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Yorkville is prized, exclusive and priced to match

Yorkville is prized, exclusive and priced to match

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Yorkville is prized, exclusive and priced to match

If location, location, location is the golden rule of real estate, the Yorkville area of Toronto is one of the most shining examples. Indeed, it doesn’t get much more central than this prized locale bounded by Bloor Street, Davenport Road, Yonge Street and Avenue Road. If midtown Toronto is what you want, a neighbourhood pretty much at the intersection of the city’s main subway lines at Yonge and Bloor is it.

Five-star is the perfect descriptor for Yorkville, home to the Mink Mile, one of Canada’s most exclusive shopping districts, along a stretch of Bloor. Upscale names such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Boss, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen operate flagship locations here, and north of Bloor, on Yorkville and Cumberland streets, you’ll find smaller buildings containing art galleries, first-floor retail and high-end restaurants. And of course, being so close to the famous Yonge Street, you’re just steps away from every retail option you can imagine, including the new Nordstrom Rack on the ground floor at 1 Bloor East.

Signature condo destination

As you can imagine, given Toronto’s condo boom, Yorkville is also a signature location for highrise living, with developers introducing several new projects in recent years, reflective of the luxurious character of the area.

Among the new projects underway is 55C Bloor Yorkville Residences, where MOD Developments broke ground just last month. The 48-storey building comprises 551 units in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations and is due for completion in fall 2023.

Also under construction in the area is 8 Cumberland from Great Gulf, a 51-storey condo with a century-old brick Victorian podium located at the northwest corner of Cumberland Avenue and Yonge.

Great Gulf is also building the 76-storey One Bloor East just one block away.

Nearby, Lanterra Developments is building 50 Scollard, a 41-storey condo at the corner of Bay and Scollard, with 77 exclusive residences. The project earned Lanterra Best Highrise Building Design at the 2019 BILD Awards.

Complementing the high-end, highrise living and shopping in Yorkville are nearby cultural offerings such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mira Godard Gallery, the Heffel Fine Art Auction House and Gallery 36.

And of course, blessed with a location along major transit arteries, getting to and from Yorkville is a breeze, with three subway stops along this stretch of Bloor.

Location, location, location

Bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west

Key landmarks

• Cumberland Terrace

• Gallery 36

• Hemingway’s

• Holt Renfrew Centre

• Royal Ontario Museum

• Sassafraz

• Windsor Arms Hotel

Select condo projects

8 Cumberland by Great Gulf

11 Yorkville by Capital Developments

11 Yorkville by Metropia

11 Yorkville by RioCan Living

50 Scollard by Lanterra Developments

55C Yorkville by MOD Developments

140 Yorkville by Empire Communities

321 Davenport by Alterra Group

625 Yonge Street by Edenshaw Developments

Via Bloor 2 by Tridel


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Invite the sunshine into your bathroom with a skylight

Invite the sunshine into your bathroom with a
skylight

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Bathroom renovations can be fun, exciting and sometimes even stressful. Over the years, we have seen bathrooms morph from only functional spaces to highly stylized rooms of function that speak not only of personal style but also in customized luxury. It may be a “spa-like” retreat or a simple, classic look, a bold, colourful tile or the elegance of book-matched marble on your shower walls. Whatever you desire, today’s bathrooms are delivering large on glam, luxury and functionality. And no matter what your design tastes are, your bathroom is the first room you see in the morning and the last you see at night, and it should reflect a bright start or a relaxational end to your day.

Design trends may come and go, but one thing that does remain consistent when planning a renovation is maximizing lighting – a definite must for a bathroom. When I’m designing a bathroom, I look to add layers of lighting options, and one of them should be natural light – the perfect way to start your day. Adding natural light to a bathroom offers many benefits, starting with our own physical and mental health and well-being to the health of your home. Windows paired with skylights will maximize the amount of natural light in your bathroom and can become the primary source of natural lighting.

Photo by Jeff Mindell
Photo by Jeff Mindell

Installing a skylight in your bathroom will undoubtedly improve the look and feel of your overall design aesthetic, brightening the room and making it feel like a much larger space. The bathroom is also a perfect place to add a skylight or sun tunnels, as you will gain the additional natural light without compromising your privacy.

