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Georgian International

Georgian International offers remarkable communities in Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia area

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Georgian International offers remarkable communities in Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia area

Active families and retirees are heading in droves to the Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia region for its natural beauty and world-class attractions. Once here, they are delighted to discover that Georgian International, a visionary developer with strong roots in the neighbourhood offers exactly what they’re in search of; thoughtful communities that are an authentic reflection of small town Canada.

Braestone at Horseshoe Valley. Country Estate, rethought

Gas-fired lanterns. A pumpkin patch. A Christmas tree farm. A baseball diamond encircled by corn stalks à la Field of Dreams. These idyllic features complement the farmhouse-style homes that make up the Braestone estate community, one hour north of the GTA in Horseshoe Valley.

Braestone
Braestone

Developed by Georgian International, the 229 homes sit on 556 acres in the Oro-Medonte township. These ingredients, known as “remarkables,” truly capture the uniqueness of living here that appeals to prospective buyers.

Bringing a unique approach to Ontario real estate is a hallmark of the company. “What we’re doing is not what other developers are doing,” says Mike Parker, vice-president, sales and marketing for Georgian International’s Real Estate Division. “In the planning process, we came up with community features that will enhance people’s lives, that will be part of their active lifestyles.”

Bathroom at Braestone
Bathroom at Braestone

For example, a toboggan hill is a family-friendly add-on, and a sugar shack can teach residents about the age-old practice of tapping maple trees. “Braestone buyers are typically nature lovers and enjoy being outdoors,” Parker notes, “and that’s why we created remarkables like a skating pond, a berry patch.”

Parker adds that they regularly hold events for the community with the intention that the traditions will continue long after the development is built out. Summer corn roasts with live music, a pancake breakfast fundraiser, and family day horse drawn sleigh rides are just a few.

Livingroom at Braestone
Livingroom at Braestone

Besides successful sales, Braestone’s eye-catching offerings and impressive amenities are getting noticed by the industry. It was recognized as Best New Home Community of the Year in 2016 by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, and its Discovery Centre was named 2016 Best Lowrise Homes Sales Office in Canada by the CHBA. Most recently, the “Thoroughbred” model was awarded Best Two-Storey Design up to 2,500 sq. ft. by the Ontario Homes Builders Association.

Interior flourishes make the Braestone homes visually appealing, to say the least: Floors come complete with tongue-and-groove maple or oak, and porcelain tile is found in the bathrooms, foyers and mudrooms. Master bathrooms showcase an island-style soaker tub.

Windfall at Blue Mountain

Winner of the Simcoe County Home Builders Awards’ Project Of The Year 2017. Georgian International’s popular Windfall is a 609-home community at the base of Blue Mountain that attracts buyers looking for “comfort, character, culture and community with a relaxed way of life,” says Parker.

He notes that “it’s a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance… with community trails, Georgian Bay on one side, and the Niagara Escarpment on the other the beauty of the natural landscape is simply amazing.”

Windfall
Windfall

In the heart of the community will be The Shed, a barn-inspired gathering place that will form the hub for residents to network, socialize and relax. Cold- and hot-water outdoor pools are planned to further promote relaxed living.

“The semis and detached homes differ from the look of Braestone units with more mountain-like colours and shades,” Parker remarks. But both will feature a trademark flourish for Georgian International developments: Gas-powered lanterns.

“There’s a romantic feel, an ambiance, to lanterns that is special and not done by anyone else,” Parker says.

Buyers can select from well-appointed standard features or upgrade interior design packages that coordinate interior finishes, including flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting and other fixtures. started moving in this spring, beginning in May.

Bridge at Windfall
Bridge at Windfall

When fully completed, the 230-unit Mountain House will consist of two-, three, and four-storey buildings. The terrace suites boast a chalet-style and complemented by a community building, a bike repair station, a sauna and relaxation room, hot and cold pools and an idyllic setting. “Like all our projects, the standard features, such as full, glass-walled showers and exterior gas lanterns, go above and beyond expectations,” says Parker.

Mountain House
Mountain House

Close to Windfall and Mountain House are the historic areas of Collingwood, Blue Mountain Resort and Wasaga Beach, as all three regions are “remarkables” onto themselves for Ontario residents. Nearby activities include boating on Georgian Bay, fishing, snowboarding, ATV trail tours, water parks, golfing, sleigh rides and guided snowshoe hikes.

Georgian International. At home in beautiful Simcoe County

Georgian International is not just carving its own path in the real estate business, which began in 1985. The diverse company’s divisions include Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC and Air Georgian.

Georgian International has made it its mission to create communities of artfully designed architecture inspired by small town Canada, with amenities that improve peoples’ lives, giving people that sense of home ensconced among mountains, lakes, Christmas tree parks, and skating ponds.

And if that isn’t being Canadian at its most grassroots, we don’t know what is.

