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Muskoka, nature’s canvas enjoying a spike in property interest

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Muskoka, nature’s canvas enjoying a spike in property interest

Ah, Muskoka… haven of forests, shimmering lakes, granite emplacement and other natural wonders that have graced the canvases of famous Canadian artists such as Tom Thomson… popular cottage destination and playground for untold numbers of youngsters attending summer camps…

There simply is no need to sing the praises of this wonderland of almost 6,500 sq. km. and more than 1,600 lakes.

Oh wait, we just did.

Indeed, what’s there not to love about this blessed region about 220 kms north of Toronto, comprising the Towns of Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, and the Townships of Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays and Georgian Bay?

Perhaps you’ve spent some time here yourself, among the legions of renters who descend on the area every summer to enjoy short-term cottage rentals.

Or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to own a piece of this paradise.

While home to about 60,000 permanent residents, Muskoka swells in population in summer as an additional 100,000 seasonal property owners vacation in the region.

It’s also something of a playground for the rich and famous, with sports and entertainment celebrities owning expansive properties along the shores of the three major lakes – Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph.

If you’ve ever had any desire to buy property in this area, now might be the time. And you can thank COVID-19 for the opportunity. Yes, you read that right.

Property price surge

Despite the pandemic, property prices are seeing a surge. In what’s known as the Lakelands region, including Muskoka, Haliburton, Orillia, Parry Sound, the median price for residential non-waterfront property in May 2020 was a record $416,500, up 7.3 per cent from $388,000 in May 2019. For waterfront property, more desirable and more expensive, the median price was $565,800, up 3.3 per cent from $547,550 over the same period.

In Muskoka, specifically, nonwaterfront property prices rose 8.3 per cent in May 20 to $420,868, from $388,750 in ay 2019. In Haliburton, by comparison, the prices were $318,500 and $310,000, respectively, up 2.7 per cent.

Waterfront properties in Muskoka rose 3.9 per cent in May 2020 to $727,500, compared to $700,500 in May 2019. Meanwhile, in Haliburton, the corresponding prices were $520,000 and $550,000 – down 5.5 per cent.

“We’re not surprised in the least at the stats for Muskoka,” Catharine Inniss, broker at Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, and president of the Lakeland Association of Realtors, told Active Life.

The thinking is that the increases are due to a delayed spring market because of the pandemic, as well as low interest rates, and that this level of activity and price growth may continue through to 2021. Realtors sense that, thanks to COVID-19, people are re-evaluating their lives and want to consider getting out of the city. For those seeking quality of life, affordable properties (compared to the GTA) and the ability to work remotely, Muskoka presents an increasingly attractive option.

“Inventory has been down over the past few years and is even lower this year,” Inniss says. “The pandemic has helped people realize that now is the time to make the move. Employers have realized that telecommuting works beautifully, so people can now live here year-round and work remotely.”

Some buyers are feeling restricted in the city and want more space, she adds. “There is more bang for their buck here, off the waterfront. Many choose to purchase a lovely home and go to the beach or marina to pick up their boats on the weekend.

Then there’s the age-old question of supply and demand. “There are a limited number of properties here, and this area is world famous for good reason.”

KEY LANDMARKS

  • Deerhurst Resort
  • Lake Joseph Golf Glub
  • Port Carling
  • Rocky Crest Golf Resort
  • Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
  • Santa’s Village
  • Taboo Golf Course
  • The KEE to Bala
  • The Rock Golf Course

New home developments

To take advantage of the growing interest in the area in not just vacation properties but year-round residences, more developers are setting up camp in Muskoka.

Canada’s largest homebuilder, Mattamy Homes, for example, has a new development in Bracebridge – White Pines – with a variety of single-detached homes.

And Trulife Developments Inc. has The Summit underway in Huntsville, offering traditional and stacked townhomes.

Regardless of your type or length of stay in Muskoka, the playground awaits. Name your passion, and you can pursue it here. Try your hand at landscape art, like the masters of the Group of Seven. Or hop up for some horseback riding, dogsledding or cross-country skiing in winter.

If cycling is more your speed, wind your way through hilly towns such as Bala, Ontario’s cranberry capital, or Bracebridge, and marvel at the three spectacular local waterfalls.

And golf. You want golf? Muskoka has carved out a reputation as one of Canada’s best golf destinations, with a handful of courses among the topranked in the country.

