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Neighbourhood Watch: Yorkville

Yorkville – High end and priced to match

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Yorkville – High end 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, 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.

Prized condo destination

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

“(8 Cumberland) is right on Yonge Street, you can walk to the subway door, it’s right there, and it connects to a path that goes through Yorkville and all the way through to Bloor Street,” Alan Vihant, Great Gulf’s senior vice-president, highrise, told Condo Life last fall at the groundbreaking for the company’s 8 Cumberland. This modern 51-storey condo with a century-old brick Victorian podium is located at the northwest corner of Cumberland Avenue and Yonge.

“8 Cumberland will create a new gateway to the Yorkville District,” says Great Gulf President, Residential, Niall Collins. “Our commitment to the neighbourhood’s revitalization includes a 36-storey condo tower at 18 Yorkville, the iconic 76-storey condo tower at One Bloor East and this 51-storey condo development all within a block radius.”


Nearby, Lanterra Developments is building 50 Scollard, a 41- storey condo at the corner of Bay and Scollard in Yorkville, with 77 exclusive residences. The project, in fact, 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 RioCan Living

11 Yorkville by Metropia

11 Yorkville by Capital Developments

50 Scollard by Lanterra Developments

321 Davenport by Alterra Group

625 Yonge Street by Edenshaw Developments


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Losani Homes

Brant West modern towns and singles from Losani Homes coming soon to Brantford

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Brant West modern towns and singles from Losani Homes coming soon to Brantford

Losani Homes is proud to deliver its next master-planned community, Brant West, in charming Brantford, Ont. A stunning blend of nature and neighbourhood with all the amenities your family will ever need, it’s about time to start thinking about heading west.

The city of Brantford has been the home to many great moments in Canadian history. Named after Joseph Brant and founded on the Grand River, it is where Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call ever, and also, the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. Steeped in tradition, Brantford features picturesque landscapes creating the perfect backdrop to raise a family.

Brantford living also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, with a slew of both traditional and river trails. The trail systems stretch over 70 km and are ideal for hiking, jogging, cycling, and interacting with nature. In the winter months under proper conditions, the trails lend themselves perfectly to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It comes as no surprise that with such a rich trail system connecting Hamilton, Simcoe, and Cambridge, that Brantford is known as the hub of Ontario trails. And with more than 60 playgrounds to enjoy across the city, which offer a packed summer activity sheet, Brantford is the perfect choice to raise a family. Other amenities include the Steve Brown Sports Complex, the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, Lorne Park, the lovely Harmony Square, as well as the Brantford municipal airport.

Losani Homes is extremely proud to have a presence in Brantford and will be offering a range of homes as rich and diverse as the land itself. Single-family detached homes will be offered across 33-, 36-, 40- and 46-ft. lots, and purchasers will have their choice of four timeless elevations. Be it the freshly redesigned traditional, French inspired Chateau, Tuscan, or the forward-thinking Modern, Losani Homes has a design to satisfy all styles and tastes. Losani Homes will also be offering a wide variety of its award-winning modern townhome designs. Tremendous value does not have to come at the price of sacrificing style in the master-planned Brant West community.


Brant West Set to release in fall 2019 and starting from the $400,000s, you can register online now for this exciting new community.


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Toronto tour of laneway housing

Toronto tour of laneway housing

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Toronto tour of laneway housing

Photography: Craig Race Architecture Inc.

A few weeks ago, we took BILD’s RenoMark renovators and custom homebuilders, as well as a number of journalists, on a tour of laneway and infill homes in Toronto. We were delighted by the level of interest in this event and happy to add an extra bus to accommodate everyone. We were not surprised to see that people are enthusiastic about the possibilities of laneway housing and eager to learn about the technicalities of building them. With laneway dwellings allowed to be built “as of right” in Toronto and East York as of only last summer – and with city council expected to make a decision in the near future on expanding this to Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke – we are all entering exciting new territory.

The adjunct advantage

A laneway home is typically a second, smaller dwelling built at the back of a lot, facing onto a public lane that shares utilities with the main house. Laneway housing has many advantages, both for homeowners and for neighbourhoods. For the homeowner, a laneway home can be a source of rental income or provide extra living space for extended family. For neighbourhoods, having homes facing onto laneways can improve safety and inject beauty and vibrancy. Laneway housing increases density in a non-intrusive way, enabling a more efficient use of infrastructure such as: transit, schools and community centres. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, laneway homes will contribute some much-needed rental housing in the city of Toronto.

Style meets function in The Junction

The Junction

That will certainly be the case with the first project on our tour – a laneway home that just broke ground in The Junction. The homeowners, who graciously answered questions from our tour participants, are planning to rent out the two-storey, three-bedroom house when it’s completed later this year. With more than 1,400 sq. ft. of living space, this home will do away with notions that laneway homes are cramped sheds in backyards. The best part? The homeowners report that the neighbours are excited, and some are even interested in building on their own lots.

The second laneway home on the tour also offered a feeling of spaciousness, both in the open-concept living area on the ground floor and in the courtyard behind the house. This two-storey, two-bedroom Leslieville home, currently rented out to a young family, was converted from an existing garage.

Sustainable supplement


Next on the tour was an infill project in Leslieville. Infill construction means building and renovating homes in established neighbourhoods. Infill homes, like laneway homes, add gentle density in our communities. The infill home we visited was created after an architect severed an unusually shaped lot into two separate properties. The home is filled with light and its high-performance building envelope helps conserve energy. A basement apartment provides extra rental income.

Laneway building incentives

The City of Toronto is offering two programs to encourage homeowners to develop laneway suites. The first allows for a deferral of development charges for 20 years, while the second provides a forgivable loan for property owners who agree to rent out their laneway suites at an affordable rate for 15 years.

Are you thinking of adding a laneway home on your property, or building or renovating an infill home? Laneway and infill building projects come with their own unique challenges when it comes to zoning requirements, design considerations and construction techniques. Your best bet is to work with a professional RenoMark renovator or custom homebuilder who can guide you through the process. To find one in your area, visit

Making sure we have enough housing for the 9.7 million people who will call the GTA home by 2041 is a generational challenge. We need innovative solutions — laneway and infill homes among them — to meet it.

David Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the GTA.

For the latest industry news and new home data, follow BILD on Twitter, Facebook, BILD’s official blog.


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Out of Africa

Out of Africa – what they got right in the movie

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Out of Africa – what they got right in the movie

In July, I visited a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. This is no ordinary farm. It was made famous by white colonist Karen Blixen, the Danish aristocrat and author who conjured her adventures in a lyrical book, Out of Africa.

In 1985, American filmmaker Sydney Pollack turned that 1937 autobiography, and other sources, into a romantic melodrama with Meryl Streep as Blixen. Out of Africa won hearts, generated box office revenue, promoted safari tourism in Kenya and scored seven Academy Awards.

Inexplicably, the Oscar haul included best picture. More about this perplexing, if staggeringly beautiful, epic in a moment.

Blixen’s actual farm house, Mbagathi, is now the Karen Blixen Museum, located in the affluent Nairobi suburb of Karen. The handsome dwelling is filled with some of Blixen’s belongings and more so by props donated by Universal Pictures.

Because Mbagathi was unavailable at the time, Pollack positioned cinematographer David Watkin at Blixen’s first Kenyan house, the nearby Mbogani. No matter, Hollywood always takes liberties. As I have often warned, no one should ever believe most of what they see in a film, even when it is “based on” or “inspired by” a true story. Getting “the essence” right is a better benchmark.

What I did not realize when writing about Out of Africa in 1985 was how much Pollack & company did get right. It took a 2019 African safari, and time spent in Kenya with Kenyans, to understand what really matters.

This personal reassessment astounds me. Not that film critics refuse to change their minds in the years following first impressions. But rarely does it occur for the reasons I have finally come to appreciate Out of Africa, both as a book and as a movie.

Okay, the movie is still melodramatic. The focus is still on Karen Blixen’s bad marriage to a philandering Swedish baron (played by Klaus Maria Brandauer) and her subsequent love affair with English big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton (played as a pseudo-American by Robert Redford).

Streep and Brandauer are excellent. But Redford’s boyish charm cannot salvage his boring performance. His fireside proclamations as the untamed Finch Hatton ring hollow. The love affair is a fizzle, not a sizzle.

Instead, the movie soars through its dramatization of racial and cultural complexity. At a time of British racism and colonial segregation, Blixen did things differently — and the transcendent Streep delivers this message with subtle power and dignity. We feel Blixen’s empathy for, and understanding of, the indigenous peoples, especially the Kikuyu who worked on her coffee plantation. I repeatedly experienced a modern echo of that myself in Kenya.

Leave the last word to the Kenyan guide who escorted my wife, Rachel Sa, and I around the Karen Blixen Museum. “We respect and revere her,” the young woman said of Blixen, who started a school, provided medical aid, and fought to give the Kikuyu land when she returned to Denmark in 1931. “Karen Blixen was not like the others.”

This is the gift Out of Africa still offers today.

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.


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Braestone, where Georgian walks the talk at Horseshoe Valley

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Braestone, where Georgian walks the talk at Horseshoe Valley

What began as a vision of what a unique country estate community in the Horseshoe Valley should be, and look like, is now a reality. New home purchasers have discovered the #BraestoneLife, and as this welcoming community unfolds, more residents are choosing Braestone by Georgian International.

Fulfilling the vision

From the beginning, Barrie-based Georgian International understood that building a community out of nothing would take time. Even when the backdrop was 556 acres of lush woodlands, fields and rolling hills, it would take ingenuity and commitment to bring it to fruition.

Georgian has not only created the community that they envisioned, but they have introduced traditions and celebrations, which they hope that the residents will embrace on a yearly basis. To date, neighbours have enjoyed a summer corn roast with live music, a pancake breakfast fundraiser, a horse drawn sleigh ride on family day, and Braestone’s maple syrup fundraiser.

At the skating pond, pick-up hockey games and family get togethers have become the norm. The field of dreams is the site of home runs marked by corn stalks. Spring is heralded by maple sugaring at the sugar shack, the pumpkin patch is on track for fall, and the Christmas tree farm is growing. The lifestyle amenities that seemed so extraordinary on paper, are now in place at Braestone. As a result, Georgian has named these life-enriching amenities the ‘remarkables’.

More than bricks and mortar

When complete, Braestone will consist of a total of 229 homes. Each will be designed to create an appealing, and consistent, streetscape by using progression architecture around a central core. The community projects a modern interpretation of farmhouse-style detached homes; however, each porch is lit with authentic gas lanterns.

More than 100 homes are now occupied. A deep sense of community is forming around the residents’ shared appreciation of the natural setting, as well as the remarkable activities that are available to them.

Not only does Braestone offer a unique setting in the Horseshoe Valley, but it’s easily accessible to Barrie and Orillia for everyday amenities. Both centres have an abundance of services and shopping options, along with stunning waterfront parks where scheduled events and festivals take place. Golfing enthusiasts don’t have to go far to tee off with the Braestone Club and other courses are nearby. And, of course, come winter, a selection of ski resorts are close at hand.

The weather is fine and the welcome is warm at Braestone. Select homesites are still available in Phase 4.



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Anchor Woods by Andrin

Anchor Woods is Andrin Homes’ natural oasis for family living

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Anchor Woods is Andrin Homes’ natural oasis for family living

Picture yourself living in a thriving family community with small town charm, surrounded by acres of beautiful countryside, yet just minutes from highways, GO Transit, schools, parks, shops and urban amenities. Sounds amazing? Welcome to Anchor Woods in Holland Landing, just 10 minutes north of Green Lane in Newmarket.

In this enchanting locale at 2nd Concession and Doane Road, renowned GTA builder Andrin Homes offers you an exquisite range of two-storey freehold townhomes and semi detached homes designed and built to high quality standards. Exceptional features and finishes include oversized eight-ft. front entry and garage doors, engineered wood flooring on main floor, full appliance package, granite or quartz kitchen countertop with undermount sink and $10,000 decor dollars to personalize your Andrin home as you see fit.

Family living at its finest

Choose from five townhome models, ranging in size from 1,591 to 2,180 sq. ft., each offering a beautiful façade marked by classic brick and stone. Inside, you have open concept main floorplans that include spacious Great Rooms with walkout to the rear yard and gourmet chef kitchens with a breakfast room and separate dining room. Upstairs, relax in your luxurious master bedroom with a private ensuite. Three more bedrooms and an additional full bathroom offer plenty of space for growing families or visiting guests.

Two beautiful semi-detached models, Forest View and Forest Heights, range in size from 2,088 to 2,236 sq. ft. on 27-ft. lots. These two-storey homes offer contemporary architecture with attractive brick and stone accents and spacious room sizes to fit all of your family’s needs. Premium interior features also include a luxurious master ensuite with floating oval acrylic tub and separate shower enclosure.

Love the outdoors

The Holland River meanders through the countryside, creating a beautiful landscape with hiking and biking trails, parks and conservation areas. Take the family for a day of hiking in the nearby Holland Landing Nature Reserve, Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area, or Scanlon Creek Conservation area.

Live steps from excellent schools, community centres, golf courses and the world class Southlake Regional Health Centre. Stroll through downtown Newmarket and experience an array of restaurants, cafes and stores. For big box shopping, there’s Upper Canada Mall close by. Want to visit Toronto for an evening show or a hockey game? Catch the GO train from the nearby East Gwillimbury GO station or hop on the 404/DVP and be in downtown Toronto in less than an hour.

Building quality homes across the GTA

As Andrin approaches its 30th anniversary in 2020, it continues to build one outstanding community after another, with thousands of homes completed across the GTA and beyond. The company is honoured by the acclaim received from customers and the new home industry, most recently with Andrin’s win for the Most Outstanding Mid/High Rise Design at the 2019 SAM Awards. Andrin’s commitment to deliver excellence in design, craftsmanship and customer service will never change – this is the foundation of Andrin’s success, and the cornerstone of what is called the Andrin Advantage.


Visit the sales centre, located at 60 Crimson King Way, Holland Landing, Ont. The sales centre is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.



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Fieldgate Homes has exciting new openings this fall across the GTA

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Fieldgate Homes has exciting new openings this fall across the GTA

If you have been waiting for the opportunity to own a Fieldgate home, you will have plenty of choices across the GTA this fall. Fieldgate is continuing its 60-year legacy of creating exceptional homes and communities across the region with a number of new releases in highly coveted neighbourhoods.

Whitby – Public preview opening at Yacht Club Towns: This fall

Yacht Club at Whitby Shores will feature 74 prestige modern and rear-lane two-car garage townhomes with open-concept designs and up to four bedrooms. Discover a complete lakeside lifestyle on Whitby Harbour, with easy access to parks, marinas, cycling and walking trails. Convenient urban amenities are also close at hand, including grocery stores, schools, Hwys. 401, 412 and 407, Whitby GO Station, Iroquois Park Sports Centre and much more.

Stouffville – Preview opening at Cityside: September 2019

Cityside is an exciting new family community of freehold townhomes, 36- and 40-ft. detached homes that brings together the best of the country and the city in one amazing neighbourhood. Located on Tenth Line just south of Main Street, Cityside is just minutes from Markham, Hwys. 404 and 407, and the Stouffville GO Station. This new community will allow homebuyers to choose from traditional and contemporary home designs and enjoy life in a master planned community setting, close to everything your family needs.

Richmond Hill – New release at Richlands: October 2019

Richmond Hill’s acclaimed Richlands community returns for a new release in October. Located adjacent to Richmond Green Sports Park, Richlands won the hearts of GTA homebuyers in its first release thanks to the community’s beautiful collection of freehold townhomes, 28-ft. semis and 36- and 43-ft. detached homes. The perfect balance of beautiful home designs, exceptional location and inspired community plan has already earned Richlands award-winning status at the BILD GTA Homebuilder’s Awards.

Caledon/Brampton border – New release at Upper Valleylands: October 2019

Located at the southwest corner of Mayfield Rd. and Chinguacousy Rd., Upper Valleylands brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate Homes’ celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Discover a beautiful selection of 25-ft. semi-detached homes, 41-, 38- and 30-ft. detached homes, and 25-ft. freehold townhomes with two-car garages, in a complete master-planned community setting.

Kleinburg – New release at New Kleinburg: November 2019

New Kleinburg is a new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the new Hwy. 427 extension just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. This new release will introduce 20-ft. freehold townhomes in addition to 30-, 38-, 44- and 50-ft. detached homes. Choose from traditional and contemporary home exteriors for an elegant residence that reflects your personal style.


Register today to receive more details on these exciting new releases. For further information on any of these remarkable communities, sales centre locations, phone numbers and floor plans, visit the website.


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Penguin Basements

Dig deep – There’s gold in them thar basements

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Dig deep – There’s gold in them thar basements

Most Canadians have a goldmine right under their feet – and it’s in their own home. If you thought that it would be nice to own income property, you already do. Your basement can easily be turned into a valuable, legal and sought-after living quarters. A well-planned basement design has untold potential.

What your parents got wrong

Conventional wisdom, as your parents always reminded you, was to pay off your mortgage as soon as possible. Today, that’s hardly the wisest thing to do. Instead, turn your basement into a rental unit. By doing so, it becomes a hedge against a potential retirement savings shortfall. A basement unit can generate income and allow you to stay in your home for years to come – on your terms and with peace of mind. In this case, don’t listen to your parents’ advice – listen to reason.

We are living longer and longer. The cost of moving into a retirement residence, when the time comes, can quickly burn through the proceeds of the sale of your house. This scenario plays out all too often. It doesn’t have to come to this. Padding your savings with rental income from your home can greatly ease financial pressure and put you in control of your future.

Rethink your strategy

You may wonder how you can afford to do this. I can tell you that you can’t afford not to. A modest investment today, with the help of a line of credit or another type of loan, will reap untold financial rewards and freedom. Moreover, this investment will increase the value of your house by making it more attractive to those who are stretching themselves to get into a costly housing market.

Let’s look at a simple example. If you borrow $50,000 to $75,000 to build a basement rental unit, the rent that you collect can pay back borrowed money in a mere five years. At an average rental income of $1,200 to $1,800 per month, any excess is gravy. Your untapped basement is an engine for wealth generation that’s just sitting there, and you can’t afford to ignore it. This is hardly a bold move or speculative thinking – it’s a common sense approach that’s supported by math.

So, stop wondering about whether or not you’ll outlive your money. You have the power to control that outcome. Don’t fear longevity – embrace and monetize it.

No offence mom and dad, but when you have a basement, you have options.

GUY SOLOMON is the founder and CEO of Penguin Basements, and the creator of The Second Suite Solution.


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United Building

United Building is an innovative mixed-use design that continues evolution of University Avenue

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United Building is an innovative mixed-use design that continues evolution of University Avenue

The United Building is coming soon, and the mixed-use development is already garnering substantial interest. Registrations are pouring in from people interested in the rare opportunity to live, as well as work, play and shop on Toronto’s University Avenue. Situated at 481 University, Davpart Inc.‘s complex will feature condominium residences atop two of the existing historic commercial/office/retail buildings that were part of the Maclean Publishing Company/Maclean Hunter company operations for decades. This architectural mélange of the old and the new will be the tallest architectural heritage retention development in North America.

The United Building follows a North American trend of combining residential space on a thoroughfare that has been primarily institutional in the past. It will retain commercial office and retail space in the restored heritage structure up to the 10th floor, from which a new 44-storey residence will rise. The interiors will be removed to make space for parking and retail floors below grade.

Davpart’s design team includes B+H Architects and heritage consultant ERA Architects, which are going to extreme lengths to preserve the exteriors of the buildings constructed in 1928 and 1961. Reflecting the classic yet contemporary flair of the exterior, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. has designed the residential amenities, including a luxurious lobby featuring 24/7 concierge service, a pool with a fireplace, an indoor/outdoor pool deck with sun loungers, and a fitness centre, sauna and rain room overlooking the courtyard. The United Building’s sports lounge will offer billiards, a video gaming lounge, bocce court and golf simulator. Rounding out the amenities are an all-season reflecting pool with warming pavilions and seating, a tranquil Zen garden and a party room, fireplace lounge and barbecue dining on the terrace.

Residents of The United Building will live within walking distance of shops, cafes, hospitals, parks, eclectic restaurants, nightlife, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Grange Park, Chinatown, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Eaton Centre and the Financial District. The United Building will also include direct access from inside to St. Patrick’s TTC station. In addition, the subway and the 505 streetcar are at the doorstep.

Purchasers will be able to select from studio to one-, two- and three-bedroom designs, some with a den, flex or media room, and some two-storey plans. The open suite layouts feature large windows and spacious balconies, as well as chef-inspired kitchens and top-quality appointments.

The United Building is rare on the Toronto residential landscape. Registrations are now being taken. For further information or to register, visit the website.


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Lucchetta Homes - Davis Heights

Lucchetta Homes in Niagara at its finest

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Lucchetta Homes in Niagara at its finest

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development, features a limited selection of luxury custom bungalow towns, backing onto the Niagara escarpment. At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase filled with local wines, an elegant paneled library, convenient and practical double, main floor masters with ensuites, each meticulously designed with individual masculine and feminine forward touches. Relax in the sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and oversized island perfect for entertaining. The lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet-bar, Great Room, and your own personal gym. Homes are priced from the $700,000s with floorplans ranging from 1,530 to 2,600 sq. ft. Occupancy is scheduled for fall 2020. Stop in to see the award-winning models. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility with private terraces overlooking a ravine.


New block of towns has been released at Riverside at Hunter’s Pointe. Purchasers will receive $10,000 in designer upgrades upon any purchase of a Lucchetta Home during September. Riverside features single detached, attached and waterfront homes. Towns are available from $500,000s, singles priced from $600,000s with occupancy summer 2020. The contemporary Lancaster, now open, is an award-winning NZR model home designed by Wendi Pelfrey. Every square inch has been designed with the homeowners needs in mind, amongst a serene, lush landscape. This is a premier, resort-style, Energy-Star certified community, with world-class amenities and services. “Niagara has become the destination for retirees downsizing, looking for a balance of luxury and quality, peace and tranquility. Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “And the quality of life is far superior.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started Lucchetta Homes more than 60 years ago. Today, it is well-known for quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. The hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of mouth praise expressed by their customers. On Aug. 14, 2019 Lucchetta Homes was nominated as a finalist in five categories for the OHBA Awards of Distinction. Lucchetta is truly humbled and excited for the conference and awards gala in Collingwood. The company most recently won for Community of the Year in the CHBA Awards, and EnerQuality’s Energy Star Builder of the Year. Lucchetta Homes was also the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist in five categories for the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence, taking home three CHBA Awards in 2019.

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl. “Winning these coveted awards truly validates the caliber of excellence that Lucchetta Homes is consistently providing to the real estate industry on a national level.”

“We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and these achievements further authenticate our focus on homeowner satisfaction.” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta, principals of Lucchetta Homes. Such recognition has inspired the company to continuously raise the bar in innovation and quality. “Legendary luxury is something everyone at Lucchetta Homes strives to provide – where we not only build homes, but foundations to live your best life.”

Niagara at its finest

It’s a perfect spot to call home in Canada as a result of lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, organic farmers’ markets, beaches, designer shopping, and entertainment. Outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding, golfing and tennis. And for those who love to travel, you can easily access the Buffalo and Niagara airports.


  • Davis Heights
  • Riverside at Hunter’s Pointe
  • Ryans Grove
  • Lusso Urban Towns


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