If you’re wondering how skylights can improve your home’s health, this is where the venting skylight comes into play. VELUX’s programmable skylights will open and help prevent trapped moisture from producing mould or mildew by letting out the humid air and bringing in the fresh air – which is perfect for your bathroom. These are skylights that open to provide fresh air in your room. As hot air rises, this seems a natural addition to the bathroom to assist in the circulation of air and help to prevent trapped moisture from producing mould or mildew.

In the end, be inspired by all that you see in colour, finishes and design, but also be realistic about your space and budget. Good bathroom design should bring together all that is best of what you envision. It should deliver the maximum of light, storage, usage and aesthetics for you while creating a wonderfully luxurious and inviting room that reflects your individuality. Your bathroom should offer you optimal convenience and relaxation for years to come – adding a key element like a skylight to the mix will make it seem like the “icing on the cake.”

If you’re planning to give your bathroom a whole new look by adding a skylight or sun tunnel, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Set a realistic budget. Once you start looking at all the finishes and fixture options available, you may be surprised at the costs involved.
  • Depending on your bathroom size, a series of skylights or sun tunnels can be a complementary design feature.
  • Be sure that when you’re positioning your skylight or sun tunnels, you are also considering the placement of other lighting in the room. Whether it’s pot lights or surface mounted lights, you want to make sure that your ceiling does not appear chaotic or messy in design.
  • Remember, a vented skylight is an excellent option for increased ventilation in the bathroom.
  • Good quality porcelain tile is durable and doesn’t fade from increased amounts of sunlight. If you are south facing, you may be concerned about too much natural light or heat in the summer, consider adding a built-in blind, a perfect option to diffuse the light.

Known for creating innovative, stylish interiors and full-scale design builds, Linda Mazur Design Group is a multi-discipline design firm with more than 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial design.


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4 colour decorating tips from designer Rebecca Hay

4 colour decorating tips from designer Rebecca Hay

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4 colour decorating tips from designer Rebecca Hay

As a designer, I love to infuse a healthy amount of colour in the spaces I design. And, when it came to decorating my own home, I made no exceptions. With two young kids and a small furry dog, I wanted a space that felt friendly, yet looked polished – a place for neighbours to gather and kids to play.

1 Trust your instincts

Before designing any space, think about the mood you want to convey. Is it a calm, relaxed space or a warm, inviting space where dinner parties evolve? You don’t need a degree in psychology to figure out what colours are right for you. Trust your gut, and you will never go wrong, but it’s important to be mindful of the mood and energy you are trying to evoke. There’s no surprise that yellow is a cheerful colour that promotes optimism. While blue is associated with tranquility, it also happens to be the preferred colour by men. I incorporated a little bit of navy for the men in my own home.

For the living room, I wanted it to be bright and energizing, as this is the main sitting and socializing area of the home. The drapery fabric was my inspiration and starting point. I knew we wanted to energize the space with yellow. We already had the retro navy chairs to work with, so I chose to balance the navy of the chairs with bright yellow custom drapery.

2 Balance

Colour is an integral element to creating the right mood. When decorating with colour, it’s important to balance any bold colours with lots of neutrals. A little trick I use is the 60-30-10 rule. When decorating a particular room, divide the colours into percentages: 60 per cent of a dominant colour, 30 per cent of a secondary colour, 10 per cent of an accent colour and you will never go wrong.

3 Complementary colours

The dominant colours in our living/dining space are beige, yellow and navy. I also chose to complement the blues with hints of orange in the living room. Adding a few “bonus” colours adds further interest. I found an old traditional wingback armchair on the curb once. It was in desperate need of TLC, and so I had it stripped down and recovered with a piece of bold contemporary orange fabric. It’s cosy, warm and inviting while adding some traditional sophistication to the space.

4 Repetition

Repetition is key to any successfully designed home. By repeating a colour multiple times in a space, it feels purposeful and comforting. We repeated the orange in the custom toss cushions and with smaller accessories. By having the same colour layered throughout the space, it creates a unified design.

