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Midtown Toronto

Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

Mention the neighbourhood Midtown Toronto, and people generally react in one of two ways. “Where exactly is that?? – the inference being that in a growing city of this size, pinpointing where the centre is, well… difficult, to say the least.

And once realizing “Midtown” is roughly defined by Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west, people often think “Old Toronto.”

And in the context of real estate, that means high-priced.

Increasingly accessible

Indeed, with neighbourhoods such as Rosedale, Forest Hill, Deer Park, Summerhill and Yonge & Eglinton, Midtown is generally affluent and exclusive. Signature detached homes in any of these areas can easily run into the multi-million-dollar range.

However, new developments coming on the scene, particularly some landmark highrise condominiums, are making the area increasingly accessible to a variety of residents.

Once commonly known as “Yonge & Eligible,” due to its popularity among young single professionals, Yonge and Eglinton is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, appealing to a variety of lifestyles.

Boasting five-star restaurants, boutiques, diverse retail services, schools and corporate head offices, residents have plenty of options for work and play right out their front door.

Crosstown traffic

If a great midtown location isn’t enough, proximity to transit is also a significant appeal of this area, being right on the Yonge Street subway line. And come 2021, moving about the city will get even easier, with the expected opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Slightly off the beaten trail, wander over to nearby Davisville Village, Mount Pleasant Village and Forest Hill Village for a taste of what that Old Toronto was like, still with small, independent shops and nice little parkettes.

Select condo projects

The Eglinton by Menkes Developments

Y&S Condos by Tribute Communities

625 Yonge St. by Edenshaw Developments

e2 Condos by RioCan Living

2128 Yonge St. by Reserve Properties

1 Eglinton East by Davpart Inc.

Line 5 South by Reserve Properties

Location, location, location

Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west

Key landmarks

  • Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Spadina Park
  • Forest Hill Village
  • Davisville Village
  • Mount Pleasant Village

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The Davis Residences

The Davis Residences – Newmarket’s newest condominium community

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The Davis Residences – Newmarket’s newest condominium community

The Davis Residences, by Rose Corporation, is part of the first masterplanned, multi-family communities to come to Newmarket in a very long time. Part of the larger Bakerfield community, The Davis will be defined by its sleek, sophisticated urban design. Three towers will rise above a beautifully landscaped courtyard, and will include an exceptional collection of spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

Appealing to a wide range of new home buyers, The Davis is ideal for those who are looking to right-size, now that they’re retired or empty-nesters. For first-time buyers, this GTA location is a wonderful opportunity to get into home ownership, with easy access to the city. With historically low rental vacancies, The Davis offers a variety of ownership opportunities.

Amenities galore

Within a short walk, residents can experience a rich, full life. The intersection of Yonge Street and Davis Drive is a sought-after destination, with pedestrian-friendly boulevards, open green spaces, and a vibrant retail corridor.

It truly is at the heart of Newmarket, with reliable transit and a plethora of amenities on your doorstep – from fashionable shops and boutiques, to elegant dining, cafes, bistros, movie theatres, community centres and more. Upper Canada Mall, and the historic Main Street of Newmarket, are close by.

In addition to the GO station, other travel options include VIVA Transit, and access to highways 404 and 400, making travel into the city of Toronto a breeze, as well as weekend getaways to cottage country. Enjoy sailing, swimming, boating, cross country skiing and hiking, all close to home.

Medical facilities in, and around, Newmarket are top notch, including the Southlake Regional Health Centre on Davis Drive.

At-home considerations

Inspired lifestyle amenities are part of the extended community at The Davis. A sense of style welcomes you to the upscale lobby and lounge. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easy with a yoga studio and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. For larger gatherings, the fashionable party room is available to host family and friends, and includes a kitchenette and dining table. For your entertaining convenience, you can book a furnished guest suite for overnight guests.

When the grandchildren come to stay, there’s a Kids’ Club play space, a community park and the Haskett Park, which is located next to The Davis. At the end of an enjoyable day, relax on the rooftop terrace, while overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

One-, two- and three-bedroom suites are available. All include a private balcony, along with expansive windows, for treetop views of the neighbourhood – and beyond. Spacious, open-concept interiors flow seamlessly from the living and dining areas to the kitchen. Master bedrooms include a sumptuous ensuite, and each suite is elegantly appointed with tasteful features and finishes.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Now accepting registrations.