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For further information visit the Braestone, Windfall and Mountain House websites.


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Ashton Meadows by Briarwood Development Group

Ashton Meadows offers affordable living at its finest

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Ashton Meadows offers affordable living at its finest

Premiering soon in Stayner, is Ashton Meadows – a new perspective on affordable living. Envisioned by Briarwood Development Group, it’s what discerning new home purchasers have been looking for. Ashton Meadows is a family community of inspired designs, in a great location, while still being well-priced. This master-planned community includes parks and natural green spaces, with plans to build village amenities on site.

Lots to choose from

Currently being offered is a collection of detached homes on 45- and 50-foot lots – tastefully positioned along pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. Among the 21 models available, there are a total of 63 variations, so that you can choose exactly what you’re looking for.

Detached bungalows, bungalows with lofts and two-storey homes include up to five bedrooms on models that range up to 3,155 square feet. Exterior facades feature brick and stone, or brick and siding, in addition to two-car garages, large windows, covered porches and architectural accents.

Interiors include open-concept great rooms, and wonderful kitchen and breakfast room combinations. Many models feature formal rooms, and available options may include, media lofts, and tray or waffle ceilings, in addition to second and third bedrooms with connected bathrooms. A main-floor laundry room is accessed through the garage, and select floorplans feature walk-in closets and spacious master bedrooms with spa-inspired bathrooms. Homes at Ashton Meadows are priced from the mid $400s.

A vibrant village

A relaxing, all-encompassing way-of-life is possible at Ashton Meadows. Set in a tranquil location, but surrounded by exceptional amenities, it’s a great place to live, work and play.

The town of Stayner is a vibrant, and sustainable, community located in the beautiful township of Clearview. It offers the perfect mix of everyday shops, services, parks, schools, coffee shops and eateries, as well as a local pub, a new community library, a market, a gallery and a sports arena. A new transit system is in the works.

Just beyond your own backyard, you can access a variety of activities and destinations all year long. Whatever your interests, you’ll find golf courses, nature trails, conservation areas, beaches and ski hills. Or, you may enjoy boating, windsurfing and biking. A selection of fine dining options, pubs, big box shopping, boutiques, galleries and theatre can be found in Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Wasaga Beach, Creemore or Barrie. From Stayner, commuting to the Greater Toronto Area is a breeze.

Briarwood set out to create a community that was not only affordable, but one that inspired a greater appreciation for life. At Ashton Meadows, they’ve considered all of those advantages, along with a whole lot more, for much less.

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Registrations now being accepted at Ashton Meadows.


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The Landing at Little Lake

The Landing at Little Lake – Waterfront condominiums in Barrie

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The Landing at Little Lake – Waterfront condominiums in Barrie

Coming soon to Barrie is The Landing at Little Lake – an exciting new condominium project in one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities. These condos are situated close to the North Barrie Crossing and Hwy. 400.

The Landing is a unique, well-defined destination. This condominium development offers purchasers the opportunity to enjoy waterfront living surrounded by nature. Situated amidst six-plus acres of wooded parkland on the shores of Little Lake, residents can enjoy fishing, boating and hiking within steps of their back door.

The best of all worlds

“Historically, property growth in Barrie, and in Simcoe County, has been in the form of single-family, residential houses suitable for growing families,” says Mohamed Kader, spokesperson for 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.”

New home purchasers are completely taken with the location, along with the amenities of The Landing at Little Lake. In addition, they benefit from the proximity to shopping, restaurants, healthcare services, golf, and so much more, in this vibrant, ever-growing community.

Luxurious living

The Landing’s seven storey building is constructed of steel and concrete. A total of 137 one- and two-bedroom suites (many with dens) are available, and include a balcony with unobstructed sight lines of the lake. In addition to living in a peaceful lakefront setting, the purchasers of a condo at The Landing will be able to enjoy an incredible 3,000-sq.- ft. rooftop terrace. Here, residents can entertain, barbecue, or simply sit back and watch the sun set.

Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fully equipped exercise area, his and her change rooms, and a putting green, as well as an outdoor terrace, underground parking, and direct access to the lake and the park. Lockers come with each unit for convenient storage of snow tires, bicycles, golf clubs and the like. 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.

Suite features and finishes include nine-foot ceilings, brand-name stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, limestone flooring, superior sound-proofing, individual climate control and much more.

Condo units range in size from 661 to 1,155 sq. ft. Pre-construction pricing starts from the mid $300,000s, along with a limited time offer to own for just 10 per cent down in the first year. Visit the sales centre for other special opportunities that are available for early purchasers at the Landing at Little Lake.

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thelandingatlittlelake.com

705.719.9909


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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.

thelandingatlittlelake.com


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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.

thelandingatlittlelake.com


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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.

PRATT HOMES
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

Barrie.ca


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