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The Landing at Little Lake

Barrie waterfront living a hit with buyers!

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Barrie waterfront living a hit with buyers!

The Landing at Little Lake is an exciting new project currently underway in one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities. Located close to Hwy. 400 and newly developed North Barrie Crossing, The Landing is a distinct cottage-like destination owing to its unique lake address. This condominium development offers purchasers the opportunity to enjoy truly waterfront living surrounded by nature amid six-plus acres of wooded parkland on the shores of Little Lake. Fishing, boating, jogging or just a quiet walk are all available within steps of The Landing’s back door.

“Historically, property growth in Barrie and Simcoe County has been in the form of single-family residential houses suitable for growing families,” says Mohamed Kader of The Landing Development Group. “But as the population has progressed from the need for larger homes to downsizing, many residents are eyeing Barrie as an ideal retirement destination.” Those looking to live here will love the location and the amenities of The Landing at Little Lake as well as proximity to restaurants, shopping, healthcare services, golf and so much more in this ever-growing vibrant community.

The Landing’s all steel and concrete construction features a seven-storey building with 137 luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites (many including dens) and balconies with unobstructed sightlines of the lake. In addition to living in a beautiful and peaceful lakefront setting, the purchasers of condos at The Landing will be able to enjoy an incredible 3,000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace — imagine barbecuing and enjoying a cool drink while watching the sun set high above the trees! Other amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, fully-equipped exercise area, his and her change rooms, putting green, outdoor terrace, underground parking and direct access to the lake and park. Lockers come with each unit for convenient storage of snow tires, golf clubs, bikes and other items. A nearby lakeside playground will prove popular when the grandkids come to visit. “We consulted with would-be buyers and listened to what they wanted to have on their wish list when considering an ideal condo purchase,” says Kader.

Condo units range in size from 661 to 1,155 sq. ft. starting from the mid $300,000s. Suite finishes and amenities include nine-ft. ceilings, brand name stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, limestone flooring, superior sound-proofing, individual climate control and much more. The on-site sales centre is open seven days a week (or by appointment). The staff are friendly and knowledgable about the project and may even share some special offer opportunities to early buyers.

Visit the on-site sales centre, open seven days a week. For further information visit the website.

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430 ESSA

430 ESSA a highly-anticipated midrise condo project in Barrie

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430 ESSA a highly-anticipated midrise condo project in Barrie

One Urban Developments Inc. is a forward-thinking real estate developer and builder based in Toronto. Value-driven in every aspect, the company focuses on creating contemporary infrastructure that infuses the convenience of modern living and the latest technology, while fitting seamlessly in its surrounding neighbourhood.

One Urban prioritizes quality craftsmanship by partnering with skilled trades professionals and leading industry consultants. The company is constantly innovating and committed to creating developments that are always adaptable to the community and stand the test of time.

One Urban sets its vision in motion to change the urban landscape in the Greater Toronto Area. “Our vision reflects the timeless values of each community we build in, while enhancing its future legacy through quality, function and most importantly, innovation,” says Nick Stillo, chief operating officer at One Urban. “We create desirable urban areas with beautifully integrated retail shoppes that are vibrant and easy to call home because we’ve factored you into the equation.”

As a leading Toronto builder, the company’s approach to successful urbanization is being conscious and strategic in selecting key communities to build in. One Urban is currently overseeing the development of three contemporary midrise condominiums set to transform downtown Barrie and historic Oakville, among other exciting forthcoming projects.

Coming to Barrie in early spring 2019, 430 ESSA is a midrise condo destined to elevate the pace of the entire community. This highly anticipated development has contemporary edge with a four-storey concrete structure and 67 well-appointed suites. With a host of shoppes located at ground-level, this building cultivates community and creates local opportunities, bringing more people and businesses into the neighbourhood.