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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don't ignore the east

Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, since we’ve been able to observe the trend for the last few years, but a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada underlines just to what degree homebuyers are heading west.

West, as in Hamilton and Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes those areas captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013.

The reasons are fairly obvious: The quest for homes at affordable prices. Indeed, this spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average prices climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Builders of new homes also recognize the appetite for lowrise homes in the west.

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlanti Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

But, Alexander also told HOMES Publishing, the window of opportunity to head west may be closing.

“As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” he says.

GTA east areas such as Durham Region may not have the same appeal as the west – currently. “The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers. In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, yes, prospective homebuyers, go west if you like, but also keep an eye on the east.


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Spice Girl Mel B's Hollywood home a scary good deal

Spice Girl Mel B’s Hollywood home a scary good deal

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Spice Girl Mel B’s Hollywood home a scary good deal

Mel B “Scary Spice” Brown has listed her West Hollywood home for sale for US$5.9 million. Brown gained fame and wealth as a member of the popular girl band, Spice Girls, from 1994 through 2000. The group hit the big time with their first album Spice, which immediately gained No.1 status in more than 17 countries, selling 30 million copies worldwide.

It was only the beginning of the group’s record-breaking success. Brown branched out on her own even before the group split in 2000 and continued her career as a solo artist, actress, author and even a judge on The X Factor in Britain and Australia, and America’s Got Talent in the U.S. Now divorced from filmmaker Stephen Belafonte with whom she co-owned the home since 2014, Brown and the Spice Girls are reuniting for a 12-performance reunion tour this summer.

Located in the Bird Streets neighborhood, legendary for its spectacular views and celebrity residents, the four-storey, 5,226-sq.-ft. home was built in 1928 and recently underwent a renovation. The sleek contemporary has ceilings up to 20-ft. high and massive glass walls that capture the views of downtown Los Angeles. Encompassing a total of four bedrooms and six baths, the entire fourth floor is devoted to the master suite with two of almost everything, including TVs, bathrooms, dressing rooms and private terraces. The lush suite also has both a refrigerator and microwave.

The main living area contains formal living and dining, chef’s kitchen, recording studio, fully-equipped gym, game room and family room. Rooms are sized for grand entertaining that can continue out to the pool-spa terrace with its outdoor kitchen, TV, fire pit and lots of room for guests. In addition to updating the mechanical systems such as plumbing and electric, Brown and Belafonte also upgraded the digital “smart” system, which operates the entire house, including the fireplace. There is a four-car garage, and tall hedges and plantings provide total privacy.

The location also features celebrity neighbors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston and Keanu Reeves.

View the listing here.


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Condo Life Magazine - April 2019

Condo Life – Apr2019

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Condo Life – Apr2019

Condolife, launched in 1998, continues to be Toronto’s finest and most comprehensive guide to the condo market and lifestyle.

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9th & Main Condos + Towns

Last chance at pre-construction prices at Pemberton’s 9th & Main Condos + Towns in Stouffville

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Last chance at pre-construction prices at Pemberton’s 9th & Main Condos + Towns in Stouffville

Pemberton Group is getting ready for the start of construction at the successful 9th & Main Condos + Towns development in the heart of Stouffville. The community features spacious, luxurious two- and three-bedroom townhome designs ranging in size from 1,510 to 1,975 sq. ft.

In addition to the townhomes, the community itself is comprised of two eight-storey condominiums and two-storey lofts. Suites include two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom and two-storey lofts. Prices start from the $700,000s for condo suites and from the $800,000s for townhome and lofts suites.

Located within the York Region of the Greater Toronto Area, Stouffville is the third fastest growing community in Canada. With easy accessibility to major highways such as 404 and 407, recent plans to develop extra GO Bus terminals, and with the addition to the Stouffville GO Train, homeowners seeking commuting convenience will appreciate this location. The Stouffville GO Train is a short three-minute drive, which makes traveling to downtown a breeze.