It’s a family space that is now an inviting and fun place for social gatherings or curling up by the fire. It’s proof that by taking the plunge and designing with colour, you can create a space that is visually beautiful, intriguing and sometimes surprising.

Designer Rebecca Hay is principal of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., a Toronto based Design firm specializing in classically livable family homes.

Offering complete decorating and renovating services for over a decade Rebecca and her team manage all of the details from start to finish.


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Burke Condos

Burke at Sherbourne & Bloor, a condo, a community, a culture

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Burke at Sherbourne & Bloor, a condo, a community, a culture

If you have ever wanted to live the quintessential downtown Toronto lifestyle, steps from the subway and everything the city has to offer, the opportunity has now arrived at Sherbourne and Bloor – Burke. These elegant residences reflect the finest urban sophistication, with a level of polish that suits your urban lifestyle. Combined with a well-rounded amenity package and the experience of one of Canada’s most esteemed developers, Concert Properties, Burke represents a not-to-be-missed real estate opportunity.

With an 87 Walk Score and 89 Transit Score, Burke’s interconnected location in St. James Town puts you at the crossroads of so many diverse experiences. Stroll west on Bloor Street and explore the city’s most vibrant shopping, A-list restaurants and premier exhibits. Head the opposite direction and find yourself on Danforth savouring truly authentic Greek food. Head south to Cabbagetown and explore the area’s quaint stores and unique character. Or perhaps escape from city life and connect with nature in the nearby Rosedale Ravine. In every direction, there is always something new.

Standing 53 storeys, this sleek, contemporary tower carves a striking silhouette in the skyline and offers stunning city and treetop views. Far from just another skyscraper, Burke is thoughtfully designed at the ground level and features the integration of rich heritage homes as well as a dynamic and colourful pathway with benches, landscaping and architectural lighting. This is all part of an impressive senses of arrival that leads to an abundance of amenities spanning three floors and just about everything you and your guests could desire.

Complete with chef’s kitchen, private dining room and expansive fireside terrace, the second floor is where you will entertain friends and family over a meal, movie or game of pool. The 27th floor is split between a state-of-the-art fitness centre that will have you cancelling your gym membership, and co-working and meeting spaces that make working from home seamless.

At Burke, you can choose from a diverse selection of homes ranging from junior one- to three-bedroom. Whatever your choice, each home has been elevated by sophisticated design and a timeless palette of natural tones. Featuring a German-engineered Bosch appliance package, quartz countertops and thoughtful layouts, the modern kitchens have been designed to inspire your inner gourmet. Begin and wind down each day in your bathroom sanctuary – featuring impressive, large-format marble-patterned porcelain tile floor and accent wall in striking contrast with matte black hardware.

Peace of mind is also a standard feature at Burke. More than 30 years and 12,000 homes developed across Ontario and British Columbia, Concert has garnered more than 100 industry awards. This means you can buy with confidence knowing that Concert is an experienced developer with a well-earned reputation for quality and homebuyer satisfaction.

Burke is arriving soon. Visit burkebyconcert.com to register your interest.


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Debut Condos

New condo set to Debut along Barrie waterfront

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New condo set to Debut along Barrie waterfront

Debut, a new condominium, is coming soon to Barrie’s downtown waterfront, from artist and real estate developer Gary Silverberg.

Comprising two 33-storey towers, Debut is the first highrise condo in Barrie and Simcoe County.

At Debut’s base will be curated retail shops and a pedestrian arcade serving as the gateway to the waterfront, marina, farmer’s market and transit.

Debut’s location at Dunlop Street and Mary Street is steps from the lake, retail and restaurants. It is also close to Hwy. 400, the Allandale Waterfront GO Station, other shopping and dining options, Georgian College and more.

“The city is becoming very cool, with one of the best waterfronts,” says Silverberg. “Barrie wants a booming downtown core, and (the City) saw the logic in what we were proposing. Everything has been a collaboration.”

With 42 years of real estate experience, Silverberg understands how areas gentrify. He notes how shopping is shifting from big box stores, as Millennials look for more authentic retail.

“(Barrie) has cool retail and restaurants, and when retail starts to get cool and hip, it’s on its way,” says Silverberg. “I always believed there would be a swing away from Toronto, and Millennials would be coming to Barrie. It’s happening a lot faster than we thought.”

World-class architects (Oleson Worland Architects and Scott Shields Architects) and leading-edge designers (Johnson Chou) have created Debut with great attention to detail.

The building towers twist to maximize views of the waterfront, and offer an extensive selection of suites with state-of-the-art finishes, European kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms. Flexible designs maximize space and allow for multiple uses.

The residences are expected to appeal to a wide range of buyers, from first-time buyers to downsizers.

Project marketing is from Mark Cohen, managing partner of The Condo Store, Toronto.

“The building is modelled after the lifestyle in a place like Whistler,” says Silverberg. “Instead of a mountain at your door, you have Lake Simcoe.”

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arefree condo living is inspired by Sherwood's Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village

Carefree condo living is inspired by Sherwood’s Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village

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Carefree condo living is inspired by Sherwood’s Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village

Between the blue waters and the green mountains, you will find Collingwood’s newest condominium, Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village. The five-storey building is set in the only village of its kind in Collingwood and is the perfect location for those who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Every part of this vibrant community is designed to keep you healthy and active.

Close to Blue Mountain, Collingwood Harbour, several prominent ski clubs, the Scandinave Spa and seven public and private golf courses, residents enjoy carefree condominium living. Stunning suites are now available starting from the mid $300,000s.

Well-appointed individual suites range in size from 660 to 1,900 sq. ft. and the building fronts an impressive two-storey lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows that leave a lasting first impression. Residents and their guests feel welcomed home every time they experience the lobby’s contemporary design and furnishings.

“We were inspired by Collingwood itself, its beauty and its natural elements,” says Sherwood Homes‘ Principal Tim Blevins. “We gave attention to the smallest detail, inside all of the common areas and in every suite, and brought the beauty of the outdoors in.”

“We want to continue to be known for our quality craftsmanship and we keep our future residents top of mind when we choose luxurious finishes and design features like spacious balconies and terraces offering panoramic views of Blue Mountain and the Osler Bluff Ski Club,” adds Sherwood Homes’ Principal Charlotte Blevins.

Every suite in the building can be personalized by its owner. Residents will work with design consultants to select preferred colours and quality finishes, making your home your own. Unique to Sherwood Homes, residents’ step into an inspiring 2,800-sq.-ft. decor studio, where standard and upgrade features and finishes are on display. From beautiful kitchen and vanity cabinetry to quartz countertops and ceramic backsplash tiles, all features and finishes are sourced from leading global manufacturers and are genuinely world class.

Truly, the Royal Windsor offers an incomparable lifestyle in the perfect setting. Enjoy landscaped surroundings in the heart of Collingwood, without having to lift a finger. Residents can relax and enjoy the numerous building amenities that leave little to be desired, including a rooftop terrace, private lounge areas and a party room.

Complementing the neighbourhood, there is an 8,000-sq.-ft. residents clubhouse, complete with a wide range of recreational and social amenities, including a swimming pool for aquatic therapy and recreation. In addition, there is an aerobic/yoga studio and a fitness studio with a comprehensive selection of exercise equipment. The clubhouse also boasts a quiet library reading room, a theatre, golf simulator, billiard and card tables, as well as lounges and multi-purpose activity rooms.

A 20,000-sq.-ft. medical/wellness centre with complete medical facilities and the support of a caring staff of health professionals is also planned, and there are retirement and assisted living services available on-site.

Outside, residents don’t have to go far to experience the great outdoors. There are more than 80 kms of walking and biking trails within the town of Collingwood. Pathways and sidewalks around the Royal Windsor connect to the Georgian Trail as well as the Black Ash Creek Trail, with links to all of the walking and biking trails within the town.

Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village is the perfect place to maintain a healthy life in style. It’s the place to enjoy a new, carefree condominium in Collingwood, be inspired and take in the spectacular views – inside and out.

