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Drive till you qualify? Sure, but it WILL cost you

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Drive till you qualify? Sure, but it WILL cost you

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You may have heard the old real estate adage, “Drive till you qualify.” The idea being that buyers who can’t afford to buy a home in the city, should drive to surrounding areas to find more affordable and larger homes, with potentially more appealing lifestyle and environmental benefits.

At least that’s the idea.

In practice, however, such a plan may not be quite so simple. A new study from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) shows that increased commuting costs and time could offset any financial savings of buying a cheaper home in an outlying area.

“By assessing the combination of commuting costs and housing costs, one can gain a more comprehensive gauge of the total cost of location choices,” says Andrew Scott, senior analyst, economics, for CMHC.

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Source: CMHC

 

In 2016, there were approximately 2.6 million commuters in the GTA, with 1.3 million of them commuting to a place of work in the city of Toronto. This made it the most common destination for GTA commuters. Roughly two-thirds of these commuters lived within the cityitself, while the remaining commuted from the 905 areasof the GTA. Pickering had the highest share of people commuting into Toronto, at 52.6 per cent, followed by Ajax (48.4 per cent), Markham (46.9 per cent), Vaughan (40.8 per cent), Richmond Hill (39.1 per cent), Whitby (32.2 per cent) and Mississauga (26.7 per cent).

Most commuters to Toronto drove, at 49 per cent, while 40 per cent took public transit. Of 905 residents who commute into the city, 67 per cent drove a car, and 21 took public transport.

Areas with longest commutes

Average duration of commutes is clearly on the rise, CMHC says, particularly among those who commute 60 minutes or more, one way. Between 2011 and 2016, this was the fastest growing segment of the commuter population, growing by 16 per cent, followed by those who commuted 45 to 59 minutes (14 per cent). Areas with one-way commutes longer than 60 minutes include Aurora, Burlington, Milton, Newmarket, Oakville and Oshawa.

Lower home prices, increase commuting cost

The most likely home type to lure buyers to the suburbs is single-detached homes, CMHC says. However, when the estimated monthly mortgage carrying cost and monthly commuting cost are combined, relatively lower priced municipalities such as East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Mississauga, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Caledon end up costing morethan or nearly as much as the city of Toronto.

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Notably, some GTA municipalities did retain their cost advantage. Even with significant commuting costs in areas such as Georgina, Oshawa and Clarington, a large cost advantage remains due to the considerably lower cost of housing.

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Based on estimates of the cost of commuting to Toronto from municipalities in the GTA, areas with lower mortgage carrying costs for single-detached housing often had significantly higher commuting costs, CMHC says. In many cases, these increased commuting costs completely offset lower home ownership costs.

Bottom line

The bottom line? Do all the math, and make sure that if you’re considering buying outside the city, your decision is based on more than money. The savings might not be there.

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Pent-up demand for townhomes building in the GTA

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Pent-up demand for townhomes building in the GTA

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Condos may be the choice for many in the increasingly expensive GTA, but not everyone wants to live in a box in the sky. More and more new home buyers are looking for affordable lowrise options such as townhomes. Emphasis on the word affordable.

The problem? The supply just isn’t there – and the pent-up demand is growing.

Appealing especially to young families, townhomes provide more space and flexibility than condos, and generally are far more affordable than single-family homes.

“Both stacked (townhomes) and (row) townhouses form a key component of the Missing Middle – the built forms between high-density condo and low-density single-family housing,” Matthew Boukall, vice-president, product management, Data Solutions at Altus Group, told Homes Publishing.

Altus recently studied the sector for one of its regular housing reports, surmising that townhomes play an increasingly important role in in the new home sector, not just in the GTA but across Canada.

In the GTA, new townhouse sales have plummeted in the past two years – both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total new home sales (to just seven per cent of the total in the first half of 2018), Altus says.

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Affordability and availability remain an issue.

In the GTA, the key challenge to supplying this built form has been finding land with the right entitlements to allow and support this construction, Altus reports. Much of the land along Toronto streets support higher density condo product or is priced at a level which encourages rezoning to support this density.

“What can support more townhouse development is allowing rezoning of the land between the existing single-family communities and the corridors for more mid-density development,” Boukall says.

Although townhouse land (medium density) sales in 2017 were actually up over 2016, they are trending lower in 2018. Part of the problem is a lengthy approval process. “Year to date in Toronto, we have only tracked five approved townhouse projects, representing less than 350 units,” says Boukall. “Obviously, we need more product to meet the market demand. The positive note is that developers are proposing more product, with almost 1,500 new units applied for in 2018.”