After your leisure activity, whatever it is, relax with some of the fare of the growing number of craft breweries in the area – Muskoka Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewing Co. and Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Location, location, location

Located in Central Ontario, extending from Georgian Bay in the west, to Lake Couchiching to the south, Algonquin Park in the east; 220 kms north of Toronto; population 60,599.

Select housing developments

HighCrest Muskoka
By Edgewood Homes
edgewoodmuskoka.com

Kestrel Glen Bracebridge & Gravenhurst
By LC Development Group
lcdg.ca

Lakeside Muskoka
By Lakeside Development Inc.
lakesidemuskoka.ca

Muskoka Bay Resort
By Freed Developments
muskokabayresort.com

The Summit
By Trulife Developments Inc.
thesummitmuskoka.com

Timberline
By Batavia Homes
bataviahomes.ca

The Tom Condominium
By Greystone
campustrailshuntsville.ca

White Pines
By Mattamy Homes
mattamyhomes.com

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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

In 1978, Mattamy Homes founder, Peter Gilgan, set out to build homes and communities that complement how people actually live – an idea he called “thoughtful design.” Since then, this belief has helped Mattamy build more than 100,000 homes across Canada and the United States. Today, Mattamy Homes is North America’s largest privately-owned homebuilder.

Soon, Mattamy’s story will continue its growth in vibrant North York. Mattamy will be unveiling brand new exciting detached designs. This will be a fresh opportunity to own new in the best of the city. Imagine life in Park Place on Patricia at Bathurst and Steeles.

Choose from a full collection of upscale architectural exteriors: French Chateau, English Manor, and Traditional. All the home designs blend naturally into this established North York neighbourhood. These thoughtfully designed homes come complete with nine-ft. ceilings, a gas fireplace, hardwood flooring and much more.

Register online today to buy new in the city.

Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg

Today, Mattamy has a limited collection of 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-ft. detached homes with trendy interior finishes and incredible incentives. Discover masterplanned community living at its finest. Connect to trails, parks and walking and biking paths all right outside your door. Come explore an elegant lifestyle just north of the city.

Union Condos in Brampton

Have you ever wanted to sleep late and still get to work on time? Well, now you can.

Mattamy’s UNION Condos in Brampton is literally a short, convenient five-minute walk to the Mount Pleasant GO station – getting you downtown in slightly more than 30 minutes. Choose from one- to three- bedroom suites. Enjoy a fitness studio and entertaining lounge all right in your building. An exciting new energy is available in Union Condos.

White Pines in Bracebridge

If you want to live the cottage life all year round, then White Pines is your destination. Here, you can choose from beautiful 50- and 66-ft. two-storey homes and bungalow designs that each bring something new to the table. Nature, recreation, convenient shopping, and dining are just minutes from your front door in Bracebridge. Experience it firsthand by taking a tour of Mattamy’s Model Home to discover all the finest interior and exterior finishes available in your future home. The Muskoka lifestyle is waiting for you in White Pines.

Queen’s Common in Whitby

Mattamy’s established Whitby community offers exciting new towns and detached designs. We invite you to be part of this exciting neighbourhood filled with friendly faces and children’s laughter. Live just minutes from everything you could ever need. Connect to shopping, recreation, dining, schools, GO and public transportation. Enjoy a relaxed, full life in Mattamy’s Queen’s Common.

All Mattamy homes offer Architect’s Choice Options. These optional floorplans allow you to personalize the layout of your new home to better fit your life. Whether you’re a growing family in need of an extra bedroom, or your love for cooking calls for a chef’s kitchen, the architectural options let you own a home that’s been designed for how you live.

And with the help of a personal design consultant you’ll be guided through the beautiful features and finishes available in Mattamy’s state-of-the-art Design Studio.

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Mattamy Homes helps you celebrate the new year in a new home

Mattamy Homes helps you celebrate the new year in a new home

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Mattamy Homes helps you celebrate the new year in a new home

Today find even more ways to love a new Mattamy home. There are plenty of open communities all across the GTA to fall in love with and many more opening in the new year. Whether you are looking for a new condo in a boutique building, an affordable townhome or a stunning detached design, Mattamy has you covered. From its Architect’s Choice Options, where you can personalize your floorplan, to the state-of-the-art Design Studio, where your interior comes to life, there is so much more to explore in a Mattamy home.

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BRAMPTON

Mattamy’s presence is strongest in Brampton than any other city in Canada. Today, you can discover the fully established Mount Pleasant North community in the heart of Brampton. Explore a full range of affordable townhomes and detached designs, sure to please even the most particular buyer. Community amenities include a central reflecting pond, neighbourhood parks, playgrounds, and plenty of local recreation, including shopping and dining. Mattamy offers plenty of ways to enjoy life in Mount Pleasant North in Brampton.

