oak solid flooring and natural gas fireplaces. The designer-inspired kitchens will include custom-quality upper and lower cabinetry, granite countertops with under-mounted sinks, imported ceramic tile and spacious breakfast areas. Master ensuites offer matchless luxury and space and tiled bathtub surrounds.

Located at Rossland Road West and Coronation Road, Whitby Meadows is central to all of Whitby’s major social and recreational amenities, including an abundance of excellent schools, parklands and open green spaces. The Whitby area offers over 68 kilometres of recreational trails, 127 playgrounds and more than 950 acres of lush, permanently protected parks. Families will also get to choose from some of the best educational facilities in the GTA with over 20 public schools and 10 separate schools in the immediate area.

The range of sports and entertainment facilities for the whole family is virtually endless. Chief among them is the Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Canada’s largest municipally owned and operated recreation facility. Furthermore, Whitby Meadows is just moments away from a variety of retail establishments. Rich in character, historic downtown Whitby offers first-class shopping with a unique collection of stores and restaurants.

Easy access to local transit, the Town of Whitby is well-serviced by a comprehensive network of local public transportation. Residents at Whitby Meadows are also in close proximity to the new Highway 412, Highway 401 and the Highway 407. The GO Transit station is also just minutes away, offering convenient access to both trains and buses.

The Whitby Meadows’ Sales Centre will be located on the northwest corner of Taunton Road East and Coronation Road in Whitby. The complex will feature a sales office for each builder to showcase their offering.

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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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Fieldgate Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

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Choose your neighbourhood, choose your home

Fieldgate Homes is always looking for the best locations to plan its vibrant communities for its future homeowners. By striving to create that perfect balance of natural beauty and convenient urban amenities, and providing the GTA’s best selection of acclaimed home designs, Fieldgate pride itself on creating communities that are truly second to none.

Fieldgate be opening several new communities in the coming months, giving you even more opportunities to discover the Fieldgate home that is right for you and your family.

VALLEYLANDS, BRAMPTON

Since it opened, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. Once you discover this community for yourself, you’ll understand just why that is. At an ideal location on the west side of Chinguacousy Road, south of Queen Street, 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.

Fieldgate Homes is pleased to continue the success of Valleylands with an all new release of 38-, 41- and 50-foot singles from the $900,000s coming in early 2017 in this picture-perfect setting. With a wide range of floorplans with four and five bedrooms, you can find something that is the right choice for your family here.

For most families, school is a top priority, so it’s nice to know that Valleylands is ideally situated to take advantage of many of Brampton’s wonderful educational facilities. A new elementary school is now open right in the Valleylands community, while Queen Street Public School and Sir William Gage Middle School are just a short walk north of the community. There are also a number of public and Catholic primary and secondary schools within a short distance.

In addition to excellent proximity to schools, Valleylands is also in a great location to take advantage of a whole host of other lifestyle amenities. The Heartland Town Centre is only five minutes away, offering major retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot and Costco. Nearby Erin Mills Town Centre, Trinity Common Mall and Bramalea City Centre also offer wonderful selections of shops and restaurants. For those in search of live entertainment, there’s the Rose Theatre, offering a year-round calendar of musical and theatrical performances. Golfing enthusiasts will be impressed with the great selection of golf courses within a short driving distance, and the commute to Toronto is a breeze with Highways 401 and 407 close by.

BLUE SKY, STOUFFVILLE

An all-new release of freehold townhomes will be announced soon at Stouffville’s popular Blue Sky Community. These freehold townhomes, starting from the mid $700,000s, have an innovative design that makes them feel more like attached semis in this popular community setting. GTA homebuyers won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity.

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 there will be another release of 30-, 36-, 40- and 50-foot singles, so there has never been a better time to call Blue Sky your home too.

Inspired by Stouffville’s heritage architecture, the homes at Blue Sky are crafted in a complementary style. Beautifully designed with Victorian, French Second Empire and Tudor influences, the warm exteriors create the most welcoming streetscapes. Decorative trim, gable details and delicately pointed arch windows adorn the Victorian-inspired exteriors, creating inviting homes with a unique flair. The sweeping bell roofs, ascending turrets and dormer windows of the French Second Empire elevations make a grandiose statement sure to turn heads. Blue Sky also lets you enjoy all the finest modern conveniences with shops, schools, GO Transit, recreation and more all minutes away.

RICHLANDS, RICHMOND HILL

Fieldgate is excited to be offering a wide range of singles, semis and freehold townhomes at Richlands, a new master-planned community at Elgin Mills and Leslie.

