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National Homes’ The Forest Phase 2 is a spectacular sequel in Bradford

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National Homes’ The Forest Phase 2 is a spectacular sequel in Bradford

The second and final phase is coming to The Forest, completing a community that has come to represent the very best of Bradford. But you’ll have to be swift to call The Forest Phase 2 home.

Starting from only $699,990, these are the lowest priced detached homes in the Bradford and Newmarket area. Furthermore, this is a limited release of fully detached homes up to 3,473 sq. ft. that check all the boxes on every wish list and more.

The Forest Phase 2 is full of bright ideas. Once again, National Homes has raised the bar, offering buyers a truly state-of-the-art new-home buying experience at the company’s Blueprint Design Lab and a home they will be proud of, with advanced energy-efficient and smart home technology. The future has come to The Forest Phase 2.

Lush surroundings

As its eponymous name suggests, The Forest Phase 2 is surrounded by lush forest. Elegant detached homes with up to five bedrooms on 36- and 40-ft. lots boast gracious elevations of stone, stucco and classic brick. Buyers will move into an established National community as Phase 1 is completed and families are already enjoying their new homes.

With 25 years of experience, scores of inspired communities and more than 15,000 homes built, National Homes has become one of the GTA’s most celebrated names. But to National, it’s only ever been all about the homebuyer. The team at National has really leaned into their core philosophy and longtime tagline: You are the Blueprint. The company has initiated a series of Blueprint Workshops where homebuyers are invited to participate. Its R&D department regularly tests products, materials and techniques. A new Bright Ideas initiative offers advanced tools and technology such as smart ventilation, built-in recycling areas, smart thermostats, and more that make National homes smarter, more responsive and more energy-efficient.

Planning for The Forest Phase 2 included a Blueprint Workshop with potential Bradford buyers to discuss which Bright Ideas would be of most value for growing families here. As a result, residents at The Forest Phase 2 will enjoy optional and standard features such as a WiFi video doorbell, main door Smart lock, a family drop zone with storage shelves and hanging hooks, and a family allocated smart centre with desk. This exciting Bright Idea has a hidden charging station, whiteboard and shelving to store and display the family calendar, mail, messages, and school forms, all those odds and ends with no place to go in a typical home.

In addition, a range of dreamy comforts are offered as options, such as a closet organizer with revolving shoe rack in the dressing room, and a voice-activated Smart shower in the spa ensuite that controls on/off, water temperature and flow. Laundry rooms can be fitted with a convenient pull-down drying rack, kitchens with pull-down cupboards and motion sensor faucets, and more.

National Homes has teamed up with Pottery Barn to bring home its trademark style in the exquisite model home at The Forest Phase 2 designed by David Nosella. On display is an eclectic fusion of traditional style mixed with striking accents and contemporary aesthetics. All the Bright Ideas are built into the model as well, for visitors to see and experience. Pottery Barn stylists have designed beautiful spaces that appeal to the lifestyles and tastes of a wide range of customers. Purchasers at The Forest will receive 20 per cent off at Pottery Barn plus free professional design consultation from Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Homebuyer Portal

Buyers can also take advantage of the builder’s new customer service initiative. National’s Homeowner Portal connects you to the design and construction of your home, from the moment you decide to buy until long after you move in. It also makes the decor selection process at the Blueprint Design Lab more fun and much faster, using their Virtual Interior Design Tool.

Residents will delight in the views of rolling farmland and forests right across the street, Lake Simcoe 20 minutes up the road, and all the conveniences nearby. A large, modern, multi-use leisure centre, new library, high school and elementary schools are within walking distance. There’s ample choice in shopping, including Tanger Outlet Mall and Upper Canada Mall only minutes away. A short commute on the GO Train whisks you into Union Station, or take Hwy. 400 to the GTA in 20 minutes. A proposed 16.2-km connecting link between Hwy. 404 at Queensville to Hwy. 400 at Bradford is in early planning.

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The Forest Phase 2

If you’re looking for the charm of a real forest community with the comfort and amenities of modern living, National’s latest release of elegant and innovative homes in Bradford is for you. Register online to preview.