BRAMPTON

Have you ever wanted to sleep late and still get to work on time? Well, now you can. Mattamy’s Union Towns in Brampton is a convenient five-minute walk to the GO Transit, getting you downtown in just more than 30 minutes. Choose from affordable stacked or rear lane towns in the vibrant community of Union Towns.

KLEINBURG

The jewel of Vaughan is alive with new energy. Today, Mattamy has a new collection of 40-, 50-, and 60-ft. detached homes with trendy interior finishes and incredible incentives at Kleinburg Summit. Discover all that master-planning has to offer in the north of the city. Tour three model homes to see Mattamy’s hallmark home designs first-hand.

BRACEBRIDGE

If you want to live the cottage life all year round, then White Pines is your destination. And if you buy now, you can be living here by next summer. Choose from beautiful 50- and 66-ft. bungalow and two-storey designs, all designed to fit beautifully into the Muskoka landscape.

NORTH YORK

Find new rear lane towns and detached homes in the desirable Origins of Don Mills. Enjoy a beautiful life just minutes from The Shops of Don Mills, outdoor greenspace, upscale restaurants, and established schools of all levels. Hop on the DVP or 404 and get in or out of the city with ease.

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SCARBOROUGH

Live in the centre of Scarborough. Connected to TTC, shopping, recreation, schools of all levels plus parks just minutes away. Enjoy all the city has to offer at East Station.

WHITBY

Mattamy’s established Queen’s Common community will soon unveil brand new towns and detached designs never offered before. Hop on the 401 in five minutes, and just a short drive or walk away, enjoy established schools of all levels, shopping, theatres, restaurants and more.

CALEDON

Tucked away in the charm of the rolling Caledon Hills you will soon be able to discover Ellis Lane. This all detached community opens the door to a desirable, quaint lifestyle. Get in or out of the city in mere minutes on any of the 400 series highways. Discover boutique shops and fine dining in the heart of Caledon’s charming downtown.

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This summer discover more growth around the GTA with Mattamy

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This summer discover more growth around the GTA with Mattamy

The dog days of summer are finally here in the GTA, and with them come a fresh new selection of homes and communities ready for you to thrive in. Come explore all that Mattamy currently has open and what will be coming soon.

Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg

The jewel of Vaughan is alive with new energy. Today, Mattamy has a new collection of 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-ft. detached homes with trendy interior finishes and incredible incentives. Discover all that master-planning has to offer in the north of the city. Detached homes from $924,990.

White Pines in Bracebridge

If you want to live the cottage life all year-round, then White Pines is your destination. Here, you can choose from beautiful 50- and 66-ft. bungalow and two-storey designs that each bring something new to the table. Nature, recreation, convenient shopping, and dining are just minutes from your front door in Bracebridge. Experience it firsthand by taking a tour of Mattamy’s model home to discover all the finest interior and exterior finishes available in your future home. The Muskoka lifestyle is waiting for you in White Pines. Detached homes from $429,990.

New communities opening from east to west

Queen’s Common in Whitby

Mattamy’s established Whitby community will soon unveil a new release of affordable townhome designs. Live fully connected to shopping, recreation, dining, schools, and public transportation in thriving Whitby.

UNION Towns in Brampton

Have you ever wanted to sleep late and still get to work on time? Well, now you can. Mattamy’s UNION Towns in Brampton is a convenient five-minute walk to GO Transit – getting you downtown in slightly more than 30 minutes. Choose from affordable stacked or rear-lane towns in the blossoming new community of UNION Towns.

Origins of Don Mills, North York

There has never been a better opportunity to create your own vision of urban living than in the Origins of Don Mills. This fall, you can experience city living in one of Mattamy’s beautifully designed towns or detached homes in North York. Choose the exterior style and floorplan that best suits your life, then create your personalized interior from Mattamy’s Design Studio selection.

Mount Pleasant North in Brampton

Mattamy’s presence is strongest in Brampton than in any other community. Soon, Mattamy will add a new release of towns and detached designs to the heart of that beloved city. Community amenities include a central reflecting pond, neighbourhood parks, playgrounds, and plenty of local recreation, including shopping and dining. Mattamy offers plenty of ways to enjoy life in Mount Pleasant North in Brampton.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

For variety and location, Mattamy is right in your neighbourhood

Spring is a time of renewal. Nature is blooming. The sun is shining more often. The days are longer and warmer so it’s a perfect time to go searching for a new home. Where to begin?