In fall/winter 2019, One Urban is introducing a residential building to Palermo Village in Oakville that has deep historical significance. The developer worked closely with the Town of Oakville to preserve the integrity of this valued heritage site, while incorporating a new contemporary eight-storey building with shoppes to benefit the community. “Oakville values their heritage and this site has tremendous historical importance to Palermo Village, the first settlement in Oakville. Because of this, we worked hand-in-hand with the Town of Oakville to uphold the heritage of the site, while integrating a new contemporary building that people will be proud to live in,” says Stillo.

For further information about One Urban, visit oneurban.ca or essacondos.ca.


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The Landing at Little Lake on Barrie's newest eco-park

The Landing at Little Lake on Barrie’s newest eco-park

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The Landing at Little Lake on Barrie’s newest eco-park

The Landing at Little Lake is an exciting new project currently underway in one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities. Located close to Hwy. 400 and newly developed North Barrie Crossing, The Landing is a distinct cottage-like destination owing to its unique lake address. This condominium development offers purchasers the opportunity to enjoy truly waterfront living surrounded by nature amid six-plus acres of wooded parkland on the shores of Little Lake. Fishing, boating, jogging or just a quiet walk are all available within steps of The Landing’s back door.

“Historically, property growth in Barrie and Simcoe County has been in the form of single-family residential houses suitable for growing families,” says Mohamed Kader of The Landing Development Group. “But as the population has progressed from the need for larger homes to downsizing, many residents are eyeing Barrie as an ideal retirement destination.” Those looking to live here will love the location and the amenities of The Landing at Little Lake as well as proximity to restaurants, shopping, healthcare services, golf and so much more in this every-growing vibrant community.

The Landing’s all steel and concrete construction features a seven-storey building with 137 luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites (many including dens) and balconies with unobstructed sightlines of the lake. In addition to living in a beautiful and peaceful lakefront setting, the purchasers of condos at The Landing will be able to enjoy an incredible 3,000-sq.-ft. rooftop terrace — imagine barbecuing and enjoying a cool drink while watching the sun set high above the trees! Other amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, fully equipped exercise area, his and her change rooms, putting green, outdoor terrace, underground parking and direct access to the lake and park. Lockers come with each unit for convenient storage of snow tires, golf clubs, bikes and other items. A nearby lake-side playground will prove popular when the grandkids come to visit. “We consulted with would-be buyers and listened to what they wanted to have on their wish list when considering an ideal condo purchase,” says Kader.

Condo units range in size from 661 to 1,155 sq. ft. starting from the mid $300,000s. Suite finishes and amenities include nine-ft. ceilings, brand name stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, limestone flooring, superior sound-proofing, individual climate control and much more. The on-site sales centre is open seven days a week (or by appointment). The staff are friendly and knowledgable about the project and may even share some special offer opportunities to early buyers.

Visit the on-site sales centre, open seven days a week. For further information visit the website.

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The Landing at Little Lake

The Landing at Little Lake, Waterfront condominium in Barrie

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The Landing at Little Lake, Waterfront condominium in Barrie

Currently underway in one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities, is The Landing at Little Lake. This condominium project is located close to Hwy. 400 and the newly developed North Barrie Crossing.

Waterfront living

Not only do new home purchasers have a lake-side address, but they also enjoy a distinct cottage-like destination to call home. This condominium development is set amidst more than six scenic acres of wooded parkland on the shores of Little Lake. Residents can savour a quiet stroll along the waterfront, or go boating or fishing – all within steps of The Landing.

“Historically, property growth in Barrie and Simcoe County has been in the form of single-family, residential houses that are suitable for growing families,” says Mohamed Kader of The Landing Development Group. “But as the population has progressed from the need for larger homes to downsizing, many residents are eyeing Barrie as an ideal destination. Those looking to live here will love the location and the amenities of The Landing at Little Lake, as well as proximity to restaurants, shopping, healthcare services, golf and so much more in this ever-growing, vibrant community”.

All-encompassing

The Landing’s all steel and concrete construction features a seven-storey building with 137 luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites (many including dens), as well as balconies with unobstructed sight-lines of the lake. In addition to living in a beautiful and peaceful lakefront setting, all residents at The Landing have access to an incredible 3,000-sq.-ft. rooftop terrace. Here, you can enjoy barbecuing, or a cool drink while watching the sun set.

Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fully equipped exercise area, his and her change rooms, as well as a putting green, an outdoor terrace, underground parking, and direct access to the lake and park. Each unit comes with a locker for convenient storage of snow tires, golf clubs, bicycles and the like. Close by, is a lakeside playground that will prove popular when the grandkids come to visit.

“We consulted with would-be buyers, and listened to what they wanted to have on their list when considering the ideal condo purchase,” says Kader. “The Landing embodies all the feedback that we received, coupled with an unparalleled location.”

A complementary team

The Landing team includes award-winning architect, Duff Ryan of Ryan Company Architect Inc., who was born and raised in Northern Ontario. He looks primarily to Indigenous cultures for his inspiration. Coupled with modern technologies, Duff takes a pragmatic approach to architecture, so that it is respectful of the natural surroundings that it shares.

Jones Consulting Group Ltd. specializes in planning services in the field of renewable energy projects, to ensure that any adverse environmental impacts are minimized. From the putting green in the front courtyard and beautifully treed boulevard, to the walking trails, gardens and sitting areas in the new waterfront park, Carrick Design has created a stunning landscape plan for residents and their guests to enjoy for years to come.

Brimanor Construction Services Ltd. is a Barrie-based company that will work on The Landing’s all steel and concrete blueprints. Founded in 1977, Brimanor has a project portfolio consisting of condominiums, apartment complexes and hotels, as well as The Little Lake Medical Centre, which is located only a few minutes from the site.

Condo units range in size from 661 to 1,155 sq. ft., and start from the mid $300,000s. Suite finishes and amenities include nine-ft. ceilings, brand name stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, limestone flooring, superior sound-proofing, individual climate control and much more.

The on-site sales centre is open seven days a week, or by appointment. The knowledgeable staff at the Landing are available to answer questions, and can advise early buyers of special offers and promotions.

For more information, visit thelandingatlittlelake.com


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Pratt Homes

Pratt Homes: Live your best condo life

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Pratt Homes: Live your best condo life

Living the condo life has great benefits. You don’t cut the lawn, you don’t shovel the driveway, you don’t clean the gutters and certainly no outside window washing for you. You know what you do? You have extra time to spend with your family and friends, barbecuing on your balcony or just relaxing in your incredibly spacious suite. Not to mention when the lovely Ontario winter comes, you lock up your condo suite and head for fun in the sun.

Bear Creek Ridge, by Pratt Homes, is a brand new family neighborhood located in Southwest Barrie. Bear Creek Ridge will have freehold townhomes, detached homes and condominiums. There will be a brand-new home for every sized family. The streetscapes at Bear Creek Ridge will be designed with traditional, hybrid and modern elevations creating the most unique streetscapes Barrie has ever seen.

The condos at Bear Creek Ridge are perfect for a maintenance-free lifestyle. Suites ranging from bachelor/bachelorette, up to massive 1,464-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath masterpieces. Complete with secure underground parking and large balconies you can barbecue on. With only two buildings and 120 suites, it is the definition of quiet, quaint and content living.

Currently, Bear Creek Ridge has the lowest deposit structure in the province at $15,000 over 180 days, making your dream of homeownership a reality. This low deposit structure, however, is not here to stay and NOW is your chance to own at Bear Creek Ridge.

Bear Creek Ridge is 45 minutes from the GTA and right next door to Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Muskoka. You will also be within walking, cycling or driving distance from an incredible number of amenities in the South end of Barrie to accommodate your lifestyle.

You stay connected when you move to Barrie.

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Bear Creek Ridge

Located at 241 Essa Road, Barrie, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Friday.