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Two exquisite communities, one extraordinary builder

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Two exquisite communities, one extraordinary builder

Picture yourself living in an established and thriving family community with an intimate, small town charm, surrounded by acres of beautiful countryside, nature trails and lush woodlands. Yet just minutes from major highways, GO Transit, schools, parks, shops and urban amenities. Sound amazing? Well, Rosehaven Homes now offers you not one, but two exquisite communities to choose from! Welcome to Dreamfields in Bradford-West Gwillimbury and Anchor Woods in Holland Landing-East Gwillimbury.

Dreamfields, Bradford

Rosehaven Homes has been building beautiful family homes in the community of Dreamfields since 2009. Through multiple phases, hundreds of families are now living their dream in this established community at 8th Line and 10th Sideroad. The location offers an amenity-rich lifestyle with everything you need at your fingertips, including plenty of new shops, restaurants and much more. Commuting to and from Dreamfields is a breeze, with the GO Train and Hwy. 400 both only five minutes away.

Freehold towns, 45- & 36-ft. singles

Following the success of previous phases, Rosehaven just recently unveiled its next phase of homes in Dreamfields. This is the opportunity to live in this vibrant, modern family community. Choose from an eclectic collection of freehold towns as well as 45- and 36-ft. singles with double-car garages. With an elegant façade marked by French Provincial and traditional architecture, these homes offer contemporary living and entertaining spaces. Fine features and finishes include nine-ft. ceilings, oak plank flooring, full depth fridge with upper crown molding, granite kitchen countertop, upgraded bathrooms and lots more. Perfect for today’s modern, connected family, plus every home has the latest wiring and networking fixtures for internet and wi-fi communication.

Anchor Woods, Holland Landing

Anchor Woods is a charming and vibrant family community located at 2nd Line and Doane Road in Holland Landing in the town of East Gwillimbury. The Holland River winds its way through the countryside, creating a beautiful landscape for outdoor recreation with hiking and biking trails, parks and conservation areas. Anchor Woods exudes the charm of the country while being a perfect distance from the city. The community offers easy access to all the urban amenities your family needs.

Semi-detached homes and townhomes

Choose from a fabulous collection of semi-detached homes and townhomes at Anchor Woods. Harmonious streetscapes are highlighted with elegant French Provincial and English Tudor architecture with impressive brick and stone exteriors. Inside, you will find a great selection of quality features and finishes that include wide plank, prefinished, engineered natural oak flooring, granite kitchen counters, Kohler bathroom fixtures, stainless steel finish appliances, quality kitchen cabinets with extended uppers and lots more.

Everything at your doorstep

Located in the northern part of York Region, East and West Gwillimbury are both perfectly suited for enriched, vibrant family living. With a charming small-town atmosphere, Gwillimbury offers an active, healthy lifestyle where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. Take the family for a day of hiking in the nearby Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area or Scanlon Creek Conservation area. Stroll through picturesque downtown Newmarket or urban Bradford and experience an array of casual and fine restaurants, cafes, boutiques and storefronts. Want to visit Toronto for an evening show or the hockey game? Catch the GO Train or get on to Hwy. 400 or 404/DVP and be in downtown Toronto in less than an hour.

Building quality homes for 25 years

Rosehaven Homes is an established leader and award winner in the new-home industry. Over a period of 25 years, Rosehaven has built more than 6,500 homes all across southern Ontario and the GTA. These homes are built to the highest standard – the Rosehaven standard – with the aim of distinguishing themselves from other builders with a difference in their communities, in their homes and in the overall homeownership experience. This is why from the first day they purchase from Rosehaven, and each day afterward, each homeowner says, “I am happy, I am comfortable… I am home.”

Dreamfields, Bradford and Anchor Woods, Holland Landing are now open. Visit the Rosehaven Homes Sales Centre for Dreamfields at 133 McCann Cres, Bradford, Ont., or the Anchor Woods Sales Centre at 112 Forest Edge Cres., Holland Landing, Ont.