Mattamy Homes is a great place to start. Whether you are searching for your very first home, or you need a larger home for a growing family, Mattamy can make the search very rewarding.

Since Mattamy built their first home in 1978, they have continuously brought innovation and architectural excellence to every home they build. Many of their communities are master-planned so families always have places to gather, playgrounds to visit and schools to attend within walking distance. Some communities also feature community centres, retail stores, ponds in the summer and skating rinks in the winter. Mattamy believes the community and your home should all be connected to create an enjoyable living experience.

A Mattamy community looks and feels different than other places. There are fewer homes per street so you don’t feel like you’re living in a cookie cutter environment. And the homes are offered in a variety of styles so each street has distinct character. Mattamy has always been an innovator in home design creating environments that simply make you feel right at home the instant you move in. They understand that open space allows for more fluid, free-flowing interaction.

Mattamy offers more choice in both exterior and interior finishes, so you can ensure the home you are buying is the home you always dreamed of. To personalize your home, Mattamy offers Architect’s Choice Options, which give homeowners an opportunity to make pre-approved structural changes before construction begins. These options are fully integrated into the home while under construction so you have the satisfaction of knowing that the home will be completely finished the way you want before you move in.

Mattamy’s state-of-the art Design Studios give their homeowners the choice to select every interior finish in your home. From granite countertops, backsplashes to trend-setting light fixtures, you will not be disappointed.

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately-owned homebuilder in North America with a 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps 7,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 10 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh- Durham, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. And in Canada, those communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mattamy has won numerous awards for community planning and home design including an unprecedented seven-time winner of the Homebuilder of the Year Award in the GTA.

No matter what you want from a new home, Mattamy has what you’re looking for from a stylish condo or townhome to a luxury detached home. A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime.

You’ll find a Mattamy community anywhere you want to live throughout the GTA.

Have a great spring and happy home hunting.

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White Pines

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White Pines

Brand new models released in Bracebridge

More than 10 years ago, Mattamy Homes introduced White Pines to the charming town of Bracebridge. At the time, those who were looking for a yearround Muskoka lifestyle found the home that they were looking for. Mattamy has now returned to this established community with a new release of bungalows and two-storey detached homes.

White Pines is situated close to the downtown core of Bracebridge in the heart of Muskoka, and is surrounded by lush green space, which includes forested areas and a popular golf course. Though the natural setting may feel off like you’re living off the grid, everything you could possibly need is within reach. Bracebridge is filled with tantalizing restaurants and shops, not to mention the many trails, rivers and waterfalls that surround the community. Schools of all levels, as well as a world-class sports centre, are also located nearby. At White Pines, you’ll find the perfect balance of natural living and urban convenience.

In true Mattamy fashion, there’s no lack of choice when it comes to the variety of homes that are being offered. Three desirable designs include Coastal, Craftsman and Muskoka. Each architectural exterior has its own distinct look that seamlessly fits into the encompassing neighbourhood. Bungalows and two-storey detached elevations feature large porches and ample yard space on 66-foot lots. These homes are appealing to families, and to retirees who are looking to downsize.

New home buyers are encouraged to take advantage of the architect’s choice options offered by the builder, which allows each purchaser the opportunity to personalize their individual home plan. When it comes to the finishing details, Mattamy appoints a personal design consultant to assist with choosing from the wide range of options that are available from their state-of-the-art design studio.

Mattamy has built more than 90,000 homes in hundreds of communities throughout Canada and the United States. For an unprecedented seventh time, Mattamy was honoured to receive the 2017 BILD Builder of the Year award.

The recipient of an extensive list of awards and accolades, Mattamy has never lost sight of their fundamental values. White Pines represents the careful planning and research that goes into making every Mattamy community a wonderful place to live.

CONTACT INFORMATION
mattamyhomes.com

The Bracebridge Sales Centre & Model Home are located at 39 Clearbrook Trail.
(705) 645-6448

The Vaughan Sales Centre is located at 7880 Keele Street, Unit 3.
(905) 907-3884


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The Waterways of Muskoka

The Waterways of Muskoka

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The Waterways of Muskoka

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

Being on the water in the summer is a Canadian tradition that is desired by many. Make this dream a reality at The Waterways of Muskoka on the Muskoka River in Bracebridge.