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STACKED TOWNHOMES

Stacked townhouses, in which one row of townhouse units is stacked on top of another, provide a more affordable option to single-family homes, given higher densities. They also offer many of the appealing aspects of condominiums, but without living in a highrise environment.

However, they still play a relatively smaller role than traditional townhouses in the overall townhouse arena, Altus says.

In the Vancouver market, for example, new stacked townhouse units accounted for slightly more than 200 sales on average per year in 2015-17 – about six per cent of all new townhouse sales.

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In the GTA, where stacked townhouses have made a larger dent, they remain a niche segment, accounting for about one in five new townhouse sales in recent years.

Part of the challenge with stacked townhouses versus rowhomes are those similar to condominium apartments – longer planning and construction timelines, and other residences adjacent on all sides

Both housing types will play an important role throughout the GTA in the future, but stacked townhouses are expected to become more popular given the better affordability provided by the higher density housing type.

“That said,” Boukall adds, “traditional row townhouses are the more common housing type in the GTA and as such, account for more sales compared to the stacked townhouse product. Row townhouse product has been accounting for a growing share of the single-family new homes sales in the GTA, currently accounting for 42 per cent of the total single-family sales activity in the GTA.”

WHERE IN THE GTA?

So, prospective GTA new home buyers, which areas hold the most promise in terms of future townhome availability?

While townhouses are expected to remain a popular housing option throughout the GTA, both Toronto and the York region share the most medium density land activity in the region, and should see increased development activity as a result in 2019 and beyond.

“The Peel region, most notably Brampton, is the most active for stacked and row townhouse sales in 2018 and should continue to see demand supported by an available land supply and comparably affordable prices,” says Boukall.

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.

 

AURORA

Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.

 

BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.

 

BURLINGTON

Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.

 

CALEDON

Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.

 

EAST GWILLIMBURY

Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.

 

HALTON HILLS

Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.

 

KING CITY

Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.

 

MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.

 

NEWMARKET

John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.

 

OAKVILLE

Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.

 

OSHAWA

Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.

 

RICHMOND HILL

Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.

 

TORONTO

John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.

 

UXBRIDGE

Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.

 

VAUGHAN

Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.

 

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.

 

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Beechwood grand opening draws unprecedented crowds

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Beechwood grand opening draws unprecedented crowds

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Coming off one of the most successful new home openings of the year, one of Brampton’s most coveted lowrise communities – Beechwood – has officially opened its doors.

Paradise Developments’ latest community drew record sales of more than 40 homes in just one day.

Beechwood represents a combination in comfort and elegance in a most sought-after location. Offering unprecedented choice to area buyers, this collection of family-sized townhomes, semis and detached homes embodies a lifestyle of convenience and luxury.

Ranging in size from 1,400 to 3,300 sq. ft., freehold townsat Beechwood begin from the mid $500’s, semis from the low $700’s and singles from the upper $700’s

Featuring striking architectural details, home exteriors include a combination of brick and stone detailing, architecturally designed streetscapes and elevations, insulated metal front entry doors with weather stripping and Thermopane vinyl Low-E casement windows. Our spacious open-concept floor plans boast nine-ft. ceiling heights, prefinished oak hardwood flooring in main principle rooms, oak main staircases and electric fireplaces. Chef-inspired kitchens feature custom quality cabinetry, double stainless-steel sinks with single lever faucets and ceramic tile flooring.

At Beechwood, every aspect of the community, including the parks and schools, are woven deeply into the natural fabric of life. Situated at Chinguacousyand Mayfield – minutes from downtown Brampton – Beechwood offers an exciting array of amenities, including world-class restaurants, cafes, and excellent shopping, including nearby Shoppers World Brampton and the Bramalea City Centre.

With the GO Station and Brampton’s transit hub conveniently close, and with connections to major Hwys. 401, 410, 403 and the 407, getting around the GTA is made easy. 

The Beechwood Sales Office is located at 885 Bovaird Dr. E. in Brampton. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday closed, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact bramptonsales@paradisedevelopments.com or 905.840.7135.

 

 

 

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i2 Developments launches Phase Two of Southside Townhomes in Brampton

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i2 Developments launches Phase Two of Southside Townhomes in Brampton

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i2 Developments Inc. has launched Phase Two of Southside Townhomes in Brampton, a limited edition of just 109 luxurious, contemporary homes, each with its own private rooftop terrace and underground parking space.