705.719.6669

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BUILDER PROFILE: Condos by Pratt Homes

Pratt Homes offers several condo options in the Barrie area

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Pratt Homes offers several condo options in the Barrie area

Living the condo life has great benefits. You don’t cut the lawn, you don’t shovel the driveway, you don’t clean the gutters and certainly no outside window washing for you. You know what you do? You have extra time to spend with your family and friends barbecuing on your balcony or just relaxing in your incredibly spacious suite. Not to mention when the lovely Ontario winter comes, you lock up your condo suite and head for fun in the sun.

Currently, Pratt Homes has condos available for sale in the following communities: Bistro 6 (South East Barrie), Bear Creek Ridge (South West Barrie) and Banting Square (South West of Barrie) – starting at only $330,990!

Banting Square

Pratt Homes has named this community Banting Square, paying tribute to the legacy of Sir Fredrick Banting, one of the co-founders of Insulin. To compliment the rich heritage of Alliston, the design of the buildings includes red brick, gable ends as well as architectural symmetry – all characteristics inspired by prominent buildings in Alliston.

Banting Square minimizes your amenities, which keeps your maintenance fees lower then at other condo communities. There is a great outdoor seating area where you, your family, friends or new neighbours can sit and have a coffee and a chat. At Banting Square, you don’t pay extra maintenance fees and you don’t worry. You just live the relaxing life you want.

Plan your exit strategy today at BantingSquare.ca

Bistro 6

Bistro 6 is a new urban condo community designed to bring together friends and family over the art of food. It’s culinary inspired condo living at its finest. It is the first community to be built in Hewitt’s Gate, the Gateway to Barrie.

What makes Bistro 6 culinary inspired? Bistro 6 is a six-building condo community; each building is named after the spices that Bistro 6 was inspired by: Fennel, Chili, Turmeric and Sumac.

Pratt Homes has also paired up with celebrity chef Randy Feltis, an award-winning restaurateur and Cityline co-host who has travelled the world in search of culinary expertise.

We all know that the kitchen is the most important room in the home, and with well over 20 years of experience, chef Randy Feltis knows the perfect layout. Chef Feltis worked directly with the Pratt Homes team, including the architect, design coordinator, design and colour director, sales director and owner to ensure each condo suite was designed with the perfect kitchen-centric approach.

Check out Bistro6Barrie.ca for more information.

Bear Creek Ridge

Bear Creek Ridge is a brand-new family neighbourhood in southwest Barrie. Bear Creek Ridge will have Freehold Town Homes, Detached Homes, and Condominiums. There will be a brand-new home for every sized family.

The Condos at Bear Creek Ridge have only 2 buildings and 120 suites, it is the definition of quiet, quaint and content living.

Bear Creek Ridge is 45 minutes from the GTA and right next door to Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Muskoka. You will also be within walking, cycling or driving distance from an incredible number of amenities in the south end of Barrie to accommodate your lifestyle.

You stay connected when you move to Barrie. For more information, visit BearCreekRidge.ca


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LOCAL FOCUS: Barrie

LOCAL FOCUS: Barrie

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LOCAL FOCUS: Barrie

by Gale Beeby
Photos Courtesy The City of Barrie

Known as the ‘Gateway to Cottage Country’

HOUSING OPTIONS

Barrie has often been considered as a recreational playground and bedroom community of Toronto, which has given rise to the development of numerous subdivisions on the southern end of the city. With the city’s long history, there are numerous pockets of historic housing, and the city – as with most large urban centres in Southern Ontario – has also seen a condo boom. But single-family homes are still the norm.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The Centre for the Performing Arts is a modern facility home to many cultural productions, film screenings, plays, concerts, dance recitals and other performances. The Georgian Theatre features a proscenium stage used for theatrical performances as well as conferences and seminars.

The MacLaren Art Centre has a growing collection of work, as well as film nights, a speaker series and children’s programs. Lakeshore Mews is home to a number of galleries, studios and boutiques, and hosts Arts ce Soir, an all-night celebration of visual, musical theatrical and literary art. Kempenfest is one of the largest arts and crafts celebrations in Ontario.

The Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League play home games in the Molson Centre, a 4,195-seat multi-purpose arena.