For more information, visit anchorwoods.ca or rosehavenhomes.com today.


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Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

Bradford West Gwillimbury and New Tecumseth ripe for growth

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Bradford West Gwillimbury and New Tecumseth ripe for growth

If you’ve ever driven north on Hwy. 400 heading towards cottage country, perhaps you stopped off, the outlet mall at Cookstown. On summer weekends, anyway, the area might not boast the lightest traffic, but head off the beaten trail and into surrounding communities such as Bradford and New Tecumseth, and you’ll find a lot more than a few bargains to keep you coming back.

Maybe even permanently.

Bradford West Gwillimbury

Indeed, Bradford, which in 1991 amalgamated with the former Townships of West Gwillimbury and Tecumseth to form the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, is beloved for its fertile lands and rich soil. Resplendent with lush farmland, including the Holland Marsh – “the carrot capital of Canada” – forests and rivers, this area is an agricultural hotbed in Ontario.

The Marsh, itself, comprises about 21,000 acres. Development in this area centres around sensitivity to such natural wonders.

With financial and social responsibility in mind, Bradford West Gwillimbury says its administration encourages public participation in the decision-making process for development, to make the area a desirable place to live, work and play.

And, it appears to be happening.

This area, believe it or not, is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario of at least 5,000 residents. According to the 2016 Census, the population of Bradford West Gwillimbury grew 25.8 per cent to 35,325 from 28,077 in 2011 – good enough for 11th in the province.

New Tecumseth

Located in Simcoe County, New Tecumseth comprises the communities of Alliston, Tottenham and Beeton.

These three vibrant urban centres enjoy prosperous activity in agriculture, honey production, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing. Proximity to the 400 series highways and Hwy. 50 affords easy access to the GTA to the south and Kitchener-Waterloo to the west, among other areas, which is all conducive to business growth.

Given such prosperity, people are moving here to live and to do business. According to the town’s economic development office, 35 per cent of residents have moved here within the last five years. Housing development naturally follows, and several builders have projects underway here.

Location, location, location

Bradford West Gwillimbury
Population 35,325
78 kms north of Toronto

New Tecumseth
Population 34,242
87 kms north of Toronto

Select upcoming housing developments, Bradford West Gwillimbury

Dreamfields by CountryWide Homes, detached homes

Dreamfields by Aspen Ridge Homes, detached homes

The Forest by National Homes, detached homes

Select upcoming housing developments, New Tecumseth

Willow Glen by Brookfield Residential, townhomes

Greenridge by Flato Group, detached homes and townhomes

Beeton Creek at West Country by FarSight Homes, detached homes

 

 


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Cachet Estate Homes

Cachet Estate Homes’ exciting new communities in Cambridge and Bradford

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Cachet Estate Homes’ exciting new communities in Cambridge and Bradford

The Cachet Group of Companies has earned an enviable reputation as the developer and builder of master-planned communities across Southern Ontario. It’s a reputation built on an unrelenting commitment to innovative architecture, superior craftsmanship and outstanding customer care. Cachet believes three symbiotically interconnected principles explain its ongoing success: Integrity, vision and execution.

Cachet Estate Homes brings these principles to two exciting new communities, Myers Manor in Cambridge and Cachet Bradford.

MYERS MANORS

Myers Manor in Cambridge; artist's concept.
Myers Manor in Cambridge; artist’s concept.

Cachet Estate Homes is proud to introduce Myers Manors, a limited collection of single-family homes on 36-foot lots nested in a beautiful private enclave. Stunning architecture meets exquisite designer interiors in this enclave within an established Cambridge community, located on Myers Road west of Branchton Road.

Live where highways and GO Transit crisscross through a natural landscape dotted with convenient shops, quaint cafés, excellent schools and family-oriented community centres. Spend your days relaxing at nearby parks, go for a stroll through lush nature trails, or simply unwind in the comfort of your beautiful home. Whatever your lifestyle, enjoy the culture and convenience of Cambridge, an established community known for its friendly neighbourhoods and impressive innovation.