Visit the Sherwood Homes sales centre, located at 100 Pretty River Pkwy. S., Unit 105 in Collingwood, open 1 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

1.877.887.3437

sherwoodhomesltd.com/communities/royal-windsor


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Mountainview Homes - One Twenty

One Twenty Condominiums by Mountainview offers luxury living in coveted Fonthill

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One Twenty Condominiums by Mountainview offers luxury living in coveted Fonthill

Welcome to sophisticated condominium living in beautiful Fonthill. One Twenty is where luxury and carefree living meet. Where country charm and big city amenities are blended. Where your suite is a prefect reflection of you! Welcome home to One Twenty by Mountainview Building Group, where you’ll discover your dream lifestyle.

One Twenty, the first phase in the coveted One Fonthill Condominium Collection, offers 50 residences and nine thoughtfully designed floorplans – each crafted with easy, sophisticated living in mind. One Twenty starts from the low $400,000s, and closings are expected to be April 2022. Limited suites remain, so don’t wait to discover open-concept living, luxury finishes, open air balconies, chef kitchens and modern suites ranging from one-bedroom and one-bedroom with den, two-bedroom and two-bedrooms with den.

One Twenty, the first phase in the coveted One Fonthill Condominium Collection, offers 50 residences and nine thoughtfully designed floorplans — each crafted with easy, sophisticated living in mind.
One Twenty, the first phase in the coveted One Fonthill Condominium Collection, offers 50 residences and nine thoughtfully designed floorplans — each crafted with easy, sophisticated living in mind.

The masterfully designed exterior of clean lines, modern wood panel siding, and sleek shades of grey, combined with impressive amenities, including a private party room, elegant lobby and underground parking garage, make this community highly sought after. Residents will enjoy maintenance-free, sophisticated living at its best! At One Twenty, residents are part of a neighbourhood where they can walk out their door and be surrounded by shops, restaurants, trails, Fonthill’s newest community centre and more.

Fonthill is one of Niagara Region’s most coveted communities. Offering truly remarkable living, it’s where small-town charm meets an elegant lifestyle. Where fruit trees, vineyards and modern-day conveniences all live in harmony. It’s no wonder One Twenty has received such high accolades.

Fonthill is a community ideally situated just a short drive from Toronto and Buffalo, and minutes to Niagara Falls, Niagara’s wineries, Peninsula Lakes Golf Course and other incredible amenities. Nature lovers will appreciate the fruit orchards and nature trails such as Lathrop Nature Preserve. Downtown Fonthill is a charming historic place where foodies will revel in restaurants, as well as boutiques and more. Golf lovers will appreciate the proximity to golf courses only minutes away. Fonthill is a place you’ll be proud to call home.

Proud to be honoured with the highly coveted diamond avid award

Mountainview has strong roots in the Niagara region for more than 40 years and takes great pride in creating communities that complement the area’s unique features and culture. Over the years, Mountainview has been the recipient of many industry awards, most recently the company was named the Diamond Award winner of the 17th Annual Avid Awards. The best industry leaders are picked every year, honouring their hard work and dedication for scoring highest with customers on homebuying experience surveys. The highly regarded awards are a trusted benchmark of customer service performance in the homebuilding industry. With impeccable attention to detail and quality standards combined with award-winning customer service, it’s no wonder residents from Niagara and beyond have chosen a Mountainview community to call home.

With beautiful homes built for living your best life, Mountainview knows how to combine the perfect home with large open spaces and luxurious standards with the best location Niagara can offer.

Contact Mountainview Building Group to set up a virtual tour or to schedule your private appointment, with all COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. Visit the website or call 289.897.8548.


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The new normal - Changes are coming in the film industry

Changes are coming in the film industry in the new normal

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Changes are coming in the film industry in the new normal

A dramatically altered new normal is coming to the film business – in how and who makes the films and how and why we will watch them. No one can say with certainty today what the future will look like, but it is now apparent it will never be what it was.

You might think this is because of the seismic shift that the global pandemic has forced into our daily lives, including in our cultural pursuits. True enough, but the seeds of change were already sown in film before COVID-19 started its deadly spread, prompting most countries to slam on the brakes and shutter public venues, including movie theatres.

