The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills – A Zest For Life
A themed lifestyle resort is part of an imaginative master plan.
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills in Hamilton will offer an active, fun and socially connected way of life – redefining a 55-plus lifestyle. The transformation of this 114-acre site into a themed, active-adult resort is part of an imaginative master plan, which will include a town square, restaurants and shops, as well as ponds and lush landscaping.
Designed by renowned Forrec Ltd. and developed by ZEST Communities, the 800-plus, million-dollar redevelopment will set a new standard for the future of 55-plus living.
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is expected to accommodate more than 3,000 residents, with the goal of turning what is currently a typical, adult-living complex into a themed lifestyle resort. The Village will be an ongoing project that will grow as the population grows, without any interruption for the existing residents.
The architectural firm handling the master plan for The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills is better known for roller coasters and waterslides than shuffleboard courts. Toronto-based Forrec Ltd. has designed theme parks around the world, including Universal Studios Florida and Canada’s Wonderland. They’ve designed three themed retirement Villages in central Florida that were inspired by small-town U.S.A. This concept was perfectly aligned with ZEST’s vision for The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills. The community will be fashioned into a pastoral mill town, complete with a spinning water wheel and an old-time windmill – reminiscent of a simpler, more relaxed way of life.
This aesthetic will be carried throughout to augment the site’s natural beauty, which includes ponds, mature landscaping and wide open spaces. Village residents can dine, picnic, shop, and enjoy live music and theatre, as well as stroll along the boardwalk, paths and trails, and partake in hundreds of activities, clubs and groups.
Plans are currently underway for the launch of Upper Mill Pond, a smart collection of more than 100 market-value, life-lease suites that were meticulously planned for convenience and elegance. These well-designed layouts maximize space and light, and include appointments like wider doorways and accessible, contemporary styled bathrooms. ZEST Communities is now accepting registrations for Upper Mill Pond.
In the meantime, the Town Square is being designed. The nostalgia of small-town Ontario will be at the heart of the community, and reflected in a collection of restaurants, services and store fronts.
It’s all about attitude and the infusion of fun at The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills. It’s a different approach – one that’s out of a storybook – but it’s one that makes the Village unique unto itself.
The Presentation Centre is located at 1 Yates Gate in Hamilton, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday.