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You can't retire in Professor's Walk Orillia

You can’t retire in Professor’s Walk Orillia

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You can’t retire in Professor’s Walk Orillia

Democrat Homes has made it practically impossible for you to retire in Professor’s Walk in Orillia! Certainly, all the hallmarks of inspired retirement-style living are here, but none of the exclusionary negatives often associated with typical “retirement communities.”

First of all, Professor’s Walk is a blended community with a good mix of 50-plus homeowners and 20-plus young families, all living harmoniously in a small-town atmosphere surrounded by big city amenities. You own your own home here – no condo fees or restrictive boards telling you what do, and when you can do it! Mainstreet Orillia with its picture postcard charm is just a five-minute drive away… as are the big box stores and familiar restaurants of the new Orillia. If you prefer to walk, hike or bike, your home is surrounded by trails, woods and protected greenspaces. Bass Lake is close at hand… and don’t forget the Lightfoot trail and scenic waterfront also within easy reach. The setting alone inspires activity filled days and delicious evenings.

You can fill your days with a busy schedule of visiting museums and art galleries, sports and theatre… all followed by wining and dining to your heart’s content. Orillia also has a vibrant music season topped by the world-renowned Mariposa Folk Festival. If work is still in your future… work from home with available highspeed Internet, convenient public transit and easy connections to highways. Professor’s Walk is just one hour north of north Toronto, and 15 minutes from Barrie.

But what about the houses? Phase 4 offers a gorgeous assortment of bungalows and two-storey homes on 40- and 50-ft. lots, all with two-car garages. The two-, three- and four-bedroom layouts provide maximum lifestyle options combined with open layouts and sun-dappled windows. The bungalows are ideal for empty-nesters who prefer life with fewer stairs to climb. But their gourmet kitchens (with three-piece appliance package included) and spa inspired ensuites, ensure a commodious life with plenty of style. The manageable lawns and gardens are perfectly suited to low or even no maintenance living, with a small assist from extremely affordable grass and snow services.

Two-storey homes top out at an expansive 2,900 sq. ft., with traditional layouts and spacious principal rooms. The master bedrooms are designed with walk-in closets and large ensuites that are well equipped with sunken tubs and separate showers. The standards included in the purchase price, mean that you don’t have to upgrade anything if you so desire. Stone and brick facades, oak stairs, hardwood and plush carpeted areas, nine-ft. main floor heights and California knock-down ceilings are just a few of the exceptional features included.

Best of all, these state-of-the art homes come in more than 12 designs starting from the mid $400,000s. You can cash out your big city home and move here for half the Toronto price. Professor’s Walk is another fine project by Democrat Homes, with more than four decades of creating homes… built to appreciate.

FAST FACTS

FEATURED: Detached homes on 40- and 50-ft. lots

LOCATION: University Avenue in Orillia

BUILDER: Democrat Homes

PRICES: Starting from mid $400,000s

Visit the presentation centre, located at the corner of University Ave. and Diana Dr. in Orillia. The presentation centre is open by appointment only Monday to Wednesday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

705.259.6900

christopher@democrathomes.com

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Flato's Edgewood Suites is Dundalk's first adult-lifestyle community

Flato’s Edgewood Suites is Dundalk’s first adult-lifestyle community

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Flato’s Edgewood Suites is Dundalk’s first adult-lifestyle community

When you imagine retirement, don’t you see yourself living close to everything you know and love? Close to family, friends, your favourite shops and restaurants? Living an active lifestyle in the place you’ve always considered home.

You can have all of that and more, especially when you hear and experience all that the new Edgewood Suites has to offer.

Previews of Dundalk’s first adult lifestyle community will begin soon. See what a unique and laidback approach to independent living, in a safe neighbourhood in the heart of Dundalk, looks like. Experience the freedom to live the life you’re always dreamed of with unspoiled nature, parks and countless amenities at your fingertips.