Southside is one of the newest communities being built on the footprint of Uptown Brampton, which is part of the city’s Vision 2040, a long-term vision that will reinvent Brampton. The plan includes such key transformations as: complete living (including model new neighbourhoods); everything connected (transit network, new core loop, walking and cycling networks); beauty brought back (streets for people, trees everywhere, designed communities, handsome buildings); and nature brought back (new eco-park and sustainability built into everything).

VISION 2040

“Southside Townhomes in many respects complements Brampton’s Vision 2040 with our emphasis on walkability, with cars parked underground… ready access to public transit – including the future Hurontario LRT and nature at your doorstep, with parkland situated right next to our community,” says Sam DeCaria, vice-president of i2 Developments.

“As well, our homes feature truly unique and well thought out designs. Each townhome has its own spacious, private rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the city and greenspace as well as heated underground parking so that homeowners have the convenience of taking their groceries directly into their kitchens and having their garbage collected underground.”

The four-floor (with the potential of five floors of living space if owners elect to finish the basement), three- and four-bedroom townhome designs range in size from 1,645 to 1,840 sq. ft. with prices starting at $679,900.

Interior highlights include nine-ft. ceilings on main and second floors; elegant solid oak handrail and pickets, including solid oak post – all in natural finish; brushed nickel hardware on all interior doors; luxury flooring including ceramic tile and plush nylon broadloom; chef’s kitchen with custom designed quality kitchen cabinetry, double stainless steel sink with single lever chrome faucet and pull-out sprayer and stainless steel exhaust hood; contemporary bathrooms with quality vanity cabinetry, separate shower stall in master ensuite complete with glass enclosure and shower light, ceramic wall tiles on bathroom enclosures, and low-flow toilets and showerheads.

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The modern exteriors feature an architecturally pre-selected colour package and controlled streetscape with brick, stone and stucco elevations with maintenance-free aluminum or wood panels surrounding front bedroom windows; rooftop terrace with concrete pavers and privacy screen; exterior glass and aluminum railings; custom exterior package including house number and light; underground parking and storage space under or near each home; and landscape package consisting of sodded front, shrub planting and walkway to front entrance installed when season permits.

SUPERB LOCATION

Located at Steeles Avenue West and Hurontario, the community is in a superb location with all neighbourhood amenities already in place. It is right across the street from the stores and restaurants of Shoppers World and steps from the supermarket. To the west lies Sheridan College Davis Campus; to the south is Fletcher’s Green Community Park and South Fletcher’s Sportsplex. Amenities of the Sportsplex include four ice rinks, one lap and one leisure pool, fitness centre, gymnasium, auditorium, meeting rooms and South Fletcher’s Branch of the Brampton Public Library and outdoor ball diamonds. To the east are the fairways of the Brampton Golf & Country Club.

In addition to Vision 2040, Brampton is poised to undergo extensive revitalization in the near future. The city is working toward creating an aesthetically pleasing streetscape around its historic Four Corners in its downtown core. The project is underway to reimagine streets that will bring together pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in a safe and sustainable manner.

Also, the province has announced a significant education infrastructure project that will transform Brampton: The establishment of a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, in downtown Brampton. Slated to open for classes in the fall of 2022, plans include the new campus, a partnership for a National Centre for Cybersecurity and a Centre for Innovation – a joint-use facility which will include public and academic libraries, collaboration space and an innovation zone.

“Our homes combine luxury and convenience with a desirable location in a city that has a clear vision of becoming more connected, inclusive and innovative,” says DeCaria. “And on top of all that, with efficient transportation systems and more to come, including the planned Hurontario LRT, people can easily get around Brampton and commute to downtown Toronto without even having to own a car which is amazing from a lifestyle perspective.”

For more information and to register for Phase Two, visit southsidetowns.ca

 

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6 Ontario municipal elections to watch regarding housing

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6 Ontario municipal elections to watch regarding housing

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By Wayne Karl

The countdown is on – just days to go to the 2018 Ontario municipal elections. In Toronto, in what’s shaping up to be a two-horse race between Mayor John Tory and challenger Jennifer Keesmaat, housing is one of the key issues.

But it’s not the only city or town in and around the GTA where real estate development is a hot topic.

Here’s a select list of a few more municipal elections to watch, and we might as well start with the biggest and highest profile municipality:

TORONTO

Incumbent: John Tory
Challenger: Jennifer Keesmaat
What’s at stake: Housing affordability, or the lack thereof. Both Tory and Keesmaat have announced plans to address the growing affordability issue in the city – what some describe as a crisis. Keesmaat wants to build 100,000 units of “truly affordable, high-quality housing in the next 10 years.” This is a plan some sources in the industry have already declared as doomed to fail.