Barrie is also home to a number of festivals, including the Barrie Waterfront Festival, Winterfest, Ecofest, Jazz & Blues Festival, Rhythmfest, the Barrie Film Festival and the New Music Festival.

PARKS & REC

Barrie is a four-season delight for any outdoor enthusiast. In the summer, there are beaches to visit, including Minet’s Point, Johnsons Beach, The Gables, Tyndale Beach and Centennial Beach. Sailing and boating are popular in Kempenfelt Bay and Lake Simcoe, which connects with the Trent Severn Waterway. In the winter there are many activities and facilities and the city also has a number of recreational and sports complexes and over 740 acres of parks.

The Ardagh Bluffs Area boasts over 17 kilometres of hiding and walking trails over 518 acres. The Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail follows the ancient overland route created by the Indigenous people, connecting Memorial Park to the Fort Willow Heritage Site in Springwater Township. The North Shore Trail is a multi-use, wheelchair-accessible, three-kilometre trail running the entire length of Barrie’s north shore of Kempenfelt Bay along a former rail corridor.

RETAIL THERAPY

Downtown Barrie is full of lovely boutiques, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts shops, cafés, restaurants and bistros. Georgian Mall is the largest mall in Barrie with over 190 shops and services, and was recently renovated and expanded. Bayfield Mall has 70 stores and is surrounded by smaller stores and a bowling alley and movie theatre.

EASY ACCESS

Public transit is provided by Barrie Transit and there is a GO Transit station with various bus and train routes. Greyhound Canada also has bus routes between Barrie and Yorkdale Bus Terminal. Highway 400 is the main provincial route, with Highway 26 (Bayfield Street), Simcoe County Roads 27, 90, 93, 30 and Highway 11 allowing commuters to move around quickly.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 187,000

Walk Score: 40

Twin Cities: Zweibrücken, Germany; Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

Motto: The People Are The City

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Cover Story: Bear Creek Ridge

Cover Story: Bear Creek Ridge

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Cover Story: Bear Creek Ridge

Pratt Homes addresses pent-up demand for new freehold homes and condos in Barrie

It was a long time coming in Barrie, and Pratt Homes has addressed the pent-up demand for new freehold homes and condos by launching sales at Bear Creek Ridge in October 2017. This new family neighbourhood is located at the corner of Salem and Essa Roads, in the southwest section of Barrie.

Phase 1 freehold detached homes and towns are 90 per cent sold. Phase 1 condos have had a fantastic reception, and are approximately 40 per cent sold. The phase 2 release saw another large portion of homes snatched up buy purchasers. It’s safe to say, purchasers are very enthusiastic about the Barrie new home market.

Why buy in Barrie? The prices are substantially lower than the GTA, the deposit structure is substantially lower for the majority of builders in Ontario, the sizes of the homes are far greater for what you pay than anything south of Barrie, plus the lifestyle is incredible.

Towns start from the mid-$400,000s; detached from the low-$600,000s; and condos from the mid $200,000s. Compare that with GTA prices, and the value is incredible.

Pratt Homes offers deposit structures unlike anything you’ve seen in the GTA. For towns and condos, simply pay $1,000 on signing; $4,000 in 30 days; $5,000 in 60 days; $5,000 in 90 days; $5,000 in 120 days; and $5,000 in 150 days. For detached homes and classic towns, pay $5,000 on signing; $5,000 in 30 days; $10,000 in 60 days; $10,000 in 90 days; and $10,000 in 120 days.

Condominium bachelor/bachelorette suites range in size up to a 1,454-square-foot three-bedroom, two bath layout. Enjoy secure underground parking and balconies that enable barbecuing. Metro Towns (with garages) and Euro Towns (with European-style carports) are all three storeys, have two- and three-bedroom options with dens, private balconies, and are fully above ground. Fully detached homes range in size from 1,900 to 3,000 square feet.