Myers Manors will offer 12 contemporary style homes to choose from. The Knoll model is a 3,142-square-foot family home featuring nine-foot ceilings on the main level, four bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, walk-in closets, a second-floor laundry room and so much more. These executive single-family homes are priced from the low $700,000s.

Myers Manors – Register online for this incredible new community in Cambridge.


Cachet Bradford; artist's concept.
Cachet Bradford; artist’s concept.

CACHET BRADFORD

Welcome to a community inspired by tradition and family values. Enjoy living just moments from the Bradford GO Transit station, Highway 400, schools, shopping and the natural beauty of the Holland Marsh.

Cachet Bradford will be a community of two- and three-storey executive freehold townhomes featuring contemporary designs and unparalleled craftsmanship. One extraordinary two-storey townhome is the Peacock, one of the eight designs that make up the Cachet Bradford neighbourhood.

The Peacock features open-concept living spaces, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, walk-in closets and much more. The elegant freehold townhomes, which range in size up to 3,085 square feet, start from the mid $500,000s.

Cachet Bradford – Go online to register for a priority preview of these executive freehold townhomes.

Visit Cachet Estate Homes online to learn more about all of its great communities.


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Cachet Estate Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cachet Estate Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cachet Estate Homes

Its reputation is built on commitment to innovative architecture, superior craftsmanship and outstanding customer care

The Cachet Group of Companies has earned an enviable reputation as the developer and builder of master-planned communities across Southern Ontario. It’s a reputation built on an unrelenting commitment to innovative architecture, superior craftsmanship and outstanding customer care. Cachet believes three symbiotically interconnected principles explain its ongoing success: Integrity, vision and execution.

Cachet has provided thousands of families exceptional homes in dozens of communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario for almost 40 years.

BEAMSVILLE

Nestled in the heart of wine country, experience an intimate family community, rich in small-town charm and connected to major highways, GO Transit, local amenities and the good life.

The final phase of this successful community, Cachet Beamsville includes single-family homes up to 2,985 square feet priced from the high $500,000s, and charming two-storey townhomes up to 1,850 square feet starting in the mid $400,000s.

GRAND VALLEY

Live your dream in the quaint, charming and scenic beauty of the Grand River. Cachet Estate Homes will release a limited collection of spacious 40-foot single-family homes this fall. Immerse yourself in the small-town charm and beauty of the meadows, trails and rolling landscapes of Grand Valley.

The final release of Cachet Grand Valley is coming soon to this successful community, just 15 minutes from Orangeville and 35 minutes from Brampton. Elegant single-family two-storey homes and bungalows, up to 2,813 square feet, are priced from $559,990.

BRADFORD

Welcome to a community inspired by tradition and family values. Enjoy living just moments from the Bradford GO Transit station, Highway 400, schools, shopping and the natural beauty of the Holland Marsh.

Cachet Bradford will be a community of executive freehold townhomes featuring contemporary designs and unparalleled craftsmanship, a hallmark of Cachet Estate Homes.

Register now for your exclusive Priority Preview of the elegant freehold two-storey and three-storey townhomes, up to 3,085 square feet and starting from the mid $500,000s.

CAMBRIDGE

Just moments from GO Transit station, highways, shops, cafés, parks and nature trails, discover Myers Manors in Cambridge. It will be a limited collection of executive single-family homes up to 3,424 square feet starting from the low $700,000s.

ORANGEVILLE

Cachet Orangeville is a very successful master-planned community. Discover this exciting new release of Edwardian and Victorian Village Towns, up to 2,055 square feet and priced from $499,990.

Cachet Estate Homes and Cachet Developments have a track record of ongoing sustained achievement. Among their many awards, they have been recognized with the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s Home Builder of the Year Award. It’s the industry’s award of distinction, honouring the recipient’s dedication to quality, service and customer commitment.

CACHET ESTATE HOMES

Visit Cachet Estate Homes online to register for priority previews, find Presentation Centre information and learn more about all of its great communities.