Developed by Alliance Homes, along with Lakewood Beach Property Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Teracorp), new home buyers are recognizing this incredible opportunity and sales reflect the demand.

Choose from a collection of freehold bungalows, including bungalow-with-loft townhomes with a double-car garage. Alliance Homes is one of the first to offer this type of housing in the area. In fact, The Waterways is among the first new home communities in Ontario to offer townhome bungalows with two-car garages.

Bungalows and bungaloft designs range from 1,170 to 2,692 square feet, and are priced from the mid $300,000s. Sales have been brisk, with more than 50 per cent of all homes now sold.

New home buyers who have come to recognize the incredible value at The Waterways, include retirees and semi-retired who love to be surrounded by this natural setting. The community is situated adjacent to Annie Williams Park, which is located on the river. It’s a great place for a morning or evening stroll, and is perfect for entertaining grandchildren when they come to visit.

Well under construction, all of the roads and site services are now complete, and more than one third of the homes are currently occupied. New home purchasers have come to appreciate the efficiency of a well-designed home that’s compact and easy to care for. In addition, the condominium component is a huge plus – there’s no need to worry about cutting the grass or shovelling the snow.

One of the most raved-about perquisites, is the fact that residents can walk into Bracebridge. There aren’t many new neighbourhoods where you can actually access the town on foot, do some shopping and stop for a beverage by the river. Historical buildings line the downtown core, and a wealth of amenities and services are available.

There are more than 22 waterfalls around the area. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. Lake Muskoka (considered one of the Big Three, along with Lakes Joseph and Rosseau) is just a 40-minute boat ride from the community. With 300 feet of shoreline, The Waterways will eventually include a common area and boat docking.

Teracorp is an all-encompassing company that is involved in the branding, marketing and approvals processes for low- and high-rise real estate – everything to the point of construction. The principals of Teracorp partnered with Alliance Homes due their solid reputation as one of Ontario’s premier builders in southern Ontario. Alex Troop founded Alliance Homes in 1994, and is committed to all aspects design, construction and customer service – from concept to completion.

Dust off your Muskoka chairs and give them a new home at The Waterways of Muskoka.

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The Presentation Centre is located at 2 Santa’s Village Road in Bracebridge.

(705) 645-5533
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Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime

It’s no accident that Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest homebuilder. They’ve spent nearly 40 years carefully planning communities and creating spaces that people love. The precedent for quality was set early, with the first Mattamy home ever built housing the same family for over 25 years. Since then, Mattamy has gone on to build over 90,000 more homes in hundreds of communities across Canada and the United States.

But it’s not just the number of homes that illustrates Mattamy’s success; it’s the amount of research, planning, and design that truly sets them apart. Mattamy is rigorous about every single aspect of community planning. Mattamy assesses the landscape and determines what natural elements can be preserved, then, anticipating how people want to live and play in their community, they introduce amenities like parks, trails and other features that deliver anything families might enjoy. The result is a plethora of well-planned, distinctive communities that are fully integrated into their natural surroundings.

Also unique to Mattamy is the remarkable amount of thoughtful design that goes into every square foot of each home. This approach has become Mattamy’s signature, giving homes distinctive architectural characteristics that make the spaces completely functional and aesthetically brilliant. Features like breakfast bars in spacious kitchens, perfect for a Sunday brunch with the whole family; open concept rooms with high ceilings and large windows, keeping rooms bright and inviting; or Mattamy’s famous Stop & Drops, coat hooks and cubbies that make coming home fast and easy. These are hallmarks of Mattamy’s commitment to designing and building functional homes for real people.

Mattamy’s exclusive Architect’s Choice Options gives homeowners an abundance of options in designing their home to suit their specific needs and wants by offering them the option to make pre-approved structural changes before construction even begins.

Additionally, Mattamy’s extraordinary Design Studio offers a magnificent array of finishes and features that let purchasers create a home that better reflects their personal tastes. Known for their attention to superior customer service, Mattamy thoughtfully assigns everyone their own Design Studio consultant to provide expert guidance through the wealth colours, textures, and style options.

Whether you’re looking for a live/work Townhome in an established master-planned community, or an upscale 60-foot luxury home in a prestigious neighbourhood — or anything in between —Mattamy has a home that’s just right for you. Mattamy makes homes you’ll value for a lifetime.

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More communities coming soon:

VITA TWO in Etobicoke
Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg
Richmond Green in Richmond Hill
Condominiums of Cornell in Markham
Topper Woods in Kitchener
River Mill in Cambridge
White Pines in Bracebridge

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