At Edgewood Suites you can choose to rent spacious studio rentals, one-bedroom or two-bedroom units. The building includes a cards room, a rec room, a multi-purpose room, a library and a faith room. Residents will enjoy a concierge service, open dining, as well as a guest room and storage lockers. For entertaining, there is a barbecue patio and a lovely gazebo outside.

There will be endless activities for everyone. Musical performances and classes on site, as well as gardening opportunities and library activities. Participate in birthday parties, bingos, baking sessions and monthly pot lucks.

Residents will also have access to regular painting classes, movie nights, health and wellness workshops and more.

Community builder FLATO Developments is responding to the demand from local seniors who want to stay in the community and decided to bring its flagship adult lifestyle apartment building to Dundalk. Creating space for adults 55-plus and seniors to live in Dundalk is important to the vitality of the entire community.

When planning the amenities for this adult lifestyle apartment, FLATO Developments designed Edgewood Suites to take some of the burden of household maintenance off residents’ shoulder.

Edgewood Suites is also ideally located and will benefit from a newly-announced inter-community transit route coming to the area this year. The new Grey Transit Route (GTR) will offer regular service along Hwy. 26 between Owen Sound and Town of The Blue Mountains, and along Hwy. 10 between Owen Sound and Orangeville. A third route will also link Owen Sound and Wiarton three days per week. This added transportation link will benefit everyone who lives in Dundalk and Grey County, improving commute times and it will make it easier for anyone going to and from the GTA for family visits, shopping or special events.

Around the apartment community, there are beautiful parks, a nearby 77-km multi-use trail that provides breath-taking views of Georgian Bay, and many conservation areas and provincial parks that are just a short drive away.

From inside to out, Edgewood Suites is an amenity-rich apartment building in a well-connected location. It’s the place retirement dreams are made of.

CONTACT INFORMATION

To learn more, visit edgewoodsuites.ca or flatogroup.com.


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Royal Windsor

Royal Windsor is a premier adult lifestyle community in Collingwood

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Royal Windsor is a premier adult lifestyle community in Collingwood

Sherwood Homes recently unveiled the Royal Windsor – a five-storey condo in Collingwood’s Balmoral Village. Not only is this Collingwood’s newest condominium building, it is the epitome of an active adult lifestyle for those who are over the age of 55.

Featuring luxurious suites, convenient building amenities and a prime location in the heart of Collingwood, the Royal Windsor is the next natural step in your homeowner journey.

Suite sensations

Ranging in size from 700 to 1,750 square feet, suites feature spacious, open-concept designs with expansive balconies that provide breathtaking views of Blue Mountain and Osler Bluff Ski Club. Underground parking, with adjacent storage, is convenient and easily accessible. Entertaining is taken to the next level with access to a rooftop terrace, a lounge, and a party room.

With suites starting from the mid $300,000s, the Royal Windsor offers luxury condominiums for exceptional value – and they just might be what you’re looking for.

Creature comforts

Residents benefit from a plethora of amenities located within Balmoral Village. On your doorstep you have access to a vibrant community with its own 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, which includes fitness rooms, a pool, and even a golf simulator to help you to practice your swing. Also, as part of the community, plans are in place to build a 20,000-square-foot medical centre. All these features, and more, make the Royal Windsor a desirable, active adult living environment.

Location, location, location

Located in the heart of Collingwood, the Royal Windsor is a short distance from Blue Mountain, Collingwood Harbour and the Scandinave Spa, as well as several prominent ski clubs, and seven public and private golf courses. Access to public transportation is located right outside your door at the bus stop.

Flanked by walking and biking trails, including the Georgian and Black Ash trails, the Royal Windsor’s location enhances active living. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy more than 80 kilometres of trails within the town of Collingwood, and a short distance away is Canada’s oldest, and longest, footpath – the Bruce Trail.

A trusted builder

Established in 1994, Sherwood Homes has earned a reputation, over their 25-year history, as a builder with integrity. From bungalows and two-storey homes, to townhomes and mid-rise condominiums, the company’s notoriety for building quality homes has grown with every new neighbourhood that they create.