This location is sensational. Residents will live around the corner from the Holly Recreation Centre, which has ice rinks, pools, gyms and a full schedule of activities. The community is also a 10-minute drive to the downtown core, where residents can enjoy an eclectic selection of restaurants and nightlife. Four swimmable beaches with walking trails along the waterfront beckon with opportunities to commune with nature. Plus, the GO station makes it convenient for commuters to get to their destinations from downtown.

Southwest Barrie is a mere 45 minutes to the Greater Toronto Area, and is a similar distance north to skiing at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Muskoka’s cottage country, and the largest freshwater beach in the world at Wasaga Beach. In addition, avid golfers know the Barrie area for some of the best courses anywhere.

The new phase 3 release is early February 2018 and will include additional 29-foot detached homes, the more affordable Metro and Euro Town collection and the coveted and ever desirable Classic Towns with 9-foot ceilings, a garage and private backyards!

At Bear Creek Ridge, Pratt Homes is offering completely new designs featuring dynamic exteriors that range in style from traditional to modern, and even hybrid, for distinctive streetscapes. The Bear Creek Ridge Community will be unlike any other neighbourhood in Simcoe County.

Pratt Homes has been building fine new residential communities in Barrie for six generations, since 1890. Over the past few months, Pratt Homes developed and released its new brand evolution from “Barrie’s Largest Builder since 1890” to designing homes and neighbourhoods with the stages of family life cycles in mind, paying meticulous attention to beauty and functionality as well as ensuring they offer a home size for every stage of the family life cycle.

In addition, Pratt Homes offers Ontario’s first virtual reality Model Home tours inside the Bear Creek Ridge Office. The Virtual Reality experience gives you the opportunity to walk through and get a feeling for your new home instead of just seeing a blackline drawing.

The Bear Creek Sales Office will be opening Saturday, February 10th, 2018. Visit the Bear Creek Ridge Sales Office, located at 241 Essa Road, Unit 3 in Barrie, just off Highway 400. The Sales Office is open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays.

(705) 719-6669

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Editor's Choice: Pratt Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Pratt Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Pratt Homes

The story behind the builder of Bear Creek Ridge in Barrie

Don Pratt is a Barrie boy, born and raised. Barrie is a thriving real estate market located 45 minutes north of Toronto. Much like the previous generations of his family, Don spent the majority of his life in construction in the Barrie area then passed the family building legacy on to his daughter Karen Pratt-Hansen and son-in-law Heljar Hansen.

Don recounts a grade school memory of being surrounded by peers as his teacher asked questions about career dreams. As the teacher went through the questions, Don didn’t raise his hand. The teacher asked him directly, “What do you want to do Don?” He simply responded “I want to build homes.”

The Pratt family has been building homes in Barrie since 1890 but Pratt Homes was founded by Don in the early 1970s. At the heart of the company is building attractive and affordable homes to help people achieve homeownership.

Heljar Hansen and Karen Pratt-Hansen with their children.
Heljar Hansen and Karen Pratt-Hansen with their children.

The Pratt family legacy began when Stephen Pratt emigrated from England in 1890 and constructed two houses in the Cundles Heights area of Barrie. Don was inspired by his family history and when he took over the family business in the mid 1970s, he evolved from building houses to creating communities.

Don and his wife Chris started Pratt Homes in their basement. They created a logo and began a new legacy and now Pratt Homes is the largest homebuilder in Barrie. To this day, Pratt Homes continues to be a family business that creates meaningful communities while supporting industries, families, charities and organizations.

Karen and Heljar sit in the boardroom at Pratt Homes’ Head Office. The entire office is meticulously designed including photography from Peter Lik in every room. There is a gorgeous reclaimed barn wood table; wood acquired from the Pratt family farm. As you enter the boardroom you’re greeted by a picture called “Sacred Sunrise” taken of Cayonlands National Park in Utah. The photograph commands your attention.

The pair are positioned beside each other prepared to recollect memories of the pinnacle moments that built the foundation for The Pratt Hansen Group.

THE EARLY YEARS

Karen Pratt-Hansen has a proud demeanor when discussing her childhood in construction. “The family has always been in construction. It’s been my life. It’s what I know,” she says.

Karen remembers her mom as the chief cook and bottle washer who kept things on track.

“My mom was an integral part of Pratt Homes as well as teaching me about business,” says Karen. “She showed me how to dress professionally because a Pratt Homes representative must care about their presentation.”

When Karen and her brother were younger, they asked for a withdrawal from the bank of dad. The result was different than anticipated. “Mom and dad gathered up cleaning materials, put us in the car, stopped at one of our model homes and said they’d be back once it was clean.”

The Pratts had a family tradition: they children were first to view new model homes. They proudly they walked through the home their dad built, praised the gorgeous decorating their mom did and then played in the kids room.

Karen remembers her parents steering her towards the family business. “Even when I was thinking about practicing law, my parents encouraged me to be a real estate lawyer.”

HOW IT STARTED

Karen embarked upon a journey most students can only dream of and attended university in Australia, majoring in law. During her schooling Karen met her future husband, Heljar Hansen, a Norwegian descendant who obtained his Australian residency to get his MBA and minor in computer sciences.

Unfortunately, in early 2002 Heljar lost his mother and Heljar and Karen went to Norway for the funeral. “It was a very sad time for my family. We honoured and celebrated my mother’s life.” says Heljar.

While in Norway, Karen received a call from her parents sending their condolences and asking if they could stop in Barrie on their way back to Australia; Karen and Heljar agreed. It was during the stopover that Don and Chris Pratt announced that retirement was on the horizon and Karen, Heljar and Karen’s brother should be their successors.

“We were both thinking about living in Australia. Karen had applied for her residency and I already had mine. We weren’t considering moving to Barrie and running the business.” says Hansen.

“I loved living overseas but I missed my family,” Karen says. “I missed Barrie. It was my home.”

Karen wanted to put down roots where her family created a legacy. Karen and Heljar made the decision together; they would take the risk and return to Canada.

A NEW ERA

Heljar and Karen moved to Barrie in November, 2002. Heljar remembers it well — it snowed for five straight months. They returned home on Friday and Monday started at Pratt Homes. Don drove Heljar to the construction site and introduced him to the site superintendent. “Meet my son-in-law, teach him about building,” Don said. Judging by the look on the super’s face, Heljar was positive Don hadn’t informed him until that moment.

“When we came back from Australia, we were learning the business. Dad was still running things. The goal was to take over but we didn’t want the learning curve to be too much,” recalls Pratt- Hansen. Karen and Heljar wanted to ensure the ownership transition didn’t have a negative impact on the business.

“We jumped into the deep end of the pool,” Heljar continues. “We knew we could handle the challenge, we’re not afraid of hard work but to be honest, we felt overwhelmed.” The family worked together to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

Karen learned to manage the business while Heljar was learning construction. They then worked with the sales manager, learning the system that drives the entire machine.

“In the early years we did everything,” notes Karen. “During the week we were at head office, on the weekend at the sales office handing out brochures.”

“We even cleaned houses before predelivery inspections,” Heljar adds.

It took under two years for the Pratt-Hansens to transition ownership of the family business to the Pratt Hansen Group.

A LOOK TO THE FUTURE

Karen and Heljar are leading Pratt Homes during exciting times. The company is designing a new product line, preparing to launch new communities and just released their new brand.

“The fact that the brand has evolved says something about the business because we’ve changed,” Heljar says.

Karen had a great attachment to the previous logo because her dad created it, but she has confidence. “The way the community has embraced our new direction has given me great comfort.”

Karen and Heljar are doing things the Pratt-Hansen way. “We love change. We love doing things new, different and better,” Karen says. “That has been a philosophy of ours but it was different when we evolved the brand. The logo was a foundation of what previous generations built before us.”

“But just because the logo changes doesn’t mean the foundation changes. We’re an innovative company that makes fresh new changes but we also believe in tradition,” Heljar adds.

The Pratt family legacy has become the Pratt-Hansen family legacy. Karen and Heljar hope their kids will continue the family business. Both kids attend community opening and closing events as well as clean homes before predelivery inspections. When it comes to the next generation of Pratt Homes, the preparation work is happening with mom and dad’s help.