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Editor's Choice: National Homes

Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Two exciting new home communities appeal to two different lifestyles

Whether you crave a lifestyle away from the city bustle, steeped in small-town charm and rural landscapes, or living in a dynamic, diverse city, National Homes can meet your needs.

The award-winning builder will launch two new communities this spring, including single-detached homes in Phase 2 of The Forest in picturesque Bradford West Gwillimbury and Station Town in desirable Markham.

STATION TOWN

Station Town will bring 85 townhouses to a prime location at Castlemore Avenue and Markham Road (Highway 48), just a five minute walk from the Mount Joy GO Transit train station and close to big box retailers such as Home Depot and The Brick, parks and schools. On weekends, it’s an easy stroll to historic Downtown Markham with its quaint cobblestone streets, boutique shops and restaurants. Enjoy farmers’ markets, trails and parks, sports facilities, theatres and art galleries.

Markham, with a population of more than 350,000, is Canada’s high-tech capital and 10,400 companies and 400 head offices are located there. The city is a leader in sustainability and protection of the environment is a priority.

The townhouses provide the opportunity to experience all this thriving community has to offer and will give homeowners the option to work from home with live/work floorplans.

THE FOREST

Looking for a quieter setting close to nature? The Forest Phase 2 in Bradford West Gwillimbury, just north of Newmarket in Simcoe County, offers homebuyers the opportunity to experience life in a charming community that honours its rural roots while embracing a modern lifestyle.

Bradford West Gwillimbury was the second-fastest growing municipality in Ontario, according to the 2016 census, speaking to its desirability as a place to live. It remains more affordable than other municipalities to the south, yet its access to Highway 400 makes travelling to either the GTA or cottage country easy.

A new model home has been decorated by Pottery Barn, the popular home decor retailer. The Forest buyers will receive a discount for Pottery Barn and can participate in a Pottery Barn decor workshop.

Phase 2 will include 49 detached homes on 36- and 40-foot lots with double-car garages and up to five bedrooms, with some backing onto the forest. True to its slogan, “You are the Blueprint.” National Homes has incorporated features in Phase 2 based on feedback from a workshop where a number of purchasers and prospective purchasers gave their input on their ideal home. Those features on buyers’ wish lists included open-concept main floorplans, serveries, and benches in the mudroom.

Founded in 1992, National Homes has grown into one of the GTA’s most successful and respected homebuilders with more than 5,000 homes in its portfolio. The company designs its homes from the inside out based on the needs of buyers and feedback gathered from customers and focus groups.

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Station Town
The Forest

Go online to find out more about these two exciting coming communities and other National Homes’ projects.

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Blueprint Workshop revolutionizes new home consumer research

As its slogan “You are the Blueprint” attests, National Homes takes homebuyer feedback seriously when planning its homes and communities.

Always an industry innovator, the company has now revolutionized the concept of traditional focus groups and consumer research with the National Homes Blueprint Workshop, a ground-breaking event that explored how homeowners feel about their homes, how they live in them, and what type of design, features and technology they believe will improve their lives.

The January Blueprint Workshop brought together creative design thinkers with dozens of past and potential future National Homes buyers of varied ages and demographics. They gathered in the IBM Innovation Space at Venture Labs in Markham, along with National Homes staff, designers, architects, engineers and partner leaders for a THINKTANK dedicated to new homes. Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business real estate master’s program also participated.

They broke into four small groups with partner leaders to engage in discussions, presentations and interviews. IBM helped to design and facilitate the workshop.

When IBM’s expertise in human-centred design indicates that the conversation is less about features and functions, and more about users and outcomes, businesses are more successful. It’s about understanding what matters to clients, how they see the world and getting to know them.

“With a typical focus group, people are sitting behind a screen or mirror with a facilitator and it’s structured,” says Deena Pantalone, director of marketing innovation and managing partner for National Homes. “This was more relaxed and comfortable. Rather than asking things such as, ‘Which interior finish do you like,’ we discussed generally how it feels to live in a house.”

The workshop’s purpose was to provide in-depth insight into homebuyers’ needs and desires, to further research and development efforts to position National Homes as a builder that values innovation and is responsive to its customers.