The principals at Sherwood Homes believe that you and your family deserve the very best. They strive to ensure that you are completely satisfied, not only with the final product, but also with the personalized service that all new home purchasers receive throughout the entire home building and buying process.

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John Tory

GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

John Tory

Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.

 

AURORA

Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.

 

BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.

 

BURLINGTON

Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.

 

CALEDON

Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.

 

EAST GWILLIMBURY

Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.

 

HALTON HILLS

Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.

 

KING CITY

Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.

 

MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.

 

NEWMARKET

John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.

 

OAKVILLE

Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.

 

OSHAWA

Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.

 

RICHMOND HILL

Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.

 

TORONTO

John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.

 

UXBRIDGE

Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.

 

VAUGHAN

Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.

 

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.

 

RELATED READING

5 steps to solving the housing affordability issue in Ontario

Municipal candidates aware of housing needs – TREB poll

6 Ontario municipal elections to watch regarding housing

7 factors that will affect GTA housing in 2019 – and 5 reasons to consider buying NOW

 

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Dover Coast

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Resort-style living in Port Dover

Port Dover is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Situated within this popular town is Dover Coast – a fine example of resort-style living. With a wide selection of dining options and boutique shops, as well as the Port Dover Beach, golf courses and the historic lighthouse theatre, this town is packed with enjoyable things to do all year long.

IN-TOWN HAPPENINGS

Well-known for its fishing industry, Lake Erie offers up all sorts of leisure activities, including sailing, boating, swimming and just hanging out by the water. The marina is equipped with boating supplies, food and beverage stands, in addition to barbecue areas with family pavilions. The waterfront is a great place to spend time with friends and family, and take in community events.

Every Friday the 13th, bikers and visitors are welcomed to town for this festive event that dates back to 1981.

Dover Coast is located 90 minutes from downtown Toronto and 40 minutes from Hamilton.

AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING COMMUNITY

The master-planned community of Dover Coast will consist of both bungalow and loft-style detached homes on 50- and 60-foot lots, combined with a mix of luxurious townhomes.

The detached homes include a two-car garage and start from the mid $500,000s. New home buyers can choose from layouts that include two bedrooms, two bedrooms plus a den, or three bedrooms plus a den, options.

Priced from the high $400,000s, the townhomes are available in two-bedroom configurations, as well as one bedroom plus a den. They, too, come with a two-car garage and feature captivating views of the golf course. Homeowners will also have access to Dover Coast’s extensive amenities that are located throughout the community.

CONSIDERATE EXTRAS

David’s Restaurant serves up a fine dining experience with gorgeous views of the lake. For a night out, visit the Double Olive Martini Lounge.

The Elements Day Spa is located in the heart of the community, and is the perfect relax-and-rejuvenate destination.

All residents have access to the Community Centre with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, a gym, a theatre, billiards and cards rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor pickle ball courts, and an outdoor patio.

For the golf enthusiast, The Links at Dover Coast is a wonderful course for players of all levels, with beautiful views of the lake.

The Dover Coast community is pet friendly and recognizes those members of your extended family with an interactive dog park.

A hospital is just 15 minutes away, and a brand new 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical centre is part of the neighbourhood.

Dover Coast, in Port Dover, just might be the adult, resort-style lifestyle that you’re looking for.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Centre is located at 84 Schooner Drive in Port Dover.

519.583.2049

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Elliot Lake

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Affordable retirement is within reach

If you’re looking for an affordable place to retire, without compromising on local charm and amenities, Elliot Lake might just be the answer. Here, you can reside in a friendly environment, with a plethora of natural attributes right outside your door, for as little as $517 per month.

Located in Northern Ontario, the City of Elliot Lake is situated midway between the cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. This modern city combines the hospitality of a small town with the services of a major urban centre. Just beyond the city centre, the pristine wilderness, along with thousands of lakes, provide countless opportunities for hiking, camping and world-class fishing. Outdoor enthusiasts, as well as those who are looking for a slower pace of life, have found exactly what they’re looking for in Elliot Lake – in addition to a very attractive price point.