9th & Main’s thriving condominium and townhome community is ideal for young families, empty-nesters looking to downsize, and homeowners transitioning from larger homes to the next phase of their lives. Offering a connected way of life, residents will be just minutes from restaurants, bistros, cafes, and boutique shopping along Main Street. Grab a bite to eat at local staples, including Fishbone By The Lake, Main Street Bakehouse and Main Street Burger Shoppe. Running last-minute errands could not be easier with Metro, LCBO, Shoppers Drug Mart, and SmartCentres Stouffville all close by.

Just moments away are lush parks and trails, including Musselman’s Lake, Sunnyridge Park and Rupert Park, which is a top choice for families, featuring a playground, picnic area, toboggan hill, baseball diamond, skating rink, and basketball court. Golf-lovers will appreciate the several golf clubs in the area, including the popular Angus Glen, Spring Lakes and Station Creek Golf Club.

Teeming with arts, sports, leisure and recreational facilities, Stouffville also presents an abundance of cultural options. The recently expanded Leisure Centre houses a library, fitness centre, indoor pool and gymnasium. Stouffville’s free public art gallery, the Latcham Art Centre, and The Lebovic Centre of Arts & Entertainment that hosts a variety of events are also close by.

The 9th & Main community is also surrounded by top educational facilities and schools, including the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, Stouffville District Secondary School, Royal Cachet Montessori School and Oscar Peterson Public School.

Townhome residents will also have access to all of 9th & Main’s hotel-inspired amenities, which offer diverse spaces for entertaining including 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, and caterer’s kitchen that opens onto a beautifully-landscaped outdoor terrace.

Both the townhomes and condominium suites are thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed with spa-inspired bathrooms, including a contemporary undermount vanity sink, glass-enclosed walk-in shower and soaker tub, as per plan. Step into style with seven-inch-wide, premium engineered flooring throughout the living room, dining room, kitchen, den, hall, foyer and bedroom(s).

Pemberton Group

For decades, 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. Its exceptional portfolio of current and upcoming communities at various development stages, offers elevated modern lifestyle opportunities for everyone. From Toronto, to Mississauga, to Stouffville, to Maple, Pemberton’s diverse communities are specifically designed to fit your preferred lifestyle. To discover more about Pemberton’s incredible offerings, register today on their website. You can also follow Pemberton Group on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

For a limited time, homebuyers can take advantage of a 10-per cent deposit program within six months, as well as the last chance at pre-construction prices. For further information call (289.380.3451), visit the website, or visit the presentation centre, located at 11750 Ninth Line in Stouffville.


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ROMA - An elegiac cinematic poem

ROMA – An elegiac cinematic poem

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ROMA – An elegiac cinematic poem

As I write this, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has been acclaimed to a remarkable level with 10 Oscar nominations, and another 140-plus citations from critics’ circles and awards organizations world-wide.

By the time you read this, Roma will have churned through its awards season. At centre stage are the Oscars on February 24th. Roma is expected to compete with the other film tied for the nominations lead: Greek-born Yorgos Lanthimos’ wildly operatic The Favourite – an 18th century British history lesson.

No two films among Oscar’s eight best picture nominees could be more dissimilar. Their stories are radically polarized. The Favourite rips into the rich tapestry of the inept reign of Queen Anne, circa 1702 to 1714. Roma weaves a quotidian tale of a middle-class family, focusing on the clan’s indigenous nanny, in Mexico City, circa 1971.

The contrast between the two films is true for tone, mood, pace, attitude, impact, subtext, raison d’etre, socio-political acumen, stark images, and the way each director handles emotional highs/lows. Yet, both are great films.

For me, though, Roma is the stunning and timeless masterpiece, while The Favourite is a bawdy entertainment that might soon be forgotten.

Cuarón is already a double Oscar-winner for directing and editing his space drama Gravity (2013). Hurrah, but what happens (or has happened) to Roma at this year’s Academy Awards will not change its place in cinematic history as an elegiac cinematic poem. Roma is already an outlier. First, because it was produced by, and shown on, Netflix, instead of by a Hollywood studio and screened in theatres. Second, because Cuarón photographed it in lambent black-and-white, instead of lurid colour. Third, because his Spanish-language story is an intimate journey through personal memory, not a familiar English-language drama with a constructed plot.

Cuarón dedicates Roma to Lido, his own nanny of indigenous heritage. Lido raised Alfonso and his siblings from infancy. He calls her, “a second mother to us all.”