The day delved into the homeowner experience beyond bricks and mortar, explored new technology and time-saving solutions, as well as how to make the homebuying experience unique. It explored the idea of community, looking not just solely at homeowners’ needs, but what their parents and children might need as well.

Participants were selected based on responses to a survey sent to registrants from National Homes’ communities, along with current homeowners.

Partner leaders included Karl Vredenburg, Director IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs and head of IBM Studios Canada; Professor James McKellar, Associate Dean External Relations and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business; Raphael Wong and Matt Lennan of ThoughtWire, a leading Canadian digital intelligence company; Jenna Zaza of The Interactive Abode, a technology company that allows purchasers to virtually decorate their new homes and make finishing selections online; Jason Disher, Logan Stewart, Tyler Balding and Yonnas Tecle of Panasonic, a company that makes state-of-theart home products; and Bob Storey, Andreas C. Leuth and Greg Jefferies of Sto Canada Ltd., a leader in high-performance building cladding options.

“Innovation has always been a staple of our corporate foundation,” says Pantalone. “I’ve travelled to leading international cities where this type of research is being carried out. We want to anticipate homeowner problems and provide solutions by thinking ahead. We want to provide futuristic homes that are affordable.”

Workshop participants got a glimpse into some of the future possibilities. For example, ThoughtWire has changed the way people act with their built environment with its software. It has played a transformative role in digitizing healthcare facilities, speeding up workflow and improving patient experience with automation and real-time interactions between medical staff, systems and devices. For instance, patients can control the temperature in their rooms, medical personnel get real-time patient information on their devices and elevators can be programmed so food carts delivering patient meals won’t be delayed. Some of this technology can be adapted for residential use.

Panasonic might be best known for home entertainment products in Canada, but the company has a comprehensive lineup of home-related products and builds entire new home communities in Japan. Participants learned about the Shimau Principle – the art of space and harmony where everything is in its rightful place. Panasonic offers comprehensive storage and organization solutions. Developed in Japan, where people live in smaller spaces, the solutions are a great fit for condos — or any home — as many homeowners do not utilize space to its best advantage.

Attendees got to see, touch and feel EcoShapes from Sto Canada, a product that has been used in Europe for more than 30 years but is new to Canada. It reduces energy costs, provides a higher R-value and reduces the home’s carbon footprint. Sto’s forward-thinking products contribute to creating a superior energy-efficient home.

Zaza, founder of The Interactive Abode, explained how pop culture, online sites and TV shows inspired development of her interactive software that allows purchasers the time to research and make decisions about their new home selections from the comfort of their own homes. It uses photo-realistic renderings to take the guesswork out of decisions between standard or upgrade options and allows buyers to visualize how colour selections and finishes will look in their new residence. Zaza says in the last five years, sales centres have incorporated software that helps with homebuying, but the process was lacking in the design studio. Zaza brought four laptops for workshop participants to try the online design studio for themselves.

Pantalone is excited about the possibilities the Blueprint Workshop offered and sees this as the springboard for more collaborative sessions with homeowners and other partners to transform the builder-buyer relationship.

“Our slogan, ‘You Are the Blueprint,’ means something to us as a company,” she said. “This will allow us to take our relationship with our purchasers to a whole new level and create a more meaningful buying and living experience for them.”

National Homes looks forward to offering some of their latest “bright ideas” at upcoming new home communities in 2018 and 2019 including Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.
National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.

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Visit National Homes online for more information and to register for previews before the public openings in communities in Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

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Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

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Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

by Gale Beeby

A slower pace of life, lots of countryside, quality produce and fresh air are the main attractions

HOUSING OPTIONS

Primarily an agriculture area with a rich history of grist and lumber mills, the area has seen a recent growth spurt, mainly because of the province’s restrictions for building on the greenbelt. All the towns and villages have wonderful heritage homes, and the new offerings run the gamut from condos and townhouses to detached master-planned communities and large estate homes. To see a list of new homes for sale in these two communities please click on the links below.