“We can only hope. We’re not going to force them, but hopefully they’ve seen what we do and what we’ve done,” says Heljar. “We’ll support them in whatever they want to do but hopefully they want to build.”

Karen feels similarly. “I think, like us, they may go off in their own directions and pursue their own paths, but if, one day, they get a feeling in their gut and remember what it was like to be a part of what we’ve done, we hope they come home to the family business.”

WHAT’S CURRENT AT PRATT HOMES

Pratt Homes has just released for sale Bear Creek Ridge, a family neighbourhood in southwest Barrie. This release of freehold towns, freehold detached and condominiums — priced from the mid $200,000s — is the first look at Pratt Homes’ newly designed floorplans and exteriors. In Bear Creek Ridge, Pratt Homes has blended together traditional, modern and hybrid exterior designs creating Barrie’s most visually stunning community. So far, purchasers are thrilled to see the fresh new look and are quickly buying up the new homes.

Visit BearCreekRidge.ca for floor plans and prices.

Coming in 2018, Pratt Homes will be releasing an incredibly innovative community called Bistro 6, Culinary Inspired Condo Living. Bistro 6 will be located inside Pratt Homes’ newest neighbourhood, Hewitt’s Gate.

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Lakevu Condos - Big News on Little Lake

Lakevu Condos – Big News on Little Lake

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Lakevu Condos – Big News on Little Lake

Mid-rise condos Now Open in Barrie

With stunning views of Little Lake and luxury amenities, Lakevu Condos is the newest, master-planned community by JD Development Group.

Situated just east of the Little Lake Health Centre in Barrie, Lakevu Condos will eventually include three mid-rise buildings. The first, 10-storey, concrete building is now open for registrations. A tastefully designed exterior facade will include architectural highlights, and be built from durable products that are fire resistant and possess a heightened acoustic performance – all in an effort to maintain its good looks for generations to come. Beautifully landscaped grounds, pleasant common areas, and a full list of on-site amenities will add to the overall enjoyment of living at Lakevu, by JD Developments.

One- to two-bedroom plus den designs will feature solid surface countertops, wood laminate flooring, USB outlets and large balconies as per individual plans.

Illustrations are artist's concept
Illustrations are artist’s concept

GREAT LOCATION

Ideally situated, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) can be accessed from the City of Barrie within an hour. GO Transit offers daily train and bus service, and Highways 400, 26 and 11 provide alternative commuting routes.

Barrie is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities and possesses a dynamic energy. It not only has an established infrastructure, but many natural attributes as well. Part of the Monolithic Canadian Shield, pristine lakes and unspoiled wilderness serve up some of the most beautiful, four-season scenery. With this comes incredible options for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, golfing, skiing and swimming.

Barrie, itself, has 90 parks on more than 300 hectares. Combined with major retailers, well-graded schools, fabulous eateries, and all the health and service amenities that you may require, this city has you well-covered. In addition, event venues include, The Barrie Molson Centre, Cineplex movie theatres and local performance theatres. Yearly festivals are also a major part of this culturally rich area.

Illustrations are artist's concept
Illustrations are artist’s concept

ON-SITE AMENITIES

A full complement of on-site amenities are not only convenient, but they all save time and money. Take in breathtaking views of the water, while relaxing on the rooftop lounge. Keep fit in the well-equipped fitness room, and enjoy celebratory events in the party room, which comes complete with a kitchen and a pool table.

SIZZLIN’ MARKET

The housing market in Barrie is red hot. Rental vacancy rates, as well as the housing supply, are at the lowest that they’ve been in more than a decade. It’s popular news, but with a flourishing economy and significantly lower prices than the GTA, Barrie continues to attract a growing population.

With prices starting in the $200,000s, Lakevu Condos offers an attractive financial investment, as well as a great place to live, lakeside views and easy access to major transportation routes.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Registration is now open.

LakevuCondos.ca



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