UNBELIEVABLE VALUE

For more than 25 years, the Elliot Lake Retirement Living Corporation has been offering contemporary rental accommodations – attracting thousands of retirees. Apartment rentals start at reasonable $517 per month, while townhomes are priced from $662 per month, and homes from $733 per month.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Elliot Lake boasts an efficient transit system and a low crime rate, as well as 24-hour ambulance, fire and police services. Residents have access to a first-class hospital, and to a continuum of care. With more than 400 businesses, there’s a number of services and amenities to choose from. National retail chains include Foodland, No Frills, Canadian Tire, Pet Valu, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall, to name a few. In addition, the five major banks service the community, and independently owned restaurants and shops are local favourites.

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

In addition to the umpteen lakes that offer some of the best opportunities in Ontario for canoeing, boating, fishing and kayaking, there are two beautiful beaches within the community. Elliot Lake is home to a tennis club, a curling club, fitness centres and a municipal, indoor swimming pool, as well as cross-country, snowmobile and ATV trail systems. Inside the city limits, is the Mount Dufour ski area, and Stone Ridge at Elliot Lake – an 18-hole championship golf course.

The city has a dynamic cultural and arts community. The wilderness surrounding Elliot Lake is a natural canvas, and is well-represented by painters and photographers. Locals enjoy various clubs, community groups and associations, as well as drama, dance, music and pottery classes – to name a few.

Elliot Lake Retirement Living Corporation is offering a Discovery Tour of Elliot Lake. The tour includes city highlights and available properties, in addition to a free night at the Hampton Inn. Book a second night for just $50 (plus tax) and take the time to imagine your retirement years in blissful comfort.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1.800.461.4663

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Lakepoint Village

Lakepoint Village

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Lakepoint Village

Affordable adult-lifestyle community

You get the whole package at Lakepoint Village in Orillia. If you’re an empty nester, are pre-retirement or are retired, and are looking for carefree, adult-lifestyle environment, Alliance Homes‘ highly successful community is perfect. With prices starting from only $227,900, those retirement savings will go a long way in making the rest of your life the best of your life.

A natural, rural setting paints a beautiful backdrop for this collection of bungalows on spacious 60-foot-wide lots. Choose from six modular designs that are thoughtfully laid out with both open-concept and private spaces. Plus, Alliance is open to making modifications when possible. All homes come with an attached garage and a covered front porch (as per plan). The architecture is clean and contemporary, with large windows. Some designs feature trimmed peaked gables.

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

The community is designed for like-minded people who will make Lakepoint Village their home, so renting out residences is not an option. Rules and regulations are in place to protect your privacy, enjoyment and investment. The future clubhouse will be the hub of social activities, and will be a handy venue that homeowners can rent for family reunions or other celebratory events.

As a land lease community, homeowners are protected under the Landlord Tenant Act. Your total monthly fees cannot exceed that year’s maximum increase allowed. You will always be notified well in advance of any increases, along with an explanation.

Sizes range from 1,024 to 1,428 square feet. Your total monthly payment includes the lot lease, land and house tax, a reserve fund, water, sewage, driveway snow removal, garbage collection and the use of the club house, as well as road and communal property upkeep and maintenance. Heat and hydro are extra. It would be difficult to find an equivalent home in the Greater Toronto Area for that price.

ADDED VALUE

Alliance Homes focuses on building solid homes in excellent locations that have lasting appeal and attractive prices. The company has completed highly successful communities across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, and has earned a reputation for providing superior quality and timeless designs.

The icing on the cake at Lakepoint Village is the location. The community is situated only minutes away to a wealth of amenities, medical services, major highways and fabulous year-round recreational facilities.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Office/Model Home is located on Concession Road 10 in Ramara.

705.323.9768

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