LEISURE PURSUITS

One of Bradford West Gwillimbury‘s most famous historical landmarks is the Village Inn Hotel, which opened in the 1900s. It was designed by E.J. Lennox, one of Toronto’s foremost architects, who also built Toronto’s Old City Hall, the West Wing of the Ontario Legislature and the King Edward Hotel.

In New Tecumseth, the Museum on the Boyne features a 1914 Agricultural Fair building, an 1851 log cabin and a 1858 English barn. The Gibson Centre in Alliston offers a variety of live performances throughout the year. The restoration of the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting (who co-won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1928) at the 107-acre farm at what is now 5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road, has been undertaken by the town with private donations.

EASY ACCESS

The area is serviced by many double-lane highways which connect to Highway 400 to the west and Highway 404 to the east. Public transit, however, is very limited. GO Transit runs bus and train service through the area, taking commuters north to Barrie and south to Toronto.

PARKS & REC

Parks, waterways and recreational facilities abound in the region. The Scanlon Creek Conservation Area allows visitors to explore forests, marshlands and glacial erratics via its 10-kilometre trail system that winds its way through the 750-acre property. The region also boasts several golf courses, cycling trails, skiing, fishing and snowmobiling.

In Bradford West Gwillimbury, there are 20 parks totalling 100 acres to enjoy with picnic areas, pathways, play areas, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, tennis courts and ice skating facilities.

New Tecumseth is closing the gap in the Trans Canada Trail between the Town of Innisfil and the Town of Caledon. The Tottenham Conservation Area boasts 41 acres of prime parkland, a magnificent pond with a large sandy beach, picnic areas and camping areas. While there you can fish, walk the nature trails, canoe or kayak, or play beach volleyball.

RETAIL THERAPY

Oh the joy of a stroll through a historic Ontario town, where the stores offer unique crafts, interesting gourmet delights and amazing boutiques, restaurants and cafés, where quality rules over quantity. The farmers’ markets in the Holland Marsh are the ultimate in fresh and flavourful. However, if it is a big mall, outlet shopping or big box stores you’re after, you’ll have to go to Newmarket or Barrie … or Toronto.

BY THE NUMBERS

Bradford West Gwillimbury population: 35,325

New Tecumseth population: 34,250

Bradford West Gwillimbury walk score: 37

New Tecumseth walk score: 37

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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

At 25, Rosehaven is just getting started

At the beginning of Rosehaven Homes’ 25th anniversary year, they vowed this would be its best year yet. With the year only halfway through, the trusted builder looks like it is on track to achieve just that.

Rosehaven could have looked back in pride. After all, since their first community opened in Waterdown in 1992, Rosehaven has built over 6,000 homes in many inspired new home communities all over Southern Ontario. They’ve received numerous awards and been recognized for excellence at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. With one of the highest repeat buyer rates, the builder has proven they build customer satisfaction.

But resting on past achievements is simply not the Rosehaven way. Continually striving for excellence, Rosehaven Homes offers something for everyone. This year’s incredibly successful new releases in Stoney Creek, Ancaster and Brampton are proof that at 25, Rosehaven is just getting started.

Rosehaven launched Phase 2 at On The Ridge in Stony Creek and sold out of all the townhomes over one weekend. These newly designed freehold townhomes were clearly exactly what buyers wanted; terrific, high-quality homes in a vibrant neighbourhood near shopping, dining, entertainment, parks and trails.

The new release of stunning singles, semis and towns at Tiffany Hill in Ancaster also sold out in under a week. Buyers had been eagerly awaiting this new release in a lovely, established, family-friendly neighbourhood, and homes were quickly snapped up.

And to top that off, a new phase of singles and towns was released at The Neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant. This release was also much anticipated and the singles sold out in just a few days.

Rosehaven Homes’ first foray into the Burlington condo market is another triumph. Released in 2016, Affinity West is already the fastest selling midrise in Burlington’s Aldershot neighbourhood. Affinity West is 90 per cent sold and Affinity East just opened, offering new designs and larger suites from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room, ranging in size from 585 up to 1,272 square feet. The Presentation Centre is located at 348 Plains Road East in Aldershot.