Lido is “fictionalized” as Cleo in Roma, yet feels real and authentic. She is played in her acting debut by Oscar-nominated Mexican educator Yalitza Aparicio. Her naturalistic performance is as shattering as it is understated.

Cleo works alongside Adela (also played by an indigenous newcomer, Nancy Garcia Garcia). They serve a chaotic family headed by Senora Sofia (Oscar-nominated Marina de Tavira). The husband is a lost cause. The four kids are a crazy handful. Granny is doddering. Roma charts a year of personal upheavals in their collective lives. Daily events are vividly set against the maelstrom of Mexico City earthquakes, student protests, fascist uprisings, state-sanctioned murders, government corruption and brutal oppression of indigenous people.

Yet Roma is always lyrical at its heart, if unsentimental. Much more is communicated by image than dialogue. The film’s micro scale is sometimes joyous, sometimes heart-breaking, while Cuarón subtly transcends obvious class differences. Ultimately, beautifully, the tendrils of love stretch across the class divide. Roma is a life force.

Bruce Kirkland‘s career spans more than four decades, working as a film critic for The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Journal and for 36 years at The Toronto Sun.

A life-long film buff, Bruce now shares his passion and insight with Active Life readers.

bruce.kirkland@hotmail.com


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Simply Tech: Books vs Kindle Paperwhite

Put down the book – It’s time to pick up the Kindle Paperwhite

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Put down the book – It’s time to pick up the Kindle Paperwhite

For book lovers everywhere, this is a touchy subject. There’s something tangible about a book – even the smell of it triggers our senses. However, if you’re an avid reader, and are always on the go, books can be very heavy. Plus, they take up a lot of room (and weight) when packed in a suitcase. Even if you have a tablet or an iPad, you might want to consider the all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite is a compact, low-cost, high-resolution e-Reader that electronically stores thousands of books with an innovative display screen – you almost think that you’re reading from a paperback. It’s only 6.6 inches tall, 4.6 inches wide, 0.30 inches thick and weighs less than seven ounces, making it easy to hold in your hand, and slip into a large pocket, purse or knapsack.

A sight for sore eyes

Its six-inch, hi-res screen offers 300 pixels-per-inch resolution – the same as a standard photograph. The glare-free (almost) screen makes it a beach-worthy companion. If you read at night, it’s less likely to keep you awake after you turn off the lights due to E-ink display technology. This feature doesn’t emit the same type of blue light as you find on televisions and tablets, which, apparently, keeps you more alert. With a five-LED manually adjustable backlight, you can comfortably read at night without additional light, and without disturbing your partner.

How many times have you picked up a book and found that the type was very small? With the Kindle Paperwhite, you can adjust the font type and the font size. The built-in dictionary is easy to use, plus the extended battery life requires less downtime for recharging and is ideal for a lengthy plane ride.

Enhanced highlights

The biggest improvement of the fourth generation of the Kindle Paperwhite is its new waterproof body. Previous models were toast if they got wet. Now that it’s IPX8-rated, it’d still work if it was soaked for an hour in two metres of fresh water – making it less of a worry when beaching it with the family.

The standard model now comes with 8GB of storage. You can store thousands of e-books on the device, and you can store Kindle e-books in the cloud for free. Millions of titles are available on Amazon, and many are free or cost less than $1, making it easier to discover new titles and authors. It’s important to note that Kindle still doesn’t support the e-Pub format, which is commonly found on other platforms and at public libraries, but you can store your own PDFs and select documents.

The new 32GB model includes more storage, and supports Audible. While you can listen to audiobooks, it appears (at the time of publication) that files from Audible U.S. accounts currently work with this model. There isn’t an on-board headphone jack, but the new Paperwhite is equipped with Bluetooth, so you can connect to a wireless headset, a speaker or earbuds.

Kindle Paperwhite models are available with Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi plus free cellular connectivity, which lets you download your books from anywhere for free. Prices start at $139.99 for the 8GB Wi-Fi model.

Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster (host and producer), and contributes to canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life magazine.

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DESIGN: Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

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Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

Planning a kitchen renovation is always exciting, and often overwhelming. The enthusiasm of pouring over the multitude of Pinterest inspirations often morphs into the stress of decision making of cabinet styles, colours, layouts and product selections.