Tory proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years, or roughly 3,300 annually.

The challenge for both? Defining what affordable housing even is, in a city with median home prices of $883,892, andthe most expensive average one-bedroom rent in the country, $1,900 per month.

Home builders have been lobbying the City and the Province to address land supply and other policies which complicate this already complex issue.

 

MARKHAM

Markham

Incumbent: Frank Scarpitti
Challenger(s): Steven Chen, Shan Hua Lu, Abdul Rahman Malik, Jawed Syed
What’s at stake: As the fourth most populous community in the GTA after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton, Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years. It has also become one the most expensive housing markets, with median home prices of almost $1 million for the third quarter of 2018, according to Royal LePageAnd Scarpitti, first elected in 2006 and known as developer- and builder- friendly, has been there through much of it.

 

BRAMPTON

Brampton

Incumbent: Linda Jeffrey
Challenger(s): Mansoor Ameersulthan, former Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown, Baljit Gosal, Wesley Jackson, Vinod Kumar Mahesan, John Sprovieri
What’s at stake: Brampton is booming, and Jeffrey is seeking a second term after winning the 2014 election with almost 50 per cent of the vote.

Vision 2040 is an ambitious long-term plan to reinvent Brampton, and includes transformations such as model new neighbourhoods connected by an expanding transit network, new core loop, walking and cycling networks, communities designed to promote walking, and a new eco-park and sustainability built into everything.

There’s also a significant education infrastructure project that will bring a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, to downtown Brampton for 2022. Oh, along with thousands of students.

 

ORANGEVILLE

Orangeville

Incumbent: Jeremy Williams
Challenger(s): Sandy Brown, Darrin Davidson
What’s at stake: Been to Orangeville lately? It’s no longer a sleepy little pit-stop town as you drive north to Collingwood or Georgian Bay.

With new home and community development taking place, particularly in the west part of town, the biggest challenge Orangeville faces is urbanization. Williams wants to preserve the small town feel and welcome development, while avoiding becoming a discount housing destination for people moving north out of the Toronto area.

Brown, a local realtor, likely understands the issues, and wants to “arrest out of control spending.”  He says Orangeville residents pay the highest property taxes in the GTA.

 

OSHAWA

Oshawa

Incumbent: Current mayor of Oshawa John Henry has given up his seat to run as Durham’s regional chair
Challenger(s): Kenneth Carruthers, Dan Carter, Joe Ingino, Adam Kunz, Sara Lear, Rosaldo Russo, Bob Rutherford
What’s at stake: In short, continued growth in population and economic diversity, which drive housing demand. Oshawa’s population grew to 379,848 in 2016, according to the 2016 Census, up 6.6 per cent from 2011. This is second in the entire province only to Guelph – and even ahead of Toronto at 6.2 per cent.

Oshawa is expected to boast one of the fastest growing economies in the province this year, with growth of 2.6 per cent, according to the Conference Board of Canada. And this is down from 3.2 per cent in each of the last two years.

In terms of housing development, several builders are active in the area with lowrise homes. Homebuyers are liking the comparative bargains and the proximity to Toronto.

 

BARRIE

Barrie

Incumbent: Jeff Lehman
Challenger: Ram Faerber
What’s at stake: Lehman is seeking his third term, while local businessman Faerber is looking to unseat him.

Barrie ceased being a weekend destination years ago, and has become a favourite among real estate investors for its population growth and the job opportunities that come with a growing and increasingly diverse local economy.

However, as a smaller centre (population of 197,059,up 5.4 per cent from 2011), Barrie is sometimes subject to market swings. Median home prices slipped five per cent for the third quarter of 2018, from the same period last year, to $505,136. Some shorter-term good news, however, is that prices are up 0.4 per cent from the second quarter of this year.

Wayne Karl is Senior Digital Editor at Homes Publishing. wayne.karl@homesmag.com 

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

Fall in love with Fieldgate

Discover the GTA’s most spectacular residences when you visit Fieldgate’s many fine current communities.

For over 60 years, Fieldgate has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. This year we’re offering families an exceptional selection of new homes to choose from at our many fine community locations. We truly believe that this is the GTA’s best selection of family residences. Read on to discover where you can find your dream home with Fieldgate Homes.