The grip of the legendary Hollywood studios was already loosening. Just look at how streaming services – notably Netflix – had challenged the studios and started beating them at their own game by buying indie films outright or creating originals.

Oscar-nominated Yalitza Aparicio plays a nanny who shows her transformational love for her harsh employer's children in Roma.
Oscar-nominated Yalitza Aparicio plays a nanny who shows her transformational love for her harsh employer’s children in Roma.

The titles include some of the most exciting films of the 21st century. With Netflix, the list is already impressive: Beasts of No Nation (2015), starring Idris Elba; Tallulah (2016), starring Ellen Page; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), an eccentric Coen Brothers creation; Roma (2018), Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s family masterpiece; Dolemite is My Name (2019), featuring Eddie Murphy in a renaissance performance; and The Irishman (2019), Martin Scorsese’s riveting gangster epic starring a mafia of his old actor pals.

Netflix’s singular success even obliged the Academy Awards to change its eligibility rules to accommodate films such as Roma and The Irishman, after the racially charged embarrassment of denying Beasts of No Nation.

Meanwhile, commercial theatres were already feeling the pinch. Canada’s largest exhibitor, Cineplex, negotiated a lucrative buyout by Britain’s Cineworld. When the pandemic hit, the deal soured. Both companies are now suing one another. Cineplex is in a crisis. Expect some cinemas to close permanently.

Cineplex, and other world distributors such as Cineworld, will survive only by booking Hollywood’s flow of family animations and youth-friendly blockbusters fueled by comic book heroes. That is a limited niche, despite the billions generated so far. The wave will pass.

The truth is that more and more adult film fans, who are already exploring the joys and convenience of streaming, will stay put at home, finding what they want online.

Film festivals are also damned, on a certain level. The excitement had already been draining from the elite festivals, including Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. The giddy excitement I remember from TIFF’s 1976 launch as the Festival of Festivals disappeared a decade ago. Ditto for Cannes. The allure of discovery was dulled by corporate commercial branding.

Then COVID-19 derailed Cannes altogether in 2020, along with dozens of other festivals. Toronto will proceed, but only as a shadow memory this September. It is a gut-wrenching spectacle.

The future? The music business underwent a total tear-down transformation in this century, not always for the better. Now it is time for even more significant changes in film. And, if that makes stunning films such as Roma more accessible and celebrated, it could be a good thing.

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

bruce.kirkland@hotmail.com


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Branthaven - The Fifty

Coming soon is Branthaven’s The Fifty – 50 luxury detached homes in Winona

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Coming soon is Branthaven’s The Fifty – 50 luxury detached homes in Winona

Looking for fresh air, a family-friendly new home, a generous sized lot in a coveted community? Look no further than The Fifty, Branthaven’s compelling new collection of luxury detached homes in charming Winona, Hamilton. This fall, Branthaven will introduce its Lifestyle Collection of just 50 luxury detached homes, designed with you in mind.

Timeless design and classic curb appeal.
Timeless design and classic curb appeal.

Nestled at the foot of the sublime Niagara Escarpment, The Fifty is a distinctive enclave of 36- and 40-ft. homes. Three styles are offered – Contemporary Craftsman, New Traditional and Modern Farmhouse – each drawing their inspiration from the authentic architecture rooted in this cherished region, but reimagined for today’s modern living.

“We recently debuted our new Lifestyle Collection at Homestead in Mount Hope, Hamilton to great success,” says Steve Stipsits, president of Branthaven. “The entire project was sold within weeks.” For those that missed out, Branthaven will be offering the same in-demand home styles and floorplans at The Fifty, in Winona, but this time, there are only 50 lots available. “This is an exceptional opportunity that buyers won’t want to miss.”

More space and style.
More space and style.

The Fifty’s Collection is the perfect fusion of timeless architecture and new modern curb appeal. From good old-fashioned welcoming porches, peaked gables and stone skirting to the oversized windows and contemporary materiality, you’ll quickly discover old world style and new sensibility in a beautiful streetscape surrounded by vineyards, protected greenspaces and the nearby Niagara Escarpment.

