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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Geranium

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Geranium

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Geranium

New and natural detached living in Pickering and Aurora

Fall signals a resurgence of movement in the new home market. When school starts, and summer holidays are now memories, people find time to absorb change and plan for the future.

Geranium has been delivering quality new homes and communities for more than 40 years. Today, two remarkable lifestyle opportunities are ready for discovery.

Allegro has a fabulous downtown location with preserved green space and walking trails.
Allegro has a fabulous downtown location with preserved green space and walking trails.

ALLEGRO

Allegro is nestled in Aurora’s downtown core on a rare former golf course property, minutes from Yonge Street and bordering Bathurst Street. New cul-de-sac streets, and homes on gracious 52-foot and 61-foot lots, are woven into an established neighbourhood where existing trees reach above the rooftops. Almost half of the community is preserved as a park and greenspace for residents of Allegro and all of Aurora to enjoy. Allegro presents a unique lifestyle opportunity where every store and restaurant you can imagine is at your doorstep.

Timeless architecture is combined with contemporary designs that reflect the way families live, with flexible open-concept areas, as well as private spaces, which may include an office or a library, ideal for today’s work-from-home culture.

Allegro offers four and five-bedroom layouts with two- and three-car garages, in two-storey and bungalow-loft configurations plus many options to personalize, such as an elevator and a dog wash. Homes have oversized patio doors opening onto a wonderful covered loggia, providing magnificent views and connection to mature treed backyards.

With striking exteriors, flexible designs and outstanding finishes in a sought-after locale, Allegro is perfect for purchasers seeking a luxury forever home. Floorplans range from approximately 3,100 to under 4,400 square feet with prices starting from $2 million.

Edgewood offers desirable family-sized homes.
Edgewood offers desirable family-sized homes.

EDGEWOOD

Discover a new collection of detached homes in a mature, family-friendly neighbourhood adjacent to preserved woods and close to everything in Pickering. Edgewood offers just 21 residences set on 43-foot and 50-foot lots on Woodview Avenue, west of Altona Road and north of Twyn Rivers Drive.

Edgewood has a peaceful residential setting, while close to Pickering Town Centre and the bustling Frenchman’s Bay waterfront. Nearby are two GO Transit stations and Highways 401 and 407. Just around the corner, Altona Forest is a 102-acre urban forest with a four-kilometre trail system.

Choose from seven model types; each has three levels of finished living areas with handsome brick and stone facades, recessed garages with space for up to three cars, front porches and backyard walk-outs. Edgewood plans range in size from 3,200 to 4,000 square feet with prices starting from $1.3 million.

Geranium is an award-winning homebuilder with a reputation for quality construction. Homes are built better than Ontario’s Building Code and constructed with the company’s stringent building materials and methods for lasting value.

Just as you will shop around for the right home, also consider exploring the options for a mortgage provider; credit unions, for example, offer product alternatives to the big banks.

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Visit Geranium’s website to learn more about Allegro in Aurora and Edgewood in Pickering — and all of Geranium’s communities.

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The View From Inside : Transforming A Golf Course

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The View From Inside : Transforming A Golf Course

By Cheryl Shindruk, Geranium

According to Golf Canada, The PGA of Canada and the National Golf Foundation in their report entitled “Golf Facilities in Canada 2017,” there are 805 golf courses in Ontario. Declining interest in the sport over the past few years translates to fierce competition among these clubs to attract golfers. In some cases, including within the Greater Toronto Area, golf course owners have had to decide whether it makes more sense to continue operating or sell their properties. When circumstances allow, these lands make great new home communities as they present an opportunity to build in an already established area.

An example of golf course redevelopment is Allegro, Geranium’s new neighbourhood on Golf Links Drive in Aurora, formerly the Highland Gate Golf Club, which became available for redevelopment.

Many circumstances worked in favour of development. The golf course lies within the built-up area of the Town of Aurora’s urban boundaries, an area where the provincial and municipal governments are directing growth. The built-up areas are where provincial policy encourages infill and intensification. From a planning and development perspective, the course had similar characteristics to many infill communities.

Sometimes, existing owners, after many years of enjoying the views to open green space behind, consider the golf course to be an extension of their lands and views. Yet residents must remember that these courses are private lands. In this type of situation, it’s important that the land developer liaise with existing neighbours.

To inspire harmonious interaction, we conducted a very extensive communications process that involved one-on-one discussions with more than 400 households, as well as group meetings. First and foremost, we wanted to let them know that we are taking extensive steps to protect — and enhance — the natural components of the property.

Geranium has designed the community and the homes to maintain the character and cachet of their prestigious surroundings..

We have set aside nearly half of the re-envisioned Allegro land as open green space with an extensive system of off-street trails that connect to the Oak Ridges Trail System. Where these open green space areas were formerly private, once the site is developed, they will be placed in public ownership.

We also pointed out that in other golf course transformations of this type, the impact on existing homes from a resale perspective has been positive. Toward this goal, Geranium has designed the community and the homes to maintain the character and cachet of their prestigious surroundings.

Our Allegro community will introduce a new vitality to this neighbourhood, with a combination of single-family detached homes on 51- and 62-foot lots and, later on, a sevenstorey condominium building closer to Yonge Street, near to transit and existing condos and shops. Another benefit is that adding new households to the area also positively impacts local businesses along Yonge Street.

New home developments have to meet the criteria, regulations, tests and approvals set out by all levels of government. In the case of a golf course, the master plan has to be innovative, as we may need to incorporate unusual shapes and sizes of individual lots. The installation of servicing and transportation must be done carefully, respecting the existing surrounding neighbourhood conditions. As with any new home community site, grading and ensuring appropriate soil conditions and water quality also affect development.

In all residential development, whether infill or not, developers must adhere to the stipulations set out by the government. In the end, we think long term to ensure a win-win situation, with homes and infrastructure that meet the needs of the existing community, governments and our future homeowners, today and in the many years to come.

Cheryl Shindruk is executive vice president, land development for Geranium. Celebrating 40 years in business Geranium has created master-planned communities including more than 8,000 homes in Ontario. Geranium.com

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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Geranium

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Geranium

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Geranium

Geranium announces 40 years of Giving initiative

In a year that marks four decades of creating superb master-planned neighbourhoods and innovative new homes, Geranium is enhancing its ongoing commitment to contributing to the well-being of the broader community. The company has announced 40 years of Giving, a special initiative that will form one aspect of Geranium’s annual charitable donations. For each new Geranium home sold in 2017, a donation of $150 will be made in the name of the homebuyer, to a charity chosen by them from a list prepared by Geranium.

“Community building and good corporate citizenship is high on our list of priorities and we strive to be a good neighbour as well as a quality builder,” says Geranium president Boaz Feiner. “This philosophy is ingrained in our corporate culture and, for the past 40 years, we’ve participated in numerous community-based events, sponsored fund-raising activities, donated to charities and non-profit organizations directly, and acted as a resource for community groups wherever possible.

“To mark this anniversary, we are honouring the families who enable us to continue to do what we do best. This could be another record year for our new home sales, which means the total amount will be upwards of $25,000.”

Using information available from Charity Intelligence (CharityIntelligence.ca) the team selected 12 charities as potential recipients of this year’s funds, as determined by the homebuyer. Charity Intelligence collects and analyzes information on transparency, accountability and the need for funding and operating efficiency as a service to donors.

The short list represents a broad range of charities operating in Ontario and internationally in the categories of health, social services, youth, the environment, animal welfare, sport and recreation. They include:

  • The Alzheimer Society of Ontario
  • AMICI Camping Charity
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • FoodShare
  • The George Hull Centre
  • Homes First
  • INDSPIRE
  • The Jane Goodall Institute
  • The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • SKETCH
  • The Special Olympics Ontario
  • WaterAid Canada

On the housing front, Geranium will be launching for sale new neighbourhoods in Aurora and Pickering in 2017, as well as starting construction of the sold out Trails at Cardinal Point, and VISTA Flats & Towns in Stouffville.

ALLEGRO IN AURORA

Opening this summer, Allegro in downtown Aurora will offer a collection of magnificent family-sized detached homes on 52- and 61-foot cul-de-sac lots within an established neighbourhood stretching from Bathurst Street to Yonge Street. These grand and gracious homes featuring 10-foot main floor ceilings with oversized windows will be full of natural light. Floorplans will range from approximately 3,100 to just under 4,400 square feet.

“We’ve worked closely with Hunt Design to create two-storey and bungalow-with-loft layouts offering as many of the features and living spaces desired by today’s families as possible,” explains Stephanie Lane, manager sales and marketing. “We also have the advantage of recently building three neighbourhoods of luxury homes and have included the best attributes of the most popular floorplans in Allegro.”

Among these features, prospective homebuyers will find designs that offer four or five bedrooms each with ensuite or shared ensuite baths, kitchens and breakfast areas open to spacious great rooms, living and dining rooms either combined or separated, mud room entries from two- or three-car garages, second floor laundry rooms and media rooms. Expansive sliding glass doors from great rooms or kitchens lead to Geranium’s signature covered loggias overlooking the back garden. Thoughtful optional features may include outdoor kitchens, elevators, dog washing areas, coffered and waffle decorative ceilings and extra fireplaces.

Allegro offers all the conveniences of a central downtown Aurora location steps from Yonge Street and close to shops, schools, cultural venues, dining, and just minutes from Highway 404 and GO Transit. Prices will start from over $2 million. Register to be among the first to learn more at AllegroAurora.com.

EDGEWOOD IN PICKERING

Edgewood will be an intimate new neighbourhood featuring a limited collection of single-family homes on 40-foot lots in Pickering. Backing onto preserved woods and green space and just minutes from Rouge Park and the year-round splendor of Altona Forest, homes in this private enclave will range from approximately 3,200 to 4,000 square feet.

Discover a well-connected enclave located a short drive from the Pickering Town Centre and Highway 401, offering access to a rich selection of amenities, shops and services. Register at Geranium.com/Edgewood.

Since 1977, Geranium has been guided by its vision to create places that are meticulously planned, expertly executed and designed with sensitivity and respect for the environment, the local neighbourhood and the families who will call them home.

Acting on the belief that “community” goes far beyond the bricks and mortar of building homes, Geranium continues to help build a bright future for the families who live in their neighbourhoods.

With more than 8,000 homes complete in desirable locations across Southern Ontario, Geranium will continue its commitment to delivering homes and communities of varying scale deserving of the trust placed in this award-winning industry leader.

GERANIUM

For an overview of this forward-thinking company and the communities it offers, visit online.

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