Today, we have hundreds of options available to us when it comes to all of the finishing touches. Our sinks and faucets are no longer simply utilitarian, countertops come in an array of colours, textures, patterns and product compositions – whether natural or man-made, and appliances have taken an almost artful approach to complement our kitchens. Even accessories such as lighting, stools and hardware have upped their ante to become statement makers in today’s kitchen.

Classic white kitchens will always remain, but right now it’s all about colour! Whether it’s a deep rich green or charcoal grey for our cabinetry, or perhaps richly antiqued brass lighting, the new popularity of injecting colour into our kitchens is creating a character and style all its own. Warm metals can be found everywhere, from custom range hoods making dramatic statements to our kitchen faucets, now being designed as “showpieces.” Faucets have matured beyond simple chrome or satin nickel to a modern vibe of matte black, the warmth of aged golds and the new revival of blackened pewters. One of the hottest new trends in faucets is the two-tone blending of black and metals – and companies such as Blanco have a great selection. Also, and a favourite of mine, are their Silgranit composite sinks that come in a variety of colours and styles. Not only durable, heat and stain resistant, these sinks are also a step up in style, finish and colour from their stainless counterparts.

Black remains a powerful force in kitchen design, and it is moving past the accessories to become a strong colour for cabinetry as well as appliances. Black has the ability to add an element of drama and yet simplicity, modernism and yet a traditionally classic feel to any room – and the kitchen is no exception. Whether your comfort level allows for matte black appliances, or simply a touch of it with your faucet, sink or lighting, matte black undeniably will elevate your kitchen from lifeless neutrals to bold and impactful.

Regardless of your personal style, one thing is for certain – our finishing touches have become strong influencers in the kitchen. Find your own inspiration and comfort when it comes to colour, metals and textures, and look to inject some life into your kitchen space. These accessories have progressed from being just functional. With the choices available to us today, they have been designed to be statement-makers that not only elevate our kitchens but create stunning focal points in what was once simply a practical room. Kitchens remain the heart of any home, but that does not mean they need to be boring!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Twelve Trees

Twelve Trees – PEC’s newest waterfront community

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Twelve Trees – PEC’s newest waterfront community

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario in Wellington, Twelve Trees is being billed as Prince Edward County’s premium waterfront community. Made up of a combination of boutique-style condominium suites and townhomes, this little piece of heaven combines an unsurpassed location with sophisticated architectural design.

Glass-railed balconies and terraces, as well as a roof-top patio, provide a bird’s eye view of parkland and the lake. Within the community, residents have access to an elegant lobby, a sky-lit party room, a fully equipped fitness room, secure underground parking and manicured grounds.

A solid reputation

Building on a strong foundation of 60 years of excellence, Royalcliff Homes has created a lasting legacy. A dedication to uncompromising quality, as well as outstanding customer service, has awarded them an enviable reputation. They have been well-recognized by more than 3,000 buyers in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Aurora and other southern Ontario areas.

The condos

Now available for pre-construction purchase, Royalcliff presents their exclusive collection of 36 Lake Ontario waterfront condominiums at Twelve Trees. Choose from 30 luxurious suites. Each space is meticulously designed with sleek, modern features. This boutique-style, three-level building provides an intimate oasis with the indulgences of upscale living.

In order to take full advantage of the sweeping views, large windows and natural light were a high priority in the architectural design. The handsome, exterior facade complements the established neighbourhood in which it is a part of.

The townhomes

Gracious floorplans are evident on the six townhome designs. These homes possess a wonderful balance of charm and innovation. Spacious interiors provide oversized windows with park perspectives, private garages, and full, walk-out lower levels.

The village of Wellington

Prince Edward County is known for its artistic soul, its fabulous wineries and local history. The village of Wellington is a hot spot for tourists, with quaint boutiques, galleries, fine dining, beaches and boardwalks. An extensive network of amenities are also available, as well as golf, water sports, live theatre, and the arts and millennium trails.

Meet friends for a coffee, or visit the historic library and farmers’ market. Come evening, explore a host of dining options, including East & Main, Pomodoro and the trendy Drake Devonshire. Enjoy a simpler way of life at Twelve Trees in Wellington.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Twelve Trees is located at at 411 Main Street in Wellington, Ontario.

royalcliffhomes.com

613.969.2044


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