The Fifty’s interiors are signature “Branthaven” – design-forward, contemporary and very livable. Families will appreciate the open flow and spacious layouts – easy to furnish and flexible plans that adapt to today’s busy lifestyle. Whether it’s homework at the kitchen island, adaptable “work from home” lofts, handy mud rooms, practical powder rooms, feature-filled kitchens and luxe spa ensuites, Branthaven layouts are designed for real life and maximum enjoyment.

“Branthaven continues to be at the forefront of new design innovations that improve the way our homeowners live,” says Stipsits. “We call our built-in standards ‘fresh thinking,’ value-added features included at no extra cost.”

Spa-inspired sanctuary.
Spa-inspired sanctuary.

Homebuyers can choose from an offering of premium quality, designer selected countertops, cabinets, tiles, flooring and fixtures. Additionally, Branthaven’s Smarter Home Technology bundle of integrated tech features (handy mobile app, video doorbell, thermostat, leak sensor and home network hub) are also included for extra peace-of-mind.

As GTA west builders, Branthaven continues to develop exclusive enclaves such as The Fifty. “Today’s homebuyers are seeking out genuine communities like Winona, due to its ideal blend of small-town charm and modern amenities that families are gravitating to. Winona has every convenience imaginable – schools, shops, services, community sports but more than that, it’s surrounded by vineyards, orchards, boundless greenspace and is mere minutes from the QEW.”

Register now to be one of The Fifty! Luxury singles from the $700,000s.

Book your appointment today. Register online now.


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Geranium is offering a new release of lots at award-winning Courts of Canterbury

Geranium is offering a new release of lots at award-winning Courts of Canterbury

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Geranium is offering a new release of lots at award-winning Courts of Canterbury

September heralds the arrival of an entirely new offering of spectacular designs at Geranium‘s highly desirable adult-lifestyle community steps to Lake Scugog in Port Perry. Nestled into Canterbury Common, an established and sought-after community, Courts of Canterbury will soon offer a brand new release of 42- and 50-ft. lots. Inquire today and discover an amazing selection of fresh new bungalow and bungalow-loft designs in this ideal location.

Courts of Canterbury bungalows and bungalows with lofts have modern, open-concept designs featuring main-floor master bedrooms and deluxe ensuite bathrooms. High-end finishes include nine-ft. ceiling heights and soaring windows on the main floor; kitchens with beautiful cabinetry and elegant granite or quartz stone countertops; and contemporary ceramic tile and pre-finished and highly durable laminate flooring. Plus, homeowners enjoy the long-lasting and energy-saving advantages of Geranium’s stringent construction methods and materials that exceed Ontario’s Building Code.

Courts of Canterbury’s imaginative designs offer flexible living and entertaining. Home choices will range in size from 1,423 to more than 2,400 sq. ft., with two-, three- and four-bedroom layouts available, all with convenient main floor laundry and a double-car garage. Prices will start from the mid $700,000s.

Cradled in an established, mature setting, Courts of Canterbury homeowners have access to the residents-only Canterbury Common clubhouse dubbed the “The Centre.” Here, owners can swim laps in the outdoor pool, participate in a multitude of social and fitness activities, and join planned excursions. From this neighbourhood, it is just a short walk or bike ride to historic Downtown Port Perry with its array of shops, services and dining establishments. Port Perry’s Hospital, a Lakeridge Health Hospital, provides excellent and friendly personal care. With a population of slightly more than 9,500, Port Perry is small town living with the amenities of a much larger town or city and is midway between Toronto and cottage country.

Looking at the big picture, this is an ideal location for right-sizing buyers looking to simplify life, live in comfort and interact with like-minded neighbours. Homebuyers will also have peace-of-mind knowing that they are purchasing from a builder that has a well-earned reputation. Since 1977, Geranium has welcomed more than 8,200 families to its new home communities.

There are two professionally designed and furnished model homes to tour. Register online today or call (905.982.2649) to schedule an appointment. 52 Coulter St., Port Perry, open Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday by appointment.


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