Rosehaven will take a pause to celebrate 25 years of building on July 10. The second half of Rosehaven’s anniversary year gets underway after that and it promises to be equally busy, with a number of new releases coming this fall and late 2017.

Those buyers who missed out on the recent releases will be excited to hear that On The Ridge returns this fall to Stoney Creek. The first launch will be offering freehold towns and semis, and will be followed later in the year with 40- and 35-foot singles.

Tiffany Hill in Ancaster just gets better because everything about this desirable neighborhood has been planned with a sense of community in mind. Rosehaven’s next release will feature 45- and 40-foot singles, freehold towns and condo towns in this “country-chic” community traced with parks and trails, woodlands and waterfalls.

Also coming later this fall is more of what Brampton buyers love at The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant. A new release of singles and towns with stone, brick and stucco exteriors are coming to this popular community of beautiful homes.

With a new highrise condo in the planning stages for Grimsby, new singles and towns coming to North Oakville, a new release coming soon to Anchor Woods in Holland Landing and Dreamfields in Bradford, this is clearly going to be a year to remember for Rosehaven Homes and their delighted new homebuyers.

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To stay up to date on all current and coming communities, register online at RosehavenHomes.com.


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GTA grows but housing supply dwindles

GTA grows but housing supply dwindles

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GTA grows but housing supply dwindles

by Bryan Tuckey

More than 35 million people now call Canada home, data released by Statistics Canada last week suggests. That’s five per cent growth since 2011 — the highest rate of growth among G7 countries.

About two-thirds of our population increase was from immigration, says Statistics Canada. Many newcomers settle in the GTA, which sees a net migration of 100,000 people each and every year.

None of the census data is surprising. A lot of the overall growth in the GTA was outside of Toronto in surrounding municipalities such as Brampton, Milton and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Toronto itself also saw significant growth, especially downtown near the lakeshore between the Don and Humber Rivers, and along the Yonge subway corridor. These are areas that have seen significant condominium construction in the last decade as our industry complies with the province’s intensification policy.

The development and home building industry is highly regulated; we don’t just build what and where we want to. Rather, the policies and plans of multiple levels of government determine how land gets used, and where and how development occurs.

The province’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, released in 2006, was designed to move away from the suburban-oriented development pattern that we had been following to more intensive, urban development. The plan mandates development be denser and use less land.

BILD members have become very good at implementing the Growth Plan and have moved from building mainly lowrise homes, such as single-family detached, semi-detached and townhouses, to building at least as many highrise homes.

In 2002, the biggest year ever for new home sales in the GTA, there were 53,660 homes sold, of which 72 per were lowrise and 28 per cent were highrise.

Last year, there were 47,161 new homes sold in the GTA: 62 per cent of them were highrise units and 38 per cent were lowrise homes, according to Altus Group. In fact, 2016 was a record-breaking year, and the 29,186 condo units sold across the GTA were the most ever sold — 30 per cent more than in 2015.

While a lot of the new condo sales were in downtown Toronto, there were also many sold in developments outside of the core. For instance, there were 2,324 new condo units sold in Vaughan last year, according to BILD member Urbanation Inc.

Yet, the number of new condos available for sale across the GTA is at a 10-year low. Based on the current pace of sales, there is only about 4.4 months of condo unit supply, well below the 10 months needed for a balanced market, according to Urbanation, which has been tracking the highrise market since 1981.

Prices for new highrise homes also reached record levels in 2016, averaging $507,128, while average condo suite sizes grew to 826 square feet, and the average price per square foot increased to $614. A year ago, the average price per square foot was $584 while the size of an average suite was 775 square feet.

The lack of supply will lead to a slowdown in sales and Urbanation is predicting only 23,000 new condo unit sales in 2017. That is not nearly enough to meet demand as the region continues to grow.

Bryan Tuckey is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (bildgta.ca). Find him at twitter.com/bildgta facebook.com/bildgta and bildblogs.ca.


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