UPPER VALLEYLANDS NEW RELEASE OCTOBER 13, 2018

Located in West Brampton at the corner of Mayfield and Chinguacousy Roads, Upper Valleylands brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate Homes’ celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Join Fieldgate Homes at the new release on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m to discover a beautiful selection of freehold townhomes and semi-detached homes from the upper $500,000s, as well as 30-, 38- and 41-foot detached homes from the low $700,000s. The Presentation Centre is located at 8676 Chinguacousy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue West.

VALLEYLANDS

Since it opened, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location, this is a place where the valleys surrounding the Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland, with major urban conveniences all just moments away. Luxurious family homes up to 3,192 square feet with finished basements are now available for early move in. From the mid $900,000s.

IMPRESSIONS

Fieldgate Homes is proud to announce an all-new continuation of their award-winning Impressions community. New Kleinburg is a new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the new Highway 427 extension coming soon and just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. Offering luxurious detached homes on 30-, 38- and 44-foot lots, you can renew your love of the good life at New Kleinburg. Register today on our website.

WHITBY MEADOWS

Whitby Meadows is a master-planned community that offers West Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional selection of 30- and 36-foot single detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. Visit the Presentation Centre located on the north side of Taunton Road just west of Coronation Road to find your new dream home today.

COBBLESTONES SOUTH

At Cobblestones South, just south of Steeles Avenue West, you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-foot designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to over 3,400 square feet. With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here.

Enjoy West Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Highways 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

FIELDGATE HOMES

Visit Fieldgate online for more information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers and floorplans, or to register for upcoming communities.

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Video: PARADISE – BEECHWOOD

Value & location is EVERYTHING! Freehold Townhomes, Semis and Detached Homes in Brampton coming this Fall. Starting from the mid $500’s.

Register now to be on the list.

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LOCAL FOCUS: Brampton

LOCAL FOCUS: Brampton

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LOCAL FOCUS: Brampton

by Gale Beeby

The Flower City is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the GTA

HOUSING OPTIONS

With about 66,000 acres, Brampton has something for everyone. Local housing consists if century-old homes in its historic neighbourhoods, as well as large master-planned communities offering everything from condos to townhomes to large single-family dwellings.

Click here to see a list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Brampton offers fun for all ages including Wild Water Kingdom, which has zip lines, a mini putt, a drive-in theatre, a sports dome, a driving range, picnic areas, cabana rentals and, of course, lots of water slides. There are also lots of golf courses, from public to private and everything in between. Brampton also boasts several art galleries, fine restaurants and the impressive Rose Theatre.

Historic Bovaird House, built c.1840, is an excellent Canadian example of a Georgian-type brick farmhouse. The house is filled with furnishings ranging from 1840 to 1910.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives links the past, present and future within buildings of historical and architectural significance. The Peel County Courthouse (1867), the Peel County Jail (1867), the Registry Office (1890) and the Peel County international-style building (1958) tell many stories.

PARKS & REC

Gage Park, Brampton’s oldest municipal park first opening in 1903, is located in the old downtown. The park offers floral gardens, a woodland area, a gazebo, a fountain, trails for rollerblading and jogging, a children’s play area, a wading pool, summer evening concerts and a skating rink in winter.

Professor’s Lake, a 65-acre spring-fed lake in the heart of Brampton, has a recreation centre that includes a beach with volleyball courts, paddleboat, canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals, a patio and food concessions. There is also a lakeside pathway around the lake’s perimeter and many fishing spots.

The 418-acre Heart Lake Conservation Area features biking and running trails, swimming areas, fishing, boat rentals and is home to Treetop Trekking, where you can walk amid the canopy and enjoy zip line rides.

The Claireville Conservation Area is 848 acres of natural and forested areas, which help preserve local wildlife and natural landscapes. It is very popular with bird watchers.

RETAIL THERAPY

Brampton boasts more than two-dozen shopping centres, including Shoppers’ World and the Bramalea City Centre, plus a plethora of big box outlets. In the old city of Brampton, you will find quaint shops offering a variety of goods.

EASY ACCESS

Brampton Transit is one of the fastest growing systems in Canada, and launched its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, Züm, along busy Queen Street and has since added the service to Main Street, Steeles Avenue and Boivard Drive. Brampton Transit connects with transit networks in Mississauga, York Region and Toronto. GO Transit operates bus and train service from several locations in Brampton.

The area is well served by highways, including Highways 10, 50, 136, 410 and Airport Road.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 593,638

Unofficial Motto: All roads lead to Brampton

Known as: The Flower City

Walk score: 48

Transit score: 48

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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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