WHITBY MEADOW, WHITBY

Fieldgate’s next master-planned community is Whitby Meadows. It will feature an exceptional selection of 30-, 36- and 42-foot single-detached homes and freehold townhomes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting.

FIELDGATE HOMES

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

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Whitby set to increase charges for new homebuyers

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Whitby set to increase charges for new homebuyers

Who pays residential development charges? New homebuyers.

This may seem self-evident but it is surprising how many people — from politicians to social activists and many others — do not understand that this is a cost that is paid for by the people who buy new homes.

Durham Region has a two-tiered system, which means both the region and the municipality charge development fees. The development charges account for close to $40,000 in cost for a single or semi-detached home. And now, consultants for the Town of Whitby are proposing an 80 per cent increase in the municipal fees, which will make the combined fee almost $50,000. The region charges $27,000 and Whitby currently charges $12,708, but a new report suggests it will increase to 22,848.

Everyone seems to be talking about the erosion of housing affordability, yet no one wants to do anything about it. Blame is generally placed on the hard-working risk-takers who buy land, develop it and build houses, but government taxes and fees on residential homes has increased exponentially over the years, with every level of government taking an ever-increasing bite of the housing cookie. From the federal GST to provincial taxes and land transfer fees, to regional and municipal building fees and charges, as well as development charges, it has been conservatively estimated in a 2013 Altus study that government fees and taxes on new homes account for around 25 per cent of the cost of a house.

In understandable numbers, that translates to about $125,000 in government fees on a $500,000 home. Unfortunately the people most threatened by these fees — first-time homebuyers — do not have a strong voice.

Anyone planning to buy a home in Whitby, or residents who hope their kids will one day own a home in Whitby, should be calling their councillors to complain about this 80 per cent proposed increase in development fees.

On the town’s side, we do need some charges to pay for new infrastructure and services for new neighbours, however a sudden 80 per cent increase in charges is not the answer.

As a not-for-profit association that monitors government policies and speaks for affordability and choice in housing, DRHBA will be calling on the Town of Whitby to pay attention to the effects of policies such as this and to find a fairer way of providing the services we need but not by placing such a heavy burden on the backs of people who are struggling to buy a home.

Anita DeVries is the executive officer at the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association.

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Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Since 1978, Mattamy has been building great homes and relationships

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America. To date, they’ve created over 70,000 homes and over 10,000 condo suites in hundreds of communities. When asked how they got to be so successful, the answer is surprisingly simple. They listen to their homeowners. It’s that skill that contributes to excellence in so many categories. It means Mattamy understands, and delivers, what people are really looking for in their new homes.

The process of understanding how people really live, and what homeowners really want, starts long before their architects begin designing the homes. In fact, it begins long before Mattamy finalizes the locations of their communities. Everything that affects a homeowner’s satisfaction is researched and evaluated. They ask questions: Where do people want to live? What types of transit and amenities would best serve their homeowners? What makes a community more inviting for people to live in?

By asking all these questions, Mattamy has been able to deliver a satisfying experience to their thousands of homeowners.

In addition to the care that Mattamy takes in choosing and planning their neighbourhoods, the same care goes into the designing of all aspects of their home designs. From contemporary condo living to a multitude of townhome styles, to all sizes of detached living, you will find thoughtful, well-appointed home features designed for modern family living.

When you drive through a Mattamy community you’ll easily see freshness and vibrancy in the exterior designs. Mattamy is always eager to provide opportunities for people to personalize their homes to reflect their individual style. With the enormous offering of exterior home styles and interior floorplans, the choice is endless. After you’ve purchased your home, Mattamy invites you to their exclusive Design Studio. Here, your personal design sonsultant will present you with the most up-to-date trends reflected in the choice of finishes and features available.

Listening is an essential part of customer service. Happily, when Mattamy listens, they hear how pleased their homeowners are with the sales process, construction and post-sale experience. So, if you’re in the market for a new home or condominium, we recommend you consider the inspiring variety of choices available at Mattamy’s open and upcoming communities.

Here’s where you will find new Mattamy communities opening soon:

Queen’s Common in Whitby will offer a wide selection of innovative and affordable Townhomes & Detached Designs;

The Condominiums Of Cornell in Markham represent the evolution of contemporary condo living in Mattamy’s established community;

Richmond Green in Richmond Hill is an ideal community for modern energetic families looking for towns and detached designs;

Fully connected Thomson Towns in Scarborough offers smart city living in spacious courtyard and terrace town styles;

The Preserve in Oakville, one of Mattamy’s most prestigious addresses, will soon offer a new release of well-appointed detached homes;

Established, picturesque Topper Woods in Kitchener will soon offer a new release of affordable designs in towns and detached styles.

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Go online to register for these and other Mattamy communities.

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